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The Last Waltz

The BandAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)

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For about six years, from 1968 through 1975, the Band was one of the most popular and influential rock groups in the world, their music embraced by critics (and, to a somewhat lesser degree, the public) as seriously as the music of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Their albums were analyzed and reviewed as intensely as any records by their one-time employer and sometime mentor Bob Dylan. ... Read more in Amazon's The Band Store

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  • Audio CD (September 23, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 1978
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0000C23IG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,727 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Theme From The Last Waltz
2. Up On Cripple Creek
3. Who Do You Love?
4. Helpless
5. Stagefright
6. Coyote
7. Dry Your Eyes
8. It Makes No Difference
9. Such A Night
10. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Shape I'm In
2. Down South In New Orleans
3. Ophelia
4. Tura-Lura-Lural (That's An Irish Lullaby)
5. Caravan
6. Life Is A Carnival
7. Baby Let Me Follow You Down
8. I Don't Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met)
9. Forever Young
10. Baby Let Me Follow You Down (Reprise)
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Editorial Reviews

This 2-CD distillation of Rhino's 4-CD box restores the 30-song track listing from the 1978 triple-LP set, remixed by Robbie Robertson and remastered for stunning clarity! One of the most awe-inspiring concerts ever: Up on Cripple Creek; The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down; Mystery Train with Paul Butterfield; Such a Night with Dr. John; Mannish Boy with Muddy Waters, plus Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison .rapturous to relive!

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126 of 128 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Waltz Didn't Mean The Dance Was Over May 28, 2004
Format:Audio CD
"There's a flood out in California, and up North it's freezin' cold! And this a-livin' off the road is gettin' purty old!", drummer Levon Helm twangs as The Band gives a fiery performance of 'Up On Cripple Creek,' one of their many signature songs. And indeed, the actual meaning of "The Last Waltz" was that The Band (or more specifically, songwriter/guitarist Robbie Robertson) were saying goodbye to the touring life, and had the intent of being reborn as a studio unit (think Steely Dan). But that didn't exactly go as planned, and the odds-and-ends album "Islands" was the only product of this idea (but even that album was released mostly as a contract-filler for Capitol Records). And though Band members were still talking about a new album as late as 1979, Robbie Robertson was obviously now focused on his work in terms of films, and the legendary five-man version of The Band was no more. And though some critics are cynical as to why a group would give up touring when touring is what a rock group does for a living, Robertson obviously had good reason to say goodbye to the road; it was obviously taking its toll on the personal lives of the Band members, most notably pianist and one of three lead vocalists Richard Manuel. Robertson said in 1987 "To see people teetering on the brink constantly...Richard scared us to death. We scared ourselves to death." (It's been argued that the touring hassles that the reunited Band went through in the 80s is what caused Manuel's suicide, but that's too personal to get into.)
It's ironic that Helm could deliver such a powerful vocal performance, belting out the lines that began this review, but the whole time, he was certainly not happy to be a part of this "celebration.
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106 of 107 people found the following review helpful
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For starters, I'll say that the Band is my favorite group of players/singers of any type of music; if I had to give up all my music except for one artist, the choice of whom to keep would be easy. This is an indispensable set, an unshakeable foundation for the serious lover of music that is emotionally honest and played with incomparable originality, versatility, and soul. There's a quote in the booklet: "The Band didn't sound like a group of teenage millionaires." That sums it up. The subject matter of their songs and their manner of putting it across took you inside a whole way of life, populated by people who paid their dues, took their chances, earned their wisdom and shared it with others. Having said all those nice things, I want to throw in some details on why I can't give it five stars, at least this version of it. I'd prefer the songs presented in their original sequence, which you can hear on the bootleg of the show. There was drama in that structure, and you get something dramatic here too, but it's not the same--originally, the Band played their own set, then most of the guests followed, all but for Bob Dylan. After an intermission with poetry reading by some members of the Beat Generation and a Hell's Angel, The Band came back for a few numbers, playing "The Weight" before Dylan's set. Also, while it is true that MOST of the material from the original show is here, there still are a few things left out, such as Richard Manuel singing "Georgia on my Mind" and ragged versions of "Evangeline" and "The Last Waltz." Finally, even though I'm as impressed by the improved sound as anyone, it wouldn't have hurt to leave some of the rough edges intact. Read more ›
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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Care package for Waltz lovers May 16, 2002
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The dream of millions of The Band fans has at last come true. The Last Waltz box set gives the deserved honour to Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel and Robbie Robertson. Honour for the best rock and roll concert of all time.
The addition of the missing songs, new mixing of the music and the improved layout are things that make this package something very special.
The box set includes no less than 15 songs, which were dropped out from the original publications. Plus, there are a few concert rehearsal versions. It was high time to hear the performances of such songs as `WS Walcott Medicine Show' and `Don't Do It' - the very last song The Band ever played together on stage. As far as guest performances are concerned, `Caldonia' (with Muddy Waters) and `Hazel' (with Bob Dylan) are nothing to be left as takeouts. For the sake of curiosity it's worth mentioning that Robbie's 12-bar Clapton-imitation guitar solo (which is there in The Last Waltz film as Eric fiddles with his guitar strap) on `Further on Up the Road' can be enjoyed now on CD as well.
Thanks to the new mixing, the overall sound of The Last Waltz is different. For example, `The Shape I'm In' is stronger than ever as a perfect The Band song: Richard growling the lyrics, Robbie filling in with delicate guitar licks, Rick bouncing about irresistibly with the bass and Levon hitting the drums like throwing big rocks on a tin roof. All this sweetened by Garth's capturing organ. The Last Waltz sounds brighter and fresher - basically it sounds much more authentic. Close your eyes and you are at Winterland...
The layout is improved by a thick booklet. It includes a lot of behind-the-scenes stories about The Band and The Last Waltz as well as a tidy collection of photos. Fine supporting material.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful. Might get the DVD next
Wonderful. Might get the DVD next,
Published 4 days ago by Kathy Maddox
4.0 out of 5 stars Complete
Bought this for my husband who loves the Band. He's in Band heaven listening to this!
Published 11 days ago by Gail
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 16 days ago by Marsha Stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential - wish I had been there
Untouchable. Anyone interested in the history of American -and Canadian :)- music needs the box set. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Daniel W. Bleier
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE VERY BEST
One of our all time favorite albums. Every song is a good one. Can listen to this album over and over again and for years and years.
Published 1 month ago by Toots
5.0 out of 5 stars The 3-Lp set,now as a Mp3 Download!
On Thanksgiving Day,1975,The group known as The Band and formally as The Hawks,Backing Ronnie Hawkins,who appears on Track 2 of this set,amongst others who worked with them,held a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by bubblegum lover 3160
5.0 out of 5 stars and still great to listen to
What can I say, a classic album, and still great to listen to!
Published 1 month ago by BlackheartNM
5.0 out of 5 stars best concert ever
Good Quality, well designed, well thought out, top notch! /this makes it all fun again! Cant wait for something else some day!
Published 2 months ago by Blade Crazy 1
5.0 out of 5 stars Love The Band
I love this movie, The band talks about their early life and they had all the cool musicians of the day there. It is awesome.
Published 2 months ago by Cecil Rhodes
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD-Audio Reviews: 4˝ Stars
Being a Band devotee, I had to purchase the DVD Audio version of The Last Waltz. For those who own the 4 disc box set and the DVD Video you might ask yourself "Is it worth... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Deborah House
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