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)
Late 1976–mid-1977
(Studio overdubs)
Genre Rock
Length 246:18
Label Warner Bros./Rhino
Producer Robbie Robertson
The Band chronology
Greatest Hits
(2000)Greatest Hits2000
The Last Waltz
(2002)
A Musical History
(2005)A Musical History2005
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 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]

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]

No.TitleWriter(s)Guest performer(s)Length
1."Theme from the Last Waltz**" The Orchestra3:52
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 McDanielRonnie Hawkins4:51
6."Life Is a Carnival"Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Robbie Robertson 4:25
7."Such a Night**"Mac RebennackDr. John4:41
8."The Weight*"  4:50
9."Down South in New Orleans"Jack Anglin, Jim Anglin, Johnnie WrightBobby Charles, Dr. John3:11
10."This Wheel's on Fire*"Danko, Bob Dylan 3:54
11."Mystery Train"Junior Parker, Sam PhillipsPaul Butterfield5:03
12."Caldonia*"Louis JordanMuddy Waters, Pinetop Perkins6:08
13."Mannish Boy"Mel London, McDaniel, McKinley MorganfieldMuddy Waters6:40
14."Stage Fright"  4:31

Disc two[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Guest performer(s)Length
1."Rag Mama Rag*"  4:34
2."All Our Past Times*"Eric Clapton, DankoEric Clapton5:01
3."Further on Up the Road**"Don Robey, Joe MedwickEric Clapton5:30
4."Ophelia"  3:45
5."Helpless"Neil YoungNeil Young, Joni Mitchell (though uncredited on the track listing)5:53
6."Four Strong Winds*"Ian TysonNeil Young4:37
7."Coyote"Joni MitchellJoni Mitchell5:28
8."Shadows and Light*"MitchellJoni Mitchell5:45
9."Furry Sings the Blues*"MitchellJoni Mitchell, Neil Young5:09
10."Acadian Driftwood*" Joni Mitchell, Neil Young (both uncredited on the track listing)7:07
11."Dry Your Eyes**"Neil Diamond, RobertsonNeil Diamond4:16
12."The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show*"  3:39
13."Tura Lura Lural (That's an Irish Lullaby)"James Royce ShannonVan Morrison4:10
14."Caravan**"Van MorrisonVan Morrison6:12

Disc three[edit]

No.TitleWriter(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 DavisBob Dylan2:55
4."Hazel*"DylanBob Dylan3:41
5."I Don't Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met)"DylanBob Dylan3:29
6."Forever Young**"DylanBob Dylan5:51
7."Baby, Let Me Follow You Down (Reprise)**"DavisBob Dylan2:58
8."I Shall Be Released**" (Finale)DylanBob Dylan, Paul Butterfield, Eric Clapton; Neil Diamond, Dr. John, Ronnie Hawkins, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Ringo Starr, Ronnie Wood, Pinetop Perkins4:49
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 Starr5:32
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 Radle9:10
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.TitleGuest performer(s)Length
1."The Well" 3:32
2."Evangeline"Emmylou Harris3:10
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.TitleWriter(s)Guest performer(s)Length
7."King Harvest (Has Surely Come)*"  3:52
8."Tura Lura Lural (That's an Irish Lullaby)*"ShannonVan Morrison3:52
9."Caravan*"MorrisonVan Morrison6:30
10."Such a Night*"RebennackDr. John5:24
11."Rag Mama Rag*"  3:52

Studio Ideas[edit]

No.TitleLength
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.