The Midnight Ramble Sessions, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
In 2004, former Band drummer Levon Helm, eager to get back into playing music on a regular basis after surviving a bout with cancer, began staging a series of small concerts at the recording studio on his estate in Woodstock, New York. Calling the shows "The Midnight Rambles," a different set of guests tagged along once or twice a month while Helm and his cronies played house band, and on October 23, 2004, Helm set up with guitarist Fred Scribner, bassist Michael Merritt, and bluesman Little Sammy Davis on vocals and harmonica. Like the other shows in the Midnight Ramble series, the gig was recorded and videotaped, and The Midnight Ramble Music Sessions, Vol. 1 features 12 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
In 2004, former Band drummer Levon Helm, eager to get back into playing music on a regular basis after surviving a bout with cancer, began staging a series of small concerts at the recording studio on his estate in Woodstock, New York. Calling the shows "The Midnight Rambles," a different set of guests tagged along once or twice a month while Helm and his cronies played house band, and on October 23, 2004, Helm set up with guitarist Fred Scribner, bassist Michael Merritt, and bluesman Little Sammy Davis on vocals and harmonica. Like the other shows in the Midnight Ramble series, the gig was recorded and videotaped, and The Midnight Ramble Music Sessions, Vol. 1 features 12 songs from that evening. A more accurate billing for this show would have been "Little Sammy Davis with the Levon Helm Band," since Davis is the clear frontman at this show, and Helm, in deference to his throat problems, doesn't contribute any of his trademark vocals and while his drumming chops are in fine shape, the repertoire has him playing little more than a steady shuffle most of the time. Davis is a good harp player whose style suggests a more laid-back variation on Little Walter, but his vocals have weakened with age, and though there's a relaxed and comfortable mood to this music that befits a house party with friends in attendance, it rarely catches fire the way you wish it would, and this ends up coming off as a guitar pull with some A-list players rather than a soul-satisfying blues session. This ramble was probably a great party, but The Midnight Ramble Music Sessions, Vol. 1 suggests you really had to be there. The album is packed with a DVD including the same performances that appear on the CD, and while the video is well-shot and edited, it ultimately isn't any more exciting to watch than to hear.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/21/2006
  • Label: Levon Helm Studios
  • UPC: 788572810653
  • Catalog Number: 1
  • Sales rank: 12,136

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sad Hours - Levon Helm & the Hawks (4:12)
  2. 2 Oh Baby - Levon Helm & the Hawks (4:24)
  3. 3 I'm Ready - Levon Helm & the Hawks (4:15)
  4. 4 Blow, Wind Blow - Levon Helm & the Hawks (4:42)
  5. 5 Blues with a Feeling - Levon Helm & the Hawks (3:28)
  6. 6 The New Scratch My Back - Levon Helm & the Hawks (5:24)
  7. 7 I Ain't Lyin' - Levon Helm & the Hawks (4:29)
  8. 8 I'm Crazy About You Baby - Levon Helm & the Hawks (3:24)
  9. 9 Boom Boom, Out Go the Lights - Levon Helm & the Hawks (3:12)
  10. 10 Forty Days and Forty Nights - Levon Helm & the Hawks (4:13)
  11. 11 I Want to Take You Downtown - Levon Helm & the Hawks (5:04)
  12. 12 Everything Gonna Be Alright/Wrapped Up in Love Again - Levon Helm & the Hawks (4:38)
  13. 13 California Blues - Levon Helm & the Hawks (6:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Levon Helm Primary Artist, Drums, Group Member
Michael Merritt Bass, Group Member
Frank Luther Bass
Little Sammy Davis Harmonica, Vocals, Group Member
Cary Brown Piano
Fred Scribner Guitar, Group Member
Mike Merritt Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Levon Helm Producer, Audio Production
Chris Athens Mastering
Brian "Terrorizer" Rubio Artwork
Norman Clancy Executive Producer
Yanni Feder Video Director
Ryan Ghent Live Sound
Brendan McDonough Live Sound
Brian Parillo Producer
Chris Rondinella Engineer
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