Prime Music

Buy New

Includes FREE MP3
of this album.
Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
Buy Used
Used - Good See details
$4.04 + $3.99 shipping

More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

To view this video download Flash Player


Northern Lights Southern Cross [Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

The BandAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

Price: $10.08 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
 : Includes FREE MP3 version of this album.
   Provided by Amazon Digital Services, Inc. Terms and Conditions. Does not apply to gift orders.
Only 8 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Gift-wrap available.
Want it Monday, Oct. 27? Choose One-Day Shipping at checkout. Details
Complete your purchase to save the MP3 version to your music library.


Amazon Price New from Used from
MP3 Music, 10 Songs, 2001 $7.99  
Audio CD, Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, 2001 $10.08  
Vinyl, 1975 --  

Listen to Samples and Buy MP3s

Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.

Song Title Time Price
listen  1. Forbidden Fruit (2001 Digital Remaster) 5:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Hobo Jungle (2001 Digital Remaster) 4:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Ophelia (2001 Digital Remaster) 3:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Acadian Driftwood (2001 Digital Remaster) 6:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Ring Your Bell (2001 Digital Remaster) 3:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. It Makes No Difference (2001 Digital Remaster) 6:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Jupiter Hollow (2001 Digital Remaster) 5:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Rags And Bones (2001 Digital Remaster) 4:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Twilight (Early Alternate Version) (2001 Digital Remaster) 3:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Christmas Must Be Tonight (Alternate Version) (2001 Digital Remaster) 3:01$1.29  Buy MP3 

Amazon's The Band Store


Image of album by The Band


Image of The Band


The Band Live At The Academy Of Music 1971 Unboxing


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

Visit Amazon's The Band Store
for 94 albums, 5 photos, videos, discussions, and more.

Special Offers and Product Promotions

Frequently Bought Together

Northern Lights Southern Cross + Stage Fright + Cahoots
Price for all three: $30.24

Buy the selected items together
  • Stage Fright $9.98
  • Cahoots $10.18

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 8, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00005B4GA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,767 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

An early alternate version of Twilight and an alternate version of Christmas Must Be Tonight grace this 1975 release, another Top 40-charting album for the Band!

Hailed upon its arrival as a significant comeback for the Band, this 1975 collection hasn't aged as well as the likes of Stage Fright, Moondog Matinee, or even the outfit's post-Robbie Robertson output. The eight-song collection (augmented on the 2001 reissue with two agreeable extras--alternate versions of "Twilight" and "Christmas Must Be Tonight") isn't without its delights, foremost being Rick Danko's heavy-hearted reading of the devastating "It Makes No Difference." But for every "Forbidden Fruit" and "Ophelia"--worthy additions to Robertson's credits--there are the somewhat forced likes of "Jupiter Hollow" and "Rags and Bones." Also, Garth Hudson stocked up on the latest technology before heading into the studio, but the layers ARPs and mini-Moogs here contribute to a feeling of busyness. Northern Lights--Southern Cross is very much a '70s album--not a good thing from a quintet whose best music was tough to peg to any era. --Steven Stolder

