Largo

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Geoff Ginsberg
It's one thing to call yourself Americana. Unfortunately, doing so almost guarantees that you ain't it. Largo is everything Americana should be. It is also (easily) one of the most ambitious albums of the digital era. Just their luck: they hit a home run while the entire crowd was out in the beer line. Between major-label mergers and the fact that it just says "Largo" on the cover, this flat-out masterpiece was lost in the shuffle and almost no one heard it. It is a swirling concept album touching on believable stories seen through the eyes of diverse Americans. Make no mistake, though, this is timeless rock with big hooks, not roots revivalism. Largo was produced by ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Geoff Ginsberg
It's one thing to call yourself Americana. Unfortunately, doing so almost guarantees that you ain't it. Largo is everything Americana should be. It is also (easily) one of the most ambitious albums of the digital era. Just their luck: they hit a home run while the entire crowd was out in the beer line. Between major-label mergers and the fact that it just says "Largo" on the cover, this flat-out masterpiece was lost in the shuffle and almost no one heard it. It is a swirling concept album touching on believable stories seen through the eyes of diverse Americans. Make no mistake, though, this is timeless rock with big hooks, not roots revivalism. Largo was produced by Rick Chertoff and his college roommate Rob Hyman of the Hooters; the two co-wrote nearly the whole album with Hooter Eric Bazilian and singer/songwriter David Foreman. The A-list talent (several of whom have hit records produced by Chertoff) is almost an embarrassment of riches, but it never sounds like a compilation album; it is focused and unified. "Freedom Ride," an out of the gates rocker, is sung by Taj Mahal. "Gimme a Stone" is a duet between Levon Helm of the Band and Foreman. It's a song for all but those who root for Goliath. Cyndi Lauper wails out on "White Man's Melody," and Joan Osborne turns in a memorable vocal "An Uncommon Love," a Carole King co-write that King also sings on. Osborne is also all over "Hand in Mine," which features a bleary-eyed co-lead from Hyman, whose knack for universal melodies is on full display on the track (and the whole album). Foreman's voice is deep and resonant, and his performances (as on the down, dirty, and devastating "Disorient Express" and the ballad "Largo's Dream") make you wonder where this guy has been all these years. Willie Nile turns up for the punky "Medallion," a song about a Pakistani cab driver working to make enough money to bring his family over. These songs are about people you might meet, not some spent myth. The album has several versions of Dvorak's "Largo" (performed by the likes of the Chieftains and Garth Hudson of the Band) which separate the groups of songs; it was Dvorak's trip to the New World that inspired Largo. The album has been completely out of print for years, but Roger Daltrey (who performs "Freedom Ride" and "Gimmie a Stone" live) pressured iTunes into providing a digital option. Although a commercial stiff the first time around, Largo is getting a second life on Broadway, and the show is currently in production. Some great albums need to grow on you, but the many virtues of Largo are apparent from the very first listen.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/28/1998
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731453687721
  • Catalog Number: 536877

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Chieftains Largo (2:03)
  2. 2 Freedom Ride (4:58)
  3. 3 Cyrus in the Moonlight (4:48)
  4. 4 Gimme a Stone (4:46)
  5. 5 Hand in Mine (4:48)
  6. 6 Vishnu Largo (1:37)
  7. 7 Disorient Express (5:19)
  8. 8 White Man's Melody (7:20)
  9. 9 Needed Time (1:28)
  10. 10 Banjo Man (3:40)
  11. 11 Largo's Dream (6:28)
  12. 12 Garth Largo (3:14)
  13. 13 Medallion (7:31)
  14. 14 An Uncommon Love (5:02)
  15. 15 Chieftains Largo-Reprise (2:18)
  16. 16 Before the Mountains (4:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Largo Primary Artist
Taj Mahal Dobro, Harmonica, Vocals, Barking
Derek Bell Harp, Irish Harp
Matt Molloy Flute
Mark Egan Bass, Fretless Bass Guitar
Carole King Vocal Harmony
Cyndi Lauper Bowed Dulcimer, Vocal Harmony
Giovanni Hidalgo Shakuhachi, Conga, Udu
David Forman Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Chant, Vocal Harmony
Seán Keane Fiddle
Eric Bazilian Bass, Mandolin, 12-string Guitar, Hurdy-Gurdy, Guitar (Tremolo)
Rick Chertoff Trumpet, Drums, Baritone Saxophone, Background Vocals, Washboard, Peck Horn
Kevin Conneff Bodhran
Martin Fay Fiddle
Levon Helm Vocals
Garth Hudson Organ, Synthesizer, Bass, Soprano, Accordion, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Tarogato
Rob Hyman Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Accordion, Electric Piano, Vocals, farfisa organ, bass pedals, Vocal Harmony, Cordovox
Andy Kravitz Drums
Paddy Moloney uillean pipes, tin whistle
Fran Smith Jr. Bass
David Uosikkinen Drums
William Wittman Acoustic Guitar, Bass, 12-string Guitar
Joan Osborne Vocals
Steve Rust Upright Bass
Maud Hudson Vocals
Technical Credits
Taj Mahal Contributor
The Chieftains Contributor
Carole King Contributor
Cyndi Lauper Contributor
Willie Nile Contributor
David Forman Contributor
Eric Bazilian Contributor
Rick Chertoff Producer
Levon Helm Contributor
Garth Hudson Arranger, Contributor
Rob Hyman Producer
Paddy Moloney Arranger
George Marino Mastering
William Wittman Engineer
Joan Osborne Contributor
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