Rick Danko: Rick Danko
[LP photo insert - front]
[LP photo insert - back]
[Ad from Record World Weekly 2/4/78]
There's a memorable scene in Martin
Scorsese's Last Waltz when the director asks
The Band's bassist what he's going to do now
they're gone. The camera lingers on Rick
Danko's sad, stoned reaction. Crouched over a
mixing desk he mumbles about trying to make
music and keep busy, before pulling his hat
down over his eyes and losing himself
completely in cinematic shadow. A tape rolls
and after a slow picked intro his familiar voice
soars. The song in question was "Sip The Wine,"
just one of several gorgeous ballads on this
neglected 1977 release that broke the
post-Band silence. If any voice deserved the
epithet tortured it's Rick Danko's. It defined The
Band's sound on songs like "It Makes No
Difference" and "Stage Fright" and here on "Sweet
Romance," "Sip The Wine" and "New Mexico" it
possesses the same strange and fragile beauty.
The opener "What A Town" is reminiscent of
fractured Dixieland bops like "Life Is A Carnival"
and "Ophelia," but misses Levon Helm's loose feel
behind the kit. All the ex-members do appear
however: Levon harmonises on "Once Upon A
Time" and the late Richard Manuel adds
keyboards to "Shake It." With comparisons
inevitable, this LP has stood the test of time far
better than some of The Band's later output.
Rating: 4 (out of 5.)|
--Charlie Dick, Q Magazine
Rick Danko was the first of the Band members to release a solo album.
Rick Danko was recorded at the Shangri-La studios in California for
Clive Davis' new Arista label. Together with a crew of musicians ranging from
Rick's brother Terry to Doug Sahm and the other members of the Band, he cut
a collection of songs with lyrics by Bobby Charles and Emmet Grogan. The
Bobby Charles songs were the most Band-like, Garth Hudson played accordion and Eric Clapton contributed guitar on Charles' laid-back "New Mexicoe".
Other guest artists included Ronnie Wood of the Stones and America's Gerry
Beckley. The album reached #119 on the Billboard chart.
Re-released on CD in 1991 (Edsel Records), 1997 (One Way Records) and twice
(Demon Records and Disky Communications, Holland). In 2002
Arista announced a remastered CD with three previously unreleased bonus
tracks, "The Weight," Stage Fright," and "This Wheel's on Fire,"
all recorded live - the project now seems to have been cancelled.
- Jim Atkinson, guitar
- Gerry Beckley, vocals/guitar
- Lewis Bustos, horns
- Blondie Chaplin, guitar/bass
- Eric Clapton, guitar
- Terry Danko, drums
- Michael DeTemple, guitar
- Tim Drummond, bass
- Rob Fraboni, percussion
- James Gordon, keybards/horns
- Levon Helm, vocals
- Garth Hudson, accordion
- Joe Lala, percussion
- Ken Lauber, piano
- Richard Manuel, keyboards
- Charle McBurney, horns
- Rocky Morales, horns
- Wayne Neuendorf, vocals
- David Paich, keyboards
- Jim Price, horns
- Walt Richmond, piano
- Robbie Robertson, guitar
- Doug Sahm, guitar
- Denny Seiwell, drums
- George Weber, organ
- Ron Wood, guitar
- Jeremy Zatkin, engineer
Rick Danko - Rick Danko - 1977 - Arista AB-4141
Single sleeve LP with photo insert.
- Edsel 317 (1991)
- One Way Records 34497 (1997)
- Demon EDCD650 (2000)
- Dutch CD by Disky Communications, 2000, with deluxe cardboard cover and
postcard inserts (the postcards are not Band- or Danko-related, but
album covers of Deep Purple and Jethro Tull albums)
- A remastered CD with three live bonus tracks was planned by Arista Records (Arista 10608), but the
August 2002 release was cancelled.
AMG Rating: Good
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