Sunday, May 19, 2013
The Band - The Last Waltz
In the years since its initial release, The Last Waltz has been criticized for the fact that Scorsese sent The Band back into the studio to sweeten their own live tracks. So yeah, this album isn't 100% authentically live, but that's why it sounds like the greatest live album of its era. It was difficult to accurately capture live sound during that time, and there were more than a few bands who recorded live albums with crappy fidelity. Whatever The Band did in the studio after the live tracks were already on tape only serves to improve the overall experience.
While the best way of experiencing The Last Waltz is in the gorgeous documentary film, this soundtrack is almost as good. These are the best musicians of a generation performing at the height of their powers, and you owe it to yourself to see the film and hear the soundtrack.
Baleeted? No. This album just sounds important. I will never let it go.