LEVON HELM R.I.P. 1940-2012

April 20, 2012 – 3:15 pm

LEVON HELM R.I.P. 1940-2012

Levon Helm, singer and drummer with The Band, died from throat cancer on April 19, 2012 at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Helm was 71. The news was announced in a message posted by his family on Facebook and Twitter, which read: “Levon Helm passed peacefully this afternoon. He was surrounded by family, friends and band mates and will be remembered by all he touched as a brilliant musician and a beautiful soul.”

Earlier this week it was announced that Helm was in the final stages of his “battle with cancer”. Helm’s daughter, Amy, and his wife, Sandy, had then posted a message on his website, noting, “Thank you fans and music lovers who have made his life so filled with joy and celebration… he has loved nothing more than to play, to fill the room up with music, lay down the back beat, and make the people dance! He did it every time he took the stage… We appreciate all the love and support and concern.”

Helm was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1998, but that didn’t stop him from performing and recording albums. The passing of Helm also means that The Band is now left with two surviving original members - guitarist Robbie Robertson and keyboardist Garth Hudson. Pianist Richard Manuel died in 1986 while bassist Rick Danko died in 1999.

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Crossing The Great Divide [Scorpio 96-08-1010, 1011, 1013; 3CD]

Outtakes, demos and rarities. Very good to excellent soundboard.

In memory of Levon Helm.

From theband.hiof.no:

58 tracks in all, including early Hawks material, outtakes from 1965 - 1967 The Basement Tapes and Big Pink sessions, outtakes from The Band, Rock of Ages, and Planet Waves, various Band live recordings, bits of a 1988 Levon Helm concert, and three four demos for Jericho. A nice set with good sound quality. There is also a 36-page booklet containing the full text of the July ‘91 Goldmine article. (click here).

Thanks to Philip Cohen for running through the tracks.

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Disc 1: What a Party
The Hawks with Levon Helm on vocals, September 18, 1961
Track 101. What A Party (3.7MB)
102. Farther Up The Road - Omitted*
Track 103. She’s Nineteen (5.7MB)
Levon & The Hawks, Texas, 1964
Track 104. You Don’t Know Me (6.4MB)
The Canadian Squires, 45 single, 1964
Track 105. Leave Me Alone (4.2MB)
Levon & The Hawks, 45 single, Atco, 1965
106. He Don’t Love You - Omitted*
107. The Stones I Throw - Omitted*
Bob Dylan and the Hawks, studio out-take, Sunset Studios, Los Angeles, November 30, 1965
Track 108. Number One (6.6MB)
Bob Dylan and the Hawks, Manchester, May 17,1966
Track 109. Baby, Let Me Follow You Down (6.3MB)
The Hawks, Big Pink, 1967
Track 110. I’m Your Teenage Prayer - with Bob Dylan (6.2MB)
Track 111. Ruben Remus - instrumental (4.7MB)
Track 112. Yazoo Street Scandal I (6.6MB)
Track 113. You Say You Love Me I (4.4MB)
Track 114. You Say You Love Me II (3.3MB)
Track 115. Orange Juice Blues - instrumental (5.3MB)
Track 116. Instrumental (8.7MB)
Track 117. Come All Ye Fair & Tender Ladies - with Bob Dylan (3.5MB)
Track 118. Beautiful Thing I (2.7MB)
Track 119. Beautiful Thing II (2.7MB)
Track 120. Orange Juice Blues (5.8MB)
Track 121. Instrumental II - with Bob Dylan (2.4MB)
Track 122. Ferdinand The Imposter (6.5MB)
Track 123. If I Lose (3.9MB)
Track 124. Bacon Fat - incomplete (1.5MB)

* Available on The Band - A Musical History.

