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Cahoots is the fourth studio album by Canadian/American rock group the Band. It was released in 1971 to mixed reviews, and was their last album of original material for four years. The album's front cover was painted by New York artist/illustrator Gilbert Stone, while the back cover features a photograph portrait of the group by Richard Avedon. The album features guest vocals from Van Morrison.

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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 15, 1971
RecordedEarly 1971
StudioBearsville Sound Studio, Bearsville, New York
GenreRoots rock, folk rock, country rock, Americana
ProducerThe Band
the Band chronology
Stage Fright
Rock of Ages
Singles from Cahoots
  1. "Life Is a Carnival/The Moon Struck One"
    Released: 1971
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB–[2]
Entertainment WeeklyB–[3]
Q3/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone (1971)(mixed)[5]
Rolling Stone (2000)3/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2.5/5 stars[6]


Track listingEdit

Side oneEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Lead VocalsLength
1."Life Is a Carnival"Levon Helm, Robbie Robertson, Rick DankoDanko and Helm3:55
2."When I Paint My Masterpiece"Bob DylanHelm4:21
3."Last of the Blacksmiths"RobertsonRichard Manuel3:41
4."Where Do We Go from Here?"RobertsonDanko, Helm3:47
5."4% Pantomime"Robertson, Van MorrisonManuel, Morrison4:32

Side twoEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Lead VocalsLength
1."Shoot Out in Chinatown"RobertsonManuel, Danko, Helm2:51
2."The Moon Struck One"RobertsonManuel4:09
3."Thinkin' Out Loud"RobertsonDanko3:19
4."Smoke Signal"RobertsonHelm5:11
6."The River Hymn"RobertsonHelm4:40

2000 reissue bonus tracksEdit

12."Endless Highway (Early studio take)"Robertson3:46
13."When I Paint My Masterpiece (Alternate take)"Dylan3:57
14."Bessie Smith (Outtake)"Danko, Robertson4:17
15."Don't Do It (Outtake - Studio version)"Holland-Dozier-Holland3:54
16."Radio Commercial" 1:04


The Band[7][8]

Additional personnel


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  3. ^ a b c "The Band – Cahoots CD Album". CD Universe/Muze. Retrieved February 18, 2017.
  4. ^ Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel (eds) (1999). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Farmington Hills, MI: Visible Ink Press. p. 72. ISBN 1-57859-061-2.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
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  6. ^ Brackett, Nathan, with Hoard, Christian (eds) (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th edn). New York, NY: Fireside. p. 42. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
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  8. ^ "History of The Band: "Stage Fright" and "Cahoots"". 1991-07-26. Retrieved 2012-02-09.