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Robbie Robertson [VINYL] [Import]

Robbie Robertson Vinyl
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Only after completing his first solo album in more than 10 years did rock icon Robbie Robertson realize he had created the most personal and revealing album of his storied career. On How To Become Clairvoyant (429 Records/Savoy Label Group, Macrobiotic Records), released April 5, 2011, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer addresses publicly for the first time everything from a period of hard living ... Read more in Amazon's Robbie Robertson Store

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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • ASIN: B000AYAHF4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,006,697 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Band plays on - almost 20 Aug 2003
Format:Audio CD
When I first heard this album when it was originally released I was bowled over. My vinyl copy finally gave up the ghost so I relaced it with a CD recently. It has hardly been off my car stereo since.
The album starts slowly almost imperceptably, but soon a full and complex wall of sound develops that is so hard to categorise. Production levels are high here, but falls just short of being 'over-produced' so that we hear a rich and multi-levelled texture in all the songs.
There are appearences by Peter Gabriel and U2 on the album, and it is a sign of the respect in which Robbie Robertson is held, that they are content to contribute (highly effectively) in the background without detracting from the whole project. Indeed Gabriel's backing vocals on the opening track are so integral to the feel of it that it would be such a lesser thing without his unique and identifiable sound.
As for Roberston himself, he excels here. His voice is rich and dark with a great warmth and subtlty. The best known track on the album, 'Somewhere Down The Crazy River' defies categirisatin but is just plain great.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars deja vu, again... 3 Jun 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The recent emergence of a new CD from Robertson served notice of what a singular path he's blazed through Rock, Folk, Blues, Jazz and all things Americana related.
This, his first outing as a "solo" artist was one of the first Cd's I bought, back when it came out.
I'd filed it away in the back of my mind and had actually traded it in when my appreciation for his combination of voice and story and instrumentation was re-ignited by a preview of"How To Be Clairvoyant"
All the components that he wields are individually respectable, he plays a good guitar, but is not an "axe hero", can sing ,but is not an ego driven exhibitionist front man, but add these to his storytelling ability and his ear for a good tune, mix them with Daniel Lanois's wide screen mix and you get a CD that stands the test of time.
I'd probably not listened to this for 20 years, yet it remains as fresh as it did back in 1987.
That's testimony itself to the craft that Robertson displayed here. From the frantic pulse and "big music " of Fallen Angel, Showdown At Big Sky to the driving beat of Testimony, the journey here is one of sunsets, blazing skies and epic adventures, all written by a hand that has seen it first hand, lived through it and is able to mold it into songs of depth and resonance that is still ringing, all these years later..
Oh, and it has his "hit" on it, Some where down the Crazy river is a Mark Twain novel turned into a B Movie by Tarrentino, it should grate, with it's gravel voiced narrator leading you on, but not explaining, only recounting a tale of Gothic beauty and loss.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Robbie Robertson 13 May 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
What a star, what an album. Got hold of this through 'Somewhere Down the Crazy River' which always transplants me to a hot and humid southern state, how can such atmosphere been engendered in a single track. Then followed up by the classic 'Broken Arrow' powerful beat powerful lyrics. Just two out of a fantastic collection, use this as I did to launch my excursion into this mans portfolio.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Robbie rocks with a little help from U2!!! 18 Nov 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is the 1987 solo début of a member of "The Band" and what a change in song and style. With help from his fellow Canadian "Daniel Lanois" in the production department, Robbie has changed, gone is the folk sound of his previous incarnation and is replaced with a rock sound on some tracks, and something a bit more challenging on others.

"Somewhere down the crazy river" is one of these, you will find that after one listening of this track Mr Robertson voice will will get your attention not so much singing as talking in "Pitch" on this track.

