Last Waltz [Deluxe LP Version]

Last Waltz [Deluxe LP Version]

by The Band
     
 

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As a film, The Last Waltz was a triumph -- one of the first (and still one of the few) rock concert documentaries that was directed by a filmmaker who understood both the look and the sound of rock & roll, and executed with enough technical craft to capture all the nooks and crannies of a great live show. But as an album, The Last Waltz soundtrack had to

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As a film, The Last Waltz was a triumph -- one of the first (and still one of the few) rock concert documentaries that was directed by a filmmaker who understood both the look and the sound of rock & roll, and executed with enough technical craft to capture all the nooks and crannies of a great live show. But as an album, The Last Waltz soundtrack had to compete with the Band's earlier live album, Rock of Ages, with which it bears a certain superficial resemblance -- both found the group trying to create something grander than the standard-issue live double, and both featured the group beefed up by additional musicians. While Rock of Ages found the Band swinging along with the help of a horn section arranged by Allen Toussaint, The Last Waltz boasts a horn section (using Toussaint's earlier arrangements on a few cuts) and more than a baker's dozen guest stars, ranging from old cohorts Ronnie Hawkins and Bob Dylan to contemporaries Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, and Van Morrison. The Band are in fine if not exceptional form here; on most cuts, they don't sound quite as fiery as they did on Rock of Ages, though their performances are never less than expert, and the high points are dazzling, especially an impassioned version of "It Makes No Difference" and blazing readings of "Up on Cripple Creek" and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" (Levon Helm has made no secret that he felt breaking up the Band was a bad idea, and here it sounds if he was determined to prove how much they still had to offer). Ultimately, it's the Band's "special guests" who really make this set stand out -- Muddy Waters' ferocious version of "Mannish Boy" would have been a wonder from a man half his age, Van Morrison sounds positively joyous on "Caravan," Neil Young and Joni Mitchell do well for their Canadian brethren, and Bob Dylan's closing set finds him in admirably loose and rollicking form. (One question remains -- what exactly is Neil Diamond doing here?) And while the closing studio-recorded "Last Waltz Suite" sounds like padding, the contributions from Emmylou Harris and the Staple Singers are beautiful indeed. It could be argued that you're better off watching The Last Waltz on video than listening to it on CD, but either way it's a show well worth checking out. [A three-LP, 30-track version was released in 2013.]

Product Details

Release Date:
11/19/2013
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227964269
catalogNumber:
3146
Rank:
10636

Tracks

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

Disc 2

  1. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
  2. Mystery Train
  3. Mannish Boy
  4. Further On Up The Road
  5. The Shape I'm In
  6. Down South In New Orleans
  7. Ophelia
  8. Tura Lura Lural (That's An Irish Lullaby)
  9. Caravan

Disc 3

  1. Life Is A Carnival
  2. Baby Let Me Follow You Down
  3. I Don't Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met)
  4. Forever Young
  5. Baby Let Me Follow You Down (Reprise)
  6. I Shall Be Released (Finale)
  7. The Last Waltz Suite: The Well
  8. The Last Waltz Suite: Evangeline
  9. The Last Waltz Suite: Out Of The Blue
  10. The Last Waltz Suite: The Weight
  11. The Last Waltz Suite: The Last Waltz Refrain
  12. The Last Waltz Suite: Theme From The Last Waltz

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