December 28, 2014 – 5:47 pm

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And Special Guests
The Complete Last Waltz 1979 [Cool Daddy Productions, 4CD]

Live at Winterland, San Francisco, CA; November 25, 1976. Very good soundboard (?).

Thanks to original uploader eddiethecat (Hunger City); and to quadrophenia and uninvited94 for keeping the show alive at The Traders’ Den.

quadrophenia noted at Hunger City:

I asked the mods if we can share this one here. They allowed it (many thanks for that), because the officially released songs are different. The officially released songs were re-recorded in the studio with overdubs and new mixes (horn section of clarinets and tubas, etc). This Cool Daddy Productions’ edition presents The Complete Last Waltz the way it was originally performed by The Band, et al. This is the complete, dub-free, raw soundboard of the entire Thanksgiving evening show from 1976 at Winterland, running about 241 minutes.

Here are the 17 tracks omitted from the official Capitol release:

1. This Wheel’s on Fire - Co-written with Dylan and found on Music From Big Pink, this version gets a deluxe orchestra and horn arrangement by Allen Toussaint.
2. The WS Walcott Medicine Show - From Stage Fright, Toussaint also arranges the horns to give this a better effect.
3. Georgia on My Mind - No one can draw on their own personal sadness when singing a melancholy number better than Richard Manuel. The omission of this track from the official release is unpardonable.
4. King Harvest - Another favourite sadly left off The Last Waltz.
5. Rag Mama Rag - Dixieland seems to be the theme here. This is a radical departure from the studio version with Howard Johnson leading a horn section of clarinets and tubas with a good measure of honky tonk piano thrown in for good measure. Listed with Robbie Robertson as singer, but it sure sounds like Levon Helm to me.
6. Caledonia - Not many realise that this number is a Louis Jordan cover. Muddy Waters gets the call to do the lead vocal. Paul Butterfield adds some great harp playing to this version but isn’t listed.
7. All Our Past Times - Eric Clapton entered the proceedings with this number from his No Reason To Cry album and splits the lead vocal with Rick Danko.
8. Four Strong Winds - Neil Young covers this Ian Tyson song. It’s more interesting than “Helpless” which made the official album.
9. Shadows And Light - Joni Mitchell may be a great songwriter but she’s not a terribly strong performer. Left off the album with good reason.
10. Furry Sings the Blues - Joni Mitchell again.
11. Acadian Driftwood - A strong version with help from Neil Young and Joni Mitchell.
12. Chest Fever - Although this track was always a concert highlight, it just doesn’t work here. The heavy focus on horns instead of Robertson’s guitar takes all the guts out of it. The Band also seems uncomfortable with the arrangement. With these factors and its 12-min length, I can understand why it was excluded.
13. Hazel - Bob Dylan gives a simplistic reading of this cut from Planet Waves.
14. I Shall Be Released - Dylan and Richard Manuel share the vocals.
15. Instrumental Jam #1 - This 12-min jam starts off with a drum duel between Ringo and Levon Helm before turning into a boogie-style guitar showcase with Ron Wood, Clapton, Young, Stephen Stills and Robertson.
16. Instrumental Jam #2 - This is a slow blues featuring Garth Hudson’s keyboards and lasting over 17 mins.
17. Don’t Do It - The closing song of the show and an unforgivable exclusion from the official release for that reason alone. A set meant to close out a band’s career should have contained their final notes.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Intro 0:14 (393k)
Track 102. Up On Cripple Creek 5:48 (9.8MB)
Track 103. The Shape I’m In 4:26 (7.5MB)
Track 104. It Makes No Difference 7:49 (13.1MB)
Track 105. Life Is A Carnival 4:58 (8.3MB)
Track 106. This Wheel’s On Fire 4:38 (7.8MB)
Track 107. WS Walcott Medicine Show 4:02 (6.8MB)
Track 108. Georgia On My Mind 3:47 (6.4MB)
Track 109. Ophelia 4:15 (7.1MB)
Track 110. King Harvest (Has Surely Come) 3:30 (5.9MB)
Track 111. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down 4:50 (8.1MB)
Track 112. Stage Fright 4:26 (7.5MB)
Track 113. Rag Mama Rag 4:00 (6.7MB)
57 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Intro 1:00 (1.7MB)
Track 202. Who Do You Love (with Ronnie Hawkins) 4:34 (7.7MB)
Track 203. Such A Night (with Dr John) 5:11 (8.7MB)
Track 204. Down South In New Orleans (with Bobby Charles) 4:58 (8.3MB)
Track 205. Mystery Train (with Paul Butterfield) 5:23 (9.1MB)
Track 206. Caledonia (with Muddy Waters) 6:41 (11.2MB)
Track 207. Mannish Boy (with Muddy Waters) 7:12 (12.1MB)
Track 208. All Our Past Times (with Eric Clapton) 4:46 (8.0MB)
Track 209. Further On Up The Road (with Eric Clapton) 6:20 (10.6MB)
Track 210. Helpless (with Neil Young) 5:25 (9.1MB)
Track 211. Four Strong Winds (with Neil Young) 4:09 (7.0MB)
56 mins

