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Live Anthology

Rick Danko

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Album Review

Perhaps the least heralded of the three great vernacular singers who made up the front line of the Band, Rick Danko may well have been the glue and the heart of the whole enterprise. If Levon Helm's Arkansas drawl brought a kind of historical authenticity to the character studies he sang, and gave the Band the closest thing to a frontman, while Richard Manuel's gospel-tinged vocals, sung like a ragged angel desperately down on his luck, gave the Band its soul, then Danko's beautifully unsteady voice gave the Band its unabashed honesty, and particularly on his signature tune, "Makes No Difference," its very heart. Danko always seemed bare, open, and naked when he sang this song in the Band's standard live set, and his solo career, in a way, mirrored it, with Danko sounding like an increasingly frayed nerve. This collection of live Danko performances has been drawn from eight complete live shows originally released by Floating World Records. Danko works his limited palette well, and while nothing here replaces the original versions by the Band, neither does anything here diminish that legacy. Danko's death in 1999 makes this a particularly valuable document of one of the most unique and unsung voices in rock.

Customer Reviews

Happy To Hear It

I've seen several of Rick Danko's solo performances and always wished there were good recordings of them. I'm glad to hear anything that he has done. I think these recordings are good - very clear and little background noise. He seemed to really love playing and singing and I would imagine that he would be happy that we are still appreciating and enjoying his art.

Vultures picking over the bones......

How very sad! To release these low quality live takes just to cash in one more time is a travesty to his memory. His final years on this marble were spent a sad lonely man addicted to all the bad things in life and surrounded by leeches who sucked him dry of money and dignity and they havent stopped yet. He was an amazing artist who was destroyed by the drugs he took and the people who surrounded him.

Biography

Born: December 29, 1942 in Simcoe, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Rick Danko was — and will forever be known as — one of the three singing members of the Band, as well as their bassist. Their principal lead singer on the first album, he was second of the members to join the group back in...
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