JERICHO contains "Country Boy," the last studio recording made with the late Richard Manuel (done in 1985), and includes an 18-page booklet with photos and original artwork by Peter Max.
The Band: Levon Helm (vocals, drums); Garth Hudson (various instruments, organ, keyboards); Jim Weider (guitar); Richard Bell, Richard Manuel (keyboards); Rick Danko (bass, vocals); Randy Ciarlante (drums).
Additional personnel: Artie Traum (acoustic guitar); Tommy Spurlock (steel guitar); Eric Bazilian (mandolin); Vassar Clements (fiddle); Bobby Strickland (baritone & tenor saxophones); Dave Douglas (trumpet); Champion Jack Dupree (piano); Stan Szelest (electric piano); John Simon (electric piano, baritone horn); Rob Hyman (keyboards); Rob Leon (electric bass); Steve Jordan (drums); Jules Shear, Colin Linden (background vocals).
Producers: The Band, Aaron L. Hurwitz, Rick Chertoff, Ralph Shuckett, John Simon.
Engineers include: Chris Andersen, Steve Churchyard, Andy Robinson.
Principally recorded at Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock, New York. Includes liner notes by Stephen Davis.
Seventeen years after their demise, the Band reformed, with JERICHO marking their 1993 return to recording. Levon Helm, Rick Danko and Garth Hudson were joined by Jim Weider, Randy Ciarlante and Richard Bell for a reconstituted version of the beloved group. Richard Manuel died in '86 and his version of "Country Boy," recorded in the last year of his life, underscores what an irreplaceably sad loss his death was. Robbie Robertson, who orchestrated the ending of the band in '76, remained estranged from the others. His efforts to bar their use of The Band name came to naught, and what is evident here is that, while Robertson was the songwriter, the true heart of the ensemble was in the playing.
This material all capably features what is essentially a band capable of dexterous rhythms, rich with character. The songs mix self-penned selections with covers and new material written by a variety of contemporaries. JERICHO is proof that a band reforming after a couple decades isn't necessarily treading water. Happily, it worked before and it works anew.
Entertainment Weekly (11/5/93, p.70) - "...There's no mistaking that signiture sound--churchy, swinging, mysterious, bluesy. It's The Band or three-fifths of it anyway...JERICHO is at once familiar and unsettling..." - Rating: A-
Q (1/94, p.89) - 3 Stars - Good - "...you can hear them straining not to let themselves down and somehow pulling it off...."