The Sea to the North

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All Music Guide - Erik Hage
It wasn't too hard to guess that Garth Hudson's long-awaited solo album would be a tour de force; his virtuoso instrumental talents stood out even in that legendary group of musicians known as the Band. What may surprise listeners, however, is the sheer scope of sound on this effort, with Hudson playing an intimidating range of keyboards (including pipe organ), various saxophones, accordion, melodica, and Tarogato. Each track is a sonic adventure, the hapless listener unsure of what lies around the next bend. Several centuries of music and continents seem embedded in the elegiac title track ("composition" is a better word for music of this scope), while "The Saga of Cyrus and...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Erik Hage
It wasn't too hard to guess that Garth Hudson's long-awaited solo album would be a tour de force; his virtuoso instrumental talents stood out even in that legendary group of musicians known as the Band. What may surprise listeners, however, is the sheer scope of sound on this effort, with Hudson playing an intimidating range of keyboards (including pipe organ), various saxophones, accordion, melodica, and Tarogato. Each track is a sonic adventure, the hapless listener unsure of what lies around the next bend. Several centuries of music and continents seem embedded in the elegiac title track ("composition" is a better word for music of this scope), while "The Saga of Cyrus and Mulgrew" is boldly futuristic. Later years found the erstwhile members of the Band occasionally digging into the Grateful Dead's catalog, and Hudson is no exception, doing a free jazzy take on "Dark Star" on which he even offers some spoken vocals. Members of that sterling Woodstock, NY, band the Crowmatix show up here, with prominent appearances by group leader Professor "Louie" (aka Aaron Hurwitz), who co-produces. Hudson's old bandmate Levon Helm shows up as well. This is startlingly spontaneous music with a brain (a very big brain), and it's not for the faint of heart or the average pop fan. And that's a great thing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/10/2008
  • Label: Woodstock Records
  • UPC: 687241001128
  • Catalog Number: 11
  • Sales rank: 123,313

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Garth Hudson Primary Artist, Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Accordion, Bass Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals, Melodica, Pipe organ, Tarogato, Ensoniq, Chroma
Badal Roy Tabla
Michael Been Guitar
Dan Brubeck Drums
Gary Burke Drums
Mike DeMicco Guitar, Electric Guitar, Electric Sitar
Mike Dunn Bass
Levon Helm Drums, Soloist
Mark Hudson Vocals
Scott Musick Drums
Larry Packer Violin
Tommy Spurlock Guitar
Willie Weeks Bass
Jimmy Eppard Guitar, Electric Sitar
Marie Spinosa Percussion
Purna Das Khamak
Manju Das Ektara
Technical Credits
Levon Helm Explosions
Garth Hudson Producer
Mark Hudson Graphic Design, Art Direction
Aaron Hurwitz Producer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Scott Petito Engineer
Bill Putnam Engineer
Dan Sheehan Engineer
Tommy Spurlock Engineer
Dave Cook Engineer
Quentin Ryan Executive Producer
Robert Brower Cover Painting
Maud Hudson Art Direction
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