Musical History CD (2005)

Artist: Band

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This exhaustive, rarity-laden six-disc collection tells a story that's long begged to be told: the tale of one of the most seminal yet underrated forces of rock 'n' roll's formative years. True to its name, A Musical History goes back to the embryonic days of the Hawks, who would later morph into the Band, collecting several songs -- highlighted by a burning version of "Who Do You Love" -- culled from their days as Ronnie Hawkins's backing band. That era is also represented by a handful of unreleased songs, notably the roadhouse-ready "Bacon Fat," that exhibit the burgeoning rootsiness that would endear the Band to Bob Dylan, who ultimately hired them to help propel what was arguably the most vital period in his career. Songs from both their stints with Zimmy pop up here and there, the pleading "Tell Me Mama" and a fierce live version of "Highway 61 Revisited" being the most compelling. But, to the credit of the musicians involved, the set's most stirring moments occur when they're working things out on their own. Early, radically different versions of songs like "Daniel and the Sacred Harp" and "Jemima Surrender" (the latter a real showcase for Levon Helm's earthy-yet-cerebral drumming) give insight into their restless nature as a collective, while song sketches for "Beautiful Thing" and "You Don't Come Through" attest to their willingness to get down-and-dirty. A Musical History offers up just about all the things you'd expect from a best-of, but the outtakes and oddities ultimately bring the most pleasure, from the gnarled blues shuffle of "Look Out Cleveland" to the easy-on-the-ears lope of "Strawberry Wine."

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Label Capitol Records
SKU 64009386
UPC 724357740906
UPC 14 00724357740906
Format CD
Release Date 9/27/2005
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Author Band
Compilation Appearance Big Chill-More Songs From
Compilation Appearance Duets
Compilation Appearance Big Chill (2-Disc Deluxe Edition) (Bonus Tracks)
Compilation Appearance Easy Rider (2-Disc Deluxe Edition) (Bonus Tracks)
Compilation Appearance Goin' South: Platinum Edition
Compilation Appearance Late Night Tales
Compilation Appearance The Departed
Compilation Appearance I'm Not There (Soundtrack)
Compilation Appearance Singers Songwriters
Compilation Appearance Basement Tapes Influences
Compilation Appearance 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration
Compilation Appearance Americana Christmas
Compilation Appearance Forever Neil Diamond / Variou
Compilation Appearance 76 Trombones
Compilation Appearance 76 Trombones
Associated Artist/Work Dylan, Bob
Technical Info
CatalogID 77409
Lable Name Capitol/EMI Records
Released 09/27/2005
Original Release 2005
Number of Discs 5
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Mixed
UPC 00724357740906
Album Notes and Credits
The Band: Rick Danko (vocals, guitar, bass guitar); Robbie Robertson (vocals, guitar); Levon Helm (vocals, mandolin, drums); Richard Manuel (vocals, piano, drums); Garth Hudson (accordion, saxophone, bugle, organ, keyboards, synthesizer).
Additional personnel: Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan (vocals, guitar); Mavis Staples, Roebuck "Pops" Staples, Ronnie Hawkins, Van Morrison (vocals); Roy Buchanan (guitar); Mickey Jones (drums); Dionne Warwick (background vocals).
Liner Note Author: Rob Bowman.
This stunning six-disc box set, A MUSICAL HISTORY, traces the evolution of the Band, one of the most towering and influential groups of the late 1960s and early '70s. In the minds of many, the Band came to define the sound of roots-oriented "Americana" rock (though most of its members were, ironically, Canadian). This lovingly assembled collection follows the development of that sound, from their inception as Ronnie Hawkins backing band the Hawks and their tenure with Bob Dylan, through their peak years as the Band, and on to their swan song in 1976, THE LAST WALTZ.
What makes this set more essential than any prior compilation is not only its obsessive attention to the timeline (the chronological sequencing really does play, as the title states, like a musical history), but the abundance of new material (32 of the 102 cuts here were unreleased). Live versions, covers, alternate takes, rarities, and well-known songs--not to mention a bonus DVD packed with live-performance footage--work together to give a complete picture of this unique ensemble, making A MUSICAL HISTORY the final and definitive word on the Band.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (No. 984, p.158) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...The group's devotees will find much to enjoy on this set, and their pleasures won't be limited to the thirty-seven previously unreleased tracks and film clips...."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.124) - 4 stars out of 5 - "A lot of great music...CD1 is the most remarkable: 25 songs plotting their transformation from Nuggetsy rock, via R&B, Dylan's band, folk rock and gospel, to that unmistakable Band sound."
