The Band – The Last Waltz (1978/2012) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

The Band – The Last Waltz (1978/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 134:05 minutes | 1,61 GB | Genre:Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  – Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Front cover

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Band are one of music’s most revered and influential acts. The legendary group created timeless, unforgettable roots-based music and made history with one of the greatest concert albums of all time, The Last Waltz. This enthralling collection features dozens of special guests including Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Eric Clapton, Muddy Water, Paul Butterfield, Dr. John and many, many more. The breathtaking thirty-track set features the memorable standouts “Ophelia,” “Up On Cripple Creek,” “The Weight,” “Forever Young,” “Caravan” and much more. Experience one of the greatest concert recordings of all time as a pristine hi-res download.

As a film, The Last Waltz was a triumph – one of the first (and still one of the few) rock concert documentaries that was directed by a filmmaker who understood both the look and the sound of rock & roll, and executed with enough technical craft to capture all the nooks and crannies of a great live show. But as an album, The Last Waltz soundtrack had to compete with the Band’s earlier live album, Rock of Ages, 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. While Rock of Ages found the Band swinging along with the help of a horn section arranged by Allen Toussaint, The Last Waltz boasts a horn section (using Toussaint’s earlier arrangements on a few cuts) and more than a baker’s dozen guest stars, ranging from old cohorts Ronnie Hawkins and Bob Dylan to contemporaries Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, and Van Morrison. the Band are in fine if not exceptional form here; on most cuts, they don’t sound quite as fiery as they did on Rock of Ages, though their performances are never less than expert, and the high points are dazzling, especially an impassioned version of “It Makes No Difference” and blazing readings of “Up on Cripple Creek” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” (Levon Helm has made no secret that he felt breaking up the Band was a bad idea, and here it sounds if he was determined to prove how much they still had to offer). Ultimately, it’s the Band’s “special guests” who really make this set stand out – Muddy Waters’ ferocious version of “Mannish Boy” would have been a wonder from a man half his age, Van Morrison sounds positively joyous on “Caravan,” Neil Young and Joni Mitchell do well for their Canadian brethren, and Bob Dylan’s closing set finds him in admirably loose and rollicking form. (One question remains – what exactly is Neil Diamond doing here?) And while the closing studio-recorded “Last Waltz Suite” sounds like padding, the contributions from Emmylou Harris and the Staple Singers are beautiful indeed.

01 – Theme From The Last Waltz (With Orchestra)
02 – Up On Cripple Creek
03 – The Shape I’m In
04 – It Makes No Difference
05 – Who Do You Love (feat. Ronnie Hawkins)
06 – Life Is A Carnival
07 – Such A Night (feat. Dr. John)
08 – Down South In New Orleans (feat. Bobby Charles)
09 – Mystery Train (feat. Paul Butterfield)
10 – Mannish Boy (feat. Muddy Waters)
11 – Stagefright
12 – Further On Up The Road (feat. Eric Clapton)
13 – Ophelia
14 – Helpless (feat. Neil Young)
15 – Coyote (feat. Joni Mitchell)
16 – Dry Your Eyes (feat. Neil Diamond)
17 – Tura Lura Lural (feat. Van Morrison)
18 – Caravan (feat. Van Morrison)
19 – The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
20 – Baby Let Me Follow You Down (feat. Bob Dylan)
21 – I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met) [feat. Bob Dylan]22 – Forever Young (feat. Bob Dylan)
23 – Baby Let Me Follow You Down (Reprise) [feat. Bob Dylan]24 – I Shall Be Released
25 – The Well
26 – Evangeline (feat. Emmylou Harris)
27 – Out Of The Blue
28 – The Weight (feat. The Staples)
29 – The Last Waltz Refrain
30 – Theme From The Last Waltz