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Rock of Ages review

Rock of Ages was recorded at the Academy of Arts in New York at their New Years Eve run in 1971 from December 28 - 31. The original release was a two album set. The were a few variation of Rock of Ages released on CD, but the 2001 re-mastered replacement adds ten tracks on a second disc from the same run and is the one we recommend. The ten bonus tracks include the best performance of each of the songs, including four sensational tracks with Bob Dylan.

At these shows the Band performed two sets; the first by themselves and the second set with horns. The cd is not sequenced in the order of the set lists, and the writer of the liner notes feels strongly that the flow is better in the sequence of the release. The original dates for the initial CD is not known 100%, it is thought to be either form Dec. 30 or a combination of Dec. 30 and 31. The bonus cuts dates are known and I've listed them in song section.

This CD captures The Band at the prime of their career and up to this point they had released four studio albums, Music From The Big Pink, The Band, Stage Fright, and Cahoots. The live versions of their songs are quite good, and many of these renditions feature a five-piece horn section performing with them. Rock of Ages reached #6 on the charts, and yielded a hit with a cover version of Marvinís Gaye's "Donít Do It."  In addition, the covers "Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever," and "(I Don't Want to) Hang Up My Rock and Roll" and their original "Get up Jake," which appeared as a bonus track on The Band as a bonus track, are great additions to first class renditions of their greatest hits. 
by Barry Small © 
Grade  A

Track List

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Disc 1  

 1. Introduction - 1:22
 2. Don't Do It (Robertson) - 5:00
 3. King Harvest (Has Surely Come) (Robertson) - 4:04
 4. Caledonia Mission (Robertson) - 3:38
 5. Get Up Jake (Robertson) - 3:33
 6. The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show (Robertson) - 3:54
 7. Stage Fright (Robertson) - 4:38
 8. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (Robertson) - 4:34
 9.  Across the Great Divide (Robertson) - 3:59
10. This Wheel's on Fire (Danko / Dylan) - 4:07
11. Rag Mama Rag (Robertson) - 4:33
12. The Weight (Robertson) - 5:32
13. The Shape I'm In (Robertson) - 4:14
14. Unfaithful Servant (Robertson) - 4:48
15. Life Is a Carnival (Danko / Helm / Robertson) - 4:17
16. The Genetic Method (Hudson / Robertson) - 7:48
17. Chest Fever (Robertson) - 5:24
18. (I Don't Want to) Hang Up My Rock and Roll (Willis) - 4:20

Disc 2 
 All bonus tracks 
Dec. 28
 1. Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever (Hunter / Wonder) - 3:28

Dec. 29
 2. I Shall Be Released (Dylan) - 4:03
 3. Up on Cripple Creek (Robertson) - 4:38

Dec. 30
 4. The Rumor (Robertson) - 5:02

Unknown dates
 5. Rockin' Chair (Robertson) - 4:06
 6. Time to Kill (Robertson) - 4:07

w / Dylan
Dec. 31  
7. Down in the Flood (Dylan) - 5:25
 8. When I Paint My Masterpiece (Dylan) - 4:17
 9. Don't Ya Tell Henry (Dylan) - 4:38
10. Like a Rolling Stone (Dylan) - 5:24

Musicians:       

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

Guests:
Allen Toussaint - Horn Arrangements

Earl McIntyre - Trombone
Snooky Young - Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Howard Johnson - baritone sax, tuba, euphonium
Joe Farrrell - tenor and soprano sax, english horn
J.D. Parron - alto sax, Clarinet

Dec. 31
Bob Dylan

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Released - May 2001 - Recorded New Years Eve run 1971 
Excellent liner notes by Bob Bowman

 

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