THE LEVON HELM BAND The Midnight Ramble Sessions, Volumes 1 & 2

The Midnight Ramble Sessions, Volume 1 & Volume 2 (2005)
A Survivor Convalesces At Home

Heroic blues and R&B jams direct from Band drummer Levon Helm’s Woodstock digs. Heroic, because the iconic, gravely voiced Helm was fighting his way back from throat cancer and these sessions chronicle his struggles and successes. Guest vocalists add stylistic variety, and Dr. John’s appearance on “Borrowed Time” is a knockout. You could do a lot worse that sitting around this barn, having a few drinks and reveling in the vibes that helped to shape American music from the 60s on. Store bought copies have DVDs. Of course, after the Ramble Sessions, Helm went on to record his first solo album in 25 years, the acclaimed Dirt Farmer, HERE (followed by Electric Dirt, HERE). Much of this is blues, but you’ll hear Dylan’s Basement Tapes favorite, “Don’t Ya Tell Henry,” below. Find The Midnight Ramble Sessions Vol. 1 (HERE) and Vol. 2 (HERE) at Amazon.

Sad Hours (4:13)
Oh Baby (4:25)
I’m Ready (4:16)
Blow, Wind, Blow (4:42)
Blues Without A Feeling (3:28)
The New Scratch My Back (5:25)
I Ain’t Lyin’ (4:29)
I’m Crazy About You Baby (3:25)
Boom Boom, Out Go The Lights (3:13)
Forty Days And Forty Nights (4:13)
I Want To Take You Down (5:04)
Everything Gonna Be Alright/Wrapped Up In Love Again (4:38)
California Blues (7:30)

Battle Is Over But The War Goes On (5:07)
What Kind Of Man Are You (4:21)
Don’t Ya Tell Henry (4:02)
Blue Shadows (5:23)
All About John (6:45)
I Want To Know (5:26)
A Fool In Love (5:07)
Borrowed Time (7:34)
When The Battle Is Over (5:30)


  • 1
    August 9, 2011 - 06:26 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • 2
    August 10, 2011 - 21:00 | Permalink

    Got to see the priapic old master at the Ryman in 2010 (or was it 2009?) and enjoyed the show immensely, but it couldn’t have been anything like the vibe of seeing the show in Woodstock at the Helm casa. Thanks for posting, and I promise not to tell Henry..

  • 3
    August 13, 2011 - 02:39 | Permalink

    Another blog that promises much but offers no links.


    • 4
      August 13, 2011 - 06:55 | Permalink

      Another dink who doesn’t know where to look or how to ask.


  • 5
    john s
    October 1, 2013 - 02:37 | Permalink

    The sample sounds great. I believe I’ll dig in. I have Electric Dirt, which is pretty fun, and the Tennessee Jed fits Levon really well; it’s definitely one of the better Dead covers.
    -john s

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