is the second live album by The Last Waltz the Band, released on Warner Bros. Records in 1978, catalogue 3WS 3146. It is the soundtrack to the 1978 film of the same name, and the final album by the original configuration of the Band. It peaked at #16 on the .
Content [ edit ]
triple album documents the Band's "farewell" concert which took place at Bill Graham's Winterland Ballroom on Thanksgiving Day 1976. The event included an actual Thanksgiving dinner for 5000 attendees, with ballroom dancing and a stage set for borrowed from the La Traviata San Francisco Opera.
The concert featured songs by the Band interspersed with the group backing up a variety of musical guests. These included many with whom they had worked in the past, notably their previous employers
Ronnie Hawkins and Bob Dylan. Van Morrison, a Woodstock neighbor, had co-written and sung on the track "4% Pantomime" for the album. Individual members of the Band had played with the invitees on the following albums: in 1972 with Cahoots Bobby Charles for his eponymous album; in 1973 with Ringo Starr on ; in 1974 with Ringo Joni Mitchell on and with Court and Spark Neil Young for ; in 1975 with On the Beach Muddy Waters and Paul Butterfield on The Muddy Waters Woodstock Album; in 1976 with Eric Clapton on and with No Reason to Cry Neil Diamond on .
Sides one through five of the album consisted of songs taken from the concert. Side six comprised "The Last Waltz Suite", new numbers composed by Robertson and performed by the Band on an
MGM soundstage. The suite featured  Emmylou Harris and, on a remake of " The Weight", Roebuck and Mavis Staples. The music received overdubs at Village Recorders and Shangri-La Studios in post-production, owing to faults recorded during the concert.
On April 16, 2002, a
box set reissue of the album arrived in stores, including everything released on the original with additional tracks taken from the concert.
Track listing [ edit ]
The performance of "
Helpless" by Neil Young features backing vocals by Joni Mitchell; Paul Butterfield plays harmonica for Muddy Waters on " Mannish Boy"; Dr. John plays congas on " Coyote" and plays guitar on "Down South in New Orleans"; the entire ensemble sings back-up on the closer, " I Shall Be Released".
"The Last Waltz Suite" written by Robbie Robertson.
Personnel [ edit ]
Rick Danko – bass, fiddle, vocals
Levon Helm – drums, mandolin, vocals
Garth Hudson – organ, piano, accordion, synthesizer, clavinet, saxophones
Richard Manuel – piano, drums, organ, clavinet, dobro, vocals Robbie Robertson – guitars, piano, vocals
The horn section [ edit ]
Rich Cooper –
trumpet, flugelhorn James Gordon –
flute, tenor saxophone, clarinet
Jerry Hey – trumpet, flugelhorn
Howard Johnson – tuba, baritone saxophone, flugelhorn, bass clarinet Charlie Keagle –
clarinet, flute, alto, tenor and soprano saxophones
Tom Malone – trombone, euphonium, alto flute, bass trombone Larry Packer –
electric violin Horns arranged by Henry Glover, Garth Hudson, Howard Johnson, Tom Malone, John Simon and Allen Toussaint
Guest personnel [ edit ]
Production personnel [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
The Last Waltz at AllMusic
Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: B". . Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X . Retrieved . February 21, 2019
^ Brackett, Nathan, with Hoard, Christian (eds) (2004).
(4th edn). New York, NY: Fireside. p. 42. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
Orr, John. "The Last Waltz" article from The Band Website retrieved 20-11-10.
^ Orr, as above.
^ The Last Waltz, original vinyl issue,