The Band "The Last Waltz" 40th Anniversary Reissues (with Blu-Ray)

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Four New 40th Anniversary Editions Of The Band’s Historic Final Concert, The Last Waltz, Including Collector’s Edition Boxed Set Featuring Never-Before-Seen Martin Scorsese Shooting Script

On Thanksgiving Day 1976, The Band took the stage for the very last time at the Winterland Theatre in San Francisco. The concert, aptly billed as The Last Waltz, has become one of the most revered performances of all time. For the show, Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel, and Robbie Robertson were joined by an all-star group of music pioneers, including Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Ronnie Hawkins, Dr. John, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Muddy Waters, and Neil Young, among others. The evening was captured on film by director Martin Scorsese. Released theatrically in April 1978 to critical acclaim, "The Last Waltz" is still considered by many to be the greatest concert film ever made.

Rhino will celebrate THE LAST WALTZ with four new 40th Anniversary Editions, including the pairing of the audio and video for the first time. All formats will be available November 11 except the COLLECTOR’S EDITION, which will be available December 9.

Available as a 4CD/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. Among the rarities are performances not featured in the film, such as “Furry Sings The Blues” with Joni Mitchell and “All Our Past Times” with Eric Clapton, plus rehearsals for “Caravan” with Van Morrison, “Such A Night” with Dr. John, and “King Harvest (Has Surely Come)” a song that was not performed in concert. 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.

The 40TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTOR’S EDITION, limited to 2,500 copies worldwide, includes a replication of Scorsese’s original shooting script. Once the film was complete, Scorsese had two copies of the script bound in a red leather book; one copy for himself and the other a gift to Robbie Robertson, which now resides at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. THE COLLECTOR’S EDITION also includes a foreword by Scorsese and an essay from screenwriter Mardik Martin.

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THE LAST WALTZ (40TH ANNIVERSARY SUPER DELUXE EDITION) [$259.98]

Limited to 2,500 copies, 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 scrip, rare and previously unseen photos, set sketches, three foldout storyboards, and a foreword by Scorsese.

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THE LAST WALTZ (40TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION) [$64.98]

Complete audio from the concert, including rehearsals and outtakes, plus THE LAST WALTZ film on Blu-Ray.
 
I bought this on vinyl for my 21st birthday at the start of my final year at Uni, even saw the film in the cinema, then bought it on CD, then remastered CD, the DVD-Audio, and the film on DVD. I think my favorite artists on it (apart from the Band) were the Staples - I'll have to see how much it costs in the UK before I make my mind up on buying it again. I'm going to have to watch the cash soon :(
 
Rhino tells me that the audio on the second BD is the same as the 2002 DVD-A.

Chris
 
Thanks. I would love to get it, but is it worth $260? I think the answer is obvious: "Hail naw!" ;)

I'm trying to figure this out too. It's much a more complicated decision if you look at the stereo sources. The 4-CD set is the same as the 2002 box, but it's the only other way to get the movie on Blu-ray. The 2-CD set is a new Bob Ludwig remaster, so maybe a fan needs that too...
 
IMHO the DVD/A is the best sounding of the formats
In my Acura, the Staples sound like they're singing in the car
 
Yes, after re-reading all the marketing fluff, it appears you have to purchase the big box to get all that.


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Yes, after re-reading all the marketing fluff, it appears you have to purchase the big box to get all that.


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I kind of thought that myself. Oh well, since I have the DVD~A 5.1 from 2004 and the box set of 4 RBCDs from some years ago, guess I'll cancel my order with ImportCD. I already have the movie on BD~V, as well.

Thanks for the reply, timbre.
 
The thing that always mystified me about The Last Waltz was the total divergence from the live experience with The Weight.
Arguably one the finest songs in Pop/Rock history.
Perhaps as an extra but with a live version with just The Band in the theater.
Inexplicable to me.
 
The thing that always mystified me about The Last Waltz was the total divergence from the live experience with The Weight.
Arguably one the finest songs in Pop/Rock history.
Perhaps as an extra but with a live version with just The Band in the theater.
Inexplicable to me.

The 2002 The Last Waltz Box Set contains the live performance of The Weight.
 
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