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The Band / Stage Fright 50th anniversary reissue

Box set, 2CD and vinyl LP • New Bob Clearmountain remixes

Universal Music will early next year reissue The Band‘s third album Stage Fright across a number of formats, including a five-disc super deluxe edition.

Issued in August 1970, the ten-track album includes the songs ‘The Shape I’m In’ and ‘Stage Fright’ and was engineered by Todd Rundgren and Glyn Johns.

This 50th anniversary reissue presents a new running order (apparently, the originally planned order) and offers a new Bob Clearmountain stereo remix of the album. Alternate mixes of ‘Strawberry Wine’ and ‘Sleeping’ are issued for the first time and also included are seven unearthed ‘field recordings’. These Calgary Hotel Recordings from 1970 offer a fun and loose, impromptu late night hotel jam session between Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko and Richard Manuel of several Stage Fright songs recorded while the album was in the mixing stage.

A full concert, Live at the Royal Albert HallJune 1971, sees the group captured in the midst of their European tour with all 20 tracks are previously unreleased. This live performance features on the two-CD set as well as the super deluxe edition box set.

As with previous Band box sets Stage Fright includes a blu-ray with a brand new Bob Clearmountain 5.1 surround sound mix, as well as a hi-res stereo mix of the album, bonus tracks and the live show.

The box set also features a 33PRM pressing of the album on vinyl (the 2020 remix), an exclusive reproduction of the Spanish pressing of The Band’s 1971 seven-inch vinyl single for ‘Time To Kill’ (backed with ‘The Shape I’m In’) in their new stereo mixes and a photo booklet with new notes by Robbie Robertson and touring photographer John Scheele, a reprinting of the original Los Angeles Times album review by critic Robert Hilburn; three lithographs and more.

Stage Fright is reissued on 12 February 2021.

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Stage Fright super deluxe edition box set

CD1
1. The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show
2. The Shape I’m In
3. Daniel And The Sacred Harp
4. Stage Fright
5. The Rumor
6. Time To Kill
7. Just Another Whistle Stop
8. All La Glory
9. Strawberry Wine
10. Sleeping

Bonus Tracks

11. Strawberry Wine (Alternate Mix) *
12. Sleeping (Alternate Mix) *

Calgary Hotel Room Recordings, 1970 *
13. Get Up Jake (#1) *
14. Get Up Jake (#2) *
15. The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show *
16. Rockin’ Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu *
17. Calgary Blues *
18. Before You Accuse Me *
19. Mojo Hannah *

* Previously unreleased

CD2

Live At Royal Albert Hall, June 1971
(Previously Unreleased)

1. The Shape I’m In
2. Time To Kill
3. The Weight
4. King Harvest (Has Surely Come)
5. Strawberry Wine
6. Rockin’ Chair
7. Look Out Cleveland
8. I Shall Be Released
9. Stage Fright
10. Up On Cripple Creek
11. The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show
12. We Can Talk
13. Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever
14. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
15. Across the Great Divide
16. The Unfaithful Servant
17. Don’t Do It
18. The Genetic Method
19. Chest Fever
20. Rag Mama Rag

Blu-ray
Stereo and 5.1 Surround
High Resolution Audio: 96 kHz/24 bit

Vinyl LP (33 1/3 RPM)
180g black vinyl 2020 remix

Side One
1. The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show
2. The Shape I’m In
3. Daniel And The Sacred Harp
4. Stage Fright
5. The Rumor

Side Two
1. Time To Kill
2. Just Another Whistle Stop
3. All La Glory
4. Strawberry Wine
5. Sleeping

“Time To Kill” (Original 1971 7” Capitol Single, Spanish Pressing)

A. Time To Kill

B. The Shape I’m In

Stage Fright 2020 remix 2CD set

CD 1

1. The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show
2. The Shape I’m In
3. Daniel And The Sacred Harp
4. Stage Fright
5. The Rumor
6. Time To Kill
7. Just Another Whistle Stop
8. All La Glory
9. Strawberry Wine
10. Sleeping

