Exclusive Premiere | Robertson Talks Toussaint - Live At The Academy Of Music 1971

On September 17 Capitol/UMe will release Live at the Academy of Music 1971, a comprehensive document of The Band's landmark quartet of shows at New York City's Academy Of Music that featured some of the group's best songs augmented by a full horn section. Highlights from the shows were originally released in 1972 as Rock Of Ages, a compilation found on many "best live albums of all-time" lists. The Band guitarist Robbie Robertson produced the new 4-CD+DVD collection along with co-producers Michael Murphy and Matt D’Amico, with Robertson telling MSN.com's Alan Light that this is his chance to get it right, "I never got the opportunity to get the mix right and pay respect to this music the way I felt about it. With this box set, I could really dig in, and it was tremendously fulfilling to me. Now I feel like I can sleep at night."

One of the stars of Live at the Academy of Music 1971 is New Orleans musical royalty Allen Toussaint. The Band recruited Toussaint to create horn charts for many of their songs and Allen came through with wonderful horn parts that have become part of the DNA of The Band's classic compositions after the Academy Of Music run and The Last Waltz. However, Toussaint's contributions to the legendary concerts didn't come without any issues. In this new webisode, which we're exclusively premiering, Robbie Robertson talks about the many problems Toussaint ran into before the historic shows.

The Live At The Academy Of Music 1971 box set is packaged with a deluxe, 48-page hardbound book containing previously unseen photos, a reproduction of Ralph J. Gleason's original Rock Of Ages review for Rolling Stone, an essay penned by Robertson and essays by Mumford & Sons and Jim James of My Morning Jacket about the influence of The Band and these historic concerts. On the box set's first two discs, we hear performances of each and every song played over the course of the four concerts, while the third and fourth discs feature the New Year’s Eve concert soundboard mix presented uncut and unedited for the first time. We're particularly excited about the DVD that accompanies the set, which contains tracks from discs 1 and 2 in 5.1 Surround, plus recently unearthed film of “King Harvest (Has Surely Come)” and “The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show.”

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[Published on: 9/9/13]

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