Levon Helm [1978]

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Levon Helm's second solo album isn't a bad listen, it just seems, given its pedigree, that it should be a good deal better than it is. Produced by Donald "Duck" Dunn of the legendary Booker T. & the MG's, and featuring Steve Cropper and the Muscle Shoals session crew, this outing ought to cook with some serious funk and soul, and that it only occasionally does so is the big surprise. Helm's Arkansas drawl gives his singing an authentic sounding expressiveness, but somehow nothing here has the easy, natural sounding ring that was the trademark of his best work with the Band. Not that there aren't solid tracks here. Covers of Allen Toussaint's "Play Something Sweet," ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Levon Helm's second solo album isn't a bad listen, it just seems, given its pedigree, that it should be a good deal better than it is. Produced by Donald "Duck" Dunn of the legendary Booker T. & the MG's, and featuring Steve Cropper and the Muscle Shoals session crew, this outing ought to cook with some serious funk and soul, and that it only occasionally does so is the big surprise. Helm's Arkansas drawl gives his singing an authentic sounding expressiveness, but somehow nothing here has the easy, natural sounding ring that was the trademark of his best work with the Band. Not that there aren't solid tracks here. Covers of Allen Toussaint's "Play Something Sweet," Tony Joe White's "I Came Here to Party," and the Cate Brothers tune, "Standing on a Mountain Top" which boasts Earl and Ernie Cate on harmony vocals, all have wonderful horn charts and soulful approaches. But something intangible is missing, as if these tunes simply sound like they have soul without actually possessing it. True, Helm's version of Al Green's "Take Me to the River" brightens things up here, but the song is so good and durable that not even a Muppet could blow it as long as the arrangement is followed. It's interesting that Dunn himself doesn't play bass on this album. Maybe that's what's missing. Again, this isn't a bad album, just a surprisingly lifeless one, given the talent involved.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/26/2002
  • Label: Acadia Records
  • UPC: 805772803725
  • Catalog Number: 8037

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Levon Helm Primary Artist, Mandolin, Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals
Steve Cropper Guitar, Percussion
Tom "Bones" Malone Trombone, Horn
Howard Johnson Horn, Baritone Saxophone
Bonnie Bramlett Vocals
Pete Carr Guitar
Robert Byrne Vocals
Ava Aldridge Vocals
Barry Beckett Keyboards
Mickey Buckins Percussion, Drums
Larry Byrom Guitar
Terry Cagle Vocals
Harrison Calloway Trumpet
Duncan Cameron Guitar
Earl Cate Background Vocals
Ernie Cate Keyboards, Background Vocals
Ben Cauley Trumpet
Scott Edwards Bass
Ron Eoff Vocals
Dan Ferguson Guitar
Owen Hale Percussion, Drums
Willie Hall Percussion, Drums
Robert Harwell Tenor Saxophone
Roger Hawkins Percussion, Drums
David Hood Bass
Jimmy Johnson Guitar, Background Vocals
Lenny LeBlanc Vocals
Mac McAnally Vocals
Lou Marini Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Randy McCormick Keyboards
Will McFarlane Vocals
Steve Nathan Keyboards
Wayne Perkins Guitar, Vocals
Charles Rose Trombone
Alan Rubin Trumpet
Richard Supa Vocals
Harvey Thompson Tenor Saxophone
Lew Del Gatto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Jimmy "Doc" Simpson Clarinet
Russell Smith Vocals
Mary Berry Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Al Green Composer
Tom "Bones" Malone Horn Arrangements
Gerry Goffin Composer
Barry Goldberg Composer
Tony Joe White Composer
Barry Beckett Engineer
Earl Cate Composer
Ernie Cate Composer
Donald "Duck" Dunn Producer
Ronnie Eades Contributor
Pete Greene Engineer
Gregg Hamm Engineer
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges Composer
Booker T. Jones Producer
Mary Beth McLemore Engineer
Steve Melton Engineer
Daniel Moore Composer
Bruce Robb Engineer
Alan Robinson Liner Notes
Barry Rudolph Engineer, Remixing
Allen Toussaint Composer
Stuart Kusher Art Direction
Roy Kohara Art Direction
Richard Germinaro Art Direction
Pete Tytler Repackaging Design
Jimmie Johnson Engineer
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