The Band's fourth album, Cahoots, came out in 1971. Generally it is seen as one of their weaker releases, with Robbie Robertson's songwriting not quite turning out as much quality as it had on their first three albums. Overall, the sound was a bit more harsh and difficult, though of course even the slightest weaknesses were going to be amplified when seen alongside the fantastic albums that preceded it. But Cahoots was not without a few gems, most notably the funky "Life Is A Carnival" (with horns arranged by Allen Toussaint), and a slendid cover of Bob Dylan's "When I Paint My Masterpiece" (which actually pre-dated Dylan's own version by two months). Van Morrison also made a guest appearances, singing on "4% Pantomime", which he co-wrote with Robertson.
Stage Fright (1970) <|> Rock Of Ages (1972)
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