The Band - Music From Big Pink

 (Numbered, Limited Edition)




The Band's Music From Big Pink, ranked No. 34 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time

Includes "The Weight," "I Shall Be Released," and "This Wheel's On Fire"

The Band's 1968 debut, Music From Big Pink was released at the height of the psychedelic revolution and its earthy and more roots oriented sound turned the music world on its ear. In late 1965 and early 1966, Bob Dylan shattered the boundaries between folk and rock music on a controversial tour that found the generation spokesman plugging in and shocking purist audiences by playing electric with a bunch of ragtag Canadian mates. Then known as the Hawks, The Band was that backing group, serving Dylan not only on the road, but playing with him after his motorcycle accident, on his seminal Basement Tapes collection.

Recorded in 1968, The Band's Music From Big Pink stems from the same pink farmhouse in upstate Woodstock, New York, where Dylan's Basement Tapes was recorded and is just as rustic, timeless and mysterious as Dylans celebrated work. The album is arguably the purest distillation of The Band and in many ways, their preeminent recording. A debut for the ages, Music From Big Pink features two songs co-written with Dylan — "This Wheel's On Fire," and "Tears of Rage," as well as what's universally recognized as the definitive version of Dylan's "I Shall Be Released." More famously, it also includes "The Weight," a standard covered by everyone from the Grateful Dead to Weezer to Aretha Franklin. But the power of this set doesn't lie in one song, but the entire album.

Music From Big Pink's rustic beauty and fresh blend of country, rock, folk and classical rhythm and blues made it an instant homespun classic and a crowning achievement. That guitarist Robbie Robertson, pianist Garth Hudson, bassist Rick Danko, drummer/vocalist Levon Helm, and organist Richard Manuel are all household names only adds to the proof of this must-have record's everlasting appeal. This is the majesty of what Greil Marcus called the old, weird America. 

 

 



1. Tears of Rage
2. To Kingdom Come
3. In a Station
4. Caledonia Mission
5. The Weight
6. We Can Talk
7. Long Black Veil
8. Chest Fever
9. Lonesome Suzie
10. This Wheel's on Fire
11. I Shall Be Released

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