The Band The Band on Numbered-Edition Hybrid SACD from Mobile Fidelity
Incalculably Influential: The Band’s Self-Titled Sophomore Release a Country- and Folk-Rock Benchmark
Includes Staples “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” “Across the Great Divide,” “Up On Cripple Creek”
Stunning Sound: Hybrid SACD Mastered on Mobile Fidelity’s World-Class Mastering System
Many believe it’s the most perfect Americana album ever made. The 1969 touchstone very well may be. Advancing the chemistry and cohesion of the group’s ground-shifting debut, The Band is
an inimitable distillation of compelling storytelling, cosmic divinity,
loose country-rock tunefulness, and superbly crafted songwriting.
Warm, literate, poignant, and intimate, the record established new
standards for seemingly effortless telepathic interplay among
first-class musicians whose creations are as much about feeling as they
are about sound.
Mastered on Mobile
Fidelity’s world-renowned mastering system, this collectible hybrid SACD burrows into the sonic heart of hearth-rich fare that
balances Appalachia’s mountain flavors, the Old West’s rollicking free
spiritedness, Canada’s limitless vast folk sprawl, and the Deep South’s
whiskey-soaked drawl. Arkansas native Levon Helm blends his rural roots with guitarist Robbie Robertson’s
allegorical narratives, the pair meeting at a crossroads that, on this
pressing, reveals textures as organic as cotton and tonalities as
timeless as the look of classic filmstrips. Notes hover and naturally
decay; cascading harmonies waft and reverberate; soundstages open up and
extend, providing generous spaces for each member’s invaluable
contributions to relax, settle, and enter into a wholesome communion.
Indeed, a force normally
associated with higher powers appears to guide each one of the 12
tracks, honed to perfection by co-writer Robertson and his simpatico mates. Sensitive, graceful, magnetic, entirely genuine: Whether focusing on Richard Manuel’s spiritual piano chords and evocative tenor, Rick Danko’s simple albeit direct bass lines and melancholy deliveries, Robertson’s pull-no-punches leads, Garth Hudson’s majestically tuckpointed organ runs, or Helm’s
percussive rhythms, a sense of astonishment and truth dignifies
arrangements steeped in meditative properties and barn-dance rawness.
From the swampy bayou grooves,
jaw-harp-mimicking clavinet passages, and traditional yodels found on
“Up on Cripple Creek” to the jubilant dance persuasion of “Rag Mama
Rag,” The Band blends mythological devices with authentic melodies, rustic acoustic properties with haunting harmonies.
Universally identifiable, the characters in the songs are people
well-versed in hardship, depression, working-class struggle, and Skid
Row trouble. Musically, the group balances sweetness and edginess on
all of its foundational material, capturing the essence of American
music and culture like no band before or since.
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The Band The Band Track Listing:
1. Across the Great Divide
2. Rag Mama Rag
3. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
4. When You Awake
5. Up on Cripple Creek
6. Whispering Pines
7. Jemima Surrender
8. Rockin’ Chair
9. Lookout Cleveland
11. The Unfaithful Servant
12. King Harvest (Has Surely Come)