Jubilation - Intersound Records 1998
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.