Love For Levon (CD)


Various Artists

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Amoeba Review

03/18/2013

Recorded live at New Jersey’s Izod Center Oct. 2, 2012, this tribute to The Band’s late singer/drummer Levon Helm resonates with love and admiration for a musician who’s been a major influence on rock, country and folk musicians that have followed him and who’s been somewhat of an unsung hero compared with some of his contemporaries. By focusing on Helm’s music, and utilizing musicians who’ve worked with Helm as well as friends and followers of his work, Love for Levon successfully pays tribute to the man and is essential listening for any Band fan. The performances are by and large spectacular, starting with a rousing rendition of “The Shape I’m In,” featuring Gov’t Mule’s Warren Haynes singing with Helm’s house band, who have played with Helm for his Midnight Ramble concert series at his family barn — the concert and album aim to help keep the barn in his family’s control. Haynes and Gregg Allman turn in a gorgeous rendition of “Long Black Veil,” with some of Allman’s trademark guitar tones thrilling at the end; Marc Cohn turns in a touching original titled “Listening to Levon” on the piano; Mavis Staple brings a bluesy swagger to “Move Along Train”; Bruce Hornsby plays the dulcimer with beautiful backup vocals from Levon Band members Amy Helm (Levon’s daughter) and Teresa Williams on “Anna Lee”’; and Lucinda Williams givers her raspy, soulful best on “Whispering Pines.” The young Grace Potter (of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals) gives a show-stealing, organ-led rendition of “I Shall Be Released,” stunning in its directness and for Potter’s heartfelt vocal. My Morning Jacket turn in a couple of stunners with “Ophelia” and “It Makes No Difference,” performances that are distinctly MMJ (they only augmented their lineup with Helm’s horn section, to great effect) but which are faithful to Helm’s voice and the original versions. Nearly all of the musicians who participated in the show come together to perform a version of The Band’s biggest hit, “The Weight,” starting hymnal and somber and moving into a shuffling finish closer to the original. It’s a wonderful thing that Love for Levon goes toward a good cause, but, first and foremost, it represents some of rock ’n’ roll’s true greats and a younger generation of devotees coming together to put on a fantastic rock show and pay tribute to the man behind The Band, Levon Helm.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
The Shape I'm In
Warren Haynes , Rami Jaffee 04:38
2.
Long Black Veil
Gregg Allman , Warren Haynes 04:41
3.
Trouble In Mind
Jorma Kaukonen , Barry Mitterhoff , Larry Campbell , Justin Guip , Byron Isaacs , Jaimoe 04:37
4.
This Wheel's On Fire
The Levon Helm Band , Shawn Pelton 05:05
5.
Little Birds
Larry Campbell , Justin Guip , Amy Helm , Byron Isaacs , Teresa Williams 04:50
6.
Listening To Levon
Marc Cohn , The Levon Helm Band , Greg Leisz 04:50
7.
Move Along Train
Mavis Staples , The Levon Helm Band 03:20
8.
Life Is A Carnival
Allen Toussaint , The Levon Helm Band , Jaimoe 04:07
9.
When I Paint My Masterpiece
John Prine , Garth Hudson , The Levon Helm Band , Joan Osborne 04:05
10.
Anna Lee
Bruce Hornsby , Larry Campbell , Amy Helm , Teresa Williams 04:49
11.
Ain't Got No Home
Jakob Dylan , Rami Jaffee 03:22
12.
Whispering Pines
Lucinda Williams , Rami Jaffee 04:13
13.
Rag Mama Rag
John Hiatt , Mike Gordon 04:11
14.
Don't Do It
David Bromberg , Joan Osborne 04:26
15.
I Shall Be Released
Grace Potter , Don Was , Matt Burr 05:38


Disc 2 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Tears Of Rage
Ray LaMontagne , John Mayer 06:19
2.
Rockin' Chair
Dierks Bentley , Jessi Alexander , Jon Randall 03:36
3.
Chest Fever
Dierks Bentley , Garth Hudson , Jessi Alexander , Jon Randall 06:25
4.
A Train Robbery
Eric Church 06:24
5.
Get Up Jake
Eric Church 03:03
6.
Tennessee Jed
John Mayer , Steve Jordan 09:01
7.
Up On Cripple Creek
Joe Walsh , Robert Randolph 07:02
8.
Ophelia
My Morning Jacket 03:59
9.
It Makes No Difference
My Morning Jacket 06:27
10.
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
Roger Waters 05:16
11.
Wide River To Cross
Roger Waters , G.E. Smith 08:40
12.
Encore: The Wight
Various Artists 09:04

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