Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Band's Live Performance From The Academy Of Music Gets Remastered

Coming this Tuesday, September 17, is the high-profile release of The Band's 1971 concert at New York City's Academy of Music. The new set features four newly remastered CDs worth of live material from the four shows The Band performed at the end of the year in 1971, including the entire uncut New Year's Eve show that featured special guest Bob Dylan. A fifth disc is a DVD featuring the songs in 5.1 Surround mixes, and also offering newly discovered footage of two songs filmed by Howard Alk and Murray Lerner along with pictures from the Band's run of performances.
 
Guitarist Robbie Robertson was not happy with the remastered version of the album "Rock of Ages," which featured songs from that string of shows. He decided to take matters into his own hands by remastering and producing the shows with help from Michael Murphy, Matt D’Amico and Bob Clearmountain. The final product is housed in a deluxe, 48-page hardbound book with previously unseen photos, a reproduction of Rolling Stone’s original "Rock of Ages" review by magazine co-founder Ralph J. Gleason, an essay by The Band’s Robbie Robertson, and appreciations of The Band and the set’s recordings by Mumford & Sons and Jim James of My Morning Jacket.
 
The two-minute trailer for this outstanding release can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1Ux2Np9RWQ&feature=share&list=UUt8virctRwIp4RFTV3UchHA.

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