The Band: Levon Helm (vocals, guitar, mandolin, French harp, harmonica, drums, percussion, triangle); Rick Danko (vocals, guitar, acoustic & electric basses); Randy Ciarlante (vocals, drums, percussion); Garth Hudson (voice box, whistle, accordion, soprano & tenor saxophones, piano, organ, synthesizer, percussion); Jim Weider (acoustic & electric guitars, dobro, mandolin); Richard Bell (accordion, piano, Hammond B-3 organ, keyboards).
Additional personnel: Amy Helm, Maud Hudson, Kevin Doherty (vocals); John Hiatt (vocals, guitar, Ferrington high string guitar); Aaron Hurwitz (vocals, accordion, piano, Hammond organ, organ); Marty Grebb (vocals, keyboards); Bobby Charles, Marie Spinosa (vocals, percussion); Jimmy Eppard (guitar, mandolin); Eric Clapton, Tom Pacheco (guitar); Tom "Bones" Malone (tenor & baritone saxophones, trumpet, trombone); Mike "Little Elmo" Dunn (acoustic & electric basses).
Recorded at Levon Helm's Recording Studio, Woodstock, New York; Bearsville Studios, Bearsville, New York; The Clubhouse, Germantown, New York.
Includes liner notes by Greil Marcus.
Over 20 years after the original line-up of the Band played their last show at the Winterland in Thanksgiving of 1976, founders Levon Helm, Garth Hudson and Rick Danko continue to plow their brand of homespun, American roots music on JUBILATION. Rounded out by Randy Ciarlante, Jim Weider and Richard Bell, The Band press ahead with plenty of mandolin, accordion and dobro on a batch of songs that are the aural equivalent of tooling around the backroads of the Deep South. You can almost feel the rhythm of the tracks under your feet as "Last Train To Memphis" chugs along with an assist by some of guest Eric Clapton's tastier playing, whereas Rick Danko's plaintive vocals draw a map to the farm mentioned on "High Cotton."
Levon Helm remains the heart of the Band, and his nasal twang remains a high point, resonating throughout "Kentucky Downpour" or on a duet with John Hiatt on the latter's Celtic-flavored "Bound By Love." Of course, no trip down South would be complete without a swing through New Orleans, represented by Tom "Bones" Malone's funky horn arrangements on "Spirit Of The Dance" and the Band's easy-going take on Allen Toussaint's "You See Me."