A very sophisticated set of songs. There are moments of exquisite anguish (eg, track 5) and an acceptance and resignation to destiny. All of the songs are top notch, but the genre is not to my taste. I most liked tracks 7 and 9.
I believe this entry has been mislabeled in the system. The disc I got when I ordered it was not the original self-titled album. Rather, it is the 2015 compilation album titled "Icon." The call number on the one I got is "CD MR BAND." The database does in fact list the correct tracklisting for "Icon," even though it lists it under the self-titled album. However, if I click on a different entry listed as the self-titled album, it lists the tracklisting for The Band, even though my comment still shows up under it.
Simply one of the great records in Rock History, and yes, the The Band's best. If you can get the version with the bonus outtakes and "Get Up Jake" (once very hard to track down) all the better. Some think the Band briefly had lighting in a bottle, though I think the great work stretched out to "Northern Lights/Southern Cross." But this was the best.
While this is a great album, please note that the CD case and liner notes do NOT correspond with the CD itself (the back of the case lists several bonus tracks which are not included on the CD).
This is a shame since the liner notes include reviews which deliver a great deal of praise for these outtakes and alternate releases. :(:(:(:(
my favorite album by The Band they influenced a lot of muscians and bands like the Beatles . best songs on the album for me Across The Great Divide The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down Up On Cripple Creek and Whispering Pines is a haunting song by Richard Manuel. there is not one bad track on this cd.my favorite album by The Band Music From Big Pink is my other favorite album after this one .any fan of classic rock get this album asap!
THE BAND (1969), usually referred to as THE BROWN ALBUM, is The Band's second album; it is the one that marks the group's crossover from critic's choice to super-stardom success. If MUSIC FROM BIG PINK (1968) is high art, THE BROWN ALBUM is a celebration of the high life. It's chock full of party-time songs: "Across the Great Divide," "Rag Mama Rag," "Up on Cripple Creek," "Jemima Surrender," "Look Out Cleveland," "Jawbone," "King Harvest (Has Surly Come)." It's an album with a heavy Levon Helm vibe; its two most recognized tracks -- "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" and "Up on Cripple Creek" -- are trademark Helms tunes. THE BROWN ALBUM traces the trajectory of The Band's future -- not as a quirky group that created the majestic MUSIC FROM BIG PINK but as the arena rockers, corporate Hippies, that would achieve climax in THE LAST WALTZ. Nonetheless THE BROWN ALBUM is truly great.
One of the greatest and most influential albums to ever come out of the sixties, surpassing even the impressive debut "Music From Big Pink."
Songs like "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" and "Up on Cripple Creek" are by now bona fide classics, on a par with Big Pink's masterpiece "The Weight." Listening to the heartbreak and humor of Robbie Robertson's spare, wry lyrics, Levon Helm, Richard Manuel and Rick Danko's distinctive vocals by turns yelping, gritty and plaintive, and multi-instrumentalist Garth Hudson's stately keyboards it's easy to understand why Bob Dylan selected these musicians--Canadians all except for Southern American Helm--as his backing band, and why they became famous in their own right as one of the seminal founders of roots-rock and roll.
Great cover photo too, by the way, reminiscent of 1964's "Beatles For Sale." Manuel, Helm, Danko, Hudson and Robertson look out as us warily, seeming both poignantly young and inexpressively world-wearied.
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