Times Like These

Times Like These

by Rick DankoRick Danko


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Times Like These, released posthumously, is Rick Danko's last studio album. There's a tendency for fans to under-appreciate the singer/bassist's later work, opting instead for some sepia-toned memory of the Ontario farm boy amidst his original Band colleagues in the '60s and '70s -- but that's only part of the story of a 40-year career. Later in life, Danko's voice, while remaining the distinctly mournful instrument of his youth, mellowed to equal parts milk and whiskey. Here, a less urgent and wiser artist wraps his pipes around his signature tune "This Wheel's on Fire," which is drawn out on both ends by elegant instrumental passages. This version of the song is a fitting coda to Danko's life, lingered over lovingly and masterfully by the Crowmatix with Band cohort Garth Hudson, a veritable one-man Fellini soundtrack on accordion. "Let the Four Winds Blow," a Fats Domino/Dave Bartholomew cover recorded live, showcases Levon Helm on harmonica and longtime Danko and Band associate Professor "Louie" on piano and vocals, rolling and stomping in the finest spirit of the Band. "All Our Past Times," a return to a song the artist co-wrote with Eric Clapton in 1976, is wistfully gorgeous and heart-wrenchingly appropriate. And a cover of The Grateful Dead's "Ripple" -- with Hudson and Helm once again making appearances -- is delivered with the rustic charm of a back porch session (albeit a highly skilled one). While the album can drip with sentimentality or sound too polished at times, ultimately Times Like These, co-produced by Danko and Professor "Louie" (aka Aaron Hurwitz), is a thoughtfully rendered reflection on a great musical life.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/22/2002
Label: Woodstock Records
UPC: 0676517401120
catalogNumber: 4011
Rank: 116664

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rick Danko   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Vocals,Background Vocals
Joe Walsh   Guitar,Piano,Background Vocals
Tom "Bones" Malone   Trombone,Tuba,Baritone Horn
Tom Pacheco   Acoustic Guitar
Eric Weissberg   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
Richard Bell   Synthesizer,Voices
Gary Burke   Cymbals,Drums,Vibes,Paiste Cymbals
Randy Ciarlante   Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals
Terry Danko   Bass
Mike DeMicco   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Mike Dunn   Bass
Levon Helm   Harmonica,Mandolin
Garth Hudson   Accordion,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Larry Packer   Viola
Scott Petito   Bass
Leslie Ritter   Background Vocals
Jim Tullio   Guitar,Background Vocals
Sredni Vollner   Harmonica
Jim Weider   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Mandolin,Background Vocals
Greg Marsh   Percussion
Jimmy Eppard   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Slide Guitar,national steel guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Marie Spinosa   Percussion,Chimes,Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Rick Danko   Producer
Ken Friesen   Engineer
Garth Hudson   Horn Arrangements
Aaron Hurwitz   Producer,Audio Production
Gus Mossler   Engineer
Scott Petito   Pro-Tools
Dan Sheehan   Engineer
Will Spencer   Engineer
Jim Tullio   Producer
Dennis Tousana   Engineer
Jimmy Eppard   Melody Arrangement
Toni Moretti   Marketing
Marie Spinosa   Art Direction
Damien Shannon   Engineer
Dave Cook   Engineer
John Larson   Digital Transfer Assistant
Chris Goosman   Engineer
Quentin Ryan   Executive Producer
Lucy Swenson   Graphic Design

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