The Band ‎– Moondog Matinee

Capitol Records ‎– SW-611214
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo

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A-1 Ain't Got No Home
Written By – Clarence "Frogman" Henry
A-2 Holy Cow
Written By – Allen Toussaint
A-3 Share Your Love
Written By – Al "TNT" Braggs, Deadric Malone
A-4 Mystery Train
Adapted By – Robbie RobertsonWritten By – Herman Parker, Sam Phillips (2)
A-5 Third Man Theme
Written By – Anton Karas
B-1 Promised Land
Written By – Chuck Berry
B-2 The Great Pretender
Written By – Buck Ram
B-3 I'm Ready
Written By – Al Lewis, Fats Domino, Sylvester Bradford
B-4 Saved
Written By – Leiber & Stoller
B-5 A Change Is Gonna Come
Written By – Sam Cooke

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Red labels with "Capitol" logo in gold along the bottom. Fine text reads "MANUFACTURED BY RECORD CLUB OF AMERICA, YORK, PENNSYLVANIA, UNDER LICENSE FROM CAPITOL RECORDS, INCS" along the bottom backside.

Recorded at Bearsville Sound Studios/Bearsville, New York and Capitol Studios, Hollywood, California.
Mix-down at Bearsville Sound Studio

Special thanks: to Billy Mundi and Ben Keith

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Stamped ): Mastered by Capitol
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Etched): 611214 - 1 (R?)CA
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Stamped): Mastered by Capitol
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Etched): 611214 - 2 (R?)CA
  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Rights Society: ASCAP

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
038 EVC 81 539 The Band Moondog Matinee(LP, Album, RE) Capitol Records 038 EVC 81 539 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
UIGY-9662 The Band Moondog Matinee(SACD, Album, RE, RM, SHM) Capitol Records UIGY-9662 Japan 2014 Sell This Version
SW 1-71214 The Band Moondog Matinee(LP, Album) Capitol Records SW 1-71214 US 1973 Sell This Version
R-03837 The Band Moondog Matinee(LP, Album, Club) World Record Club R-03837 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
00602547206596 The Band Moondog Matinee(LP, Album, RE) Capitol Records, Universal Music Group International 00602547206596 Europe 2015 Sell This Version



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July 23, 2017

Question: “Moondog Matinee” a seminal album or The Band rediscovering themselves?

Answer: Probably a bit of both. While individuals may choose to go into Psycho Therapy when there are issues nagging at their heels, The Band decided to release a great and good time album of covers, to not only reacquaint themselves with each other ... but in the spirit of great introspection, took a serious look at the music that was at the core of their being.

Here, on the sixth release by The Band, they deliver ten of the most simple, unpretentious [though on the CD you are going to find several numbers that did not make it to the album, bringing the total to sixteen] songs. On the first two, and well praised albums, “Big Pink” and the self titled second “The Band” album, the sound was pure “Band” music ... their own original styles built on what they had learned from years on the road with Ronnie Hawkins and then touched with the personal tastes each brought to their musical table in Woodstock, New York. From there this inspiring group seems to have not only lost sight of themselves, but of each other as well. Less and less of the songs were being co-written, nearly total production was left to technicians, when it had once been a group effort, looked forward to, cherished and relished as their final expression before the records were released. Reasons for members of The Band to be in the company of each other existed for the length of time it took to lay down the tracks, and then again, go on their separate ways. Everyone had side projects ... Robbie was doing nearly all of the writing ... Garth [the mad scientist] was tinkering and building nonstop, including a miniature pipe organ ... the others had wives, girlfriends and children to occupy their time ... and there were the all important drugs and alcohol, that would forever splinter the group, and soon take two of its most important members.

What The Band needed to do was to “get back to their roots.” While many bands have used that phrase over the years, The Band actually did it ... they immersed themselves into the roots of their music, all of the songs were covers, there was nothing to do but sing these songs with all of the gusto and drive of four young men on the road ... and after some time off together, traveling south, north, east and back to Canada, digging the regional sounds and flavors, the guys released this relentless album that reminded us all of the reasons we had loved them to begin with.

You will never hear Levon Helm’s voice sound so clear and strong. The same can be said for Richard Manuel and Rick Danko, who's voices have a sense of unsuredness, as if you can hear them thinking “I can do the next line better” ... but in the end it doesn’t matter because each of the lines were delivered with hearts so huge, that it makes me want to cry knowing they will never walk this musical planet again.

This brings me to the final aspect of this album, and if I could, I would certainly put this question to Robbie or Levon ... and perhaps I will one of these days, as Levon still has his “Midnight Rambles,” has released a new album and will no doubt be touring in support of it. The album “Moondog Matinee” had a splendid packaging ... around the black album with pink lettering you see, was a wrap around cover of an illustrated street scene, a scene of a more simple time in The Band’s life ... was this The Band giving us something extra because they felt the record should have been more [?] ... or where they merely showing us who they actually were, with this non descript album with pink lettering, a nod to ‘Big Pink’ at the heart of the matter, at the heart of their music?

I can count the number of albums I own where I like each and every song, and this is one of them. Ghosts do rise rise from the mist on a fall night ... spin this album and feel the goose bumps.

*** The Fun Facts: The album was entitled Moondog Matinee after the old radio show by Alan Freed, with the cover painting by Edward Kasper emulating that idea, featuring a hang-out store where there was usually a speaker over the doorway blasting out the music that was being spun within.

Review by Jenell Kesler