Moondog Matinee

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Moondog Matinee
Moondog Matinee, The Band, original cover.jpg
Studio album by The Band
Released October 15, 1973
Recorded March–June 1973
Studio Bearsville Sound Studios, Bearsville, NY; Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA; New York, NY
Genre Rock
Length 35:09
Label Capitol
Producer The Band
The Band chronology
Rock of Ages
Moondog Matinee
Planet Waves
(with Bob Dylan)
Reissue cover
Australian alternate cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+[2]
Down Beat 3/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly B+[3]
MusicHound 5/5[4]
Rolling Stone (mixed)[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[6]

Moondog Matinee is the fifth studio album by Canadian/American rock group the Band, released in 1973. It consists entirely of cover material reflecting the group's love of R&B and blues music, with one exception in their interpretation of the theme from the film The Third Man.

In a 2002 interview, Levon Helm described the reasoning for recording an album of covers: "That was all we could do at the time. We couldn't get along—we all knew that fairness was a bunch of shit. We all knew we were getting screwed, so we couldn't sit down and create no more music. 'Up on Cripple Creek' and all that stuff was over—all that collaboration was over, and that type of song was all we could do."[7]

The original idea had been to replicate the group's setlists of the mid-'60s when they had been known as Levon and the Hawks, playing clubs throughout Canada and the US. Of the ten tracks, only one, "Share Your Love (With Me)" had been performed by the group in the mid-'60s. The rest were merely tracks the group admired, two of them, "Holy Cow" and "A Change Is Gonna Come", chronologically coming after the group's club days.

Rhapsody praised the album, calling it one of their favorite cover albums.[8]

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. "Ain't Got No Home" Clarence "Frogman" Henry Levon Helm 3:20
2. "Holy Cow" Allen Toussaint Rick Danko, Helm 3:15
3. "Share Your Love (With Me)" Deadric Malone, Alfred Braggs Richard Manuel 2:50
4. "Mystery Train" Junior Parker, Sam Phillips Helm 5:35
5. "Third Man Theme" Anton Karas Instrumental 2:43

Side two[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
6. "Promised Land" Chuck Berry Helm 3:00
7. "The Great Pretender" Buck Ram Manuel 3:07
8. "I'm Ready" Fats Domino, Al Lewis, Sylvester Bradford Helm 3:22
9. "Saved" Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller Manuel 3:42
10. "A Change Is Gonna Come" Sam Cooke Danko 4:15

2001 reissue bonus tracks[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
11. "Didn't It Rain (Outtake)" Traditional 3:16
12. "Crying Heart Blues (Outtake)" Joe Brown 3:29
13. "Shakin' (Outtake)" Sam Cooke 3:31
14. "What Am I Living For (Outtake)" Chuck Willis 5:04
15. "Going Back to Memphis (Outtake)" Chuck Berry 5:02
16. "Endless Highway (Studio version)" Robertson 5:09


Additional personnel
  • Billy Mundi – drums (brushes) on "Mystery Train"[9]
  • Ben Keithpedal steel guitar on "The Promised Land"
  • Mark Harman – engineer
  • Jay Ranellucci – engineer
  • John Wilson – engineer
  • Edward Kasper – artwork


  1. ^ link
  2. ^ link
  3. ^ a b "The Band – Moondog Matinee 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. 
  5. ^ link
  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. ^ Lopate, Mitch. "He Shall Be Levon...: The Band's Levon Helm Is Rocking Harder Than Ever With The Barnburners", GRITZ magazine, Fall 2002.
  8. ^ Rhapsody’s Favorite Covers Albums retrieved 01-08-10.
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