The Band Stage Fright Numbered Limited Edition 180g LP
Half-Speed Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Transcendent Sound!
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1970 Set an Organic, Iconic Rock Landmark
This album shivers with raw emotions, dark confessionals, and intense singing!
A sharp stylistic and thematic detour away from its first two albums, the Band’s
Stage Fright is a compelling snapshot of a group coping with massive success and
internal changes. Recorded in 1970 at the Woodstock Playhouse, the set shivers
with raw emotions, dark confessionals, and intense singing. Largely devoid of
the quintet’s trademark all-for-one harmony vocals, Stage Fright is an utterly
distinctive piece of the Band’s catalog—and a historic landmark that’s a
necessary part of any music collection.
“When Stage Fright came about, all I was doing was feeling my way along. But,
where everybody was in a huddle on both Big Pink and The Band, with Stage Fright
it didn’t feel like we were all connected in the same kind of way. In this
period of experimentation in life, in music, in drugs, people kept wanting to
stretch and reach and go somewhere and try things and, in the course of that,
some real alienation can take place as well. When these things are chemically
induced, you can feel an incredible shutdown of communication.” –guitarist
Robbie Robertson, as told to Rob Bowman
Such splintered camaraderie and personal demons appear in now-famous songs such
as the title track, “The Shape I’m In,” and “The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show.”
The music is rife with palpable tension, and as a credit to the Band’s unique
sound, absolutely singular. It’s impossible to think of any other group playing
these tunes. Robertson’s balladic ode to his daughter, “All La Glory,” featuring
a gorgeous vocal turn from Levon Helm, provides a sunny contrast to the darker
Circumstances behind the recording sessions also reflected the mood. While the
Band had intended to capture the album in one take in front of a small crowd at
the theater, the town residents vetoed the idea due to concerns over being
inundated by too many visitors. Consequently, the Band played to an audience of
no one, sometimes with the curtains closed and other times, with them open. Todd
Rundgren, who engineered the album, couldn’t even see what was going on — he was
sitting in a canvas prop tent that became the control room, behind the theater.
As always, Mobile Fidelity half-speed mastered this numbered limited-edition
180g LP from the original master tapes for a superior sonic experience. This
analog edition of Stage Fright bursts with supreme tonal clarity and an airiness
that brings the genius of Rundgren’s preservation of high frequencies to
complete realization. Even the fine textures of the hand drums on the stunning
“Daniel and the Sacred Harp” come to light with microscopic detail. Perfectly
blended, MoFi’s Stage Fright takes its place as the most balanced and punchy
record in the Band’s oeuvre.
Stage Fright is part of Mobile Fidelity’s effort to present the Band’s timeless
music in the highest fidelity possible.
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• Half-Speed Production and Mastering by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
• Specially Plated and Pressed on 180 grams of High Definition Vinyl
• Special Static Free - Dust Free Inner Sleeve
• Heavy Duty Protective Packaging
• Mastered from the Original Master Tapes
1. Strawberry Wine
3. Time To Kill
4. Just Another Whistle Stop
5. All La Glory
1. The Shape I'm In
2. The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show
3. Daniel And The Sacred Harp
4. Stage Fright
5. The Rumor