Disc 2: The Crackers, Time To Kill
Track 201. Katie’s Been Gone (4.5MB)
Track 202. Ruben Remus (5.3MB)
Track 203. Yazoo Street Scandal II (5.5MB)
The Band outtakes, Bearsville Studios, 1969
Track 204. Get Up Jake (3.6MB)
Track 205. Baby, Don’t You Do It (6.1MB)
Woodstock, August 18, 1969
Track 206. Don’t Ya Tell Henry (6.0MB)
Track 207. Tears Of Rage (8.3MB)
Bob Dylan & The Band, Isle Of Wight, August 31, 1969
Track 208. Highway 61 Revisited (5.4MB)
Hollywood Bowl, July 10, 1970
Track 209. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (6.5MB)
Track 210. Across The Great Divide (4.8MB)
Rock of Ages outtakes, December 31, 1971
Track 211. Up On Cripple Creek (7.3MB)
Track 212. The Rumor (7.8MB)
Track 213. Time To Kill (6.4MB)
Track 214. Strawberry Wine (5.1MB)
Track 215. Rockin’ Chair (6.3MB)
Track 216. This Wheel’s On Fire (5.9MB)
Track 217. Smoke Signal (8.0MB)
Track 218. I Shall Be Released (6.0MB)

Disc 3: The Band, Share Your Love
Track 301. Caledonia Mission (5.2MB)
Track 302. Loving You (Is Sweeter Than Ever) (5.5MB)
Track 303. Share Your Love (5.3MB)
Roosevelt Stadium, NJ, July 31, 1973
Track 304. Instrumental Jam (5.6MB)
Bob Dylan & The Band, Planet Waves outtakes, November 1973
Track 305. Instrumental Jam Crosswind Jamboree (4.7MB)
Track 306. Crosswind Jamboree King Harvest (5.4MB)
Madison Square Garden, January 31, 1974
Track 307. King Harvest Rag Mama Rag (6.2MB)
Track 308. Rag Mama Rag This Wheel’s On Fire (5.3MB)
The Last Waltz, Winterland, November 25, 1976
Track 309. It Makes No Difference (11.2MB)
Track 310. Baby, Don’t You Do It (8.3MB)
Osaka August 29, 1983
Track 311. Long Black Veil (7.6MB)
Levon Helm & Bob Dylan, Lone Star Cafe, May 29, 1988
Track 312. The Weight (9.0MB)
1991 Jericho Demos
Track 313. Nadine (7.7MB)
Track 314. Blind Willie McTell (12.0MB)
Track 315. Atlantic City (7.6MB)
Track 316. Soul Deep (6.7MB)

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  1. 41 Responses to “LEVON HELM R.I.P. 1940-2012”

  2. R.I.P. Levon…

    By TDC on Apr 20, 2012

  3. With a heavy heart, I wish Levon’s family and friends peace and comfort as he joins his band mates and brothers, Rick and Richard. I can’t help but smile at the thought of those three voices reunited and the beautiful harmonies now filling Heaven. I’m so thankful for the riches they left behind for us to enjoy. I’ve been trying to listen to “Rockin’ Chair” (track 215 here) but just can’t bring myself to do it just yet. Maybe tomorrow…..

    By LongBlackVeil on Apr 20, 2012

  4. thanks so much for doing this bigo, I can`t express the feeling that I had the day that I realized we would never be able to have a Band reunion when Richard left us. Then , sweet loveable, goofy, and so so talented Rick was gone , but now , the funk and red clay dirt soul has also been taken. This is a wonderful tribute not only to a great musician but a great band,
    The Band is dead .Long live the Band. Levon.Richard.Rick.Garth.Robbie.

    By sluggo on Apr 20, 2012

  5. I cried when John Lennon was killed and today I cried when we all lost Levon Helm as he , his music and The Band spoke to my generation for years. I was lucky enough to meet him in Manchester NH in 1985 at a River-fest show with The Band minus Robbie. It was great talking to him. I’m sure his music has rubbed off on all the world R.I.P. Levon, We all loved you. Levon Helm passed peacefully this afternoon. He was surrounded by family, friends and band mates and will be remembered by all he touched as a brilliant musician and a beautiful soul.

    By S J Yeaton on Apr 20, 2012

  6. Thanks so much Bigo for these recordings. I share the emotions and sense of deep loss that others have posted above, and elsewhere. What an artist Levon was! Thanks again.

