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The Midnight Ramble Sessions, Vol. 3

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The Midnight Ramble Sessions, Vol. 3 collects some of the most memorable and indelible performances from the late Levon Helm's legendary concert series. Special guests include Chris Robinson,Jimmy Vivino, and more
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  • Audio CD (July 1, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dirt Farmer Music
  • ASIN: B009EAAL60
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,438 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Robert F. Canini on July 16, 2014
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I am sometimes wary of buying music from posthumous musicians I love. "Why didn't he release it while he was alive"? Well this is definitely not the case. This is some of the best Levon I have ever heard. The Midnight Ramble music is so good I could kick myself for never making the journey to his barn. If you love Levon, you will love his album.
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the latest release of the midnight ramble sessions and i loved it...released 2014..two years after his death, but he chose every song and designed the album cover before he died...so wow...!! great album!!
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What a treat! This release sounds fantastic! Don't expect the same production as on a studio album. The mix is a bit rawer which, to my ears, gives the music great intimate feel. I imagine it sounds much like it would if I had attended one of the midnight rambles.

The music is outstanding with great horn arrangements. It was recorded on various dates between 2005-2009. Levon's drumming on these recordings are phenomenal. I don't think I have ever enjoyed his style as much as on this one. He also handles the lead vocals on four tracks with his road worn-but-still-great voice. The band is also on fire and all instruments are very clear in the mix.

The song selection is also great. From Sam Cooke to Carl Perkins to Bob Dylan. It all flows naturally from beginning to end.

Highly recommended!
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Nice selection of blusey folk-rock and nicely recorded. Some very well-done Larry Campbell and Jimmy Vivino guitar work -- overall an enjoyable listen and very nicely recorded by Justing Guip considering there were all live peformances in Levon's 'barn' on Plochman Lane, Woodstock. My one gripe is that the liner notes are insufficient to know who's doing what (sad since all the the prior releases were well documented) and, even worse, NONE of the metadata is on the disk so your MP3 player will be clueless as to who/when/tack-ttiles, etc. and even if you laborously type it all into Media Player first, only players that index on file data (vs the metadata that most all use) will reflect what you enetered -- truly a shame to release ANY CD in this day and age lacking such information !! As an example, your SANSA player will catalog it as UNKNOWN ARTIST with NO TRACK TITLES (even tho you typed them all in anyway), however very basic players (like you Samsung TV) that just use file date WILL reflect what you typed in -- but you still have to type it al in. Unforgiveable!
My rating reflects the music only -- if I was rating these other considerations it would be ONE STAR!
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a great cd featuring levon and some of his good friends, playing music representative of levon's spirit and love of many styles of music. really rich sound and beautiful tone and clear recording! track 1. the same thing. 2/14/09. levon vocals. hot horns and a classic levon helm sound what else can i say? you will love it! track 2. ain't that good news. amy helm vocals. 8/28/10 .... jazzy rock number that is a great upbeat sound! really hot horns. track 3. god don't never change.1/10/09. jimmy vivino vocals. gospel flavored acoustic blues with beautiful harmony vocals! like going to church! awesome. track 4. drivin' wheel . 5/16/09 levon helm ,vocals. classic blues number that was made famous by many bands, i love levon's take, great horns! and arrangement .. track 5 i,m a jealous man. larry campbell vocals.1/31/09 great classic blues guitar number with old fashion vocals. nothing old fashion about the guitar playing though,, hot! great piano solo! track 6 . stagger lee. 10/18/05. little sammy davis vocals. first slow number, but a real classic with nice blues harp background and solo,, soulful.. a real fine blues number..track 7.simple twist of fate. brian mitchell vocals.3/14/09 .. lovely piano number,, acoustic feel and a really soft vocal that reminded me of a certain type of bob dylan tune,, almost like dr.john style of acoustic number,, nice mandolin and horns. oh yes there is some old new orleans here!! track 8. one more shot. 12/9/06 levon helm vocals. could be off any band album, nice acoustic guitar playing and pretty piano solo and horns.. track 9. turn around. 5/9/09. teresa williams vocals. country flavored song with a classic country blues sound written by carl perkins .. nuff said. track 10. the beautiful lie. amy helm,teresa williams,fiona mcbain, vocals.1/3/09.Read more ›
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Great album , Levon at his best this album shows why the rambles are continuing Levon Helm was a man of his time and a master musician,blending both into a sound that touches many and brought out the best in his peers
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This one really rocks, folks!
The four tracks that Levon sings and drums rock like the best tracks of The Band. His drumming swings like it always has except now the groove is a little tighter but still funky.
The disc opener 'Stuff you gotta watch' swings and sways and the funky drumming reminds me of 'Don't do it!'. My favorite is 'One more shot' from the 'Legend of Jesse James' album which is the best Levon Helm solo material of all. Followed by ' Ramble at the Ryman.' Then the newest and bestest is The Midnight Ramble Sessions, Vol. 3.'
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Levon Helm is one of the most important figures in American music history. Nobody played like Levon, and he's got the most talented friends who came to support him in the Midnight Rambles. And this is the last of the records he'll get his hands in - he picked these songs and Larry and Barbara O'Brien carried it through. Wonderful album - you can actually hear Levon smiling when he's playing!
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