Levon and Robbie were the perfect singer meets songwriter match. can you imagine someone else trying to sing "the night they drove old dixie down"? it would sound like a bad middle school history report. levon actually sounds like a freakin' confederate soldier, i mean he was the only member of the band to hail from the US let alone the south.
it was a special bond. levon probably should have made more money, but i am guessing if he had managed his money a bit better he would be a wealthy man today regardless of the publishing.
― lawrencerock, Thursday, 4 May 2006 21:56 (thirteen years ago) link
has anyone read robbie's book?
― new noise, Sunday, 15 January 2017 02:25 (two years ago) link
I read the first few chapters which were actually pretty good.
― Moog and Stan (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 15 January 2017 02:52 (two years ago) link
I have. by far the biggest flaw is that it concludes after the Last Waltz. anyone who cares to know about him is familiar with his doings up to that point. The true points of interest are the past 40 fucken years…friendship with Scosese, acts in Carny, whatever constitutes music consulting for S's films, the end of his marriage with his quebecoise wife (who he praises in the book), the solo albums (the first one contains the song from which the book takes its name) that do not seem to have ever prompted reassessment, his response to the levon's accusations (he does this passive-aggressively in this book), being a Los angeles smoothie, not playing live but for a handful of times in 40 years, etc etc… as it is, he spins the same yarns he's always preferred to proffer.
― veronica moser, Sunday, 15 January 2017 14:44 (two years ago) link
the solo albums (the first one contains the song from which the book takes its name) that do not seem to have ever prompted reassessment,
― morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 13 February 2018 02:45 (one year ago) link
You did it again. Kudos
― Psmith, Pharmacist (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 13 February 2018 02:55 (one year ago) link
This is the rare example of an album I've only ever put on for every reason but the singer and songwriter.
― Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 13 February 2018 12:37 (one year ago) link
so why do you play it?
― morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 13 February 2018 12:57 (one year ago) link
I like the session dudes. For example, the song you picked is not a good song, but the drum part (by Manu Katche) is cool on its own merits.
― Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 13 February 2018 13:02 (one year ago) link
Two of the tracks have the weird proggy rhythm section of Tony Levin and Terry Bozzio (!)
Something I'm not sure of, but I think RR started working with Lanois *before* Joshua Tree or So came out, which is an interesting dynamic, especially since there was that trend jumping vibe to this record's release.
― Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 13 February 2018 13:05 (one year ago) link