Written on November 22, 2011 – 6:08 am | by Cameron Hussey
The Jersey band Outside the Box will celebrate “The Last Waltz” at its concert this Friday at the Stone Pony, playing “Last Waltz” songs, with special guests promised.
But which “Last Waltz”?
There was the original concert, of course — the Nov. 25, 1976 (35 years to the day before the OTB show) show in which the Band said farewell, with the help of guest artists such as Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Van Morrison and Joni Mitchell. There was the 1978 Martin Scorsese-directed movie documenting that concert (but also including some non-concert performances) and its soundtrack (which included some non-movie concert performances and studio tracks). Then there was the 2002 boxed set, which documented the show more thoroughly.
One of the tracks not included in the 1978 movie and soundtrack, for instance, was a rollicking,. feel-good version of “Caldonia” by Muddy Waters, backed by the Band, with Paul Butterfield on harmonica and Pinetop Perkins on piano and co-lead vocals. Check it out:
“Caldonia” was a hit for Louis Jordan in 1945, and it is believed that the first time “rock and roll” was used in print was when Billboard magazine described a version recorded by Erskine Hawkins, that same year, as “right rhythmic rock and roll music.”
Here, incidentally, is a complete set list for the “Last Waltz” concert that I put together for a 2002 feature on the boxed set. Asterisks (*) denote songs in the movie. Number signs (#) are used for songs on the soundtrack. Songs with plus signs (+) are on the boxed set.
“Up on Cripple Creek” *#+
“The Shape I’m In” *#+
“It Makes No Difference” *#+
“Life Is a Carnival” *#+
“This Wheel’s on Fire” +
“The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show” +
“Georgia on My Mind”
“King Harvest (Has Surely Come).” The boxed set includes a different, rehearsal version of this song.
“The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” *#+
“Rag Mama Rag” +
“Who Do You Love” (with Ronnie Hawkins) *#+
“Such a Night” (with Dr. John) *#+
“Down South in New Orleans” (with Bobby Charles) #+
“Mystery Train” (with Paul Butterfield) *#+
“Caldonia” (with Muddy Waters and Pinetop Perkins) +
“Mannish Boy” (with Waters) *#+
“All Our Past Times” (with Eric Clapton) +
“Further on up the Road” (with Clapton) *#+
“Helpless” (with Neil Young) *#+
“Four Strong Winds” (with Young) +
“Coyote” (with Mitchell) *#+
“Shadows and Light” (with Mitchell) +
“Furry Sings the Blues” (with Mitchell) +
“Dry Your Eyes” (with Neil Diamond) *#+
“Tura Lura Lura” (That’s an Irish Lullaby)” (with Van Morrison) #+
“Caravan” (with Morrison) *#+
“Acadian Driftwood” +
“The Genetic Method/Chest Fever.” *+ A truncated version appears in the movie and the boxed set.
“Evangeline.” A studio version, with Emmylou Harris, is in the movie, the soundtrack and the boxed set.
“The Weight.” + While this version is on the boxed set, a studio version, with the Staple Singers, is in the movie and the soundtrack, as well as the boxed set
“Baby Let Me Follow You Down” (with Bob Dylan) #+
“Hazel” (with Dylan) +
“I Don’t Believe You” (with Dylan) #+
“Forever Young” (with Dylan) *#+
“Baby Let Me Follow You Down (reprise)” (with Dylan) *#+
“I Shall Be Released” (with most of the previous performers, plus Ringo Starr and Ron Wood) *#+
“Jam #1″ (with Starr, Wood, Clapton, Butterfield, Young, Dr. John) +
“Jam #2″ (with Starr, Wood, Clapton, Butterfield, Young, Dr. John, Stephen Stills, Carl Radle). + Footage from this jam is included in the DVD
“Don’t Do It” *+
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