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Stage Fright (1970)

The Band
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Stage Fright is the third studio album by Canadian-American group The Band released in 1970. Much more of a rock album than its predecessors, it was a departure from their previous two efforts in that its tone was darker and featured less of the harmony vocal blend that had been a centerpiece of those two albums. It also included the last two recordings by The Band of new songs credited to pianist Richard Manuel; both were co-written with guitarist Robbie Robertson, who would continue to be the group's dominant lyricist until the group disbanded in 1976. Nonetheless, the tradition of switching instruments that had begun on the previous album continued here, with each musician contributing instrumental parts on at least two different instruments. The booklet alludes to the fact that Levon Helm was high on heroin while recording "Strawberry Wine".
Engineered by an up-and-coming Todd Rundgren, and produced by the group themselves for the first time, the album was recorded in their homebase of Woodstock, New York. The album featured an insert which became popular as a fold-out poster. The insert image was shot by photographer Norman Seeff.
Two different mixes of the album were

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2:35 Strawberry Wine
3:17 Sleeping
3:51 Just Another Whistle Stop
3:12 The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show
4:14 The Rumor
3:42 Stage Fright
3:35 All La Glory
3:28 Time to Kill
4:13 Daniel and the Sacred Harp
4:01 The Shape I'm In
3:35 All La Glory
4:16 The Rumor
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