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The Band Rock Of Ages

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The Band Rock of Ages on Numbered Limited-Edition Hybrid SACD from Mobile Fidelity

The Band's Ultimate Live Album Recorded at Its Career Peak

Legendary Live Set Features Horn Arrangements by Allen Toussaint

Incredible Sound and Virtuosic Performances

The Last Waltz gets bigger billing, but The Band's 1972 live album Rock of Ages is actually the better representation of a live Band album. Recorded at the tail end of the group's Cahoots tour and over the course of four nights at New York's Academy of Music at the end of December 1971, the incendiary concert set bookmarks the close of the first phase of the collective's career.

Rather than follow the lead of most other live records made at the time (and many since), The Band resists any temptation to improvise or extend its material. Instead, the group plays with an intensity, chemistry, and spirit that's nearly unrivaled by any other live album. The quintet also draws on a secret weapon: One Allen Toussaint, who tailors expert horn arrangements for multiple songs, a move that spices renditions of classics such as "Don't Do It" and "Chest Fever." To top it all off, the horn charts are performed by the Rock of Ages Horn Section – a five-piece ensemble that includes legendary trumpeter Snooky Young (Count Basie, Lionel Hampton) and saxophonist Joe Farrell (Charles Mingus, Elvin Jones).

"I felt very much at home with The Band. You could tell in their music they know where they're coming from and they know where they're going. Each one had an extremely special interest in what they were doing."
– Toussaint, as told to Rob Bowman

Do they ever. Unencumbered by the myriad guests and grandiose sense that define The Last Waltz, and energized by Toussaint's invaluable work, Rock of Ages is the sound of a great band pulling out all the stops. Robbie Robertson's guitar solos take "Unfaithful Servant" to a higher ground; "The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show" kicks with raunchy R&B abandon; Garth Hudson delivers a show-stealing performance on "The Genetic Method," a thrilling organ piece that incorporates elements of Anglican church music, folk, classical, and pop – as well as "Auld Lang Syne," due to its being recorded on New Year's Eve.

After various inferior editions and reissues, Rock of Ages is finally presented on an immaculate-sounding Hybrid SACD from Mobile Fidelity that lets Toussaint's contributions, horn section's energy, and the Band's feverish interplay shine like never before. Mastered from the original tapes, the open, airy, natural, and balanced sound will have you returning to Rock of Ages again and again.

Be sure to get your limited edition copy on hybrid SACD today.

The Band Rock of Ages Track Listing:
  1. Introduction/Don't Do It
  2. King Harvest (Has Surely Come)
  3. Caledonia Mission
  4. Get Up Jake
  5. The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show
  6. Stage Fright
  7. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
  8. Across The Great Divide
  9. This Wheel's On Fire
  10. Rag Mama Rag
  11. The Weight
  12. The Shape I'm In
  13. Unfaithful Servant
  14. Life Is A Carnival
  15. The Genetic Method
  16. Chest Fever
  17. (I Don't Want To) Hang Up My Rock And Roll Shoes
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Introduction/Don't Do It
King Harvest (Has Surely Come)
Caledonia Mission
Get Up Jake
The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show
Stage Fright
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
Across The Great Divide
This Wheel's On Fire
Rag Mama Rag
The Weight
The Shape I'm In
Unfaithful Servant
Life Is A Carnival
The Genetic Method
Chest Fever
(I Don't Want To) Hang Up My Rock And Roll Shoes

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