Americana Classic – THE BAND Released Their Third Longplayer ‘STAGE FRIGHT’ 50 Years Ago Today

17 August 2020

Band: THE BAND (4 Canadians /1 American)
Beginning: From 1958 to 1963 as The Hawks
Members: Rick Danko (RIP), Richard Manuel (RIP),
Garth Hudson, Robbie Robertson and Levon Helm (RIP)
Active: 1968–1977, 1983–1999

Album: STAGE FRIGHT – third LP
Released: 17 August 1970 – 50 years ago today
Score: Peaked at #5 in the US

AllMusic wrote: “‘Stage Fright’, The Band’s third album, sounded on its surface like the group’s first two releases… Several of the album’s later songs seemed to be metaphors for trouble the group was encountering, with “The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show” commenting on the falseness
of show business… ‘Stage Fright’ seemed to be the group’s alarmed response, which made it their most nakedly confessional. It was certainly different from their previous work, which had tended toward story-songs set in earlier times, but it was hardly less compelling for that.

Score: 4.5/5

“One of the things I feel very strong about is the achievement
of The Band really being a complete band”
Robbie Robertson

Top tracks: The Shape I’m In / Stage Fright / Time To Kill

– THE SHAPE I’M IN –

– STAGE FRIGHT –

– TIME TO KILL –

Full album…

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