Levon Helm & the RCO All-Stars/American Son

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Levon Helm was arguably the heart and soul of the Band, and his back porch Arkansas drawl gave many of the Band's best songs their strong sense of history and character. Unfortunately, his solo career has been decidedly hit or miss. This set combines Helm's 1977 Levon Helm & the RCO All-Stars with 1980's American Son, and while it is nice to have both in one package, the fact that both albums ended up being somehow less than the sum of their parts is still apparent. Not that there aren't fine high points on both outings -- "Milk Cow Boogie" from the RCO All-Stars sounds like the Band never broke up at all (which in a way they didn't, they simply collapsed like a tent ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Levon Helm was arguably the heart and soul of the Band, and his back porch Arkansas drawl gave many of the Band's best songs their strong sense of history and character. Unfortunately, his solo career has been decidedly hit or miss. This set combines Helm's 1977 Levon Helm & the RCO All-Stars with 1980's American Son, and while it is nice to have both in one package, the fact that both albums ended up being somehow less than the sum of their parts is still apparent. Not that there aren't fine high points on both outings -- "Milk Cow Boogie" from the RCO All-Stars sounds like the Band never broke up at all (which in a way they didn't, they simply collapsed like a tent without enough poles in 1976) while "Hurricane" and "Watermelon Time in Georgia" from American Son have a wise and assured air -- but too many of these tracks feel like glorified bar band jams without the passion and conviction Helm brought to the best of his work with the Band. It's all very competent stuff, but lacks spark, and given the talent involved (Dr. John, the MG's, Paul Butterfield, Fred Carter, Jr.), that seems pretty amazing. Raven Records has also issued a best-of the solo Helm years as The Ties That Bind which includes the key tracks from these two outings along with the most successful tracks from Helm's other post-Band projects, and it gains power in the recombined format, sounding like the album that Helm should have made all along. It remains the best introduction to Helm's solo endeavors.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/19/2008
  • Label: Raven [australia]
  • UPC: 612657027226
  • Catalog Number: 272
  • Sales rank: 13,886

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Levon Helm Primary Artist, Harmonica, Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals
Paul Butterfield Harmonica, Background Vocals
Buddy Emmons Pedal Steel Guitar
Steve Cropper Guitar
Robbie Robertson Guitar
Tom "Bones" Malone Trombone
Howard Johnson Tuba, Baritone Saxophone
Steve Gibson Guitar
Buster Phillips Drums
Buzz Cason Background Vocals
Beegie Adair Piano
Kenny Buttrey Drums
Jerry Carrigan Drums
Todd Cerney Background Vocals
Donald "Duck" Dunn Bass
John Flamingo Background Vocals
Garth Hudson Accordion
Mitch Humphries Organ, Piano, Background Vocals
Booker T. Jones Percussion, Keyboards
Lou Marini Saxophone
Emmeretta Marks Background Vocals
Bobby Ogdin Organ, Electric Piano
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Piano, Electric Piano
Clifford Robertson Organ
Alan Rubin Trumpet
Steve Schaffer Bass
Jerry Shook Guitar, Mandolin
Fred Carter Jr. Guitar, Mandolin, Background Vocals
Billy Sandford Guitar
Technical Credits
Kokomo Arnold Composer
Earl King Composer
Bill Martin Composer
Billy Burnette Composer
Larry Henley Composer
Todd Cerney Composer
Donald "Duck" Dunn Arranger
Jesse Ehrlich String Section
Henry Glover Composer
Stewart Harris Composer
Levon Helm Arranger, Composer, Producer
Harlan Howard Composer
Booker T. Jones Composer
Louis Kievman String Section
Sid Sharp String Section
Jeff Silbar Composer
Keith Stegall Composer
Rudy Toombs Composer
Thom Schuyler Composer
Mac Rebennack Composer
Fred Carter Jr. Arranger, Composer, Producer
Warren Barnett Mastering
Peter Shillito Concept
Terry Reilly Liner Notes
Joe New Composer
William Kurasch String Section
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    It's great that Americn Son has been rereleased. It brings a high price among collectors. Recorded on the side while Levon was working on the film "Coal Miner's Daughter", some great old country tunes, terrific session artists, and Levon's home-grown soul make for a splendid album. LH and the RCO All-Stars "some of Levon's own favorite artists" features tunes done with more of that down-in-the-groove funk beat that Levon loves to play. On both of these albums, whether the upbeat or bluesy numbers, through it all you hear a relaxed vocalist, who sounds like he's having the time of his life performing.

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