50th Anniversary Editions Of The Band’s “Music From Big Pink” Due August 31

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The album that for many pop music aficionados set the blueprint for what would come to be known as Americana music, The Band’s 1968 debut album, “Music From Big Pink,” will be reissued in recognition of its 50th anniversary.

To be released in multiple formats, the Anniversary Editions will be released on August 31 by Capitol Records and Universal Music Entertainment, shortly after the 50th anniversary of the original release, which falls on Sunday.

For memory :

8:25 a.m. on July 1, 2018An earlier edition of this article stated that the “Music from Big Pink” album was recorded at the rural house known as Big Pink in upstate New York. Many of the songs were written at Big Pink, but the album was recorded at studios in New York and Los Angeles.

The collection, which included many songs written at the rural house known as Big Pink in West Saugerties, upstate New York, and recorded at studios in New York and Los Angeles, was ranked No. 34 on Rolling Stone’s 2012 list of the 500 greatest. albums of all time. “It’s the rustic beauty of the band’s music and the drama of their own musings on family and obligations, on songs like ‘The Weight,’ that made ‘Big Pink’ an instant classic,” writes the magazine.

“Music From Big Pink” also included classic upcoming songs such as “This Wheel’s on Fire”, “Tears of Rage” and his rendition of Bob Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released”.

Dylan also created the painting used as the album cover.

The stripped-down purity and sense of timelessness in the music and lyrics served as a dramatic counterpoint to the excursions into psychedelia and prolonged jamming that were becoming an integral part of rock music by 1968.

Its harmonious fusion of country, folk, blues, gospel, R&B, jazz, and rock paved the way for the subgenre of pop music, eventually labeled Americana.

A super deluxe edition will include a CD, two vinyl records, a 7-inch vinyl box set that includes a hardcover book, and a Blu-ray disc with new high-res stereo mixes and 5.1 surround sound of all songs from “Big Pink” . It will also be available as a single CD and digital editions, both featuring half a dozen bonus tracks; double black vinyl LP and a set of two limited edition 180 gram LPs on pink vinyl.

The accompanying book includes Elliott Landy’s photos of band members – Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm, Richard Manuel, Rick Danko and Garth Hudson – taken in and around the Big Pink house, evoking Civil War photos richly atmospherics by Matthew Brady. It also includes a new essay by veteran Rolling Stone contributor David Fricke.

The new stereo mix of “The Weight” is available to stream and download today with orders for the digital album at https://theband.lnk.to/BigPink50.

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