The Last Waltz review
farewell performance of The Band was at The Winterland in San
Francisco on Thanksgiving Day 1976.
In 1978 a film produced by Martin Scorsese was released,
accompanied by a three record set (later 2 CD's) was released. Now, a deluxe four CD set is available that includes rehearsals and
additional live tracks.
This legendary concert had over a dozen guests sitting in
with them. One item
that one will take away upon enjoying The Last Waltz is how
appropriate the name The Band is. It describes their original
material with the numerous genres they cross. More striking though
is how they succeed as a supporting cast to the all-star list of
music legends, astonishing.
when guests sit in with a musical group the performance doesnít
quite meet the expectation or match the original. That is not the case here.
Rather, they even enhance many songs here making The Last Waltz
a highly regarded classic
years after itís release.
how stunning tours would be by some of these music legends with The
Band as the supporting cast. We know what the results are with them backing
Dylan in both 1966 and 1974. Their set together on this magical
evening is monstrous. Dylan is in great
form both vocally and as a band leader, while Robbie's guitar solos
really soar and seem to get better on each song.
listening or viewing this release which artist would you enjoy seeing a
tour with The Band backing them? The energy level during Van Morrison set is
stunning. How about some New Orleans Honky Tonk with Dr.
John! The blues is electicfying whether with Muddy
Waters, Eric Clapton, or Paul
Their take on Neil Young's "Helpless" is superbly
arranged, Robertson hits some nice underneath riffs, not getting in
the way, rather adding gentle fire. We can only dream of The Band
cranking up some of Neil's electric classics like "Down by the
River." The implementation of
horns and various vocalist into the arrangements is sensational
bringing back memories or Rock of Ages.
Last Waltz is among the top tier music films ever, both the film
and soundtrack. We invite you to visit our Music
Video page; this film is ranked in our short list of all-star
Grade A +
Three options, which format? The Last Waltz is available on DVD
as well as two options in audio. If funds aren't an issue, it
is worth owning both the DVD and box-set.
DVD - One
of the best music videos of all time.
Two-disc audio - A sensational representation of the best material from
Four-disc audio - Lot's of gems are included that were not released
on the other formats along with some non-essentials.
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