Stage Fright (album)

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Stage Fright
Studio album by The Band
Released August 17, 1970
Recorded May–June 1970
Studio Woodstock Playhouse, Woodstock, New York
Genre Roots rock
Length 35:41
Label Capitol
Producer The Band
The Band chronology
The Band
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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]
Down Beat 3/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly A–[3]
MusicHound 4/5[4]
Q 4/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[3][5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[6]

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 songs composed for the ensemble by pianist Richard Manuel; both were co-written with guitarist Robbie Robertson, who would continue to be the group's dominant songwriter 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.[7]

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

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

Side two[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Lead Vocals Length
1. "The Shape I'm In" Robertson Manuel 3:58
2. "The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show" Robertson Helm, Danko 2:58
3. "Daniel and the Sacred Harp" Robertson Helm, Manuel 4:06
4. "Stage Fright" Robertson Danko 3:40
5. "The Rumor" Robertson Danko, Helm, Manuel [8] 4:13

2000 reissue bonus tracks[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


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Additional personnel


AlbumBillboard (United States)

Year Chart Position
1970 Pop Albums 5

SinglesBillboard (United States)

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


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  2. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: The Band". Retrieved 30 April 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d "The Band – Stage Fright CD Album". CD Universe/Muze. Retrieved February 18, 2017. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ Burks, John (September 17, 1970). "Stage Fright". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2017-03-18. 
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "Stage Fright". Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  8. ^ "Stage Fright". Retrieved 30 April 2017.