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    Stage Fright

    180 Gram Numbered, Limited Edition


    1970 Set an Organic, Iconic Rock Landmark - In Special Textured Finish Gatefold Jacket


    Record Shivers With Raw Emotions, Dark Confessionals, and Intense Singing


    Half-Speed Mastered from the Original Analog Tapes: Transcendent Sound


    A sharp stylistic and thematic detour away from its first two albums, the Band's Stage Fright is a compelling snapshot of a group coping with massive success and internal changes. Recorded in 1970 at the Woodstock Playhouse, the set shivers with raw emotions, dark confessionals, and intense singing. Largely devoid of the quintet's trademark all-for-one harmony vocals, Stage Fright is an utterly distinctive piece of the Band's catalog-and a historic landmark that's a necessary part of any music collection.


    "When Stage Fright came about, all I was doing was feeling my way along. But, where everybody was in a huddle on both Big Pink and The Band, with Stage Fright it didn't feel like we were all connected in the same kind of way. In this period of experimentation in life, in music, in drugs, people kept wanting to stretch and reach and go somewhere and try things and, in the course of that, some real alienation can take place as well. When these things are chemically induced, you can feel an incredible shutdown of communication." -guitarist Robbie Robertson, as told to Rob Bowman


    Such splintered camaraderie and personal demons appear in now-famous songs such as the title track, "The Shape I'm In," and "The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show." The music is rife with palpable tension, and as a credit to the Band's unique sound, absolutely singular. It's impossible to think of any other group playing these tunes. Robertson's balladic ode to his daughter, "All La Glory," featuring a gorgeous vocal turn from Levon Helm, provides a sunny contrast to the darker compositions.


    Circumstances behind the recording sessions also reflected the mood. While the Band had intended to capture the album in one take in front of a small crowd at the theater, the town residents vetoed the idea due to concerns over being inundated by too many visitors. Consequently, the Band played to an audience of no one, sometimes with the curtains closed and other times, with them open. Todd Rundgren, who engineered the album, couldn't even see what was going on-he was sitting in a canvas prop tent that became the control room, behind the theater.


    As always, Mobile Fidelity half-speed mastered this numbered limited-edition 180g LP from the original master tapes for a superior sonic experience. This analog edition of Stage Fright bursts with supreme tonal clarity and an airiness that brings the genius of Rundgren's preservation of high frequencies to complete realization. Even the fine textures of the hand drums on the stunning "Daniel and the Sacred Harp" come to light with microscopic detail. Perfectly blended, MoFi's Stage Fright takes its place as the most balanced and punchy record in the Band's oeuvre.


    Stage Fright is part of Mobile Fidelity's effort to present the Band's timeless music in the highest fidelity possible.


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    1. Strawberry Wine
    2. Sleeping
    3. Time to Kill

    4. Just Another Whistle Stop
    5. All La Glory
    6. The Shape I'm In
    7. The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show
    8. Daniel and the Sacred Harp
    9. Stage Fright

    10. The Rumor
    The Band
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Stage Fright

    Stage Fright was The Band's third album, originally released in 1970. It included dense arrangements, penetrating guitar and keyboards and deep drums and bass. The album includes standouts "The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show" and "The Shape I'm In." Now on 180 gram vinyl in original packaging.
    1. Strawberry Wine
    2. Sleeping
    3. Time to Kill
    4. Just Another Whistle Stop
    5. All La Glory
    6. The Shape I'm In
    7. The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show
    8. Daniel and the Sacred Harp
    9. Stage Fright
    10. The Rumor
    The Band
    $24.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • The Capitol Albums 1968-1977 The Capitol Albums 1968-1977 Quick View

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    The Capitol Albums 1968-1977

    180 Gram vinyl box set contains the following albums:

    • Music From The Big Pink
    • The Band
    • Stage Fright
    • Cahoots
    • Rock of Ages
    • Moondog Matinee
    • Northern Lights - Southern Cross
    • Islands



    Music From the Big Pink
    1. Tears of Rage
    2. To Kingdom Come
    3. In A Station
    4. Caledonia Mission
    5. The Weight
    6. We Can Talk
    7. Long Black Veil
    8. Chest Fever
    9. Lonesome Suzie
    10. This Wheel's On Fire
    11. I Shall Be Released


    The Band
    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)


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


    Cahoots
    1. Life Is A Carnival
    2. When I Paint My Masterpiece
    3. Last of The Blacksmiths
    4. Where Do We Go From Here?
    5. 4% Pantomime
    6. Shoot Out In Chinatown
    7. The Moon Struck One
    8. Thinkin' Out Loud


