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The Last Waltz (box)

The box set The Last Waltz is a 2002 (see 2002 in music) 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, resequencing 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.

Track listing

Disc one

  1. "Theme from the Last Waltz"** (R. Robertson) – 3:52
  2. "Up on Cripple Creek"** (R. Robertson) – 5:31
  3. "The Shape I'm In" (R. Robertson) – 4:10
  4. "It Makes No Difference" (R. Robertson) – 6:52
  5. "Who Do You Love?"** (E. McDaniel) – 4:51
  6. "Life Is a Carnival" (R. Danko-L. Helm-R. Robertson) – 4:25
  7. "Such a Night"** (M. Rebennack) – 4:42
  8. "The Weight"* (R. Robertson) – 4:50
  9. "Down South in New Orleans" (J. Anglin-J. Anglin-J. Wright) – 3:11
  10. "This Wheel's on Fire"* (R. Danko-B. Dylan) – 3:54
  11. "Mystery Train" (H. Parker, Jr.-S. Phillips) – 5:04
  12. "Caldonia"* (L. Jordan) – 6:08
  13. "Mannish Boy" (M. London-E. McDaniel-M. Morganfield) – 6:41
  14. "Stage Fright" (R. Robertson) – 4:31

Disc two

  1. "Rag Mama Rag"* (R. Robertson) – 4:34
  2. "All Our Past Times"* (E. Clapton-R. Danko) – 5:01
  3. "Further on Up the Road"** (D. Robey-M. Veasey) – 5:30
  4. "Ophelia" (R. Robertson) – 3:45
  5. "Helpless" (N. Young) – 5:54
  6. "Four Strong Winds"* (I. Tyson) – 4:37
  7. "Coyote" (J. Mitchell) – 5:28
  8. "Shadows and Light"* (J. Mitchell) – 5:45
  9. "Furry Sings the Blues"* (J. Mitchell) – 5:09
  10. "Acadian Driftwood"* (R. Robertson) – 7:07
  11. "Dry Your Eyes"** (N. Diamond-R. Robertson) – 4:16
  12. "The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show"* (R. Robertson) – 3:39
  13. "Tura Lura Lural" (an Irish lullaby) (J. R. Shannon) – 4:10
  14. "Caravan"** (V. Morrison) – 6:12

Disc three

  1. "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"** (R. Robertson) – 4:35
  2. "The Genetic Method/Chest Fever"* (G. Hudson-R. Robertson) – 2:41
  3. "Baby Let Me Follow You Down" (G. Davis) – 2:56
  4. "Hazel"* (B. Dylan) – 3:41
  5. "I Don't Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met)" (B. Dylan) – 3:29
  6. "Forever Young"** (B. Dylan) – 5:51
  7. "Baby Let Me Follow You Down (Reprise)"** (G. Davis) – 2:59
  8. "I Shall Be Released"** (B. Dylan) – 4:50
  9. "Jam #1"* – 5:32
  10. "Jam #2"* – 9:10
  11. "Don't Do It"* (L. Dozier-B. Holland-E. Holland) – 6:19
  12. "Greensleeves"* (Traditional, arr. G. Hudson) – 1:37

Disc four

  1. "The Well" (R. Robertson) – 3:33
  2. "Evangeline" (R. Robertson) – 3:10
  3. "Out of the Blue"** (R. Robertson) – 3:20
  4. "The Weight" (R. Robertson) – 4:36
  5. "The Last Waltz Refrain" (R. Robertson) – 1:32
  6. "Theme from the Last Waltz" (R. Robertson) – 3:28
  7. "King Harvest (Has Surely Come)"* (R. Robertson) – 3:52
  8. "Tura Lura Lural"* (an Irish lullaby, rehearsal) (J. R. Shannon) – 3:52
  9. "Caravan"* (rehearsal) (V. Morrison) – 6:30
  10. "Such a Night"* (rehearsal) (M. Rebennack) – 5:24
  11. "Rag Mama Rag"* (rehearsal) (R. Robertson) – 3:52
  12. "Mad Waltz"* (early version of "The Well") (R. Robertson) – 5:30
  13. "The Last Waltz Refrain"* (early instrumental version) (R. Robertson) – 0:50
  14. "The Last Waltz Theme"* (sketch track) (R. Robertson) – 3:34

All tracks marked * were previously unreleased.
All tracks marked ** feature additional material.

Personnel

The Band

The horn section

The guests

Production

Other credits

References

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