The Band’s initial live release, 1972′s Rock of Ages, off-handedly overhauling their catalog, rather than attempting to simply replicate it — showcasing a group pushing itself musically and creatively.
Robbie Robertson, having previously collaborated with Allen Toussaint on “Life is a Carnival” from the year before, asked the New Orleans soul Svengali back in to work up horn charts for a multi-night run between December 28-31, 1971 at the Academy of Music in New York City — forming the basis for that celebrated double album. A little over four decades later, however, Robertson has returned in the hopes of reframing this fizzy exercise.
The new Live at the Academy of Music 1971, due September 17, 2013 from Capitol Records, does just that — as the Band plays a largely improvised set, fashioned in a whole new way, relying upon nothing more than a still-startling musical chemistry. Put frankly, nobody does things like this anymore. And they’d likely fail miserably if they tried.
The 4 CD, the best of those performances, plus a complete look at the now-legendary New Year’s Eve show — most of which has gone previously unreleased. Also included are a 48-page book featuring an essay from Robertson, the original album review by Rolling Stone magazine’s Ralph J. Gleason, rare photographs and additional notes. That only bolsters this set’s sense of fresh discovery, beginning with a previously unheard version of Levon Helm’s 1970 collaboration with Robertson, “Strawberry Wine.”
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