"...An outstanding rock documentary....The film is a series of highlights....Tight and exciting...It fits together beautifully..." Variety "...A dazzling array of talent on display here..." New York Times "...A revealing document..." Chicago Sun-Times "...The first rock-concert film shot in 35mm....It's a RAGING BULL knockout job supervised by Scorsese and Band guitarist Robbie Robertson..." USA Today "...Some of the best musical performances ever caught on film..." Entertainment Weekly "...The film boasts kinetic, crisply lighted camerawork and foot-of-the-stage sound..." Rolling Stone
Entertainment Weekly (5/25/01, p.81) - "...Their last great album before their 1976 breakup...featuring Robbie Robertson's most tender love songs..." - Rating: A-Down Beat (10/01, p.66) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...The Band placed their star high up in the rock firmament again with this album in '75..."Mojo (Publisher) (6/01, p.123) - "...Proved their artistic swansong, with Robbie Robertson once more composing material equal to Dylan's: 'Ophelia'; 'Acadian Driftwood' and the heartbreaking 'It Makes No Difference'..."
Dirty Linen (6-7/00, pp.92-3) - "...Brings together some of the choicest blues artists ever to pick up a 6-string....an excellent introduction to the blues genre with detailed liner notes on all songs and discography included..."
Rolling Stone (8/22/96) - 3 Stars - Good - "...devoted to conservative, adult-contemporary pop. No one has brought more pleasure to mainstream music in recent years than the soft-R&B specialist Babyface, who produced this album's appealing first single, Eric Clapton's 'Change The World'..."
Rolling Stone (5/13/99, p.52) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."Rolling Stone (10/29/98, p.74) - 4.5 Stars (out of 5) - "...a vicious, exhilarating reminder that rock & roll...once had the power...to be a weapon of argument and vengeance....it often feels like Dylan and the Hawks are playing into a fierce wind, fighting the tide of attitude with venomous glee..."Spin (1/99, pp.120-121) - 7 (out of 10) - "...His naysayers were probably right to reject his conviction as posturing, although the mod suit and pointed boots he wore that night were certainly no more `inauthentic' than his old hobo hat and coat....The audience tension admittedly pushes Dylan and company into an intense performance..."Entertainment Weekly (10/16/98, pp.84-85) - "...From the snarl of Robbie Robertson's guitar to the carnival-carousel tone of Garth Hudson's organ to the prodding sneer of Dylan's voice, it's a joyful mess....that sense of exploration electrifies the music in multiple ways..." - Rating: A
Dirty Linen (2-3/00, p.81) - "...has a grassroots spirituality feel to it with contributions by Native Americans...bringing together the various connections to wolves and their vanishing habits in America..."
Rolling Stone (12/11/03, p.110) - Ranked #45 in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time" - "...Robertson's stories truly come to life in Helm's man-of-the-soil growl, Rick Danko's high tenor and Richard Manuel's spectral croon..."Rolling Stone (10/18/69, p.44) - "...The hymn-like quality of the voicings, the use of counter-point and contrapuntal rhythms by the singers, the weaving of voices in and out into a pattern that grows each time you hear it, are the things that make the sound of this music so compelling..."Rolling Stone (2/3/00, p.61) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...a sound that had a strange glamour and a seductive abstraction....THE BAND was where the group filled in the map....The people were flesh and blood...and they gathered to talk and brag about what mattered to them....The songs were uproarious, full of outrageous double-entendres..."Entertainment Weekly (9/1/00, p.81) - "...[One] of the best albums in rock history....These remasterings sound incredibly rich, and each has alternate takes....this is reissuing done right." - Rating: AQ (10/00, p.139) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...Even stronger [than their debut, MUSIC FROM BIG PINK] with [Robbie] Robertson's elegiac songsmithery...in full bloom..."Down Beat (10/01, p.66) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...This has the authority and radiance of beaten gold..."No Depression (9-10/00, pp.102-3) - "...An undeniable classic of North American roots music, exploring folk, gospel, country, rhythm & blues, soul, funk, and rock & roll..."Mojo (Publisher) (10/00, p.126) - "...Their masterpiece, with its myth-creating sepia sleeve photograph and its astonishing breadth of resource and reference..."
"...A most entertaining, original film with its own, vivid, very contemporary identity and reason for being....The film's revelation is [Mastrantonio]..."New York Times "...THE COLOR OF MONEY is an exciting brilliantly filmed coda to THE HUSTLER..."Sight and Sound Included in the New York Times "10 BEST FILMS OF 1986"New York Times "...A keenly observed and immaculately crafted vision of the raw side of life....A distinctive pulse of its own with exceptional performances by Paul Newman and Tom Cruise..."Variety "...Jagged-edged visual stylistics, an icily perfect soundtrack and fine performances from Newman and a never-better Cruise are just the start..."Total Film
Uncut (p.113) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[With] performances that are uniformly affectionate, honouring the material....That makes Randy Newman's 'Blue Monday' a revelation..."Dirty Linen (pp.53-54) - "[The album] showcases a host of great New Orleans talent, while touching on nearly all the great New Orleans styles and featuring a raft of classic songs that have now seeped into the general consciousness but were first Domino hits."
The Wire (12/00, p.38) - "...Part bricolage, part borrowing, part theft....this is highly sophisticated music, which nods as much to Dylan Thomas and Flann O'Brien as Robbie Burns or Jeannie Robertson..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.110) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "[I]n its every riveting meander, the album is an unrepeatable and unfathomable marvel."
The Wire (12/00, p.38) - "...Reached number 5 in the UK album charts in 1968 and made pop stars of the group....Part bricolage, part borrowing, part theft....this is highly sophisticated music, which nods as much to Dylan Thomas and Flann O'Brien as Robbie Burns or Jeannie Robertson..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.72) - "The sprawling, 12-minute 'A Very Cellular Song' blend Presbyterian hymn with cello reveries and ska."Pitchfork (Website) - "The band finally earns its name, stuffing complex songs full of dulcimers, gimbris, ouds, and harps....HANGMAN's is their best album..."