Ties That Bind: The Best of Levon Helm 1975-1996

Ties That Bind: The Best of Levon Helm 1975-1996

by Levon Helm
     
 
Thank heaven for Australia's Raven Records, who with this release have managed to pick up the best odds and ends of Levon Helm's solo career, and by shrewdly mixing in some select tracks by the latter-era version of the Band, have made a suitable portrait of this affecting musician. Helm was arguably the heart and soul of the Band, and his

Overview

Thank heaven for Australia's Raven Records, who with this release have managed to pick up the best odds and ends of Levon Helm's solo career, and by shrewdly mixing in some select tracks by the latter-era version of the Band, have made a suitable portrait of this affecting musician. 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, and with the highlights of that career gleaned and preserved on this disc, it is possible to imagine what could have been. Tracks that seemed dead in the water in their original album settings pick up a contextual glow here, and Helm's versions of songs like "Take Me to the River" and "Willie and the Hand Jive" don't sound quite so tired and lifeless in this sequence, while the opener, "Milk Cow Boogie," 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). The two songs that close the disc, "Hurricane" and "Watermelon Time in Georgia," take on a wise and assured air in this context, and The Ties That Bind ends up sounding like the album that Helm should have been making all along. Again, kudos should be given to Raven Records for this wonderful reclamation.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/06/1999
Label:
Raven [australia]
UPC:
0612657008720
catalogNumber:
87
Rank:
39336

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Levon Helm   Primary Artist
John Martyn   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Kokomo Arnold   Composer
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band   Producer
Band   Producer
Joe Walsh   Producer
John Simon   Producer
Barry Beckett   Producer
Rick Chertoff   Producer
Donald "Duck" Dunn   Arranger,Producer
Levon Helm   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Aaron Hurwitz   Producer
Jimmy Johnson   Producer
Jim Nipar   Producer
Randy Scruggs   Producer
Ralph Shuckett   Producer
Fred Carter   Producer
Matt Butler   Producer
Terry Reilly   Liner Notes
Public Domain   Composer
RCO All Stars   Producer
Jim Tullo   Producer

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