Not only were numerous performances excluded, but also the performances that were included had been re-sequenced and, in many cases, extensively doctored. Many songs contained studio overdubs to replace the original live instrument and vocal tracks. Some songs were also edited to reduce sonic flaws or sloppy playing and crowd response was eliminated or greatly reduced in the final mixes.
Regardless of all the tampering, the official releases are important contributions to the Band's legacy and remain essential listening for fans of the group, but they are far from historically accurate. Here we present the entire Last Waltz, from beginning to end, exactly as it happened. Sourced from the Bill Graham Presents recordings, these raw, un-retouched line feed recordings allow listeners to experience the Last Waltz as the concert that it was, warts and all.
Significantly different from the official releases and often more satisfying, Graham's recordings allow one to experience this legendary night in authentic and complete form.
"Life is a Carnival" is the opening track of the Band's fourth album, Cahoots. Written by Rick Danko, Levon Helm, and Robbie Robertson, the song features horn. Life Is A Carnival Lyrics: You can walk on the water, drown in the sand / You can fly off a mountaintop if anybody can / Run away, run away, it's the restless age.
This opener, "The Shape I'm In," and an impassioned reading of "It Makes No Difference" feature the five musicians alone onstage, with each of the lead vocalists taking a turn. During the first hour, the Band showcase an even dozen of their most popular songs, but from here on out are augmented by an outstanding horn section, which kicks in on "Life Is A Carnival.
While the latter works far better in this context than the former, the horn arrangements are rarely less than impressive, and on the latter they work exceedingly well.
Few could deliver a melancholy number better than Manuel, and this is a prime example. They wrap up the first portion of the show with "Rag Mama Rag" an always-rollicking number that is even more so here thanks to Manuel's frantic piano work and the added punch of Howard Johnson's outstanding tuba work.
The second hour of the show featured a succession of guests joining the Band onstage, beginning with Ronnie Hawkins. Venturing back to the earlys, when the group served as the Hawks, they fire things up with an aggressive take on "Who Do You Love. John takes over piano for one of his signature songs, "Such A Night," before switching over to guitar for "Down South In New Orleans," where fellow Louisianan Bobby Charles fronts the group on lead vocals. At this point, the Band pay homage to the blues, first bringing out Paul Butterfield for a blow on "Mystery Train.
For the next 15 minutes, this assemblage becomes one of Muddy Waters' most impressive backup bands as they romp their way through "Caledonia" and get down and dirty on "Mannish Boy. Young gives what was then a rare live reading of "Helpless," with Joni Mitchell's voice emanating from an offstage microphone.
He follows with another unexpected performance; a cover of Ian Tyson's "Four Strong Winds," both songs reflective of the collective Canadian heritage present onstage. John sitting in on congas. Her vocals and lyrics are never less than compelling, but these performances are under-rehearsed and a bit ragged.
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