Rick Danko (album)

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Rick Danko
Studio album by Rick Danko
Released 1977
Genre Rock
Length 32:20
Label Arista
Producer Rick Danko, Rob Fraboni
Rick Danko chronology
Rick Danko
(1977)
Danko/Fjeld/Andersen
(1991)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (B)[2]

Rick Danko is the 1977 eponymous debut by the bassist and singer for The Band. Featuring ten tracks written by Danko usually in conjunction with lyricists Bobby Charles and Emmett Grogan, it was the first solo album by any member of the group.

Rick Danko is the only solo album by a member of The Band to feature each member of the group. Garth Hudson played accordion on "New Mexico", Robbie Robertson lead guitar on "Java Blues", Richard Manuel electric piano on "Shake It" and Levon Helm sings harmony vocal on the closing "Once Upon a Time". Danko handled bass, rhythm and lead guitars and vocals. Other guests included Eric Clapton (guitar on "New Mexico"), Ronnie Wood (guitar on "What a Town"), Beach Boy and later Band member Blondie Chaplin (guitar and bass on various tracks) and Doug Sahm (guitar on various tracks).

Track listing[edit]

  1. "What a Town" (Danko, Bobby Charles)
  2. "Brainwash" (Danko, Emmett Grogan)
  3. "New Mexicoe" (Danko, Charles)
  4. "Tired of Waiting" (Danko, Jim Atkinson)
  5. "Sip the Wine" (Danko)
  6. "Java Blues" (Danko, Grogan)
  7. "Sweet Romance" (Danko, Grogan)
  8. "Small Town Talk" (Danko, Charles)
  9. "Shake It" (Danko)
  10. "Once Upon a Time" (Danko, Grogan)

Personnel[edit]

Main Players[edit]

Guests[edit]

  • Ronnie Wood: lead guitar on "What a Town"
  • Blondie Chaplin: lead guitar on "Brainwash", bass on "Small Town Talk"
  • Tim Drummond: bass on "Brainwash" and "Java Blues"
  • Eric Clapton: guitar on "New Mexicoe"
  • Garth Hudson: accordion on "New Mexicoe"
  • Rob Fraboni: percussion on "New Mexicoe" and "Shake It", vibraslap on "Tired of Waiting"
  • Ken Lauber: piano on "Tired of Waiting", "Sweet Romance" and "Once Upon a Time"
  • Joe Lala: percussion on "Tired of Waiting"
  • Robbie Robertson: lead guitar on "Java Blues"
  • George Weber: organ on "Sweet Romance" and "Once Upon a Time"
  • Gerry Beckley: acoustic guitar on "Shake It"
  • Richard Manuel: Fender Rhodes piano on "Shake It"
  • David Paich: Moog synthesizer on "Shake It"
  • Levon Helm: harmony vocal on "Once Upon a Time"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ollio, J.P. "Rick Danko". Allmusic. Retrieved March 31, 2013. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Rick Danko". Robert Christgau.com. Retrieved March 31, 2013.