The Band – Cahoots (1971) [2009, MFSL Remastered, CD-Layer + Hi-Res SACD Rip]

The Band - Cahoots (1971) [2009, MFSL Remastered, CD-Layer + Hi-Res SACD Rip]

The Band – Cahoots (1971) [2009, MFSL Remastered, CD-Layer + Hi-Res SACD Rip]
SACD-ISO / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz
DSF Tracks / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz
FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 88.2kHz
CD-Layer / EAC Rip / FLAC Image + Cue + Log
Full Scans Included
Total Size: 415 MB (CD-Layer) + 1.17 GB (DSF) + 823 MB (FLAC) + 1.75 GB (ISO)
Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | US | Cat#: UDSACD 2045 | Genre: Blues Rock, Folk Rock
Update: CD-Layer & DSF Tracks have been added

The Band weren’t planning on making an album when they started work on their fourth LP, 1971’s Cahoots. Their manager, Albert Grossman, was building a recording studio in Woodstock, New York, where the members of the Band lived, and he invited them over to try the place out as finishing touches were being put on the studio. Their experiments eventually coalesced into Cahoots, and the album’s genesis is borne out in a final product that’s often mired in a sense of ennui and a lack of direction. Titles like “Where Do We Go from Here” and “Thinking Out Loud” practically howl over the decline in the group’s songwriting process — while the opener, “Life Is a Carnival,” is a corker, “Last of the Blacksmiths” could thematically pass for a parody of the compelling Americana of Music from Big Pink and The Band, “4% Pantomime” is a meditation on getting drunk that’s unmemorable beyond a guest vocal from Van Morrison, and the most joyous song here, “When I Paint My Masterpiece,” was gifted to them by Bob Dylan. Most of the album was recorded without all five members in the studio at once, and while the performances are both expert and soulful — these musicians were essentially incapable of playing any other way — the cohesion of their best work seems just out of reach on Cahoots, without the taut fire of which they were capable. (The drug and alcohol problems that would haunt the Band were beginning to make their presence known as well.) And yet, the Band simply didn’t know how to make a bad album, and there are moments on Cahoots that connect strongly enough to make that clear, with the LP rallying on its final three cuts, the emphatic “Smoke Signals” and “Volcano” and the sweetly elegiac “The River Hymn.” Prior to Cahoots, it seemed the Band could do no wrong in the studio, and though there are many good things here, it pales in comparison to what they offered just a few years earlier. ― Allmusic

01. Life Is A Carnival – 03:53
02. When I Paint My Masterpiece – 04:14
03. Last Of The Blacksmiths – 03:36
04. Where Do We Go From Here? – 03:46
05. 4% Pantomime – 04:29
06. Shoot Out In Chinatown – 02:48
07. The Moon Struck One – 04:05
08. Thinkin’ Out Loud – 03:15
09. Smoke Signal – 05:05
10. Volcano – 03:00
11. The River Hymn – 04:38





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