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The Band's studio album Jubilation was recorded in Levon Helm's Woodstock barn in the spring of 1998, and released by River North Records on September 15th the same year. It includes songs written by Rick Danko, Levon Helm... more »
The Band's studio album Jubilation was recorded in Levon Helm's Woodstock barn in the spring of 1998, and released by River North Records on September 15th the same year. It includes songs written by Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Bobby Charles, John Hiatt (also guesting), and Allen Toussaint, and has Eric Clapton playing slide guitar on the song "Last Train To Memphis."
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Bud | Seminole, Texas, USA | 01/01/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Band, one of the most important musical groups of the late 60s and early to mid 70s began recording again in 1993 without Robbie Robertson (who had presumed the group to be over after 1976's "The Last Waltz") and vocalist Richard Manuel, who committed suicide in 1986 during one of the reunited Band's tours (in which Robertson did not participate). Their first album without Robertson, "Jericho" was one of the best surprises of 1993, and one of their strongest studio efforts, with the additions of new members but longtime cohorts Jim Weider, Richard Bell, and Randy Ciarlante. Along with 1995's "High On the Hog," The Band had produced two fine studio efforts full of rich musical landscapes but, with few exceptions, neither had really expressed the emotions of the group's history together. With 1998's "Jubilation" however, The Band may not have had a choice. Vocalist Levon Helm was ailing with throat cancer and it was now a full 30 years since the group had made their debut with 1968's "Music From Big Pink," a record which took the music world by storm. Faced with these facts, The Band delivers the most reflective and honest of their post-Last Waltz recordings. "Jubilation" is one of The Band's finest hours.
The disc begins fittingly with 'Book Faded Brown,' a description of the virtues of family, which is exactly what The Band and the friends that guest on the album have become. The song features vocalist/bassist Rick Danko's fragile, emotional voice which accurately describes The Band's personal state; Helm's voice is rapidly suffering but he bravely wails his heart out on rockers like 'Last Train To Memphis' and 'Kentucky Downpour,' or on more subtle pieces like the poignant 'Don't Wait.' Also of note is the fact that the Band-members have contributed more to the songwriting than on the previous two albums, resulting in very personal, reflective songs and jubilant celebrations; the care-free 'High Cotton' is as genuine a slice of Americana as anything the group did in their early days, and the salute to their first mentor Ronnie Hawkins 'White Cadillac' certainly fits on this album. Friend John Hiatt's 'Bound By Love' is a nice addition, but the song that will blow loyal fans away the most is the stirring 'If I Should Fail,' a personal anthem of being downtrodden and surrounded, against the odds, and it features Rick Danko's second-best performance on a 90s Band album (the best being 'Too Soon Gone' from "Jericho"). Longtime member and multi-instrumentalist Garth Hudson ends things with a wistful instrumental puzzlingly titled 'French Girls.'
"Jubilation" certainly revealed a group that knew the odds were against them; Danko's death a year later ended The Band's career. Though they still have a loyal following, the critics (and even Robbie Robertson) will probably never give the post-reunion Band's work the respect it deserves. But anyone who takes this hard fact to heart can find comfort in knowing that The Band probably realized it too, and their bravery throughout is admirably shown on their final fight, "Jubilation.""
Magnificent....one of The Band's best albums....
Grigory's Girl | NYC | 04/23/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a phenomenal album. I've always enjoyed it. It's The Band's best album without Robertson, and it gives quite a lot of evidence that the other members of The Band had much more input that Robbie Robertson would admit to. As Band fans know, there's always been a point of contention between Levon Helm and Robbie Robertson over credits to the Band's catalog. Robertson has most of the songwriting credits. However, when you listen to this album, and compare it with Robertson's solo work, you realise that all the members of The Band contributed to the albums. This is a Band album through and through, with 4 bonafide classics on it. Book Faded Brown, High Cotton, Bound by Love, and If I Should Fail are all wonderful. There's a real authentic feel to this album, something that you usually don't get with modern records. The guest musicians are used very well, and the album doesn't degenerate into a celebrity record, so to speak. This will probably be the last Band album. The only surviving members of the Band are Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, and Robbie Robertson. Since Helm and Robertson have never made peace (and probably won't), I don't think Helm and Hudson will carry on, especially with no Rick Danko or Richard Manuel. I could be wrong, though. Regardless, this is a great album, and a wonderful addition to The Band's catalogue..."
A. Woodward | Massachusetts | 07/07/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The death of Rick Danko the year after this disc was released and the shut-down of Levon Helm's vocal chords from illness make this undoubtedly the last album that will ever come from the much-loved unit known as the Band. The music here gives their fans much to celebrate, although the celebration comes with the poignancy of maturity. This is not the sound of superannuated rockers still trying to act like kids; these are grown-ups who have spent a lifetime making music, sharing their seasoned gifts with us one more time. "High Cotton" and "Don't Wait" are as good as anything the Band ever did. "Book Faded Brown," "If I Should Fail" and "Spirit of the Dance" showcase Danko's deliciously weathered voice. "White Cadillac" and "You See Me" are fun and give some of the junior members of the ensemble a chance to shine, while "French Girls" is a rare Garth Hudson instrumental. This is definitely a fitting capstone to the career of a band whose music was always the soul of integrity."