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I don't have this CD set, but i have the cassettes of the original release, and they are played so often that i might have to actually buy the discs.
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This review is for the 2003 remastered version. I have owned the original CDs for The Last Waltz for years now. I just upgraded to the remastered version and the fidelity is incredible. It was well worth the money to get this concert on a CD on which the quality of the fidelity is equal to the music The Band and its musical guests performed at this Thanksgiving Day concert. It even makes up for the fact that I gave my tickets to The Last Waltz to a friend so I could keep a Thanksgiving dinner date with my Dad and his girlfriend. Oh well. Live and learn. 8-)
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Alright first things first I agree Neil Diamond is not a worthy addition among this line up of musical gods. Thank god for the skip button. Ok the review. Album? Concert? Musical artifact take your pick. What ever it is ,its brilliant. A farewell party for the retiring former backing band for Dylan humbly named The Band. The line up, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison all legends, all on fire. I mean seriously every performance is gold, heart felt and full of energy. Unlike most "all star" concerts it seems they all wanted to be there. To single one artist out as a stand out would be impossible. Then there's the hosts of the party The Band. Every song from this concert has become the definitive version for The Band. The Weight has to be one of greatest recordings of any song ever. Ok I could rave on about the artists performances for ever, trust me their amazing. Which brings me to the most important element regarding this recording which is exactly that,...