(How the release appears on Tidal)
The new reissue of The Band’s Stage Fright contains a very welcome surprise. Along with updated remaster of the original album, some alternate mixes and a few demos (all depending on which Deluxe version one picks up since there appears to be more than one version available) there is also a one hour and twenty minute concert from The Royal Albert Hall, June 1971. And what a concert it was. The Band is prime form throughout the show which features songs from The Band’s first three albums. If one is familiar with and enjoys The Band’s Rock of Ages or Live at the Academy of Music releases then this concert will be a most welcome listen. The set list for the Albert Hall concert is very similar to that of the December 1971 shows but without the added horn section. The sound is first rate and group’s playing and singing is excellent. Highly recommended and available on Tidal and Qobuz.