Bonus Tracks

11. Strawberry Wine (Alternate Mix) *
12. Sleeping (Alternate Mix) *

Calgary Hotel Room Recordings, 1970 *
13. Get Up Jake (#1) *
14. Get Up Jake (#2) *
15. The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show *
16. Rockin’ Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu *
17. Calgary Blues *
18. Before You Accuse Me *
19. Mojo Hannah *

* Previously unreleased

CD 2

Live At Royal Albert Hall, June 1971
(Previously Unreleased)

1. The Shape I’m In
2. Time To Kill
3. The Weight
4. King Harvest (Has Surely Come)
5. Strawberry Wine
6. Rockin’ Chair
7. Look Out Cleveland
8. I Shall Be Released
9. Stage Fright
10. Up On Cripple Creek
11. The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show
12. We Can Talk
13. Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever
14. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
15. Across the Great Divide
16. The Unfaithful Servant
17. Don’t Do It
18. The Genetic Method
19. Chest Fever
20. Rag Mama Rag

Stage Fright 2020 remix 2LP vinyl

The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show
The Shape I’m In
Daniel And The Sacred Harp
Stage Fright
The Rumor
Time To Kill
Just Another Whistle Stop
All La Glory
Strawberry Wine
Sleeping

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Edward

I like the new (or original) running order – Ithink it makes for a better album listening experience – and the Royal Albert Hall is wonderful – it’s my favourite of their live collections now

John

Some of today’s UK prices for the boxset: Badlands £159.99 HMV UK £149.99 and Amazon UK today at £133.99 was £160.99.

thebandboxesfail

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08LN5KPYB?tag=sdepcwus-20&linkCode=ogi&th=1&psc=1

110.00 on US Amazon where … WHERE … It’s a 150.00 the biggest rip off I have ever seen for a box set like this… I bought The Band 1969 one you get well in this case … A remix ONE LP ONE CD with a bunch of hotel crap on it TWO CD a concert from RAH but is a multi track a soundboard a bootleg ? No one knows … Then a 45 ooooh joy … A book that’s 15 pages which means a big 30 page book and like a bunch of crappy reproduction photos 3 if I remember … And a thing to hold 3 CD’s in there which includes a blu ray with not much on it… I was hoping more of like 10 mixes they made in 1970 from like 30 engineers… No one could decide on the sound of the LP … The Band even made a mix… Ah screw it .. It was remixed but I hope it sounds good… Actually I heard Shape I’m in remix and I have to say Clearmountain is a ok remix engineer I remember him from the 1990 Bowie remasters on Ryko what else did he do ? …………. Plus it sucks that allexxess died … But only a few know what I’m talking about …

Chris Straub

The 110.00 price is in POUNDS, which, as you point out is about $150.

Mathew Lauren

Although I’m excited for all fans of THE BAND, I’m still waiting for a proper, discrete “5.1” of “The Weight.” C’mon, is anyone surprised? I’m (also) just (now) getting over the end of ‘70s quad ;)

Anyway, I see the requirement of another, EXPENSIVE boxset in order to access this 5.1 mix!

T.O.M.B.(S.): “Tired Of Mega Box (Sets)” – Mike V. (Life in Surround)

I’m tired of $£€ expensive and bloated (esp. in size) boxsets (T.O.M.B.s), where the purchase (of this) is the ONLY way to access the (original album) surround-sound mix.

“It’s about the music – not the marbles.” – unknown (SDE.com & QQ forum)

This continued practice limits accessibility and that limits discrete, surround-sound popularity (at large), which in turn reduces reach and interest, by some of our favourite bands.

The MOST noteworthy example (a Q.E.D. of my point) was the recent, 2.0 remix/RM/RE campaign of the LED ZEPPELIN (original album) catalogue released during the “20-teens.” There were NO (original album) “surround-sound” remixes offered, (allegedly) due to time, expense and lack of interest (i.e. cost/benefit).

