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Ramble At The Ryman [2 LP]

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Disc: 1
1. Ophelia
2. Back to Memphis
3. Mannie Mae
4. Baby Scratch My Back
5. Evengeline
6. No Depression in Heaven
7. Wide River To Cross
8. Deep Elem Blues
Disc: 2
1. Anna Lee
2. Rag Mama Rag
3. Time Out For the Blues
4. A Train Robbery
5. The Shape I'm In
6. Chest Fever
7. The Weight

Product Details

  • Vinyl (June 21, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Welk Music Group
  • ASIN: B004T5IW20
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,413 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Mark on May 22, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Yeah. I have most of these songs on other albums. True, I've heard most of these songs before. But the quality of band that Levon has behind him makes this album a must have and a must-hear. I had the pleasure of seeing Levon in Philly in 2009. Levon Helm is a national treasure. His band is amazing. Listen to "Deep Elem Blues" and tell me I'm wrong. You need this album.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black on July 3, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Who was your favourite member of the Band? It is a question that requires a large bottle of red wine and a number of argumentative souls to fiercely debate the merits of what remains one of the best things to come of American music ever. You will probably never reach a consensus not least because the tragedies of the deaths of the both Richard Manual and Rick Danko when both still had much more music to give. Robbie Robertson and Garth Hudson are still active musicians and then you have this reviewers own favourite, the force of nature that is Levon Helm. In 2007 his album "Dirt Farmer" was his first solo album after 25 years and it was truly worth the wait being a veritable goldmine of organic country, blues and folk. As a slice of Americana roots music infused with southern pastoralism by one of its greatest living exponents it was a true blessing made all the more special because of Helm's battle against throat cancer and the destruction of his recording studio in a fire. Helm is clearly made of strong stuff and his journey from a cotton farm in Arkansas, a member of the Hawks, one of Bob Dylan's great sidekicks and a glorious career in The Band is one of rock music's most remarkable tales. The fact that this story continues should merit a sly acknowledgement upward should anyone reading this review be attending any religious establishments today!

Helm is now 71 and this live album recorded at the legendary Nashville's Ryman auditorium is a rare treat. Certainly his voice is not as strong as it once was but this does not detract from a brilliant performance where he adapts his vocals to the songs and is backed by a set of musicians who can take any song by the scruff of the neck and make it their own.
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful By M. Mariba on May 17, 2011
Format: Audio CD
This is a great live CD release by the legendary musician Levon Helm, titled 'Ramble At Ryman Live'. The CD (15 live tracks) were recorded in September 2008 at historic Nashville's Ryman auditorium. There is however some overlap with Merlefest CD tracks released in 2008 but most of the tracks have been overhauled. Levon Helm plays great music on this CD release (great bluesy-rock sound, vocals & harmonies). The CD opens with a track "Ophelia" : great orchestral base track sound & vocals). Other great tracks include "Back To Memphis" (saxophone/piano combination), "Baby Scratch My Back", "No Depression In Heaven" (countryish track), "Deep Elem Blues" (a great bluesy ballad & melody), "Rag Mama Rag" (up-tempo bluesy track, great saxophone & vocals reminiscent of Bob Dylan's on this track), "Time Out For The Blues" (great guitar), "The Shape I'm In" (up-tempo track, great saxophone & beautiful husky/croaggy voice of Levon Helm) & "Chest Fever" (great lead guitar overdrive/syncopation). Stand-outs/gems/solid tracks include "Evangeline" (up-tempo track, great banjo/spanish guitar, wonderful melody & vocals), "Wide River To Cross" (a ballad with a beautiful violin/guitar combination & vocals), "Anna Lee" (wonderful violin, melody & harmonies), "A Train Robbery" (a slow bluesy track, great guitar chords, melody & vocals) & "The Weight" (wonderful saxophone/piano combination & melody). Okay track is "Famine Mae". On overall, this is a great live CD by Levon Helm, recorded in 2008, a highly recommended CD listening.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bob T on June 28, 2011
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So many times I have gotten excited by an upcoming performance or album only to be let down. Not here. This album starts great with Ophelia and builds from there. Levon Helm brings up his guests and friends to give his throat (recovered from cancer) a break and each one of these guests add something special to the album. From Samie Davis, to Sheryl Crow to John Hiatt each one adds a personal touch which brings the album together in a fun, well paced, performance that is as close to magic on stage as I have heard. Besides, how can you not LOVE an album that has a TUBA solo?!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Bee on May 17, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Without going into some of the nit-picking on some of the reviews here, I'd just like to say this is a superb album period! If you want to show up at work with a smile on your face, just pop the cd into your car and turn up the volume. The back-up band is just outta-sight and it sounds like everyone on this project is just having the time of their lives making great music! The song, Anna Lee just rips your heart out and everything else swings to the rafters. Great Listening!
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I am numbed by the statement that Levon Helm "is in "the final stages of his battle with cancer" according to a post on his website made by Levon's wife Sandy and daughter Amy. I can only hope that he lives much, much longer than they expect him to; but the news doesn't make it sound good. Levon Helm, one of the best musicians and performers ever, easily scored big--along with his peers--on this terrific album. Recorded in Nashville at The Ryman Auditorium; the sound quality is great and the track set couldn't be better. Indeed, they do all of these songs without a superfluous note! It's Levon's usual impressive performance with awesome leading vocals on songs like Robbie Robertson's "Ophelia" that can't be beat! Moreover, Levon's guest singers include Sheryl Crow on "Evangeline;" John Hiatt on "The Weight" and Larry Campbell (the band leader) singing his heart out on "Deep Elem Blues." This music lacks nothing--this is all THAT good.

Levon's band is of the highest order--Larry Campbell; Levon's daughter Amy who is extremely talented; Tony Leone; Teresa Williams; Sammy Davis; Paul Ossola; Brian Mitchell and more!

While there's not a bad song in the lot, some of my very favorites are "Ophelia;" "Back to Memphis;" - well, I was about to list more but upon second thought I can't single out just a few of these songs--they're all phenomenal! This is essential listening for any Levon Helm fan or anyone who enjoys high quality, bluesy/rock/country and even some pop music all with a sophisticated, intoxicating twist that makes me cry out for more every time I listen to this CD.

Thank you, Levon--and everyone else on this album!
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