The Last Waltz
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It started as a concert. It became a celebration. Join an unparalleled lineup of rock superstars asthey celebrate The Band's historic 1976 farewell performance. Directed by Martin Scorsese (Raging Bull, Goodfellas), The Last Waltz is not only "the most beautiful rock film evermade" (New York Times) it's "one of the most important cultural events of the last two decades" (Rolling Stone)!
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Robbie Robertson ...Lead Guitar & Vocal
Rick Danko ...Bass & Violin & Vocal
Richard Manuel ...Piano / Keyboards / Drums / Vocal
Levon Helm ...Drums / Mandolin / Vocal
Garth Hudson ...Organ / Accordion / Saxophone / Synthesizers
The amazing musical geniuses, and others that performed as well:
Eric Clapton ...Performer
Neil Diamond ...Performer
Bob Dylan ...Performer
Joni Mitchell ...Performer
Neil Young ...Performer
Emmylou Harris ...Performer
Ringo Starr ...Performer
Paul Butterfield ...Performer
Dr. John ...Performer
Van Morrison ...Performer
Ronnie Hawkins ...Performer
The Staple Singers ...Performer
Muddy Waters ...Performer
Ronnie Wood ...Performer
Michael McClure ...Performer
Lawrence Ferlinghetti ...Performer
Martin Scorsese ...Interviewer
Jim Gordon ...Performer
Tom Malone ...Performer
Howard Johnson ...Performer
Jerry Hey ...Performer (as Jerry Hay)
Richard Cooper ...Performer
Charlie Keagle ...Performer
Larry Packer ...Performer
How can you beat a lineup like that at a farewell concert? You can't! This entertainment is the best. I own this on Prime and Blu-ray.
There are other A listers that appear and are uncredited. Bill Graham was seen on the edge of the stage during production. Carl Radle was there on film. Robert Charles Guidry was there in production. Bob Margolin played his guitar with Muddy Waters. Pinetop Perkins played piano with Muddy Waters as well.
I've seen a lot of concerts and this one is the best I have ever seen.
Enjoy a relaxed evening in. Have a beverage and enjoy beautiful music for your ears, mind and soul.
Politics within the band aside, this is very entertaining. There's a lot more to the future of the members of the group and I urge you to check it out under other reliable sites. Otherwise, this is music made to perfection under difficult circumstances.
“The Last Waltz” is, of course, a feature-length documentary of the final concert of the legendary 1960s and 70s rock group The Band. This concert was held at Bill Graham’s Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco on Thanksgiving Day, 1976. This is much more than a concert video, however. It features The Band playing many of its most iconic songs, such as “Up on Cripple Creek,” “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” “King Harvest (Has Surely Come),” “The Weight,” “Ophelia,” and many, many others. The concert also features several guest stars - most notably Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell, Muddy Waters, Van Morrison, Neil Diamond, Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, The Staples Singers, and many others.
Until recently, I had only seen “The Last Waltz” twice in my life – once in the mid-1980s on an old, horribly grainy VHS tape, and once a few weeks ago on Amazon Video. The difference between the two viewings was startling. By 2017, the movie had been remastered in high definition, making both the video and audio quality pristine. It was such an enjoyable viewing experience that I decided to purchase “The Last Waltz” on Blu-ray – making it only the third music video in my entire home video library.
Although I don’t quite subscribe to the idea of “The Last Waltz” as being the best rock movie ever made, I do rank it a very close second, behind what I consider the greatest-ever “rockumentary:” Michael Wadleigh’s “Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music.” “The Last Waltz” easily earns my highest recommendation.