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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 (7 May 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Original recording reissued, Extra tracks
  • Label: Capitol Records
  • ASIN: B00004W3L2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,018 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Right As Rain (2001 Digital Remaster) 3:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Street Walker (2001 Digital Remaster) 3:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Let The Night Fall (2001 Digital Remaster) 3:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Ain't That A Lot Of Love (2001 Digital Remaster) 3:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Christmas Must Be Tonight (2001 Digital Remaster) 3:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Islands (2001 Digital Remaster) 3:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Saga Of Pepote Rouge (2000 Digital Remaster) 4:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Georgia On My Mind (2001 Digital Remaster) 3:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Knockin' Lost John (2001 Digital Remaster) 3:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Livin' In A Dream (2001 Digital Remaster) 2:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Twilight (2001 Digital Remaster) 3:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Georgia On My Mind (Alternate Take) (2001 Digital Remaster) 3:51£0.99  Buy MP3 

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2001 digitally remastered reissue of 1977 enhanced with 2 BONUS tracks.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Felicia Davis-burden VINE VOICE on 24 Jan 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is The Band on the slide, sad to say, but there are still magical moments. This album is saved from MOR by the beautiful voice of Richard Manuel, mainly on Right As Rain and his extraordinary version of Georgia On My Mind (an alternate version, almost as great, ends the CD). The voices of Rick Danko and Levon Helm are still as affecting as ever, even if the material is less inspired. This is almost a 'Guilty Pleasure' Band album, one that many fans don't want to admit they like! But given a chance, this is still an enjoyable collection of songs. And when Richard Manuel sings, give him your complete attention - he's still here...
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By C. Upfield on 9 Jan 2003
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Following their work with Bob Dylan, The Band produced solid heavyweight albums, which were master classes in style, technique, and sheer depth of performance: Big Pink, The Band, Northern Lights, Stage Fright. When you heard these, you vibrated with the weight of the musicianship, vocals and their stunning arrangements. Then came Islands. At first hearing, I found it weak and insipid, and wondered if the Band had lost their way, or just lost it. After a few more plays, I realised that the same quality was there, but they had taken a new direction: a softer approach, gentler and less demanding, but maintaining the integrity of their work. It would be true to say that this is a wee gem. It glows rather than sparkles, you won't vibrate, but you will lie back and float away.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mike C on 8 April 2011
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Well everybody says this is The Band on their way down but I think that is more about their misplaced loyalty to the early albums than reality. Reality is that Music From Big Pink now sounds pretty rough to my ears whilst Islands is the most accessible and tune friendly album they ever produced. Tracks such as Living In A Dream and Aint That A Lot Of Love are stompers to rank with their best songs. Then there are beautiful tracks suchs as the exquisite Let The Night Fall and Christmas Must Be Tonight (for me an unrivalled tear leaden song about Christmas). Add to this a brilliant rendition of Georgia and the instrumental track Islands which is truly superb (no, when I say it's superb it is because I only deal with highly listenable songs). Go on...it doesn't cost a lot to buy this album and it's real easy to slip on to the hi fi and just enjoy. Because it is tunefull bliss! Ignore the critics - they lost their snooty ways on this one!
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Another underrated record which I held out getting for years (along with Cahoots). Glad I picked it up now. Some good material: funky, tightly played songs. Well worth investigating!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey Millar on 30 Nov 2009
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The Band is one of my all time favourite groups, who produced some of the best live studio (and bootleg!) albums ever.

However, this CD - the last Robbie Robertson era Band album - is really disappointing. It could be viewed as The Band's 'contractual obligation' album for Capitol: it certainly sounds as if it was recorded without much energy or enthusiasm and seems like a collection of outtakes and bits left over from other projects.

On the plus side, the album has the late Richard Manuel's superb version of 'Georgia', with a good outtake of the song as a bonus. Levon's cover of 'Aint That a Lot of Love' is very enjoyable but belongs more on 'Moondog Matinee'. And that's about it, really: most the songs don't measure up to The Band's high standards.

The CD sound is much more punchy and has more presence than the LP,which is good, but the drum sound in particular is still feeble compared to other Band albums.

The musicianship and singing are fine, and I really tried to like this album, but it mostly sounds like an album by the HeeGeeGeeBees "Bland". Recommended only if cheap.
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