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The Band (Ultra Analog, Half-speed Mastering)

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Rick Danko – bass guitar, fiddle, trombone, vocals

Levon Helm – drums, mandolin, rhythm guitar, vocals

Robbie Robertson – electric and acoustic guitars [click here to see more vinyl featuring Robbie Robertson]

Garth Hudson – organ, clavinet, piano, accordion, melodica, soprano, tenor and baritone saxophones, slide trumpet, bass pedals

Richard Manuel – piano, drums, baritone saxophone, harmonica, vocals

John Simon – tuba, electric piano, baritone horn, tenor saxophone, "high school and peck horns"

Written by Robbie Robertson (all tracks), Richard Manuel (A4, A6, B4), Levon Helm (B1)


1 LP, gatefold jacket

Limited numbered edition

Original analog Master tape : YES

Half-speed Mastering

Gain 2™ Ultra Analog

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press : RTI

Label : MOFI

Original Label : Capitol

Recorded 1968 – 1969 at Pool House (Los Angeles), The Hit Factory (New York City)

Engineered by Robbie Robertson, John Simon, Tony May, Joe Zagarino

Mixed by Joe Zagarino, Tony May

Produced by John Simon

Mastered by Krieg Wunderlich at Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, Sebastopol, CA

Photography by Elliott Landy

Originally released in September 1969

Reissued in 2013



Side A:

  1. Across The Great Divide
  2. Rag Mama Rag
  3. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
  4. When You Awake
  5. Up On Cripple Creek
  6. Whispering Pines

Side B:

  1. Jemima Surrender
  2. Rockin' Chair
  3. Look Out Cleveland
  4. Jawbone
  5. The Unfaithful Servant
  6. king Harvest (Has Surely Come)



                Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Ranked 57/500

                Rolling Stone magazine 245th-greatest song of all time for “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"

                In 1998, Q magazine readers voted The Band the 76th greatest album of all time

                Included in Time magazine 2006 list of the 100 greatest albums of all time

                Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums – Ranked No. 45


                Reviews :

                “The Band's first album, Music from Big Pink, seemed to come out of nowhere, with its ramshackle musical blend and songs of rural tragedy. The Band, the group's second album, was a more deliberate and even more accomplished effort, partially because the players had become a more cohesive unit, and partially because guitarist Robbie Robertson had taken over the songwriting, writing or co-writing all 12 songs. Though a Canadian, Robertson focused on a series of American archetypes from the union worker in "King Harvest (Has Surely Come)" and the retired sailor in "Rockin' Chair" to, most famously, the Confederate Civil War observer Virgil Cane in "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down." The album effectively mixed the kind of mournful songs that had dominated Music from Big Pink, here including "Whispering Pines" and "When You Awake" (both co-written by Richard Manuel), with rollicking up-tempo numbers like "Rag Mama Rag" and "Up on Cripple Creek" (both sung by Levon Helm and released as singles, with "Up on Cripple Creek" making the Top 40). As had been true of the first album, it was The Band's sound that stood out the most, from Helm's (and occasionally Manuel's) propulsive drumming to Robertson's distinctive guitar fills and the endlessly inventive keyboard textures of Garth Hudson, all topped by the rough, expressive singing of Manuel, Helm, and Rick Danko that mixed leads with harmonies. The arrangements were simultaneously loose and assured, giving the songs a timeless appeal, while the lyrics continued to paint portraits of 19th century rural life (especially Southern life, as references to Tennessee and Virginia made clear), its sometimes less savory aspects treated with warmth and humor.” AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann


                Ultra Analog™ : The GAIN 2 Ultra Analog™ Series stems from the use of the Gain 2 system, mastered at half speed from the original master tapes where possible, capturing and uncovering as before undiscovered sonic information.


                Half-speed mastering. In half-speed mastering, the whole process is slowed down to half of the original speed. A typical 33 1/3 rpm record is cut at 16 2/3 rpm. The source material is also slowed down (reducing the pitch in the process) meaning the final record will still sound normal when played back. Slowing the whole process down allows more time, which means the end result sounds better and is more efficient — allowing engineering to minimize the effects of inherent limitations within the vinyl format. The result is a more accurate and more open high-frequency response in the half speed vinyl when compared with a normal speed recording.


                Ratings :

                AllMusic : 5 / 5 ; Discogs : 4.69 / 5

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