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The Band - The Last Waltz The Band - The Last Waltz
1978 Martin Scorsese Film Collection

Martin Scorsese's 1978 history of The Band from their start in 1960 as Levon and the Hawks the group's last concert in 1976 at San Francisco’s “Winterland” performance. Super casual interviews with Band members, particularly lead man Robbie Robertson.. But the film's real hook is the stage show, and great music featuring a rotation of rock legends (Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, Paul Butterfield, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Neil Diamond, Emmylou Harris, Muddy Waters, The Staples, Ringo, Ron Wood, Dr. John, Ronnie Hawkins and of course the man they backed for many years Bob Dylan) playing with the Band before a wildly appreciative audience.

The DVD contains previously unreleased "jam footage" featuring The Band and concert guests such as Clapton, Ringo, Neil Young, the Rolling Stones' Ron Wood, Dr. John, and Stephen Stills. There are interviews with The Band members drummer/vocalist Levon Helm, very interesting keyboardist Garth Hudson, bassist/vocalist Rick Danko, of course lead guitar/vocalist Jamie “Robbie” Robertson as well as concert guests, former front man Ronnie Hawkins and Mavis Staples, and various crew members and journalists. There are some very personal insights into the dynamics of “life on the road” and why The Band” retired. The Band was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1994. A very well deserved recognition.

This DVD is available in a couple of packages as a single or as a set of 4. Both are great - you cannot go wrong. Gator gives his first ever 5.0 on the STLBluesometer.

Later - Gator

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