High on the Hog [Bonus Tracks]

High on the Hog [Bonus Tracks]

by The Band
     
 

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After 1993's Jericho proved that the reunited version of the Band could function in the studio without the input of Robbie Robertson, they offered up more new material three years later with High on the Hog. While Jericho enjoyed the benefits of low expectations -- frankly, most fans had little idea going in what the Band wouldSee more details below

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After 1993's Jericho proved that the reunited version of the Band could function in the studio without the input of Robbie Robertson, they offered up more new material three years later with High on the Hog. While Jericho enjoyed the benefits of low expectations -- frankly, most fans had little idea going in what the Band would sound like on record without Robertson's songs and lead guitar work -- High on the Hog wasn't as strong a record, and it suffers more in comparison with the group's original body of work. The best moments on here have a looser and funkier feel than Jericho; the horn charts on "Stand Up" and "Back to Memphis" conjure up the feel of Allen Toussaint's arrangements on Cahoots and Rock of Ages, and while En Vogue's "Free Your Mind" sounds more than a little odd sung by Levon Helm, he's certainly game, the players cut an admirable groove and it's an unexpected high point of the set. But most of the other covers pale in comparison with the originals, especially the new recording of "Forever Young," which sounds tired and timid next to Bob Dylan's version on Planet Waves which had the Band backing him up. And the closing track of the original edition, "Ramble Jungle," is an unfocused jam that was, significantly, one of only two songs written by a then-current member of the group. Finally, the addition of a 1986 live recording of Richard Manuel singing "She Knows" feels too much like reaching to remind listeners of the Band's noble legacy, fine as it is. While there are enough strong performances on High on the Hog to prove these guys were still fine musicians, from a creative standpoint it documents a seminal act just treading water. The 2006 CD reissue includes two bonus tracks -- covers of "Young Blood" and "Chain Gang" that sound more inspired than many of the tracks that made the original running order.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/21/2006
Label:
Pyramid Media
UPC:
0854750001042
catalogNumber:
501042
Rank:
48292

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Band   Primary Artist
Champion Jack Dupree   Vocals
Tom "Bones" Malone   Trombone,Trumpet,Baritone Saxophone
Blondie Chaplin   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Rick Danko   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Bass,Vocals,Acoustic Bass,Vocal Harmony
Randy Ciarlante   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Levon Helm   Bass,Drums,Harp,Vocals
Garth Hudson   Trumpet,Accordion,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Bass Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Ian Kimmet   Vocals
Kenn Lending   Guitar
Rob Leon   Bass
Colin Linden   Acoustic Guitar
Richard Manuel   Piano,Vocals
Larry Packer   Violin,Viola
Jim Weider   Acoustic Guitar,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar
Frank Luther   String Bass
Jason Myles   Emulator
Ron Finck   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Marie Spinosa   Vocals
Richard "Bello" Bell   Piano,Horn,Keyboards,keyboard bass
Howard Glover "Johnny" Johnson   Baritone Saxophone
Maud Hudson   Vocals

Technical Credits

Band   Composer
J.J. Cale   Composer
Tom "Bones" Malone   Horn Arrangements
Bruce Channel   Composer
George Cowan   Engineer
Levon Helm   Horn Arrangements
Garth Hudson   Arranger,Producer,Horn Arrangements
Aaron Hurwitz   Producer,Engineer,Digital Editing,Horn Arrangements
Bob Ludwig   Mastering
Scott Petito   Engineer
Hugh Syme   Art Direction
J.A. Griffin   Composer
Jason Myles   Programming
Barry Jackson   Cover Painting
Chris Laidlaw   Engineer
Paul Marconi   Engineer
Kurt Wipfli   Remastering
Ricky Ray Rector   Composer
G Martin   Composer
Richard "Bello" Bell   Horn Arrangements
F. Young   Composer
Michael Pollack   Engineer

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