The 50th anniversary deluxe version of The Band's first album, Music From Big Pink, will be released this Friday in multiple configurations.
The album, with the cover art by Bob Dylan, arguably gave rise to the Americana format and influenced the likes of Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Elton John and many others. For this release, it has been remixed and expanded with bonus tracks.
Robbie Robertson on The Band making Music From Big Pink:
Named after the pink house in West Saugerties, New York that they used as their clubhouse, the album will be available:
- In a Super Deluxe CD/Blu-ray/two-LP/seven-inch vinyl box set with a hardbound book
- As one CD
- In a 180-gram two-LP black vinyl set
- 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."