Disc 1
1 Who Do You Love?,Katie's Been Gone,Across The Great Divide,Life Is A Carnival,Ain't Got No Home
2 You Know I Love You,Ain't No More Cane On The Brazos,Rag Mama Rag,When I Paint My Masterpiece,Share Your Love With Me
3 Further on up the Road,Don't Ya Tell Henry,Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, The,Moon Struck One, The,Didn't It Rain
4 Nineteen Years Old,Tears Of Rage,When You Awake,River Hymn, The,Forever Young
5 Honky Tonk,To Kingdom Come - (full-length version),Up On Cripple Creek,Don't Do It,Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
6 Bacon Fat,In A Station,Whispering Pines,Caledonia Mission,Highway 61 Revisted
7 Robbie's Blues,Weight, The,King Harvest (Has Surely Come),Smoke Signal,Ophelia
8 Leave Me Alone,We Can Talk,Get Up Jake,Unfaithful Servant,Acadian Driftwood
9 Uh Uh Uh,Long Black Veil,Jemima Surrender - (early version),W.S. Walcott Medicine Show, The,It Makes No Difference
10 He Don't Love You (And He'll Break Your Heart)_,Chest Fever,Daniel And The Sacred Harp - (alternate take),Genetic Method, The,Twilight
11 I Want To Be The Rainmaker,Lonesome Suzie - (alternate take),Time To kill,Chest Fever,Christmas Must Be Tonight
12 Stones I Throw, The,This Wheel's On Fire,All La Glory - (early version),I Don't Want to Hang up My Rock 'N' Roll Shoes,Saga Of Pepote Rouge, The
13 Stones I Throw, The (Will Free All Men) - (with Levon & The Hawks),I Shall Be Released,Shape I'm In, The,Loving You (Is Sweeter Than Ever),Livin' In A Dream
14 Go Go Liza Jane,Yazoo Street Scandal,Stage Fright,Endless Highway,Forbidden Fruit
15 Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window,I Ain't Got No Home,Rumor, The,Move Me,Home Cookin'
16 Tell Me Mama,Orange Juice Blues,Slippin' & Slidin',Two Piano Song,Out Of The Blue
17 Just Like Tom Thumbs Blues,Baby Lou,Don't Do It,Mystery Train,Evangeline - (featuring Emmylou Harris)
18 Words And Numbers,Long Distance Operator,Strawberry Wine,Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, The
19 You Don't Come Through,Key To The Highway,Rockin' Chair,Weight, The - (featuring The Staple Singers)
20 Beautiful Thing,Bessie Smith,Look Out Cleveland
21 Caledonia Mission,4% Pantomime - (featuring Van Morrison)
22 Odds and Ends
23 Ferdinand The Imposter
24 Ruben Remus
25 Will The Circle Be Unbroken
Disc 2
1 Who Do You Love?,Katie's Been Gone,Across The Great Divide,Life Is A Carnival,Ain't Got No Home
2 You Know I Love You,Ain't No More Cane On The Brazos,Rag Mama Rag,When I Paint My Masterpiece,Share Your Love With Me
3 Further on up the Road,Don't Ya Tell Henry,Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, The,Moon Struck One, The,Didn't It Rain
4 Nineteen Years Old,Tears Of Rage,When You Awake,River Hymn, The,Forever Young
5 Honky Tonk,To Kingdom Come - (full-length version),Up On Cripple Creek,Don't Do It,Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
6 Bacon Fat,In A Station,Whispering Pines,Caledonia Mission,Highway 61 Revisted
7 Robbie's Blues,Weight, The,King Harvest (Has Surely Come),Smoke Signal,Ophelia
8 Leave Me Alone,We Can Talk,Get Up Jake,Unfaithful Servant,Acadian Driftwood
9 Uh Uh Uh,Long Black Veil,Jemima Surrender - (early version),W.S. Walcott Medicine Show, The,It Makes No Difference
10 He Don't Love You (And He'll Break Your Heart)_,Chest Fever,Daniel And The Sacred Harp - (alternate take),Genetic Method, The,Twilight
11 I Want To Be The Rainmaker,Lonesome Suzie - (alternate take),Time To kill,Chest Fever,Christmas Must Be Tonight
12 Stones I Throw, The,This Wheel's On Fire,All La Glory - (early version),I Don't Want to Hang up My Rock 'N' Roll Shoes,Saga Of Pepote Rouge, The
13 Stones I Throw, The (Will Free All Men) - (with Levon & The Hawks),I Shall Be Released,Shape I'm In, The,Loving You (Is Sweeter Than Ever),Livin' In A Dream
14 Go Go Liza Jane,Yazoo Street Scandal,Stage Fright,Endless Highway,Forbidden Fruit
