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Stage Fright (Japanese Mini-Vinyl CD) Import, Limited Edition

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Limited Edition U.S. distributed edition at lower price! Japanese pressing of this album comes housed in a miniature LP sleeve. 2008.

1. Strawberry Wine
2. Sleeping
3. Time To Kill
4. Just Another Whistle Stop
5. All La Glory
6. The Shape I'm In
7. The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show
8. Daniel and the Sacred Harp
9. Stage Fright
10. The Rumor
11. Daniel and the Sacred Harp (Alternate Take) (Bonus Track)
12. Time To Kill (Alternate Mix) (Bonus Track)
13. The W.S. Walcott Show (Alternate Mix) (Bonus Track)
14. Radio Commercial (Bonus Track)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 13, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Limited Edition
  • Label: Caroline
  • ASIN: B0013FSV48
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #616,201 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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164 of 173 people found the following review helpful By John Stodder on February 8, 2003
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
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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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Elliot Knapp on November 29, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Let me start by saying this: The material recorded on this CD merits a solid, worthy 5 stars. Fans of the first two Band albums should definitely buy this, since it's ever so close to being as classic as those two albums. The reason I rated this CD 4 stars is because the band sent the tapes to 2 different mixing engineers, resulting in two completely different mixes. This CD issue contains the (in my and most people's opinions) inferior of the two mixes. The mix on this album drowns out some instruments on some songs (piano, for example, on the high-energy romp "Time To Kill"), and is plagued by too much reverb that makes it production seem like the Band was going for a slick pop sound. The more expensive Gold CD release from 1994 (as well as some earlier, lower-quality CD issues) uses the alternate mix, which sounds much livelier, like you're in the room with 5 guys jamming on their instruments and singing in harmony--just like the first two albums! The bonus tracks don't really add anything much either (like bonus tracks usually don't). However, you can get this CD pretty cheap new from Amazon, and REALLY cheap used (something like $2), so it's certainly worth the minimal purchase to hear this great music for the first time.

Regarding the music on the album itself, I don't really completely buy into the mythology that the spotlight reviews are trying to perpetuate--Stage Fright isn't a concept album about "Manuel's life or death struggle with Robertson" anymore than The Band was a concept album about the finer points of having fun in the Wild West--why do we need to assign these kinds of categories to such category-defying music?
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Karen Rigsbey on November 22, 2004
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Yeah, all of the Band's albums are dark, and some are intense to

say the least, but this record has Robbie and the other guys at

their peak. This time, though, they are playing ROCK AND ROLL!

Every track is a marvelous piece of lyricism, and the music is

equally good. "The Rumor" has to be one of the ten best songs

ever written anywhere by anybody, and The Band drive it home with

just the right amount of plot and passion. Don't pass this up,

because music like this isn't created anymore. It may not be their BEST ALBUM, but everything by the Band is brilliant and just wait until you hear the sonic clarity here. Never in my life

have I heard music that has this much atmosphere and intelligence. OH, YOU DON'T KNOW how good this record is!!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By David Wheeler on December 18, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Published reviews of this album are perplexing to me. Do people compare this album to their first two masterpieces, or are they reviewing the album by itself, comparative to everything else that came out that year? In my opinion the mixed reviews that it was gotten are due to people comparing it to their earlier work which must not be, and cannot be done. The supposed decline in quality from The Band to this is overly exaggerated. This album is still better than almost anything else recorded at the time and is simply a joy to listen to. That being said it is a much more straightforward and less complex album than its predecessors yet this does not make it any less enjoyable to listen to. For the most part the songs are all sung with one lead vocal, with little harmony in the mix. The album kicks off with Strawberry Wine a very up tempo rocker cowritten and sung by Helm. This moves into Sleeping, an absolutely beautiful Richard Manuel song that almost makes me cry listening to it. Another beautiful song on the album is All La Glory a childish lullaby type song sung by Helm that is one of my favorites. There are many more "rock" songs on this album than on any other Band album in my opinion. Time to Kill, Just Another Whistle Stop and The Shape I'm In are all heavier than most of their songs and the closest the Band got to sounding like anyone else. Stage Fright, in my opinion the best song on the album, will always be one of my favorites. The Rumor is actually the only song on this album that I don't consider to be great. The playing on this album is still impeccable even if the arrangements aren't as complex. Both Hudson's organ and Robertson's guitar are much more prominent.Read more ›
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