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Jubilation is the twelfth and final
studio album by Canadian-American rock group The Band. Recorded in the spring of 1998 in Levon Helm's home studio
New York, it was released on September 15, 1998.
For the only time in their latter-day career, bucking the trend
set on the first two studio albums, Jericho and High on the
Hog, there were more originals than covers on
Jubilation. Songs include "Last Train to Memphis",
featuring guest guitarist Eric Clapton, Garth Hudson's solo
instrumental closer "French Girls", Rick Danko's "High Cotton" and the ode to Ronnie Hawkins,
On only one track, "If I Should Fail", do all six group members
appear. Helm and Danko are missing from one track each, guitarist
Jim Weider is missing
from two. Richard Bell is
replaced by producer/engineer Aaron Hurwitz on piano and keyboards
for much of the album (Bell appears on just three tracks). Hudson
and drummer-percussionist Randy Ciarlante are on every track.
Friends and family abounded to help out.
Colored vinyl released in September 1998 in a limited run.
- "Book Faded Brown" (Paul Jost) – 4:12
- "Don't Wait" (The Band, Kevin Doherty, Levon Helm) – 4:09
- "Last Train To Memphis" (The Band, Bobby Charles, Levon Helm) – 4:06
- "High Cotton" (Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Tom Pacheco) - 3:25
- "Kentucky Downpour" (The Band, Marty Grebb, Levon Helm) –
- "Bound By Love" (John
Hiatt) – 3:22
- "White Cadillac (Ode to Ronnie Hawkins)" (Randy Ciarlante,
Levon Helm, Jim Weider) – 3:38
- "If I Should Fail" (Rick Danko, Tom Pacheco) – 3:56
- "Spirit of the Dance" (Randy Ciarlante, Rick Danko, Levon Helm,
Jim Weider) – 5:05
- "You See Me" (Allen Toussaint) – 4:36
- "French Girls" (Garth Hudson) - 2:07
- Rick Danko – Acoustic, electric & double-bass, Acoustic
- Levon Helm – Drums, percussion, harmonica, mandolin, vocals.
- Garth Hudson –
Keyboards, organ, accordion, piano, synthesizers, vocoder, soprano, alto and tenor saxophones,
Ciarlante – Drums, percussion, vocals.
- Jim Weider –
Guitars, mandolin, dobro, vocals.
- Richard Bell –
Keyboards, organ, piano, vocals.
- Aaron Hurwitz – Producer, engineer, piano,
organ, accordion, backing
- Tom Malone – Trombone, trumpet, tenor & baritone saxophone.
- Eric Clapton –
- John Hiatt –
High-string guitar, vocals.
Charles – Percussion, backing vocals
- Marie Spinosa – Percussion, backing vocals.
- Marty Grebb – Keyboards, backing vocals.
- Jim Eppard – Tenor
- Mike Dunn – Bass
- Kevin Doherty – Backing vocals.
- Amy Helm – Backing vocals.
- Maud Hudson – Backing vocals.