15 Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window,I Ain't Got No Home,Rumor, The,Move Me,Home Cookin'
16 Tell Me Mama,Orange Juice Blues,Slippin' & Slidin',Two Piano Song,Out Of The Blue
17 Just Like Tom Thumbs Blues,Baby Lou,Don't Do It,Mystery Train,Evangeline - (featuring Emmylou Harris)
18 Words And Numbers,Long Distance Operator,Strawberry Wine,Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, The
19 You Don't Come Through,Key To The Highway,Rockin' Chair,Weight, The - (featuring The Staple Singers)
20 Beautiful Thing,Bessie Smith,Look Out Cleveland
21 Caledonia Mission,4% Pantomime - (featuring Van Morrison)
22 Odds and Ends
23 Ferdinand The Imposter
24 Ruben Remus
25 Will The Circle Be Unbroken
Disc 3
1 Who Do You Love?,Katie's Been Gone,Across The Great Divide,Life Is A Carnival,Ain't Got No Home
2 You Know I Love You,Ain't No More Cane On The Brazos,Rag Mama Rag,When I Paint My Masterpiece,Share Your Love With Me
3 Further on up the Road,Don't Ya Tell Henry,Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, The,Moon Struck One, The,Didn't It Rain
4 Nineteen Years Old,Tears Of Rage,When You Awake,River Hymn, The,Forever Young
5 Honky Tonk,To Kingdom Come - (full-length version),Up On Cripple Creek,Don't Do It,Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
6 Bacon Fat,In A Station,Whispering Pines,Caledonia Mission,Highway 61 Revisted
7 Robbie's Blues,Weight, The,King Harvest (Has Surely Come),Smoke Signal,Ophelia
8 Leave Me Alone,We Can Talk,Get Up Jake,Unfaithful Servant,Acadian Driftwood
9 Uh Uh Uh,Long Black Veil,Jemima Surrender - (early version),W.S. Walcott Medicine Show, The,It Makes No Difference
10 He Don't Love You (And He'll Break Your Heart)_,Chest Fever,Daniel And The Sacred Harp - (alternate take),Genetic Method, The,Twilight
11 I Want To Be The Rainmaker,Lonesome Suzie - (alternate take),Time To kill,Chest Fever,Christmas Must Be Tonight
12 Stones I Throw, The,This Wheel's On Fire,All La Glory - (early version),I Don't Want to Hang up My Rock 'N' Roll Shoes,Saga Of Pepote Rouge, The
13 Stones I Throw, The (Will Free All Men) - (with Levon & The Hawks),I Shall Be Released,Shape I'm In, The,Loving You (Is Sweeter Than Ever),Livin' In A Dream
14 Go Go Liza Jane,Yazoo Street Scandal,Stage Fright,Endless Highway,Forbidden Fruit
15 Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window,I Ain't Got No Home,Rumor, The,Move Me,Home Cookin'
16 Tell Me Mama,Orange Juice Blues,Slippin' & Slidin',Two Piano Song,Out Of The Blue
17 Just Like Tom Thumbs Blues,Baby Lou,Don't Do It,Mystery Train,Evangeline - (featuring Emmylou Harris)
18 Words And Numbers,Long Distance Operator,Strawberry Wine,Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, The
19 You Don't Come Through,Key To The Highway,Rockin' Chair,Weight, The - (featuring The Staple Singers)
20 Beautiful Thing,Bessie Smith,Look Out Cleveland
21 Caledonia Mission,4% Pantomime - (featuring Van Morrison)
22 Odds and Ends
23 Ferdinand The Imposter
24 Ruben Remus
25 Will The Circle Be Unbroken
Disc 4
1 Who Do You Love?,Katie's Been Gone,Across The Great Divide,Life Is A Carnival,Ain't Got No Home
2 You Know I Love You,Ain't No More Cane On The Brazos,Rag Mama Rag,When I Paint My Masterpiece,Share Your Love With Me
3 Further on up the Road,Don't Ya Tell Henry,Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, The,Moon Struck One, The,Didn't It Rain
4 Nineteen Years Old,Tears Of Rage,When You Awake,River Hymn, The,Forever Young
5 Honky Tonk,To Kingdom Come - (full-length version),Up On Cripple Creek,Don't Do It,Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
6 Bacon Fat,In A Station,Whispering Pines,Caledonia Mission,Highway 61 Revisted
7 Robbie's Blues,Weight, The,King Harvest (Has Surely Come),Smoke Signal,Ophelia
8 Leave Me Alone,We Can Talk,Get Up Jake,Unfaithful Servant,Acadian Driftwood
