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  • Audio CD (26 May 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00006ALB1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 280,840 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 April 2008
Format: Audio CD
"Classic Masters" contains 4 tracks from "Music For The Native Americans" and 9 tracks from "Contact From The Underworld of Redboy", both albums issued on Capital Records in 1994 and 1998 respectively. All 13 tracks on here are 24-bit digitally remastered and SOUND SUPERB. The short but highly informative liner notes are by the Robertson himself and five of the songs are new remixes/different versions.

Here's the breakdown:

Tracks 4, 5, 8 and 11 are from "Music For The Native Americans", 1994
(credited to ROBBIE ROBERTSON and THE RED ROAD ENSEMBLE)
Tracks 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12 and 13 are from "Contact From The Underworld of Redboy", 1998
(credited to ROBBIE ROBERTSON)

Track 3 is a Glen Ballard Remix, Tracks 4, 11 and 13 are New Mixes

As THE BAND's frontman and principal songwriter, Robertson has always been fascinated with the roots of American culture (his mother is a Mohawk) and his 1994 outing explores that beautifully. The opening track "Coyote Dance" is a good example, it sounds like a ship approaching the New World as it looms up in the mist ahead; its a kind of Kate Bush "Hounds Of Love" backbeat filled with echoed Red Indian chants - the effect is swirling and magical - and even as it fades out - you wish it wasn't doing so.... They used it as the lead-in music to the 2002 Winter Olympics Ceremony in Salt Lake City to genuine tearful effect.

That theme is continued with the Ulali Women Singers from Tuscarora, Apache and Mayan tribes on "Mahk Jchi (Heartbeat Drum Song)". I'm reminded of the vocal pyrotechnics of The Trio Bulgarka who turned on the Kate Bush's "The Sensual World" album of 1989 - "Mahk Jchi" is lovely in that same way.
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My biggest regret is that there are too few Robbie Robertson recordings. He is a talent.
This is a compilation from two albums. I debated long and hard as to whether to buy the two albums independently or this.
Still not sure if I did the right thing. But this is very good.
I recommend this, ‘Robbie Robertson’ .‘Storyville’ and ‘How to become a Clairvoyant’. Especially the latter.
If you read your own reviews, Mr Robertson. More please
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This compilation CD stands by itself and I play it as much as any other CD by Robbie Robertson. A god selection of strong, spiritual songs.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8de34b88) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8cb54588) out of 5 stars The re-invention of an American storyteller 8 Feb. 2005
By Chinese - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Lets face it folks, artists mature (like most of us). Their influences and skills evolve, as does the technology with which to best express them, but this just doesn't seem to stop weepy fans from longing for music stylistically identical to one small period of output in a performers long and colorful career.

Such is the case with Robbie Robertson.

This is not the same Robbie Robertson who toured Canada with the Hawks playing Memphis style R&B in 1959.

It's not the same Robbie Robertson who birthed electric folk with Dylan in a basement in Woodstock in 1967.

It's certainly not the same Robbie Robertson who handily bested Clapton during a guitar duel in The Last Waltz in 1978, and it's not even the same Robbie Robertson who's first solo album on Geffen in 1987 showed us he was still after all these years an unrivaled American storyteller.

CLASSIC MASTERS is a complilation culled exclusively from two enigmatic 1990's albums. These display a mature Robbie Robertson rediscovering his Native American heritige while breaking his own musical boundries with the introduction of native chant, loops, spoken word recitation and hip-hop rhythms. The results are both startling and seductive. This CD presents choice cuts from those 90's releases spiced up with a few curious but superior alternate mixes. The tracks are in turn hypnotic and smokey-groove. Much in the same way Peter Gabriel integrated world music with british 80's pop so does Robbie Robertson successfully incorporate American Tribal music and contemporary African American rhythym into the familiar palette of Robertsonian storytelling.

Sure it would have been nice to include a few tracks from his precious solo efforts, (Broken Arrow and Testimony would have fit in nicely) but maybe Geffen wouldn't play ball. So, if you can pull yourself tearfully away from his impressive but dusty back catalog, CLASSIC MASTERS is an tantilizing introduction to what Robbie Robertson has become and perhaps some clues to where he is headed.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8cb545dc) out of 5 stars excellent compilation : tribute to native americans 8 Oct. 2002
By william haas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
the 2 c.d.s that the tracks on this one come from are my 2 favorites by robbie robertson. sincere,spiritual music that can be listened to over and over again. pay no attention to the previous 3 star review. this is remarkable music, a tribute to the forgotten american indian. every time i hear this music, it sends chills up my spine. it's that good,trust me, i've listened to alot of music.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8cda4300) out of 5 stars Wonderfull and Fresh 21 April 2004
By Gerardo Martinez Casas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Even that tracks are mostly from Red Boy , it is a pleasure to listen to Robbie's arrangements and his way to tell a story both musically and lyrically . A true master of sounds with Soul and Spirit . A must for Robertson's fans . His Six Nation theme is as real as life can get . By killing and alineating american indians , the usa has killed it's soul . A tragedy in itself . Robbie brings back the hope of a better relation with the usa's true nature : harmory in the Spirit World ...
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d1d5db0) out of 5 stars 13 Remastered Tracks From Two Overlooked Albums (1994 and 1998) 13 April 2008
By Mark Barry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"Classic Masters" contains 4 tracks from "Music For The Native Americans" and 9 tracks from "Contact From The Underworld of Redboy", both albums issued on Capital Records in 1994 and 1998 respectively. All 13 tracks on here are 24-bit digitally remastered and SOUND SUPERB. The short but highly informative liner notes are by the Robertson himself and five of the songs are new remixes/different versions.

