Rock of Ages (The Band album)
|Rock of Ages|
|Live album by The Band|
|Released||August 15, 1972|
|Recorded||December 28–31, 1971|
|Venue||Academy of Music, New York City|
|Label||Capitol SABB 11045|
|The Band chronology|
|Rolling Stone||(not rated)|
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
Rock of Ages: The Band in Concert is a live album by the Band, released in 1972. It was compiled from recordings made during their series of shows at the Academy of Music in New York City, from December 28 through December 31, 1971. It peaked at #6 on the Billboard 200 chart, and was certified a gold record by the RIAA. An expanded release of recordings taken from the same series of shows, called Live at the Academy of Music 1971, was released in 2013.
The Band booked a residency at the Academy of Music for the last week of 1971, culminating in a New Year's Eve performance. Robbie Robertson had commissioned New Orleans songwriter and arranger Allen Toussaint to compose horn charts for their recent single "Life Is a Carnival" from the album Cahoots, and decided to have Toussaint write special charts for a five-man horn section to augment the group on their upcoming concerts. Charts written by Toussaint in New Orleans were in luggage lost at the airport, and a new set was composed in a cabin near Robertson's house in Woodstock. Robertson selected eleven songs to receive horn charts, and all are included on the released album. The horns do not play on "Get Up Jake", "Stage Fright", "This Wheel's on Fire", "The Weight", "The Shape I'm In", and "The Genetic Method." Selections on the bonus disc also do not feature horn arrangements, although the horn section added spontaneous flourishes to "Down in the Flood" and "Rolling Stone."
The repertoire consisted of material from all four of The Band's studio albums up to that point, and one new original song, "Get Up Jake", which were framed on the album by covers of the 1964 Motown hit single "Baby Don't You Do It" by Marvin Gaye, and "(I Don't Want to Hang Up) My Rock and Roll Shoes", the b-side of Chuck Willis' final single. Four nights from December 28 through 31 were recorded, and the balance of the recordings on the released album were derived from the final two nights. Their previous employer Bob Dylan made a surprise visit on the New Year's Eve show, playing four songs with the group in the early morning hours of January 1, 1972.
Originally released in 1972 as a double album, it was reissued in 1980 as two separate LPs, titled Rock of Ages, Vol. 1 and Rock of Ages, Vol. 2. The first edition for compact disc in 1987 was released as an "abridged version"; "The Genetic Method" (Garth Hudson's instrumental solo/introduction to "Chest Fever") was omitted, but later re-instated on the unedited two-disc version released in 1990. On May 8, 2001, an expanded and remastered two-disc edition appeared, with the original album on one disc, and an additional ten tracks on a bonus disc. Included on the bonus disc were the four songs featuring Dylan and another Motown cover, the 1966 hit single "Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever" by The Four Tops.
The 2005 retrospective Band box set A Musical History contains several Rock of Ages tracks newly remixed from the multitrack tapes, as well as a previously-unissued performance of the song "Smoke Signal" from the December 28 show. A hybrid SACD reissue of the original album was released on the Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab label in 2010. The song "Chest Fever" from this album is available as downloadable content for the video game Rock Band.
In 2013, Capitol released Live at the Academy of Music 1971: The Rock of Ages Concerts, a box set consisting of four CDs and one DVD (mostly only audio), and containing all previously released material from the concerts as well as numerous unissued performances (including the December 31 show in its entirety) presented in new stereo and 5.1 surround mixes.
All tracks written by Robbie Robertson except where noted; concert dates as indicated.
|1.||"Introduction by Robertson"||1:22|
|2.||"Don't Do It"||Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Eddie Holland Jr.||December 29||5:00|
|3.||"King Harvest (Has Surely Come)"||December 31||4:04|
|4.||"Caledonia Mission"||December 30||3:38|
|5.||"Get Up Jake"||December 30||3:33|
|6.||"The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show"||December 31||3:54|
|1.||"Stage Fright"||December 31||4:38|
|2.||"The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"||December 29||4:34|
|3.||"Across the Great Divide"||December 30||3:59|
|4.||"This Wheel's on Fire"||Rick Danko, Bob Dylan||December 29||4:07|
|5.||"Rag Mama Rag"||December 31||4:33|
|1.||"The Weight"||December 30||5:32|
|2.||"The Shape I'm In"||December 31||4:14|
|3.||"The Unfaithful Servant"||December 31||4:48|
|4.||"Life Is a Carnival"||Levon Helm, Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko||December 30||4:17|
|1.||"The Genetic Method"||Garth Hudson||December 31||7:48|
|2.||"Chest Fever"||December 28||5:24|
|3.||"(I Don't Want to) Hang Up My Rock and Roll Shoes"||Chuck Willis||December 29||4:20|
2000 reissue bonus tracks
|1.||"Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever"||Stevie Wonder, Ivy Jo Hunter||December 29||3:28|
|2.||"I Shall Be Released"||Dylan||December 30||4:03|
|3.||"Up on Cripple Creek"||December 30||4:38|
|4.||"The Rumor"||December 30||5:02|
|5.||"Rockin' Chair"||December 29||4:06|
|6.||"Time to Kill"||December 28||4:07|
|7.||"Down in the Flood"||Dylan||January 1||5:25|
|8.||"When I Paint My Masterpiece"||Dylan||January 1||4:17|
|9.||"Don't Ya Tell Henry"||Dylan||January 1||4:38|
|10.||"Like A Rolling Stone"||Dylan||January 1||5:24|
- Robbie Robertson – guitar, backing vocals, introduction
- Garth Hudson – organ, piano, accordion, tenor and soprano saxophone solos
- Richard Manuel – vocals, piano, organ, clavinet, drums
- Rick Danko – vocals, bass, violin
- Levon Helm – vocals, drums, mandolin
- Howard Johnson – tuba, euphonium, baritone saxophone
- Snooky Young – trumpet, flugelhorn
- Joe Farrell – tenor and soprano saxophones, English horn
- Earl McIntyre – trombone
- J.D. Parron – alto saxophone and E-flat clarinet
- Bob Dylan – vocals, guitar on "Down in the Flood," "When I Paint My Masterpiece," "Don't Ya Tell Henry," and "Like a Rolling Stone"
Singles - Billboard (United States)
|1972||"Don't Do It"||Pop Singles||34|
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