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Live at the Academy of Music 1971

September 23, 2013

In these days of near-instantaneous, shit-sounding YouTube bootlegs, it's hard to recall how great live recordings can be. Rock of Ages is indeed a great live recording – in his 1972 Rolling Stone review, included in this reissue, Ralph J. Gleason...

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Bobby Charles

August 23, 2011

Bobby Charles (1938-2010) was early rock's ragin' Cajun, a white Louisiana cat who wrote and sang with down-home R&B vigor. By the early Seventies, Charles – the author of "See You Later Alligator" and the Fats Domino hit "Walkin'...

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A Musical History

October 6, 2005

It's a monumental history indeed — five CDs, 102 tracks, a 108-page book, a nine-performance DVD — and clearly not intended for the casual fan. But then the Band, who revolutionized popular music while backing Bob Dylan in the mid-Sixties...

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Jericho

February 24, 1994

This current edition of the Band consists of three of its original five members — drummer-vocalist Levon Helm, bassist-vocalist Rick Danko and keyboardist Garth Hudson — rounded out by pianist Richard Bell, guitarist Jim Weider and drummer...

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Islands

May 19, 1977
Not Rated

It's been a long haul for both the Band and Van Morrison; they have made their livings as rock & rollers for close to 20 years now. To judge solely by their new albums (Morrison's is his first release since 1974) time is catching up with them, though...

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The Basement Tapes

September 11, 1975
Not Rated

There was a desert wind blowing that night, and the hot breeze that sighed through the open window had just enough muscle to swirl the smoke from the ghosts of a hundred cigarettes a single time around the solitary desk lamp before giving it up as a bad...

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Moondog Matinee

January 3, 1974
Not Rated

Under normal circumstances this would be a fairly disappointing album for the Band, coming as it does on the year-old heels of a live set and a good 30 months since the last appearance of any original material. But with the upcoming Bob Dylan tour probably...

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Cahoots

November 11, 1971
Not Rated

Run away — run away — it's the restless age, sings the Band at the beginning of Cahoots (Capitol SMAS 651) and they mean it. They also mean it when they sing of the endlessness of the river, admonishing the listener that "You can ride on it...

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The Band

October 18, 1969
Not Rated

It's home made, Robbie Robertson says, done in the house they rented in Hollywood last winter in which they fixed up a room with baffles and a projector for flicks and the recording equipment. Robbie was engineer for about 90% of the work and they really...

Album Review

How to Become Clairvoyant

April 4, 2011

"Some things got tradition/Some shine like new," Robbie Robertson sings in his limited but oddly affecting growl in the first song here, "Straight Down the Line." It is an apt description of the distinguishing tangle in his work — the antique and...

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The Bootleg Series Volume 5: Bob Dylan Live 1975 — The Rolling Thunder Revue

November 26, 2002

Bob Dylan's 1974 reunion tour with the Band found the conquering heroes making some of the loudest, most bombastic music of their careers. Dylan wanted something a little more off the cuff for this, the next go-round, and his ramshackle Rolling Thunder...

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The Last Waltz

June 1, 1978
Not Rated

Almost two years ago, the Band called it quits. They also called in a cast of friends and movie director Martin Scorsese to film a farewell concert. On hand were Ronnie Hawkins, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Neil Diamond, Dr. John, Paul Butterfield, Muddy...

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Northern Lights, Southern Cross

January 29, 1976
Not Rated

Cahoots and the oldies LP, Moondog Matinee, weren't exactly auspicious developments in a recording career with beginnings as brilliant as the Band's. Their playing behind Bob Dylan on Planet Waves and Before the Flood as well as on the earlier Basement...

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Before The Flood

August 29, 1974
Not Rated

Throughout Bob Dylan's performances on this in-concert album there is evident an effort to match the material — nearly all from much earlier in his career — with a suitable style of delivery, a vocal stance which can express in a later year...

Album Review

Rock of Ages

October 12, 1972
Not Rated

There is, if my addition and the record company's listed times are correct, precisely one hour, 11 minutes and 11 seconds of music on this album and it is the bargain of the decade at your favorite discount house. Recorded during the Band's four-night...

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Stage Fright

September 17, 1970
Not Rated

Step right up ladies & gents! Don't be shy, anybody can play this game. Want you to join me as we explore the appearance of another strange mystery in our midst. Thrills! Enigmas. Exquisite loveliness! Disappointments. Engaging sobriety! Murky slumbers....

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Music From Big Pink

August 10, 1968
Not Rated

Every year since 1963 we have all singled out one album to sum up what happened that year. It was usually the Beatles with their double barrels of rubber souls, revolvers and peppers. Dylan has sometimes contended with his frontrunning electric albums....

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