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Music From the Big Pink
The Band (Brown Album)
Stage Fright
Moondog Matinee
Rock of Ages
Live at the Academy Of Music 1971
The Last Waltz
The Last Waltz Box Set
B. Series Vol. 4: 5/17/1966
Before the Flood
Greatest Hits
Musical History
The Endless Highway

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Last Waltz Box Set
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The Band: A Musical History

Editorial Comments
I finally had a chance to go through the massive box set. It's contents thoroughly encompasses their seven studio releases with the original band, and to a large extent The Basement Tapes. It also touches nicely on some pre-The Band efforts on disc one, includes loads of unreleased material throughout, gives a flavor of some of the key Dylan efforts, a generous helping of Rock of Ages, and excellent selections of The Last Waltz.

In particular, I really enjoyed the opening four songs with Ronnie and the Hawks. All blues covers, Roy Buchanan plays on two of them, not lead guitar. These tracks Robbie shows his blues riffs. I could have used more of these. The two best were also among the highlights at The Last Waltz, "Who Do You Love" and "Further On Up The Road." Though the Muddy Waters cover "She's Nineteen Years Old" is a good listen too. 

I like the fact that they weren't afraid to repeat songs, such as "Don't Do It" and "Chest Fever." With, Rock of Ages, they may have included too much as I recommend getting that complete CD. It was nice to hear the three live tracks near the end of disc 2 from 6/2/71. The DVD is really good, sure wish it was longer. I loved "Georgia on my Mind." How much of the Rock of Ages video tapes exist? I loved the one song they include "Don't Do It,", but would have preferred an hour or two. 

The packaging is first class. It comes in a large hard cover book with superb liner notes and tons of photos.

If you have this box, I'd still recommend The Last Waltz, Rock of Ages, and with Bob Dylan; Planet Waves, and live Before the Flood, and Bootleg Series Vol. 4: Live at the Royal Albert Hall. Finally, the twofer by Ronnie and the Hawks Mojo Man/Arkansas Rockpile.

Other Editions
April 2007 a single disc version and a single disc / DVD were issued. The single discs are not meant to be a greatest hits collection.

Press Release
The Band: A Musical History 5-CD + DVD Box Set to be Released by Capitol/EMI
Monday July 11, 11:30 am ET
Executive Produced by Robbie Robertson, Career-Spanning Set Contains 111 Tracks and Filmed Concert and TV Performances, Including 37 Never Before Released
Presented in Hardbound 108-Page Book
In Stores: September 27, 2005

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., July 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Executive produced by Robbie Robertson, The Band's new career-spanning box set, "A Musical History," is the most comprehensive collection ever created for the group. Packaged within a 108-page hardcover book brimming with previously unseen photos and memorabilia are five CDs and one DVD documenting The Band's entire recording career from 1963 to 1976. Among the set's 111 audio and video tracks are 37 previously unreleased recordings and filmed clips captured live and in-studio. To be released on September 27 by Capitol/EMI Music Catalog Marketing, this definitive collection features a cover painting of The Band by world-renowned artist Ed Ruscha and extensive biographical liner notes by the Grammy-winning writer Rob Bowman. In-demand producer partners Cheryl Pawelski and Andrew Sandoval, who also teamed for the in-depth restoration of The Band's original Capitol albums in 2000 and 2001, joined Robertson on the project.

"This is by far the most comprehensive, in-depth, and beautifully put together collection of The Band's musical journey," says The Band's Robbie Robertson.

Among "A Musical History's" previously unreleased audio tracks are live and studio recordings The Band created with Bob Dylan and Ronnie Hawkins, as well as various song sketches. The DVD's nine film clips include rare and previously unreleased concert performances, a filmed studio jam, and three songs The Band performed on "Saturday Night Live" in 1976, never before issued in their entirety.

