The Band / The Capitol Albums 1968-1977 / vinyl box set

Universal Music are to issue a new 9LP vinyl box set featuring music of Canadian rock legends The Band in July this year.

The Capitol Albums 1968-1977  features the following eight albums, all pressed on 180g vinyl: Music From The Big Pink, The Band, Stage Fright, Cahoots, Rock of Ages (2LP), Moondog Matinee, Northern Lights – Southern Cross and Islands.

The packaging will replicate originals and these will come in a sturdy outer rigid box. These albums are also being made available separately (in the UK, at least) if you’d prefer to pick and choose a few favourites.

For the North American market the records in the box set are being pressed at the highly regarded Quality Record Pressings (QRP) plant, although there is no confirmation at this time for Europe.

The Complete Capitol Albums 1968-1977 will be released on 31 July 2015.



Track listing

Music From the Big Pink
Side A:

1. Tears of Rage
2. To Kingdom Come
3. In A Station
4. Caledonia Mission
5. The Weight
Side B:
1. We Can Talk
2. Long Black Veil
3. Chest Fever
4. Lonesome Suzie
5. This Wheel’s On Fire
6. I Shall Be Released 

The Band
Side A:

1. Across the Great Divide
2. Rag Mama Rag
3. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
4. When You Awake
5. Up On Cripple Creek
6. Whispering PInes
Side B:
1. Jemima Surrender
2. Rockin’ Chair
3. Look Out Cleveland
4. Jawbone
5. The Unfaithful Servant
6. King Harvest (Has Surely Come)

Stage Fright
Side A:

1. Strawberry Wine
2. Sleeping
3. Time To Kill
4. Just Another Whistle Stop
5. All La Glory
Side B:
1. The Shape I’m In
2. The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show
3. Daniel and The Sacred Harp
4. Stage Fright
5. The Rumor

Side A:

1. Life Is A Carnival
2. When I Paint My Masterpiece
3. Last of The Blacksmiths
4. Where Do We Go From Here?
5. 4% Pantomime
Side B:
1. Shoot Out In Chinatown
2. The Moon Struck One
3. Thinkin’ Out Loud

Rock of Ages
LP 1
Side A:

1. Introduction / Rock of Ages / The Band
2. Don’t Do it
3. King Harvest (Has Surely Come)
4. Caledonia Mission
5. Get Up Jake
6. The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show
Side B:
1. Stage Fright
2. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
3. Across the Great Divide
4. This Wheel’s On Fire
5. Rag Mama Rag
LP 2
Side C:

1. The Weight
2. The Shape I’m In
3. The Unfaithful Servant
4. Life Is A Carnival
Side D:
1. The Genetic Method
2. Chest Fever
3. (I Don’t Want To) Hang Up My Rock and Roll Shoes

Moondog Matinee
Side A:

1. Ain’t Got No Home
2. Holy Cow
3. Share Your Love With me
4. Mystery Train
5. The Third Man
Side B:
1. The Promised Land
2. The Great Pretender
3. I’m Ready
4. Saved
5. A Change Is Gonna Come

Northern Lights – Southern Cross
Side A:

1. Forbidden Fruit
2. Hobo Jungle
3. Ophelia
4. Acadian Driftwood
Side B:
1. Ring Your Bell
2. It Makes No Difference
3. Jupiter Hollow
4. Rags and Bones

Side A:

1. Right As Rain
2. Street Walker
3. Let the Night Fall
4. Ain’t That A Lot of Love
5. Christmas Must Be Tonight
Side B:
1. Islands
2. The Saga of Pepote Rouge
3. Georgia On My Mind
4. Knockin’ Lost John
5. Livin’ In A Dream



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How do you know that these albums are digitally sourced?


If they were fair dinkum about this set they’d include both mixes of Stage Fright.

Eric W

Considering the astounding clarity and beauty of the Rober Ludwig mastered original lps, its hard to imagine these digitally sourced ‘replacements’ will sound better.


I already have audiophile vinyl editions of `Big Pink` & `The Band` so I will not be bothering as I have all the remastered CDs.


Oh, thank goodness you posted that… I was waiting to hear what you were going to do before making a decision.

Why do people insist on posting inane comments like that letting people who don’t care at all know they won’t be buying something?


My `inane` comment was made as a message to the record company, The box set is sourced from a digital source had it been sourced from analogue sources I would have been praising Universal. My comment was meant to be negative not `inane`.

I will not comment on your response, it does not merit one.

Adrian Grove

I hope UMG will issue a cd version too, it seems all the record companies only want to cater for vinyl fans

Mark McKendrick

Disc Union produced a box set towards the end of last year. The CD’s were in the paper sleeve mini-album format replicating the original artwork including the very short-lived artwork on the first issue of Moondog Matinee – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moondog_Matinee#/media/File:Moondog_Matinee,_The_Band,_original_cover.jpg – all with period replica labels. The discs were produced in the DSD format on SHM discs. You may or may not still be able to find a copy somewhere. Good luck!