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For about six years, from 1968 through 1975, the Band was one of the most popular and influential rock groups in the world, their music embraced by critics (and, to a somewhat lesser degree, the public) as seriously as the music of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Their albums were analyzed and reviewed as intensely as any records by their one-time employer and sometime mentor Bob Dylan. ... Read more in Amazon's The Band Store

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  • Audio CD (12 Feb. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00004YL5D
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,011 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. The Weight (2000 - Remaster) 4:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Tears Of Rage (2000 Digital Remaster) 5:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Chest Fever (2000 Digital Remaster) 5:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. I Shall Be Released (2000 Digital Remaster) 3:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Up On Cripple Creek (2000 - Remaster) 4:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (2000 - Remaster) 3:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Rag Mama Rag (24-Bit Remastered 00) (2000 Digital Remaster) 3:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. King Harvest (Has Surely Come) (2000 Digital Remaster) 3:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Shape I'm In (2000 - Remaster) 4:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Stage Fright (2000 Digital Remaster) 3:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Time To Kill (2000 Digital Remaster) 3:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Life Is A Carnival (2000 Digital Remaster) 3:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. When I Paint My Masterpiece (2000 Digital Remaster) 4:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Ain't Got No Home (2000 Digital Remaster) 3:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. It Makes No Difference (2001 Digital Remaster) 6:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Ophelia (2001 Digital Remaster) 3:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Acadian Driftwood (2001 Digital Remaster) 6:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. The Saga Of Pepote Rouge (2000 Digital Remaster) 4:15£0.79  Buy MP3 

Product Description

1.The Weight (Single Version) (2000 Digital Remaster)
2.Tears Of Rage
3.Chest Fever
4.I Shall Be Released (24-Bit Remastered 00) (2000 Digital Remaster)
5.Up On Cripple Creek
6.The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (24-Bit Mastered 00)
7.Rag Mama Rag
8.King Harvest (Has Surely Come) (24-Bit Remastered 00)
9.The Shape I'm In
10.Stage Fright (24-Bit Remastered 00) (2000 Digital Remaster)
11.Time To Kill
12.Life Is A Carnival (24-Bit Remastered 00)
13.When I Paint My Masterpiece
14.Ain't Got No Home
15.It Makes No Difference (24-Bit Remastered 00)
17.Acadian Driftwood
18.The Saga Of Pepote Rouge

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By David Abbott on 1 Sept. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Listening to this album for the first time as a fan of The Last Waltz, but without knowing anything else about The Band, I was initially somewhat disappointed. The overall sound mix seemed hollow compared to the live versions of songs like Ophelia, yet one would normally expect a studio album to sound fuller and more rounded than a live effort. Worse, the production is flawed, with many of the tracks noisy and slightly damaged in some places.
But on a repeated listening and after following The Last Waltz's on-screen advice to turn the volume up, this collection grew on me - and has continued to grow on me, to the extent that I now spend much of my days annoying my colleagues by humming or singing, badly, some of the songs on this CD.
The Band, and lead guitarist Robbie Robertson in particular, must be amongst the greatest songwriters ever. The melodies are catchy and the arrangements are exquisitely put together. The lyrics are always intelligent and are often a daring historical narrative or social commentary, the best exemplar being the devastating Acadian Driftwood.
First and foremost, however, The Band are performers and are genuine masters of this craft. Every song is simply perfect: the musicians blend perfectly, the harmonies work perfectly and the individual performances are nothing short of stunning. The use of three "lead" singers with distinctive individual voices, far from being distracting, is a clever way of lending separate narrative voices to songs. The result of this careful arrangement is to instill a deep emotion into every track, which, combined with the intelligence of the writing, results in a powerful, unforgettable song in almost every instance, fusing country, blues and rock in a unique style.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 5 April 2008
Format: Audio CD
Probabably the first use of the term Americana was used to describe the music and songs of the Band.Psychedelic music had morphed into acid rock ezcess and Prog Rock in England.The only way to go was backwards.The rather ridiculous criticism of country music was made null and void by the Band who were equally influnced themselves by what has now been called Roots Music
With Dylan as the way in the 70s would become the era of the Band.
In this country the biggest hit could have been The Night they drove Old Dixie down but made by Joan Baez.
Thus the Band were known as album artists who would bow out with The Last Waltz.
A recent covermount CD Across the Great Divide is of music they influenced
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S Bailey on 16 Feb. 2014
Format: Audio CD
The odds seem to be pretty heavily stacked against Greatest Hits: the well-liked two-CD anthology of 1990, To Kingdom Come, provides a more comprehensive introduction to The Band; this 2000 release's title is a bit of a misnomer given that they only had two US Top 40 hit singles; the enigmatic black-and white portrait of the group that adorns the cover is spoilt by the jarring superimposition of an unattractive logo; and the long sleeve-note by Rob Bowman is ridiculously pompous (It begins with the unappealing sentence: "The Band were singularly unique in the annals of North American music".)

Yet this digitally-remastered 18 track CD - taken from the 7 studio albums The Band issued between 1968 and 1977 - provides a pretty compelling overview of this roots-rock rock quintet from Canada. How does it do that? By shrewdly deciding to draw heavily from their first three albums: Music From Big Pink (1968); The Band (1969), and Stage Fright (1970). That means material that regularly features in critics' and fans' lists of the Top 10 songs by the group appears here like: 'I Shall Be Released'; 'The Weight'; 'Chest Fever'; 'King Harvest (Has Surely Come)'; 'The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down'; 'The Shape I'm In', and 'Stage Fright'. These evocative songs, with their yearning vocal harmonies, unflashy soul and funk inflections, and imagery of moon-lit cornfields and small-town dreaming, provide a powerful and effective contrast to the psychedelic era in which they were created. They also provide evidence of The Band's much documented closeness, which was said to have derived from having spent years on the road backing rockabilly showman Ronnie Hawkins and an electrified Bob Dylan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By gille liath TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 Jun. 2014
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Nobody can deny their influence; echoes of this music can be heard in everyone from Zeppelin and the Stones to Van Morrison and Dexy's Midnight Runners. So why are The Band nowhere near as well known as any of those? Maybe it's because when you take the ego and posing out of rock, you risk taking the inspiration out too. If the Revolution ever comes, this is how rock will be afterwards: generic, faceless, devoid of any element of exploration, idealism or threat; the music of men who are skilled craftsmen, but not artists.

It's ironic that the booklet claims they were the first to produce music for listening rather than dancing (a nonsense anyway), because actually this is a definite step away from meaning and towards 'feel'. The vocals are low in the mix, and I'd defy even ardent Band fans to tell me what half these numbers are about - you get the impression that it just doesn't matter. Some are 'history book' songs, such as are the stock in trade of Iron Maiden, which is usually a dead giveaway that a songwriter has nothing personal to say; it even turns out that hippie anthem The Weight is actually about resentment at having to do a friend a favour. As the late Rik Mayall said, Woo-oodstock!

What The Band invented was not rock per se but AOR: pleasant, undemanding background music, whether for dancing or otherwise, produced by and for contented middle-aged folk. This album is very listenable, thoroughly enjoyable, but it certainly doesn't set the pulse racing.
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