"A Musical History's" release concludes a comprehensive restoration campaign for The Band's entire Capitol Records catalog. In 2000 and 2001, The Band's original Capitol albums were remastered and reissued with bonus tracks: "Music From Big Pink" (1968); "The Band" (1969); "Stage Fright" (1970); "Cahoots" (1971); "Rock Of Ages" (1972); "Moondog Matinee" (1973); "Northern Lights-Southern Cross" (1975); "Islands" (1977); and a new "Greatest Hits" compilation was released.

By the late 1960s, The Band was one of the most popular and influential rock groups in the world, and the group's members shared an extensive collaborative history dating back to the late 1950s and early '60s. Between 1958 and 1962, the then-teenaged multi-instrumentalists Levon Helm (drums, vocals), Robbie Robertson (guitar, piano, vocals), Rick Danko (bass, vocals), Richard Manuel (keyboards, vocals, drums) and Garth Hudson (keyboards, horns) first performed and recorded together as members of the backing band for Ronnie Hawkins called the Hawks. In late 1963, the Hawks struck out on their own and became Levon & the Hawks, playing and recording under this name in 1964 and 1965.

In 1965, Robertson met with Bob Dylan in New York, just as Dylan was seeking an electric guitarist for his touring band. The Band was born, with all of the former Hawks backing Bob Dylan on the road from October 1965 through 1966 as he incensed audiences in the U.S., Australia and Europe, performing electric sets. Disheartened by the vocally disdainful 'folkie purist' audience response to their first plugged-in performances with Dylan, Helm left The Band in November 1965.

After the 1966 tour concluded, The Band woodshedded for the next year in upstate New York, often in the company of Bob Dylan, forging a highly original sound that in one way or another encompassed the panoply of American roots music: country, blues, R&B, gospel, soul, rockabilly, the honking tenor sax tradition, Anglican hymns, funeral dirges, brass band music, folk music, modern rock, fused and synthesized in ways that no one had ever thought possible before. Levon Helm re-joined The Band in 1967, as the group prepared to record their first full-length album, "Music From Big Pink." The Band's line-up remained intact until they disbanded in November 1976, following the live recording and Martin Scorsese's filmed documentation of their final concert for "The Last Waltz."

Released in 1968, "Music From Big Pink" received glowing reviews; a journalist for Life magazine wrote that The Band "dipped into the well of tradition and came up with a bucketful of clear, cool, country soul that washed the ears with a sound never heard before," and icons such as Eric Clapton and George Harrison extolled the virtues of the album in print. While it only reached the #30 slot on Billboard's album charts when it was initially released, over time it has become recognized as one of the most important and classic albums in the history of rock.

Between 1968 and 1976, The Band released seven albums, and two additional releases followed in 1977 and 1978. The aforementioned "Music From Big Pink" (1968) was adorned with an original folk art cover painting by Bob Dylan. The eponymous album "The Band" (1969) sailed into Billboard's Top 10 and is hailed as one of rock's seminal releases. "Stage Fright" (1970) was recorded at the Woodstock Playhouse without an audience (due to local government's worries about a potential fan rush on the town from the greater Northeast), and climbed to #5 on the album charts, the highest position any Band album would ever attain. "Cahoots" (1971) peaked at #21 on the chart. The double live album "Rock Of Ages" (1972) peaked at #6 on Billboard's album charts. "Moondog Matinee" (1973) was a collection of covers recorded in Bearsville and Hollywood which reached #28 on the chart. "Northern Lights-Southern Cross" (1975), which peaked at #26, was The Band's first studio recording of original material since 1971 (1974 had seen a studio album collaboration with Bob Dylan, "Planet Waves," and a live album from their subsequent tour, "Before The Flood"). "Islands" (recorded in 1975 and released in 1977) was The Band's final studio album, a collection of odds and ends they had not intended for a specific album. "The Last Waltz," filmed in 1976 by Martin Scorsese and recorded live with all-star ensemble of guest performers, was theatrically released with an accompanying 3-album soundtrack in 1978, capping The Band's original recorded legacy.

