The Call scaled back a bit from the anthemic feel of Reconciled for Into the Woods, but managed to score again at college rock outlets with the somber "In the River." Been took time out from the band in 1988 to appear as the apostle John in Martin Scorsese's Last Temptation of Christ. The band switched labels from Elektra to MCA in 1989, edging back into more radio-friendly territory with Let the Day Begin. The rousing title track became their biggest hit to date, topping the AOR charts and reaching number 51 on the pop charts, propelling the album to become their highest-charting release. Despite the success, when they returned with Red Moon, the Call had scaled back their sound, embracing an organic, more roots-oriented feel that recalled the Band (not surprising, as that act's Garth Hudson and Robbie Robertson had both guested on earlier albums).
Perhaps their most mature and fully realized album, Red Moon made little impact beyond the Call's core audience (despite Bono lending vocals to "What's Happened to You?"). Been tested the waters as a solo artist and released the harder-edged On the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough in 1994, managing to gain a bit of airplay with "Us." The Call was given the compilation treatment on a couple releases in the '90s, and reunited for Heaven & Back in 1997 and a tour. They subsequently issued a live record, Live Under the Red Moon, three years later. In 2010, Been died of a heart attack while touring (and working as a soundman) with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, founded by his son Robert Levon Been. Three years later, the Call reunited for a string of concerts with Robert on bass and vocals. ~ Tom Demalon, Rovi