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( 1977 ) 2015 EU reissue on 180g LP - Islands, recognized by the group as more of a rarities collection than a full-fledged studio record, Islands does include a few catalog gems like Levon Helm's excellent take on "Ain't That A Lot of Love...
Release date: 11-07-2015(originally released in 1971)
2015 EU reissue on 180g LP +download-1971's Cahoots is the fourth overall album from the Canadian/American roots revitalists and a distinct carnivalesque spirit and beauty infuses the entire set. Highlights include the tracks "Life Is a Carnival," Bob Dylan's "When I Paint My Masterpiece" and "4% Pantomime" which features and was co-written by Van Morrison
A1 Life Is A Carnival
A2 When I Paint My Masterpiece
A3 Last Of The Blacksmiths
A4 Where Do We Go From Here?
A5 4% Pantomine
B1 Shoot Out In Chinatown
B2 The Moon Struck One
B3 Thinkin' Out Loud
B4 Smoke Signal
B6 The River Hymn
The Band’s fourth studio album had the unfortunate disadvantage of standing in the shadows of the more familiar Stagefright, The Band, and Music from Big Pink. Historically overlooked, Cahoots stands as one of the group’s finest efforts and includes contributions from iconic pianist/arranger Allen Toussaint and Irish bard Van Morrison, whose feverish duet with Band vocalist Richard Manuel on “4% Pantomime” is the equivalent of two poker players trying to outsmart one another, each more reluctant than the other to blink, give in, and fold. A similar carnivalesque spirit infuses the entire set.
Arguably The Band’s best-ever Bob Dylan cover, “When I Paint My Masterpiece” takes listeners on a carousing trip across Europe, the accordion-driven melodies conjuring the feeling of sailing on the Venician waterways referenced in the lyrics. The fan favorite “Life Is a Carnival” comes on as a celebration of Dixieland pleasures, the sonic jubilee a swirling delight of drunken horns, funky rhythms, and street percussion. And of course, there are plenty of instances of the Band’s signature Americana blend: the delicate beauty of “The Moon Struck One,” the Southern spiritual “The River Hymn.”
Legendary Canadian-American roots-rock group The Band was a musical institution unlike anything that came before them or since. In the 1960s, they were initially brought together as The Hawks by Ronnie Hawkins and later gained international recognition as Bob Dylan’s backing band on his groundbreaking electric tours.
However, it was the original material Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, Garth Hudson and Levon Helm recorded as The Band such as "The Weight," "The Night They Drove Ol’ Dixie Down," "Up On Cripple Creek," "Life is a Carnival," "The Shape I’m In," "Don't Do It," "It Makes No Difference," "Tears of Rage," "Stage Fright" and "Ophelia" that turned them into the highly respected icons they remain to this day.
Originally released: 1977
This release: 2015