Although Richard Manuel, Rick Danko, Garth Hudson and Levon Helm got back together and went back on the road in 1983 under the name The Band, without all five original members it was never the same. Wracked by demons for far too long, in March 1986 Richard Manuel committed suicide in a Florida motel. In 1989, The Band was inducted into the Canadian Juno Hall of Fame and five years later they were accorded the same honor by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. With the exception of Manuel, all of the former members of The Band have issued a variety of solo recordings over the years, enjoying successful careers as individuals. Sadly, Rick Danko passed away in his sleep on December 10, 1999.

The Band's legacy lives on, both in their own recordings and in their tangible influence on popular music since they first hit the scene, wowing not only Bob Dylan, but many other major players of the day, including Eric Clapton, George Harrison and Miles Davis. Making Americana music before the term even existed, Rick, Levon, Garth, Richard and Robbie collectively constituted the only ensemble to ever rightfully earn the sobriquet "The Band."

Source: Capitol/EMI Music Catalog Marketing
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Other Editions
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Single disc - A Musical History
Single disc / DVD - A Musical History
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Bob Dylan CD's

Disc: 1
Who Do You Love - Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks
You Know I Love You - Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks
Further On Up The Road - Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks
Nineteen Years Old - Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks
Honky Tonk - Levon & The Hawks #
Bacon Fat - Levon & The Hawks #
Robbie's Blues - Levon & The Hawks #
Uh Uh Uh - Levon & The Hawks (released as: Canadian Squires) *
Leave Me Alone - Levon & The Hawks (released as: Canadian Squires) *
He Don't Love You (And He'll Break Your Heart) - Levon & The Hawks
(I Want To Be) The Rainmaker (song sketch) #
The Stones I Throw (song sketch) #
The Stones I Throw - Levon & The Hawks
Go Go Liza Jane - Levon & The Hawks
Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window - Bob Dylan (single version)
Tell Me Mama - Bob Dylan #
Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues - Bob Dylan **
Beautiful Thing (song sketch) #
Words And Numbers (song sketch) #
You Don't Come Through (song sketch) #
Caledonia Mission (song sketch) #
Odds And Ends
Ferdinand The Imposter
Ruben Remus
Will The Circle Be Unbroken #
# = Track previously unissued
* = Track previously unissued on CD
** = Track previously unissued on LP (in the US) or CD

Disc 2
Katie's Been Gone
Ain't No More Cane
Don't Ya Tell Henry
Tears Of Rage
To Kingdom Come (full-length version) #
In A Station
The Weight
We Can Talk
Long Black Veil
Chest Fever
Lonesome Suzie (alternate version)
This Wheel's On Fire
I Shall Be Released
Yazoo Street Scandal #
I Ain't Got No Home (w/ Bob Dylan)
Orange Juice Blues (Blues For Breakfast)
Baby Lou #
Long Distance Operator #
Key To The Highway #
# = Track previously unissued

Disc 3
Across The Great Divide
Rag Mama Rag
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
When You Awake
Up On Cripple Creek
Whispering Pines
King Harvest (Has Surely Come)
Get Up Jake
Jemima Surrender (early version) #
Daniel & The Sacred Harp (alternate take)
Time To Kill
All La Glory (early version) #
The Shape I'm In
Stage Fright
The Rumor
Slippin' & Slidin' #
Don't Do It
Strawberry Wine #
Rockin' Chair #
Look Out Cleveland #
4 Pantomime #
# = Track previously unissued

Disc 4
Life Is A Carnival
When I Paint My Masterpiece
The Moon Struck One
The River Hymn
Don't Do It
Caledonia Mission
Smoke Signal #
Unfaithful Servant **
W.S. Walcott Medicine Show **
Genetic Method **
Chest Fever **
(I Don't Want To Hang Up My) Rock `N' Roll Shoes **
Loving You (Is Sweeter Than Ever) **
Endless Highway
Move Me (song sketch) #
Two Piano Song #
Mystery Train
# = Track previously unissued
** = w/Rock Of Ages Horn Section

