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The Best of The Band
Compilation album by The Band
Released July 15, 1976
Recorded Early 1968 - Mid-1975
Genre Rock
Length 47:34
Label Capitol
Producer The Band, John Simon
Professional reviews
The Band chronology
Northern Lights - Southern Cross
(1975)
The Best of The Band
(1976)
Islands
(1977)

The Best of The Band is the first greatest hits package by Canadian-American rock group The Band. Featuring ten tracks taken from six of their first seven albums (not counting 1974's Before the Flood or 1975's The Basement Tapes, both with Bob Dylan), it featured two tracks from the first, second, third and seventh albums, one each from the fourth and fifth, rounded out by the early 1975 single "Twilight".

Track listing

  1. "Up On Cripple Creek" (from The Band) (Robertson; - 4:34)
  2. "The Shape I'm In" (from Stage Fright) (Robertson;  – 4:00)
  3. "The Weight" (from Music From Big Pink) (Robertson;  – 4:38)
  4. "It Makes No Difference" (from Northern Lights/Southern Cross) (Robertson;  – 6:34)
  5. "Life Is a Carnival" (from Cahoots) (Danko-Helm-Robertson;  – 4:00)
  6. "Twilight" (from the 1975 single) (Robertson;  – 3:17)
  7. "Don't Do It" (from Rock of Ages) (Holland-Dozier-Holland;  – 5:00)
  8. "Tears Of Rage" (from Music From Big Pink) (Dylan-Manuel;  – 5:23)
  9. "Stage Fright" (from Stage Fright) (Robertson;  – 3:43)
  10. "Ophelia" (from Northern Lights/Southern Cross) (Robertson;  – 3:32)
  11. "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" (from The Band) (Robertson;  – 3:33)

The Band's version of the song "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" was also featured as part of a promotional-only compilation album released by Capitol records entitled "The Greatest Music Ever Sold" (Capitol SPRO-8511/8512), which was distributed to record stores during the 1976 Holiday season as part of Capitol's "Greatest Music Ever Sold" campaign which promoted 15 "Best Of" albums issued by the record label.

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