I, still, salivate at the idea (that) SW will get a crack at remixing LZ (original albums) into discrete 5.1, one day! To (partially) quote an infamous U.S. politician: “Jimmy, ‘C’mon man?!’”

Also, space, becoming an issue, I, really, don’t want to “box” these up & store them. I want these 5.1+ SDEs accessible!

5.1-Tull booksets are “spot on” (MARILLION’s 2, SW, 5.1-infused, bookset remix/REs, a.w.a. T4Fs SW-5.1 remixed boxsets are noted here), while Yes & XTC’s cd/5.1 digis do it (consistently) well, imho. Deluxe editions should be about the music, esp. the surround offerings, imho.

(*RE prices, media size, the inclusions & (most of all) consistent, quality (original album), “surround” mixes are part of MY equation to determine overall value for money ($£€) spent, where it concerns (original album) “surround-sound” SDE-offerings.

Other fine (consistent) examples, imho are (but not limited to): early-R.E.M. 5.1 DVD-A/Cd digipaks, 7” Jpnse Deluxe Edition, multi-hybrid 4.0, 5.1 SACDs w/OBI, Rhino (Blu-ray) Quad Boxsets from Chicago and the Doobie Brothers.

Regardless of my feelings on this (ongoing) MEGA-Boxset matter, to all who await this SDE boxset, please enjoy this Bob Clearmountain 5.1 mix!

I know I will.

GarthR

Why do the record companies only release the blu-ray audio’s as part of the HUGE and mightily expensive collectors sets? I’ve waited so many years to hear 5.1 versions of Pink Floyd / Queen / the Band / The Beatles and looks like I’m going to be waiting a lot longer. Why is it then that other bands such as Yes / Gentle Giant / Jethro Tull / Alan Parsons Project have released their own stand-alone Blu-rays? It seems elite-ist and unfair too!!

Rich G

As we’ve had pretty descent remastered CDs and Vinyl re-issues several times, I guess the remix album is the way to go to incentivise purchase for the umpteenth time. I don’t mind the sound of The Shape I’m In remix. It’s good to hear new things or things clearer or with more separation. It’s not necessary a replacement, just a refreshing way to hear an old friend. I agree the box sets are way too expensive. At about £40/£50 they’d be good value, but terrible value at £100 and now £150 mark. Thankfully they keep making all the regular (none 5.1 / Blu Ray) audio available on the CD separately released, so people have options. I’m glad that Calgary stuff IS included as to omit it would be mean and probably not cost effective as they’d have to do a separate pressing of CD1 just to do that! I wonder if they’ll carry these on? I like the other albums, Cahoots and Northern Lights-Southern Cross particularly. Islands will be slim pickings I guess. Moondog Matinee may have some more outtakes / alternate versions I guess since they were playing covers. Another interesting things is the move from 2 x 45rpm vinyl to 1 x 33rpm vinyl. I don’t know if that’s in response to fans as I know people get sick of changing the side every 10 mins, but weirdly inconsistent.

Dave Sullivan

If ‘ The Band ‘ and ‘ Music from Big Pink ‘ box sets are anything to go by, it’s likely to drop in price significantly if you wait a few months. Both found in local HMV and independent record shop for £30-£40

Steve Rhodes

Another example of too many extras make the set far too expensive and pointless.

Rick from Connecticut

I don’t understand the comments about the 2-CD set not including Calgary. Both the listing above and those I’ve found elsewhere online show it as including the sessions.

StevieT

Paul is your reissue super deluxe remaster, remix, or standard?!

Kraner

Ahh.. digital remixes what a way to ruin a great album

Alan Blevin

Although disappointed the Calgary tracks aren’t on there I am happy that there is the 2cd version with so much of the music.Contrast this with next years 4cd + vinyl album box for Deja Vu where there is no other version apparently than the very expensive mixed format box set.

Louis

Are the Bonus Tracks and the Concert also in the Blu-ray?

AndreasL

I’m eagerly waiting the deluxe/remaster of Robbie’s excellent first 3-4 albums. Debut produced by Lanois and feat U2, Peter Gabriel etc would sound amazing and there should be vault material given the impromptu/collaborative feel of alot of the material.

