September 10, 2011 – 4:36 am

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London 1971 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Royal Albert Hall, London, UK; June 3, 1971. Good to fairly good audience recording with a bit of hiss.

If you thought The Band’s We Can Talk Sessions was just a curtain raiser, then here’s a rare show from way back when.

Thanks to davmar77 for sharing the tracks on Dime. This is what davmar77 noted:

Here’s a rather rare show recorded at London’s Royal Albert Hall on June 3,1971. They played this night and the night before… [Note: Three songs for June 2 are released on the Musical History box set.] The thing that kills me about the released songs is that they are great sounding soundboard recordings which tells me that not only is the rest of that show in existence somewhere in that quality but possibly the entire European tour. Boy, what I wouldn’t give to have some of those SBs…

Meanwhile, Band fan AdamBetley reported:

The recordings from the first night that were featured on A Musical History were being discussed as a possible live release from The Band’s camp. I know this because Robbie Robertson’s son, Sebastian, posted on The Band website that an official “Royal Albert Hall 1971″ release (from the June 2 date featured on the box) would be released in its entirety sometime down the line. I TRULY hope this is still being worked on for release! I asked about it on Robbie’s Facebook page, and the response was that Fall 2012 is the soonest we might expect a release date.

So everyone, if you are a part of Facebook, post on Robbie Robertson’s page (or The Band’s page) that you want to see that material released soon! We can only hope…

Artwork posted at, thanks.

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Track 01. The Weight (cuts in) (7.8MB)
Track 02. King Harvest Has Surely Come (7.3MB)
Track 03. Strawberry Wine (6.6MB)
Track 04. Rockin’ Chair (7.2MB)
Track 05. Look Out Cleveland (6.2MB)
Track 06. I Shall Be Released (6.6MB)
Track 07. Stage Fright (6.4MB)
Track 08. Up On Cripple Creek (7.9MB)
Track 09. WS Walcott Medicine Show (cuts in) (6.1MB)
Track 10. We Can Talk (5.1MB)
Track 11. Loving You (some tape deterioration) (5.9MB)
Track 12. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (6.5MB)
Track 13. Across The Great Divide (5.7MB)
Track 14. Unfaithful Servant (7.2MB)
Track 15. Don’t Do It (7.8MB)
Track 16. Genetic Method (11.2MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 16. Genetic Method (megaupload link)
Track 17. Chest Fever (8.2MB)
Track 18. Slippin’ And Slidin’ (7.0MB)

Robbie Robertson - guitar, vocals
Levon Helm - drums, vocals
Garth Hudson - keyboards
Richard Manuel - piano, vocals
Rick Danko - bass, vocals

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  1. 27 Responses to “THE BAND - ROYAL ALBERT HALL 1971”

  2. i cant wait to hear this THANKS from upstate NY!!! btw I have a mystical history w/ the Band!.

    By Aiko Dan on Sep 10, 2011

  3. WOW!! More BAND!! What a way to start the weekend! Thank you!! At the risk of sounding greedy — PLEASE keep ‘em coming!

    By LongBlackVeil on Sep 10, 2011

  4. Nice! Thanks for this!

    By Bob on Sep 10, 2011

  5. a soundboard of this would be awesome.
    thanks bigo.

    By sluggo on Sep 10, 2011

  6. Thanks! It’s a great weekend :-)

    By lisa on Sep 11, 2011

  7. The Band, and especially the Grateful Dead have always been overrated in my opinion. I have always thought that Robbie Robertson was a bad influence on Eric Clapton by ruining his guitar playing. Jerry Garcia was also a sloppy guitarist who Clapton considered “ropey”, but now is considered as one of the greats.

    By George Martini on Sep 12, 2011

  8. When the rest of the rock world was presenting us with lengthy and often boring drum and bass solos, pretentious drug praising lyrics, overwrought tolkien influenced singers and goofy as hell stage attire, the Band was merely playing well crafted, well written composed and arranged and extremely well played , from your porch, songs of Americana that hold up as well today as the day they were laid down in the studio.
    Never before has there been a band with three vocalists with the ability to wrench your heartstrings like Levon Rick, and Richard. You may not think that the Band was worthy of any accolades but I`m willing to bet you are deep in the minority on this one.
    I`m not going to get into an argument over this , taste and opinions are personal but my friend, you are dead wrong dismissing the BAND in my presence.

    By sluggo on Sep 12, 2011

  9. Well stated, sluggo!

    By LongBlackVeil on Sep 12, 2011

  10. This is spectacular - we don’t have Rick and Richard to enjoy anymore and Levon and Robbie are unlikely to perform together anytime soon so thank thank you for this from Canada

    By Atlas on Sep 12, 2011

  11. Not sure why anybody would lump the Band and the Dead together for criticism. While I’m a fan of both–and the two groups appeared to admire each other–they were kind of at opposite ends of the late 60’s spectrum, with the Dead’s freely meandering looseness a sharp contrast to the very disciplined tightness of the Band. Then, I guess somebody might prefer for musicians to be between those two poles (which Clapton certainly is).

