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Live At The Academy Of Music 1971

The Band Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (7 Oct 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B00E3JGCHO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,570 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show (Live At The Academy Of Music / 1971) 3:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The Shape I'm In (Live At The Academy Of Music / 1971) 3:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Caledonia Mission (Live At The Academy Of Music / 1971) 3:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Don't Do It (Live At The Academy Of Music / 1971) 4:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Stage Fright (Live At The Academy Of Music / 1971) 4:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. I Shall Be Released (Live At The Academy Of Music / 1971) 4:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Up On Cripple Creek (Live At The Academy Of Music / 1971) 4:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. This Wheel's On Fire (Live At The Academy Of Music / 1971) 3:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Strawberry Wine (Live At The Academy Of Music / 1971) 3:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. King Harvest (Has Surely Come) (Live At The Academy Of Music / 1971) 3:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Time To Kill (Live At The Academy Of Music / 1971) 4:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (Live At The Academy Of Music / 1971) 4:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Across The Great Divide (Live At The Academy Of Music / 1971) 3:270.99  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Life Is A Carnival (Live At The Academy Of Music / 1971) 4:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Get Up Jake (Live At The Academy Of Music / 1971) 3:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Rag Mama Rag (Live At The Academy Of Music / 1971) 4:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Unfaithful Servant (Live At The Academy Of Music / 1971) 4:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Weight (Live At The Academy Of Music / 1971) 5:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Rockin' Chair (Live At The Academy Of Music / 1971) 4:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Smoke Signal (Live At The Academy Of Music / 1971) 5:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Rumor (Live At The Academy Of Music / 1971) 5:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Genetic Method (Live At The Academy Of Music / 1971) 7:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Chest Fever (Live At The Academy Of Music / 1971) 5:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. (I Don't Want To) Hang Up My Rock And Roll Shoes (Live At The Academy Of Music / 1971) 4:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever (Live At The Academy Of Music / 1971) 3:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Down In The Flood (Live At The Academy Of Music / 1971) 5:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. When I Paint My Masterpiece (Live At The Academy Of Music / 1971) 4:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Don't Ya Tell Henry (Live At The Academy Of Music / 1971) 3:550.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Like A Rolling Stone (Live At The Academy Of Music / 1971) 5:250.99  Buy MP3 


Product Description

...'The Rock Of Ages Concerts' : (2CD) 2013 collection of 'highlight's from their legendary NYC concerts, including 4 songs performed with Bob Dylan.Newly mixed by Bob Clearmountain

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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
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This is a review of the 4 CD + 1 DVD edition.

DISCS 1 + 2: the first two discs comprise the very same Rock of Ages performances released on the 2001 2CD edition (plus "Strawberry Wine" and "Smoke Signal" but minus "Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever"), with different running order and brand new mix.
The new Bob Clearmountain mix sounds great inasmuch it vastly enhances the performances of the five members of The Band. Their playing is allowed to truly stand out and is given new depth and detail. This is quite exciting, but on the other hand, the horn section is pushed in the background and mixed very low. The harmonies, the counterpoints and the obbligatos played by the horns are barely audible on many of the tracks, and in my opinion this is a wrong move because Allen Toussaint's arrangements were superb. The question is: since the whole point of those 1971 concerts was to play and record with a horn section, experimenting with Touissant's arrangements and some of the world's greatest horn players, why now mix it out of the performances? Beats me. This is where, in my opinion, the Rock of Ages discs still sound superior.

DISCS 3 + 4: a "soundboard mix" of the whole New Year's Eve concert. 11 of these performances are the same performances included in Rock of Ages and in the first 2 CDs of this set. There are 16 previously unreleased performances (same songs, though).
This is a very basic, almost dull mix, with vocals up-front and the instruments a bit jumbled together. Robertson & son (who apparently did the mix) have been quoted saying that this soundboard mix sounds like "a great bootleg". Right. But who needs a bootleg when 2 different professional multitrack mixes from these concerts are already available?
Discs 3 & 4 are a curio which quickly becomes boring...
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Sound, BUT 12 Oct 2013
By Sordel TOP 500 REVIEWER
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MUSIC & SOUND

The Band's Rock Of Ages is regularly counted amongst the great live albums, but when it was originally issued it was billed as a live album taken from the recording of their concert at The Academy Of Music on December 31st, 1971. In fact, the album was compiled from recordings at the same venue taken over the span of four nights, of which the New Year's Eve performance was the last. Various issues of Rock Of Ages have added bonus tracks, but this five disc set is an attempt to readdress history in a more radical way.

