Fifty years ago in 1968, Bob Dylan's premier backing band, The Hawks, changed their name to The Band and released their debut album, Big Pink, inspired by the group’s shared house in Woodstock, New York where previous to making their own album, they had been recording both on their own and with Bob Dylan for what would later be released as The Basement Tapes.

Big Pink's subdued tone --mostly acoustic guitars and organ with little of the audio processing popular in contemporary albums by Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd, seemed like an anachronism to the times. (Rolling Stone magazine referred to them as rock's first 'Civil War band'). But right away, Big Pink made big fans including Eric Clapton, The Beatles, Van Morrison, Neil Young, and a young Bruce Springsteen.
 
A new 50th anniversary box set of Big Pink is now available with a new modern mix by famed engineer Bob Clearmountain including a Blu-Ray DVD version of the LP as well as a remixed 45-rpm single of the classic, “The Weight”. And though the remix was supervised by founding guitarist Robbie Robertson, fans should instead stick with the original, much more understated mix by producer John Simon which today sounds just as mysterious and ineffable as the day it came out.

Check out The Band jamming on "King Harvest" with Robertson keeping time on a mid 60s Epiphone Riviera that looks remarkably like the Epiphone Ltd. Ed. Elitist "1966" Custom Riviera Outfit with a Nitrocellulose Lacquer Honeyburst finish.  The Ltd. Ed. Elitist is made in Japan at the world famous Elitist factory and features Gibson USA Mini-humbuckers, Gotoh® "Deluxe" Machine Heads and Tailpiece, and 60s style Hard Case.