August 30, 2010 – 3:51 am

Just four days after this radio show, Rick Danko passed away at age 56.

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The Last Performance [no label, 1CD]

Recorded for Acoustic Café (Michigan Radio), Ann Arbor, Michigan on December 6, 1999. VG+ FM stereo.

In a perfect world, we’d still remember The Band. As it is, their catalog is not easy to find, except perhaps for a hits selection or a budget compilation. Even harder to come by are the few solo albums by the individual members of The Band. How will a new generation remember them?

In his lifetime Rick Danko had only one real solo album, his first and self-titled effort in 1977, after The Band broke up. His other “solo” albums were either live or with other musicians. Never have musicians belonged more in a band than Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson did. The whole was more important than the parts.

There’s a pregnant sigh in this final performance of Rick’s. An exclamation and full stop that comes when the last bit of music is squeezed from the final track, Twilight. From ‘77 to 1999, Danko drifted from solo tours to less than successful regroupings of the original Band. His body bloated from a muscular and fit size to unrecognizable at the end.

The story of The Band is the story of success that arrived too early and too fast. Book Faded Brown is an essential part of that story. It’s not written by Danko. But his all-too painful vocal style marks this song as his forever. It’s like a half-crying, half-singing style.

The music portions sound very good but all the DJ talk and the Rick Danko interviews have an echo.

Thanks to JTT for sharing this show at Hunger City. The artwork is also from JTT.
- Professor Red

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. intro (1.6MB)
Track 02. dialogue (790k)
Track 03. Sip The Wine (5.2MB)
Track 04. dialogue (1.9MB)
Track 05. dialogue (1.6MB)
Track 06. Book Faded Brown (4.9MB)
Track 07. dialogue (929k)
Track 08. dialogue (1.9MB)
Track 09. Crazy Mama (6.2MB)
Track 10. announcer (811k)
Track 11. Let The Four Winds Blow [lead sung by Aaron Hurwitz] (5.7MB)
Track 12. dialogue (1.1MB)
Track 13. Twilight (5.4MB)
Track 14. outro (1.1MB)

Rick Danko’s Times Like These, a posthumous collection released in 2000, contains two tracks from this show - Book Faded Brown and Let The Four Winds Blow. According to the wikipedia, “both featur(e) posthumous overdubbing by Hurwitz and others”. Click on the link to order the album.

  1. 22 Responses to “BOOK FADED BROWN”

  2. Rick is dearly missed. There will never be anyone else quite like him.

    By LongBlackVeil on Aug 30, 2010

  3. I knew Rick very well. He was the kindest, sweetest character you’d ever want to meet. His death was tragic, as he was trying to turn his life and career around with a lot of positive people and support. It was not to happen, he passed away from a stroke in his sleep (4 days after this show), unlike the rumors and other unkind assumptions that were cruelly posted by the press. Rick’s worth and gifted talents left it’s mark on music history. His cohort, Professor Louie must be mentioned for his energy and efforts to keep Rick on track. …. I miss you dear friend.

    By Woodstock on Aug 30, 2010

  4. The Band is Dead. Long Live the Band.

    By sluggo on Aug 30, 2010

  5. is it true that robbie robertson got all the money,no wonder levon helm is bitter what a sad way to end up left us some great music though

    By david franklin on Aug 31, 2010

  6. Who knows, but I’m sure the remaining members didn’t benefit as financially sound as Mr. Robertson. Rick was not wealthy when he passed, but was to release the Times Like These CD and get on the road with a big touring band to hit the large club/theater circuit. Only fate intervened. If you listen to his interview here, he’s very optimistic and talkative about the plans. It was a definite shock when the news broke. Two weeks before Christmas… Big O should dig out some early solo shows or duo shows from the late 70’s and 80’s, Rick did more covers and less “greatest” hits like in the 90’s. There’s some great shows with Jorma and Paul Butterfield out there worthy of posting here. Peace.

    By Woodstock on Aug 31, 2010

  7. Hello Woodstock

    Thanks for your note.

    Click here for Rick Danko at the Roxy, Los Angeles, 1978

    Click here for Rick Danko at the Lone Star Cafe in New York, 1985


    By bigozine2 on Aug 31, 2010

  8. long live the Bands music….poor Rick at the end…bloated and not in such great voice…still Rick though

    By DC on Aug 31, 2010

  9. woodstock is right where are the ones where he toured with gene clark their is two that i know of, may feature blondie chapman and butterfeild etc also theres one with greg allman they is real fine hope they turn up some day

    By david franklin on Aug 31, 2010

  10. I agree. I would love to see more of Rick’s shows. Would also love to see some of the Danko/Fjeld/Andersen shows. They were amazing together!

