Robbie Robertson: Robbie Robertson
[Hip-O 2006 CD] [Ultradisc cover] [CD cover]
Robbie Robertson's first solo album, released eleven years after the Band called it quits at "The Last Waltz", found the
singer-guitarist mining radically new territory. Hiring Daniel Lanois as coproducer, Robertson crafted an album that owed
very little to the Band's roots-Americana sound. Instead Robertson opted for a quirky, enigmatic modern approach, using
drum programs, the stick, and guest musicians such as U2, Peter Gabriel, and Bill Dillon. If the album had a weakness, it
was in the vocal department. Robertson had only sung lead on a couple of songs with the Band. His reedy ghost of a voice
can be quite effective but wears a bit thin over the course of a whole album. Ultimately that is a minor complaint, as the
songwriting, arrangements, playing, and sound-painting are superb. Highlights: "Broken Arrow" and "Somewhere Down
the Crazy River."
Hip-O (a reissues label in the Universal family) released an expensive 2-CD set with Robbie Robertson and Robbie's 1991 CD Storyville in October 2005, with bonus tracks. On this two-fer, the Robbie Robertson CD is extended with "Christmas (Must Be Tonight)" (Robbie's version from the Scrooged soundtrack) and a gospel remix of the 12" version of "Testimony", by Georgio Moroder. The Storyville CD has the bonus tracks "Storyville" and "The Far Lonely Cry Of Trains," plus interview segments from Robertson.
Videos"Fallen Angel"/"Showdown at Big Sky" (56kb/s)
The videos for the songs "Fallen Angel" and "Showdown at Big Sky"
were filmed at the Marmon Ranch in New Mexico USA near the Acoma Pueblo.
"Showdown at Big Sky" was also filmed in Sky City at the Acoma Pueblo. I was
on the crew that filmed both of these videos in October of 1987. Sky City
is an extremely sacred place to the Acoma Indians and they had never
allowed anyone to film anything there. Due to Robbie's Indian heritage and
the quality of the script, after lengthy negotiations, we were able to
film there for two days. It was an amazing experience.
Robbie Robertson - Robbie Robertson - (44:19) - 1987 - Geffen WX-133
AMG Rating: Best of Artist - This is a "First Pick" album -- the artist at their peak