"The Shape I'm In" is a song by The Band, first released on their 1970 album Stage Fright. It was written by Robbie Robertson, who did little to disguise the fact that the song's sense of dread and dissolution was about Richard Manuel, the song's principal singer. It became a regular feature in their concert repertoire, appearing on their live albums Rock of Ages, Before the Flood, and The Last Waltz. Author Neil Minturn described the song as "straightforward rock." Along with "The Weight," it is one of the Band's songs most performed by other artists. It has been recorded by Bo Diddley, The Good Brothers, The Mekons, The Pointer Sisters, She & Him, and Marty Stuart.

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  • «The Shape I'm In» es una canción del grupo norteamericano The Band, publicado en el álbum de estudio Stage Fright (1970). La canción fue compuesta por Robbie Robertson e incluye referencias explícitas al temor por el estado de Richard Manuel, el principal cantante del grupo, que estaba atravesando una mal etapa debido a sus problemas con el alcohol. El grupo interpretó a menudo la canción en directo, y apareció en los álbumes en directo Rock of Ages, Before the Flood y The Last Waltz. Junto con «The Weight», es una de las canciones de The Band más versionadas por otros artistas, entre los que se incluyen Bo Diddley, The Good Brothers, The Mekons, The Pointer Sisters, She & Him y Marty Stuart. La canción fue también publicada como cara B del sencillo «Time to Kill», que alcanzó el puesto 62 en la lista de éxitos de Canadá. El sencillo incluyó la mezcla realizada por el ingeniero británico Glyn Johns: descontento con el trabajo inicial del ingeniero Todd Rundgren, el grupo mandó las cintas originales a Johns, y utilizaron la mayoría de su trabajo tanto en el álbum como en el sencillo. (es)
  • "The Shape I'm In" is a song by The Band, first released on their 1970 album Stage Fright. It was written by Robbie Robertson, who did little to disguise the fact that the song's sense of dread and dissolution was about Richard Manuel, the song's principal singer. It became a regular feature in their concert repertoire, appearing on their live albums Rock of Ages, Before the Flood, and The Last Waltz. Author Neil Minturn described the song as "straightforward rock." Along with "The Weight," it is one of the Band's songs most performed by other artists. It has been recorded by Bo Diddley, The Good Brothers, The Mekons, The Pointer Sisters, She & Him, and Marty Stuart. It was also released as the B-side to their single "Time to Kill," and proved more popular than the hit side, recognized by Capitol Records in its promotion kit for the single. The mix used for the single is disputed, as the Band had second thoughts about the work of initial engineer Todd Rundgren, and sent the tapes to be remixed by British engineer Glyn Johns. Most likely it was the Johns mixes used for both the album and the single. The Band drummer Levon Helm has written that the song is about "desperation." Author Barney Hoskyns describes it as "a first person account of winding up on Skid Row, positing the sanctuary of rural life against the aggravation of hustling on the street." Critic Greil Marcus thought the song "set the stage for the apocryphal political drama that is woven into the fabric of Stage Fright," although he didn't think the Band ever pulled off this drama satisfactorily. Hoskyns describes the music as being "set to an insistent, crudely funky bass pulse." He describes Manuel's vocal as sounding appropriately "frantic." Minturn particularly praised Robbie Robertson's guitar playing and Garth Hudson's organ. Hoskyns points out that the end of Hudson's organ part quoted the vocal line from Bob Dylan's "I Pity the Poor Immigrant," noting that the quote may have been a coincidence, but also that it might be making a political point. Rolling Stone Magazine critic Dave Marsh called "The Shape I'm In" one of the most notably fine moments of the Stage Fright album. Critic Mark Kemp called it a "highlight" of the album, further noting that it reveals "a growing sense of anxiety and cynicism" by the band." Music critic Paul Evans praised the "penetrating psychological acuity" of its writing. (en)
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  • «The Shape I'm In» es una canción del grupo norteamericano The Band, publicado en el álbum de estudio Stage Fright (1970). La canción fue compuesta por Robbie Robertson e incluye referencias explícitas al temor por el estado de Richard Manuel, el principal cantante del grupo, que estaba atravesando una mal etapa debido a sus problemas con el alcohol. El grupo interpretó a menudo la canción en directo, y apareció en los álbumes en directo Rock of Ages, Before the Flood y The Last Waltz. (es)
  • "The Shape I'm In" is a song by The Band, first released on their 1970 album Stage Fright. It was written by Robbie Robertson, who did little to disguise the fact that the song's sense of dread and dissolution was about Richard Manuel, the song's principal singer. It became a regular feature in their concert repertoire, appearing on their live albums Rock of Ages, Before the Flood, and The Last Waltz. Author Neil Minturn described the song as "straightforward rock." Along with "The Weight," it is one of the Band's songs most performed by other artists. It has been recorded by Bo Diddley, The Good Brothers, The Mekons, The Pointer Sisters, She & Him, and Marty Stuart. (en)
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