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Robbie Robertson: Storyville

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[Album cover] [Hip-O 2006 CD]

Robertson's second album was four years in the making. Once again he set out to explore an approach and sound markedly different from any of his previous work. The album is conceptual, roughing out a story over ten songs set in New Orleans' legendary turn-of-the-century Storyville red-light district. Coproduced by Robertson, Stephen Hague, and Gary Gersh, the record was recorded in New Orleans with members of the Neville Brothers, Mardi Gras Indians, the Meters, and the Zion Harmonizers. Legendary New Orleans arranger Wardell Quezergue contributed stunning horn charts. More aggressive than Robertson's first solo release, Storyville is perhaps a little less mysterious and enigmatic.
-- Rob Bowman, All-Music Guide

Geffen Records released a promotional CD for this album in 1991, entitled The Story of Storyville.

Japanese issues of Storyville also contained the song "The Far Lonely Cry of Trains", that can be found on the soundtrack album Jimmy Hollywood.

Hip-O (a reissues label in the Universal family) released an expensive 2-CD set with Robbie Robertson and 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.


1. Night Parade MPEG-3 file (94K)
2. Hold Back the Dawn MPEG3-file (94K)
3. Go Back to Your Woods MPEG3-file (94K)
4. Soap Box Preacher MPEG3-file (94K)
5. Day of Reckoning (Burnin For You) MPEG-3 file (94K)
6. What About Now MPEG3-file (94K)
7. Shake This Town MPEG3-file (94K)
8. Breakin' the Rules MPEG3-file (94K)
9. Resurrection MPEG3-file (94K)
10. Sign of the Rainbow MPEG-file (94K)


  • Alejandro "Alex" Acuna, percussion
  • David Baerwald, backing vocals
  • Ginger Baker, percussion
  • Robert Bell, bass
  • Warren Bell, saxophone
  • Carl Blouin, saxophone
  • Joseph "Monk" Boudreaux, violin
  • Paul Buchanan, guitar/backing vocals
  • Amadee Castenell, saxophone
  • Leon "Ndugu" Chancler, percussion
  • Code Blue, backing vocals
  • Stacey Cole, trumpet
  • Tony Dagradi, saxophone
  • Rick Danko, backing vocals
  • Bill Dillon, guitars/mandolin
  • Bo Dollis, vocals
  • Ronnie Foster, organ
  • Roy Galloway, backing vocals
  • Brian Graber, trumpet
  • Dan Higgins, saxophone/flute
  • Bruce Hornsby, keyboards/backing vocals
  • Garth Hudson, keyboards
  • Mark Isham, trumpet/flute/arrangements
  • Clydene Jackson, backing vocals
  • Ronald Jones, bass
  • Fred Kemp, saxophone
  • Ken Kugler, tuba
  • Mark Leonard, bass
  • Jared Levine, percussion
  • Jerry Marotta, drums
  • Mike Mills, backing vocals
  • John Mitchell, clarinet
  • Richard "Blue" Mitchell, saxophone
  • Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste, drums
  • Paul Moore, keyboards
  • Aaron Neville, backing vocals
  • Arthur Neville, organ/backing vocals
  • Cyril Neville, percussion
  • Ivan Neville, keyboards/backing vocals
  • Leo Nocentelli, guitar
  • Martin Page, keyboards/piano/backing vocals
  • Charles Pollard, keyboards
  • George Porter, bass/backing vocals
  • Guy Pratt, bass
  • Wardell Quezergue, arrangements
  • Rebirth Brass Band, horns/percussion
  • david Ricketts, bass/guitar/keyboards/programming
  • Robbie Robertson, vocals/guitar/organ/producer
  • John "J.R." Robinson, drums
  • Carmen Twillie, backing vocals
  • Duane VanPaulin, trombone
  • Bill Ward, drums
  • Yvonne Williams, backing vocals
  • Neil Young, backing vocals
  • Zion Harmonizers, backing vocals
  • Stephen Hague, producer/keyboards
  • Gary Gersh, producer
  • Steve Nye, engineer

Robbie Robertson - Storyville - (54:37) - 1991 - Geffen GEC 24303
Single sleeve with lyrics on inner sleeve
2-CD set w/Robbie Robertson and Storyville - 2005 - Hip-O Records

AMG Rating: Good

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