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The Band / 50th anniversary reissue

Super deluxe box • 5.1 surround mix • New stereo mix • Previously unreleased bonus tracks • 2LP vinyl • 2CD deluxe

Universal Music will reissue The Band‘s self-titled second album for its 50th anniversary. Three physical editions are on offer, including a six-disc super deluxe box set with a 5.1 surround mix.

The super deluxe edition of the 1969 album consists of two CDs, a blu-ray audio, a 2LP vinyl set and a bonus seven-inch single. Like with last year’s Music From Big Pink reissue, Bob Clearmountain has created a new stereo mix of The Band album and this features on the box is various places including the first CD and the 2LP vinyl.

The first disc also features six previously unreleased bonus tracks, while the seven studio bonus tracks previously issued in 2000 are also included on the second CD after a Live at Woodstock performance.

The blu-ray audio includes a 5.1 surround sound mix and a hi-res stereo mix of the album (the latter is presumably the new stereo mix). In addition the six bonus tracks from the first CD are also included and mixed to 5.1.

The box concludes with a 2LP black vinyl pressing of The Band, along with a seven-inch single that features ‘Rag Mama Rag’ b/w ‘The Unfaithful Servant’.

A 2LP black vinyl edition of the new stereo mix will also be available, along with a 2CD deluxe that is effectively discs one and two from the big box.

This set has been overseen by Robbie Robertson and will be released on 15 November 2019.

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Disc 1 (CD)

The Band new stereo mix

1. Across The Great Divide
2. Rag Mama Rag
3. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
4. When You Awake
5. Up On Cripple Creek
6. Whispering Pines
7. Jemima Surrender
8. Rockin’ Chair
9. Look Out Cleveland
10. Jawbone
11. The Unfaithful Servant
12. King Harvest (Has Surely Come)

Bonus tracks

13. Up On Cripple Creek (Earlier Take) *
14. Rag Mama Rag (Alternate Version) *
15. The Unfaithful Servant (Alternate Version) *
16. Look Out Cleveland (Instrumental Mix) *
17. Rockin’ Chair (A Cappella / Stripped Down) *
18. Up On Cripple Creek (Instrumental Mix) *

Disc 2 (CD)

Live At Woodstock (1969)

1. Chest Fever
2. Tears Of Rage
3. We Can Talk
4. Don’t Ya Tell Henry
5. Baby Don’t You Do It
6. Ain’t No More Cane On The Brazos
7. Long Black Veil
8. This Wheel’s On Fire
9. I Shall Be Released
10. The Weight
11. Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever

Studio Bonus Tracks (from 2000 reissue)

12. Get Up Jake (Outtake – Stereo Mix)
13. Rag Mama Rag (Alternate Vocal Take – Rough Mix)
14. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (Alternate Mix)
15. Up On Cripple Creek (Alternate Take)
16. Whispering Pines (Alternate Take)
17. Jemima Surrender (Alternate Take)
18. King Harvest (Has Surely Come) (Alternate Performance)

Disc 3 (Blu-ray audio)

1. Across The Great Divide (Stereo and 5.1 Surround)
2. Rag Mama Rag (Stereo and 5.1 Surround)
3. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (Stereo and 5.1 Surround)
4. When You Awake (Stereo and 5.1 Surround)
5. Up On Cripple Creek (Stereo and 5.1 Surround)
6. Whispering Pines (Stereo and 5.1 Surround)
7. Jemima Surrender (Stereo and 5.1 Surround)
8. Rockin’ Chair (Stereo and 5.1 Surround)
9. Look Out Cleveland (Stereo and 5.1 Surround)
10. Jawbone (Stereo and 5.1 Surround)
11. The Unfaithful Servant (Stereo and 5.1 Surround)
12. King Harvest (Has Surely Come) (Stereo and 5.1 Surround)

Bonus Tracks

13. Up On Cripple Creek (Earlier Version) (Stereo and 5.1 Surround)
14. Rag Mama Rag (Alternate Version) (Stereo and 5.1 Surround)
15. The Unfaithful Servant Alternate Version) (Stereo and 5.1 Surround)
16. Look Out Cleveland (Instrumental Mix) (Stereo and 5.1 Surround)
17. Rockin’ Chair (A Cappella / Stripped Down) (Stereo and 5.1 Surround)
18. Up On Cripple Creek (Instrumental Mix) (Stereo and 5.1 Surround)

