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Genres: Country, Folk, Pop, Rock, Soundtracks, Classic Rock
"As you might have heard, we got a couple of friends joining in with us tonight," mutters Robbie Robertson dryly. Recorded at San Francisco's Winterland on Thanksgiving Day 1976, the Band's swan song is a rousing celebrati... more »
"As you might have heard, we got a couple of friends joining in with us tonight," mutters Robbie Robertson dryly. Recorded at San Francisco's Winterland on Thanksgiving Day 1976, the Band's swan song is a rousing celebration, not a bittersweet eulogy. The friends in question: Ronnie Hawkins, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Neil Diamond, Dr. John, Paul Butterfield, Muddy Waters, Pinetop Perkins, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, Ron Wood, Ringo Starr. Add studio sequences featuring the Staples and Emmylou Harris, and you have a pretty formidable supporting cast for the Band, who always did quite well on their own. All involved have done better work elsewhere, but that's far beside the point, which is that anyone who wasn't there should be very, very jealous. --Marc Greilsamer
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The Last Waltz
Matt | 12/06/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the Holy Grail of North American music. Definitely in my top 5 albums of all time. To give you some idea: Eric Clapton (yes he's British, but he was living in America and playing in an American band at the time) and Bob Dylan both show up--and, what are the odds, each one plays the BEST live set of their lives. Not to mention about a dozen essential songs by lesser-known artists like Dr. John and Paul Butterfield, and The Band doing their own songs in live versions that range from "good" to "inspired." Tacked onto the end of the concert are three new studio songs by The Band--in my opinion, all three rank among the best The Band ever did. I will gripe a little bit, that "Baby Don't Do It," one of the best songs on the DVD version of The Last Waltz, was not included. There seems to be no excuse for this. That said, one really can't complain about a CD's potential to have been better when it is already one of the greatest ever made. 5 stars aren't enough."
The Musicality of the Band
Jorge Barbarosa | the back 9 | 03/23/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Great musicianship from the mainstay of the evening, with guest appearances from a host of the "old school" (rock?)stars during that period in American music (it feels odd referring to that period in a past tense, but it is almost 2 generations ago). The Band couldn't have been rock. Progressive, Alternative... it must drive the critics and catagorizers looney. How about great music from North America. Together this group had a fullness and richness to their sound that others in the field could only envy. I recall that Clapton was reported to have left Cream and wanted to start up a group along the lines of the Band. Clapton gets part of his wish and is invited to join in the festivities of the Last Waltz. Can you imagine being there at this event? It would have been a phenominal experience. This release documents this historic occasion with an evening of stellar performances by all guests. A beautiful release."
C. Parker | Avalon, PA United States | 03/15/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I loved the movie, The Last Waltz, and had to get the CD that goes with it. Of course, it's wonderful, just like the movie! So much talent in one place! I skated through the 70s listening to other types of music, so I missed out on a lot of what was going on with these artists. But it's never too late, in my opinion. I'm very happy to have this historic concert in my collection!"