20 Songs, 1 Hour 13 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though it grew out of jam sessions in the basement of the band’s communal house in upstate New York, Music From Big Pink lures us to otherworldly environments. “I Shall Be Released” and “In a Station” emerge from floating, celestial sounds, while “Lonesome Suzie” is a Curtis Mayfield ballad soaked in tranquilized blues. The Band’s dreamy, hymn-like undertones come to light in “The Weight,” in which the triangulated harmonies of Richard Manuel, Rick Danko, and Levon Helm forge a new form of rustic gospel goodness.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though it grew out of jam sessions in the basement of the band’s communal house in upstate New York, Music From Big Pink lures us to otherworldly environments. “I Shall Be Released” and “In a Station” emerge from floating, celestial sounds, while “Lonesome Suzie” is a Curtis Mayfield ballad soaked in tranquilized blues. The Band’s dreamy, hymn-like undertones come to light in “The Weight,” in which the triangulated harmonies of Richard Manuel, Rick Danko, and Levon Helm forge a new form of rustic gospel goodness.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
42 Ratings
42 Ratings
Sequuitor ,

There is hope for music in this century

I remember listening to this album for the first time on the third floor of home- baseball game on rabbit eared TV- stereo cranked but tv muted... Next black platter of soul food up was Traffics' "On the Road" --- or maybe it was "Live Rust"-- no matter- I clearly recall my first listen.
Give it a listen- Acadian driftwood at its finest.

Tim of the Sand ,

One of the best & one of the most important rock albums ever

Beautiful, haunting, and as enduring now as it was influential in its time.

stobiedela ,

Out of all the idle scheming...

Brilliant writing, singing, and musicianship. It gets better with time. Richard Manuels' "In a Station" is haunting and timeless (is that Robbie wailing in the background?) Has there ever been a better debut recording in the rock era? I can't think of another on this level.

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