The Band – Live at the Academy Of Music 1971

In the day Howard Stein was a rock promoter in the New York metro market. He booked shows I saw at The Capitol Theater in Portchester, NY. You can find that information here on my blog.

He also booked shows at the Academy of Music in Manhattan a venue I never got to witness.  It just so happens a historic series of concerts by The Band at the Academy of Music (featuring a surprise appearance on New Years by Bob Dylan) is due to be released as a box set or double CD (your choice) on September 17.!

For the first time, all four of the concerts’ multi-track recordings have been revisited for Live At The Academy Of Music 1971, a new 4CD+DVD collection to be released September 17 by Capitol/UMe. The expansive new collection features new stereo and 5.1 Surround mixes, including 19 previously unreleased performances and newly discovered footage of two songs filmed by Howard Alk and Murray Lerner. Live At The Academy Of Music 1971 takes a deep dive into The Band’s historic shows for a definitive document of the pioneering group’s stage prowess at the apex of their career. On the same date, the collection’s first two discs will also be released as a 2CD set.

Live At The Academy Of Music 1971 is presented in a deluxe, 48-page hardbound book with previously unseen photos, a reproduction of Rolling Stone’s original Rock Of Ages review by magazine co-founder Ralph J. Gleason, an essay by The Band’s Robbie Robertson, and appreciations of The Band and the set’s recordings by Mumford & Sons and Jim James of My Morning Jacket. The collection’s first two discs feature performances of every song played over the course of the four concerts, and the New Year’s Eve soundboard mix on discs 3 and 4 puts the listener in the room for that entire legendary night: Uncut, unedited, taken straight from the master recordings and presented in full for the first time. The set’s DVD presents the tracks from discs 1 and 2 in 5.1 Surround, plus Alk and Lerner’s filmed performances of “King Harvest (Has Surely Come)” and “The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show.”

The Basement Tapes – Bob Dylan and The Band

Yesterday I posted a blog post about Music From Big Pink by The Band. As many know the front cover of that album was painted by Bob Dylan. Bob Dylan hung out with The Band in 1967 while he recovered from his motorcycle accident in Woodstock, New York.

“Big Pink” is a pink house in West SaugertiesNew York. The house was newly built when Rick Danko, who was collaborating with Bob Dylan at the time, found it as a rental. In February 1967, Rick DankoRichard Manuel and Garth Hudson moved into a house in West Saugerties nicknamed Big Pink on Stoll Road.[3] These musicians, when joined by Robbie Robertson and Levon Helm, would later become famous as The Band. In Big Pink, they recorded around a hundred songs with Bob Dylan from June to October 1967, and a selections of these recordings were released in 1975 on the album The Basement Tapes.

The Basement Tapes proved to be the foundation of Bob Dylan’ next recording John Wesley Harding and The Band’s debut recording, Music From Big Pink.

Music From Big Pink – The Band

The latest Uncut magazine has an inside story about The Band and their classic recording Music From Big Pink

Uncut celebrates the 45th anniversary of The Band’s landmark début album.The album was a brilliant mix of gospel, spirituals, roadhouse blues, Southern soul and early rock’n’roll, out of which they created a magical new strain of American music.


Music from Big Pink
Music from Big Pink (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

New Music Gifts I Am Enjoying

Cover of "Tea for the Tillerman"
Cover of Tea for the Tillerman

I want to thank my wife and my son for their gifts of music that warmly add to my ever increasing music collection.

Rosemary’s Contribution:

Remastered Audio CDs

  1. Led Zeppelin I  
  2. Led Zeppelin II
  3. Let It Bleed by The Rolling Stones
  4. Dire Straits
  5. Forever Changes by Love
  6. Tea for the Tillerman by Cat Stevens

Standard Audio CDs

  1. Saturate Before Using by Jackson Browne
Matt’s Contribution:
Remastered Audio CDs
  1. Stone Flower by Antonio Carlos Jobim
Standard Audio CDs
  1. Excitable Boy by Warren Zevon
  2. How to Become Clairvoyant by Robbie Roberston
  1. Nuggets by Lenny Kaye