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Greatest Hits [Original recording remastered]

The BandAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)

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listen14. Ain't Got No Home (2000 Digital Remaster) 3:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. It Makes No Difference (2001 Digital Remaster) 6:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Ophelia (2001 Digital Remaster) 3:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. Acadian Driftwood (2001 Digital Remaster) 6:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. The Saga Of Pepote Rouge (2000 Digital Remaster) 4:15$1.29  Buy MP3 


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For about six years, from 1968 through 1975, the Band was one of the most popular and influential rock groups in the world, their music embraced by critics (and, to a somewhat lesser degree, the public) as seriously as the music of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Their albums were analyzed and reviewed as intensely as any records by their one-time employer and sometime mentor Bob Dylan. ... Read more in Amazon's The Band Store

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  • Audio CD (November 10, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: September 26, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00004YL5D
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,376 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It seems odd that the Band emerged in 1968, defying the counterculture's extravagant rejections of U.S. culture with literary, often Southern-tinged musical and lyrical vehicles. Hearing this 18-song anthology, with its heavy weighting toward the Canadian quintet's first three albums--Music from Big Pink (four tunes), The Band (five tunes), and Stage Fright (three tunes)--what still stands out is the Band's command of yearning vocal harmonies, their sense of plainly laid melodies that reveal acoustic depth, and a nostalgia for an imagined American culture. With all their quirkiness and the advance of Robbie Robertson as their centerpiece, the Band lost their celebrated place in the rock pantheon within a decade. This set, which opens so magnificently with "The Weight," "Tears of Rage" (cowritten with Dylan), and the big organ-vamping "Chest Fever," declines rather steeply on the final tracks, "Acadian Driftwood" and "The Saga of Pepote Rouge." Up till then, however, this set is fantastic. --Andrew Bartlett

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Ex-Band members Levon Helm, Robbie Robertson and Garth Hudson supervised this release, which does an impressive job of boiling down some of the greatest rock albums ever into one 18-track collection. Four tracks each from Music from Big Pink (The Weight; Tears of Rage; Chest Fever; I Shall Be Released ) and The Band (Up on Cripple Creek; The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down; Rag Mama Rag; King Harvest ) join 10 more from their other classic LPs. Essential.

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62 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Justice to the Year 2000 Remastered Series November 29, 2003
Format:Audio CD
The Band's "Greatest Hits" is one of the very few compilation albums that those interested in the group would be fortunate to buy before actually buying the original albums themselves. The reason for that is solely because this Greatest Hits package is from the Band Remaster series of 2000; each track here represents the amazingly sharp and high quality job the sound engineers did in restoring The Band's original catalog of work. Each track here will prove to new fans that, if they're interested in dipping into the career of this remarkable group, they should definitely choose the CD's from the 2000 editions. This is most notable on the tracks from "Stage Fright"--'The Shape I'm In' and that album's title track far outweigh the relatively flat sound heard on earlier remastering attempts. To be specific, Garth Hudson's wildly immaculate keyboards, the effects on Rick Danko's vocals, and Robbie Robertson's unusual guitar work are finally heard the way they were meant to be.
But other than that, it has to be said that the track selection is classic--but predictable. The sequencing is a bit uneven as well...in other words, Richard Manuel's glorious, hymn-like vocal and piano on 'I Shall Be Released' somehow doesn't fit placed between the wonderfully bizarre 'Chest Fever' and the "drunkard's dream" 'Up On Cripple Creek' (which was ironically The Band's only Top 30 hit in the US). Also, the relatively mediocre 'Time To Kill' was obviously only included because it was a minor hit for "Stage Fright." Perhaps it could have been better replaced by 'The Rumor.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tough to pack it into one disk April 25, 2005
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The Band is one of pop music's most glorious accidents. This was a group of road musicians that lived from nightclub to nightclub, and had little likelihood of rising much above that scene, until Bob Dylan rather whimsically decided to make them his onstage backup band to perform his newfangled "rock" songs in the mid-60s. Then, because they were neighbors in upstate NY, they played on the demos that became "The Basement Tapes." Anyone who spent that much time with Bob Dylan might well decide, "hey, I should be a songwriter," and that's what some members, chiefly Robbie Robertson, did. When it came time to record their first album, what blossomed was their road-hardened musicianship, combined with the Dylan-bred desire to make of each recording a new thing unlike anything else that has existed before. Thus, amazing tracks like "Tears of Rage" and "The Weight" came into being. Along with covers of yet-unreleased Dylan songs like "This Wheel's On Fire" and "I Shall Be Released," the "Music from Big Pink" album essentially changed the course of American pop for a few years. If Jimi Hendrix was the most influential US musician in 1967, by 1969 it was the Band, and that's a radical shift.