    By strickles on Apr 20, 2012

  7. Don’t want no sorrow for this old orphan boy
    I don’t want no crying, Only tears of joy.
    I’m gonna see my mother, gonna see my father
    And I’ll be bound for glory in the morning When I go away.
    When they lay me in the cold ground, bow your heads and pray
    And I’ll be bound for glory in the morning When I go away.
    - Levon Helm “When I Go Away”

    By Just Bill on Apr 21, 2012

  8. From Woodstock, NY: It has been a beautiful warm and green spring time here in the Catskill Mtns. - even yesterday when Levon passed, it was supposed to rain, but the sun was brightly shining. We say goodbye with sadness but are in comfort that his legacy will last forever… Peace & Love.

    By Woodstock on Apr 21, 2012

  9. Track 218. I Shall Be Released (6.0MB)

    Download not working.

    By sking on Apr 21, 2012

  10. It’s working now. Thanks BigO.
    I should have waited longer.

    By sking on Apr 21, 2012

  11. I remember an interview where he was asked what he thought made the Band a success over other bands, and he thought a moment and said, “Our intentions were righteous.”

    I’ve always kept that as a guide in my choices, just as I’ve always kept his voice at my side.

    By mainer on Apr 21, 2012

  12. ok someone do me a small favor and either post links for the 3 omitted tracks so i can put them in my folder or send them to me privately. thanks. i just dont have the umph to figure this out on my own today. please and thank u.

    btw.. greg ham of men at work died yesterday. and robin gibb is out of his coma.

    By darth on Apr 21, 2012

  13. It reminds such good songs and what a band ! the Band was.
    but all these guys from this period are reachibg an age that we (unfortunately) going to see more and more of them leaving us

    Nevertheless, Thank you for the set

    By Alexfripou on Apr 21, 2012

  14. ten days ago the drummer of the dictators and brief member of twisted sister died richard teeter died. he was 61. theyre droppin like flies.

    By darth on Apr 21, 2012

  15. Thank you. Lots of stuff on here I have not heard. I met Levon twice and heard him play 7 or 8 times over the years. He was one of a kind and will be missed!

    By BillfromPgh on Apr 21, 2012

  16. Thanks, a great tribute.

    By sluggo on Apr 21, 2012

  17. Darth - Andrew Love of the Memphis Horns passed this week too. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/andrew-love-memphis-horns-saxophonist-dead-at-70-20120414

    By BillfromPgh on Apr 21, 2012

  18. little mixup here..
    crosswind jamboree is king harvest..
    king harvest is rag mama rag
    rag mama rag is this wheel`s on fire
    this wheel`s on fire is , it makes no difference
    it makes no difference is Baby don`t do it..

    perhaps crosswind jamboree wasn`t loaded ?

    By sluggo on Apr 21, 2012

  19. Hello sluggo


    By bigozine2 on Apr 21, 2012

  20. as long as we’re announcing deaths. and god knows why we are hung up on this… Guitarist Bert Weedon died at 91.

    By darth on Apr 22, 2012

  21. Would that be the same Bert Weedon referenced in the song We Are Normal by the Bonzo’s? “We are normal and we dig Bert Weedon.” I never actually heard him play.

    And I will announce the death of an artist if it is breaking news. Of course the greedy side of me always hopes that the announcement will prompt BigO to post a tribute. Which they usually do.

    By sking on Apr 22, 2012

  22. Levon Helm’s death is a sad day for music fans. I was never a huge fan of The Band, but now I’m loving everything they put out. “You don’t know what you had ’til it’s gone.”

    Does anyone know about the photo on the outdoor stage on “inside 3″? Where/when?

    And what about the studio photo on The Crackers cover, where/when?

    By Virgil Cain is my name on Apr 22, 2012

  23. sking - yes im pretty sure thats the one. check him out on wikipedia.

    virgil - studio shot is very likely taken in woodstock house but not necessarily big pink.
    the stage shot is definitely not roosevelt stadium but i would guess its in the north east.

    By darth on Apr 22, 2012

  24. Not sure why you have been crossing titles of disc 3… the songs are the ones you have crossed…. track 10 IS Dont do it…

    The Last Waltz, Winterland, November 25, 1976
    Track 310. It Makes No Difference Baby, Don’t You Do It (8.3MB)

    And It makes no difference is not on this download.

