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Editors’ Notes

Robbie Robertson's second solo album refines the grand sound of his self-titled first release, taking the idea of New Orleans and its music as a backdrop for his own musical fantasies. No one will confuse this music with that of NOLA's vibrant R&B and jazz scenes, but the inclusion of Russell Batiste Jr., Art Neville, Cyril Neville, Big Chief Bo Dollis, and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux on "Go Back to Your Woods" gives an emphatic nod in that direction. However, this is a modern Robbie Robertson album, and the sleek production of "Hold Back the Dawn" and "What About Now" creates an ambient, atmospheric music that often sounds like a hallucination. "Soap Box Preacher," with Neil Young on backing vocals, nicely assimilates its horn section. Like much of Robertson's post-Band solo work, Storyville is heavy on mood and characterization, and it's an interesting answer to the question of how musical artists from previous decades could find their voices in the '80s and '90s. 

Customer Reviews

Pre Katrina

This album is about the once storville section of New Orleans, Back in the voodoo days and Robbie can push voodoo. Great listen 5 stars from day one. His best solo project

Robbie is the man....

Robbie pours his soul into his amazing music. "Day of Reckoning (Burning For You)" is hauntingly beautiful.

Robbie's masterpiece

This release ranks in my top 3 albums of ALL time! Each track is powerful and thought-provoking. For more insight, please read the great introspective review from Rolling Stone in '91. Thank you Robbie!

Biography

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...
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