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The Best of The Band
The Best of The Band (The Band album - cover art).jpg
Greatest hits album by The Band
Released July 15, 1976 (1976-07-15)
Recorded Early 1968 – mid 1975
Genre Rock
Length 47:34
Label Capitol
Producer The Band, John Simon
The Band chronology
Northern Lights – Southern Cross
The Best of the Band
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
MusicHound 2.5/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[3]

The Best of the Band is the first greatest hits package by Canadian-American rock group the Band. Featuring ten tracks taken from six of their first seven albums (not counting 1974's Before the Flood or 1975's The Basement Tapes, both with Bob Dylan), it featured two tracks from the first, second, third and seventh albums, one each from the fourth and fifth, rounded out by the early 1975 single "Twilight".

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Robbie Robertson, except where stated. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Up on Cripple Creek"     4:34
2. "The Shape I'm In"     4:00
3. "The Weight"     4:38
4. "It Makes No Difference"     6:34
5. "Life Is a Carnival"   Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Robertson 4:00
6. "Twilight"     3:17
7. "Don't Do It"   Holland-Dozier-Holland 5:00
8. "Tears of Rage"   Bob Dylan, Richard Manuel 5:23
9. "Stage Fright"     3:43
10. "Ophelia"     3:32
11. "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"     3:33

From albums[edit]

Title Album
Up On Cripple Creek The Band
The Shape I'm In Stage Fright
The Weight Music From Big Pink
It Makes No Difference Northern Lights/Southern Cross
Life Is a Carnival Cahoots
Twilight from the 1975 single
Don't Do It Rock of Ages
Tears Of Rage Music From Big Pink
Stage Fright Stage Fright
Ophelia Northern Lights/Southern Cross
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down The Band


The Band's version of the song "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" was also featured as part of a promotional-only compilation album released by Capitol records entitled "The Greatest Music Ever Sold" (Capitol SPRO-8511/8512), which was distributed to record stores during the 1976 Holiday season as part of Capitol's "Greatest Music Ever Sold" campaign which promoted 15 "Best Of" albums issued by the record label.


  1. ^ The Best of the Band at AllMusic
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ 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.