Cahoots (album)

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The Band's studio album


15th September 1971

Label (s) Capitol

Format (s)


Genre (s)

Folk rock , country rock

Title (number)


running time

46 min 41 s



The band

Stage Fright
Cahoots Rock of Ages

Cahoots is the fourth studio album by the Canadian folk and country rock group The Band . It was released on September 15, 1971 on the Capitol Records label . Critics have expressed quite different views on the quality of the album, but Cahoots is usually seen as one of the band's weaker albums. Accordingly, the chart placements were comparatively disappointing. The album made it to number 21 on the US Billboard charts , but did not reach the top 40 in the UK .

Like The Band and Stage Fright before him, Cahoots is strongly influenced by Robbie Robertson's songwriting, who, apart from Bob Dylan's When I Paint My Masterpiece , was involved in all the songs. On the other hand, it's the first album on which Richard Manuel has completely disappeared from the songwriting credits. Only Rick Danko , Levon Helm and guest star Van Morrison each helped with one song on the album.

The album's only single came out in December of that year in the form of Life Is a Carnival . As a B-side was The Moon Struck One used. Like the album, Life Is a Carnival was rather a commercial failure. It peaked at number 72 on the Billboard charts and failed to hit the UK Top 40 .

Track list

A side

  1. Life Is a Carnival ( Rick Danko / Levon Helm / Robbie Robertson ) - 3:55
  2. When I Paint My Masterpiece ( Bob Dylan ) - 4:21
  3. Last of the Blacksmiths (Robertson) - 3:41
  4. Where Do We Go from Here? (Robertson) - 3:47
  5. 4% pantomime ( Van Morrison / Robertson) - 4:32
  6. Shoot Out in Chinatown (Robertson) - 2:51

B side

  1. The Moon Struck One (Robertson) - 4:09
  2. Thinkin 'Out Loud (Robertson) - 3:19
  3. Smoke Signal (Robertson) - 5:11
  4. Volcano (Robertson) - 3:05
  5. The River Hymn (Robertson) - 4:40


In August 2000 Capitol released the album on CD with the following bonus tracks :

  1. Endless Highway (Dylan / Robertson) - 3:46 (Early Studio Take)
  2. When I Paint My Masterpiece (Dylan) - 3:57 (Alternate Take)
  3. Bessie Smith (Danko / Robertson) - 4:17 ( outtake )
  4. Don't Do It ( Brian Holland / Eddie Holland / Lamont Dozier ) - 3:54 (Outtake)
  5. Radio Commercial - 1:04

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