Personnel: Robbie Robertson (vocals, guitar); Rick Danko (vocals, fiddle, electric bass); Richard Manuel (piano); Garth Hudson (organ); Levon Helm (drums).
Recording information: 12/31/1971.
This is a handy budget-line introduction to The Band. The eleven songs draw most heavily from the first two albums, MUSIC FROM BIG PINK and THE BAND, along with a couple from STAGE FRIGHT and one from their fourth, CAHOOTS. For anyone uncertain where to start or wanting a tour through the high peaks of The Band's early catalog, this set serves the purpose well. For the novice, it nicely includes both the well known ("The Weight" and the title song) and the lesser known ("Unfaithful Servant," "King Harvest"). Once introduced, listeners will want to seek out the above-mentioned albums--each of which are full of additional timeless rewards.