The Band Rock Of Ages Numbered Limited Edition Hybrid Stereo SACD
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This legendary live set features horn arrangements by Allen Toussaint.
Incredible sound and virtuosic performances!
The Last Waltz gets bigger billing, but The Band’s 1972 live album Rock of Ages
is equally fine. Recorded at the tail end of the group’s Cahoots tour and over
the course of four nights at New York’s Academy of Music at the end of December
1971, the incendiary concert set bookmarks the close of the first phase of the
Rather than follow the lead of most other live records made at the time (and
many since), The Band resist any temptation to improvise or extend its material.
Instead, they play with an intensity, chemistry, and spirit that’s nearly
unrivaled by any other live album. The quintet also draws on a secret weapon:
One Allen Toussaint, who tailors expert horn arrangements for multiple songs, a
move that spices renditions of classics such as "Don’t Do It" and "Chest Fever."
To top it all off, the horn charts are performed by the Rock of Ages Horn
Section - a five-piece ensemble that includes legendary trumpeter Snooky Young
(Count Basie, Lionel Hampton) and saxophonist Joe Farrell (Charles Mingus, Elvin
"I felt very much at home with The Band. You could tell in their music they know
where they’re coming from and they know where they’re going. Each one had an
extremely special interest in what they were doing." - Toussaint, as told to Rob
Do they ever. Unencumbered by the myriad of guests and grandiose sense that
define The Last Waltz, and energized by Toussaint’s invaluable work, Rock of
Ages is the sound of a great band pulling out all the stops. Robbie Robertson’s
guitar solos take "Unfaithful Servant" to a higher ground; "The W.S. Walcott
Medicine Show" kicks with raunchy R&B abandon; Garth Hudson delivers a
show-stealing performance on "The Genetic Method," a thrilling organ piece that
incorporates elements of Anglican church music, folk, classical, and pop - as
well as "Auld Lang Syne," due to its being recorded on New Year’s Eve.
After various inferior editions and reissues, Rock of Ages is finally presented
on an immaculate-sounding hybrid SACD from Mobile Fidelity that lets Toussaint’s
contributions, horn section’s energy, and the Band’s feverish interplay shine
like never before. Mastered from the original tapes, the open, airy, natural,
and balanced sound will have you returning to Rock of Ages again
Other titles by The Band on Limited Edition Mobile Fidelity SACD are Northern Lights - Southern Cross
(MOBSA2047),Music From Big Pink
(MOBSA2044), and Cahoots
• Super Audio CD
• SACD Stereo SACD Layer
• This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• Mastered From Original Master Tapes
1. Don't Do It
2. King Harvest (Has Surely Come)
3. Caledonia Mission
4. Get Up Jake
5. The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show
6. Stage Fright
7. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
8. Across The Great Divide
9. This Wheel's On Fire
10. Rag Mama Rag
11. The Weight
12. The Shape
13. Unfaithful Servant
14. Life Is A Carnival
15. The Genetic Method
16. Chest Fever
17. (I Don't Want To) Hang Up / My Rock And Roll Shoes