Best Performances from The Last Waltz Concert of The Band & Friends

The Band held a "farewell concert"'on November 25, 1976 after years of touring and recording. They were joined by several prominent artists, most of whom they'd worked with during their career. The concert was released as an album I. 1978 as well as a documentary film by Martin Scorcese. While intended as The Band's final performance, which I believe it was with all 5 members as I don't think Robbie Robertson ever appeared with them again, the other 4 members did reunite at subsequent points and venues until Richard Manuel's suicide, and then continued at times with additional musicians in various combinations. Still, this magnificent presentation with such key and solid contributions from others tanks this among the best live "rock or popular"' joint music concerts of all-time. Ranking is entirely subjective with xonsideration for lead artist performance and in conjunction with the featured group. Really says something when the top ten has to omit Muddy Waters, Neil Diamond leads and other great songs.

The Top Ten

1 Caravan - Van Morrison and The Band
2 Mystery Train - Paul Butterfield, Levon Helm, The Band
3 Helpless - Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and The Band
4 I Shall Be Released - Dylan, Richard Manuel lead vocal, The Band and friends

I'm not a big fan of this one because they didn't put enough emphasis on Richard Manuel and his voice. He doesn't even get a close-up shot. - Gg2000

Among the backup- Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Ronnie Hawkins, Dr John, Neil Diamond, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Paul Butterfield, Bobby Charles, Ringo Starr, Ronnie Wood - Billyv

5 Up On Cripple Creek - The Band
6 Further On Up The Road - Eric Clapton. The Band
7 Who Do You Love - Ronnie Hawkins, The Band

This one was a really solid performance. - Gg2000

8 The Weight - The Band, The Staples (Mavis & Roebuck featured vocals)
9 Coyote - Joni Mitchell, The Band, Dr John

Joni owned it, the song, the delivery, her pitch and intonation...

10 It Makes No Difference - The Band

The Contenders

11 The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down - The Band
12 Dry Your Eyes - Neil Diamond, The Band
13 Evangeline - Emmy Lou Harris, The Band
14 Baby Let Me Follow You Down/I Don't Believe You/Forever Young - Dylan, The Band
15 Mannish Boy - Muddy Waters, The Band
16 Stagefright - The Band
17 Such A Night - Dr John, The Band
18 Down South in New Orleans - Bobby Charles, The Band
19 Out of the Blue - The Band
20 Don't Do it - The Band
21 Tura Lura Lura - Van Morrison, The Band
22 Four Strong Winds - Neil Young
23 The Shape I'm In - The Band
24 Ophelia - The Band
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Top Remixes

1. Caravan - Van Morrison and The Band
2. Helpless - Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and The Band
3. Mystery Train - Paul Butterfield, Levon Helm, The Band


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