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The box set
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 Last Waltz 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 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 " Stage Fright 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. 
On November 11, 2016, this set was reissued as part of a 40th Anniversary Deluxe Box Set edition that includes the
1978 Scorsese film on a separate Blu-Ray disc. It is not indicated as to whether or not new mastering was done to the audio discs over and above that from the 2002 reissue.
Track listing [ edit ]
All songs were written by
Robbie Robertson, except where noted.
Disc one [ edit ]
"Theme from the Last Waltz**"
Up on Cripple Creek**"
The Shape I'm In"
It Makes No Difference"
Who Do You Love?**"
Ronnie Hawkins 4:51
Life Is a Carnival"
Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Robbie Robertson
"Such a Night**"
Dr. John 4:41
"Down South in New Orleans"
Jack Anglin, Jim Anglin, Johnnie Wright
Bobby Charles, Dr. John 3:11
This Wheel's on Fire*" Danko,
Junior Parker, Sam Phillips
Paul Butterfield 5:03
Muddy Waters, Pinetop Perkins 6:08
Mel London, McDaniel, McKinley Morganfield Muddy Waters
Disc two [ edit ]
Disc three [ edit ]
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down**"
"The Genetic Method/
Chest Fever*" (Incomplete)
Garth Hudson/Robbie Robertson
Baby, Let Me Follow You Down"
Reverend Gary Davis Bob Dylan
I Don't Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met)" Dylan
Forever Young**" Dylan
Baby, Let Me Follow You Down ( Reprise)**" Davis
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
(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
(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
Don't Do It*"
L. Dozier-B. Holland-E. Holland
Disc four [ edit ]
"The Last Waltz Suite" [ edit ]
King Harvest (Has Surely Come)*"
"Tura Lura Lural (That's an Irish Lullaby)*"
"Such a Night*"
"Rag Mama Rag*"
Studio Ideas [ edit ]
(Early version of "The Well") 5:30
"The Last Waltz Refrain*"
(Early instrumental version) 0:50
"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 ]
Rick Danko – bass, fiddle, vocals
Levon Helm – drums, mandolin, vocals
Garth Hudson – organ, accordion, synthesizers, horns, clavinet
Richard Manuel – piano, drums, organ, clavinet, keyboards, 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
The guests [ edit ]
Paul Butterfield – harmonica, vocals
Bobby Charles – vocals
Eric Clapton – guitar, vocals
Neil Diamond – guitar, vocals
Dr. John – piano, guitar, congas, vocals
Bob Dylan – guitar, vocals
Bill Graham – thanks
Emmylou Harris – guitar, vocals
Ronnie Hawkins – vocals Alison Hormel –
Bob Margolin – guitar
Joni Mitchell – guitar, vocals
Van Morrison – vocals
Pinetop Perkins – piano, vocals
Carl Radle – bass Dennis St. John – drums
John Simon – piano
Cleotha Staples – harmony vocal
Mavis Staples – vocals
Roebuck "Pops" Staples – guitar, vocals
Yvonne Staples – harmony vocal
Ringo Starr – drums
Stephen Stills – guitar
Muddy Waters – vocals
Ronnie Wood – guitar
Neil Young – guitar, harmonica, vocals
Production [ edit ]
Other credits [ edit ]
References [ edit ]