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Long before they became The Band, these four Canadians and one southern rebel rocked the rooftops off Canada as The Hawks, Ronnie Hawkins's fierce back-up band. Their non-stop performing took them through nearly every bar in the region, and the group developed into a tightly wound rock unit. It is therefore interesting that, as The Band, the group was known more for its reluctance in the live arena than for its live prowess. This was in part due to leader Robbie Robertson's stage jitters, which seemed to worsen as The Band's status swelled. ROCK OF AGES provides a telling account of what glorious heights The Band was capable of when it tore loose onstage.
Here the five members function as one shifting, interlocking force, summoning Americana, phantom soul, and barroom rockers with ease and freedom. Garth Hudson conjures pure organ voodoo with an impromptu instrumental, "The Genetic Method", before the band launches into the otherworldly "Chest Fever". Elsewhere the live document percolates with similarly inspired fervour. New Orleanian Allen Touissant must receive his share of the credit, as his horn arrangements pump and drive The Band's earth-drenched rock up from the dirt and into the stratosphere.

Track Listings
Discs 1
2)Don't Do It
3)King Harvest (Has Surely Come)
4)Caledonia Mission
5)Get Up Jake
6)WS Walcott Medicine Show
7)Stage Fright
8)Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
9)Across The Great Divide
10)This Wheel's On Fire
11)Rag Mama Rag
13)Shape I'm In
14)Unfaithful Servant
15)Life Is A Carnival
16)Genetic Method
17)Chest Fever
18)I Don't Want To Hang Up My Rock 'n' Roll Shoes
19)Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever
20)I Shall Be Released
21)Up On Cripple Creek
23)Rockin' Chair
24)Time To Kill
25)Down In The Flood
26)When I Paint My Masterpiece
27)Don't Ya Tell Henry
28)Like A Rolling Stone

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