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The Band - Greatest Hits

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The Band
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Capitol/EMI Records / Capitol / Star Time International

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The Band was a very album-oriented group, and only had two Top 40 hit singles. So one could argue that a single-disc greatest hits compilation, or best-of anthology as this might more properly be called, is not the optimum way to dig into their repertoire. But if you're limiting yourself to one Band collection and your budget or patience does not stretch for the two-CD To Kingdom Come set, this 18-song program hits all the famous buttons, including "The Weight," "Chest Fever," "Up on Cripple Creek," "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," "The Shape I'm In," "Stage Fright," and "When I Paint My Masterpiece." Naturally, it leans most heavily on their first two albums, which supply four songs each. Good, lengthy liner notes by Rob Bowman are a nice bonus, considering that single-disc career-spanning overviews often dispense with such frills. Strange, though, that "Don't Do It," their one Top 40 hit single other than "Up on Cripple Creek," isn't here; in fact, there's nothing from their live Rock of Ages. ~ Richie Unterberger

1) The Weight (04:35)
2) Tears of Rage (05:19)
3) Chest Fever (05:14)
4) I Shall Be Released (03:12)
5) Up On Cripple Creek (04:30)
6) The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (03:32)
7) Rag Mama Rag (03:03)
8) King Harvest (Has Surely Come) (03:37)
9) The Shape I'm In (04:00)
10) Stage Fright (03:40)
11) Time to Kill (03:26)
12) Life Is a Carnival (03:57)
13) When I Paint My Masterpiece (04:17)
14) Ain't Got No Home (03:22)
15) It Makes No Difference (06:31)
16) Ophelia (03:29)
17) Acadian Driftwood (06:41)
18) The Saga of Pepote Rouge (04:12)

Greatest Hits
EMI Music Distribution
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Explicit Lyrics
Keyword Index
Greatest Hits | The Band