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A hand from The Band
on 14 September 2006
I didn't know who Bobby Charles was when I purchased this record. I bought it solely because "The Band" (minus Robbie Robertson) were the backing musicians. While individual players do stand out, particularly Garth Hudson's unique organ and accordion parts and Levon Helm's incredibly laid-back drumming, the spotlight belongs firmly on Charles' effortless vocals and peerless song writing.
Put quite simply this is one of those very rare albums where there isn't a single bad track. The contrasting tempos and moods of the song create a charming variety as Charles swaps between funky country grooves ("Street People", "Save Me Jesus") to exquisitely sweet and tenderly arranged ballads ("I Must Be In A Good Place Now", "Tennessee Blues"), whilst all the while maintaining a coherent and seamless flow across the course of the record.
Despite writing "See You Later Alligator" for Bill Haley in the Fifties and recording this fine album in 1972, Charles remains somewhat of an unknown commodity, which is a shame given the outstanding form he exhibits throughout this heart-warming collection