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  • Audio CD (August 29, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00004W50Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,767 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Their 1971 release, featuring a pre- Basement Tapes take of Bessie Smith and a pre- Rock of Ages take of Don't Do It ; an alternate take of When I Paint My Masterpiece; an early studio demo of Endless Highway , and another radio spot!


Here's where the Band stumbled. This 1971 lapse followed two consensus classics (Music from Big Pink and The Band) and the dicier but still worthy Stage Fright. Consequently, expectations were high. But, despite moments of excellence ("Life Is a Carnival," "When I Paint My Masterpiece," their first Dylan cover since their debut), primary songwriter Robbie Robertson repeatedly comes up short. "Last of the Blacksmiths," "Where Do We Go from Here," and "River Hymn" are overwrought attempts to recapture the unaffected longing for the past that marked the first two albums, while the likes of "Smoke Signal" and "Volcano" are merely forgettable. Still, Van Morrison's rambunctious duet with Richard Manuel on "4% Pantomime" and the weird "Moon Struck One" help make Cahoots a worthwhile curio for those interested in digging deep into the Band songbook. The remastered reissue includes four quality bonus songs as well as a vintage radio spot. --Steven Stolder

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There's also an alternate version included on the remaster but not on the SACD from Mofi.
Wayne Klein
The rest of the album is very listenable, much better than just about anything being released by bands today.
J. Bartl
Out of The Band's entire resume of studio albums, "Cahoots" is probably the most interesting.
Bud Sturguess

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Kett on April 26, 2004
Format: Audio CD
...the album is good. A step down from the previous album? Sure, but when only two of your five members are truly inspired to work, you are going to run into problems. Of the eleven tracks, five are quite strong, three are quite weak, and the others traipse between.

The album's like a journey through the world. "Life Is A Carnival" is the fourth straight brilliant opener that evokes New Orleans (down to the Allen Toussaint-arranged horns). "When I Paint My Masterpiece" is a brilliant Dylan-penned second track that evokes Europe (dig Manuel's drumming). "4% Pantomime", with Belfast's own George Ivan Morrison on second vocal, really evokes the musician lifestyle, frantic, manic and drunken. "Thinkin' Out Loud" has a great piano part and a nice metallic (upright?) bass part. "Volcano" features a strong vocal by Rick Danko and great horns by Garth Hudson. They all get five out of five stars.

"The Moon Struck One", to contrast those first five, blows. The lyrics are definitely Robertson's worst. It's the only Band track I have a hard time listening to. I give it one out of five stars. "Last of the Blacksmiths" and "Where Do We Go From Here?" sound uninspired. Out of five stars, they get 2.5 stars.

"Shoot Out In Chinatown", "Smoke Signal" and "The River Hymn" are decent enough, but are a step down from "Carnival", "Masterpiece", "Pantomime", "Thinkin" and "Volcano". Out of five stars, they probably all get 3.5 stars.

Averaging that out, you get an average of 4.15 out of 5 stars. A step down from the previous three, but worth a listen.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Bud Sturguess on May 4, 2003
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Out of The Band's entire resume of studio albums, "Cahoots" is probably the most interesting. Though the previous record, 1970's memorable "Stage Fright" first saw the outfit breaking away from the intense portrait of Americana they had trademarked, choosing instead a loose reaction to the terrors of performing and public display, this 1971 effort is much more down-to-Earth, but that never detracts from its spark. And though most will cite "Stage Fright" as having a 'dark' quality, that deep realism is actually found in "Cahoots."
A majority of critics claim that this set finds head songwriter Robbie Robertson's work to be 'dried up.' But perhaps it was with "Cahoots" that Robertson's songwriting, and the efforts of his Bandmates, found a new life; to be exact, the album's body of work shows that Robertson had most likely realized that his vision of old-fashioned Americana that the outfit perfected on "Music From Big Pink" or "The Band" was all a dream, and the reaction to this shattering realization is vividly portrayed here. 'Last of the Blacksmiths' is definite proof, as is the lyrically bracing 'Where Do We Go From Here?' A reading of Bob Dylan's 'When I Paint My Masterpiece' sets The Band's intentions in stone, while the opener 'Life Is a Carnival' (penned by Robertson and vocalists Levon Helm and Rick Danko) may actually be a bit sarcastic. "Cahoots" is probably noted most for '4% Pantomime,' a duet showcasing the late Richard Manuel and guest Van Morrison, and this track could possibly be a telling of the hard-eyed aspects of the music industry. However it is the closing 'River Hymn,' a tune full of mystery, that speaks the most.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 30, 2000
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The Band is one of my favorite bands, and their first two albums are unanimously prized as two landmarks in rock history. In recent years, people have come to appreciate later, underrated albums like "Stage Fright" and "Rock of Ages." However, popular opinion for "Cahoots" hasn't gotten much better, and for good reason. Very few of the original album tracks are good, and only two, "4% Pantomime" (a great duet between Van Morrison and the late Richard Manuel) and "Life Is A Carnival," could be ranked as true, great Band classics. Actually, "Life Is A Carnival" never felt like much of a song; what really breathes life into it is the exuberant horn arrangement done by legendary producer/writer Allen Toussaint. Another popular favorite is "When I Paint My Masterpiece," a good Dylan song that doesn't quite get the definitive treatment here. (I still prefer Dylan's recording, produced by Leon Russell.) As for the rest, there's nothing abysmal or unlistenable. It's just not all that good.

What does make this album worth owning now is the new reissue by Capitol. For one thing, the sound is better, having been remastered from the original master tapes. But more important than better sound is the legendary studio version of "Don't Do It," by far the best bonus track on the reissue. I've always loved the Band's rendition of this song ever since I saw them perform it in their film, "The Last Waltz." For years, the only official release of this song was a great live version from "Rock of Ages," but unbelievably this studio take is even better. I have to warn you, the sound isn't phenomenal; at the time, the only available source was a demo record. (EDIT: The original tape was eventually found and used for the Band's box set, "A Musical History.") It still crushes every version ever made like a grape. It's a great rarity, a Motown song done better than Motown.
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