Live at the Academy of Music 1971
One of the defining moments of the Band’s prime was their live album "Rock of Ages," which shot to #6 in ’72. Though it is a certified classic, that LP did not include the Band’s entire 12/31/71 concert at the Academy of Music in NYC; it only collected highlights. The 2-CD edition of this new release brings you performances of every song they played over the four concerts the group gave at that hallowed hall that December: "The Shape I’m In," "Caledonia Mission," "Don’t Do It," "Stage Fright," "I Shall Be Released," "Up on Cripple Creek," "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," "Across the Great Divide," "Down in the Flood," "When I Paint My Masterpiece," "Don’t Ya Tell Henry," "Like a Rolling Stone" (last four featuring their special guest on 12/31, Bob Dylan), and more. The deluxe five-disc edition adds the New Year’s Eve concert’s soundboard mix, uncut and unedited for the first time: "The Weight," "A Time to Kill," "Across the Great Divide," "Unfaithful Servant," "The Genetic Method," "Chest Fever," "Rag Mama Rag," "This Wheel’s on Fire," "Get Up Jake," "Smoke Signal" and more. You’ll find 19 previously unreleased performances on those 4 CDs, and their stereo mixes are joined by a 5.1 surround mix of the New Year’s Eve concert on the DVD, which also unearths newly discovered footage of two songs from these legendary performances: "King Harvest (Has Surely Come)" and "The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show." Rounding out the deluxe edition is a 48-page hardbound book with previously unseen photos, a reproduction of the original "Rolling Stone" review of "Rock of Ages," a Robbie Robertson essay and ardent appreciations by members of Mumford & Sons and My Morning Jacket! Capitol.
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