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Robbie Robertson - Testimony album review

Album Review

He’s with The Band, and others

Robertson himself chose the 18 tracks on Testimony to accompany his memoir of the same name, both of which dovetail neatly with the 40th anniversary of his old band The Band’s famed farewell show The Last Waltz. Consequently, it’s an intriguingly different beast to the common-or-garden ‘Best Of’ package.

Bespoke compilations to promote autobiographies are a growing trend. But whereas large chunks of similar collections by Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Costello in the last 12 months ultimately selected themselves, Robertson’s is welcomingly more idiosyncratic. His solo million-seller Somewhere Down The Crazy River makes the cut, as do Band biggies The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down and The Weight (both from a 1971 live show), but elsewhere he takes us down less travelled roads.

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