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The Midnight Ramble Sessions, Vol. 3

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
In 2004, Levon Helm was eager to play music again after a bout with throat cancer but wasn't up to touring yet, so he began hosting weekly concerts at the recording studio at his estate; calling the show "The Midnight Ramble," the concerts featured Helm and a handful of talented friends as well as occasional guest stars, and became quite popular among his fan following. Helm recorded most of the concerts, and two years after his passing, the third in a series of albums featuring music from the "Ramble" performances has arrived. Featuring music recorded between 2005 and 2010, The Midnight Ramble Sessions, Vol. 3 is the most entertaining installment in the series so far, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
In 2004, Levon Helm was eager to play music again after a bout with throat cancer but wasn't up to touring yet, so he began hosting weekly concerts at the recording studio at his estate; calling the show "The Midnight Ramble," the concerts featured Helm and a handful of talented friends as well as occasional guest stars, and became quite popular among his fan following. Helm recorded most of the concerts, and two years after his passing, the third in a series of albums featuring music from the "Ramble" performances has arrived. Featuring music recorded between 2005 and 2010, The Midnight Ramble Sessions, Vol. 3 is the most entertaining installment in the series so far, mainly because it's the most diverse; Helm only takes the lead vocal on four songs here doubtless in deference to his weakened vocal cords, but he's engaged and authoritative when he has the strength, especially on the feisty "One More Shot," and his drumming is typically splendid as he and his band make their way through country heartache "Turn Around", slinky, hard-as-nails boogie "The Same Thing", blues-shot gospel "God Don't Never Change", strutting uptempo Chicago-style blues "I'm a Jealous Man", and bluegrass gospel harmonies "The Beautiful Lie". A few guests add some extra star power here, with Allen Toussaint lending fine vocals and excellent piano to "A Certain Girl," while Chris Robinson brings some suitably wiry vocals to "Shake Your Money Maker," and a few of the tunes get a fresh twist, most notably Brian Mitchell's New Orleans-style reworking of Bob Dylan's "Simple Twist of Fate." Like most of Levon Helm's shows in his last decade, The Midnight Ramble Sessions, Vol. 3 feels more like a revue than a headlining performance from the man who was the soul of the Band, but this is all music that spoke to him, and he brought out the best in his accompanists; no matter how much fate tried to bring Helm down, once he stepped on-stage, he gave all he had, and this album testifies eloquently to that.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/1/2014
  • Label: Welk Records
  • UPC: 015707824828
  • Catalog Number: 782482
  • Sales rank: 12,262

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Same Thing - The Levon Helm Band (6:15)
  2. 2 Ain't That Good News - The Levon Helm Band (3:54)
  3. 3 God Don't Never Change - The Levon Helm Band (4:21)
  4. 4 Driving Wheel - The Levon Helm Band (2:48)
  5. 5 I’m a Jealous Man - The Levon Helm Band (5:13)
  6. 6 Stagger Lee - The Levon Helm Band (4:32)
  7. 7 Simple Twist Of Fate - The Levon Helm Band (6:42)
  8. 8 One More Shot - The Levon Helm Band (4:14)
  9. 9 Turn Around - The Levon Helm Band (4:24)
  10. 10 The Beautiful Lie - The Levon Helm Band (3:49)
  11. 11 A Certain Girl - The Levon Helm Band (4:48)
  12. 12 Shake Your Money Maker - The Levon Helm Band (3:57)
  13. 13 Take Me To The River - The Levon Helm Band (4:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Levon Helm Primary Artist, Vocals
Elvis Costello Guitar, Guest Appearance
Larry Campbell Vocals
Brian Mitchell Vocals
Chris Robinson Vocals, Guest Appearance
Allen Toussaint Vocals, Guest Appearance
Jimmy Vivino Vocals
Little Sammy Davis Vocals
Teresa Williams Vocals
Amy Helm Vocals
Fiona McBain Vocals
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer
Blind Willie Johnson Composer
Roosevelt Sykes Composer
Sam Cooke Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Al Green Composer
Carl Perkins Composer
Lloyd Price Composer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Larry Campbell Producer
Aaron Corthen Composer
Justin Guip Engineer
Levon Helm Artwork
Elmore James Composer
Paul Kennerley Composer
Butch McDade Composer
Allen Toussaint Composer
Harold Logan Composer
Brendan McDonough Producer
Mike Dubois Artwork
Mabon Hodges Lewis Composer
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