The Band (album)
|Studio album by The Band|
|Released||September 22, 1969|
|Recorded||Early to mid-1969
8850 Evanview Drive
West Hollywood, CA
|Genre||Rock, roots rock, Americana, Southern rock|
|The Band chronology|
The Band is the eponymous second studio album by The Band, released on September 22, 1969. It is also known as The Brown Album. According to Rob Bowman's liner notes for the 2000 reissue, The Band has been viewed as a concept album, with the songs focusing on people, places and traditions associated with an older version of Americana. Thus, the songs on this album draw from historic themes for "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", "King Harvest (Has Surely Come)" and Richard Manuel's "Jawbone" (which was composed in the unusual 6/4 time signature.)
The album was originally released as an LP on September 22, 1969. After a number of reissues on cassette tape and CD, it was remastered and rereleased in a process overseen by Robbie Robertson in 2000. The 2000 re-release has also been packaged as a double CD with The Band's debut album Music from Big Pink.
The album was also reissued in 2009 by Audio Fidelity as a limited edition gold CD. Remastered from a 1980's CD pressing, the album also included a single b-side "Get Up Jake" as a bonus track. Originally slated for the album was "Get Up Jake", which was dropped from the original album line-up at the last minute either because the band felt it was too similar to another track on the album, or because there physically wasn't enough room on the album.
The album includes many of The Band's best-known and critically acclaimed songs, including "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", which Rolling Stone named the 245th greatest song of all time (in the updated version, it was the 249th greatest song of all time). In 2003, the album was ranked number 45 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In 1998 Q magazine readers voted The Band the 76th greatest album of all time. TIME magazine included it in their unranked 2006 list of the 100 greatest albums. Robert Christgau, having been disappointed with their debut, had expected to dislike the record and even planned a column for The Village Voice to castigate their followup. Upon hearing the record, however, he declared it better than Abbey Road, which had been released four days following, writing that The Band's LP is an "A-plus record if I've ever rated one."
The Band peaked at #9 on Billboard's Pop Albums chart. In 2000, it recharted on Billboard's Internet Albums chart, peaking at #10. The singles "Rag Mama Rag" and "Up on Cripple Creek" peaked on the Pop Singles chart at #57 and #25 respectively.
Album - Billboard (North America)
|2000||Top Internet Albums||10|
Singles - Billboard (North America)
|1970||"Rag Mama Rag"||Pop Singles||57|
|1970||"Up on Cripple Creek"||Pop Singles||25|
In 2009, the album was preserved into the National Recording Registry because the album was "culturally, historically, or aesthetically important, and/or informs or reflects life in the United States."
All songs written and composed by Robbie Robertson, unless otherwise noted.
|1.||"Across the Great Divide"||2:53|
|2.||"Rag Mama Rag"||3:04|
|3.||"The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"||3:33|
|4.||"When You Awake" (Richard Manuel, Robertson)||3:13|
|5.||"Up on Cripple Creek"||4:34|
|6.||"Whispering Pines" (Manuel, Robertson)||3:58|
|7.||"Jemima Surrender" (Levon Helm, Robertson)||3:31|
|9.||"Look Out Cleveland"||3:09|
|10.||"Jawbone" (Manuel, Robertson)||4:20|
|11.||"The Unfaithful Servant"||4:17|
|12.||"King Harvest (Has Surely Come)"||3:39|
Bonus Track listing from 2000 re-release
|13.||"Get Up Jake (outtake - stereo mix)"||2:17|
|14.||"Rag Mama Rag (alternate vocal take - rough mix)"||3:05|
|15.||"The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (alternate mix)"||4:16|
|16.||"Up On Cripple Creek (alternate take)"||4:51|
|17.||"Whispering Pines (alternate take)" (Richard Manuel, Robbie Robertson)||5:09|
|18.||"Jemima Surrender (alternate take)" (Levon Helm, Robbie Robertson)||5:09|
|19.||"King Harvest (Has Surely Come) (alternate performance)"||4:28|
- Rick Danko – bass guitar, fiddle, trombone, vocals
- Levon Helm – drums, mandolin, rhythm guitar, vocals
- Garth Hudson – electronic organ; clavinet; acoustic piano; accordion; melodica; soprano, tenor and baritone saxophones; slide trumpet; bass pedals
- Richard Manuel – acoustic piano, drums, baritone saxophone, harmonica, vocals
- Robbie Robertson – electric and acoustic guitars, engineer
- Additional personnel
- John Simon – producer, tuba, electric piano, baritone horn, tenor saxophone, "high school and peck horns", engineer
- Tony May – engineer
- Joe Zagarino – engineer
- Elliot Landy – photography
- Bob Cato - album design
- Allmusic review
- Christgau, Robert. "In Memory of the Dave Clark Five" (1969), The Village Voice
- Rolling Stone review[dead link]
- Scaruffi, Piero (1999). "Band". pieroscaruffi.com. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
- Bowman, Rob. (liner notes) The Band, (remastered edition), 2000
- Bowman, Rob (liner notes)Capitol expanded edition of "The Band", 2000
- John Simon, quoted in This Wheel's on Fire: Levon Helm and the Story of The Band, p. 195
- Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs of All Time (2010)