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Stage Fright (Remastered / Expanded) [Original recording remastered]

Band , The Band Audio CD
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
The conventional wisdom is right: Pound for pound, "Big Pink" and "The Band" are more complete successes for this group, and I love them both. But I love "Stage Fright" more. It is the album where this group drops its masks and speaks directly to the audience about themselves and each other.
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Band's 3rd release. June 7 2009
Format:Audio CD
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 for me--I was going to bed with their songs stuck in my head, and I was waking up with them stuck in my head. I loved the sound of that album; very organic and rustic.

So the first thing that I noticed about The Band's third album, 'Stage Fright', was the different 'sound' of it. It's a little slicker and polished than their second album; 'shinier', maybe. Ultimately I preferred the sound of their second album to this one. I was familiar with two of the songs off of it ('Stage Fright' and 'The Shape I'm In') from their live movie 'The Last Waltz', so I used those as anchors when listening to it for the first time. But after a few listens, as seems to be the rule for truly great albums, I got to know the rest of the songs and appreciated the 'sound' of this album quite a bit (a band can't always do the same thing right? The songs on this album are amazing, and easily are some of the best that they had written up to that point. Richard Manuel especially stands out on his track, 'Sleeping'. The album closes with 'The Rumour', a track outlining the pitfalls of newfound superstardom. Musically it's something new to them, and it really could be the best track on the album.

If you're just getting into The Band and are wondering if this one is worth picking up, then do not worry--this album is great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars **** Feb. 12 2004
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A little less idiosyncratic than The Band's first two albums, the melodic and literary "Stage Fright" may seem more immediately accessible than "Music From Big Pink" and "The Band". It's not a better record than those two ("The Band" remains the Canadian-American roots rockers best effort), but it contains some of The Band's catchiest and most enjoyable songs.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars MoFi SACD remastering
I think I have figured out why there is such a division on MoFi's SACD's. Until recently I was using two way JBL's for my speakers along with a JBL sub woofer for my front sound. Read more
Published on Dec 27 2011 by Stephen Bieth
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not THAT good
This is a good album, but it pales in comparison to "Music From Big Pink" or the self-titled "The Band". Read more
Published on June 4 2008 by Mark Nenadov
5.0 out of 5 stars 3rd Masterpiece
The Band's third album is just as good as the first 2. It does have a different feel than the first two. Read more
Published on June 18 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars An Unintentional Conceptual Work?
Though maybe not as "dark" as most will claim, The Band's third studio effort, "Stage Fright" captures the group letting loose and creating a musical portrait different than that... Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2003 by Bud Sturguess
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Recording
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 more
Published on Dec 31 2002 by Jim Gambardella
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the first two, but still phenomenal
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 more
Published on Nov. 5 2002 by Ben Rubenstein
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece!
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 more
Published on July 15 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars A Baby Boomer's thoughts
Don't be tricked by the title and the familiar cover design. This is not the entire original recording. Read more
Published on June 11 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars A different sound, a few honkers, but still mostly excellent
When this first came out in '69 or '70, I was in my serious Band infatuation stage, and so rather uncritically fell in love with this album. Read more
Published on May 3 2002 by Phil Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars Just simply fatastic.
The band never ceases to amaze. With Danko and Manuel's high,ovepronciating vocals, Robertson's folkish yet funkish guitar playing and Hudsons unique organ playing, this album... Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2002 by Will Schwartz
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