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The Band – The Band (1969/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

The Band – The Band (1969/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time ~ 43:37 minutes | 1.58 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet , Front Cover | © Capitol Records
Recorded in 1969 in West Hollywood, CA

The Band’s self-titled album was their second studio album, originally release in 1969. The Bandreached #9 on Billboard’s Pop Albums chart in 1970, and it’s single “Up on Cripple Creek” peaked at #25 on Billboard’s Pop Singles chart in 1970. The album spotlights people, places, and historical folklore within the United States.

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The Band – Islands (1977/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

The Band – Islands (1977/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 34:58 minutes |  718 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download |  Source:HDTracks |  Front cover | © Capitol Records
Recorded: December 1972 – January 1977; Shangri-la Studios; Village Recorders, Los Angeles, CA

When The Band announced their retirement from touring, it was with the important addendum that they’d continue to record together. In actuality, the only album that subsequently emerged was „Island“, which also served to finish out the band’s contract with Capitol Records. At the time of its release in 1977, it was received with some dismay by fans anxious for a repeat of the powerful „Northern Lights Southern Cross“ of two years previous. With the passing of time having removed the pressures of those expectations, „Island“ can be heard as an album that, while fragmented, includes some fine gems. The musicianship throughout is never less than compelling. Richard Manuel’s vocal on “Georgia On My Mind” is alone worth the price of admission–he sings it as if the thousand other classic versions never existed.

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The Band – Stage Fright (1970/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

The Band – Stage Fright (1970/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time ~ 35:45 minutes | 1.32 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | © Capitol Records
Recorded between May-June 1970 at Woodstock Playhouse in Woodstock, New York

Stage Fright is The Band’s third studio album, originally released in 1970 by Capitol Records. All of the tracks on the album were written and composed by Robbie Robertson, only a few co-written with Richard Manuel and Levon Helm. The Band departed slightly from their earlier sounds, creating a darker rock album that didn’t focus on vocal harmonies as much as they had in the previous two albums.

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The Band – Music From Big Pink (1968/2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

The Band – Music From Big Pink (1968/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 41:18 minutes | 1,8 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Front cover | © Capitol Records

Chart History/Awards
– Ranked #34 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
– Inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998.

Music from Big Pink is the debut studio album by legendary group The Band. It was released in 1968, and the title refers to “Big Pink”, a house shared by Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, and Garth Hudson where some of the music for the album was composed. Al Kooper of Rolling Stone gave the album a rave review, and the album also gained attention due to the fact that Bob Dylan co-wrote three songs (as well as illustrating the cover art himself). In the years since its release, Music from Big Pink has been praised by many; Roger Waters has called it the second “most influential record in the history of rock and roll” after Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and that it “affected Pink Floyd deeply, deeply, deeply.”

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The Band – Cahoots (1971/2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

The Band – Cahoots (1971/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 43:15 minutes | 1,71 GB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Front cover | © Capitol Records

Cahoots is The Band’s fourth studio album and was released in 1971. It would be their last all-original studio album for four years. The songs on the album were all written or co-written by Robbie Robertson, with the exception of Bob Dylan’s “When I Paint My Masterpiece,” which is track two on the album. Other co-writers on the album included Van Morrison, Rick Danko, and Levon Helm.

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The Band – Music From Big Pink (1968) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2014] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

The Band – Music From Big Pink (1968) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2014]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 42:02 minutes | Scans included | 1,70 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 817 MB

None of the Band’s previous work gave much of a clue about how they would sound when they released their first album in July 1968. As it was, Music from Big Pink came as a surprise. At first blush, the group seemed to affect the sound of a loose jam session, alternating emphasis on different instruments, while the lead and harmony vocals passed back and forth as if the singers were making up their blend on the spot. In retrospect, especially as the lyrics sank in, the arrangements seemed far more considered and crafted to support a group of songs that took family, faith, and rural life as their subjects and proceeded to imbue their values with uncertainty. Some songs took on the theme of declining institutions less clearly than others, but the points were made musically as much as lyrically. Tenor Richard Manuel’s haunting, lonely voice gave the album much of its frightening aspect, while Rick Danko’s and Levon Helm’s rough-hewn styles reinforced the songs’ rustic fervor. The dominant instrument was Garth Hudson’s often icy and majestic organ, while Robbie Robertson’s unusual guitar work further destabilized the sound. The result was an album that reflected the turmoil of the late ’60s in a way that emphasized the tragedy inherent in the conflicts. Music from Big Pink came off as a shockingly divergent musical statement only a year after the ornate productions of Sgt. Pepper, and initially attracted attention because of the three songs Bob Dylan had either written or co-written. However, as soon as “The Weight” became a minor singles chart entry, the album and the group made their own impact, influencing a movement toward roots styles and country elements in rock. Over time, Music from Big Pink came to be regarded as a watershed work in the history of rock, one that introduced new tones and approaches to the constantly evolving genre.

