Stage Fright (album)

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Stage Fright
Studio album by The Band
Released August 17, 1970
Recorded May–June 1970 at Woodstock Playhouse, Woodstock, New York
Genre Roots rock
Length 35:41
Label Capitol
Producer The Band
The Band chronology
The Band
Stage Fright
Singles from Stage Fright
  1. "Stage Fright" / "Sleeping"
    Released: August 1970
  2. "Time to Kill" / "The Shape I'm In"
    Released: October 1970
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+[2]
MusicHound 4/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[4]

Stage Fright is the third studio album by Canadian-American group the Band released in 1970. Much more of a rock album than its predecessors, it was a departure from their previous two efforts in that its tone was darker and featured less of the harmony vocal blend that had been a centerpiece of those two albums. It also included the last two recordings by the Band of new songs credited to pianist Richard Manuel; both were co-written with guitarist Robbie Robertson, who would continue to be the group's dominant lyricist until the group disbanded in 1976. Nonetheless, the tradition of switching instruments that had begun on the previous album continued here, with each musician contributing instrumental parts on at least two different instruments.

Engineered by an up-and-coming Todd Rundgren, and produced by the group themselves for the first time, the album was recorded at the Woodstock Playhouse in their homebase of Woodstock, New York. The album featured an insert which became popular as a fold-out poster. The insert image was shot by photographer Norman Seeff.

Two different mixes of the album were prepared, one in the US by Rundgren and one in the UK by Glyn Johns. The Johns mix was selected for the original LP release and all subsequent reissues on Capitol (including the expanded 2000 remaster), while Rundgren's mix was eventually released on a 24k gold CD reissue of the album by the DCC Compact Classics label in 1994.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Robbie Robertson, unless otherwise noted.

Side one[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Strawberry Wine" (Levon Helm, Robertson) 2:34
2. "Sleeping" (Robertson, Richard Manuel) 3:10
3. "Time to Kill"   3:24
4. "Just Another Whistle Stop" (Manuel, Robertson) 3:48
5. "All La Glory"   3:31

Side two[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "The Shape I'm In"   3:58
2. "The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show"   2:58
3. "Daniel and the Sacred Harp"   4:06
4. "Stage Fright"   3:40
5. "The Rumor"   4:13

Bonus track listing from 2000 re-release[edit]

No. Title Length
11. "Daniel and the Sacred Harp (alternate take)"   5:01
12. "Time to Kill (alternate mix)"   3:26
13. "The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show (alternate mix)"   3:05
14. "Radio Commercial"   1:05


Additional personnel


Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1970 Pop Albums 5

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1970 "Time To Kill" Pop Singles 77


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  3. ^ Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel (eds) (1999). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Farmington Hills, MI: Visible Ink Press. p. 72. ISBN 1-57859-061-2. 
  4. ^ Brackett, Nathan, with Hoard, Christian (eds) (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th edn). New York, NY: Fireside. p. 42. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  5. ^ "Stage Fright". Retrieved 2012-03-10.