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar, almost perfect July 27, 2004
Format:Audio CD
How I wish this had been the Band's last studio release, as it would have been a triumphant end to their tenure. Also, this album sounds more late 70's due to Garth's experimentation rather than the bland -Islands- that marked their departure (yes, it does have some good songs). Let's cut through the pork, firstly, as it must be recognized that It Makes No Difference is one of the finest love songs ever recorded. Ever. Period. Brings a tear to the eye every time, as it has struck a personal chord as it reminds me of an up-and-down relationship I stuggled to maintain control of, moslty due to my own mistakes. Danko's heartfelt vocals accompanied by Robertson's twangy, tearing-at-your-heartstrings solo make this an epic. This and Acadian Driftwood, a bittersweet and historic offering about the the boys native Canadaian land, represent the Band's most poignant songwriting. Not to say that other previously released material such as The Weight and Stage Fright don't penetrate deep into one's consciousness, but those two songs are fantastic. The rest of the album is pretty good too. Ophelia will occasionally get play from the local classic rock station, its a funky classic. I also enjoy Hobo Jungle and Jupiter Hollow. I have this album on vinal, but bought the re-release on disc a few years ago. The two added tracks, Twilight, and Christmas Must Be Tonight are excellent, especially Twilight. I cannot be pushed to say that this effort matches that of Big Pink or Stage Fright, but it is on the same plateau. A collective masterpiece that showcases the unique brand of folk-rock only the Band could bring.
Was this review helpful to you?
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greats Songs - Great Vocals June 25, 2004
Format:Audio CD
"Northern Light, Southern Cross" was the last Band album that I really got into. Their first 3 albums were immediate favourites, but "Cahoots" was a disappointment and I did not like "Moondog Matinee" ( all old covers ) at all, when it was released in 1973; later I have come to appreciate that album too. I actually thought it was over with the Band. So I guess I never really gave "Northern Light, Southern Cross" the chance it needed and deserved, when I was first introduced to it around 1978. The songs somehow did not appeal to me at the time.
Luckily with the re-releases of all the Band`s original albums ( with bonus-tracks and great informative booklets ) I chose to give this album a new chance. Now I realize that this album is really among the Band`s finest; which says a lot!!
The original album consisted of only 8 tracks, which was due to the relatively long playing time of the songs. They recorded 9 songs for the album, but the great track "Twilight" never made it to the album, but was released as a 1976 single instead. The version included here is not the finished version, but an early take of it. "Christmas Must Be Tonight" is also an early version of the song; to get these 2 great songs in their finished shape, go for the re-release of
The opener "Forbidden Fruit" is a typical Band-rocker sung by Levon Helm, in his best "Stage Fright" style; this is one of the longest tracks and it features some of Robertson`s rare guitar-solo work. Sadly some Band members did not take the warning in the song seriously enough.
The ballad "Hobo Jungle" is beautifully sung by Richard Manuel; a song that is somehow often overlooked. One of my favourites on the album.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The final classic January 10, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The Band's sixth and final proper studio album (I don't really count Islands, the collection of half-hearted studio outtakes, as a real album), Northern Lights - Southern Cross is a surprisingly strong comeback in both writing and performance. The Band hadn't released an album of new material since the disappointing Cahoots, and the extracurricular substance-related activities of Richard Manuel and Rick Danko lessened their songwriting output considerably (completely in Manuel's case). However, despite their stumbles and a growing divergence of some members (guitarist/songwriter Robbie Robertson would be ready to leave the group not long after the album was released), the quintet pull off amazing comeback album, filled with what originally made The Band so classic--great writing, strong playing from Manuel, Danko and Levon Helm, and expert playing, especially from organist/multi-instrumentalist Garth Hudson.

The album kicks off with the rocking "Forbidden Fruit," a cautionary tale sung by Helm. One thing I actually like about Robertson's somewhat egotistical prominence in the later Band material is his up-front, gnarly guitar--he starts using the whammy bar on this album, and the results are wicked to say the least. He takes a few blistering solos in "Forbidden Fruit" that make you wonder if he sold his soul for his guitar skills. This song also marks Garth Hudson's introduction of (then) new synthesizers into his arsenal of keyboards. It might off-put you if you're a classic Americana Band fan, but give it a chance--it really grew on me. Regardless of the instrument, it's still being played by the bearded master, Garth Hudson.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Band's best
Apart from Big Pink and The Band (the brown album) this is the best, and maybe better in places than either of the forementioned. Read more
Published 5 months ago by EjbEsq
5.0 out of 5 stars Mikey377
Have always been a fan of the Band and am just replacing my vinyl copy for something I can take on the road!
Published 5 months ago by Mike DeLisle
5.0 out of 5 stars An Uplifting And Timeless Folk-Rock Masterpiece!
“An Uplifting And Timeless Folk-Rock Masterpiece!”
Once again, The Band would captivate listeners and the critics alike with their
next classic album in 1975 that not... Read more
Published 6 months ago by RH
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like the Band, you have to own it (4.5 stars)
While not as enduring as Music from Big Pink and their self-titled second album or as consistent as Stage Fright, Northern Lights Southern Cross is a strong album from the Band and... Read more
Published 10 months ago by John Alapick
5.0 out of 5 stars northern lights southern cross
this a great cd. Acadian Driftwood is a wonderful song. I would recommend this cd to others. Another great output by the Band.
Published 13 months ago by nathan
5.0 out of 5 stars True and gritty
All the best things from a BAnd album are on this one. A slam dunk.Not dated at all even today.
Published 17 months ago by Mark Twain
5.0 out of 5 stars remarkable re-mastering job!
If you check my other reviews here on the Band and others you will see I am pretty damn critical - and for these prices we should be! Read more
Published 19 months ago by CLS
4.0 out of 5 stars Back to the Band's Own Music...
Northern Lights, Southern Cross (NLSC) is the seventh album in the Band's 10-year/10-album recording contract. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Dan the Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent, thanks a lot! I really enjoy buy it!

Excellent, thanks a lot! I really enjoy buy it!

Excellent, thanks a lot! I really enjoy buy it!
Published on December 26, 2011 by Marcelo Fraglioni
5.0 out of 5 stars A great group's finest album.
"Northern Lights - Southern Cross" is an underrated masterpiece. In this, one of their last releases, The Band returns with all the elements of their signature sound - melodic... Read more
Published on April 4, 2011 by Christopher Hansen
Search Customer Reviews
Search these reviews only


There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Look for Similar Items by Category