Here's the breakdown:

Tracks 4, 5, 8 and 11 are from "Music For The Native Americans", 1994
(credited to ROBBIE ROBERTSON and THE RED ROAD ENSEMBLE)
Tracks 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12 and 13 are from "Contact From The Underworld of Redboy", 1998
(credited to ROBBIE ROBERTSON)

Track 3 is a Glen Ballard Remix, Tracks 4, 11 and 13 are New Mixes

As THE BAND's frontman and principal songwriter, Robertson has always been fascinated with the roots of American culture (his mother is a Mohawk) and his 1994 outing explores that beautifully. The opening track "Coyote Dance" is a good example, it sounds like a ship approaching the New World as it looms up in the mist ahead; its a kind of Kate Bush "Hounds Of Love" backbeat filled with echoed Red Indian chants - the effect is swirling and magical - and even as it fades out - you wish it wasn't doing so.... They used it as the lead-in music to the 2002 Winter Olympics Ceremony in Salt Lake City to genuine tearful effect.

That theme is continued with the Ulali Women Singers from Tuscarora, Apache and Mayan tribes on "Mahk Jchi (Heartbeat Drum Song)". I'm reminded of the vocal pyrotechnics of The Trio Bulgarka who turned up on Kate Bush's "The Sensual World" album of 1989 - "Mahk Jchi" is lovely in that same way. Only on Track 3 of the album, "Ghost Dance" (about the massacre at Wounded Knee) does Robertson finally start singing and it's excellent... lovely backing vocals also. He brought in RITA COOLIDGE and WALELA (a Cherokee Vocal Group) for "Making A Noise" identified here as (Olympic Version). It was used to close the ceremonies. (Check out the WALELA version of the gospel standard "Amazing Grace" on iTunes - beautiful).

"Stomp Dance" features THE SIX NATIONS WOMEN SINGERS, while `Sacrifice" features the vocals of a prison inmate LEONARD PEITIER - a man who claims he was wrongly jailed and is still seeking justice. Some tracks are less successful - "The Sound Is Fading" features the voice of LEAH HICKS-MANNING used by permission of her family. She was part of the American Indian Movement, but she and her daughter/grandchildren died in suspicious circumstances. Unfortunately, the rendition of the Traditional Song does her memory no justice, because the guitar is so heavy-handed that it drowns out the loveliness of the song. But it's a rare glitch in a sea of genuinely interesting and moving songs. "Peyote Healing Song" is about the Peyote Way, an Indian belief system, banned in the USA for over 100 years. It features vocals by Grammy Award winners Verdell Primeaux and Johnny Mike and sounds like Ladysmith Black Mombaso - it's really excellent. Scottish producer HOWIE B adds very ENO/U2 sound affects to the superb talking-the-lyrics "Take Your Partner By The Hand", which could so easily have been on "Robbie Robertson" - it's a sort of Part 2 of "Somewhere Down The Crazy River".

All in all, "Classic Masters" is a very cool little compilation. Robbie Robertson is a unique voice and this set gathers together the best tracks from an overlooked part of his long career. Well worth your checking out.

PS: Those looking for his superb debut album "Robbie Robertson" from 1987 and its follow-up "Storyville" from 1991, both on Geffen Records will not find tracks from either here ("Robbie Robertson" contains "Somewhere Down The Crazy River", "Broken Arrow", "Fallen Angel" and "Testimony") - neither are they available as iTunes downloads. They're available as hard-copy CDs, but soundwise, it's worth noting the following; the sound quality on the 1987 debut album "Robbie Robertson" in particular, being the first vanguard of CD issues, is by today's standards, dull and ropey.

If you want to buy them on CD, there are 2 good remastered sources. 1st and best is the HIP-O SELECT 2CD set from 2007 simply called "Robbie Robertson/Storyville"; it's a remastered ltd edition, which has both full albums and really stunning sound. The downside is that the HIP-O SELECT stuff is always expensive - worth it - but expensive. Two is a cheaper option, it's the "20th Century Masters - The Best Of Robbie Robertson - The Millennium Collection" CD from 2006 for about a five dollars including p&p. It has 13 remastered tracks including the big 4 tracks mentioned above and also "Sweet Fire Of Love" with U2. It's a mish-mash of both 1987 and 1991 albums with 1 track from 1998 and a good entry point.

"Robbie Robertson/Storyville" and "20th Century Masters - The Best Of Robbie Robertson - The Millennium Collection" are both available via Amazon.
HASH(0x8cb54aa4) out of 5 stars Trippy, Shaman music wo the roots n herbs from a Master. 20 Jan. 2016
By Rick M. - Published on Amazon.com
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Best Robbie Robertson in my view. I hope he's at Watkins Glen for the 2016 July 4th!
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