Accordingly, the first two discs give us an augmented & remastered Rock Of Ages (an attempt to give us as the best possible version of the album as originally compiled) and discs three & four give us, complete and in order, New Year's Eve. Although they've described the NYE mix as a "soundboard mix" this is not, in fact, a stereo feed from the soundboard but a completely new mix from the multi-track master. With notably less audience noise, this mix gets us closer to the action on stage.

Due to the overlap between Rock Of Ages and NYE, you end up with almost exactly the same songs on the first & second pair of discs, with eleven actual performances shared (including the climactic set with Bob Dylan). There's a logic to what they've done, but it results in a poor value package for someone expecting four CDs of The Band live rather than a meticulous exploration of one special album.

Sound on the Rock Of Ages discs is very good, and very enjoyable, but for me the New Year's Eve concert is too revealing, putting the performances under a microscope. If you're going to pick one version of these concerts for repeated listening, I think it will be the first two discs, which are separately available.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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First thing first.
It's THE BAND!
25 tracks plus 4 encores with DYLAN!
Beautiful package for the price.
Add to that the monster of mix by Bob Clearmountain.
He's delivered some awesome albums in his career but the sound of this package will impress you.
Hardly any crowd noise, buzzes,glitches, and other interference.
Like they were in the studio.
Don't think twice;GET THIS!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You May Have All The Albums - Still Get This! 7 April 2014
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This ranks with "Live At Watkins Glen" as showcasing one of the 20th century's most influential and enjoyable bands at their best.
A couple of the cover versions are a bit ropey, but all the original Band songs highlight how those disparate voices gel into an unforgettable whole, around a series of perfectly ramshackle musical masterpieces.
If you like this, do buy the Last two Levon Helm albums and the two Robbie Robertson solos, then wonder at how two such distinctive musicians could be in the same supergroup.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The fog has lifted ! 7 Oct 2013
By big Al
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I only became aware last week that this album was being released.Despite possessing "Rock of Ages",thought "what the hell,give it a go".
Glad I did so.This is a stunning mix by Bob Clearmountain,whoever he is.Never heard of him,but what a job he has done.
New life has been breathed into these songs.Voices and instruments are crystal clear.Levon Helms' drumming,in particular, is crisper,and the "high end" is high ! That was first thing that struck me,but the sheer musicality of these recordings has had a light shone upon it.
Like a fog has lifted.
Buy it,bin "Rock of Ages" and enjoy.
Time for a beer and another listen !
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor CD quality in manufacturing
I received the The Band - Live at the Academy of Music 1971 for Christmas and everything was going fine until I tried to play disc 2. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Psysonic
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
a great live recording , Band on top from , and Dylan too. dvd was disappointing no live film or pictures
Published 9 months ago by Geoffrey Harris
1.0 out of 5 stars Misleading selling
The product advertised contained a review of completely different product which mentioned another2 CD's and a MP 3track. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Petsim
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff.
It's a shame I didn't know about the 5 disc box before I committed to this, but it's always been a great concert and I still love Rock Of Ages.
Published 9 months ago by roger leeming
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor substitute for the real thing...
Don't waste your money on this truncated version of a great concert. Even though it costs a fair bit more, go straight to the 4 CD/1 DVD box. Read more
Published 9 months ago by G. Duff
5.0 out of 5 stars it's the Band what else is there to say
It's the Band - music and movie. Should be on the national curriculum to show our kids how good music can be.
Published 9 months ago by tony kenny
5.0 out of 5 stars The Band Live
A superb package for those who don't wish to shell out for the 4 Disc box set of the same concerts. The re-mastered sound is much improved over the previous issue '' Rock of Ages''... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Stoneshelp
5.0 out of 5 stars The second best remaster of Rock of Ages
This Clearmountain remaster is nothing short of amazing for the price.(OK the 2 disc CD set (the 5 disc set is over the top price wise. Read more
Published 10 months ago by MR. R
3.0 out of 5 stars Half Good
The first disc of the two CD set I received is great - one of my favourite bands playing at their peak. The second CD was a complete let down. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ed
5.0 out of 5 stars Bob Clearmountain
Bob Clearmountain has mixed the Rolling Stones' recent bootleg series releases, including the infamous Brussels Affair which is probably the best of the lot. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Stephen Lawrie
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