Disc 4 (The Band vinyl LP) The Band new stereo mix

Side A
1. Across The Great Divide
2. Rag Mama Rag
3. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

Side B
4. When You Awake
5. Up On Cripple Creek
6. Whispering Pines

Disc 5 (The Band vinyl LP) The Band new stereo mix

Side A

1. Jemima Surrender
2. Rockin’ Chair
3. Look Out Cleveland [Side A]

Side B

4. Jawbone
5. The Unfaithful Servant
6. King Harvest (Has Surely Come)

Disc: 6 (seven-inch single)

1. Rag Mama Rag (Side A, Original 1969 7″ Capitol Single)
2. The Unfaithful Servant (Side B, Original 1969 7″ Capitol Single)

The Band / 2CD deluxe

CD 1

The Band new stereo mix

1. Across The Great Divide
2. Rag Mama Rag
3. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
4. When You Awake
5. Up On Cripple Creek
6. Whispering Pines
7. Jemima Surrender
8. Rockin’ Chair
9. Look Out Cleveland
10. Jawbone
11. The Unfaithful Servant
12. King Harvest (Has Surely Come)

Bonus tracks

13. Up On Cripple Creek (Earlier Take) *
14. Rag Mama Rag (Alternate Version) *
15. The Unfaithful Servant (Alternate Version) *
16. Look Out Cleveland (Instrumental Mix) *
17. Rockin’ Chair (A Cappella / Stripped Down) *
18. Up On Cripple Creek (Instrumental Mix) *

CD 2

Live At Woodstock (1969)

1. Chest Fever
2. Tears Of Rage
3. We Can Talk
4. Don’t Ya Tell Henry
5. Baby Don’t You Do It
6. Ain’t No More Cane On The Brazos
7. Long Black Veil
8. This Wheel’s On Fire
9. I Shall Be Released
10. The Weight
11. Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever

Studio Bonus Tracks (from 2000 reissue)

12. Get Up Jake (Outtake – Stereo Mix)
13. Rag Mama Rag (Alternate Vocal Take – Rough Mix)
14. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (Alternate Mix)
15. Up On Cripple Creek (Alternate Take)
16. Whispering Pines (Alternate Take)
17. Jemima Surrender (Alternate Take)
18. King Harvest (Has Surely Come) (Alternate Performance)

The Band 2LP vinyl

The Band new stereo mix

LP 1

Side A
1. Across The Great Divide
2. Rag Mama Rag
3. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

Side B
4. When You Awake
5. Up On Cripple Creek
6. Whispering Pines

LP 2

Side A

1. Jemima Surrender
2. Rockin’ Chair
3. Look Out Cleveland [Side A]

Side B

4. Jawbone
5. The Unfaithful Servant
6. King Harvest (Has Surely Come)

49 responses to The Band / 50th anniversary reissue

  1. Alan Blevin says:

    Just a warning that the Woodstock concert doesn’t use the superb Zax/Kahew mix that was used on Woodstock-Back To The Garden but an old mix done many years ago.That mix has been used before for tracks on a previous Band box set.That mix is ridiculously inferior.Totally pathetic that they used it.

  2. michael1984 says:

    Another cash grab…nah. I’ll stick to my CD reissue from 2000.

  3. Mathew Lauren says:

    Every copy of the 2018 SDE “Songs from the Big Pink” that I was sent from Amazon was clearly rushed in production and the glue set in shipping. EVERY boxset was deformed (6 in total). The real disappointment, however was that lack of a proper, discrete, 5.1 presentation of “THE WEIGHT.” I’m still apoplectic about this, given how this remixed, 5.1 Blu was marketed as new and improved from enough multi’s in order to present a proper, discrete, 5.1 remix of the WHOLE album — no mention about the lack of multi’s for this HIT single — presented as a 2.1 with nothing, but ambience in the surrounds. Thumbs down. Very disappointing (still), so I’ll wait on this one.

    Conversely, the 2.0, 45 rpm, vinyl was superb – so there’s that…

  4. Ian B says:

    “There are none so blind as those who will not see” has been said many times before, and can be again. Yes, the usual record company ploy that pushed the price up and pleases nobody inn the same move.

