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  • Artist(s): Levon Helm, Rick Danko, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel
  • Summary: The re-release of the 1968 debut of the roots rock group features a new stereo mix produced by Bob Clearmountain as well as a previously unreleased a cappella track, six outtakes and alternative versions.
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  1. Sep 4, 2018
    100
    It's this funhouse-mirror approach to the past—backward-looking but never self-consciously “retro”—that makes Music from Big Pink feel truly timeless. This goes double for this anniversary edition, which features a revelatory new mix supervised by veteran engineer Bob Clearmountain. His work brings a feeling of presence to the album.
  2. 100
    The album was intricately produced by John Simon, and meticulously arranged with three singers/players--Levon Helm, Rick Danko and Richard Manuel--sharing the spotlight (Robbie Robertson also took a rare lead vocal). Subtleties like oblique background horn charts, keyboard whiz Garth Hudson’s inspired and playful sounds (particularly on “This Wheels On Fire”) and Helm’s unique drum patterns are given a fresh glow, making this enduring classic even more enticing.
  3. Mojo
    Oct 2, 2018
    100
    Sensitively remixed and remastered--like cleaning stained glass for brighter colours--and in combinations of formats, here's a masterpiece that lives up to its legend. [Oct 2018, p.106]
  4. Sep 4, 2018
    94
    This super deluxe edition—complete with a 49-minute album pressed as a double-LP at 45rpm--encourages exploration of the original album, because even with the bright, discordant new remix, there remains a mysterious core that can not be explained but only experienced.
  5. Uncut
    Sep 4, 2018
    90
    It sounds both timeless and brand new. [Oct 2018, p.43]
  6. Sep 4, 2018
    90
    If you love the Band, it’s mostly nothing you haven’t heard a couple thousand times before, but little else is needed. A half-century later, the brotherhood of Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm, Rick Danko, Manuel and Garth Hudson still makes you want to join the party.
  7. 80
    Well worth refreshing with its delights, Big Pink is a marvel of a debut.
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