Mark Lavon “Levon” Helm , was an American rock multi-instrumentalist and actor who achieved fame as the drummer and frequent lead and backing vocalist for The Band.
Helm was known for his deeply soulful, country-accented voice, and creative drumming style highlighted on many of The Band’s recordings, such as “The Weight”, “Up on Cripple Creek”, “Ophelia” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”.
“The Mountain.” (written by Steve Earle) From Levon Helm’s album “Dirt Farmer.” Photographs by Lewis Hine. Levon’s distinct vocal and forceful performance really shines in this wonderful interpretation (audio only):
It’s time to move to the next decade; the eighties.
The decade that gave us “Shot Of Love”, “Infidels”, “Empire Burlesque”, “Knocked Out Loaded”, “Down in the Groove”, “Oh Mercy”… and some very important outtakes; Blind Willie McTell, Caribbean Wind, Dignity, Series Of Dreams, Angelina & The Groom’s Still Waiting At The Altar.
I’d rather be the devil, to be that woman man I’d rather be the devil, to be that woman man Aw, nothin’ but the devil, changed my baby’s mind Was nothin’ but the devil, changed my baby’s mind
~Skip James (Devil Got My Woman)
Coupling an oddball guitar tuning set against eerie, falsetto vocals, James’ early recordings could make the hair stand up on the back of your neck.
~Cub Koda (allmusic.com)
Skip James (June 9, 1902 – October 3, 1969) was an AmericanDelta bluessinger. He is regarded by most blues writers as an very important artist.
He is one of 3 blues artists to featured in Wim Wenders great documentary film The Soul of a Man (2003).
If you’re making love to her, watch it from the rear
You’ll never know when I’ll be back, or liable to appear
For it’s natural to dream of peace as it is for rules to break
And right now I’ve got not much to lose, so you’d better stay awake
~Bob Dylan (“Lakeland 76″ lyrics to If You See Her, Say Hello)
And then, with an ease I find terrifying, Dylan moves into one of the most nakedly personal performances of his career (something like “Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands,” but inverted, and
without the gloss of riddle and mystery): the 1976 version of “If You See Her, Say Hello.”
~Paul Williams (Bob Dylan: Performing Artist, Vol 2: The Middle Years 1974-1986)
For a master of masks and distancing effects this is an extraordinary performance – no-one listening to it can feel anything other than that there is no distance at all between the author-performer and the performance.
~Andrew Muir (Troubadour: Early and Late Songs of Bob Dylan)
Brilliant, breathtaking & brave version of this great song.
..the songs on Doolittle have the power to make you literally jump out of your skin with excitement.
Doolittle is a mix of the band’s earlier hardcore storms, Black Francis’ selfdescribed “stream of unconsciousness” rants, and the strange melodicism and surf-metal guitar that defined its creepy magic.