Disc 5
Ain't Got No Home
Share Your Love
Didn't It Rain
Forever Young-Bob Dylan
Rainy Day Women #12 & 35-Bob Dylan
Highway 61 Revisited-Bob Dylan #
Acadian Driftwood
It Makes No Difference
Twilight (song sketch) #
Christmas Must Be Tonight
The Saga Of Pepote Rouge
Livin' In A Dream
Forbidden Fruit #
Home Cookin' #
Out Of The Blue
Evangeline (w/ Emmylou Harris)
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
The Weight (w/ The Staples)
# = Track previously unissued

Disc 6 - DVD
Jam/King Harvest ***
1970 Robbie's Studio - Woodstock, NY

Long Black Veil #
7/5/70 - Festival Express Train Tour - Calgary, Canada

Lovin' You Is Sweeter Than Ever #
7/5/70 - Festival Express Train Tour - Calgary, Canada

Don't Do It - Rock Of Ages #
December 28-31, 1971 Academy Of Music - NYC

Hard Times (The Slop)//Just Another Whistle Stop #
Noble "Thin Man" Watts/Richard Manuel/Robbie Robertson, 9/14/74 Wembley Stadium - London

Genetic Method/Chest Fever #
9/14/74 Wembley Stadium - London

Life Is A Carnival ***
10/30/76 Saturday Night Live - NYC

Stage Fright ***
10/30/76 Saturday Night Live - NYC

Georgia On My Mind ***
10/30/76 Saturday Night Live - NYC
# = Track previously unissued
*** = Performance previously unissued in its entirety

The Best Of A Musical History - Single Disc

1. Who Do You Love? Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks 
2. He Don't Love You (And He'll Break Your Heart) Levon & The Hawks 
3. Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window? [single version] Bob Dylan (with The Hawks) 
4. Ain't No More Cane On The Brazos 
5. The Weight 
6. Orange Juice Blues (Blues For Breakfast) 
7. King Harvest (Has Surely Come) 
8. All La Glory [early version] 
9. Stage Fright 
10. I Shall Be Released 
11. 4% Pantomime 
12. Don't Do It 
13. Life Is A Carnival 
14. Slippin' & Slidin' [live] 
15. Endless Highway 
16. Share Your Love With Me 
17. Forever Young Bob Dylan (with The Band) 
18. Twilight [song sketch] 
19. Home Cookin' 

The Best of A Musical History (CD/DVD) 

Disc: 2 
1. Jam/King Harvest (Has Surely Come) [rec. 1970, Robbie's Studio, Woodstock, NY] 
2. Long Black Veil [live 7/5/70, the Festival Express Train Tour, Calgary, Canada] 
3. Rockin' Chair [live 7/5/70, the Festival Express Train Tour, Calgary, Canada] 
4. Don't Do It [live 12/28-12/31/71, the Academy of Music NYC] 
5. Hard Times (The Slop)/Just Another Whistle Stop (live 9/14/74, Wembley Stadium, London) 

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Richard Manuel - keyboards, vocals
Rick Danko - bass, vocals
Levon Helm - drums, vocals
Robbie Robertson - guitar, vocals
Garth Hudson - keyboards, vocals


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Released - September 27, 2005

Compilation Produced & Compiled By: Robbie Robertson, Cheryl Pawelski & Andrew Sandoval
Production Resources: Garth Hudson
Project Coordinator: Jared Levine
Tape Research: Andrew Sandoval & Cheryl Pawelski
Mastered at Digiprep by Dan Hersch & Andrew Sandoval
Mixed By Patrick MacDougal, Summer 2004
Liner Notes: Rob Bowman
Editorial Assistance: Audrey Bilger
Track Research & Annotation: Cheryl Pawelski & Rob Bowman
A&R Editorial: Sean Quinn
Business Affairs & Legal: Frank Lopez & Rick DuChateau
Project Manager: Stacey Freeman
Memorabilia & Records: The Collections of Cheryl Pawelski & Brad Rosenberger

The Band: A Musical History review


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