Disc 3
Track 301. Intro 1:19 (2.2MB)
Track 302. Coyote (with Joni Mitchell) 5:09 (8.6MB)
Track 303. Shadows And Light (with Joni Mitchell) 6:21 (10.7MB)
Track 304. Furry Sings The Blues (with Joni Mitchell) 6:21 (10.7MB)
Track 305. Dry Your Eyes (with Neil Diamond) 3:56 (6.6MB)
Track 306. Tura Lura Lura (with Van Morrison) 4:27 (7.5MB)
Track 307. Caravan (with Van Morrison) 6:51 (11.5MB)
Track 308. Acadian Driftwood (with Neil Young and Joni Mitchell) 6:59 (11.7MB)
Track 309. The Genetic Method 6:11 (10.4MB)
Track 310. Chest Fever 5:47 (9.7MB)
Track 311. The Last Waltz/Evangeline 5:30 (9.3MB)
Track 312. The Weight 4:46 (8.0MB)
64 mins

Disc 4
Track 401. Intro 0:35 (992k)
Track 402. Baby Let Me Follow You Down (with Bob Dylan) 2:46 (4.6MB)
Track 403. Hazel (with Bob Dylan) 3:49 (6.4MB)
Track 404. I Don’t Believe You (with Bob Dylan) 5:01 (8.4MB)
Track 405. Forever Young (with Bob Dylan) 5:25 (9.1MB)
Track 406. Baby Let Me Follow You Down - Reprise (with Bob Dylan) 6:08 (10.3MB)
Track 407. I Shall Be Released (with Bob Dylan and ensemble) 4:41 (7.9MB)
Track 408. Instrumental Jam 1 11:32 (19.4MB)
Track 409. Instrumental Jam 2 (with ensemble) 19:02 (32.0MB)
Track 410. Don’t Do It 5:29 (9.2MB)
65 mins

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  1. 15 Responses to “THE BAND - COMPLETE LAST WALTZ 1976”

  2. Hi,
    Seems it have 3 songs 2 days before
    Date: 11/23/76
    Performer: Band
    Location: San Francisco, CA Winterland
    Source/Quality/Length: SB/EX-/15
    Note: Soundcheck w/ Clapton & Morrison
    Song list:

    All Our Past Times
    Further On Up the Road
    Tura Lura Lura

    By Phil on Dec 28, 2014

  3. This is nice for the fans, I`ve had it quite awhile but I`m still glad to see it here, its the kind of thing you wish would`ve gotten a proper release just like the complete video which was shot in its entirety and edited down. There are randoms clips here and there black and white , one camera Bobby Charles Dr.John “Down South in New Orleans” was available on youtube hey maybe the whole thing is there now and its also the kind of thing I`d pay for a proper release as I`m sure many fans would.
    Always loved the idea that The Band invited fellow artists that either they [the band] had guested on lps with or artists who had appeared on Band tracks and then this of course leads me to wonder about the exclusion of some, for instance Libby titus,Cate Brothers,Hirth Martinez,The Barbarians,Lenny Breau et al. Any others ?

    By sluggo on Dec 28, 2014

  4. This is fantastic! Thanks again Big O and have a great new year!

    By Ernie Clark on Dec 29, 2014

  5. Thanks again, bigO!
    Happy New Year!

    By NAMoosedog on Dec 29, 2014

  6. Strange that this huge, wonderful ego trip - which, to me, is still the best filmed concert - should have so much re-recorded on the released version. Perhaps the music world’s best artifake.

    By Ted Baxter on Dec 29, 2014

  7. The unreleased tracks were released in 2002 as part of a 4-Cd-box on Rhino Records.

    By Tony Lauber on Dec 29, 2014

  8. ALL these tracks appear on the 4 CD collection - albeit in a different order. I’ve now downloaded these tracks so will just have to listen to, to compare…………….what a martyr!!! THANX very much BOG O!!!!!!

    By bill windsor (billyno1) on Dec 30, 2014

  9. I’m excited to hear the actual performances instead of the official studio polished ones. I loved the movie and the original soundtrack when they first came out, but still. I love the story from the premier screening of Levon having to keep shushing Ronnie Hawkins who wanted to laugh out loud at Robbie Robertson pretending to sing.

    By drkrick on Dec 30, 2014

  10. Ted–I agree, but I think it makes more sense to think of “The Last Waltz” as a movie. Winterland was the location; the stage was a set; the guest stars and audience were extras. The live show was incidental-the concert was for the movie, but the movie wasn’t about the concert.

    By Eric (the other Eric) on Jan 4, 2015

  11. theres something called hayday .. an app u can dl for free.. and the ad they had on tv just now for it.. used the bands the weight to push it.. it was a very cute ad. perhaps the ad is on youtube. its full of animation and i think yall would like to at least see this.

    By darth on Jan 4, 2015

  12. Complete Last Waltz video 4 hours plus..

    By sluggo on Feb 18, 2015

  13. I think that’s probably Neil playing harp on Joni’s
    “Furry Sings The Blues” as he did so on her lp.
    BTW, methinks Joni is a VERY strong performer.
    Thanks for the great post.

    By CB Waldron on Apr 16, 2015

  14. NOT all of these tracks are on the 4 disc version. “Georgia On My Mind” has not been released, for one. A few others too.

    By Guy Smiley on Feb 4, 2017

  15. @Darth - wasn’t HayDay the app that used to have that funny ad where the black dude was walking along, playing acoustic guitar, and a pig handed him some bacon.. and he says “a pig just handed me bacon”.

    By John's Ghost on Feb 9, 2017

  16. Somehow I missed this first time around…

    Got it now tho’ - Yeehah!

    Thanks, BigO :) :) :)

    By the real Tony on Feb 12, 2017

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