Love for Levon: A Benefit to Save the Barn

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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. He was a remarkable vernacular singer in a band that had three of them (Rick Danko and Richard Manuel also knew how to put heart and soul into a song), and the Band, thanks in no small part to Helm, essentially put the Americana genre on the map in the mid-'60s. Helm's death in the spring of 2012 from throat cancer stilled that voice, but as this warm, redemptive tribute set shows, failed to take away the warmth, wisdom, and vision of that voice. Helm started his famous Midnight Rambles at his rustic ...
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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. He was a remarkable vernacular singer in a band that had three of them (Rick Danko and Richard Manuel also knew how to put heart and soul into a song), and the Band, thanks in no small part to Helm, essentially put the Americana genre on the map in the mid-'60s. Helm's death in the spring of 2012 from throat cancer stilled that voice, but as this warm, redemptive tribute set shows, failed to take away the warmth, wisdom, and vision of that voice. Helm started his famous Midnight Rambles at his rustic studio in Woodstock, New York in 2004. These were loose and intimate shows where local musicians and whatever musicians happened to be wandering through would play and jam to a small audience (some 200 seats), usually with Helm sitting happily behind the drums. This tribute, held on October 3, 2012 at the 20,000 seat Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey, is itself like one of Helm's Ramble shows writ large, and all proceeds are being used to insure that the Rambles continue in Helm's memory. The show has the feel of a Band concert (only Garth Hudson was actually present from the original Band), with guest vocalists standing in for Helm, Danko, and Manuel, and it all works well, with a reverent and joyous vibe. Among the highlights are Warren Haynes' faithful version of "The Shape I'm In," My Morning Jacket's take on "Ophelia," Roger Waters' striking version of "Wide River to Cross," and a barnstorming "Up on Cripple Creek" from Joe Walsh and Robert Randolph, but the whole evening has a charmed feel, so picking favorites seems silly. Helm would have been proud. The only thing that could have made the event better was if he could have been there, but, as these things go, he obviously was in spirit. One would imagine the angels in Heaven are hearing some great Midnight Rambles of their own these days, since Helm wouldn't have it any other way.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/19/2013
  • Label: Time Life Records
  • UPC: 610583477528
  • Catalog Number: 30003
  • Sales rank: 21,474

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Shape I'm In - All Star Band (4:39)
  2. 2 Long Black Veil - All Star Band (4:41)
  3. 3 Trouble In Mind - Byron Isaacs (4:37)
  4. 4 This Wheel's On Fire - The Levon Helm Band (5:05)
  5. 5 Little Birds - Byron Isaacs (4:50)
  6. 6 Listening To Levon - The Levon Helm Band (4:50)
  7. 7 Move Along Train - The Levon Helm Band (3:20)
  8. 8 Life is a Carnival - The Levon Helm Band (4:07)
  9. 9 When I Paint My Masterpiece - The Levon Helm Band (4:05)
  10. 10 Anna Lee - Amy Helm (4:49)
  11. 11 Ain't Got No Home - All Star Band (3:22)
  12. 12 Whispering Pines - All Star Band (4:13)
  13. 13 Rag Mama Rag - All Star Band (4:11)
  14. 14 Don't Do It - All Star Band (4:25)
  15. 15 I Shall Be Released - Grace Potter (5:56)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Tears of Rage - All Star Band (6:19)
  2. 2 Rockin' Chair - All Star Band (3:35)
  3. 3 Chest Fever - All Star Band (6:25)
  4. 4 A Train Robbery - All Star Band (6:24)
  5. 5 Get Up Jake - All Star Band (3:03)
  6. 6 Tennessee Jed - All Star Band (9:01)
  7. 7 Up On Cripple Creek - All Star Band (7:02)
  8. 8 Ophelia - My Morning Jacket (3:58)
  9. 9 It Makes No Difference - My Morning Jacket (6:27)
  10. 10 The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down - All Star Band (5:16)
  11. 11 Wide River To Cross - All Star Band (8:40)
  12. 12 The Weight - All Star Band (9:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Howard Johnson Tuba
Kenny Aronoff Drums
Larry Campbell Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
Clark Gayton Trombone, Tuba
Justin Guip Drums
Garth Hudson Accordion, Keyboards, Guest Appearance
Rami Jaffee Keyboards, Guest Appearance
Greg Leisz Guitar
Brian Mitchell Accordion, Keyboards
Shawn Pelton Drums, Guest Appearance
G.E. Smith Guitar, Guest Appearance
Don Was Bass
Jim Weider Guitar
Jay Collins Saxophone
Erik Lawrence Saxophone
Steve Jordan Drums, Guest Appearance
Steven Bernstein Trumpet
Teresa Williams Vocals
Amy Helm Vocals
Byron Isaacs Bass, Vocals
Technical Credits
Larry Campbell Director
Eddie Holland Composer
Doug Sax Mastering
Don Was Director
Jay Vicari Engineer
Tisha Fein Producer
Traditional Composer
Evan Haiman Executive Producer
Charles McCardell Liner Notes
Lynne O'Connor Editorial Research
Tony Blanc Engineer
Keith Wortman Executive Producer
Ahron R. Foster Cover Photo
Ron Delsener Promoter
Eric Boulanger Mastering
Conor McAnally Director
Lucia McCalmont Producer
Garrett Morlan Cover Design
Jim Glancy Promoter
Albert Crawford Production Design
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