The Band is the second studio album by the Band, released on September 22, 1969. It is also known as The Brown Album. According to Rob Bowman's liner notes for the 2000 reissue, The Band has been viewed as a concept album, with the songs focusing on people, places and traditions associated with an older version of Americana.
The Band's tight-knit relationship had begun to deteriorate and they were now recording in a full studio, having only to come in when their musicianship was required. All these factors are what made Cahoots an altogether weaker and less popular album than it's predecessors. 1) Life Is A Carnival Cahoots begins with a bang in the form of Life Is A Carnival, a funky rocker that remained a concert staple for The Band until The Last Waltz
1. Life Is a Carnival. 2. When I Paint My Masterpiece. 3. Last of the Blacksmiths. 4. Where Do We Go from Here ? 5. 4% Pantomime. 6. Shoot Out in Chinatown. 7. The Moon Struck One. 8. Thinkin' Out Loud. Bonustrack (Re-Issue 2000).
Is Cahoots the best album by The Band? BestEverAlbums. com brings together thousands of 'greatest ever album' charts and calculates an overall ranking. This album At A Glance. Cahoots by The Band (1971) Overall rank: 35,640th. Accolades: Top albums of 1971 ( 409th ). Top albums of the 1970s ( 3,917th ). Best albums of all time ( 35,640th ).
Exclusively for Prime members. Sample this album Artist (Sample). Out of The Band's entire resume of studio albums, "Cahoots" is probably the most interesting. Though the previous record, 1970's memorable "Stage Fright" first saw the outfit breaking away from the intense portrait of Americana they had trademarked, choosing instead a loose reaction to the terrors of performing and public display, this 1971 effort is much more down-to-Earth, but that never detracts from its spark. And though most will cite "Stage Fright" as having a 'dark' quality, that deep realism is actually found in "Cahoots
The narrator of these songs is most often observing others and in the process drawing explicit contrasts, comparisons, and morals. On Cahoots every note and every line is constructed to enhance the meaning of the album. And, in fact, it is the overly constructed aspect of the album that emerges as its greatest flaw.
Listen free to The Band – Cahoots (Life Is A Carnival, When I Paint My Masterpiece and more). In comparison to its predecessors, Cahoots, the Band's fourth album, may be characterized as an essentially minor effort that nevertheless contains a few small pleasures. These pleasures begin with the leadoff track, "Life Is a Carnival," a song that continues the theme of Stage Fright by emphasizing the false nature of show business and its impact on reality.