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The Last Waltz [Original recording remastered, Live, Box set]

Band , The Band Audio CD
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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. The Shape I'm in
2. Down South In New Orleans
3. Ophelia
4. Tura Lura Lural
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
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Even taking into account inflation, it's ironic in this era of $250 concert tickets that critics harped when the Band charged $25 for their legendary November 1976 farewell show at San Francisco's Winterland. That price not only included Thanksgiving dinner, but also numerous guest superstars who'd influenced, worked with, and/or shared the Canadian roots of Robbie Robertson and crew. What transpired was a grand celebration of North American musical forms. There are numerous definitive performances here--from Van Morrison's goose-bump-inducing "Caravan" and solo rendition of the beautiful Irish standard "Tura Lura Lural" (Celtic music inspired those Appalachians in the first place) to Bob Dylan and "the Hawks" delivering a pop-metallic "Baby, Let Me Follow You Down," first captured on the Royal Albert Hall Concert tapes. But because this new fleshed-out version--produced and compiled by Robertson--includes surprises (late blues legend Muddy Waters's endearing take on Louis Jordan's "Caledonia"; current blues legend Dylan's "Hazel"), treasures ("This Wheels on Fire," Neil Young's "Four Strong Winds"), and two jam sessions that just don't add much, the new box set simply matches and enhances--but doesn't top--the original three-LP version of this wonderful slice of rock & roll history. --Bill Holdship

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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Band's 2nd best live album - UPDATED May 6 2009
By PGB
Format:Audio CD
Original review follows this update.

A couple of thoughts: of course, Levon died in in 2012, silencing all three of the Band's singers (Robbie, brilliant musician though he was/is, simply can't sing very well, and rarely sang when with the Band). Secondly, I have (since my initial review) purchased the stripped (i.e., small box) Last Waltz 4-disc set. Not as lavish as the original "long box", but all the music is there. The 4-disc set definitely adds to the original 2-disc, 3-LP release, as there are more brilliant performances, by the Band and their guests, but both versions are still outweighed by Rock Of Ages for so many reasons, not least of which is the horn section, notably Howard Johnson (the tuba, etc player, not the hotel!). Although the horns (including Johnson) played in The Last Waltz as well, and definitely added to the whole thing, the magic was in the Rock Of Ages set, and the horns seemed better, tighter. They sounded as tight as they did when I saw them in Montreal, as mentioned in my original review.

The Last Waltz's greatness (and it is indeed GREAT) lies in the event, the sense of occasion. As such, not really comparable to Rock Of Ages, in the end. It truly marked a milestone in rock's history. Interesting that, although Levon, Ricky, Richard and Garth probably resented the focus on Robbie, and saw the writing on the wall (it WAS the end, and they knew it), they displayed their professionalism once the lights went up and everyone was plugged in. Musicians are like that: once they're on stage, they leave the bulls*** behind (well with a few exceptions, such as the Kinks, Oasis :)

Highly recommended. Oh, and there's a significant upgrade in the sound, as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great music from a great era Oct. 4 2003
Format:Audio CD
I'm only in my twenties right now, and most people I know have barely even heard of the Band, if they've heard of them at all. Sets like this are of the reason that I feel like I was born too late. The sixties and seventies were an amazing era musically, and I don't see how something like The Last Waltz could ever happen today. All the more reason to treasure an amazing thing that happened here: A bunch of people just got together and made some great music. Broken down to that, The Last Waltz sounds like Woodstock or Monterey Pop, and in some ways it is. But The Last Waltz carries more weight then either of those concerts, as this would be the last time that The Band would play together. At least, that was the plan...
The Band played for five hours and people still wanted more. The hits are all here -- "Up On Cripple Creek", "The Weight", "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", etc. -- and each one of them is played with passion by a band that is just making great music, but knows that it is coming to an end.
The guest cast is amazing. Bob Dylan and Ronnie Hawkins are great musicians, and they had to appear for the night to be complete -- if you know The Band's history, you'll understand why. Friends and heroes like Dr. John, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell, Neil Diamond, Van Morrison, The Staples, and more rounded out a set of music with a combination of variety and quality that you'll be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. Even Ringo Starr makes an appearance on drums at the end of the third disk. Where else will you find a combination of songs like "Caravan", "Such a Night", "Mannish Boy", "Dry Your Eyes", and "Helpless"?
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Published on Feb. 2 2009 by Jacqueline M. Mazour
1.0 out of 5 stars The Last Walz
If you think this is DVD Video... make another choice.
I missed the "Audio"only part when I purchased this item. Didn't realy want a slide show with music. Read more
Published on Feb. 7 2005
4.0 out of 5 stars Regarding Mr Leonard Snerdley, "reviewer"
Very funny, "Mr Snerdley", very funny.
We get it.
Now stop.
Published on April 17 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Far too little Diamond
I bought this set with hope and excitement, knowing that not only was I hearing a great band exit on top, but also a great singer and songwriter in his prime. Read more
Published on April 5 2004 by Leonard Snerdley
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