April 8, 2011 – 3:39 am

Rick Danko formed a trio with Jonas Fjeld and folk rock pioneer, Eric Andersen.

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Italy 1994 [no label, 2CD]

Live at Skitz & Roll, Bagno di Gavorrano, Italy, December 4, 1994. Excellent stereo soundboard.

The new band was an equal partnership with three singer-songwriters including Eric Andersen who is well-known for his acclaimed debut 1972 album, Blue River (eighth album). This intimate show, in what sounds like a small venue, has them alternating lead vocals. Danko’s is the recognizable one, singing The Band classics that offer his special “pained” vocals.

Only the heartache was real. He was just a couple of years away from his “fat Danko” persona, a chronically obese version of what was once a poster boy for the ’60s. It was the drugs everyone says. Partly.

The fall from football stadiums and outdoor festivals probably had a deeper impact. It sure didn’t help that his solo debut album way back in ‘77 stiffed his solo career on account of its chart failure. But it was an album that has many fans to this day. Labelled a “critic’s choice”.

But it’s really hard to imagine that as his epitaph. After all, as The Band they scaled the heights with Bob Dylan, first in the ’60s then in the ’70s. When Danko, Fjeld & Andersen harmonise together on the final trio or so of songs on Disc 2, it’s like magic again. Danko must have felt a connection with In A Blaze Of Glory, a last hurrah type of song. It’s handled well.

Also listen to Rick Danko take the lead on Andersen’s classic Blue River,

Spent the day with my old dog Mo
Down an old dirt road
What he’s thinking Lord I don’t know
But for him bet the time must go so slow

he pulls in a beautiful picture of restlessness with so much regret that escaped Andersen’s own version. Problem is, you couldn’t sell music this good back in ‘94, probably not even today. What they couldn’t sell, the record companies shelved.

Although a third album was planned, the trio never started recording. Danko moved back to the road, solo or with the reformed Band. Neither he nor the rest of the Band ever scaled back up those Olympian heights.

This awesome quality recording was shared by dathead2 at Traders Den in 2006. The performance was just as great. Thanks dathead2.

- The Little Chicken

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Disc 1
Track 101. [talk] (1.0MB)
Track 102. Baby I’m Lonesome ** (8.5MB)
Track 103. Twilight ** (5.5MB)
Track 104. Lie With Me ** (8.1MB)
Track 105. One More Shot * (7.1MB)
Track 106. Driftin’ Away * (8.7MB)
Track 107. Ragtop ** (8.0MB)
Track 108. Dimming of the Day ** (6.2MB)
Track 109. Ridin’ on the Blinds ** (5.9MB)
Track 110. [talk] (1.8MB)
Track 111. When Morning Comes to America * (7.2MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. It Makes No Difference (5.4MB)
Track 202. Stage Fright (5.1MB)
Track 203. [talk] (1.7MB)
Track 204. More Often Than Not (original on Eric Andersen’s 1972 Blue River album) (9.2MB)
Track 205. Thirsty Boots Your Eyes ** (10.1MB)
Track 206. [talk] (3.7MB)
Track 207. Blackbird (Lennon/McCartney) (4.3MB)
Track 208. [talk] (3.3MB)
Track 209. Man in the Shadows (8.4MB)
Track 210. [talk] (1.6MB)
Track 211. I’m Comin’ Back Home * (6.0MB)
Track 212. Blue River * (8.9MB)
Track 213. Angels in the Snow * (7.6MB)
Track 214. In A Blaze of Glory (4.2MB)
Track 215. [talk] (2.1MB)
Track 216. Last Thing On My Mind * (7.2MB)
Track 217. The Weight (7.0MB)

* originally from 1991 release “Danko/Fjeld/Anderson”
** originally from 1994 release “Ridin’ on the Blinds”

Rick Danko - bass, vocals, guitar
Jonas Fjeld - vocals, guitar
Eric Anderson - vocals, guitar, harmonica

TECH NOTES (dathead2 took time and trouble to make a great recording even better)
sbd > sony D7 DAT > DAT > PC

note=removed some nothing at very beginning and a few other spots
note=removed 00:33 to 00:54 from Twilight due to technical problems with original recording
note=removed dropout during tuning 01:27:06
note=removed static from beginning of “Last Thing On My Mind” (some still audible)
note=removed pop from right channel (copied in left) at 01:32 of “Last Thing On My Mind”

rate=44.1kHz scms=00 from=ep source=dsbd time=01:43 quality=10

This show was to support their then new and second album, Ridin’ On The Blinds. Click on the link to order the album.

