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Forty years ago on Thanksgiving Day 1976, The Band took the stage at San Francisco’s Winterland for their final performance. Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, Van Morrison, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Muddy Waters and others joined Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm, Rick Danko, Garth Hudson and Richard Manuel for the concert event known as The Last Waltz. Director Martin Scorsese’s film of the evening was released in April 1978, setting a high bar for concert movies.

On November 11th, Rhino will mark this landmark anniversary of The Last Waltz with four new editions, including the first time the film has been paired with the soundtrack.

The deluxe editions feature complete audio from the concert, including rehearsals and outtakes, with the 180-gram vinyl version presented in an ornate lift-top box. The sets include rare performances not featured in the film, including “Furry Sings the Blues” (with Joni Mitchell) and “All Our Past Times” (with Eric Clapton). The CD version also features new liner notes from Rolling Stone’s Ben Fong-Torres and David Fricke.

The Collector’s Edition – limited to 2,500 copies worldwide – includes complete audio, a Blu-ray of the film, a second Blu-ray with a rare 1990s interview with Scorsese and Robertson, a photo gallery and 5.1 audio mix of the original album. The set will also include a 300-page book featuring a full replication of Scorsese’s shooting script, rare and previously unseen photos and a foreword by Scorsese.

40th Anniversary Edition (2-CD) – Original soundtrack with newly remastered audio from the original master tapes on two CDs.
40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (4-CD/1-BD) – Complete audio from the concert, including rehearsals and outtakes, plus The Last Waltz film on Blu-ray.
40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Vinyl (6-LP) – Complete audio from the concert, including rehearsals and outtakes, pressed on 180-gram vinyl for the first time and presented in a lift-top box.
40th Anniversary Collector’s Edition (4-CD/2-Blu-ray) – Limited to 2,500 copies and due on December 9, this version includes: Complete audio from the concert; The Last Waltz film on Blu-ray; Second Blu-ray disc including a rarely seen interview from the 1990s with Martin Scorsese and Robbie Robertson, photo gallery, and 5.1 audio mix of the original album; 300-page book, bound in red faux-leather with a full replication of Scorsese’s shooting script; rare and previously unseen photos, set sketches, three foldout storyboards, and a foreword by Scorsese and an essay by screenwriter Mardik Martin.

Available as a 4-CD/Blu-ray set and – for the first time – on vinyl as a 6-LP set, the 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of the original soundtrack has 54 tracks, including the entire concert, as well as rehearsals and outtakes. This set reprises the track listing from Rhino’s 2002 box set which premiered 24 tracks including “Shadows and Light” and “Furry Sings the Blues” with Joni Mitchell, “Four Strong Winds” with Neil Young, “Hazel” with Bob Dylan, rehearsals with Van Morrison and Dr. John, and more.

The CD version also includes newly-penned liner notes revered music journalists David Fricke and Ben Fong-Torres along with a classic essay from 1977 written by iconic author Emmett Grogan. (Fricke penned the lengthy notes for the 2002 box set, as well.)

The Last Waltz‘s 40th anniversary sets come at a busy time for Robbie Robertson. On November 15, his new memoir Testimony arrives in stores, joined by a companion anthology of the same name released on November 11 by UMe. (Watch for more details on that soon!)

You can peruse the track listing to the upcoming Deluxe Edition at the links below! The 2-CD, 4-CD and 6-LP iterations are due on November 11, with the limited edition set following on December 11. All pre-order links are not yet active, so watch this space!

The Last Waltz: 40th Anniversary (Rhino, 2016)

2-CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada

6-LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada

4-CD/1-BD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada

4-CD/2-BD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada

Track Listing for 4-CD/1-BD edition below:

CD 1

“Theme From The Last Waltz” – with orchestra
“Up On Cripple Creek”
“The Shape I’m In”
“It Makes No Difference”
“Who Do You Love” – with Ronnie Hawkins
“Life Is A Carnival”
“Such A Night” – with Dr. John
“The Weight”
“Down South In New Orleans” – with Bobby Charles
“This Wheel’s On Fire”
“Mystery Train” – with Paul Butterfield
“Caldonia” – with Muddy Waters
“Mannish Boy” – with Muddy Waters
“Stagefright”
CD 2

