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

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/6/1999
  • Label: Raven [australia]
  • UPC: 612657008720
  • Catalog Number: 87
  • Sales rank: 10,996

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Levon Helm Primary Artist
John Martyn Track Performer
Technical Credits
Kokomo Arnold Composer
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Producer
The Band Producer
Neil Diamond Composer
Joe Walsh Producer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Carole Bayer Sager Composer
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 Jr. Producer
Warren Barnett Mastering
Matt Butler Producer
Terry Reilly Liner Notes
Public Domain Composer
RCO All Stars Producer
Jim Tullo Producer
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