    By LongBlackVeil on Aug 31, 2010

  11. Robbie did NOT receive all of the money. It’s a shame that this lie has been forced on all of us. In fact, the song publishing was split evenly among all then members of The Band, each receiving 20%. Just to give you a frame of reference Lennon and McCartney did NOT split the publishing with Harrison and Starr. However, in all groups these bitter battles surface one way or another. Also, whoever is the prominent songwriter ends up with more money in the end.

    By Elmore on Aug 31, 2010

  12. “The story of The Band is the story of success that arrived too early and too fast.”

    Hardly. These guys toughed it out for years before making it. They weren’t killed by fame, either. They just lost their cohesion as friends and as a working unit. Most blame Robertson, but that’s here nor there, though… it WAS his idea to split (and never look back).

    By Artie on Aug 31, 2010

  13. The publishing is truly the barometer of the funds distribution within an artist’s catalog. Unless we are exclusive to the entire inner workings or were involved in any legal proceedings within the Band, their record label and the finances of individual numbers, how would we know or be able divulge such information? Garth, Rick and Levon did publicly struggle with their finances in the 80’s/90’s up until present day.

    By Woodstock on Sep 1, 2010

  14. Anyone else notice that Rick looks a lot like Artie Lange??

    By Jimmy Boy on Sep 1, 2010

  15. I love the band and this is a great add to my collection you can see why they influenced the Beatles and the stones.

    By Happy Jap on Sep 2, 2010

  16. @Professor Red: You write “As it is, their catalog is not easy to find, except perhaps for a hits selection or a budget compilation.” That’s not true. All of their albums have been remastered and rereleased in 2000/2001 and are still available - not only online, I also see them in shops from time to time.

    By Walter on Sep 3, 2010

  17. last time i saw rick was with toy caldwell at wetlands in nyc. i think it was the last time either of them played nyc. both did incredible performances. ill never forget that nite. im glad i captured the event in photos. i recorded the shows too but those tapes are long gone back in july 02.

    By darth on Sep 5, 2010

  18. I last spoke and saw Rick about 10 days before his death in Washington, Ct. - where he played a benefit show for people suffering from AIDS. He was quite unhealthy and dripping sweat after the first song. It was to be has last east coast appearance. It was a sad performance, as here was a Rock N Roll Hall of Famer, fronting a great band and barely making it through. He tried very hard and you could see the torment in his face. The night of Rick’s funeral, Levon played a Barnburner’s show in Woodstock and it was attended by many who wanted to be “in the moment.” A rowdy, drunk affair. A month after Rick died, Rolling Stone interviewed Levon who accused all involved with having their hands in Rick’s pockets, which was an unfair and confusing statement. It wasn’t true.

    By Woodstock on Sep 5, 2010

  19. I met Rick three times, he was always a gentleman and a nice guy. I saw what may have been the real “last waltz” on new year’s eve 1998 in Levon’s short lived New Orleans club. The Band was booked for more shows the following week but I don’t know if they occurred. Rick sounded pretty good but was visibly in poor shape - handed off the bass after a few songs to the opening act’s bassist (Jimmy Messa, currently with the subdudes) and switched to acoustic, wobbled around the stage looking disheveled. and his death a year later came as a shock but not a surprise. Great player and great guy, too soon gone.

    By Bill from Pgh on Sep 5, 2010

  20. Whether you blame the Band’s demise on Robbie Robertson’s ego or the other members’ weaknesses, I don’t think you can say that “success came too early and too fast”. They were on the road backing up Ronnie Hawkins and later Bob Dylan for years before their first album brought them the renown they deserved.

    By Rod Parles on Sep 8, 2010

  21. Thanks for this great addition to my collection. I couldn’t believe how Rick looked when I saw him in the Classic Albums interview. It was really sad. Let’s just enjoy the great music he left us.

    By Matt on Oct 3, 2010

  22. Hey DC if your who i think you are? we meet at the Danko Family plot on jul.27.13 I miss the ramble for jim wieder,canceled please contact me i forgot to ask ya bout a thing or two,,but a million thanks for the great mountain tour and a great disc your the best! [email protected]

    By Patrick O Baltimore on Jul 29, 2013

  23. Very sad,to hear of the passing of Elizabeth Danko,god rest her soul..{we,ll all go together to pick wild mountain thyme}

    By Patrick O Baltimore on Aug 19, 2013

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