The Band – Music From Big Pink (2012)

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This Capitol pressing has some of the best sound we’ve ever heard for this album! It’s beyond frustrating to try to find great sound for Big Pink — most copies tend to be an absolute nightmare. The sound is rich, warm, sweet, and full-bodied with exceptional clarity and transparency. There’s tons of ambience and you can really hear the sound of the room around the drums. The sound of the organ is AMAZING!

Side one earned an A++ grade. It has a strong bottom end and the vocals sound correct. The sound can be a bit murky at times, but that’s pretty much the case for every Band record we’ve ever played — it’s just kind of their sound. (The Moody Blues are another band whose records always sound murky, for whatever reason.)

Side two was a bit better — fuller, cleaner, livelier and more transparent than just about any copy we’ve ever heard. There’s tons of tubey magic and real weight to the bottom. We gave it an A++ to A+++ — you’ll have a VERY hard time finding one that sounds even close to this good if our experience is any guide.

If you’ve ever played an original pressing of this record, you probably know what an absolute piece of garbage most of them are. Many pressings of this album suffer from a severe lack of bass. As you may have noticed, we’re big bass freaks around these parts, so a bass-shy Big Pink just won’t do it for us. This copy’s got the kind of bottom end that this music needs — deep, tight, and punchy. Not only that, but this Super Hot Stamper has the kind of life and energy that’s missing in action from the typical copy.

TRACK LISTING

Side One

Tears of Rage
To Kingdom Come
In a Station
Caledonia Mission
The Weight

Side Two

We Can Talk
Long Black Veil
Chest Fever
Lonesome Suzie
This Wheel’s on Fire
I Shall Be Released

AMG Review

… 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.