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 "W. S. Walcott Medicine Show" 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 presented in their unedited versions.
Songs still missing 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".
The album is still rife with overdubbing, re-sequencing and editing but it does paint a more complete picture of the event than the earlier album or film do. Bootleg recordings
of the show have been made available by collectors, who say it presents a more accurate depiction of the concert.<ref name =... Read More