The Last Waltz gets bigger billing, but the Band's 1972 live album Rock of Ages is equally fine. Recorded over the course of four nights at New York's Academy of Music at the end of December 1971, the incendiary concert set bookmarks the close of the first phase of the collective's career.
Rather than follow the lead of most other live records made at the time, The Band resist any temptation to improvise or extend its material. Instead, they play with an intensity, chemistry, and spirit that's nearly unrivaled by any other live album. The quintet also draws on a secret weapon: Allen Toussaint, who tailors expert horn arrangements for several songs.
Our hybrid SACD lets The Band's feverish interplay shine like never before. Mastered from the original tapes, the open, airy, natural, and balanced sound will have you returning to Rock of Ages again and again.
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