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.
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