“Rag Mama Rag”
“All Our Past Times” – with Eric Clapton
“Further On Up The Road” – with Eric Clapton
“Ophelia”
“Helpless” – with Neil Young
“Four Strong Winds” – with Neil Young
“Coyote” – with Joni Mitchell
“Shadows And Light” – with Joni Mitchell
“Furry Sings The Blues” – with Joni Mitchell
“Acadian Driftwood”
“Dry Your Eyes” – with Neil Diamond
“The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show”
“Tura Lura Lura (That’s An Irish Lullaby)” – with Van Morrison
“Caravan” – with Van Morrison
CD 3

“The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”
“The Genetic Method/Chest Fever”
“Baby Let Me Follow You Down” – with Bob Dylan
“Hazel” – with Bob Dylan
“I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Live We Never Have Met)” – with Bob Dylan
“Forever Young” – with Bob Dylan
“Baby Let Me Follow You Down” (Reprise) – with Bob Dylan
“I Shall Be Released”
Jam #1
Jam #2
“Don’t Do It”
“Greensleeves” (From Movie Soundtrack)
CD 4

The Last Waltz Suite

“The Well”
“Evangeline” – with Emmylou Harris
“Out Of The Blue”
“The Weight” – with The Staples
“The Last Waltz Refrain”
Theme from “The Last Waltz” (*)
Concert Rehearsal

“King Harvest (Has Surely Come)”
“Tura Lura Lura (That’s An Irish Lullaby)”
“Caravan”
“Such A Night”
“Rag Mama Rag”
“Mad Waltz” – Sketch track for “The Well”
Stereo Ideas

“The Last Waltz” – Instrumental
“The Last Waltz – Sketch
Disc 5 – Blu-ray (Film available in 5.1 Surround Sound Mix)

“Theme From The Last Waltz” – with orchestra
“Up On Cripple Creek”
“The Shape I’m In”
“It Makes No Difference”
“Who Do You Love” – with Ronnie Hawkins
“Life Is A Carnival”
“Such A Night” – with Dr. John
“Down South In New Orleans” – with Bobby Charles
“Mystery Train” – with Paul Butterfield
“Mannish Boy” – with Muddy Waters
“Stagefright”
“Further On Up The Road” – with Eric Clapton
“Ophelia”
“Helpless” – with Neil Young
“Coyote” – with Joni Mitchell
“Dry Your Eyes” – with Neil Diamond
“Tura Lura Lura (That’s An Irish Lullaby)” – with Van Morrison
“Caravan” – with Van Morrison
“The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”
“Baby Let Me Follow You Down” – with Bob Dylan
“I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Live We Never Have Met)” – with Bob Dylan
“Forever Young” – with Bob Dylan
“Baby Let Me Follow You Down” (Reprise)
“I Shall Be Released” – Finale
“The Well”
“Evangeline” – with Emmylou Harris
“Out Of The Blue”
“The Weight” – with The Staples
“The Last Waltz Refrain”
“Theme From The Last Waltz”

This live version of “Forever Young” is taken from The Last Waltz which was held on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1976. 1976, Thanksgiving Day, Bob Dylan and The Band – The Last Waltz. Dedicated to everyone…the best assemblage of Dylan photos I’ve yet to see. Dig some of the early ones! Bob in Hibbing Minnesotta…Forever Young indeed. Travelling through Duluth and Hibbing ten years ago we were amazed that the landscape looked much as it did back in 1950’s. A landscape for dreamers. There was a bar there (now closed) called Zimmy’s…and the old high school and family house. Recently Ramblin Jack was up there and told Dylan and Dylan replied something like: “Is that tree still in the front yard, Jack?’ Jack: “Yeah, Bob, that old tree’s still in the front yard…” It went on and on like that…Bob: “Is that old porch still there?” etc. etc,

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 THE BAND took the stage for The Last Waltz.

It was Thanksgiving Day then, and a who’s who of music history got on stage to show their gratitude for the group. Eric Clapton, Neil Young,Muddy Waters, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison (Official) and The Staple Singers all lent their talents, among others. 

It was nearly 40 years ago, back on November 25th, 1976, on Thanksgiving Day at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, The Band (Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel and Robbie Robertson ) performed a concert known as The Last Waltz. The Last Waltz was advertised as the Band’s “farewell concert appearance”, goers 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 Staple Singers, and Eric Clapton. The musical director for the concert was the Band’s original record producer, John Simon.
More than likely we’ve all seen the documentary film titled “The Last Waltz” which includes excerpts of the concert and the Martin Scorsese interviews, which is a great work, but I thought today we might just like to go to the full 4hr.+ concert. 