  1. 19 Responses to “THE OTHER BAND”

  2. I went blind once while driving 70 in traffic, so I’ll adopt Ridin on the Blinds as my theme song for that. 2 seconds to realize it, then react. Fortunately, I was in the right lane. Pulled to right based on my memory alone of things, to barely one car width off the freeway to my right, without going over the 4 inch berm which separated me from the few hundred foot fall to the valley floor below. No guard rails. It was a migraine. I was blind an hour. Never happened again, it was 1996. It was great to hear the first show, but the first few songs werent tight vocally, but really liked Blinds and Morning in America. Looking forward to set 2.

    By 2yrsnojob on Apr 8, 2011

  3. Talk about a Super Group! Simply amazing!!! Rick, Eric and Jonas created some of the most beautiful and magical music ever — and won the Spellemans Pris (Norway’s ‘Grammy’ Award) for their efforts. They were actually all ready to start work on the third album — but Rick passed away before they could. What a loss for all of us.

    If anyone wants to learn more about D/F/A, here’s a link about their first album and one from Rick’s site run by his publicist, Carol.

    Love this site and thanks for all you do but a big “OUCH” for the ‘fat Danko’ comment from all of us who are no longer the size 7 we used to be.

    By LongBlackVeil on Apr 8, 2011

  4. Another terrific post. D F & A is a wonderful album. It always sounds to me as three great players making music together purely for the love of making music so the chance to hear them live is a real treat … with a Richard Fhompson cover thrown in for good measure. Thank you very much.

    By upperwye on Apr 8, 2011

  5. Yeah, the fat Danko comment is common… However, it is hurtful to those who knew the man. Rick was a special person who got very sick in the last years of his life. He struggled with health issues and it was actually legal prescribed drugs that attributed to his weight gain and problems. He also secretly grappled with bouts of severe depression and pain management. Rick Danko always had a laugh and a good heart. He was a friend to all. From cops to bikers, babies and bums. You could find no one who possessed such talent and free spirited personality. He was a simple man from the rock n roll road who always had a joke, smoke and smile. He play both Woodstock’s, with Dylan during his most formative year and of course an esteemed 40 yr career with The Hawks / The Band. It’s tragic how his life ended, but I would take him over any 15 minute corporate MTV slop anyway. Peace.

    By Woodstock on Apr 9, 2011

  6. Ps. Visit for all authorized Rick Danko cd’s / downloads.

    By Woodstock on Apr 9, 2011

  7. laidback, yet, energetic.

    By Timmy on Apr 9, 2011

  8. Thanks for this to add to my DFA collection. Coming to this as an Eric Andersen admirer first and foremost, I can say that 205 is called Thirsty Boots, probably Eric’s best known song.

    By Chris on Apr 9, 2011

  9. I saw Danko play twice in DC when he was young and in Chicago a few days before his death. What a great voice he had. I also liked his solo releases.

    By hfs radio fan on Apr 10, 2011

  10. Big O,someone has their facts wrong. Eric Andersen recorded well before Blue River. That’s his Columbia debut but not his debut recording. He was on Warner Brothers. Check out More Songs from Tin Can Alley for some excellent Eric Andersen songs. The official live cd of DFA is a complete waste. It sounds like a bad audience recording. I’m puzzled that Appleseed released that. Thanks Big O for this one.

    By Mike on Apr 11, 2011

  11. Mike has it almost right. Eric Andersen’s first album, called Today is the Highway, was on Vanguard and was released in 65. His next album, ‘Bout Changes and Things came out in 66, and ranks along with Blue River as a masterpiece.

    I heard a fascinating radio interview on NPR with Jonas Fjeld in 93 in which he discussed how he writes the English lyrics for his songs, a process with involves first creating complete nonsense lyrics of sounds and fragments that sound eerily like English, but are not actually words. He played an example with an early version of When Morning Comes to America, with these faux lyrics and then compared ith with the final version.

    By Richard on Apr 14, 2011

  12. Andersen’s “‘Bout Changes & Things” is a good album, but after Dylan went electric he was inspired to re-record it with a band as “Take 2″ - personally I prefer that version.

    By Rod Parkes on Apr 14, 2011

  13. Thanks to Richard and Mike for their feedback and to everyone for their comments.

    By bigozine2 on Apr 15, 2011

  14. Great show. Rick is one of the best singers that ever lived. A lot of raw emotion there.

    By Matt on Apr 29, 2011

  15. Could you post again sometime, sounds like a good thing to have and hold.

    By David Wright on Jul 6, 2012

  16. Great stuff.
    Another correction: The track labeled “Your Eyes” is actually Eric Andersen’s classic “Thirsty Boots” (which is considerably older than any 1994 recording).

    By YogaforCynics on Jul 7, 2012

  17. Hello YogaforCynics

    Thanks for your feedback. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Jul 7, 2012

  18. Many thanks for yet another sweet gift!!

    By Paul on May 26, 2013

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    By nail fungus laser treatment on Jun 16, 2013

  20. Thanks much.

    By Jason on Apr 12, 2014

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