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Love for Levon

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Editors’ Notes

Performed in the fall of 2012 following Levon Helm’s passing, Love and Levon was recorded live at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. At this sprawling 20,000–seat arena, a stellar cast of musicians gathered to raise funds supporting Helm’s Midnight Ramble concert series at his Woodstock, N.Y., barn. Warren Haynes sets the tone here with an all-star group. The vibe immediately harks back to 1976, when Martin Scorsese documented The Last Waltz, The Band’s “farewell concert appearance.” Gregg Allman and Warren Haynes sound like they were born to croon the dirgeful narrative “Long Black Veil,” while Mavis Staples singing “Move Along Train” with The Levon Helm Band adds some peerless gospel. Similarly, Allen Toussaint’s soulful rendition of “Life Is a Carnival” is the album’s high point. Joe Walsh puts a little James Gang boogie into “Up on Cripple Creek” with ample help from Robert Randolph. Of course, no rootsy tribute concert would be complete without My Morning Jacket weighing in—here with handsome covers of “Ophelia” and “It Makes No Difference.”

Customer Reviews

Plenty of "Love for Levon" In This Show

Where to begin? This is the audio release of the "Love for Levon" concert held in early October, 2012 at New Jersey's Meadowlands Arena. The business goal was to raise funds for the late Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble Barn series. The artistic goal was to create great music. The emotional goal was to honor the memory of Levon Helm, a key figure in American roots music. The event succeeded on all counts and the musical memories are here in these heartfelt performances of songs associated with Helm and The Band, for whom he sang and played with such excellence. The highlights are many: Allen Tousaint turning "Life is a Carnival" into a New Orleans street celebtation; John Hiatt romping through "Rag Mama Rag;" David Bromberg (great to see him on stage) and Joan Osborne doing "Don't Do It" Band-style; Warren Haynes kicking things off with a southern-fried take on "The Shape I'm In;" Mavis Staples taking everyone to church with "Move Along Train;" and Dierks Bentley nailing both "Rockin' Chair" and "Chest Fever." Old Band-mate Garth Hudson brings his trademark mad-scientist organ playing to the intro for "Chest Fever" in perhaps the most moving moment of the show. It's all good. Levon Helm was all about "real" music and that is the vibe here: not an Auto-Tune in sight (or hearing). Levon is greatly missed, but this all-star collection of musicians from rock, gospel, soul, blues, and country gives me hope that this kind of deeply felt American music will survive well into the digital age. "Love for Levon" is a great show - no pretense, just great singing and playing. I'll be playing this one a lot.

The stars shine on Levon

I have been waiting for this since the day of the concert. I got to see the concert on axs and that made it even tougher because this is one incredible event. Amazing artists signing amazing songs by an amazing legend. You can see and feel the admiration, respect, love each artist and the entire Levon Helm Band has for Levon and his songs, you can tell each song impacted each if them. Love that. Several of my favorites make it great too. Warren Haynes is amazing, as usual in the opening with a great version of The Weight and joins Gregg Allman in the most abSOULutely incredible version of Long Black Vail. With this 2 songs.....hooked! Norma and Barry are a treat and Mavis staples brings you back to the last waltz, sweet! Jacob Dillon is surreal, incredible! Grace potters heart felt I shall be released is FANomenial. Dave Bromberg and Joan osbourne dont do it is rootsy and cool. I could go on and on about each. Bottom line this is a must have for any rock fan for every fan of Levon Helm and The Band. Levon was a legend, great talent who meant so much to rock and roll. He will always be missed and always remembered and this is a great way to ensure it. Long live the midnight ramble. .


Why isn't this release getting more attention? This is a crash course in great music by a great musician being honored by other great musicians.

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  • $14.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: Mar 19, 2013

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