Now from 1976 at Winterland Ballroom in SF, CA…
http://youtu.be/q2yW372qWH8

And to think this was all captured on film by Martin Scorcese? Maybe the Greatest concert film of all time.

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The Band’s complete “Last Waltz” concert, as shot from what must have been the house cameras at Winterland. The audio and video sound quality is amazing and best of all, this is not only how it went down, in the order that it went down, and it’s actually how it sounded before Robbie Robertson went in and overdubbed everything. (It’s also not had that blob of cocaine hanging from Neil Young’s nose edited out through frame by frame .

As much as you might love The Last Waltz, this is probably even better. I do hope that several of you download this for safekeeping, ‘cos it may not last that long…

1. Introduction / Up on Cripple Creek 0:00
2. Shape I’m In 5:55
3. It Makes No Difference 10:15
4. Life Is A Carnival 17:28
5. This Wheel’s On Fire 22:51
6. The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show 27:26
7. Georgia On My Mind 31:20
8. Ophelia 35:05
9. King Harvest (Has Surely Come) 39:18
10. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down 43:26
11. Stage Fright 48:16
12. Rag Mama Rag 53:23
13. Introduction / Who Do You Love (with Ronnie Hawkins) 57:26
14. Such A Night (with Dr. John) 1:02:45
15. Down South in New Orleans (with Dr. John) 1:07:58
16. Mystery Train (with Paul Butterfield) 1:13:23
17. Caledonia (with Muddy Waters) 1:18:27
18. Mannish Boy (with Muddy Waters) 1:26:20

Part two begins with Eric Clapton coming onstage to join The Band, followed by Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Neil Diamond and Van Morrison and then poetry from Digger Emmett Grogan, Lenore Kandel, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Michael McClure and others.

1. All Our Past Times (with Eric Clapton) 0:00
2. Further On Up The Road (with Eric Clapton) 5:39
3. Helpless (with Neil Young) 11:52
4. Four Strong Winds (with Neil Young) 18:01
5. Coyote (with Joni Mitchell) 23:52
6. Shadows And Light (with Joni Mitchell)
7. Furry Sings The Blues (with Joni Mitchell)
8. Dry Your Eyes (with Neil Diamond)
9. Tura Lura Lural (with Van Morrison) 44:10
10. Caravan (with Van Morrison) 48:15
11. Acadian Driftwood (with Joni Mitchell and Neil Young) 54:07
12. Poem (Emmett Grogan) 1:01:18
13. Poem (Hell’s Angel Sweet William) 1:02:41
14. JOY! (Lenore Kandel) 1:06:14
15. Prologue to The Canterbury Tales (Michael McClure) 1:07:36
16. Get Yer Cut Throat Off My Knife / Revolutionary Letter #4
17. Transgressing The Real (Robert Duncan) 1:10:26
18. Poem (Freewheelin Frank Reynolds)
19. The Lord’s Prayer (Lawrence Ferlinghetti)
20. Genetic Method 1:14:15
21. Chest Fever 1:20:25
22. The Last Waltz Suite: Evangeline 1:25:45

Part three has all of the Dylan material, Ringo, Ronnie Wood and the big jam sessions.

1. The Weight 0:00
2. Baby Let Me Follow You Down (with Bob Dylan) 4:54
3. Hazel (with Bob Dylan) 8:07
4. I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met) (with Bob Dylan
5. Forever Young (with Bob Dylan) 16:54
6. Baby Let Me Follow You Down (Reprise) (with Bob Dylan) 22:35
7. Everyone Comes Onstage
8. I Shall Be Released (with Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr & Ron Wood) 29:05
9. Instrumental Jam 1 (The Band with friends)
10. Instrumental Jam 2 (The Band with friends)
11. Don’t Do It 1:04:40
12. Bill Graham Outro 1:11:55

thanks to Dangerous Minds

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Released this day April 7th in 1978, THE LAST WALTZ was the soundtrack to the Concert Movie which was recorded on Thanksgiving day, it was a movie documenting the Farewell Concert performed by the band and guests at Bill Grahams Winterland ballroom, the actual event also included a dinner for 5000 attendees. The Album was released as a triple set with sides 1-5 consisiting songs from the event while side 6 was new music from Robbie Robertson, The Guests included Paul Butterfield, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Dr John, Ronnie Hawkins, Emmylou Harris, The Staple Singers. The Concert Film was applauded as one of the best concert Films ever produced with the Director Martin Scorcese in the chair.