Sumptuous collector’s edition repackages famed 1971 concert event
The Band ‘Live At The Academy of Music 1971’
CD + DVD, $75.74 (Capitol / Universal Music Enterprises)
The legendary band with a capital B, the pioneering Canadian-American ensemble led by Robbie Robertson and Levon Helm that went on to influence countless other roots-rockers, performed four legendary concerts at the top of their fame during the final week of 1971 at New York’s Academy of Music. The shows, originally edited down for the group’s classic 1972 double LP Rock of Ages, have now been re-packaged for this sumptuous collector’s edition, with all the original recordings (including “The Shape I’m In,” “Don’t Do It,” “Stage Fright,” “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” and “The Weight”) enhanced with 19 previously unreleased tracks, plus an in-concert DVD and a 48-page book.
—Neil Pond, American Profile Magazine