The Band - Northern Lights-Southern Cross





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ACAP 71501
UPC: 602547206602
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180 Gram Vinyl Record

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This was the sixth studio album by Canadian-American rock group "The Band." It was the first album to be recorded at their new California studio, "Shangri-La" and the first album of all new material since 1971's Cahoots. All songs are credited as compositions of guitarist Robbie Robertson.

Northern Lights, was a return-to-roots for The Band, who had wished to record in a "clubhouse" atmosphere like they had enjoyed in Woodstock (where Music From Big Pink and The Band had both been famously recorded). Northern Lights was recorded in their new "Shangri-La" studio in California, a building alleged to be a former bordello by bassist, Rick Danko.

Garth Hudson's use of the then cutting edge analoge synthesizer features prominently throughout the album, especially on the surreal cut "Jupiter Hollow." Danko's probably gave his best studio vocal performance of all time on "It Makes No Difference," the live version on The Last Waltz was good, but still not near as emotionally powerful as it appears here on this record. Robertson successfully explored American and Canadian history in "Acadian Driftwood," telling the saga of how the Acadian people moved from their homes up north to become the Cajun people of the Southern US. "Ophelia" would become a stage staple of The Band in their last years together.

1. Rags & Bones
2. Acadian Driftwood
3. Ophelia
4. Hobo Jungle
5. It Makes No Difference
6. Forbidden Fruit
7. Ring Your Bell
8. Jupiter Hollow

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 2 person(s) rated this product.

Never Sounded Better!?

posted on 11/28/2022
5 Stars
Reviewer: Todd E
Been wanting to replace my original copy for over a year -- and this pressing sounds superb.

Sonically, I think it matches or even surpasses my original, a Westchester pressing. I take good care of my albums, but for some reason my copy developed lots of krispies and krackles. Was Capitol using substandard vinyl that year?

In any case, you won't be disappointed with this one -- i think I even heard some things that I never heard before after countless listenings over nearly 50 years.

Very Highly Recommended

posted on 09/26/2021
5 Stars
Reviewer: Mike Z.
Nice, flat, quiet presentation that I've come to expect from a QRP pressing. Mastering engineer Ian Sefchick has yet to disappoint me, and the combination on THIS, a favorite album of mine made it impossible not to grab a copy. FAST shipping and Fed Ex delivering on a Sunday close a stress-free transaction. God bless Chad and his entire staff for treating a $30 order like you do a $3,000.00 order.

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