    Rock of Ages
    LP 1
    1. Introduction / Rock of Ages / The Band
    2. Don't Do it
    3. King Harvest (Has Surely Come)
    4. Caledonia Mission
    5. Get Up Jake
    6. The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show
    7. Stage Fright
    8. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
    9. Across the Great Divide
    10. This Wheel's On Fire
    11. Rag Mama Rag


    LP 2
    1. The Weight
    2. The Shape I'm In
    3. The Unfaithful Servant
    4. Life Is A Carnival
    5. The Genetic Method
    6. Chest Fever
    7. (I Don't Want To) Hang Up My Rock and Roll Shoes


    Moondog Matinee
    1. Ain't Got No Home
    2. Holy Cow
    3. Share Your Love With me
    4. Mystery Train
    5. The Third Man
    6. The Promised Land
    7. The Great Pretender
    8. I'm Ready
    9. Saved
    10. A Change Is Gonna Come


    Northern Lights - Southern Cross
    1. Forbidden Fruit
    2. Hobo Jungle
    3. Ophelia
    4. Acadian Driftwood
    5. Ring Your Bell
    6. It Makes No Difference
    7. Jupiter Hollow
    8. Rags and Bones


    Islands
    1. Right As Rain
    2. Street Walker
    3. Let the Night Fall
    4. Ain't That A Lot of Love
    5. Christmas Must Be Tonight
    6. Islands
    7. The Saga of Pepote Rouge
    8. Georgia On My Mind
    9. Knockin' Lost John
    10. Livin' In A Dream

    The Band
    $149.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Box Set - 9 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Now That Everything's Been Said Now That Everything's Been Said Quick View

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    Now That Everything's Been Said

    We all know the Carole King who wrote some of the biggest hits of the '60s, from "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" to "Pleasant Valley Sunday," via "The Locomotion" and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman." We also know the singer-songwriter behind Tapestry, the album that launched King as a solo singer in her own right. But in between-and not nearly as well known-is King's band, The City, and their album, Now That Everything's Been Said.


    By the mid-'60s, King's marriage to Gerry Goffin, with whom she'd written many of those wonderful hits, had hit the rocks. A divorce loomed, and King all but retired to raise their two daughters. She headed west to Laurel Canyon in '67, taking the children with her, and made the previously unlikely move of joining a progressive folk-rock band. King formed The City with future husband Charles Larkey on bass and Danny Kortchmar on guitar and vocals. With King on piano and vocals, they created a folk rock sound that pre-empted the singer-songwriter boom of the '70s.


    Produced by Lou Adler and featuring Jimmy Gordon on drums, The City's sound is deep and soulful, imperfect but passionate. And the songs, with King writing or co-writing all but one, are as exceptional as you'd expect and as widely covered as her factory work. "Now That Everything's Been Said" was a hit for American Spring, "A Man Without A Dream" was tackled by The Monkees, and "Hi-De-Ho (That Old Sweet Roll)" was a hit for Blood, Sweat & Tears. Central to the album's appeal is King's own stirring reading of her track "Wasn't Born To Follow," covered masterfully by The Byrds for the Easy Rider soundtrack.


    King had been used to a life on the sidelines, and her stage fright left the trio unable to tour the LP which adversely affected their fortunes. That, plus some behind-the-scenes distribution problems, meant the album was quickly deleted, and it remained so for the next thirty years-partly at King's request. Even so, its failure was a surprise to those concerned. "I was 26 when Now That Everything's Been Said was released in 1968," King says of the album. "[We] expected it to zoom to the top of the charts within, at most, a few weeks. Individually and together, we optimistically imagined the album's success as if it had already happened. Danny and Charlie kept telling each other, 'It's a great album. The City is gonna be Number 1 with a bullet!'


    Listening now, you can feel the threads that lead to Tapestry and to the hugely successful performing career that followed. It's not so much an oddity in King's work as the missing link between her two lives. Reissued here in deluxe vinyl, this is, at long last, a chance to own this lost album.

    1. Snow Queen
    2. I Wasn't Born To Follow
    3. Now That Everything's Been Said
    4. Paradise Alley
    5. Man Without A Dream
    6. Victim Of Circumstance
    7. Why Are You Leaving
    8. Lady
    9. My Sweet Home
    10. I Don't Believe It
    11. That Old Sweet Roll (Hi-De-Ho)
    12. All The Time
    The City
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    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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