His voice just drips from the speakers like warm honey on a warm day. The rest of the album has guest appearances from "Peter Gabriel" and "U2" to mention a few of the star cast of this album, great stuff from a great artist do yourself a favour seek out a copy for yourself today!...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice one, Robbied 13 Jun 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is one of the finest post-Band albums by any of the members - and that standard is fairly high. "Somewhere..." is however a classic track and is worth five stars on its own!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
Forget Chris Rea - Robbie Robertson really has got to have one of the best voices around for sending shivers down the spine. 'Somewhere down the crazy river' is worth the CD price alone.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny! 7 Feb 2002
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Format:Audio CD
I was first introduced to this album as a teenager by my mother (who has it on casette). Being a teenager, when she suggested that I might like it, I of course pooh-poohed the idea, saying it was "old fogies music"! Anyway, I eventually gave in and listened to it properly, and promptly fell in love with it! I just love Robbie Robertson's voice - it sends shivers down your spine, especially in songs like "Testiomony". His lyrics are also brilliant, as in "Broken arrow". As a matter of fact, all the songs are excellent, and I can listen to them again and again without getting bored. Just listen to this album, and you'll see what I mean. Needless to say, my mum's casette is getting a bit past it now from so much playing, so I'll just have to buy her the CD!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 24 Feb 2012
By Syriat TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I don't know why but I had a hankering to buy this again after having it on tape when it was first released. And I am so glad I did. Its as good now as it was back then.

I first became aware of this when I heard Fallen Angel on BBC2's No Limits (remember that?). As a huge Peter Gabriel fan at the time I loved that track and bought the album. Before Somewhere Down The Crazy River gained radio 1 airplay. What I found was an album with lots of guest appearances (step forward U2, Neville Brothers, Peter Gabriel and others) and lots of guitar lead tunes that delivered from start to finish. Its only after this I became aware of The Band and everything else.

Standout Tracks?? For me they are all wonderful. this works from start to finish with its almost gospel like mid American music that makes the most of Robertson's raspy voice and uses the cameo's to great effect. The more high tempo numbers really work and get you going. American Roulette, Hell's Half Acre and the outstanding Testimony are perfect examples of this. But the more downbeat tracks work as well. Somewhere Down The Crazy River reached number 15 in the charts back when they mattered and getting that high was an achievement.

This wasn't a massive seller at the time. However, those who heard it loved it and I am among that lucky breed. Its not ground breaking. But it is rock music telling tales of Americana exceptionally well.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars He played guitar with Bob Dylan.
Somewhere Down The Crazy River stands out but a great Rock album.
Great Guitarist much under rated.
Published 1 month ago by Philip J. Dobson
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality
Robertson's first solo album. Away from The Band, he never did better.
Published 1 month ago by lonniej
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good tracks. Great singer/guitarist. Should be more famous.
Published 3 months ago by Colin I
5.0 out of 5 stars great service
buying second hand vinyl can be a bit hit and miss,but this dealer clearly has standards.the service was friendly,and i felt like i was being well taken care of.. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Gregory Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars I've always loved this album.
Evocative memories of being somewhere down that crazy river in the summer of 88. My old cassette version still works but I was delighted to pick up this CD which remains faithful... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Derek Whiteley
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality from the Band man
I bought this on vinyl when it came out and finally got round to getting this CD. As you would expect from the "leader" of The
Band it's a quality record with his... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Cream1968
5.0 out of 5 stars Music collection update.
Had this on LP vynl. Justified purchase on grounds of sentimentality. Opening track meditates on band member's suicide still haunts me still.
Published 17 months ago by square eyes
5.0 out of 5 stars great buy
This is a very good purchase, and would recommend it to anyone. well worth the money, and a real bargain.
Published 19 months ago by Paul Weightman
5.0 out of 5 stars My No1 Album of 1987
I purchased this album on its release back in 1987, for no other reason than Robbie Robertson being a former member of The Band, whom I respected due to their association with Bob... Read more
Published on 29 July 2012 by Michael Nicholl
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the Band...
No, and not exactly what I remembered this to be. And today it does sound pretty dated - early Band recordings sound infinitely fresher!
Published on 14 Sep 2011 by Tom
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