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The Band – The Band (1969) [MFSL 2013] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

The Band – The Band (1969) [MFSL 2013]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 44:00 minutes | Scans included | 1,78 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 904 MB
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 2129

The Band’s first album, Music from Big Pink, seemed to come out of nowhere, with its ramshackle musical blend and songs of rural tragedy. The Band, the group’s second album, was a more deliberate and even more accomplished effort, partially because the players had become a more cohesive unit, and partially because guitarist Robbie Robertson had taken over the songwriting, writing or co-writing all 12 songs. Though a Canadian, Robertson focused on a series of American archetypes from the union worker in “King Harvest (Has Surely Come)” and the retired sailor in “Rockin’ Chair” to, most famously, the Confederate Civil War observer Virgil Cane in “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.” The album effectively mixed the kind of mournful songs that had dominated Music from Big Pink, here including “Whispering Pines” and “When You Awake” (both co-written by Richard Manuel), with rollicking uptempo numbers like “Rag Mama Rag” and “Up on Cripple Creek” (both sung by Levon Helm and released as singles, with “Up on Cripple Creek” making the Top 40). As had been true of the first album, it was The Band’s sound that stood out the most, from Helm’s (and occasionally Manuel’s) propulsive drumming to Robertson’s distinctive guitar fills and the endlessly inventive keyboard textures of Garth Hudson, all topped by the rough, expressive singing of Manuel, Helm, and Rick Danko that mixed leads with harmonies. The arrangements were simultaneously loose and assured, giving the songs a timeless appeal, while the lyrics continued to paint portraits of 19th century rural life (especially Southern life, as references to Tennessee and Virginia made clear), its sometimes less savory aspects treated with warmth and humor.

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The Band – Music From Big Pink (1968) [MFSL 2009] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

The Band – Music From Big Pink (1968) [MFSL 2009]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 40:50 minutes | Scans included | 1,67 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 802 MB
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 2044

None of the Band’s previous work gave much of a clue about how they would sound when they released their first album in July 1968. As it was, Music from Big Pink came as a surprise. At first blush, the group seemed to affect the sound of a loose jam session, alternating emphasis on different instruments, while the lead and harmony vocals passed back and forth as if the singers were making up their blend on the spot. In retrospect, especially as the lyrics sank in, the arrangements seemed far more considered and crafted to support a group of songs that took family, faith, and rural life as their subjects and proceeded to imbue their values with uncertainty. Some songs took on the theme of declining institutions less clearly than others, but the points were made musically as much as lyrically. Tenor Richard Manuel’s haunting, lonely voice gave the album much of its frightening aspect, while Rick Danko’s and Levon Helm’s rough-hewn styles reinforced the songs’ rustic fervor. The dominant instrument was Garth Hudson’s often icy and majestic organ, while Robbie Robertson’s unusual guitar work further destabilized the sound. The result was an album that reflected the turmoil of the late ’60s in a way that emphasized the tragedy inherent in the conflicts. Music from Big Pink came off as a shockingly divergent musical statement only a year after the ornate productions of Sgt. Pepper, and initially attracted attention because of the three songs Bob Dylan had either written or co-written. However, as soon as “The Weight” became a minor singles chart entry, the album and the group made their own impact, influencing a movement toward roots styles and country elements in rock. Over time, Music from Big Pink came to be regarded as a watershed work in the history of rock, one that introduced new tones and approaches to the constantly evolving genre.

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The Band – Northern Lights-Southern Cross (1975) [MFSL 2010] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

The Band – Northern Lights-Southern Cross (1975) [MFSL 2010]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 40:37 minutes | Scans included | 1,64 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 799 MB
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 2047

The first studio album of Band originals in four years, in many respects Northern Lights-Southern Cross was viewed as a comeback. It also can be seen as a swan song. The album was the Band’s finest since their self-titled sophomore effort. Totaling eight songs in all, on this album the Band explores new timbres, utilizing for the first time 24 tracks and what was (then) new synthesizer technology. “Acadian Driftwood” stands out as one of Robertson’s finest compositions, the equal to anything else the Band ever recorded.

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The Band – Stage Fright (1970) [MFSL 2011] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

The Band – Stage Fright (1970) [MFSL 2011]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 36:29 minutes | Scans included | 1,48 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 754 MB
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 2048

Stage Fright, the Band’s third album, sounded on its surface like the group’s first two releases, Music From Big Pink and The Band, employing the same dense arrangements, with their mixture of a deep bottom formed by drummer Levon Helm and bassist Rick Danko, penetrating guitar work by Robbie Robertson, and the varied keyboard work of pianist Richard Manuel and organist Garth Hudson, with Helm, Danko, and Manuel’s vocals on top. But the songs this time around were far more personal, and, despite a nominal complacency, quite troubling. Only “All La Glory,” Robertson’s song about the birth of his daughter, was fully positive. “Strawberry Wine” and “Sleeping” were celebrations of indolence, while “Time to Kill,” as its title implied, revealed boredom while claiming romantic contentment. Several of the album’s later songs seemed to be metaphors for trouble the group was encountering, with “The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show” commenting on the falseness of show business, “Daniel and the Sacred Harp” worrying about a loss of integrity, and the title song talking about the pitfalls of fortune and fame. “The Shape I’m In” was perhaps the album’s most blatant statement of panic. the Band was widely acclaimed after its first two albums; Stage Fright seemed to be the group’s alarmed response, which made it their most nakedly confessional. It was certainly different from their previous work, which had tended toward story-songs set in earlier times, but it was hardly less compelling for that.

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