9 Uh Uh Uh,Long Black Veil,Jemima Surrender - (early version),W.S. Walcott Medicine Show, The,It Makes No Difference
10 He Don't Love You (And He'll Break Your Heart)_,Chest Fever,Daniel And The Sacred Harp - (alternate take),Genetic Method, The,Twilight
11 I Want To Be The Rainmaker,Lonesome Suzie - (alternate take),Time To kill,Chest Fever,Christmas Must Be Tonight
12 Stones I Throw, The,This Wheel's On Fire,All La Glory - (early version),I Don't Want to Hang up My Rock 'N' Roll Shoes,Saga Of Pepote Rouge, The
13 Stones I Throw, The (Will Free All Men) - (with Levon & The Hawks),I Shall Be Released,Shape I'm In, The,Loving You (Is Sweeter Than Ever),Livin' In A Dream
14 Go Go Liza Jane,Yazoo Street Scandal,Stage Fright,Endless Highway,Forbidden Fruit
15 Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window,I Ain't Got No Home,Rumor, The,Move Me,Home Cookin'
16 Tell Me Mama,Orange Juice Blues,Slippin' & Slidin',Two Piano Song,Out Of The Blue
17 Just Like Tom Thumbs Blues,Baby Lou,Don't Do It,Mystery Train,Evangeline - (featuring Emmylou Harris)
18 Words And Numbers,Long Distance Operator,Strawberry Wine,Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, The
19 You Don't Come Through,Key To The Highway,Rockin' Chair,Weight, The - (featuring The Staple Singers)
20 Beautiful Thing,Bessie Smith,Look Out Cleveland
21 Caledonia Mission,4% Pantomime - (featuring Van Morrison)
22 Odds and Ends
23 Ferdinand The Imposter
24 Ruben Remus
25 Will The Circle Be Unbroken
Disc 5
1 Who Do You Love?,Katie's Been Gone,Across The Great Divide,Life Is A Carnival,Ain't Got No Home
2 You Know I Love You,Ain't No More Cane On The Brazos,Rag Mama Rag,When I Paint My Masterpiece,Share Your Love With Me
3 Further on up the Road,Don't Ya Tell Henry,Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, The,Moon Struck One, The,Didn't It Rain
4 Nineteen Years Old,Tears Of Rage,When You Awake,River Hymn, The,Forever Young
5 Honky Tonk,To Kingdom Come - (full-length version),Up On Cripple Creek,Don't Do It,Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
6 Bacon Fat,In A Station,Whispering Pines,Caledonia Mission,Highway 61 Revisted
7 Robbie's Blues,Weight, The,King Harvest (Has Surely Come),Smoke Signal,Ophelia
8 Leave Me Alone,We Can Talk,Get Up Jake,Unfaithful Servant,Acadian Driftwood
9 Uh Uh Uh,Long Black Veil,Jemima Surrender - (early version),W.S. Walcott Medicine Show, The,It Makes No Difference
10 He Don't Love You (And He'll Break Your Heart)_,Chest Fever,Daniel And The Sacred Harp - (alternate take),Genetic Method, The,Twilight
11 I Want To Be The Rainmaker,Lonesome Suzie - (alternate take),Time To kill,Chest Fever,Christmas Must Be Tonight
12 Stones I Throw, The,This Wheel's On Fire,All La Glory - (early version),I Don't Want to Hang up My Rock 'N' Roll Shoes,Saga Of Pepote Rouge, The
13 Stones I Throw, The (Will Free All Men) - (with Levon & The Hawks),I Shall Be Released,Shape I'm In, The,Loving You (Is Sweeter Than Ever),Livin' In A Dream
14 Go Go Liza Jane,Yazoo Street Scandal,Stage Fright,Endless Highway,Forbidden Fruit
15 Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window,I Ain't Got No Home,Rumor, The,Move Me,Home Cookin'
16 Tell Me Mama,Orange Juice Blues,Slippin' & Slidin',Two Piano Song,Out Of The Blue
17 Just Like Tom Thumbs Blues,Baby Lou,Don't Do It,Mystery Train,Evangeline - (featuring Emmylou Harris)
18 Words And Numbers,Long Distance Operator,Strawberry Wine,Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, The
19 You Don't Come Through,Key To The Highway,Rockin' Chair,Weight, The - (featuring The Staple Singers)
20 Beautiful Thing,Bessie Smith,Look Out Cleveland
21 Caledonia Mission,4% Pantomime - (featuring Van Morrison)
22 Odds and Ends
23 Ferdinand The Imposter
24 Ruben Remus
25 Will The Circle Be Unbroken
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