This is one of the best live recordings in rock. . Interspersed throughout The Last Waltz are those legendary songs they performed under their own name, The Night They Drove Ol' Dixie Down, Cripple Creek, et all. In The Last Waltz their friends gather to play one last time with these great musicians. The subtlety of these musicians comes out in Joni Mitchell's and the title song. Their odyssey begins in rock's outlaw era. If you are into music.
If you are not a fan now, you will be. One of the amazing things about The Last Waltz is how it showcases the guest artists who performed. Guest after guest gave some of the most memorable performances on a live recording. This is a musical history of The Band, starting with Ronny Hawkins through Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Dr John, Neal Diamond, Paul Butterfield, Clapton, Van Morrison, Dylan, Ringo, Muddy Waters, Ron Wood and others. If you are a fan of The Band or the music that comprised this performance, this is a must-have.
Volumes have been written about the musicianship and talent of The Band. The Band was probably the only band that can make Eric Clapton sound better. As someone who has watched the Last Waltz a few times, I was walked away feeling a little empty as I saw songs cut short to exhibit the documentary side of the film. It is a shame that this performance truly marked the end of these musicians as a collective group. John, Ronnie Hawkins, The Staples Singers, Muddy Waters, Ronnie Wood.
Of course, they rose to prominence as the backup group for Bob Dylan. The only sad part is that they didn't perform their entire catalog. The Last Waltz farewell concert by The Band 1978. The Band elevated anybody they backed up. Some of the sweetest harmonies in Rock and Roll can be found in their music and on this album. This album is the solution to that problem. Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel, Robbie Robertson, With Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Ringo Starr, Paul Butterfield, Dr.
That fantastic musicianship belies the simple name they use as recording artists. Many of these iconic performers followed similar paths but all had one thing in common, they were at a peak at this time. While found swinging along with the help of a horn section arranged by , boasts a horn section using 's earlier arrangements on a few cuts and more than a baker's dozen guest stars, ranging from old cohorts and to contemporaries , , and. Listen to this record and you will understand why The Band, was the band Clapton wanted to join. One question remains -- what exactly is doing here? They made anyone and everyone better.
As all of the best rock bands demonstrate, the blues is at the heart of the music. It occurs near the end of the record but the The Weight sung by Mavis Staples and including Pop Staples and the Staples Singers is very much a spirtiual experience. Mavis and Pop Staples give you a different and thoroughly enjoyable, interpretation of this classic. Even older musicians whose days in the spotlight had past were inspired to stellar performances by Robbie Robertson, Richard Manual, Rick Danko, Garth Hudson, and Levon Helm. Levon Helm, Rick Danko, and Richard Manual show off their vocal talents.
The Weight, performed with The Staple Singers was particularly good. This is amply demonstrated by the appearance of Neil Diamond in this album. But as an album, soundtrack had to compete with 's earlier live album, , with which it bears a certain superficial resemblance -- both found the group trying to create something grander than the standard-issue live double, and both featured the group beefed up by additional musicians. This is The Band at their best. The Last Waltz is a must have for anyone who is moved by music. You will love all the other famous musicians that took part in the concert too.
It is more than a farewell performance, it was the end of an era. Their history spans the roots of rock and rolll. Neil Young's set feels like a musician party with everyone just deciding to set up and play for the sheer joy of it. Their retirement as a performing entity came at the height of their power as performers. The eclectic mix of guest musicians who perform their own songs is also a plus. Just as the Beatles honed their skills in Hamburg basements, The Band cut their teeth in Southern clubs. The songs sound exactly like the famous hits you heard on the radio and albums! The Last Waltz fills the bill with outstanding performances by Eric Clapton, Paul Butterfield, and Muddy Waters.