The Band – 09/18/1976 – New York, NY


The Band
The Palladium
New York City, NY

01. Ophelia
02. The Shape I’m In
03. It Makes No Difference
04. The Weight
05. King Harvest (Has Surely Come)
06. The Twilight
07. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
08. Across The Great Divide
09. Stage Fright
10. Acadian Driftwood
11. The Genetic Method
12. Chest Fever
13. This Wheel’s On Fire
14. Don’t Do It
15. Up on Cripple Creek
16. Life Is A Carnival
17. The WS Wallcott’s Medicine Show

Source: Silver CD
EAC / Flac Conversion / ffp / Text / Seed: Josh Hall [Sept. 2007]


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Gov’t Mule – 06/02/2012 – Hunter Mountain, NY

Gov’t Mule


Mountain Jam

Hunter Mountain, NY

Set 1

Brighter Days >
Brand New Angel
Lola Leave Your Light On >
Mother Earth >
Trouble Every Day
World Boss (First Time Played)
Gameface with Mountain Jam Tease
Larger Than Life
She Came In Through The Bathroom Window with Machan Taylor, Alicia Shakur & Nigel Hall
Bitch with Earl McIntyre, Jay Collins, Kenny Rampton, Blue Lou Martini, Howard Johnson & Lukas Nelson

Set 2

With The Levon Helm Band (Larry Cambell, Brian Mitchell, Jimmy Weider, Teresa Williams, Byron Isaacs, Justin Guip, Earl McIntyre, Jay Collins, Kenny Rampton, Blue Lou Martini & Howard Johnson; No Matt & Jorgen):

The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
Up On Cripple Creek with Matt Abts
The Shape I’m In
This Wheel’s On Fire
It Makes No Difference
The Weight with Jorgen Carlsson, Machan Taylor, Corky Lang & Lukas Nelson

Encore 1
Birth Of The Mule with Soul Power Tease
Sco-Mule with Blue Lou Martini
It Makes No Difference Reprise >
Beautifully Broken

Encore 2
Planet Of The Ram Jam >
I’m A Ram

Taped By Dave Boedicker

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Levon Helm and The Classics – 08/31/1999 – Albany, NY


Levon Helm & The Classics (Barn Burners)
Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY
August 31, 1999

One Set

1. Too Many Drivers > Sweet Home Chicago
2. Hide & Seek (Paul Winley – Ethel Byrd)
3. Mr. Used To Be (Chris O’Leary)
4. I’m Ready (Muddy Waters)
5. I Wants To Be Loved (Muddy Waters)
6. I Just Want to Make Love To You *
7. Jealous Hearted Man (Chris O’Leary)
8. Long Distance Call (Muddy Waters) ^
9. Shake That Boogie (John Lee Williams)
10. crowd and banter

11. Hound Dog * (Big Mama Thorton)

In August 1999, Levon Helm and the Classics was:

Levon Helm – drums
Chris O’Leary – vocals
Pat O’Shea – guitar
Francis Anthony Salvatore – bass

* w/ Amy Helm (vocals)
^ w/ Paul Barerre (slide guitar)
(I didn’t hear Fred Tackett)

A solid SBD recording. Thanks to Tom Reizes for the DAT.

Opened for Little Feat. Billed as Levon Helm and the Classics, but Chris O’Leary introduces the band as the Barn Burners.

The Albany Times Union reviewed the concert HERE

The paper said:

“The Band’s Levon Helm has played with a number of different bands in recent years, and there was some confusion as to just who was onstage Tuesday opening the show. The advertising proclaimed his band to be the Classics, but in fact, they have been dubbed the Barn Burners. Whatever you want to call them, they sounded simply great.

Helm’s voice has been silenced by illness in recent years, but he was still a knockout behind his drum kit. And his band — led by vocalist, harmonicat and Schenectady native Chris O’Leary — mined the rich vein of blues nuggets from masters like Muddy Waters, Big Joe Turner and James Cotton.

Barrere and Tackett slipped onstage to join in the festivities, but this band didn’t need any special guests. They lived up to their name, no matter which one it was.”

