Get in on a Secret: Legendary Quintet’s 1971 Album an Overlooked Gem
Numbered-Edition Mini-LP-Style Packaging: Mastered from the Original Master Tapes, Mobile Fidelity’s Collector's Edition Hybrid SACD Unveils Timeless Americana Sound!
Originally released in 1971, The Band’s fourth studio album had the unfortunate disadvantage of standing in the shadows of the more familiar Stagefright, The Band, and Music from Big Pink. Historically overlooked, Cahoots stands as one of the group’s finest efforts and includes contributions from iconic pianist/arranger Allen Toussaint and Irish bard Van Morrison, whose feverish duet with Band vocalist Richard Manuel on “4% Pantomime” is the equivalent of two poker players trying to outsmart one another, each more reluctant than the other to blink, give in, and fold. A similar carnivalesque spirit infuses the entire set.
Arguably The Band’s best-ever Bob Dylan cover, “When I Paint My Masterpiece” takes listeners on a carousing trip across Europe, the accordion-driven melodies conjuring the feeling of sailing on the Venician waterways referenced in the lyrics. The fan favorite “Life Is a Carnival” comes on as a celebration of Dixieland pleasures, the sonic jubilee a swirling delight of drunken horns, funky rhythms, and street percussion. And of course, there are plenty of instances of the Band’s signature Americana blend: the delicate beauty of “The Moon Struck One,” the Southern spiritual “The River Hymn.” Throughout, performances are loose but focused, the group’s peerless caliber always at the forefront. If you’re missing this album, forgot about it, or just never heard it, you’re in for a treat.
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The Band Cahoots Track Listing:
1. "Life Is a Carnival"
2. "When I Paint My Masterpiece"
3. "Last of the Blacksmiths"
4. "Where Do We Go from Here?"
5. "4% Pantomime"
6. "Shoot Out in Chinatown"
7. "The Moon Struck One"
8. "Thinkin' Out Loud"
9. "Smoke Signal"
11. "The River Hymn"