The Band – Music From Big Pink (1968/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 41:18 minutes | 1,8 GB | Genre: Rock
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– Ranked #34 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
– Inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998.
Music from Big Pink is the debut studio album by legendary group The Band. It was released in 1968, and the title refers to “Big Pink”, a house shared by Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, and Garth Hudson where some of the music for the album was composed. Al Kooper of Rolling Stone gave the album a rave review, and the album also gained attention due to the fact that Bob Dylan co-wrote three songs (as well as illustrating the cover art himself). In the years since its release, Music from Big Pink has been praised by many; Roger Waters has called it the second “most influential record in the history of rock and roll” after Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and that it “affected Pink Floyd deeply, deeply, deeply.”
None of the Band’s previous work gave much of a clue about how they would sound when they released their first album in July 1968. As it was, Music from Big Pink came as a surprise. At first blush, the group seemed to affect the sound of a loose jam session, alternating emphasis on different instruments, while the lead and harmony vocals passed back and forth as if the singers were making up their blend on the spot. In retrospect, especially as the lyrics sank in, the arrangements seemed far more considered and crafted to support a group of songs that took family, faith, and rural life as their subjects and proceeded to imbue their values with uncertainty. Some songs took on the theme of declining institutions less clearly than others, but the points were made musically as much as lyrically. Tenor Richard Manuel’s haunting, lonely voice gave the album much of its frightening aspect, while Rick Danko’s and Levon Helm’s rough-hewn styles reinforced the songs’ rustic fervor. The dominant instrument was Garth Hudson’s often icy and majestic organ, while Robbie Robertson’s unusual guitar work further destabilized the sound. The result was an album that reflected the turmoil of the late ’60s in a way that emphasized the tragedy inherent in the conflicts. Music from Big Pink came off as a shockingly divergent musical statement only a year after the ornate productions of Sgt. Pepper, and initially attracted attention because of the three songs Bob Dylan had either written or co-written. However, as soon as “The Weight” became a minor singles chart entry, the album and the group made their own impact, influencing a movement toward roots styles and country elements in rock. Over time, Music from Big Pink came to be regarded as a watershed work in the history of rock, one that introduced new tones and approaches to the constantly evolving genre.
01 – Tears Of Rage
02 – To Kingdom Come
03 – In A Station
04 – Caledonia Mission
05 – The Weight
06 – We Can Talk
07 – Long Black Veil
08 – Chest Fever
09 – Lonesome Suzie
10 – This Wheel’s On Fire
11 – I Shall Be Released