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Stage Fright (Remastered / Expanded) Original recording remastered
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Their top-charting album ( sans Dylan) from 1970. Includes alternate mixes of Time to Kill (by Glyn Johns) and The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show (by Todd Rundgren), plus an alternate take of Daniel and the Sacred Harp and a radio spot!
The Band's third studio album is also their third-best studio album, and that isn't bad. It's not as synchronous as Music From Big Pink or as overpowering as The Band, but that's part of its appeal. The quintet's first two albums were such towering achievements that the group came to lean on its songs, turning the lion's share of them into concert staples. Stage Fright is littered with lesser-known Robbie Robertson compositions possessing more modest charms than the overplayed likes of "The Weight" and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down". The title track is uncommonly hard-eyed and modern; Richard Manual's vocal, like most of his turns at the mike, is sparkling. (Manual also shines on the reflective "Sleeping" and the up-tempo "Just Another Whistle Stop"). "All La Glory" is a gorgeous lullaby, while "Time To Kill" sounds like the Band doing Creedence Clearwater Revival. This isn't the place to discover this great North American band, but it's definitely a stop worth taking before your exploration is completed. --Steven Stolder
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The Band is really two duos: Helm and Danko, who are usually paired as singers on some of the group's best-loved material, and Robertson and Manuel, who are engaged in a sort of musical and spiritual dialogue that often forms much of the depth, richness and mystery of this group. That dialogue is the dominant theme of "Stage Fright" in its many evocations of the theme of self-destructiveness, especially the self-destructiveness of a great artist.
My theory is, Richard Manuel was the artistic soul of the The Band. He was their best singer, by far. His "feel" approach to playing the many instruments he played, especially piano, gave the Band a funky, soulful "bottom" that contrasted with the highly intellectual approaches of both Robertson and Hudson. Manuel was responsible, on their first three albums, for some of their very best songs as writer or co-writer: "Tears of Rage," "In A Station," "Lonesome Suzie," "Whispering Pines," "Across the Great Divide," and, on this album, "Sleeping" and "The Shape I'm In" were at least partly his. But...Richard Manuel was not a particularly responsible person. He was, in fact a drunk, and an unmotivated writer. He was a sadly vulnerable man, for whom, as Robertson writes in "Sleeping," "the world was too sore to live in." In some ways, being in the Band destroyed him. At the same time, it created a place for him to hide.
Robertson, ever the brilliant control freak, clearly admired and loved Richard Manuel, and was also exasperated with him.Read more ›
Garth Hudson's characteristic organ is somewhat less dominant than on previous recordings, but otherwise the arrangements are the same as always, a deep foundation laid down by bassist Rick Danko and sublime rock drummer Levon Helm, and Robbie Robertson's guitar on top. Richard Manuel's excellent piano playing is also very prominent, partciularly on the beautiful ballad "Sleeping", and the swinging boogie of "Time To Kill", and Manuel's expressive vocals are as good as ever.
Other highlights include the guitar-heavy "Just Another Whistle Stop", which contains one of the few extended guitar solos Robertson ever recorded with The Band, and the dark tales "Stage Fright" and "The Shape I'm In".
On this album, as on "The Band", Robbie Robertson was in full control of the songwriting, writing or co-writing every tune, and his guitar playing is generally more prominent than it had been before. Also, Garth Hudson recorded his first sax solo, and you should really notice Levon Helm's wonderful drumming on songs like "The Rumor", "Just Another Whistle Stop", and "Stage Fright".
Although "Stage Fright" may not be quite as amazing as its ïmmediate predecessor, it is a wonderful album in its own right, and one of The Band's two or three best records.
Each song on this mild-mannered masterpiece can act as some sort of metaphor for what The Band was trying to express; at one gig, Robertson reportedly had to be hypnotized to overcome his fear of performing, an experience articulated in the title track. 'Sleeping' can convey the hopes of dreaming the trouble away, like the more honest 'All La Glory,' a quietly triumphant tune (which perfectly displays drummer Levon Helm's Arkansas flavored voice). The despair continues to be inadvertently expressed in the joyful alcoholism of 'Strawberry Wine' and the hustle and bustle of 'The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show.' Perhaps the hymn-like folklore lessons of 'Daniel And The Sacred Harp' can symbolize the dreaded concept of "selling out," while 'The Rumor' offers both rays of hope and uncertainty. If you still don't get it, refer to 'The Shape I'm In,' a raw track that displays Richard Manuel's vocal work in top shape and particularly Garth Hudson's punching keyboards, while Rick Danko's presence is always felt.
"Stage Fright" is definitely one of The Band's most unique albums, even if the terror they were expressing came through in upbeat rockers such as those presented here.Read more ›
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Very warm sounding with detail; sounds like it's from the OMR tapes with new masters cut- great job. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Rico Vinyl
Any time you can get The Band albums with bonus material is a great time to update scratchy vinyl.Published 10 months ago by Grant Fines
The first album proper of The Band that I purchased was their self-titled, second release. It took me a while to get into, but when I finally 'got' it, the album was like catnip... Read morePublished on June 7 2009 by Christopher Hampton
This is a good album, but it pales in comparison to "Music From Big Pink" or the self-titled "The Band". Read morePublished on June 4 2008 by Mark Nenadov
The Band's third album is just as good as the first 2. It does have a different feel than the first two. Read morePublished on June 18 2004
I have read a lot of mixed reviews on this album. I vote for this one being the Band's best. The previous recording is great also, but Stage Fright is more musical and more fun... Read morePublished on Dec 31 2002 by Jim Gambardella
I couldn't give this album 5 stars because that would put it in the class of Big Pink and The Band...but in terms of its musical quality, it is still better than most. Read morePublished on Nov. 5 2002 by Ben Rubenstein
It's ironic and plain sad that The Band had to defend this album when it was released as nothing short of a flop when compared to the Band's two previous albums as this is probably... Read morePublished on July 15 2002