The Band - The Last Waltz

The Band - The Last Waltz

Bob Dylan (guitar & vocal), Robbie Robertson (guitar), Garth Hudson (synthesizer), Richard Manual (keyboards), Rick Danko (bass), Levon Helm (drums).

6 Eric Clapton (vocal & guitar), Ron Wood (guitar), Paul Butterfield, Bobby Charles, Neil Diamond, Ronnie Hawkins, Dr John, Richard Manuel, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Neil Young (vocals),Ringo Starr (drums).

The Last Waltz was a concert by the Band, held on American Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1976, at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. The Last Waltz was advertised as the Band's "farewell concert appearance," and the concert saw the Band joined by more than a dozen special guests, including Bob Dylan, Paul Butterfield, Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Ringo Starr, Ronnie Hawkins, Dr. John, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Muddy Waters, Ronnie Wood, Neil Diamond, Bobby Charles, The Staples, and Eric Clapton. The musical director for the concert was the Band's original record producer, John Simon.

The event was filmed by director Martin Scorsese and made into a documentary of the same name, released in 1978. Jonathan Taplin, who was the Band's tour manager from 1969 to 1972 and later produced Scorsese's film Mean Streets, suggested that Scorsese would be the ideal director for the project and introduced Robbie Robertson and Scorsese. Taplin was the Executive Producer of The Last Waltz. The film features concert performances, intermittent song renditions shot on a studio soundstage, and interviews by Scorsese with members of the Band. A triple-LP soundtrack recording, produced by Simon and Rob Fraboni, was issued in 1978. The film was released on DVD in 2002 as was a four-CD box set of the concert and related studio recordings.

The Last Waltz is hailed as one of the greatest concert films ever made, although it has been criticized for its focus on Robertson.

Specifications

  • Released: 1975
  • Label: Warner 3WS3146, 7 April 1978

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