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The Band’s ‘Music From Big Pink’ To Receive 50th Anniversary Release

Landmark 1968 Album Available in Remixed and Expanded Editions August 31

On August 31, Capitol/UMe will release ‘Music from Big Pink’ in newly remixed and expanded 50th Anniversary Edition packages, including a Super Deluxe CD/Blu-ray/2LP/7-inch vinyl box set. (PRNewsfoto/Capitol/UMe)

On August 31, Capitol/UMe will release The Band’s landmark 1968 album Music from Big Pink in newly remixed and expanded 50th Anniversary Edition packages, including a Super Deluxe CD/Blu-ray/2LP/7-inch vinyl box set with a hardbound book; 1CD, digital, 180-gram 2LP black vinyl, and limited edition 180-gram 2LP pink vinyl packages.

All the Anniversary Edition configurations feature a new stereo mix for the album, produced by Bob Clearmountain from the original four-track analog masters, achieving a striking clarity and incorporating some previously unreleased chatter from the studio sessions. The 50th Anniversary Edition’s CD, digital, and box set configurations also include five outtakes and alternate recordings from the ‘Big Pink’ sessions and a previously unreleased a cappella version of “I Shall Be Released.”

Exclusively for the box set, Clearmountain has also produced a new 5.1 surround mix for the album and the bonus tracks, presented on Blu-ray with the new stereo mix in high resolution audio (96kHz/24bit). All the new audio mixes have been mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering. The box set also includes an exclusive reproduction of The Band’s 1968 7-inch vinyl single for “The Weight” / “I Shall Be Released” in their new stereo mixes and a hardbound book with a new essay by noted music journalist David Fricke and classic photos by Elliott Landy. For the album’s new vinyl editions, Chris Bellman cut the vinyl lacquers for the album’s new stereo mix at 45rpm at Bernie Grundman Mastering, expanding the album’s vinyl footprint from one LP to two. The black and pink vinyl LPs were pressed at GZ Vinyl / Precision.

The new stereo mix of “The Weight” is available now on streaming services and as an instant download when you pre-order the digital album.

Music from Big Pink was the Band’s debut studio album and was ground-breaking in the Americana music genre.

In his 1993 memoir, titled This Wheel’s On FireLevon Helm wrote, “We wanted Music from Big Pink to sound like nothing anyone else was doing. This was our music, honed in isolation from the radio and contemporary trends.”

Although Music from Big Pink peaked at #30 on Billboard’s Pop Albums chart upon its release, Rolling Stone Magazine later ranked it #23 on their list of the Greatest Albums of All Time. It is now recognized as one of the most important albums in popular music history.

The Band’s ‘Music from Big Pink’ (50th Anniversary Edition)

The Band’s ‘Music from Big Pink’ (50th Anniversary Edition) Track Listing

CD; Digital
2018 stereo mix (included in the box set and available individually)
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
Bonus Tracks:
12. Yazoo Street Scandal (Outtake)
13. Tears Of Rage (Alternate Take)
14. Long Distance Operator (Outtake)
15. Lonesome Suzie (Alternate Take)
16. Key To The Highway (Outtake)
17. I Shall Be Released (A Cappella)

BLU-RAY
Tracklist above in new 5.1 surround mix + 96kHz/24bit high resolution stereo (exclusive to the box set)

2LP VINYL
180g black vinyl (included in the box set and available individually); ltd. edition 180g pink vinyl (available individually)

SIDE ONE
1. Tears Of Rage
2. To Kingdom Come

SIDE TWO
1. In A Station
2. Caledonia Mission
3. The Weight

SIDE THREE
1. We Can Talk
2. Long Black Veil
3. Chest Fever

SIDE FOUR
1. Lonesome Suzie
2. This Wheel’s On Fire
3. I Shall Be Released

“The Weight”
Reproduced 1968 7-inch single (exclusive to the box set)
A. The Weight
B. I Shall Be Released

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