Steven Roberts

Has it been confirmed that Robbie is working on a deluxe of his debut? A 5.1 release would be day one purchase (for me, at any rate)..

Spencer

Hey Paul. Thanks as always for the awesome work you do for us music fans. I am a little frustrated. If this is the definitive version where are the bonus tracks that were appended to the expanded edition from 2000? Still a nice box though. A certain purchase. Merry Christmas.

Ex-Oligarch

Is the Royal Albert Hall show a soundboard recording? I’m only coming up with audience tapes of that date from the usual web sources. I’m sure a professionally made recording would be welcomed by fans.

Looks like there were several live broadcasts from the tour, including shows from Paris and somewhere in Germany, but quality tapes of those have not yet emerged.

Steven Roberts

Great to see this series continuing, though personally I am still waiting for the price to come down on the previous Band SDE.

Steve

I’ll wait for a bluray collection of all surround mixes.

Dave H

The only downside to The Band deluxe sets has been the price. Each one has initially been over £100. I’d be happy to pay £30 for a stand alone blu-ray with hi-res and 5.1 audio.

Oh well, at least I have the massive Mansun box set to get through over Christmas and I mean massive. I don’t have room if box sets are going to be this size!

Have a great Christmas and New Year Paul. Let’s hope 2021 will bring some normality back to the world.

Grumpy Old Boy

Sometimes it pays to NOT be a fan of a band.

I suppose hardcore fans enjoy these things, but I’d trade nearly all these expanded reissues for a functioning, vibrant, current music scene with new albums that I actually want to hear.

Paul Wren

This is a thin offering for the vinyl fans – I’ll stick with my original vinyl copy purchased back in 1970.

Carlos

For that price (and less, now) Prince’s Sign o’ the Times superdeluxe edition included 9 discs. Completely overbloated price.

Darren Linklater

I love the Band and have the first 2 SDEs and the Capitol albums vinyl box plus all the CDs. I knew there wasn’t much in the vault for Stage Fright and am pleasantly surprised by what they have managed to pull together. The live show is very welcome.
Now to the downside. The price is OTT for what ranks as my fourth favourite Band album. I would love to complete the boxes but at this price it’s going to take one of your deals Paul. At least I can get the audio on the double CD which is fairly inexpensive.
There is an ever increasing price hurdle for these and many other sets. I get the feeling that record companies are happy to limit production, price them high and bleed the fans. McCartney is probably the biggest culprit but others are following.

Aaron

shame the Calgary stuff isnt on the 2 CD set.

Ex-Oligarch

Given that the Calgary tracks apparently would have fit on the first CD, it seems more like a way to annoy the ordinary fan than anything else. If the label felt that it had to hold back those tracks to incentivize box sales, it doesn’t show a lot of confidence that the book, vinyl and blu-ray are worth the high price.

Are there any readers who have heard the Calgary tape via unofficial channels?

I’m not a fan of The Band, but a quick spin over to a few bootleg sites suggests there is other material that could have been added as an incentive to pick up the box, either by adding a cd or adding to the blu-ray. There’s video from shows in Calgary and Toronto in May 1970, soundboard recording of rehearsals for “Rock of Ages” in late 1971, and a whole bunch of tapes of varying quality from shows in between.

On the European tour that produced the Royal Albert Hall show included in the box, the group usually did “Slippin’ & Slidin'” and “This Wheel’s On Fire” as set closer and encore, neither of which is included in the box. While touring the album in the US, there were a few times the group played “The Rumor” and “All La Glory” and a few other stray tracks that might have been included for the hardcore fans.

Now of course, omitted recordings might have been adjudged of too poor quality for release, either from a performance or sound standpoint. Still given the choice of dropping the Calgary tracks from the 2cd set, or adding some marginal material to the box, I would choose the latter. Choose the former, and you annoy the average fan; while giving a “bonus disc” to the true fanatics helps justify the high price of a less-than-lavish set. As we’ve seen with the King Crimson boxes, some people will happily spend real money to obtain unreleased material of debatable quality in a box that would never meet the standard for an ordinary release.

