The Band - Music From Big Pink

 (Numbered Limited Edition)

The Band's Music From Big Pink on numbered limited edition 180-gram LP from Mobile Fidelity

Ranked No. 34 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time

Half-speed mastered from the original analog tapes and pressed at RTI

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. 

Half-speed mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's analog version practically gives you a spot on the floor at Big Pink as the sessions went down. The music's sublimely organic sounds appear with full-range dynamics, life-size imaging, and tremendous soundstaging. This is one of the reasons why you have a turntable. Prepare for your system, and your ears, to glow.

Tears of Rage
To Kingdom Come
In a Station
Caledonia Mission
The Weight
We Can Talk
Long Black Veil
Chest Fever
Lonesome Suzie
This Wheel's On Fire
I Shall Be Released

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 4 person(s) rated this product.


posted on 08/21/2012
5 Stars
Reviewer: Lloydville
A rock classic, a fine pressing. Go for it.

Sweet sweet sound!

posted on 07/27/2012
5 Stars
Such a delight for the ears! I'm hearing so much more details i couldnt hear on the CD. Its like rediscovering the album all over again. Get it and see it for yourself!

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