Robbie Robertson

Classic Masters

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Robbie Robertson never had hits as a solo artist. Sure, some tracks from his 1987 debut got some college play, but they weren't hits, and by the time he was making exploratory, neo-electronica, neo-Americana, atmospheric albums for Capitol (they're mood pieces, but don't you dare call them new age -- this is the guy who wrote "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down!"), he was completely off the radar, at least as far as pop goes. So, compiling a collection of hits from the Capitol years is kind of a non-starter, since not only did he not have hits from this era, he made albums that were mood pieces, intended to be taken that way. So, selecting highlights from those records winds up being not bad, but not necessary, either. If you wanted a sampling of these records, without hearing the full albums, this does a good job of selecting highlights; if you want a couple of rarities, there are some new mixes and remixes scattered among these 13 songs. Overall, though, this shouldn't be seen as a hits collection, or even as representative overview of his solo career.

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