On November 25, 1976, The Last Waltz, a celebration of The Band, was held at Winterland in San Francisco.
Below is alternative footage with sound of the entire concert — in three parts. Over four hours worth.
Check it out.
1. Introduction / Up on Cripple Creek 0:00
2. Shape I’m In 5:55
3. It Makes No Difference 10:15
4. Life Is A Carnival 17:28
5. This Wheel’s On Fire 22:51
6. The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show 27:26
7. Georgia On My Mind 31:20
8. Ophelia 35:05
9. King Harvest (Has Surely Come) 39:18
10. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down 43:26
11. Stage Fright 48:16
12. Rag Mama Rag 53:23
13. Introduction / Who Do You Love (with Ronnie Hawkins) 57:26
14. Such A Night (with Dr. John) 1:02:45
15. Down South in New Orleans (with Dr. John) 1:07:58
16. Mystery Train (with Paul Butterfield) 1:13:23
17. Caledonia (with Muddy Waters) 1:18:27
18. Mannish Boy (with Muddy Waters) 1:26:20
1. All Our Past Times (with Eric Clapton) 0:00
2. Further On Up The Road (with Eric Clapton) 5:39
3. Helpless (with Neil Young) 11:52
4. Four Strong Winds (with Neil Young) 18:01
5. Coyote (with Joni Mitchell) 23:52
6. Shadows And Light (with Joni Mitchell)
7. Furry Sings The Blues (with Joni Mitchell)
8. Dry Your Eyes (with Neil Diamond)
9. Tura Lura Lural (with Van Morrison) 44:10
10. Caravan (with Van Morrison) 48:15
11. Acadian Driftwood (with Joni Mitchell and Neil Young) 54:07
12. Poem (Emmett Grogan) 1:01:18
13. Poem (Hell’s Angel Sweet William) 1:02:41
14. JOY! (Lenore Kandel) 1:06:14
15. Prologue to The Canterbury Tales (Michael McClure) 1:07:36
16. Get Yer Cut Throat Off My Knife / Revolutionary Letter #4
17. Transgressing The Real (Robert Duncan) 1:10:26
18. Poem (Freewheelin Frank Reynolds)
19. The Lord’s Prayer (Lawrence Ferlinghetti)
20. Genetic Method 1:14:15
21. Chest Fever 1:20:25
22. The Last Waltz Suite: Evangeline 1:25:45
1. The Weight 0:00
2. Baby Let Me Follow You Down (with Bob Dylan) 4:54
3. Hazel (with Bob Dylan) 8:07
4. I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met) (with Bob Dylan
5. Forever Young (with Bob Dylan) 16:54
6. Baby Let Me Follow You Down (Reprise) (with Bob Dylan) 22:35
7. Everyone Comes Onstage
8. I Shall Be Released (with Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr & Ron Wood) 29:05
9. Instrumental Jam 1 (The Band with friends)
10. Instrumental Jam 2 (The Band with friends)
11. Don’t Do It 1:04:40
12. Bill Graham Outro 1:11:55
[I just published my rock ‘n’ roll novel, True Love Scars.” There’s info about it here.]
With “Inside Llewyn Davis” opening last week, the album that inspired the film’s title has been reissued on vinyl as it was originally released in 1964, long before the advent of the CD and the MP3.
Recorded during the same April 1962 sessions that produced Dave Van Ronk’s first album for Fantasy Records, Folksinger, Inside Dave Van Ronk predominantly features folk standards such as “House Carpenter,” “Kentucky Moonshiner” and “Shanty Man’s Life.”
Van Ronk was an influence on Bob Dylan, who learned Van Ronk’s version of “House of the Rising Sun” and covered “House Carpenter” as well. Van Ronk recorded several Joni Mitchell compositions and helped bring attention to the brilliant Canadian songwriter before she became popular.
Check out these songs off Inside Dave Van Ronk courtesy of Concord Music Group.
Today, November 7, is Joni Mitchell’s birthday, and to celebrate, Alex Macpherson has written a cool tribute for The Guardian.
Macpherson’s essay begins:
When it comes to confidence in one’s own talents, few can touch Joni Mitchell. When asked about a new generation of folk singers in 1990, she responded: “I don’t hear much there, frankly. When it comes to knowing where to put the chords, how to tell a story and how to build to a chorus, most of them can’t touch me.”
There was an irony to her entirely justified ego, though. It is her insistence on undercutting truisms and mythologies that makes her commentary so biting and her confessionals so piercing. What compels Blue, Mitchell’s 1971 masterpiece, is not so much raw honesty as the scientific precision with which she dissects herself – setting what she wants to believe against what she actually believes. It’s fitting that the album ends in a cynic’s stalemate: on ‘The Last Time I Saw Richard,’ she crafts a conversation in which the narrator and her former friend are both correct about each other and also lying to themselves.
I’ve been a fan of Joni Mitchell for many, many years.
Mitchell’s confessional songwriting remains so intimate and, well, real. Her voice and accompaniment is perfect for these songs. Heartfelt performances.
This video is 31 minutes of classic Joni Mitchell from her best days. Sound is great and the footage is pretty damn great too. Watch as she performs “Chelsea Morning,” “Cactus Tree,” “My Old Man,” “For Free,” “California,” “Big Yellow Taxi” and “Both Sides Now.