It turned out they didn't have a bottomless well of great songs in them, but the quality at the beginning is astonishing. Robertson (with some help from Richard Manuel) was able to fill the Band's first two albums and most of the third with nonstop classic songs. They stumbled badly with their fourth album, made a great album of covers and a great live album, both taking advantage of their superb musical skills, had a partial creative comeback with their seventh album, and then ran aground for good--Robertson essentially admitting he was out of ideas by planning the grandiose "Last Waltz.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A decent effort, but not an adequate collection December 11, 2000
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This album is good start for those who have not heard much of The Band's work before (also the Brown Album is a good start too). But this collection will not satisfy fans like myself; let me list just a few songs missing: "This Wheel's on Fire", "We Can Talk", "Unfaithful Servant", and "Don't Do It". It would have been much better if this collection would have been expanded to two discs.
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92 of 117 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Hits?! Please.... April 24, 2002
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First of all, The Band only had two bonafide hits. One of those (their magnificant live cover of Marvin Gaye's "Don't Do It") isn't even included in this collection! With that out of the way, let's get down to bidness...
As far as single-disc collections go, this is not bad. Yes, everybody out there could probably think of a song that should have been included, but, with five strong studio albums, one has to pick and choose when making selections. My personal gripes are the afore-mentioned absence of "Don't Do It" and the presence of the weak cover of "Ain't Go No Home" in the place of the great "Mystery Train" from Moondog Matinee.
This collection works for two groups of people. It's ideal for those who own nothing by The Band and have no idea where to begin. There have been many comments about the heavy leaning of the set towards the first three albums. This is justified in that The Band recorded their strongest material on those three albums. After all, who would want a Dylan compilation with equal numbers of tracks from Blonde on Blonde and Under the Red Sky? All of their "hits" are here in one handy little package.
The second group (I'm included in this category) consists of those people who want a quick road trip CD. This really is a great, concise CD to play when you're on a trip with people who have (gasp!) never really heard The Band.
It's almost guaranteed that most who hear this collection will want to delve deeper into The Band's catalog. After all, every one of their studio albums has something to offer. So, instead of overly criticizing this collection, we should be encouraging people to give this a spin. Who knows where it could lead from there...
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5.0 out of 5 stars I should have purchased this years ago.
This is a band I loved and still do - I had a LP of "Stage Fright" and just about wore it out. Read more
Published 12 days ago by A. Debban
4.0 out of 5 stars A different kind of music.
Talk about a different kind of music. A little bit of country with a little bit of rocl and roll. A must need for any music library.
Published 24 days ago by Robert Prill
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I like the Band's music, have several other CD's of theirs and between them all I got what I wanted
Published 1 month ago by Olive Oil
5.0 out of 5 stars richard
The Band really put out a new beat and made their way into the rock scene they even backed up dylan I think this is classic music
Published 1 month ago by richard
5.0 out of 5 stars The Band
Greatest Hits is right. This is a fine example of their work.
You won't hear anything like this again so listen up.
Published 1 month ago by Asa Pace
2.0 out of 5 stars downloaded to phone by accident
not to happy with new phone and amazon as to how easy it is purchase from phone,all I wanted to do was play sample and my big finger hit purchase and I never was asked to confirm
Published 1 month ago by R. Mason
1.0 out of 5 stars greatest hits
only two songs were recorded well the others seemed slapped together first take on song and get it outta here
Published 1 month ago by Byron A. Sheppard
5.0 out of 5 stars Good CD
There's a lot of old songs on this one. I like it. Nice to add it to my music collection.
Published 2 months ago by James M. Good
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, solid overview of The Band's musical legacy focussing on their...
I had forgotten how good The Band was until I purchased this Greatest Hits collection which contains nearly twice as much material as "The Best of The Band. Read more
Published 2 months ago by DAVID L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Greatest Hits Collection
This is an excellent collection for someone like me who does not own any previous CD's but wants a good collection of songs from their history.
Published 3 months ago by R. Timmerman
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