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By Greg

Click to Hear Robbie RobertsonSome artists are timeless. They're timeless because they never sell-out. They never give in to passing fads. They want more than fifteen minutes of fame. They keep doing what they do best, and they earn the respect of their artistic community as well as their fans.

Robbie Robertson is one such artist. He's been on the music scene for nearly 40 years. He's worked with Bob Dylan, U2, Peter Gabriel, Ivan Neville, and the Bodeans. He has written soundtracks for films by Martin Scorcese. He even wrote and starred in the movie Carny (a really bizarre twisted film FYI) with Jodie Foster and Gary Busey. The man is loaded with talent.

Robbie Robertson spent his early career in rural Canada and USA. His mother was Mohawk indian, and he explored, and still explores his native indian roots in his music. In the late 1960's, after working with Bob Dylan, he founded The Band. He had all the pop fame he could handle, and in 1976 The Band broke up.

Robbie spent the next 11 years writing soundtracks for movies, especially Martin Scorcese films, including Raging Bull. In 1987 he released his self-titled, first solo album. Not surprisingly, many of the artists mentioned above contributed to his solo debut.

There isn't a bad tune on this CD. The first 3 songs, Fallen Angel, Showdown at Big Sky, and Broken Arrow (with Peter Gabriel), all reflect his native American heritage. U2 Joins him for Sweet Fire of Love. My favorite song, Somewhere Down the Crazy River, though, features only Robbie Robertson. Combining spoken word and haunting vocals, Robbie makes this song my story, or at least I can imagine myself as part of it.

This is a must for your collection. Robbie Robertson has inspired generations of artists. His music will draw you in and inspire you too.

Ranking:   out of 5 BB&B's.

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