Cahoots (album)

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Studio album by The Band
Released September 15, 1971
Recorded Early 1971 at Bearsville Sound Studio, Bearsville, New York
Genre Rock
Length 46:41
Label Capitol
Producer The Band
The Band chronology
Stage Fright
Rock of Ages
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars link
Robert Christgau B− link
Rolling Stone (mixed to positive) 1971
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars 2004

Cahoots is the fourth studio album by Canadian/American rock group the Band released in 1971 and was their last all-original studio album for four years. It received only mixed reviews when it first appeared. Robbie Robertson wrote or co-wrote all but one of the album tracks, Bob Dylan's "When I Paint My Masterpiece". Robertson's occasional co-writers include Danko and Helm on "Life is a Carnival", and Van Morrison on "4% Pantomime". 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.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Robbie Robertson, unless otherwise noted.

Side one[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Life Is a Carnival" (Levon Helm, Robertson, Rick Danko) 3:55
2. "When I Paint My Masterpiece" (Bob Dylan) 4:21
3. "Last of the Blacksmiths"   3:41
4. "Where Do We Go from Here?"   3:47
5. "4% Pantomime" (Robertson, Van Morrison) 4:32

Side two[edit]

No. Title Length
6. "Shoot Out in Chinatown"   2:51
7. "The Moon Struck One"   4:09
8. "Thinkin' Out Loud"   3:19
9. "Smoke Signal"   5:11
10. "Volcano"   3:05
11. "The River Hymn"   4:40

Bonus Track listing from 2000 re-release[edit]

No. Title Length
12. "Endless Highway (Early studio take)"   3:46
13. "When I Paint My Masterpiece (Alternate take)" (Bob Dylan) 3:57
14. "Bessie Smith (Outtake)" (Rick Danko, Robertson) 4:17
15. "Don't Do It (Outtake - Studio version)" (Holland-Dozier-Holland) 3:54
16. "Radio Commercial"   1:04


Additional personnel


  1. ^ "History of The Band: "Stage Fright" and "Cahoots"". 1991-07-26. Retrieved 2012-02-09.