Cahoots (album)

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Cahoots (The Band album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by The Band
Released September 15, 1971
Recorded Early 1971
Studio Bearsville Sound Studio, Bearsville, New York
Genre Roots rock, folk rock, country rock, Americana
Length 46:41
Label Capitol
Producer The Band
The Band chronology
Stage Fright
(1970)Stage Fright1970
Rock of Ages
(1972)Rock of Ages1972
Singles from Cahoots
  1. "Life Is a Carnival/The Moon Struck One"
    Released: 1971
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B–[2]
Entertainment Weekly B–[3]
MusicHound 3/5[4]
Q 3/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone (1971) (mixed)[5]
Rolling Stone (2000) 3/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2.5/5 stars[6]

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.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

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

Side two[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Lead Vocals Length
1. "Shoot Out in Chinatown" Robertson Manuel, Danko, Helm 2:51
2. "The Moon Struck One" Robertson Manuel 4:09
3. "Thinkin' Out Loud" Robertson Danko 3:19
4. "Smoke Signal" Robertson Helm 5:11
5. "Volcano" Robertson Danko 3:05
6. "The River Hymn" Robertson Helm 4:40

2000 reissue bonus tracks[edit]

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


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