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Not That Bad, Really
on 30 October 2008
This album copped its share of brickbats at the time, but it has its moments. Life Is a Carnival, When I Paint My Masterpiece, The Moon Struck One and 4% Pantomime are good songs, and the musicianship on the album is excellent.
The bonus tracks improve the album: Endless Highway is a good song, first heard on Before the Flood and Bessie Smith was on The Basement Tapes. The alternative 'Masterpiece' is a gem.
As with Stage Fright, Cahoots has a bright, edgy and brittle sound which doesn't have the same listener appeal as other Band albums. Worth adding to your collection if you really like The Band.