Levon Helm - Levon Helm & The RCO All-Stars (1977) & American Son (1980) - It Rock And Roll

Levon Helm – Levon Helm & The RCO All-Stars (1977) & American Son (1980)

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Released shortly after the unexpected comeback success of 2007’s Dirt Farmer, Levon Helm And The RCO All-Stars / American Son is a two-albums-on-one-CD set that reissues Levon Helm’s first two solo records. Released in 1977, Levon Helm And The RCO All-Stars maintains the loose, rangy feel of the Band’s The Last Waltz sets, featuring a number of vintage old R&B and early rock-and-roll songs. American Son (1980), Helm’s best known solo record, is a country-tinged collection of soulful rockers recorded in Nashville as the drummer and actor was filming a major part in the film Coal Miner’s Daughter. The All-Stars were a dream aggregation of of Levon Helm’s favourite musicians, including names like Mac Rebennack (aka Dr. John), Paul Butterfield, Booker T. Jones, Donald “Duck” Dunn, Steve Cropper, Tom Malone, Alan Rubin and the two old-timers Henry Glover and Fred Carter from the Hawks-period. Only one track, “Blues So Bad”, was written by Levon himself. The songs, recorded partly at Shangri-La and partly at Levon’s own RCO studio in Woodstock, were mostly good-time, bar-band rhythm and blues, disappointing Band fans that still were hoping for material more like the early Band albums. Levon Helm and the RCO All Stars stopped at #142 on the album chart, despite several innovative attempts to promote the album, including a mega release party and some very memorable live dates with the All-Stars.

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