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The Band / Stage Fright unboxed

Stage Fright, The Band‘s third studio album from 1970 was reissued recently as a five-disc super deluxe edition box set. SDEtv lift’s the lid and takes a look…

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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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Derek Langsford

At least this is widely available for those who might want to get it.

My increasing concern is for boxed sets by artists who sell exclusively from their own “store.” International shipping is a major pricing factor that can add 50% or more and can even double the cost (e.g. $56 to ship Steve Wilson’s TFB). I’ll never again order a single CD from Amazon UK for delivery to the US but at least I can diffuse the cost by ordering 5 or 6 at a time or by adding it to a boxed set purchase with their new flat-priced cost per item (£13.44). Alternately I can use JPC. But I may just going to have to miss out on the exclusive artist “store” boxed set purchases from the UK. The Divine Comedy set might have been my last.

Todd

Thanks for this Paul, I did pick up the 2-cd edition for use on air here. The RAH recordings are the real jem to be sure – as at least at first – the re-ordered “definitive” edition still sounds like …well…. STAGEFRIGHT on shuffle. The RAH show is stunningly good – sound quality and performance – and, as you point out – have the entire contents of the box set included on the two CD version. After going out of my way to pick up The Band’s albums for the first set of reissues – I was so looking forward to the box-set per album – until the release of such – the price was jaw dropping. The arrival of alternate bonus tracks per albums on the stand-alone CD so far is all I’m willing to spend. While I’d love to have them on my shelf, “wait for Christmas” on Tears For Fears SOL (and having the price skyrocket for it “selling out” and then… its “available again”) I’m a bit done playing the game.

dgrb

I had the good fortune to be at one of the RAH shows. Stunningly good indeed. I always found Rock of Ages a disappointment and hearing this again (as opposed to the dimly recorded Royal Albert Rags boot) confirms just why.

I am not convinced by the new (old) sequencing, which for me reinforces that fact that the songwriting was definitely on a downward slope after the previous two masterpieces. And really, did they ever make a 100% consistently satisfying record ever again? Flashes of brilliance, to be sure (Life is a Carnival, Acadian Driftwood, to name but two) but it was never sustained.

JRR is really “up himself” as the British would say, and he has the effrontery to claim, in the liner notes, that his “brothers in the Band” would approve of the new sequence.

Well, three of them are safely six feet under and Garth has never been the outspoken one. I’m betting Levon, for one, certainly would *not* approve…

Steven Campbell

Like the previous reissue I bought the double CD and coloured vinyl versions separately. I found my reissue of the original release of Stage Fright so I’m going to play both it and the remix to see if I can spot much of a difference

Paul Wren

Controversy surrounds the original 1970’s release which was intended to sound raw and live but was smoothed out in the final mixing/production. This latest mix is supposed to restore some of that live feeling so why haven’t they included the original release for comparison purposes? I imagine that the live show element of this box set will receive a separate vinyl release in due course.

Alan Blevin

Any release that gives you an option of a cheaper version,particularly one like this that includes all the music,deserves applause for that.
It is the hybrid vinyl/CD boxes with no cheaper version like Fleetwood Mac Live and Deja Vu that deserve consumer wrath.
Although my copy of the 2cd is still in transit everyone who has heard the Royal Albert Hall concert disc is raving about it with a lot saying it is better than the Academy Of Music/Rock Of Ages releases.As that album particularly in the Academy Of Music 2013 format is one of the best live albums of all time that is really saying something.

Darren Linklater

The box may be consistent with the others but the only inconsistency is the price. I bought the previous boxes new at the time they came out and this one is almost twice the price for a similar product.

Stage Fright is a good album. Not as good as the first two but you are comparing it with two stone cold classics. I was really looking forward to this but I have opted for the 2CD version which gives me all the music at less than a tenth of the price.

The current trend with boxes is to push the price as far as possible to male the fans squeak then slowly drop the price to clear the unsold stock. I will get this but not until it is around £60 which I feel is what it is worth.

Cahoots and Moondog Matinee?. The quality dipped with these two so I’m not sure there will be a box. If there is at this price there will be stockpiles of unsold product. The one I wait for is Northern Nights Southern Cross which I feel was the third best album.

Steven Roberts

I haven’t pulled the trigger yet on the S/T ‘Brown’ album boxed-set, and I’ve seen that go as low as £70 – no way in Hell am I paying close to double that for Stage Fright.

Mark

This is really poor.

Jim

Thanks. As with the last two Band reissues I went for the cheap, but gets you all the musical content option of the CDs only so it’s good to get a look at the other content.

It’s worth pointing out that not only is Stage Fright remixed but the track order has been altered to “reflect Robbie Robertson’s original intended order” so it’s doubly infuriating that there’s not an original version in there for your hundred and sixty pounds.

zally

this lp was slammed by the press but if it was another groups 1st lp they would of raved about.i am not a big band fan but this is a awesum record.

Tony

As usual another enjoyable and informative unboxing video.
On Amazon Uk it’s around £111 this evening which is still too expensive in my eyes, god knows who prices these BOXSETS.

Sascha H.

Stupid !!! The price for the box set is over 140 Euros !!! What a frog !!!

andrew r

Nice unboxing as always Paul ,couldn’t agree more about the price
and not one of their better efforts either ,would not describe it as essential.
Are we now reaching peak boxset?

Pete Stevens

Plenty of opportunity for the Cahoots box to be bbetter than this