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Times Like These

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All Music Guide - Erik Hage
Times Like These, released posthumously, is Rick Danko's last studio album. There's a tendency for fans to under-appreciate the singer/bassist's later work, opting instead for some sepia-toned memory of the Ontario farm boy amidst his original Band colleagues in the '60s and '70s -- but that's only part of the story of a 40-year career. Later in life, Danko's voice, while remaining the distinctly mournful instrument of his youth, mellowed to equal parts milk and whiskey. Here, a less urgent and wiser artist wraps his pipes around his signature tune "This Wheel's on Fire," which is drawn out on both ends by elegant instrumental passages. This version of the song is a fitting ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Erik Hage
Times Like These, released posthumously, is Rick Danko's last studio album. There's a tendency for fans to under-appreciate the singer/bassist's later work, opting instead for some sepia-toned memory of the Ontario farm boy amidst his original Band colleagues in the '60s and '70s -- but that's only part of the story of a 40-year career. Later in life, Danko's voice, while remaining the distinctly mournful instrument of his youth, mellowed to equal parts milk and whiskey. Here, a less urgent and wiser artist wraps his pipes around his signature tune "This Wheel's on Fire," which is drawn out on both ends by elegant instrumental passages. This version of the song is a fitting coda to Danko's life, lingered over lovingly and masterfully by the Crowmatix with Band cohort Garth Hudson, a veritable one-man Fellini soundtrack on accordion. "Let the Four Winds Blow," a Fats Domino/Dave Bartholomew cover recorded live, showcases Levon Helm on harmonica and longtime Danko and Band associate Professor "Louie" on piano and vocals, rolling and stomping in the finest spirit of the Band. "All Our Past Times," a return to a song the artist co-wrote with Eric Clapton in 1976, is wistfully gorgeous and heart-wrenchingly appropriate. And a cover of The Grateful Dead's "Ripple" -- with Hudson and Helm once again making appearances -- is delivered with the rustic charm of a back porch session albeit a highly skilled one. While the album can drip with sentimentality or sound too polished at times, ultimately Times Like These, co-produced by Danko and Professor "Louie" aka Aaron Hurwitz, is a thoughtfully rendered reflection on a great musical life.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/22/2000
  • Label: Woodstock Records
  • UPC: 687241000428
  • Catalog Number: 4
  • Sales rank: 85,069

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rick Danko Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Joe Walsh Guitar, Piano, Background Vocals
Tom "Bones" Malone Trombone, Tuba, Baritone Horn
Tom Pacheco Acoustic Guitar
Eric Weissberg Acoustic Guitar, Banjo
Bashiri Johnson Percussion
Richard Bell Synthesizer, Voices
Gary Burke Cymbals, Drums, Vibes, Paiste Cymbals
Randy Ciarlante Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals
Terry Danko Bass
Mike DeMicco Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar
Mike Dunn Bass
Levon Helm Harmonica, Mandolin
Garth Hudson Accordion, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Larry Packer Viola
Scott Petito Bass
Leslie Ritter Background Vocals
Jim Tullio Guitar, Background Vocals
Sredni Vollner Harmonica
Jim Weider Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Guitar, Mandolin, Background Vocals
Greg Marsh Percussion
Jimmy Eppard Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Slide Guitar, national steel guitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Marie Spinosa Percussion, Chimes, Vocals, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Rick Danko Producer
Ken Friesen Engineer
Garth Hudson Horn Arrangements
Aaron Hurwitz Producer, Audio Production
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Gus Mossler Engineer
Scott Petito Pro-Tools
Dan Sheehan Engineer
Will Spencer Engineer
Jim Tullio Producer
Dennis Tousana Engineer
Jimmy Eppard Melody Arrangement
Toni Moretti Marketing
Marie Spinosa Art Direction
Damien Shannon Engineer
Dave Cook Engineer
John Larson Digital Transfer Assistant
Chris Goosman Engineer
Quentin Ryan Executive Producer
Lucy Swenson Graphic Design
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