The Last Waltz (2002 album)

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The Last Waltz
The Last Waltz (The Band album - 2002 cover art).jpg
Soundtrack album & box set by The Band
Released April 16, 2002
Recorded November 25, 1976
(Winterland Arena, San Francisco, California)
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 "The 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]

No. Title Writer(s) Guest performer(s) Length
1. "Theme from the Last Waltz**"     The Orchestra 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 Ronnie Hawkins 4:51
6. "Life Is a Carnival"   Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Robbie Robertson   4:25
7. "Such a Night**"   Mac Rebennack Dr. John 4:41
8. "The Weight*"       4:50
9. "Down South in New Orleans"   Jack Anglin, Jim Anglin, Johnnie Wright Bobby Charles, Dr. John 3:11
10. "This Wheel's on Fire*"   Danko, Bob Dylan   3:54
11. "Mystery Train"   Junior Parker, Sam Phillips Paul Butterfield 5:03
12. "Caldonia*"   Louis Jordan Muddy Waters 6:08
13. "Mannish Boy"   Mel London, McDaniel, McKinley Morganfield Muddy Waters 6:40
14. "Stage Fright"       4:31

Disc two[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Guest performer(s) Length
1. "Rag Mama Rag*"       4:34
2. "All Our Past Times*"   Eric Clapton, Danko Eric Clapton 5:01
3. "Further on Up the Road**"   Don Robey, Joe Medwick Eric Clapton 5:30
4. "Ophelia"       3:45
5. "Helpless"   Neil Young Neil Young, Joni Mitchell (though uncredited on the track listing) 5:53
6. "Four Strong Winds*"   Ian Tyson Neil Young 4:37
7. "Coyote"   Joni Mitchell Joni Mitchell 5:28
8. "Shadows and Light*"   Mitchell Joni Mitchell 5:45
9. "Furry Sings the Blues*"   Mitchell Joni Mitchell 5:09
10. "Acadian Driftwood*"     Joni Mitchell, Neil Young (both uncredited on the track listing) 7:07
11. "Dry Your Eyes**"   Neil Diamond, Robertson Neil Diamond 4:16
12. "The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show*"       3:39
13. "Tura Lura Lural (That's an Irish Lullaby)"   James Royce Shannon Van Morrison 4:10
14. "Caravan**"   Van Morrison Van Morrison 6:12

Disc three[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Guest performer(s) Length
1. "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down**"       4:35
2. "The Genetic Method/Chest Fever*" (Incomplete) Garth Hudson/Robbie Robertson   2:41
3. "Baby, Let Me Follow You Down"   Reverend Gary Davis Bob Dylan 2:55
4. "Hazel*"   Dylan Bob Dylan 3:41
5. "I Don't Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met)"   Dylan Bob Dylan 3:29
6. "Forever Young**"   Dylan Bob Dylan 5:51
7. "Baby, Let Me Follow You Down (Reprise)**"   Davis Bob Dylan 2:58
8. "I Shall Be Released**" (Finale) Dylan Bob Dylan, Paul Butterfield, Eric Clapton; Neil Diamond, Dr. John, Ronnie Hawkins, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Ringo Starr, Ronnie Wood, Pinetop Perkins 4:49
9. "Jam #1*" (The Band minus Richard Manuel plays on this track; Helm, Hudson, Robertson, Danko, Young, Ronnie Wood, Clapton, Rebennack, Paul Butterfield, Ringo Starr)   Neil Young, Ronnie Wood, Eric Clapton, Dr. John, Paul Butterfield, Ringo Starr 5:32
10. "Jam #2*" (The Band minus Richard Manuel as well as Robbie Robertson and Rick Danko plays on this track; Helm, Hudson, Young, Wood, Clapton, Rebennack, Butterfield, Starr, Stephen Stills, Carl Radle)   Neil Young, Ronnie Wood, Eric Clapton, Dr. John, Paul Butterfield, Ringo Starr, Stephen Stills, Carl Radle 9:10
11. "Don't Do It*"   L. Dozier-B. Holland-E. Holland   6:19
12. "Greensleeves*"   Traditional   1:37

Disc four[edit]

"The Last Waltz Suite"[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Guest performer(s) Length
1. "The Well"       3:32
2. "Evangeline"     Emmylou Harris 3:10
3. "Out of the Blue**"       3:20
4. "The Weight"     The Staple Singers (credited as "The Staples"; Mavis Staples and Pops Staples take lead vocals on the second and third verses, respectively) 4:35
5. "The Last Waltz Refrain"       1:32
6. "Theme from the Last Waltz"       3:26

Concert rehearsal[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Guest performer(s) Length
7. "King Harvest (Has Surely Come)*"       3:52
8. "Tura Lura Lural (That's an Irish Lullaby)*"   Shannon Van Morrison 3:52
9. "Caravan*"   Morrison Van Morrison 6:30
10. "Such a Night*"   Rebennack Dr. John 5:24
11. "Rag Mama Rag*"       3:52

Studio Ideas[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Guest performer(s) Length
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 of the tracks marked with * were previously unreleased.
All of the tracks marked with ** feature additional material.

Personnel[edit]

The Band[edit]

The horn section[edit]

The guests[edit]

Production[edit]

Other credits[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine (2002-04-16). "The Last Waltz [Box Set] - The Band | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-07-28. 
  2. ^ Katz, John; Warschawski, Dror. "The 4 audio versions of The Last Waltz". Theband.hiof.no. Retrieved 2007-01-07.