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  • Format: Full Screen, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Italian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Eagle Rock
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Dec. 2008
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RJAZ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,390 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A look behind the scenes at the making of The Band's eponymous album, originally released in 1969. All the members of the band, and other famous rock musicians (including Eric Clapton and George Harrison), recall all the goings on and the influence the band had on rock music.

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Comprising Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel and Robbie Robertson, The Band were signed to Capitol Records in 1968 and embarked on a recording career that witnessed eight U.S. Top 40 albums.
The Band’s eponymously titled 1969 album reached number 9 in the Billboard chart, secured 24 weeks in the Top 40, and sold over a million copies. It is now regarded as a rock classic, emphasising The Band’s brilliant ability to merge a variety of musical influences.
At the time of the album’s release, the US album charts were in the grip of psychedelic rock, yet The Band bucked the musical trends of the day and produced a musical and lyrical take on America, that resonates as strongly today as upon its release over thirty years ago.
Featuring interviews with the surviving members of the band, together with fellow musicians including Eric Clapton, George Harrison, and Don Was, this film underlines The Band’s enormous contribution to popular music history and confirms why, for many music lovers they will always be The Band.

Subtitles: Dutch, German, Italian, Portugese, Spanish, French, English.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By S J Buck TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 July 2006
Format: DVD
This DVD has tracks from both The Bands first two albums. So you get some analysis of the first album (Big Pink) as well as the famous brown album. The reason being that they were all recorded at the same sessions.

Its a fabulous documentary, with great interviews and analysis at the mixing desk, perhaps most memorably Levon who still gets carried away with the music.

Little known gems like Whispering Pines are given added poignancy when Richard Manuels suicide is mentioned late on in the film. Sadly Rick Danko died a few years after this film was made. When you think that Richard Manuel, Rick Danko and Levon Helm all variously sang lead vocals, depending on the song, you begin to realise how unique this group was in its original line-up.

Garth Hudson improvises at the keyboard for the camera a number of times demonstrating one of his many talents. We also see him playing Soprano Sax with John Simon - getting that classic Band horn sound.

Although not discussed in the film, it is documented that Levon has a problem with Robbie, so Robbie gets little credit (if any) from Levon. I don't think the reverse is true, but the truth in these matters is always difficult to establish.

There is some great early 70's footage of the group playing at the pink house, plus the inevitable clips from The Last Waltz.

Various musicians, including Eric Clapton, George Harrison and Don Was extoll the virtues of the group and there are some interesting points made by Greil Marcus. Sometimes Marcus can be a little pretentious, but most of the time here he doesn't go to far overboard.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Martyn Jones (Shakey Bluesman) on 3 April 2013
Format: DVD
I've owned this DVD for probably 6/7 years and have watched it at least two dozen times, probably many more.

I don't intend to discuss the music content in any depth. That has been well covered in other reviews here.

What I would like to say though is what a unique piece of work this is! Nowhere to my knowledge is there any other DVD/video on the market that includes a personal contribution by the 4 surviving members of the Band, at the time (plus John Simon), on the making of this their second and arguably finest album. Several tracks from their first album, 'Music From Big Pink' are also discussed by the band members.

I find the interviews with Levon, Rick, Robbie, Garth and John both interesting and inspiring. You also get an insite into their personal relationships both at the time of the making the 'Band Album' and the making of this DVD. ie The rift between Robbie and Levon, the great friendship between Rick, Levon, Garth, and John, and their fondness for Richard Manuel who died in March 1986.

There are further contributions and quite surprising and interesting points of view given by the late, great George Harrison, and Eric Clapton amongst others.

Sadly both Rick (December 1999), and more recently Levon (April 2012), have since died, which leaves this piece of work an even more poignant documentary into the history of this unique band of individuals and the importance of their place in the evolvement of North American Music.

If like myself, your a lover of The Band and the very special music they have produced, you will love this DVD and also like me, will never tire of watching it.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. J. Dunn on 10 Aug. 2000
Format: DVD
The 75 min expanded version of the recently broadcast "classic albums" programme was tempting. It's a few years since i've even played this wonderful record. The tv documentary is warm, funny, evocative, atmospheric, informative, and full of the music, and full of The Band. Full with interviews/playing, serious critics, modest musicians (and Robbie). The extra footage is fine. Glad i've bought it but, beware!: the DVD has no features other than language overdubs. My copy has the entire 75 mins in one 'chapter'. If you press 'skip' you're back to the start! All my film DVD's have 'chapters' - skip between scenes etc. No such facility here. Skip back and watch 'that bit' again? - no chance! Easier to rewind a VHS version I reckon. Love and recommend the film (full marks), but no marks for the DVD facilities. Are all the 'classic albums' on DVD as limited?
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Jan. 2002
Format: VHS Tape
In the minds of most musicians and listeners, great albums fall into two categories: those that will fade away and those that will remain forever. The Band's "Brown Album" is undoubtably one of the few that will be listed in the latter category.
For many, the choice of some of the albums in this particular BBC series were dubious to say the least, but this album is definitely one of the one's that was an exception.
Featuring analysis by Jim Keltner, Eric Clapton and the late George Harrison, this album is reviewed and listened to song by song, featuring interviews with those who performed and recorded.
If you appreciate eclectic music that tells a story, then look no further, as no band does it better.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Mar. 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
A few reasons to own this DVD: Levon Helm's response to hearing the tapes of 'Rag Mama Rag' three decades later; Garth Hudson's schizoid mumblings; Robbie Robertson explaining the genesis of 'The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down' and Rick Danko's life enhancing reflection on the group's legacy:"When we were young I thought music could change the world. Now I realise we're just here to help the neighbourhood."
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