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MFBP is much discussed in Testimony, Robbie's autobiography, and though I heard it ages ago, I never bought it. Of course, I know the big songs on it, but listening to it now reminds me of it's near greatness. This is what talent does - while everyone else is zigging, the Band zagged.
Like Dylan, the Band seemed to eschew the 1960's British and Beach Boys idea of studio production albums - you know, constructed music, like we have today. Instead, they attempted to capture live performance in the studio without all the overdubs, slick fixes and instead, concentrate on the material and its emotional core. This album does not fully succeed -the material and performances are too patchy, the recording is too haphazard to be really great. For this, they would have to wait until Robbie stepped forward as principal writer, and the Band sound was fully formed. Now that's a masterpiece - the Brown album. But the revolution started here.
The highlights are great - The Weight, I Shall Be Released, Long Black Veil - you know. But some of the rest of the album sounds muddled at times and a big dated - nearly Quasimodo (half made). The Dylan songs are important too, and there are a few stinkers which I won't name. Interestingly, I preferred some of the bonus tracks, demos and outtakes. I'm not sure the recording is as good as I remember it, re-mastering and all. There is overspill between the vocals and instruments, there is a lack of balance between the instruments, there are some weak vocals. All of these flaws were fixed on the Brown album, and from then on, the Band were the Band. I saw them at Woodstock and they were the best group there. I wish they were in the film, but there are plenty of live performances when they can show their chops.
The greatest achievement of MFBP is the originality of their approach to recording - it is the opposite of slick. It feels authentic, musical and very American but not in a way we've ever heard it before. No wonder it hit so hard.
I really like this album.I bought this after watching The Last Waltz,the final concert by the Band where they play with other musicians whose music has quite a diversity of style to one another.For example;Muddy Waters,Joni Mitchell to Van Morrison and many others.This shows how talented The Band were.I don't think there are many groups who could do this today,not with such proficiency anyway.From the excellent opening track:Tears of Rage with the unusual guitar sound and keyboard,the latter sounding like a brass section playing.This track is repeated later without as much accompaniment,the excellent The Weight and I Shall Be Released to name a few of the many tracks on the album.The sound on some of the tracks is quite original and ahead of its time.I recommend this album,it has quality and quantity.Very pleased I bought it.
Pretty much 5 stars for the music. the star lost is because I was hoping it would be 2 separate discs. The cover is also what you see on here, so to not make it ugly, fold the cover inside out and pick your favourite cover inside. This is because the linear notes has full sized pictures of each album, which is good. Yep, recommend it!
Una banda excelente que maneja la instrumentación como pocas, que goza de un amplio, variado y enriquecido repertorio, que hace versiones y remixes de sus propias canciones y que consigue que gloria, triunfo, éxito y buen hacer se den la mano en cada actuación. Una banda gloriosa y verdaderamente atractiva, seria, rigurosa y de enorme calidad, aplicando idéntico comentario para los diversos ejemplares incorporados a mi discoteca de este sensacional grupo.
Primo disco del gruppo che conta una grande esperienza per aver dalla fine degli anni cinquanta accompagnato diversi cantanti. Nel 1966 Bob Dylan li sceglie come gruppo per il suo tour mondiale e in seguito lo seguiranno nelle incisioni dei Basament Tapes, dove questo loro disco inciso nel 1968 trova ispirazione. Musica che rappresenta la tradizione americana dove con "The weight" trova il punto più alto, con i due pezzi scritti con Dylan "Tears of rage e This wheel's on fire" e una sua grande cover di "I shall be released".
Se volete avere dischi essenziali per la vostra collezione di classici spendendo pochissimo, questo è l'articolo che fa per voi, contenendo i primi due lavori del gruppo usciti sul finire degli anni '60, miscellanea di americana, rock e rag.
Ps Le ormai troppe edizioni anniversario di The Band sono davvero per soli fan hardcore.
Primer disco de la formación, fue compuesto en el sótano de Big Pink un chalet ubicado en un pueblo de Nueva York en el que vivían Hudson, Richard Manuel y Rick Danko, tiene bastantes temas un poco melancólicos por lo menos en lo que la letra se refiere, pero se equilibra con otros un poco más alegres. El disco tiene unas composiciones muy buenas y se grabó después de acompañar a Dylan en su gira más polémica debido a la transición que tuvo el artista al dejar de interpretar sus temas de manera acústica. Éste estuvo presente en muchos momentos de la composición de los temas y les hizo la portada del disco dada su afición a la pintura. Más tarde Dylan publicaría las cintas del sótano (The Basement Tapes) que consistían en grabaciones informales de ensayos o sesiones que realizó con The Band en Big Pink y que fueron recogidas con una grabadora de dos pistas que tenía Hudson.