by The Band


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Few bands called it quits with more fanfare than the Band when they bowed out with the 1976 all-star concert famously preserved in LP and movie form as The Last Waltz. However, while guitarist, songwriter, and de facto leader Robbie Robertson may have been ready to retire the Band, it soon became clear that the other members of the group didn't feel the same way (especially Levon Helm and Rick Danko), and by 1982 a Robertson-less lineup had hit the road. While new recordings were planned, it wasn't until 1993, seven years after Richard Manuel was found dead in a Florida motel room, that a new album appeared from the Band, and while Jericho lacks the mythic resonance of their greatest work, it did unexpectedly prove that the Band could function very well without Robertson. While Jim Weider isn't as sharp a guitarist as Robertson and his input as a songwriter is also missed, Garth Hudson's epic keyboard arrangements, the lovely ache of Rick Danko's vocals, and especially Levon Helm's raw, soulful singing (as well as his drumming and mandolin work) still define this as the music of the Band. The material lacks the thematic reach of the Band's strongest period, but "The Caves of Jericho" (written by Helm with Richard Bell and John Simon) shows they can come up with worthy songs on their own, and covers of Bob Dylan's "Blind Willie McTell" and Bruce Springsteen's "Atlantic City" are superb choices (especially the latter, with Helm's vocals an unlikely but fine fit). And while the post-Robertson touring version of the Band seemed more interested in boogie than substance, there's no denying good-time numbers like "Remedy," "Stuff You Gotta Watch," and the gloriously weird "Move to Japan" make with the good groove. The addition of an unreleased Richard Manuel performance may seemed a bit ghoulish, but his take on "Country Boy" sounds fine and is a bittersweet tribute to his talents. Jericho may pale in comparison to such masterworks as Music from Big Pink and The Band, but there's little denying it's a stronger and more committed work than Islands or the studio side of The Last Waltz, showing this group still had something to offer besides hippie nostalgia.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/21/2006
Label: Pyramid Media
UPC: 0854750001035
catalogNumber: 501032
Rank: 20654

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Band   Primary Artist
Champion Jack Dupree   Piano
Artie Traum   Acoustic Guitar
Jules Shear   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Rick Danko   Electric Bass,Group Member
John Simon   Baritone Horn,Electric Piano,Baritone Saxophone
Erie Brazilian   Mandolin
Randy Ciarlante   Group Member
Vassar Clements   Fiddle
Dave Douglas   Trumpet
Levon Helm   Group Member
Garth Hudson   Group Member
Rob Hyman   Keyboards
Rob Leon   Electric Bass
Colin Linden   Background Vocals
Tommy Spurlock   Steel Guitar
Bobby Strickland   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Stan Szelest   Electric Piano
Jim Weider   Group Member
Steve Jordan   Drums
Richard Bell   Group Member

Technical Credits

Steve Martin   Project Support
Paul Butterfield   Inspiration
Band   Producer
Wild Bill Davis   Project Support
Clifford Scott   Inspiration
John Simon   Producer
Chris Andersen   Engineer
Richard Bell   Contributor
Paul Berry   Project Support
David Chackler   Project Support
Rick Chertoff   Producer
Steve Churchyard   Engineer
Bruce Garfield   Project Support
Henry Glover   Inspiration
John Holbrook   Project Support
Aaron Hurwitz   Producer,Engineer
Doug James   Project Support
Ian Kimmet   Project Support
Scott Maclellan   Producer,Executive Producer
Richard Manuel   Contributor
Mark McKenna   Project Support
Scott Petito   Project Support
Mike Reiter   Engineer
John Roper   Engineer
Ralph Schuckett   Producer
Hugh Syme   Artwork,Art Direction
Sredni Vollner   Project Support
Dick Waterman   Project Support
Jim Williamson   Engineer
Ellen Fitton   Engineer
Stephen Allen Davis   Liner Notes,Project Support
Scott Gormley   Engineer
Andy Robinson   Engineer,Project Support
Raymond Foye   Project Support
Allen Jacobi   Project Support
Ed Kaercher   Project Support
Peter Max   Paintings,Cover Painting
Louis Allen   Project Support
Elliott Landy   Photo Selection
Karen Martin   Project Support
Marie Spinosa   Project Support
Ken McKim   Engineer
Francesca Smith   Project Support
Jimmy Graham   Project Support
Sally Grossman   Project Support
Michael Kearns   Project Support
Douglas Tyson   Project Support
Lisa Phillips   Project Support
Ben & Jerry   Project Support
Paul Caccia   Project Support
Dave Calinda   Project Support
Danny "Poz" Campbell   Project Support
Eli Danko   Project Support
Elizabeth Danko   Project Support
Butch Dener   Project Support
Mariann Disclafani   Project Support
Evie Dworetzky   Project Support
Michael Federici   Project Support
Joe Forno   Photo Selection
Joe Forno   Executive Producer,Management
Joe Forno   Project Support
Mrs. Joe Forno   Project Support
Gate Brothers Band   Project Support
C.W. Gatlin   Project Support
Justin Grafton   Project Support
Max Gregan   Project Support
Bruce Houghton   Project Support
Kathleen   Project Support
Ace Kutsuna   Project Support
Joe Phillips   Project Support
Bob Rogel   Project Support
Steve Seminowitz   Project Support
Shelle Shakerdge   Project Support
Paul Jr. Shultis   Project Support
Taga Sickler   Project Support
Jeree Skeen   Project Support
Arlene Strings   Project Support
Vince Strings   Project Support
Otis Wake   Project Support
Carol Wasilok   Project Support
Laura Zimzores   Project Support
Mary Berry   Project Support
Marshall Barer   Composer

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