    By YogaforCynics on Sep 12, 2011

  12. I apologize to you experts that must know much more about music than I do. Of course the Band and the Dead are known for their wonderful 3 part harmonies and song writing that rival the Beatles and guitar playing that puts Jeff Beck to shame. What was I thinking?

    By george martini on Sep 15, 2011

  13. It is a long time back now but I went to one of these two shows mentioned here and I really hope they do put out a properly licensed cd of all the stuff recorded on that tour, in the bad acoustics of the day in the Albert Hall at the time, this was and IS the best concert I have ever been to there. the night I went it was a great evening, the sound balance was excellent.they were a great bunch of crafted and gifted musicians.I thank them every day for being here.

    By Ray Hunter on Sep 15, 2011

  14. I love the bitchin’ that goes on here from people who are downloading decent music for Nothing (unless they’ve donated to BigO’s running costs).

    The complainers always remind me of the graceless jerks who abuse whores, refuse to pay them, then complain a week later when they find they’ve picked up crabs.

    Scratch, you miserable bastards, but stop telling the rest of us about your problems.

    By tony on Sep 16, 2011

  15. Encore, Tony, Encore

    By louis on Sep 17, 2011

  16. some people just love to cause unrest, love chaos, like the music of the grateful dead. i can’t bear ‘em myself. there is no comparison to them and the Band. None. None.

    By rick harper on Sep 17, 2011

  17. I remember a girl back in these days remarking how if I loved the Band so much, I would like the Dead as well. I listened to them, was mortified, and dropped the girl immediately. There was no comparison. The Band was lightning in a bottle, a once-in-a-lifetime meeting of the perfect musicians at the perfect time in history. We shall not see their like again. Thanks for the music!

    By Bill Dean on Sep 19, 2011

  18. Always loved the Grateful Dead. Never much of a fan of the Band other than as a backing group for Dylan. I guess it’s because I’m from Canada just like the Band and remember them backing Ronnie Hawkins on Yonge St.

    By louis on Sep 19, 2011

  19. I`m the opposite of you louis, I`m also a canuck I recall the hawk`s days as well but the Band grew up and moved on past Rompin` Ronnie.
    Ronnie has had more bands than anyone, all called the Hawks and all having to play the same songs over and over for years but The Band matured and crafted their own material most of which has become classic as far as rock radio goes. As for the Dead, I liked their first album and it ended there.I am open enough to understand opinions and personal likes and dislikes, I hate the, who is better , faster, louder, nonsense that many music fans get into and if you don`t put down my choices i won`t do the same to you. Someone tried to argue the beatles,jeff beck and the band1s merits and failures..that to me is a dreary waste of time I like all three on their own terms.

    By sluggo on Sep 19, 2011

  20. The sound quality on this one is poor - basically muffled. Unless you are a big fan, which I am, don’t bother.

    By jania on Sep 23, 2011

  21. I heard about this show but this is the first time i’ll be able to listen to it. Thanks

    By Matt on Nov 8, 2011

  22. The sound is soft, but very clear.

    Listening to Unfaithful Servant right now and it is just amazing. Richard Manuel’s voice is gut-wrenching & beautiful. Robbie’s guitar solo is amazing. And then how they end the sing is just so sublime… What a performance.

    Thanks for sharing!

    By Coverdown on May 1, 2012

  23. Meant to say Rick Danko’s voice on Unfaithful servant

    By Coverdown on May 2, 2012

  24. On a side note both evenings had Rundgren mix the sound ;-)

    By Isi on Mar 24, 2016

  25. I was at the concert that evening, a wonderful experience. It was just after they had released Stage Fright as a single in the UK, and it was in the set list of course. Particularly memorable were Garth’s keyboard solos. I was lucky enough to get backstage that night and meet them all in their dressing room in the subterranean maze that is the Royal Albert Hall.

    By JohnS37 on Apr 4, 2016

  26. It seems this is no longer available
    It is the closest I can find to the concertI attended in Amsterdam in 1971
    Is there a chance of a repost ?
    That would make me vèry happy…

    By Hilda Fernhout on Mar 15, 2018

  27. Were there, Band fans since Big Pink so Marjut got us great seats 10throw close to the centre and my memories are dominated by Garth playing the pipe organ Generic,,, it blew the roof of the hall!. The versatility of the band was memorial, musical chairs is the right call. I was surprised to see this side of a performing band, almost as a jam session in a smallish salon. love,Ilkka

    By Ilkka Tarjavaara on Nov 16, 2018

  28. I was there on 2 June 1971 and here we are, 49 years later and I still rate it as one of the best concerts of my life (and I’ve been to a few) Not sure why so many people get so obsessed with ‘who was better?’ type of questions. The Dead, The Band, whoever, it really doesn’t matter. Just enjoy what you enjoy and leave it at that. It’s not a competition.

    By Lindsay Barron on Mar 7, 2020

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