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By Bill Holdship

Even taking into account inflation, it's ironic in this era of $250 concert tickets that critics harped when the Band charged $25 for their legendary November 1976 farewell show at San Francisco's Winterland. That price not only included Thanksgiving dinner, but also numerous guest superstars who'd influenced, worked with, and/or shared the Canadian roots of Robbie Robertson and crew. What transpired was a grand celebration of North American musical forms. There are numerous definitive performances here--from Van Morrison's goose-bump-inducing "Caravan" and solo rendition of the beautiful Irish standard "Tura Lura Lural" (Celtic music inspired those Appalachians in the first place) to Bob Dylan and "the Hawks" delivering a pop-metallic "Baby, Let Me Follow You Down," first captured on the Royal Albert Hall Concert tapes. But because this new fleshed-out version--produced and compiled by Robertson--includes surprises (late blues legend Muddy Waters's endearing take on Louis Jordan's "Caledonia"; current blues legend Dylan's "Hazel"), treasures ("This Wheels on Fire," Neil Young's "Four Strong Winds"), and two jam sessions that just don't add much, the new box set simply matches and enhances--but doesn't top--the original three-LP version of this wonderful slice of rock & roll history.

By Marc Greilsamer

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.

Tracks
1. Theme From The Last Waltz (w/ Orchestra)28. Caravan (w/ Van Morrison)
2. Up On Cripple Creek29. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
3. The Shape I'm In30. The Genetic Method/Chest Fever (Excerpt From Movie Soundtrack)
4. It Makes No Difference31. Baby Let Me Follow You Down (w/ Bob Dylan)
5. Who Do You Love (w/ Ronnie Hawkins)32. Hazel (w/ Bob Dylan)
6. Life Is A Carnival33. I Don't Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met) (w/ Bob Dylan)
7. Such A Night (w/ Dr. John)34. Forever Young (w/ Bob Dylan)
8. The Weight35. Baby Let Me Follow You Down (Reprise) (w/ Bob Dylan)
9. Down South In New Orleans (w/ Bobby Charles)36. I Shall Be Released (Finale)
10. This Wheel's On Fire37. Jam #1
11. Mystery Train (w/ Paul Butterfield)38. Jam #2
12. Caldonia (w/ Muddy Waters)39. Don't Do It
13. Mannish Boy (w/ Muddy Waters)40. Greensleeves (From Movie Soundtrack)
14. Stagefright41. The Well
15. Rag Mama Rag42. Evangeline (w/ Emmylou Harris)
16. All Our Past Times (w/ Eric Clapton)43. Out Of The Blue
17. Further On Up The Road (w/ Eric Clapton)44. The Weight (w/ The Staples)
18. Ophelia45. The Last Waltz Refrain
19. Helpless (w/ Neil Young)46. Theme From The Last Waltz
20. Four Strong Winds (w/ Neil Young)47. King Harvest (Has Surely Come)
21. Coyote (w/ Joni Mitchell)48. Tura Lura Lural (That's An Irish Lullaby) (w/ Van Morrison)
22. Shadows And Light (w/ Joni Mitchell)49. Caravan (w/ Van Morrison)
23. Furry Sings The Blues (w/ Joni Mitchell)50. Such A Night (w/ Dr. John)
24. Acadian Driftwood51. Rag Mama Rag
25. Dry Your Eyes (w/ Neil Diamond)52. Mad Waltz (Sketch Track For The Well)
26. The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show53. The Last Waltz Refrain (Instrumental Version)
27. Tura Lura Lural (That's An Irish Lullaby) (w/ Van Morrison)54. The Last Waltz Theme (Sketch)

 

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Artist: Band

Released: April 24, 1978

Availability: CD, Vinyl

Awards:  Gold


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