What a terrific album: expanded from the original issue with a full CD of extra material and new liner notes, this set features almost all The Band's best songs, recorded live with a great horn section on many tracks.
The set also features four songs from surprise guest Bob Dylan, including When I Paint My Masterpiece and two Basement Tapes songs, Don't Ya Tell Henry and Down in the Flood.
The unreleased songs are great, particularly I Shall be Released, Rockin Chair and Loving You is Sweeter than Ever. The latter is a good complement to Don't Yo Do It, the concert opener. Have a listen to Rick's bass in these two songs, very funky indeed.
The sound is crisp and clear, but also has warmth, with bass, drums and piano beautifully recorded and mixed. All the musicians and singers are in great form and I can't think of a dud track, even the Dylan numbers have a groovy sloppiness about them.
Note that the original CD issue was also a double set, but just had the original vinyl tracks spread over the CDs. This set has all the original album on the first CD, so be sure to order the new one!
RIP Rick Danko and Richard Manuel.