Levon Helm [1978]

Levon Helm [1978]

by Levon Helm
     
 

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 withSee more details below

Overview

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:
0805772803725
catalogNumber:
8037

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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

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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