The Band - Live At The Academy Of Music 1971

What more can you say about The Band? A band as influential today as they were 30+ years ago, they went electric with Dylan, and today you can hear their sound in bands like Houndmouth whilst The Hold Steady and Grace Potter & the Nocturnals both drew inspiration from the roots rockers. Then there’s the Martin Scorsese directed The Last Waltz, one of the most well known concert movies of all time. This new release is a two or four (five including the DVD) disc re-issue of their four night residency at The Academy Of Music in New York City back in 1971. The release includes new mixes and a whole host of unreleased songs from those shows.

The tracklisting covers all of their career up to date, doubling up on occasion. The classics are all present and correct - ‘Up On Cripple Creek’, ‘The Weight’, ‘Rag Mama Rag’, ‘Wheel’s On Fire’ and so on - and are captured in amazing quality. And that’s probably the key to the whole set. Obviously the music is great, in fact even better than you might remember, but it’s the chance to hear The Band, in such quality that you feel like they’re in your living room. The tightness and standard of their playing is only accentuated when Dylan turns up for four tracks, including a professionally shambolic ‘Like A Rolling Stone’. The two disc set will probably suffice all but the most ardent collector; it includes the essentials and the Dylan encore. Although it’s a little superfluous in the grand scheme of things, this can still be thoroughly recommended for fans who want a reminder of a classic band at their peak.

Overall

8

out of 10

Last updated: 18/04/2018 04:58:29

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