The Last Waltz (2002 album)

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The Last Waltz
Soundtrack album by The Band
Released April 16, 2002
Recorded November 25, 1976
Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA
Late 1976–mid-1977
(studio overdubs)
Genre Rock
Length 246:18
Label Warner Bros./Rhino
Producer Robbie Robertson
The Band chronology
Greatest Hits
(2000)
The Last Waltz
(2002)
A Musical History
(2005)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

The box set The Last Waltz is a 2002 four-disc re-release of the 1978 album The Last Waltz documenting the concert The Last Waltz, the last concert by The Band with its classic line up. A full forty tracks are taken from the show in addition to rehearsal outtakes. Twenty-four tracks are previously unreleased.

Among the tracks added are a version of Louis Jordan's "Caldonia" featuring Muddy Waters and Pinetop Perkins trading off the vocal, a radically reworked version of the live favorite "Rag Mama Rag", Neil Young and Joni Mitchell joining The Band on "Acadian Driftwood", a blistering take on the Stage Fright classic "W. S. Walcott Medicine Show", excerpts from a pair of instrumental jams involving several of the concert's guest performers, and the concert closer, "Don't Do It". In addition, several edits made on the original 1978 set have been done away with; certain songs (such as "Forever Young" with Bob Dylan) are now presented in their unedited versions.

Songs still missing from the concert are a version of "Georgia on My Mind", the full versions of the two jams presented, the full version of "Chest Fever", and the concert takes of "King Harvest (Has Surely Come)" and "Evangeline".

While the album still has overdubbing, re-sequencing, and editing, it does give a more accurate representation of the event itself than the earlier album or film do, according to collectors who have made comparisons with bootleg recordings of the concert.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Robbie Robertson, except where noted.

Disc one[edit]

  1. "Theme from the Last Waltz"** – 3:52
  2. "Up on Cripple Creek"** – 5:31
  3. "The Shape I'm In" – 4:10
  4. "It Makes No Difference" – 6:51
  5. "Who Do You Love?"** (Ellas McDaniel) – 4:51
  6. "Life Is a Carnival" (Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Robbie Robertson) – 4:25
  7. "Such a Night"** (Mac Rebennack) – 4:41
  8. "The Weight"* – 4:50
  9. "Down South in New Orleans" (Jack Anglin, Jim Anglin, Johnnie Wright) – 3:11
  10. "This Wheel's on Fire"* (Danko, Bob Dylan) – 3:54
  11. "Mystery Train" (Junior Parker, Sam Phillips) – 5:03
  12. "Caldonia"* (Louis Jordan) – 6:08
  13. "Mannish Boy" (Mel London, McDaniel, McKinley Morganfield) – 6:40
  14. "Stage Fright" – 4:31

Disc two[edit]

  1. "Rag Mama Rag"* – 4:34
  2. "All Our Past Times"* (Eric Clapton, Danko) – 5:01
  3. "Further on Up the Road"** (Don Robey, Joe Veasey) – 5:30
  4. "Ophelia" – 3:45
  5. "Helpless" (Neil Young) – 5:53
  6. "Four Strong Winds"* (Ian Tyson) – 4:37
  7. "Coyote" (Joni Mitchell) – 5:28
  8. "Shadows and Light"* (Mitchell) – 5:45
  9. "Furry Sings the Blues"* (Mitchell) – 5:09
  10. "Acadian Driftwood"* – 7:07
  11. "Dry Your Eyes"** (Neil Diamond, Robertson) – 4:16
  12. "The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show"* – 3:39
  13. "Tura Lura Lural (That's an Irish Lullaby)" (James Royce Shannon) – 4:10
  14. "Caravan"** (Van Morrison) – 6:12

Disc three[edit]

  1. "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"** – 4:35
  2. "The Genetic Method/Chest Fever"* (Garth Hudson, Robertson) – 2:41
  3. "Baby, Let Me Follow You Down" (Reverend Gary Davis) – 2:56
  4. "Hazel"* (Dylan) – 3:41
  5. "I Don't Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met)" (Dylan) – 3:29
  6. "Forever Young"** (Dylan) – 5:51
  7. "Baby, Let Me Follow You Down (Reprise)"** (Davis) – 2:59
  8. "I Shall Be Released"** (Dylan) – 4:50
  9. "Jam #1"* – 5:32
  10. "Jam #2"* – 9:10
  11. "Don't Do It"* (L. Dozier-B. Holland-E. Holland) – 6:19
  12. "Greensleeves"* (Traditional) – 1:37

Disc four[edit]

  1. "The Well" – 3:32
  2. "Evangeline" – 3:10
  3. "Out of the Blue"** – 3:20
  4. "The Weight" – 4:35
  5. "The Last Waltz Refrain" – 1:32
  6. "Theme from the Last Waltz" – 3:26
  7. "King Harvest (Has Surely Come)"* – 3:52
  8. "Tura Lura Lural"* (an Irish lullaby, rehearsal) (James Royce Shannon) – 3:52
  9. "Caravan"* (rehearsal) (Morrison) – 6:30
  10. "Such a Night"* (rehearsal) (Rebennack) – 5:24
  11. "Rag Mama Rag"* (rehearsal) – 3:52
  12. "Mad Waltz"* (early version of "The Well") – 5:30
  13. "The Last Waltz Refrain"* (early instrumental version) – 0:50
  14. "The Last Waltz Theme"* (sketch track) – 3:34

All tracks marked * were previously unreleased.
All tracks marked ** feature additional material.

Personnel[edit]

The Band[edit]

The horn section[edit]

The guests[edit]

Production[edit]

Other credits[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Katz, John; Warschawski, Dror. "The 4 audio versions of The Last Waltz". Retrieved 2007-01-07. 

^ Katz, Jonathan; Warschawski, Dror