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What a great farewell
on September 17, 2001
The trend nowadays is to look upon a mediocre album as great if the artist has recently passed away. Many may think that I gave this album 5 stars because of Rick's passing nearly two years ago, but this is by far the best solo work he has done. Each song has a different flavor to it, unlike his self-titled album, which, while an extraordinary album, has many tracks that sound a lot alike. "Times Like These" is not a great album. It's a classic. Tears were brought to my eyes when I first listened to this on Christmas Day last year. Rick's sweet, trembling voice will never be equaled and, even after 40 years of smoking cigarettes, one would still be hardpressed to find another singer to better him in his later years. I still cannot get through this album without thinking about Rick the person: fun-loving, joyous, and always upbeat. If you buy this album for one song, it is "This Wheel's On Fire", a mostly instrumental version of his collaboration with Bob Dylan over thirty years earlier. Eric Clapton's words about Rick Danko, "It's my own humble opinion, but I think you have to be a great musician before you can sing like that", are so true. Rick, we all miss you, I know you can hear this masterpiece and you are surely proud of it.