    I refer of course to the cd / vinyl content in the box. I am not a vinyl user, wso would only take them out of the sleeve to check that they are not scratched when I opened the box. End of vinyl.

    Now, if I was a vinyl lover I would not be happy as it is only the newly remixed and cut original album tracks, now over two discs. Where are my copies of the extra tracks? On CD, why not1 on CD. The 7″ single, if they are the album versions, pointless, if they are the alternate versions, a cruel teaser to vinyl lovers.
    The Band were pioneers, so the 5.1 remix is another topic altogether. Personally, I think that they would have embraced the format. Maybe not immediately, but I don’t think they would have been left behind for long.

    I would love to hear the 5.1 mix but it will be the double cd version for me. That is where I see value for money for me. I’m sure there will be other box sets I want. (Four on order at the moment!) In some respects I wish I was dedicated and fanatical about one band / artist only. Not the 50 or so that I am!

  5. Dave Majesty says:

    Its currently listed for $150 on Amazon US. I enjoy the Band and this is an excellent album, that a tremendous price. Since Abbey Road is around $90 US, I would expect the same for the Band (if not lower). So, I’m a not buyer

  6. rockall says:

    Unfortunately I’ve never listened to The Band yet, and all these 50th editions would have been a good place to start with…but it’s a shame they don’t issue the mono version as well. I mean, every new stereo mix for a 60s band is always misleading from an historical point of view, so I don’t think I want to start from this. What do you think about it?

    • Klaus says:

      @rockall:

      I think that if you look it up on the Discogs-website you will quickly find out that both this album and “Music From ‘Big Pink’ ” have been pressed (and logically recorded) in stereo right from the start.

      …and of course i think too that, if you never have listened to an album by “The Band”, you’ve missed out big time.

      • Brian says:

        By 1969, stereo had won the war, music mixers had figured out how to use it intelligently and creatively, and mono mixes were no longer common. So it’s not surprising that, as Klaus notes, there was never a mono release of The Band. But I think rockall’s larger concern is that the new stereo mix of this album may represent a huge departure from the ORIGINAL mix (which in this case happens to have also been in stereo). Personally, I would be surprised if the new mix takes huge liberties with the album millions of people already love. I would guess it’s going to be tinkering around the edges and will only make it sound better. But rockall, if you’re super-hardcore about leaving history untouched, you may indeed want to stick with the perfectly-good 2000 reissue.

    • Andrea says:

      @rockall,
      .. my opinion, as I wrote in a post below, if you want to know (and love) the Band then go for the vinyl Capitol box; for about $110 you get 8 albums (=9 vinyls), pristine quality, immaculately pressed (in the US) by one of the best plants worldwide – it’s a no brainer really!
      That’s the way to go.
      That’s how you’re supposed to listen to their music.
      Grab it while you can.
      I totally agree with you, no need for misleading, pointless, bright, “up to date” remixes and 5.1 which have nothing to do with the legacy and the music as originally intended.
      The whole remix fad, when you already have great original mixes and masters, is just plain silly…

  7. Andrea says:

    If you’re interested in the big box, my suggestion is *WAIT*.

    Last year’s “Music from Big Pink” is currently 59 euros from Amazon.it – used to be about double that price.

    As much as I love the Band, their reissue plan is ill-conceived, it’s the same content repeated across three formats, so not really value for money, that’s why the box sets are not selling, that’s why the price is going to drop.

    • CHRIS1977 says:

      You are absolutely right. I bought it for 50 euros 1 year after it was released. Great packaging but not enough material music-wise to justify the price. Although this time the 2 CD edition seems a good option. Bob Clearmountain’s was bright indeed (listened to headphones) and it seemed like a new recording. Different experience, but that wasn’t too bad. I think. Depends on people’s expectations.

  8. AndreasL says:

    Should be an enjoyable read but don’t expect anything too insightful. Inner circle very focused on keeping George squeaky clean. Kenny’s interview and talk of drugs didn’t go down well with the family, and of course we have the infamous “on extended holiday” in Switzerland during his lengthy rehab stint. I think Kenny definitely has the more interesting story to tell, and Fadi would you, but his credibility is shot given his behaviour since George’s passing. Let’s hope David Austin actually does justice to George’s legacy on future releases. Things moving about as slow as they did when George was alive, though new music around the corner I believe in the Last Christmas movie.

