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The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (Recorded Live In Concert) [Live]

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

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  • Audio CD (March 25, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Collectables Records
  • ASIN: B0015LBBAQ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #676,211 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Stage Fright
2. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
3. Across The Great Divide
4. This Wheel's On Fire
5. Rag Mama Rag
6. The Weight
7. The Shape I'm In
8. Unfaithful Servant
9. Life Is A Carnival
10. Don't Do It
11. King Harvest-Has Surely Come

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The legendary super group, The Band, showcases their most loved songs in this live concert recording. Features their biggest hits The Night The Drove Old Dixie Down, Rag Mama Rag and Life Is A Carnival.

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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Re-hashing the Band October 20, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
A number of Internet reviews and Band fanzines (including The Band's official website) have suggested that this CD contains outtakes from the famous "Rock of Ages" sessions at the New York Academy of Music. Considering the sources of these rumours, the folks who've spread this info should know better. In reality, the album is just what the people at Capitol--to their mixed credit--say it is: an edited version of "Rock of Ages," covering what on the LP version was sides two and three, with their rousing versions of "Don't Do It" and "King Harvest" from side one thrown in for good measure.
There is little doubt that it's the same versions of the songs--solos are note-for-note the same, something neither Robbie Robertson nor Garth Hudson had a reputation for doing, "Stage Fright" has feedback from the vocal mike in the same spot as the "Rock of Ages'" version, and, if you listen carefully, you can hear Levon Helm hit his sticks together during the short drum break on "Don't Do It."
The sound has been cleaned up since the first version of the CD was put out; there is considerably more separation between the instruments, and little things like the weird bass-drop-out at the top of "Don't Do It" have been fixed.
I suppose there's inherently wrong with this CD--it does offer buyers a bargain introduction to The Band, and the performances on "Rock of Ages" were extraordinary. Still, it's not much more than typical exploitation on Capitol Records part of the group, which has persisted since they broke up in 1976. In reality, there's little reason for this CD to exist (and the exclusion of Richard Manuel on the cover photo is both offensive and downright creepy).
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3.0 out of 5 stars For the casual Band fan April 19, 2012
Format:Audio CD
(Personal Note: Yesterday I learned that Levon Helm, one of my favorite drummers and a great singer was entering his final days. He just passed away moments ago from cancer in New York. It is a sad day indeed, and I'll miss him a lot. So Levon, wherever you are, this review, for what it's worth, is for you.)

I bought this album at a small record shop in Houston, Texas awhile ago. At this time, I was a newcomer to The Band. I had a great appreciation of Robbie Robertson, had heard 'The Weight' and 'Up On Cripple Creek' on classic rock stations, and also was a huge admirer of Bob Dylan (although this is before I became a die-hard fan of his as well, but let's not get off subject). I played this album the day I bought it, and I was mesmerized by the music. This Canadian band was bringing down the house. The energy from the stage was undeniable, and the playing was raw, gritty, and just plain beautiful. Levon Helm's vocals were soulful, Robertson's guitar playing was tasteful, and Garth Hudson was just plain brilliant on the keys.

Eventually, I moved on to bigger things with The Band, and pretty much put this one on the shelf. I eventually purchased 'Big Pink,' 'The Last Waltz,' 'Live at Watkins Glen,' 'Islands,' 'Jubilation,' and other various Band albums and solo projects. So really, there was no need for me to play this much.

However, this was the album that started it all for me. This cheap, low-budget album featuring a cover that looks like it was made using one of those horrible old graphic design computer programs from the 1980s. I was hooked on the group from this point onward. So for that reason, I'll always hold onto it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars September 10, 2014
Format:Audio CD
It's okay-what I expected.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatness February 2, 2004
By Marie
Format:Audio CD
I have this as an album and am now going to buy the cd. Its great music. If you haven't heard "The Band" you missed out.
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7 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Half a Loaf December 6, 2003
By DJ Rix
Format:Audio CD
Sometimes half a loaf
is worse than having none,
if you need that second half
when the first is done.
If you got a Bible
with only half the pages,
buddy, you got some real good sand
but not the Rock of Ages.
Bob Rixon
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