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Levon Helm Band – 09/13/2008 – Samford, CT


The Levon Helm Band
September 13, 2008
Blues on Bedford
Stamford, CT

Disc 1 [66:02.49]

01. Ophelia [05:24.11]
02. Same Thing [05:52.56]
03. Memphis [06:11.42]
04. Fannie Mae [03:26.44]
05. Scratch My Back [04:57.12]
06. Bye Bye My Love [04:06.09]
07. Long Black Veil [05:54.10]
08. Got Me A Woman [03:53.74]
09. Ashes of Love [05:16.51]
10. Whisperin’ Sea [03:21.66]
11. Deep Elum Blues [07:36.14]
12. I Ain’t Got No Home [05:38.66]
13. Anna Lee [04:22.44]

Disc 2 [41:35.64]

01. Rag Mama Rag [04:48.37]
02. Such A Night [06:13.56]
03. Time Out For The Blues [03:37.51]
04. Tears of Rage [06:28.16]
05. Shape I’m In [05:09.67]
06. Chest Fever [07:42.68]
07. The Weight [07:34.69]

Beyerdynamic MC930’s>Oade ACM Marantz PMD-660>HHB CDR-850>CD
by John Muge

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Levon Helm Band w/ Donald Fagen – 03/12/2010 – Montclair, NJ


Levon Helm Band w/ Donald Fagen
Wellmont Theater,
Montclair NJ USA

The Shape I’m In
Love Played A Game
Fanny Mae
All Your Love
You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
I Wanna Know
Long Black Veil
Midnight Highway
Deep Elem Blues
Tennesse Je
Mardi Gras Day
Everybody Loves A Winner
Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning
Black Friday
King Harvest
Makes No Difference
Chest Fever
The Weight

I Shall Be Released

Band Members
Donald Fagen vocals, keys, melodica
Levon Helm – drums, mandolin, vocals
Larry Campbell – vocals, mandolin, guitar, violin
Amy Helm – vocals, mandolin, drums
Teresa Williams – guitar, vocals Jim Weider – guitar, vocals
Byron Isaacs – upright bass
Brian Mitchell – keys ,accordion, vocals
Jay Collins – sax Erik Lawrence – sax
Howard Johnson – tuba Chuck M – trumpet
Clark Gayton – trombone

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Levon Helm Band – 07/25/2009 – Bridgeport, CT


Levon Helm Band
July 25, 2009
Gathering of the Vibes
Seaside Park
Bridgeport, CT

disc 1:
01. The Shape I’m In
02. Love Played A Game
03. Jealous Man
04. Simple Twist of Fate
05. Long Black Veil
06. Before I Get Too Old
07. Did You Love Me At All?
08. Deep Elem Blues

disc 2:
01. Attics Of My Life *
02. Tennessee Jed
03. All On A Mardi Gras Day
04. band intros.
05. It Makes No Difference
06. Chest Fever
07. crowd/banter
08. E: The Weight (w/ Bob Weir)

* with Bob Weir

source: Neumann KM184> v2> mini-me> R44 (24bit/48 kHz)
taped/transfered by Rob Clarke

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Levon Helm Band – 04/26/2008 – Wilkesboro, NC


Levon Helm Band
Wilkesboro, NC

It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry
Going Back To Memphis
Everything’s Gonna Be Alright
Baby Scratch My Back
I Want To Know
Goodbye My Love
Got Me A Woman
Atlantic City
Ashes Of Love
Did You Love Me At All?
Deep Elem Blues
Anna Lee
Rag Mama Rag
The Shape I’m In
Long Black Veil
The Weight

Levon Helm (drums, vocals)
Amy Helm (vocals, mandolin, drums)
Larry Campbell (electric guitar, vocals)
Teresa Williams (acoustic guitar, vocals)
Steven Bernstein (trumpet)
Erik Lawrence (saxophone)
Clark Gayton (trombone)
Jay Collins (saxophone)
Tony Leone (percussion)
Brian Mitchell (piano, organ, vocals)
Little Sammy Davis (harmonica, vocals)
Fiona McBain (vocals)
Lincoln Schleifer (bass)

Special Guests:
Sam Bush (mandolin)
Bruce Hornsby (piano, vocals)

~From Vibes (blog):

“Levon Helm is a survivor. Diagnosed with throat cancer in 1996, Helm was advised to have his larynx removed. The singer opted instead to undergo rigorous radiation treatments to save his voice. He was unable to sing for years, able to communicate verbally in a soft rasp. But in 2004, he started singing again, and as he showed Saturday night, he’s back in top form.

Opening with “Ophelia,” Helm and his band recreated a harder rocking version of the Band with more diversity. His flat Arkansas twang is more prevalent than ever, adding an earthy charm to Bob Dylan’s “It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry.”

But this group won’t be snagged in folk or any other genre for long. This is a rockin’ outfit that sounds like a bar band with a horn section like the Memphis horns. Chuck Berry’s “Goin’ Back To Memphis” rocks much harder than the 1977 version recorded live with the RCO Allstars in New York City.