  9. Ruben says:

    Interested in the CDs and the blu-ray, but how I wish they’d not force those 2 LPs upon us in the deluxe package. I will likely pass.

  10. ntgreekman says:

    Thanks for the great news Paul. A rock chestnut that defined a new genre of music. Every song on the album is a stone-cold classic. The usual gripe though; why is the original stereo mix NOT available on the 50th anniversary, definitive edition?! The 5.1 and extra bonus tracks make it worth consideration though for sure. Probably will wait till the price goes down.

  11. AndreasL says:

    Great news. Hopefully Robbie’s solo albums are in the pipeline. His debut of course is a classic, produced by Lanois the same year he did Gabriel’s So and U2’s Joshua Tree. These artists are of course all over the album as are other acclaimed musicians. Should be alot of demos/outtakes given the collaborative nature of the album.

  12. Rett says:

    What concerns me is how Bob Clearmountain may have remixed the album.
    His work on the Music From Big Pink Super Deluxe edition was poorly received by long-time fans of the original…..apparently too bright, a more “rock and roll” sound, which will be anathema to this true fan.
    The sonically plain, sort of flat throwback feel of the original was what I loved….like it could have come from a rediscovered old 78rpm record.
    Mr. Clearmountain has impeccable credentials/an all-star resume but if he’s buggered up the original sound I’ll be most disappointed to have to pa$$ on this one.

    • Andrea says:

      @Rett
      If it’s sound quality you’re after, look no further than Capitol’s vinyl box from a few years ago, the US pressing by QPR not the European pressing.
      It’s one of the best pressings I’ve ever heard, dead quiet and beautifully sounding, and you can still find it for about 100 euros… for their entire discography, 8 albums, one of them double, top quality pressing, I know, it’s insane!! Now that’s value for money!…
      This one in comparison is just bells and whistles and pointless remixes and 5.1 surround which are as unnecessary and un-Band as it gets… no value attached really

  13. John says:

    JPC may look like the cheapest but you may want to reconsider.

    With my three different LP orders to the USA over a few years, including one this year, all have come loosely packed inside weak packaging.

    This has meant LP(s) with banged and bent corners and/or LP(s) that ‘cut’ through their inner sleeve/LP cover. I’ve always asked for and received partial credit back or a full refund, depending on what I could live with and/or if the LP(s) is sold out.

    So each order took up time with explanatory emails, photo proof of the damage, etcetera. Plus I’m always asked to pay the return postage but get that refunded. I’ve now sworn off JPC.

    • The Golden Age Of The Phonograph says:

      I’ve never had an issue with JPC’s packaging, in fact I rate it highly. I don’t doubt you John, maybe I’m lucky.

  14. Andrew Greenwood says:

    just the 2CD for me I think. Although I would love the 5.1 I can’t use the vinyl so will have to live without it (and also save money)

  15. Marc says:

    I can’t justify the $130USD difference for the 2CD set vs the SDE. That’s $20 well spent.

  16. David Bly says:

    Regarding a number of things…

    Firstly, in the deluxe set, why only a replica 7″ of ‘Rag Mama Rag’ b/w ‘The Unfaithful Servant’, and not also one of ‘Up On Cripple Creek ’ b/w ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down’ which was also released at the same time as the album?
    ‘Rag Mama Rag’ was the 2nd of the two singles released, and while there was nothing wrong with it, ‘Up On Cripple Creek ’ was the single that made the bigger impact at the time.

    As for the cover, it was made of some sort of textured paper on the outside, which just a plain paper slick on the inside. I have not seen any indication of whether they will be doing that for the LPs either in the box or the stand-alone 2LP set.
    And at the Universal site that features the “Pine Brown Swirl” version, nothing is mentioned of the cover there either. As for that vinyl, I think I’d prefer all brown discs like the cover.

    And regarding the texture of the cover, that’s why the album is STAO-132, rather that having a different prefix like SKAO- or STAS-
    (the Capitol prefix designations are very elaborate)

  17. Scoliko says:

    Unfortunately since reading Levon’s wonderful book on the Band, I find it very hard to enjoy any project of Robbie’s, reconciliations or not. I’m not sure ones past behavior should be excused or forgotten with the passing of time.

