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Released as a companion to Robbie Robertson's 2016 memoir of the same name, Testimony is the singer/songwriter's own take on his musical history -- an 18-track compilation that samples from every era of his career, from his time supporting Ronnie Hawkins to his stabs at moody trip-hop. While the book ends when the Band disbands, Testimony finds space for selections from his solo career -- five songs total, with 1991's Storyville earning the largest play and the electronica aspects of 1998's Contract from the Underworld of Red Boy and 2011's How to Become Clairvoyant diminished. Still, the Band naturally figures heavily into the equation here, but Robertson avoids his biggest hits along with some of his best-known songs. Instead, he culls heavily from the Band's Live at the Academy of Music 1971 performance -- it's better known as the 1972 LP Rock of Ages -- and the 2005 Band box A Musical History, which is where all the early cuts from Levon Helm & the Hawks and the Robertson-sung "Twilight (Song Sketch)" were first released. If Testimony is light on rarities, what matters is context. By piecing together all these elements of his career -- including his time backing Hawkins ("Come Love") and Bob Dylan ("Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" from Before the Flood) -- he paints a fairly rich portrait of his musical achievements, so Testimony does indeed wind up being a musical memoir.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/11/2016
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0602557186727
catalogNumber: 002580302
Rank: 48790

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Robbie Robertson   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Band   Producer
Bob Dylan   Composer,Producer
Robbie Robertson   Composer,Producer
Rick Danko   Composer
DJ Premier   Producer
Marius de Vries   Producer
Gary Gersh   Producer
Henry Glover   Producer
Stephen Hague   Producer
Levon Helm   Composer
Howie B   Producer
Bob Johnston   Producer
Daniel Lanois   Producer
Don Robey   Composer
Vartan   Art Direction
Chuck Pulin   Cover Photo
Barry Feinstein   Cover Photo
Xilonen Oreshnick   Photo Coordination
Elliott Landy   Back Cover Photo
Tim Gordine   Composer
Eddie Heller   Producer
Ernst Haas   Cover Photo
John Scheele   Cover Photo
J. Bracken   Composer
M. Oliver   Composer
Dalle   Cover Photo

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