To assist him on his genre-blending journey, Helm has put together another band of allstars including his daughter, Amy. Guitarist Larry Campbell is a former member of Dylan’s band and a current touring member of Phil Lesh and friends. He also co-produced (with Amy) Helm’s Grammy winning ’07 release Dirt Farmer. Three female vocalists, including Campbell’s wife, Teresa Williams, sound like Ray Charles’ backing group the Raelettes, providing a glorious gospel backing to Helm’s rocky twang on “I Wanna Know/Stand By Me.” Trumpeter Jimmy Vivino, from late night TV host Conan O’Brien’s backing band, the Max Weinberg 7, adds a high register punch to the horn section, which gives the band a sound like a R&B review from the ’60s. He’s even got a keyboard player, Brian Mitchell, who can sing like Rick Danko and play like Garth Hudson.

But it’s not all rock and roll. Helm brings up Sam Bush for some country honk on “Got Me A Woman,” from Dirt Farmer, switching to mandolin. Helm’s vocals are strong, yet plain as an old shoe, country as all get-out. Duets with daughter Amy are Cajun-flavored, and his take on Springsteen’s “Atlantic City” is spicy, Zydeco-flavored country. Helm pays homage to New Orleans with a second line groove on “Deep Elem Blues.” But Helm really touches a nerve on Greensboro songwriter Laurelyn Dossett’s (Polecat Creek) song “Anna Lee,” from Dirt Farmer. Helm’s stark vocals, accompanied by the three female singers and a fiddle, gives you chills.

“Rag Mama Rag” is a harder edged country version than The Band’s. But just when you think you’ve got the genre nailed down, Helm throws a curve at you with a tuba jumping in, then a fiddle break, then back to rock for a glorious genre tangle.

Helm and company turn in a house rocking version of “The Shape I’m In,” then chill things out with Amy’s rendition of “Long Black Veil,” done in a twang that would be right at home in the throat of June Carter Cash.

By the time the band slams into “The Weight,” Helm looks like he’s dropped 10 years. His face is radiant as his girls back him up, sounding as sweet and sexy as the Staples did on the Last Waltz.

Thirty years later, to not only have his voice back again, but at age 68 to have it as clear and sharp as it was when he was at 36, when the band performed its Last Waltz in 1976, is something for both artist and audience to celebrate. Come party with him every chance you get.”

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Levon Helm and Rick Danko – 01/28/1983 – Portland, OR


Levon Helm and Rick Danko
28 January 1983
Starry Night
Portland, Oregon


01 prolog 1:00
02 Caledonia 5:03
03 Evanjolene 3:14
04 Down South in New Orleans 2:19
05 It Makes no Difference 5:25
06 Wealthy Old Farmer 4:12
07 Long Black Veil 3:47
08 tuning break 1:17
09 Rag Mama Rag 5:15
10 Sick and Tired 3:12
11 A Letter to Tom 3:23
12 Milk Cow Boogie 4:17
13 Java Blues 4:47
14 Short Fat Fanny 3:49
15 encore break 1:41
16 Every Night and Every Day 3:57
17 Hand Jive 4:40
18 encore break 1:53
19 The World’s Gone Mad 4:16
20 Let’s Go Out in a Blaze of Glory 2:37

I’ve seen this recording listed on people’s internet lists for years, all, apparently, copies from an edited 60 minute listening copy of the master I made years ago. Since both Levon and Rick’s estate are trade friendly, I decided it was time to post the whole show here.

In early 1983, Helm and Danko did this tour as an acoustic duet. Rick is heard on the guitar and vocals, while Levon covers the mandolin, harmonica and vocals.

Recorded live on 28 January 1983 at Starry Night, Portland, Oregon, using a soundboard feed to a Nakamichi 480 cassette deck. Tom Robinson was at the board. The left channel held the vocals and harmonica, while the right channel held the guitar and mandolin. The tape was recorded somewhat hot, causing some distortion.

In April 2009 I transferred the master tape to 24bit/48000hz PCM. In May I remastered that transfer to cleanup tape noise and clicks, to minimize the distortion, and to remix the channels. The results bring home a steller performance by these two long-time members of The Band.

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Levon Helm Band – 04/11/2008 – Live Oak, FL


The Levon Helm Band
Wanee Fest – Peach Stage
Spirit Of the Suwanee Music Park
Live Oak, FL

01. Ophelia
02. Takes A Lot To Laugh, Takes A Train To Cry
03. Back To Memphis
04. Everything is Gonna Be Alright
05. Fanny Mae
06. Long Black Veil
07. I Don’t Care Who Knows (sung by Catherine Russell)
08. I Wanna Know
09. Got Me A Woman
10. Atlantic City
11. Ashes of Love
12. Mournful Side of Me
13. Deep Elum Blues
14. Anna Lee
15. Rag Mama Rag
16. Chest Fever (w/ Warren Haynes/Danny Louis)

Source: AKG 481/a61 > Oade M148 > Tascam HD-P2 @ 24bit/48khz
Recorded, Edited and Seeded by Nick Burlison

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