The Band's first album, Music From Big Pink, was released 50 years ago this Sunday, July 1st, 1968, and to mark the milestone, Capitol is reissuing the landmark album in numerous configurations.
The album, that arguably gave rise to the Americana format and influenced the likes of Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Elton John and many others, has been remixed and expanded with bonus tracks.
Named after the pink house in West Saugerties, New York that they used as their club house, it will be out on August 31st in a Super Deluxe CD/Blu-ray/two-LP/seven-inch vinyl box set with a hardbound book, as one CD, digitally, in a 180-gram two-LP black vinyl set, and in a limited-edition 180-gram two-LP pink vinyl package. Each release features a new stereo mix from the original four-track analog masters.
Among the classic songs on this album are “The Weight,” “I Shall Be Released,” "Tears of Rage" and "Chest Fever."
Robbie Robertson mentions a proud moment in The Band's career: