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The Band
"Stage Fright"

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Year of Release: 1970

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

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    Once again, the classic band by the name of The Band returns to, with another of their original albums. Their 1970 release, Stage Fright gets the nod of approval this week. The Band definitely is not afraid of "stage fright" here. This album contains some well-known tunes I remember (most specifically from a Best Of LP that has a different songlist than its CD release.)

    On that note, one song in particular, is "Time To Kill." (I'm still trying to find the LP version of the track listing.) This song is not on the CD Best Of, yet this song is easy for me to remember, as I do believe it was one of the tracks on the LP. Another one is the title track. This song is on the CD version, likewise remembering it also from the vinyl version. The same can be said on another track, "The Shape I'm In." This song is on both the CD and LP versions.

    As for the remaining tracks, it's the traditional/typical great sound that the Band is famous for. Most notably on tracks such as "Just Another Whistle Blow," "The W.J. Walcott Medicine Show," "Daniel And The Sacred Heart" and "The Rumor." These songs are easily defined as Band songs, by recognizing their sound, and the vocals of either Robbie Robertson and/or Levon Helm.

    If you're a fan of Little Feat, you'll enjoy the opening track, "Strawberry Wine." It's a good, rocking tune. "Sleeping" has an off-country ballad sound, likewise the off-ballad "All La Glory."

    Although the LP version of the Band's Best Of is better than the CD, I'm sure there has been countless other Best Of/Greatest Hits/Anthology packages. For a quick introduction, the Best Of LP is a great get-to-know'ing. Yet its always a treat to listen to the original releases, and point out the other songs that could easily have been hits.

    If anyone can locate the original LP version album tracks of the Best Of, please email me at I'm still looking for this listing, and from what I've seen, it's been the same track listing for the CD. Some of the songs I do remember was their version of Clarence Frogman Henry's version of "I Ain't Got No Home." If you happen to see that song in the tracklist, that is the one I am looking for. Thanks.

    Yet, listening to any of the Band's music is always Classic. Sure, some albums were better than others. Stage Fright is a good album. No signs of stage fright here, it's all Classic Rock.

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