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Robbie Robertson's first solo album sounds remarkably different from his previous work with The Band, due to his teaming up with producer Daniel Lanois (whose ethereal textures bring out a new level of emotion in his music) and members of Peter Gabriel's backing band. Robertson wasn't considered much of a singer during his tenure with The Band, but here he makes up for lost time with a set that's simply majestic. "Fallen Angel," with Gabriel, pays tribute to the late Band pianist Richard Manuel, with Band organist Garth Hudson adding keyboard flourishes. Gabriel details the striking "Broken Arrow," which became a hit for Rod Stewart. U2 collaborates on "Sweet Fire of Love" and "Testimony." The album is an atmospheric tour de force, a slice of ambient rock 'n' roll, with "Sonny Got Caught in the Moonlight" and "Somewhere Down the Crazy River" highlighting this approach. A slew of special guests keeps things bright and shiny, while Robertson handles the darker end of the spectrum. 

Customer Reviews


This album brings me back to my high school days. I love his rugged voice and intelligent lyrics. Somewhere Down the Crazy River is a very cool, sexy song. Wish he had more recent stuff to offer.

Truly lost classic album from the 80's

I would put this album up near the top dozed best 80's albums. Along with Peter Gabriel So this is one of the strongest albums as a whole. While playing in the band he was behind the solo album from that seminal band. This solo debut is really amazing. Bono, Peter Gabriel, Bodeans, Ivan Neville among others play on this album. Every song is produced well but 2 standout for me. The song Broken Arrow and Testimony are tremendous. Bono and The Edge both play on Testimony. Much of the album has biblical overtones and you hear that uplifting concept throughout this album. Put the top down and cruise to this album. You can probably find it used for 5 buck at your local used record store, but anyway you can get it do!

Obscure --- but powerful

I've had this particular item in my music collection since the early 90s. Robertson's deep, groggy voice adds depth to the lyrics - which are already penetrating and poetic. The cameo appearences by Bono et al are all well placed. Showdown at Big Sky, Sweet Fire of Love and American Roulette stand out for me as original, stand-out pieces.


Born: July 5, 1943 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the premier songwriters of the rock era, Robbie Robertson was born July 5, 1943, in Toronto, Ontario. The son of a Jewish father and Mohawk mother, Jaime Robbie Robertson's first brush with live music came at the Six Nations Reservation, his mother's girlhood home; at the age of five, he also gained exposure to the country music of rural America. Not long after, he began taking guitar lessons from a cousin, and gradually began composing his first songs. As time wore on, his musical interests...
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