    By Peter on Apr 22, 2012

  25. And I think Don’t do it, comes from the Last Waltz

    By Peter on Apr 22, 2012

  26. Hello Peter


    By bigozine2 on Apr 22, 2012

  27. It makes no difference is actually track 10,

    Track 305. Instrumental Jam Crosswind Jamboree (4.7MB)
    Track 306. King Harvest (5.4MB)
    Madison Square Garden, January 31, 1974
    Track 307. Rag Mama Rag (6.2MB)
    Track 308. This Wheel’s On Fire (5.3MB)
    Track 309. It Makes No Difference (11.2MB)
    The Last Waltz, Winterland, November 25, 1976
    Track 310. Don’t You Do It (8.3MB)

    This is the correct title track

    By Peter on Apr 22, 2012

  28. No difference track 9, not 10:)

    By Peter on Apr 22, 2012

  29. I hate to add to the confusion, but I’d bet King Harvest (Track 306) is from Madison Square Garden and is not a Planet Waves outtake. Just sayin’.

    By Chin Ho on Apr 22, 2012

  30. …and Nadine is definiely live with Bob Dylan.

    By Chin Ho on Apr 22, 2012

  31. The first time I heard the song “Bacon Fat” was on a Taj Mahal lp..He did a nice cover with Jessed Ed Davis . That`s when ! realized it had been actually written by members of the Band.

    By sluggo on Apr 22, 2012

  32. @darth: are you still interested to receive the 3 missing tracks? Tell me how I can reach you.

    By Mr. Snips on Apr 23, 2012

  33. snipps - no i got them thanks. i also got 2 other cds that i didnt expect to pick up - levon and the hawks with jerry penfound crang plaza toronto can 8-64 19tracks. this is essentially the band altho it sounds nothing like them whatsoever. and Pop Ivy’s Ballroom in Port Dover, Ontario, Canada, 1964. this 2nd one is 26 tracks.
    upon a little work on my part i also found a dallas tx show they did on 6-5-65 as well which doesnt sound as good but with as little material as there is by this pre-band line up who the hell cares. this last item hasnt actually downloaded yet but im sure it will soon. its in my download manager.

    By darth on Apr 23, 2012

  34. Drag, mama, drag…

    By peppington on Apr 26, 2012

  35. how about more band related outtakes. not so much live material necessarily. demos are fine of course. alternate takes too.
    on another area.. maybe live performances of songs they did that were never on any of their official albums. or songs they did only once. or songs that were normally sung by one member suddenly being sung by a different member.
    it was mentioned that there were 4 songs from snl 76 done. the date is 9-18-76 if this helps. i cant find the other 2 songs on youtube. in fact i cant find any. luckily i have the 2 i have. the one sullivan track i have on youtube is cut off and is listed as both 11-2-68 and 69. im going with the latter. but im sure there were more than 1 song played. can we get more of those here?

    By darth on Apr 26, 2012

  36. No offense, but I never could appreciate Appalachian Deliverance type incest music played by group of guys that looked like an obese Snuffy Smith, a Jed Clampett on meth, and a bulimic Abraham Lincoln after binge eating, except for the handsome, overrated Robbie Robertson, king of laid back, nonexistent guitar playing.

    By George Martini on Apr 30, 2012

  37. so it`s over your head , not our fault.

    By gooptawhale on Apr 30, 2012

  38. Robbie`s solo on King Harvest alone would melt the confidence of most of today`s shredders.

    By gooptawhale on Apr 30, 2012

  39. Thanks for such sweet music.

    R.I.P Levon

    By Mick on Jun 10, 2012

  40. To George Martini…
    Really? Unbelieveable! What a schmuck!! Pull your head out of where ever is it
    Is stuck. You are unreal.
    Dubious 141

    By Marc Du Bois on Apr 29, 2013

  41. I can listen to the Band forever, thanks for posting , greatly appreciated!!

    By joe on Dec 29, 2015

  42. Looking for Levon’s last performance 24 March 2012 - can you help?(Link on Guitars101 is invalid)

    By dell on Jan 3, 2018

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