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Format: CD
Sku: 254257382
UPC: 602537375271
UPC 14: 00602537375271
Release Date: 9/17/2013
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Muze PNote Not so much an expansion of 1972's classic double-live album Rock of Ages, but an exhaustive tribute to its source material, the four-CD/one-DVD 2013 box set Live at the Academy of Music 1971 digs deep into the Band's year-end four-night stint at New York City's Academy of Music. The original 18-track sequence for the 1972 LP has been abandoned in favor of a double-concert construct, where the first two discs present one version of each of the 29 songs the Band played over the course of these four nights, while the final two discs present the entirety of the New Years Eve concert that capped off this residency; this CD is remixed from the soundboard tapes, and the DVD replicates this New Years Eve concert (note that there is no footage of the NYE concert, so the music is presented with a selection of stills; nevertheless, there are full clips of the Band performing "King Harvest (Has Surely Come)" and "The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show" on December 30, which are welcome). This structure is an appealing one but invites perhaps more duplications than are necessary. The 29 songs on the first two disc contain 11 songs from the New Years Eve show -- including the four-song encore with Bob Dylan -- but the trade-off is the NYE concert is loaded with unheard versions of familiar songs: 16 of the 27 songs are previously unreleased (in contrast, the only unearthed song on the first two discs is a killer version of "Strawberry Wine"). Perhaps some of these performances are ever so slightly rougher than the accompanying ones on the first two discs, but that liveliness is part of the appeal (besides, this is hardly ragged; as enthusiastic as the Band is, they're also supplemented by Allen Toussaint's horn section, so they do need to hit their marks to ensure all the elements fit together). Rock of Ages and, in turn, Live at the Academy of Music 1971 do close out the early years of the Band. They'd tour again, supporting Bob Dylan in 1974, and they turned out a few more records before disbanding in 1976, but they never seemed as triumphant as they did at the end of 1971. Although this box is not perfect -- it's hard not to wish there were no duplications on the first two discs, or the last two -- it is nevertheless a mighty testament to the Band at the peak of their powers. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Compilation Appearances

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Muze Music Compilations Singers Songwriters
Muze Music Compilations 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration
Muze Music Compilations Americana Christmas
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Associated Artists and Works

Dylan, Bob
Before the Flood [Digipak] ~ Dylan, Bob
The Basement Tapes [Digipak] ~ Dylan, Bob
Hudson, Garth
Endless Highway: The Music of The Band ~ Various Artists
Endless Highway: The Music of The Band ~ Various Artists

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 09/17/2013
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2013
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 3737527
Music Label Name Label : Capitol
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 5
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Live
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : DDD
Music UPC UPC : 00602537375271

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Band
Product attributeBox Set:   Yes
Product attributeLabel:   Universal Music Group
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