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Goodbye, Robbie

The King Of Comedy (Warner Bros. Records – 9 23765-1, 1983 🇺🇸)

The soundtrack to the King of Comedy film By Martin Scorsese with Music Production from Robbie Robertson

One of the things about Robbie Robertson that impressed me more than anything was that he wasn’t mired in his rock and roll glory days; he charted a new course, mostly with his friend Martin Scorsese, in which he produced, music supervised and created music for film and created a successful and creative second act for himself (I love great second acts). The soundtrack to “The King of Comedy” is as underrated as the film itself. There is plenty of top-notch talent in this one which features a transitional time in American music: Ray Charles, the Pretenders, B.B. King, Talking Heads, and - one of my favorites - an instrumental track by Bob James.

The whole film project was - of course - produced by Robbie who was always a master at picking the deepish cuts that served the scene and underscored the film’s tone (even if that tone was to provide startling contrast).

Goodbye, Robbie.

The Band – The Band (Capitol Records – STAO-132, 1973 Winchester repress, 🇺🇸)

The second album by The Band on vinyl featuring Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko and Levon Helm


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