The Band Music from Big Pink on Numbered Limited Edition 180g LP from Mobile Fidelity
Take a Load Off with This Incredible-Sounding Big Pink Analog Pressing
Ranked #34 on Rolling Stone's List of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time
Audiophile Quality: Mastered from the Original Master Tapes and Pressed at RTI
Includes "The Weight," "I Shall Be Released," "This Wheel's On Fire"
Also Available on Hybrid SACD from Mobile Fidelity
likely heard the story. Now hear the results of one of the most famous
sessions in history with a clarity and warmth never thought possible.
In late 1965 and early 1966, Bob Dylan
shattered the boundaries between folk and rock music on a controversial
tour that found the generation spokesman plugging in and shocking
purist audiences that reviled in horror at the sight of their hero
playing electric with a bunch of ragtag Canadian mates. Then known as
the Hawks, the Band was that backing group, serving Dylan not only on the road but, playing with him after his motorcycle accident, on his seminal Basement Tapes collection.
Recorded in 1968 and ranked #34 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list, The Band’s Music From Big Pink stems from the same locale—a pink farmhouse in upstate Woodstock, New York—as the Basement Tapes and is just as rustic, timeless, and mysterious as Dylan’s celebrated work.
A debut for the ages, the album features two songs co-written with Dylan—“This Wheel’s on Fire,” “Tears of Rage”—as well as what’s universally recognized as the definitive version of Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released.” More famously, it also includes “The Weight,” a standard covered by everyone from the Grateful Dead to Weezer to Aretha Franklin. But the power of this set doesn’t lie in one song but the entire album.
A groundbreaking statement, Music From Big Pink lays bare the magnetism of the American South, Appalachian traditions, and country-rock innovations. That guitarist Robbie Robertson, pianist Garth Hudson, bassist Rick Danko, drummer/vocalist Levon Helm, and organist Richard Manuel
are all household names only adds to the proof of this must-have
record’s everlasting appeal. This is the majesty of what Greil Marcus
called “the old, weird America.”
Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's analog version practically gives you a spot on the floor at Big Pink as the sessions went down. Curl up, close your eyes, and listen as the music's sublimely organic sounds appear with full-range dynamics, life-size imaging, and tremendous soundstaging. This is one of the reasons why you have a turntable. Prepare for your system, and your ears, to glow.
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"So finally, after all of these years we have the penultimate Music From Big Pink. It's got the bass, it's got the proper top end, it has the mids correct and it gives you all of the space and low level detail missing from every other edition, though the original Capitol isn't bad in that department. This is a "must have" album on the "must have" version."
--Michael Fremer, Analog Planet, June 14, 2012
The Band Music From Big Pink Track Listing:
1. Tears Of Rage
2. To Kingdom Come
3. In A Station
4. Caledonia Mission
5. The Weight
6. We Can Talk
7. Long Black Veil
8. Chest Fever
9. Lonesome Suzie
10. This Wheel's On Fire
11. I Shall Be Released