The Band

Jubilation - Intersound Records 1998

Tracks: 1. Book Faded Brown 2. Don't Wait 3. Last Train to Memphis 4. High Cotton 5. Kentucky Downpour 6. Bound Bby Love 7. White Cadillac 8. If I Should Fail 9. Spirit of the Dance 10. You See Me 11. French Girls


“Jubilation” from 1998 was the third album released by the band after the re-union. Lead-singer, keyboard-player and occasional drummer Richard Manuel ,who died in 1987, had contrubted one track on each of the previous two albums; here only three remaining original members are featured.

Musically the sound is unmistakably the Band as we known them from the late sixties and the seventies. Though the voices of Levon Helm and Rick Danko have lost some of the power of their younger days, Danko´s singing in particular, is as moving and honest as ever. Especially his ballads stand out. Opening track “Book Faded Brown” is the Band at their best, and the Danko co-written ballad “If I Should Fail” is just as great. On John Hiatt´s “Bound By Love” Danko and Hiatt share the lead vocals, and it´s no surprise that this is another highlight.

Helm, who suffered great throat problems at the time of these recordings, gives fine performances on “Don´t Wait” and Allan Toussaint´s “You See Me”.

On the JJ Cale sounding country-blues “High Cotton” it´s Danko and Helm sharing vocals.

The strongest rocker “White Cadillac” features new member Randy Ciarlante on lead-vocals.

A short dramatic ( and poetic ) instrumental, “French Girls” concludes the album.

Another great Band album which is, with Danko also gone, is more than likely to be their final.

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