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Album : Rick Danko – Rick Danko

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I think you all know that CB is a big fan of The Band. When I went to see “The Last Waltz there’s a scene where Martin Scorsese is walking through a recording studio with Rick Danko talking about what he, Danko is up to. Rick ends up sitting at the control board in the mixing room and says in his laid back way “Just making music”. The scene is then taken over by a song I had never heard before. It’s Danko singing and I had to find that record. I did and this is the album that it’s on. The song was ‘Sip The Wine”. I still get a few chills when I hear it.

I always loved what Danko brought to the Band. His bass playing, his presence and most of all his beautiful vocals. I love his voice and the way he delivers it. I also love the emotion he puts into every thing he sings. His voice is one of my favorites. So I get a whole album of something I really like.

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The songs all have a definite Band vibe (the boys are all on board to help) but this album is all Rick’s. He gets a lot of help from people like Clapton, Doug Sahm, Ronnie Wood. ‘What A Town’ opens the album and it is the first of a great bunch of songs. ‘Brainwash’, ‘Small Town Talk’,’New Mexicoe’ (J J Cale vibe). I always get a little sad when I hear this tune. I guess I miss the guy. Clapton and Hudson add the perfect touches. ‘Sip The Wine’ is the song that brought me here and it delivers with Doug Sahm providing some tasty guitar and more of Rick’s passionate vocals. ‘Java Blues’ is a funky, rockin tune.

Danko is one of my favorite singers. His sound always got me. I like his phrasing. Sometimes it’s like he’s going to run out of breath and not finish. He stretches it. Sometimes it’s almost like talk singing. He was one of the reasons I liked The Band. When I listen to this it’s obvious what a big part he was.

I have most of the Band members solo records but this is the one I listen to the most. This is one of my favorite albums period. Special place in my pile. Rick Danko is in the spotlight on his first solo record and I absolutely dig it.

“There’s a child here who wants to start livin”

39 comments on “Album : Rick Danko – Rick Danko

  1. Yeah, Another Blogger
    October 20, 2019

    I have to get this album. I don’t really know it.

    Have you heard the Danko/Fjeld/Andersen album? It’s a good one.

    Enjoy the day, CB. Be seeing you.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 20, 2019

      If you liked his work with the Band it’s a no brainer. Same vibe. I really like it as you probably figured out.
      Yes I do have that said album and yes it’s a good one.
      Later fella.

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  2. deKE
    October 20, 2019

    Nice, CB to feature those albums by dudes that are not the main guy in the public eye!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 20, 2019

      It’s easy deKE. I love the record. You do the same thing. I’d be curious how much vinyl of this one is around?

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  3. observationblogger
    October 20, 2019

    I remember hearing this too on the Last Waltz and being captivated by it. Fascinating post CB about a stupendous talent in Rick Danko. I too love his voice. He was blessed.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 20, 2019

      I thought it was a cool scene in the film and then the music just capped it for me. Yeah I’m a Danko guy. His vocals appeal to my ears. Miss the guy. Later fella.

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      • observationblogger
        October 21, 2019

        Yeh, I’ll probably reblog your post one day if you don’t mind. I downloaded the song and added it to my library. Thanks a bunch for making me aware of it. I hope I hear the album one day too.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        October 21, 2019

        No problem and help yourself to the take. Just glad to spread the word an album and a guy I dig.

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      • observationblogger
        October 22, 2019

        Thanks, that’s good of you. I couldn’t have done the song and justice like you did. Cheers.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        October 22, 2019

        No problem. And thanks for the kind words.

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  4. christiansmusicmusings
    October 20, 2019

    This album sounds terrific. I had not known it. Unfortunately, it’s not available with my streaming music provider, but I found most of the tracks on YouTube.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 20, 2019

      I’m getting the sense that it isn’t wisely available. Maybe my old vinyl is worth a couple bucks. Anyways it has lots of good music on it and scratches that band itch if you have it.

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      • Jim S.
        October 21, 2019

        This particular album doesn’t appear to be on Spotify but there’s a shitload of “live” stuff I think I’ll give a listen to. Plus the Danko/Fjeld/Andersen album is up there.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        October 21, 2019

        The “Live” stuff is a mixed bag. Lots of good stuff and yeah the Fjeld/Anderson is also good.
        This album has that feel from when The band were still a band. Lots of help like I said and there are some stand out moments. The New Mexicoe’ cut with Clapton and Garth has some nice touches. Some real tasty guitar throughout. I thin k this would scratch your itch for some of that old sound if you haven’t heard it.
        (Why do you suppose Spotify wouldn’t have it?)

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      • Jim S.
        October 21, 2019

        While Spotify has a pretty gigantic library, over time I’ve noticed that there are occasional missing albums. From what I can tell, these can be rights issues or sometimes the label/artist for one reason or another doesn’t bother submitting it. Maybe it went out of print, not enough demand, nobody cared enough, etc.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        October 21, 2019

        That all make sense.

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      • Jim S.
        October 21, 2019

        I should stop making sense.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        October 21, 2019

        Doc this album sounds like Clapton’s ‘No Reason To Cry’. I betcha it was around the same time.

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      • Jim S.
        October 21, 2019

        I may try to find it on YouTube like Christian did. Maybe you could buy it for me for Christmas.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        October 21, 2019

        Pete found it. Maybe the same place as Christian (I have to pay his site a visit).
        I’m getting on that gift idea right away. Along with a cowboy hat, boots and a steel guitar. Six pack and some chew.

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      • Jim S.
        October 21, 2019

        Plus spittoon.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        October 21, 2019

        the wife would like that

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  5. greenpete58
    October 21, 2019

    He has an unusual voice, and I’m not sure it would fit in with any group other than The Band. I remember seeing him perform “Java Blues” on U.S. television right after this album came out.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 21, 2019

      Yeah he kind of got a bit of momentum after the Last Waltz. I remember seeing him right after on different programs doing songs from this album.
      “Unusual” voice but music to my ears.

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      • greenpete58
        October 21, 2019

        I took your cue and listened to the whole album. What a sweet, sweet record. All I can say is TJDMTLTA (“They Just Don’t Make Them Like That Anymore”).

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        October 21, 2019

        Oh yeah I think you caught the vibe. Absolutely on the TJDMTLTA!

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  6. 1537
    October 21, 2019

    I don’t know this at all. Sounds like a raggedy Jackson Browne to me and I mean that in an entirely complimentary way.

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  8. BuriedOnMars
    November 4, 2019

    Danko and Hudson were The Band’s underdogs.

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  9. J.
    November 11, 2019

    I don’t know this at all. In fact, the only Band solo stuff I know is Levon’s. I don’t know why. Anyhoo, I like this. It’s my kinda vibes… so again, I’ll need to look at getting a listen of this.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      November 11, 2019

      I think it flew well below the radar. I love the album (Levon’s also)

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      • J.
        November 11, 2019

        I’m gonna refresh the tunes on my ‘portable listening device’ this evening, so this is on the list for looking for.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        November 11, 2019

        Hope you can find it. Our buddy Doug Sahm does some nice work

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      • J.
        November 11, 2019

        I’ll let you know!

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  10. the press music reviews
    October 16, 2020

    I should really have this album. Sip The Wine is a beautiful track. What a great artist he was. Not surprised you love The Band, me too, although I don’t even have all of their output.

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