Music from Big Pink

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Music from Big Pink
The Band's studio album


July 1, 1968

Label (s) Capitol

Format (s)


Genre (s)

Folk rock , country rock

Title (number)


running time

42 min 22 s



John Simon

- Music from Big Pink The Band

Music from Big Pink is the debut album by the Canadian folk and country rock group The Band . It was released on July 1, 1968 on the Capitol Records label . Although Music from Big Pink received critical acclaim, the album's sales figures initially left a lot to be desired. In the US Billboard charts , the album finally came to number 30, which was partly due to the fact that the then very popular Bob Dylan had played on three of the songs. In the UK , Music from Big Pink failed to make it into the top 40.

Despite the limited commercial success at the time of its release, Music from Big Pink is not only considered to be the best album of the band alongside the brown album , but also one of the best and most influential rock music albums ever. It came in at number 34 on Rolling Stone's 2003 list of the 500 best albums of all time .

Stylistically, Music from Big Pink mixes a number of very different genres, including rock, country , folk , R&B, and even classical music . The name of the album is derived from the pink house in West Saugerties, New York , where the band lived with Dylan in 1967, then called The Hawks, and recorded the album The Basement Tapes .

"Big Pink", West Saugerties, New York

About a month after the release of Music from Big Pink , a single single was released. The Weight , with I Shall Be Released as a B-side , though came into the Billboard charts at No. 69, but reached for it in the UK Top 40 after all space 21. Moreover, it was The Weight 1969 in the cult film Easy Rider used, thereby the song became a classic. However , due to legal problems, the soundtrack of the film did not contain the original version of The Band, but a cover version of Smith .

The Scottish author John Niven described in his novella Music from Big Pink , published in 2005, the creation of the album from the perspective of a fictional drug dealer who was in contact with Dylan and the band at the time.

Track list

A side

  1. Tears of Rage ( Bob Dylan / Richard Manuel ) - 5:23
  2. To Kingdom Come ( Robbie Robertson ) - 3:22
  3. In a station (Manuel) - 3:34
  4. Caledonia Mission (Robertson) - 2:59
  5. The Weight (Robertson) - 4:38

B side

  1. We Can Talk (Manuel) - 3:06
  2. Long Black Veil ( Danny Dill / Marijohn Wilkin ) - 3:06
  3. Chest Fever (Robertson) - 5:18
  4. Lonesome Suzie (Manuel) - 4:04
  5. This Wheel's on Fire ( Rick Danko / Dylan) - 3:14
  6. I Shall Be Released (Dylan) - 3:19


On August 29, 2000 , Capitol released the album on CD with the following bonus tracks :

  1. Yazoo Street Scandal (Robertson) - 4:01 ( Outtake )
  2. Tears of Rage (Dylan / Manuel) - 5:32 (Alternate Take)
  3. Katie's Been Gone (Manuel) - 2:46 (Outtake)
  4. If I Lose ( Ralph Stanley ) - 2:29 (Outtake)
  5. Long Distance Operator (Dylan) - 3:58 (Outtake)
  6. Lonesome Suzie (Manuel) - 3:00 (Alternate Take)
  7. Orange Juice Blues (Blues for Breakfast) (Manuel) - 3:40 ( Demo )
  8. Key to the Highway ( Big Bill Broonzy ) - 2:28 (Outtake)
  9. Ferdinand the Imposter (Robertson) - 3:59 (demo)

Another re-release of the album took place on August 31, 2018 as the so-called 50th Anniversary Edition; then this time the following bonus tracks:

  1. Yazoo Street Scandal (Outtake)
  2. Tears of Rage (Alternate Take)
  3. Long Distance Operator (Outtake)
  4. Lonesome Suzie (Alternate Take)
  5. Key To The Highway (Outtake)
  6. I Shall Be Released (Acapella Version)

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Joe Levy (Ed.): Rolling Stone. The 500 best albums of all time . White Star Verlag, Wiesbaden 2011, p. 53 (original edition: Rolling Stone. The 500 Greatest Albums of all Time . Wenner Media 2005). Translation: Karin Hofmann.