I got this again from the Big Al collection. Makes sense having this, being Canadian (from Ontario none the less). Hawkins and his backing band were popular in that neck of the woods.
One reason I went back to Amsterdam this year for no real good reason is I thought if I don’t go back now, it will be another two years before I go back. I got a pretty good handle on the city. I am about 85% proficient at planning out my activities based on city geography. I guess if I waited another two years, I may lose some of this.
Well to segue this observation into a tangible place I went to, I spent a day working down to the south east part of town to spend some time in Oosterpark. Incidentally, on route to the park, I roamed seemingly close to Amstel Station (like I said, 85%). Anyway, I got back on track and to the park. Nice park it is. Located behind the Tropical Museum and built on what I believe was an old cemetary, it is about a third of the size of Vondelpark. I think the first time I went to the park was my trip two years ago. There is a nice lake area with ducks and geese as well as a handful of art pieces and statues.
My favorite statue is the boy riding the goat situated on a path by the lake smack in the middle of the park. I mean why is the kid riding a goat? It asks more questions than it answers. The bronze, by the way, is called “De Bokkenrijder”(Goat Rider) and was done by Gerrit Boluis somewhere around 1957.
Back to the album, Ronnie Hawkins, born in Huntsville, Alabama in 1935 and raised in Fayetteville, is an American rockabilly musician who found great sucess in Ontario. He is known as a pioneer in Canada’s music scene.
When he moved up to Canada to take advantage of this popularity, all the members of his backing band, with the exception of his drummer, began to drop out. Hawkins replaced the departing Alabama boys with Canadians. This became the backbone of the Hawks which later became the backing band for Bob Dylan, and then most famously, The Band. Much has been written about this already and I am not going to re-iterate the story here. Instead, I offer a link.
Link to a history page of the Band
As a side note, The Last Waltz was on PBS last week. It is an amazing movie that could not be done by anyone other than Martin Scorsese and The Band. Really great piece of work. I was really stunned at the end when I thought about it but everyone of the guest stars really either was or became an music icon. No flavors of the month on it.
Anyway, this is a Canadian record from Roulette records in 1964. Although there is some back and forth on the matter, this is compiled from past releases. Levon Helm, Rick Danko, and Robbie Robertson are on all the tracks. They are joined by Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson on “Mojo Man”, “High Blood Pressure”, and “Boss Man”. The two also play separately on two other tracks as well. Good album. Nice piece of rockabilly as well as music history.
For a sample, there are many directions I could go in. After much thought, I decided to go with “Come Love”. I was also considering “Who Do You Love”, “Sexy Ways”, and “I Feel Good”. I really could have posted the whole album but for some reason showed restraint.
Top Rated Album.