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Monday, 11 July 2011

The Band - Rock of Ages (live double album)

Capitol E STSP 11 (2 LP set) (UK issue), released in 1972.  

By the end of 1971, The Band could call on their extensive repertoire to play a 'live' show, on New Year's Eve, and this one gets it all right, with sixteen of the best songs from their first four albums, plus one, "(I Don't Want To) Hang Up My Rock And Roll Shoes" harking back to their days as The Hawks with Ronnie Hawkins.  Included are: "Don't Do It", "King Harvest Has Surely Come", "Caledonia Mission", "Get Up Jake", "W. S. Walcott Medicine Show", "The Genetic Method / Chest Fever", "Stage Fright", "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", "Across The Great Divide", "This Wheel's On Fire", "Rag Mama Rag", "The Weight", "The Shape I'm In", "Unfaithful Servant", and "Life Is A Carnival.  Along with the usual Band lineup, we have additional punch in the horn section, contributed by jazzmen Snooky Young, trumpet and flugelhorn;  Howard Johnson baritone saxophone, tuba and euphonium; Joe Farrell. tenor and soprano saxophones, English horn;  Earl McIntyre, trombone; and J. D. Parron, alto saxophone and Eb clarinet.  Garth Hudson of The Band contributes tenor and soprano saxophone solos.

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