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 ...
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."
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.
"Ain't Got No Home"
Clarence "Frogman" Henry
"Share Your Love (With Me)"
Deadric Malone, Alfred Braggs
Junior Parker, Sam Phillips
"Third Man Theme"
"The Promised Land"
"The Great Pretender"
Fats Domino, Al Lewis, Sylvester Bradford
Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller
"A Change Is Gonna Come"
Bonus Track listing from 2001 re-release:
"Didn't It Rain (outtake)"
"Crying Heart Blues (outtake)"
"What Am I Living For (outtake)"
"Going Back To Memphis (outtake)"
"Endless Highway (studio version)"
Rick Danko - bass guitar, rhythm guitar, vocals,
Levon Helm - drums, bass guitar, rhythm guitar, vocals,
Garth Hudson - organ, piano, accordion, synthesizer, clavinet, tenor saxophone,
Richard Manuel - acoustic and electric piano, drums, vocals,
Robbie Robertson - guitars,
Billy Mundi - drums (brushes) on "Mystery Train",
Ben Keith - pedal steel guitar on "The Promised Land",
Mark Harman - engineer,
Jay Ranellucci - engineer,
John Wilson - engineer,
Edward Kasper - artwork