Jericho is the eighth studio album by Canadian-American rock group the Band. Coming seventeen years after their "farewell concert", it was released in 1993 and was the first album to feature the latter-day configuration of the group, as well as their first release for the Rhino subsidiary Pyramid Records.
|Studio album by|
|Released||November 2, 1993|
|Recorded||Summer 1993; except "Country Boy", October 1985, and "Atlantic City", 1990/91|
|Producer||John Simon, Aaron Professor Louie Hurwitz & The Band|
|The Band chronology|
Joining original members Levon Helm (drums/mandolin/guitar/vocal), Rick Danko (bass/guitar/vocal) and Garth Hudson (organ/keyboards/horns) were Jim Weider (who had played guitar for the group from the time of their 1983 reformation), Randy Ciarlante (who had joined on drums in 1990) and Richard Bell (who had joined as keyboardist in 1991). There were an additional fourteen guest musicians. Having such a large amount of guests would be commonplace on the latter-day group's albums.
In 1985, the Band went into the studio for the first time since 1977 with the intent of recording tracks for an eventual album. Richard Manuel had recently expressed interest in writing new material for the group, and had written "Breaking New Ground" with Gerry Goffin and Carole King. However, on March 6, 1986, Manuel was found dead of suicide, and the Band abandoned efforts to make an album for several years.
In 1990, Sony offered the Band a recording contract. The group hired fellow Hawks member Stan Szelest to replace Manuel on keyboards, and proceeded to record new material with songwriter Jules Shear. However, these recordings were rejected by Sony, which suggested the group take submissions from various songwriters. Just as recording continued, Szelest died of a heart attack. The Band then requested release from Sony and found a new contract with Great Pyramid Records. Without Manuel or Robbie Robertson as songwriters, the group relied mostly on outside sources, such as Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Bruce Springsteen, and their friends Bob Dylan and Artie Traum. A few sessions also involved Champion Jack Dupree. "Country Boy", a song from the 1985 sessions with Manuel on vocals, was also selected for inclusion on the album. John Simon, who had produced the Band's first two albums, was again brought in to produce along with Aaron L. Hurwitz (Engineer, Record Producer), to form the collection which would ultimately become Jericho. The album was finally completed in 1993, with new members Richard Bell, Randy Ciarlante and Jim Weider on keyboards, second drums and lead guitar respectively.
The album cover is a painting by Peter Max of the "Big Pink" house in West Saugerties, New York, where Bob Dylan and the Band recorded music during the mid to late 1960s. The albums The Basement Tapes and Music from Big Pink both originated from the music created in this house. The painting depicts the same view of the house used in the photographs on the cover of Music from Big Pink.
|1.||"Remedy"||Colin Linden, Jim Weider||4:25|
|2.||"Blind Willie McTell"||Bob Dylan||6:42|
|3.||"The Caves of Jericho"||Richard Bell, Levon Helm, John Simon||5:23|
|4.||"Atlantic City"||Bruce Springsteen||5:16|
|5.||"Too Soon Gone"||Jules Shear, Stan Szelest||3:59|
|6.||"Country Boy"||Marshall Barer, Fred Brooks||3:17|
|7.||"Move to Japan"||Joe Flood, Levon Helm, John Simon, Stan Szelest, Jim Weider||4:25|
|8.||"Amazon (River of Dreams)"||Artie Traum||6:00|
|9.||"Stuff You Gotta Watch"||Muddy Waters||2:50|
|10.||"Same Thing"||Willie Dixon||4:31|
|11.||"Shine a Light"||Marty Grebb, Daniel Moore||4:12|
|12.||"Blues Stay Away from Me"||Alton & Rabon Delmore, Henry Glover, Wayne Raney||6:01|
Mark Deming of AllMusic gave the album 3.5 stars out of 5. He wrote that while Robertson's strong songwriting and stinging lead guitar were sorely missed, the remaining musicians and guests performed well and Jericho "did unexpectedly prove that the Band could function very well without Robertson."
- The Band
- Rick Danko - Bass guitar, guitars, fiddle, trombone, keyboards, vocals
- Levon Helm - Drums, percussion, mandolin, guitar, vocals
- Garth Hudson - Organ, keyboards, accordion, electric piano, saxophones, synthesizers, horns
- Richard Manuel - Piano, keyboards & vocals on "Country Boy"
- Randy Ciarlante - Drums, percussion, backing vocals
- Rick Bell - Keyboards, organ, piano, accordion, backing vocals
- Jim Weider - Guitars, backing vocals
- Stan Szelest - Electric piano (on "Atlantic City" & "Blind Willie McTell")
- Guest musicians
- John Simon - Electric piano, horns, saxophones
- Champion Jack Dupree - Piano on "Blind Willie McTell"
- Vassar Clements - Fiddle on "The Caves of Jericho" and "Stuff You Gotta Watch"
- Eric Bazilian - Mandolin on "Atlantic City"
- Rob Hyman - Keyboards on "Atlantic City"
- Steve Jordan - Drums on "Blues Stay Away From Me"
- Jules Shear - Backing vocals on "Too Soon Gone"
- Tommy Spurlock - Steel guitar on "The Caves of Jericho"
- Artie Traum - Acoustic guitar on "Amazon (River of Dreams)"
- Colin Linden - Backing vocals on "Amazon (River of Dreams)"
- Bobby Strickland - Tenor and baritone saxophones on "Remedy" and "Stuff You Gotta Watch".
- Dave Douglas - Trumpet on "Remedy" and "Stuff You Gotta Watch".
- Rob Leon - Bass guitar on "Too Soon Gone", "Amazon" and "The Caves of Jericho".
- Jericho at AllMusic
- Rolling Stone
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