Levon Helm and RCO AllStars Live at the Palladium NYC, NEw Y
Daniel Wenzel | Wisconsin | 05/14/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It was with much anticipation that I purchased this disc. I have always loved the Band, and I think Levon had one of the greatest voices in "Rock and Blues" music. He makes you believe it when he sings it! He is also one of the all time best drummers in the genre. Any band that includes Levon Helm, Paul Butterfield, "Duck" Dunn, Dr. John, Howard Johnson, etc. is bound to be good.
I think this disc does a much better job than the original studio release (Levon Helm and the RCO AllStars) of allowing the talent of this band to shine through. The addition of some traditional blues tunes (Born in Chicago, Got My Mojo WOrkin, Goddnight Irene) and "Ophelia" from Levon's days in the Band add to the flavor of the original studio recording. The tunes from the original disc sound better in live setting, particularly "Milk Cow Boogie," "Blues so Bad" and "Sing, Sing Sing." Levon Helm and the RCO Allstars are a monster band live, yet they are able to play together as a cohesive unit. It is obvious that this band was about playing music together, leaving their egos at the door.
For some good-time music, buy this disc. Levon Helm Studios managed to pick an inaguaral "vault" release that packages a whole lot of soul into a small container. I can't wait to hear their next release!"
Some Darn Good Music!
MPQ | San Diego, Ca. United States | 05/12/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Let's face it, bands don't make music like this anymore. This is old time rock, blues, and R&B. I was pleasantly surprised by how good this is. The recording has top notch sound and performances. It's worth the price alone for Paul Buterfield's harp blowing. All star bands usually don't work out so well, but this one is definetly the exception."
Always the Greatest!!
CHAPS | Manitoba, Canada | 05/13/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a Levon Helm entry that I missed somewhere along the way. Levon is, without a doubt, one of the great VOICES and DRUMMERS in the history of Rock 'n Roll. His style and presentation of almost thirty years ago is as good as ever and he has not lost his touch, even to this date!!
This CD is a bargain at twice the price! A MUST have for any collection."