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The Last Waltz

The BandAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 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 (189 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,962 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)
See all 17 tracks on this disc

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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123 of 125 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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105 of 106 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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56 of 57 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 F ing Amazing
My husband has not stopped listening yet. A great concert experience in your own home. The eclectic mix is just superb.
Published 2 hours ago by Alice Nichols
5.0 out of 5 stars if you know The Band, and the film of the same name
you already know this concert recording. if you're not looking for the concert (which is terrific) buy the Big Pink.
Published 6 days ago by Creature of Comfort
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable live music from Amazon
Would recommend to anyone who likes The Band live rock music. This set stands out especially with the "Special Guests" who are are in fine if not exceptional form. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Al Saura
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Never gets old! My favorite band from the 60s and still enjoy hearing them so much.Takes me back to those good times.
Published 12 days ago by Jennifer Kivlin
2.0 out of 5 stars The Last Waltz, {Two} disc set, I got one
Fantastic tunes if they played...Disc 2 plays like s***... actually so bad that I can't even make a copy cd to listen to. Sad that I actually only recieved 1/2 of what I ordered. Read more
Published 17 days ago by R. Divis
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT!!!!!
Like the fact I was able to down load and enjoy the music as soon as I bought it, LOVE IT!!!!!
Published 18 days ago by N. D. Grover II
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Waltz lasts!
This was release in 1978 and is still rocking in 2014! The Last Waltz lasts because it was produced by the guys who were good enough to simply be known to everyone as The Band.
Published 19 days ago by Bud
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
I saw The Band years ago in Philadelphia. I grew up hearing their songs on the radio and enjoying many of them. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Jeri 907
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Waltz was great
What a great CD, this is a record to die for as the saying goes. This CD should be in every ones library as a hallmark of a great band.
Duffy in Chicago
Published 1 month ago by Duffy
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Waltz
classics every one...worth the listen...brings back good old times!
classics every one...worth the listen...brings back good old times!
must have
Published 1 month ago by Elizabeth Pille
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