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Rock of Ages

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An album by The Band

This 1972 live album is a watershed recording for the Band. Recorded the previous New Year's Eve, the two-disc concert recording presents the core quintet fortified by a five-man horn section overseen by New Orleans aceAllen Toussaint, and it is capped … see full wiki

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A Good Upgrade From The Original

  • Jun 7, 2003
Most definitely Rock of Ages is a first rate live CD. The original recordings later divided up to Volumes 1 and 2 are indeed very good. Among the original eighteen songs, there are many highlights including a rieting version of the Marvin Gaye, Don't Do It. Love the horn arrangements on that puppy. Caldedonia Mission is another gem featuring some very expressive vocals from the late Rick Danko. And how can we forget such classics as The Weight, The Shape I'm In, Rock N Roll Shoes, Get Up Jake, and Stage Fright.

The bonus cuts elevate this collection to the 4 1/2-5 star level. My all time favorite Band song, Up On Cripple Creek is on this upgrade and the live treatment is just super. Robbie Robertson sure provides some stunning harmonics on his gutiar solos on this track and elsewhere. Rockin' Chair is another pleasing addition as the Band adds a nice southern charm to the song. Its so amazing that these guys were Canadians yet they have more of a feel for the Old South than bands who live in that region.

The Dylan songs sound great to my ears. Like A Rolling Stone sounds so alive with The Band lending a supporting role. Before The Flood, When I Paint My Masterpiece, and Don't Ya Tell Henry are all ear catching numbers.

There are a few minor drawbacks on here most notably the overlong Genetic Method. However, this Upgraded CD is first class all the way.

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Rock of Ages
Label: Capitol
Artist: The Band
Release Date: May 8, 2001

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