It takes some effort to improve on a classic recording like the Band's second album, which not only defined the group's sound with songs like The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, Up On Cripple Creek and King Harvest, but also laid the groundwork for the emerging country rock genre. But they've done it.
The 24-bit remastering job adds sonic clarity and returns some of the woody analog warmth, while the seven intriguing bonus tracks include the session outtake of Get Up Jake and a rollicking alternate take of Jemima Surrender that's actually better than the keeper. Also just out with similar sound improvements are Music From Big Pink, Stage Fright and Cahoots. Time for an upgrade.