Jabber

Ex-O, if you’re not a fan of the Band, why, pray tell, did you go thru all the effort to research the album and waste time typing a lengthy post – simply to complain about the contents of the SDE?

Ex-Oligarch

No, because I’m an avid music consumer with a special interest in reissues, because I’ve previously worked for reissue labels, and because I find this sort of thing interesting to discuss.

I’ve also listened to and traded unofficial tapes since the 1980s. And I love Dylan, so I’m familiar with the Band and its albums, but as said, don’t consider myself a fan. I sort of assume a fan would have heard a selection of the unofficial material, and I was hoping one would comment on that.

Like the other people who frequent this site, I love physical media. I’d like to see the industry push for higher quality standards and so expand its consumer base, and I think examining the decisions they make in curating reissue collections like this is useful. The high quality of the reissues with which Paul has been involved testifies not just to his hard work and expertise, but also to the value of the debates that go on here.

Kieran

I question whether they are or not because they are listed as being on the 2 cd set. While I think it’s fantastic and I’m excited that they are finally releasing the R.A.H. show, couldn’t they have chosen one of the Festival Express shows instead since both Stage Fright and those shows happened the same year? There’s a lot of footage from those Canadian shows, just type in The Band on historicfilms.com.

Geoff Wint

I know the blurb around this suggests that all the tracks from the RAH gig are unreleased . If that is the case then presumably it’s June 3rd show . Strawberry Wine , Rocking Chair and Look Out Cleveland from June 2nd featured on the A Musical History box set from around 15 years ago .

Shawn

Disappointed. The blue ray is ok. The concert is ok. Maybe that’s all they have?

Dr Oestzer

2 cd’s, 1 bluray audio and a single black vinyl LP and a few reissued photos in a “book” – for a mere hundred and sixty quid ??? Somebody is having a larf, taking the p1ss or trying it on. Probably all three. One of the great groups and good album but I will be swerving this one for the foreseeable future

Dave Beaney

Looks good. Better than I thought it would be but I see the price keeps creeping up. In fact I think this is £50 more than the last one.

Peter Joslyn

Am I the only one who thought the Big Pink remix was an utter disaster? The version of The Shape I’m In here also sounds horrible – almost an 80s production sound

Jsdabassman

There’s a colour vinyl version available from the sound of vinyl:
https://thesoundofvinyl.com/*/*/Stage-Fright-50th-Anniversary-Exclusive-Split-Colour-Vinyl/6TJA0000000

Greg

For those of you in the United States, udiscover is offering 30% off plus a 5% HOLIDAYVIP code brings this around $100.

Mister Stick

Huge thanks, Greg. That discount made it worthwhile.

Stage Fright gets about halfway there, in comparison to the twin monuments that preceded it. But the title cut, “W.S. Walcott”, “Time To Kill”, “The Rumor”, “Sleeping”, and especially “The Shape I’m In” all nail it. And if weren’t for the shadows of the first two albums, we’d probably hold the whole thing in higher standing. I’m sure the concert and hotel room stuff will be great to hear and have, and if the new mix in hi-res is as good as the others so far, $100 outlay won’t inspire later regret. Besides, I think we will all still be ‘huddled around the fire’, so to speak, when this is released. It’s not like you can blow that hundo on a vacation.

Happy Holidays to all y’all. Just be glad you ain’t sick.

graeme ewan

once again another Band super deluxe that is way over-priced. sorry but it just is. Wait a few months, it’ll be £40/50 on a deal somewhere.

Pazurek

Stage Fright is my favorite The Band album of them all. But I’m quite dissapointed after all.
There are no “new” studio tracks at all!…and the 2 cd version does not have the hotel jam session.

Kalle Oldby

The 2 CD version does contain the Calgary sessions. Could be an interesting addition!

Randy

So the bluray only has audio of the Royal Albert Hall show, correct? No video exists?