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  • Audio CD (October 27, 1987)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B000000OQL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,356 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Peter Gabriel, U2 and Robbie's ex-mates in The Band, Rick Danko and Garth Hudson, helped make his long-awaited 1987 solo debut a triumph. But mostly it was the superb set of songs: Hell's Half Acre; Broken Arrow; Sonny Got Caught in the Moonlight , and more.

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Lightning does strike twice. Robbie Robertson's breathtaking 1987 solo debut was every bit as remarkable as another debut he'd masterminded two decades before, The Band's Music from Big Pink. Even more impressive was the fact that Robertson's new sound owed so little, other than a shared vision, to the sonic Americana he'd created with The Band. Robertson cashed in The Band's rustic tones in for a lush, beat-box womb created by coproducer Daniel Lanois. His own weird, almost spectral voice, also turned out to be the right vehicle for the words he'd been handing to others for so long. Bono, The BoDeans, and Peter Gabriel join in on keepers like "Fallen Angel" and "Broken Arrow." --Michael Ruby

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This is one of best albums ever.
M. Skye
Although his singing is not smooth in lower ranges, he has an organic sound that still creates wonderful images within his music.
j.k.
A good "road companion", it's also one of those rare albums that bears up well after time and repeated listenings.
Gary D. Carr

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By W. West on May 12, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Anybody who thinks Popman Stewart's version of Broken Arrow is better than Robertson's is absolutely irrevocably insane.
This is one of the most original and innovative efforts by an American (well, closer than England, at least) artist since Dylan hit the scene. Robertson's First Nations roots in music comes out in some of the most beautiful, high pitched, spiritual and soulful outcries, which blend with that deep voice like sweet and sour do on the palate. Crazy River is an absolute masterpiece.
Don't think twice - snatch this one up.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By James Bonevich on July 25, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Some things I feel qualified to say about Robertson's solo debut album from 1987 after living with it for twenty years now:
As a librarian with emphasis on music composition, it still fascinates me how coherent the material on Robbie Robertson is, how well it all works together as a (non-concept) whole, even with the personnel changes from track to track. The similarities to Band material ("Showdown At Big Sky" and "Sonny Got Caught ITM") and the differences (which are everywhere) put some amount of focus squarely on intrepid producer Daniel Lanois as a highly artistic "treater" of Robertson's well-crafted songs. Lanois is just so flat-out capable of using the studio as his instrument (much like his mentor Brian Eno) that it's possible he could work this kind of magic with anybody's stuff, regardless of quality. Make no mistake, though - Lanois starts out with good stuff here and then makes it even better. That long 10-year post-Band gestation period probably helps explain why most of these comps are so solid to begin with (think of all the discards there must have been). But consider also that when Robertson was pressed by David Geffen to make a follow-up for release, it took him 4 years and the results were "ehh" - still good songs but not nearly as impressively produced with no Daniel Lanois on board for Storyville from 1991.

More that I can say 20 years on: As a guitarist, I am still to this day finding stuff to cop off of
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By J. Jackson on October 17, 2001
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Don't get me wrong -- I'm a big fan of the Band, from debut to Dylan's basement tapes to the Last Waltz. But Robertson must have had an out of body experience to come up with these renderings. A masterful performance with distinctive production by Daniel Lanois. Memorable cameos by U2 and the Bodines.
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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Craig Weatherby on September 6, 2004
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Why this album did not create more of a cultural splash upon its release is a mystery to me. As another reviewer notes, it is as great as "Music from Big Pink," while bearing almost no resemblance to that work.

Great music, lyrics, performances, and production (by Daniel Lanois of U2 fame) In my opinion, Robertson's first solo album is one of the greatest musical works of the 20th century (I include Hendrix, Gershwin, Lennon-McCartney, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Strauss, etc.). Finally, "Showdown at Big Sky" is one of the two greatest songs written about the nuclear sword of Damocles. (Pete Townshend's "Why did we fall for that?" being the other.)

His second solo effort, Storyville, is almost as good.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Olav Helle on December 28, 2005
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Robbie Robertson gives you what i will called "naturs own" experience when it comes to music. When you try to listen to it, with open mind, it will lift you up as a human beeing. Certainly Track 6: Somewhere down the crazy River is in that category. That song has a certain touch of magic. It`s the space inbetween the different instruments, and the voice of Robbie Robertson, which will spin your soul into the direction of happines.

But how can you go wrong when you get help from Peter Gabriel and U2. When listen trough this CD, it have many highpoints, but there are some minor problems wich don`t

give it a 5 star, probably because sometimes the U 2 soundpicture make Robertson a "copycat" of U2. But when you listen once again at Somewhere Down the Crazy river, you are back on the track again. Listen to the wind, listen to the sea, listen to the nature. The voice of Robbie Robertson fits in there,....somewhere probably over the rainbow, when the words stops, and the music take over.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Fred McGhee on June 14, 2004
Format: Audio CD
A truly "American" album, very spiritual, ethereal, sort of like a thunder storm. "Fallen Angel" has the dignity, insistence, and defiance of an unbroken man, "Big Sky" is one of the most dramatic songs I have ever heard; I have seen two hour movies with less emotion, drama, conviction, action, and passion than this song.
Robertson's voice is a unique instrument. I kind of like it, not only because it sounds unique, but because Robbie forces you to understand what he tells you, almost like a griot.
Clearly one of the best debuts of the 1980's, and undeniable confirmation of Robbie Robertson's stature in music history.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By William J. Eichelberger on December 16, 2003
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I was always just a casual fan of The Band, so when I first stumbled upon "American Roulette" while on a trip through Cleveland, I was shocked at what a great song it was. As usual, Cincinnati radio totally ignored it, but I found a kindered spirit in a local record store who recommended the album. American Roulette barely scratches the surface. This was one of those rare albums that drag you in and never let you go, (not that you'd struggle much.) As I listened to the tape in my car for the first time, I kept expecting "the clinker". Nope. Never happens. Even the then overplayed Bono and U2 never come close to overriding Robertson's proudest recorded moment. "Sweet Fire Of Love" has Robbie and Bono trading vocal licks, but sounding totally in sync. "Showdown At Big Sky" might be the most incredible song you've never heard if it weren't for "Somewhere Down The Crazy River" which never fails to grab the first time listener. I've made copies of this for several friends over the years and all have later commented on how great it was and how odd it was that they never heard it. Then I remind them that we live in Cincinnati, where good radio goes to die. Make this a part of your permanent road trip collection. It's that good.
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