The Last Waltz: Upgrade

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The Last Waltz: Upgrade is a two-CD distillation of the 2002 four-CD box-set restoration. Upgrade presents the complete 30-song track listing from the original 1978 triple LP release, remixed by the Band's Robbie Robertson and newly remastered. The set also includes the in-studio "Last Waltz Suite" and comprehensive liner notes from David Fricke.
All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
The Last Waltz: Upgrade is a two-CD distillation of the 2002 four-CD box-set restoration. Upgrade presents the complete 30-song track listing from the original 1978 triple LP release, remixed by the Band's Robbie Robertson and newly remastered. The set also includes the in-studio "Last Waltz Suite" and comprehensive liner notes from David Fricke.
All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2003
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227392529
  • Catalog Number: 73925
  • Sales rank: 6,267

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Band Primary Artist
Paul Butterfield Harmonica, Vocals, Background Vocals
Emmylou Harris Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Neil Diamond Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Dr. John Guitar, Piano, Conga, Vocals, Background Vocals
Bob Dylan Guitar, Vocals
Ronnie Hawkins Vocals, Background Vocals
Joni Mitchell Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Robbie Robertson Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Soloist, Harp Guitar
Ringo Starr Drums
Ron Wood Guitar, Soloist
Neil Young Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals, Background Vocals
Tom "Bones" Malone Trombone, Euphonium, Alto Flute, Bass Trombone
Howard Johnson Tuba, Bass Clarinet, Flugelhorn, Baritone Saxophone
Bobby Charles Vocals, Background Vocals
Rick Danko Bass, Violin, Vocals, Standup Electric Bass
John Simon Piano
Bob Margolin Guitar
Jim Gordon Clarinet, Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Roebuck "Pops" Staples Guitar, Vocals
Eric Clapton Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Soloist
Levon Helm Mandolin, Drums, Vocals
Garth Hudson Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Accordion, Horn, Keyboards, Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Pipe organ, Soloist
Charlie Keagle Clarinet, Flute, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Richard Manuel Organ, Dobro, Piano, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Van Morrison Vocals, Background Vocals
Muddy Waters Vocals
Larry Packer Electric Violin
Dennis St. John Drums
Mavis Staples Vocals
Jerry Hay Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Joe Perkins Piano
The Orchestra Track Performer
Rich Cooper Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Technical Credits
Neil Diamond Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Joni Mitchell Composer
Robbie Robertson Composer, Producer, Remixing, Remastering
Neil Young Composer
Tom "Bones" Malone Horn Arrangements
Howard Johnson Horn Arrangements
Bobby Charles Composer
Rick Danko Composer
John Simon Producer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements, Musical Director
Johnnie Wright Composer
Greg Allen Reissue Design
Terry Becker Engineer
Joel Bernstein Equipment Manager
Bo Diddley Composer
Neil Brody Engineer
Sandy Castle Road Manager
Donivan Cowart Engineer
Rev. Gary Davis Composer
Rob Fraboni Producer
Henry Glover Horn Arrangements
Steve Hall Mastering
Levon Helm Composer
Garth Hudson Horn Arrangements
Mel London Composer
Elliot Mazer Engineer
Ellas McDaniel Composer
Van Morrison Composer
Muddy Waters Composer
Wayne Neuendorf Engineer
Junior Parker Composer
Don Robey Composer
Larry Samuels Executive Producer
Stuart Taylor Engineer
Ray Thompson Engineer
Allen Toussaint Horn Arrangements
Bradley Hartman Engineer
Mac Rebennack Composer
Jack Anglin Composer
Jim Anglin Composer
Bill Spears Equipment Manager
Tim Kramer Engineer
Sam Phillips Composer
David Fricke Liner Notes
Joe Medwick Composer
Ed Anderson Engineer
Ed Thrasher Art Direction
Andy Bloch Engineer
Paul Sandweiss Engineer
Wray Smallwood Engineer
Dennis Mays Engineer
James Royce Shannon Composer
Patrick McDougal Engineer
Jerry Stroud Engineer
Rock Brynner Road Manager
Jerry Caskey Equipment Manager
Ava Megna Production Liason
Taylor Phelps Road Manager
Cliff Crumpler Equipment Manager
Barry Imhoff Logistics
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Overall CD

    This is a great CD. I have bought it as a gift several times and always get a lot of positive feedback. Definitely a must have for true music lovers!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Why Neil Diamond was there

    The reason Neil Diamond attended the Last Waltz was because of his relationship with Robbie Robertson, wo had produced some of his recordings in the few years prior to the celebratory concert.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best, not only of rock, but of music on earth

    From Emmylou Harris's plaintive harmonies to the Last Waltz Theme, the music here is of the soul. No one can do again what was done in this concert. From Bob Dylan to Eric Clapton to Van Morrison and more. This is the absolute finest music there is. A masterpiece of filmmaking from Martin Scorsese.

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    Posted December 27, 2009

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