  18. Eddie says:

    Am I right in thinking that this is the first time there has been a surround mix of this album?

  19. Noel Tiplady says:

    The Super Deluxe Box at Amazon USA is $149.88!
    The Super Deluxe Box at JPC de is $95.10!
    Crazy difference in pricing.
    Also at JPC the Super Deluxe Box is described, or translated, as 6 LP.
    Surely they mean 2 x CD, 1 x BD, 2 x LP and 1 x 7″ single.
    Anyone with past experience with JPC have any info on reliability of ordering system and shipping costs to USA?
    Amazing edition, I must say.

    • Alan Blevin says:

      Since Amazon geoblocked Australia I have used JPC quite a bit for box sets .They often have competitive pricing for these whereas for a normal single disc new release they are expensive.Their packaging and service has been excellent.Orders arrive in Australia within a week of release and packaging is fantastic-way ahead of Amazon.I am a bit puzzled by the person noting damaged lps above.Although I don’t buy vinyl the way they have packed my orders they would be impossible to damage-sturdy boxes and biodegradable plastic cushions inside the box to further protect contents.Postage on 1 item is not cheap but doesn’t really increase much as you add more stuff.I try to include 2-3 box sets in each order.

  20. MATT says:

    THERE’S ALSO A STRICTLY LTD EDITION OF 250 PRESSINGS IN ‘PINE WOOD SWIRL’ …LAST COUNT 90 LEFT OVER AT RECORD STORE…not that it will sound any different…

  21. Francois says:

    At least this is consistent in terms of contents with the Big Pink SDE. is it in terms of size of the box?
    The pressing of Big Pink was 45rpm, I guess this is also the case for this one? The sound on the big pink LPs was nothing short of amazing.

  22. Steven_Wilsons_Prog_Cat says:

    On the hard to fine Robbie Robertson dvd documentary ‘going home’ he does a sublime piano version of ‘the night they drove old Dixie down’ i wish he would release that version onto one of these releases.

  23. bret says:

    Does anybody know if the LP is AAA?

  24. Chris says:

    This one appears to have all the 2000 extra tracks, as opposed to last year’s _Music at Big Pink_ re-release, which did not, correct?

  25. richard says:

    Most of these bonus tracks were already available on an older 1CD release mid priced 4,99

  26. Paul Gray says:

    Hi Paul,
    Any idea why Amazon don’t have the 2 CD version for sale?
    Thanks

  27. Woodsey Niles says:

    This is the greatest “American” rock record ever made even if The Band was mostly Canadians. Levon was that link to the old south that was so crucial to the story they told on this album. They went against the grain in the psychedelic 60s – looking to the past for inspiration rather than attempting to create a naïve utopia that will never exist. I remember one quote from Robbie back then – “The music today is all about rebelling against your parents – but we LOVE our parents!” This is part of why they were so unique. This is an album I will spare no expense in picking up. It is not just an album – it is a musical event.

  28. Jane says:

    Another way for Robbie to make even more money ripping off the others. Think he’ll share the profits?

    • paul cutts says:

      This is no place for such negativity, just rejoice in the music,

    • Steven_Wilsons_Prog_Cat says:

      Levon was a heroin addict who turned on RR big time and made claims about the songwriting credits/ royalties, however both men were reconciled before Levons untimely passing, RR has been nothing but complimentary of his band mates and perhaps people who don’t know the actual facts should be a bit more contrite and just enjoy the wonderful musical legacy they have left?

  29. Tim Abbott says:

    uDiscover and a couple of other official online stores have a ‘Pine Brown’ coloured edition of the LP listed.

    https://store.udiscovermusic.com/*/*/The-Band-50th-Anniversary-Exclusive-Pine-Brown-Swirl-Vinyl/69V80000000

  30. dusper says:

    I really want to hear the vocal harmony for “Whispering Pines” in surround

  31. Mr. Ska '57 says:

    The BD also includes the Classic Albums documentary on the making of the LP.

    • Michael says:

      The classic albums documentary of the album is worth having. On the one hand, I didn’t enjoy the remix of the first album. OTOH, I rarely like remixes, fullstop. I’ll probably wait for the SDE to drop in price, as I did last time.

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