Album cover: Robbie Robinson

Robbie Robertson — Self-titled 1st Album

I have always liked this album. I think the MTV ren­di­tion of “Somewhere Down the Crazy River” is what drew me in but the whole album is spec­tac­u­lar. This is Robertson’s first of many solo projects, and I like them all.

This album fea­tures Peter Gabriel, the guys from U2, BoDeans, Maria McKee, Garth, Danko, and many oth­ers. Released about a year after I got mar­ried, I was still rid­ing high. Check it out.

Album Information

All songs were writ­ten by Robbie Robertson except where noted.

“Fallen Angel” (Robertson, Martin Page) – 5:52
“Showdown at Big Sky” – 4:43
“Broken Arrow” – 5:17
“Sweet Fire of Love” (Robertson, U2) – 5:08
“American Roulette” – 4:46
“Somewhere Down the Crazy River” – 4:44
“Hell’s Half Acre” – 3:45
“Sonny Got Caught in the Moonlight” – 3:45
“Testimony” – 4:45

Robbie Robertson – vocals, back­ing vocals, gui­tar, key­boards
Bill Dillon – gui­tars on tracks 1, 2, and 5–9; back­ing vocal on track 2
Tony Levin – Chapman Stick on tracks 5 & 7; bass on tracks 6 & 8
Manu Katché – drums on tracks 1, 2, 6, 7, and 8; per­cus­sion on tracks 1, 7, and 8
Daniel Lanois – per­cus­sion on tracks 2, 3, 4, and 8; back­ing vocal on tracks 2, 3, and 4; Omnichord on track 5; gui­tar on tracks 5 and 8
Eluriel “Tinker” Barfield – bass on tracks 1 and 5
Garth Hudson – key­boards on tracks 1 and 5
Peter Gabriel – key­boards on tracks 1 and 3; vocals on track 1; drum pro­gram on track 3; vocal cameo on track 9
Martin Page – drum pro­gram­ming on track 1
Larry Klein – bass on track 2
Abraham Laboriel – bass on track 3
Terry Bozzio – drums on tracks 3 and 5
Bono – vocals, bass on track 4; back­ing vocal and gui­tar on track 9
The Edge – gui­tar on tracks 4 and 9
Adam Clayton – bass on tracks 4 and 9
Larry Mullen, Jr. – drums on tracks 4 and 9
Hans Christian – bass gui­tar on track 5
BoDeans (Sam Llanas, Kurt Neumann) – back­ing vocals on tracks 2 and 5
Maria McKee – back­ing vocal on track 5
Sammy BoDean (Sam Llanas) – back­ing vocal on track 6
Cary Butler – back­ing vocal on track 8
Rick Danko – back­ing vocal on track 8
Ivan Neville – back­ing vocal on track 9
Gil Evans Horn Section – horns on track 9

Released       October 27, 1987
Recorded       1986
Studio           The Village Recorder West LACA U2 Mobile Unit-Danesmoate Dublin Ireland;                       Ashcombe House London England
                      A&M Recording Studio Hollywood CA
                      Bearsville Sound Studio Bearsville NY
                      The Hit Factory NY
Length           44:19
Label              Geffen
Producer        Daniel Lanois Robbie Robertson

  • Jeff Brandt

    Jeff has been a music fan since the age of 7 when the album Meet the Beatles hit the streets. He grew up in Hoptown and went to col­lege at UK a cou­ple of times. He retired in 2016 and is cur­rent­ly amass­ing his music col­lec­tion. Jeff says he loves being retired but is tired of quarantining.