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The Band: Live at the Academy of Music 1971

Levon Helm: Ramble at the Ryman

The Band: Three of a Kind

Robbie Robertson: How to Become Clairvoyant

Garth Hudson Presents a Canadian Celebration of The Band

Levon Helm: Electric Dirt

Garth and Maud Hudson: Live at the Wolf

Pulse

Dirt Farmer

Elliot Landy's Woodstock Vision

Moondog Matinee

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[1980 reissue cover] [Reissue Back cover] [Australian Limited Edition LP] [Japanese Limited Edition CD] [Poster] [CD liner notes] [Cashbox ad.] [Charts and ratings]

The Band essentially went back to being the Hawks of the late 1950s and early '60s on this album of cover tunes. They demonstrated considerable expertise on their versions of rock & roll and R&B standards like Clarence "Frogman" Henry's "Ain't Got No Home," Chuck Berry's "The Promised Land," and Fats Domino's "I'm Ready," but of course that didn't do much to satisfy the audience they had established with their original material and that, two years after the disappointing Cahoots, was waiting for something in the same league with their first three albums.
--William Ruhlmann, All-Music Guide

For a wealth of information about this album, see Peter Viney's notes on Moondog Matinee.

A limited edition Japanese CD, with very nice artwork and covers, but horrible lyrics transcriptions, came in 1998. The 2001 remastered re-issue of Moondog Matinee from Capitol Records, mixed from the original, first-generation master tapes, has six new bonus tracks from the original sessions: ``Oh, Didn't It Rain,'' ``Crying Heart Blues,'' ``Shakin','' ``What Am I Living For,'' ``Going Back To Memphis'' and the studio version of ``Endless Highway.'' The release feature an expanded booklet with rare photos and liner notes by Grammy award-winner Rob Bowman.

Tracks

(*: bonus tracks on 2001 CD re-issue)

1. Ain't Got No Home (Henry) AU file (252K)
2. Holy Cow (Toussaint) AU file (285K)
3. Share Your Love (Braggs/Malone)
4. Mystery Train (Phillips/Parker) AU file (2.7MB)
5. The Third Man Theme (Karas)
6. The Promised Land (Berry) AU file (248K)
7. The Great Pretender (Ram)
8. I'm Ready (Domino/Lewis/Bradford)
9. Saved (Leiber/Stoller) AU file (240K)
10. A Change Is Gonna Come (Cooke) AU file (158K)
11.* Oh, Didn't It Rain (outtake) [RealAudio]
12.* Crying Heart Blues (outtake)
13.* Shakin' (outtake)
This is actually a song written by Sam Cooke called "It's Got the Whole World Shakin'." It was posthumously released as a single by Sam in March 1965 and got to No. 41 on Billboard Magazine's singles chart. It was recorded on Nov. 16, 1964 (less than a month before Sam was killed) and is included on "Keep Movin' On," an anthology of Sam Cooke's music that came out in January 2002 on the Abkco label in the United States.
14.* What Am I Living For (outtake)
15.* Going Back To Memphis (outtake)
16.* Endless Highway (studio version)

Credits

  • The Band , Producer
  • Robbie Robertson , Guitar / Keyboards / Vocals / Producer
  • Rick Danko , Bass / Violin / Vocals / Producer
  • Ben Keith , Guitar (Steel)
  • Levon Helm , Guitar / Drums / Vocals / Producer
  • Garth Hudson , Keyboards / Saxophone / Producer
  • Bob Ludwig , Mastering
  • Richard Manuel , Drums / Keyboards / Vocals / Producer
  • Jay Ranellucci ,
  • Billy Mundi , drums
  • John Wilson , Engineer
  • Mark Harman , Engineer / Mixing
  • Chris Morris , Liner Notes
  • Bob Cato , Design
  • Edward Kasper , Artwork

Song-by-song Credits

  1. Ain't Got No Home
    Levon Helm: Lead Vocal & Rythm Electric Guitar
    Rick Danko: Bass
    Richard Manuel: Drums
    Robbie Robertson: gLead Electric Guitar
    Garth Hudson: Piano & Tenor Sax

  2. Holy Cow
    Rick Danko: 1st Lead Vocal & Bass
    Levon Helm: 2nd Lead Vocal & Drums
    Richard Manuel: Back Vocal & Electric Piano
    Robbie Robertson: Electric Guitar
    Garth Hudson: Tenor Sax & Lowrey Organ

  3. Share Your Love With Me
    Richard Manuel: Lead Vocal & Piano
    Levon Helm: Drums
    Rick Danko: Bass
    Robbie Robertson: Electric Guitar & Acoustic Guitar
    Garth Hudson: Synthesizer & Lowrey Organ

  4. Mystery Train
    Levon Helm: Lead Vocal & Stand-up Bass
    Rick Danko: Back Vocal & Acoustic Rhytm Guitar
    Richard Manuel: Drums
    Robbie Robertson: Electric Guitar
    Garth Hudson: Lowrey Organ & Clavinett
    Billy Mundi: Drums (brushes)

  5. The 3rd Man Theme
    Levon Helm: Drums
    Rick Danko: Bass
    Richard Manuel: Electric Piano
    Robbie Robertson: Electric Guitar & Acoustic Guitar
    Garth Hudson: Lowrey Organ & Clavinett & Synthesizer

  6. The Promised Land
    Levon Helm: Lead Vocal & Rythm Electric Guitar
    Rick Danko: Bass
    Richard Manuel: Drums
    Robbie Robertson: Electric Guitar
    Garth Hudson: Piano & Clavinett

  7. The Great Pretender
    Richard Manuel: Lead Vocal & Piano
    Levon Helm: Drums
    Rick Danko: Bass
    Robbie Robertson: Electric Guitar
    Garth Hudson: Lowrey Organ
    John Simon: Bariton Sax

  8. I'm Ready
    Levon Helm: Levon Vocal & Drums
    Rick Danko: Bass
    Richard Manuel: Drums
    Robbie Robertson: Electric Guitar
    Garth Hudson: Lowrey Organ & Tenor Sax

  9. Saved
    Richard Manuel: Lead Vocal & Piano
    Levon Helm: Drums
    Rick Danko: Bass
    Robbie Robertson: Electric Guitar
    Garth Hudson: Lowrey Organ

  10. A Change Is Gonna Come
    Rick Danko: Lead Vocal & Acoustic Guitar
    Levon Helm: Bass
    Richard Manuel: Drums
    Robbie Robertson: Electric Guitar
    Garth Hudson: Lowrey Organ & Tenor Sax

Moondog Matinee - The Band - (35:46) - 1973 - Capitol SW-11214
Single sleeve with wraparound poster
Rereleased in 1980 (Capitol SN-16004)
Compact Disc: Capitol C2-93592 (1989)
Limited Edition CD: Capitol Japan M57625 (1998)
Remastered CD with bonus tracks: Capitol Records 72435-25393-2-1 (2001)
Limited Edition "mini-sleeve" CD: Caroline Records 22206, UK (2008)


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