Sunday, February 22, 2009

The Band - 1976-11-25 -The Complete Last Waltz Bootleg

The Band (and numerous guests)
Winterland, San Francisco, CA
The Complete Last Waltz Bootleg (4-CDs)
Raw soundboard recordings (no overdubs), very good quality
Artwork included

New upgraded quality!
Now available in Lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320 kbps) versions
New links available (updated 04/26/15)

Here it is, The Complete Last Waltz Bootleg, the raw, unmixed, unretouched soundboard tapes of the entire concert from that historic Thanksgiving Day (11/25/76) Show. This is the only recorded version that includes the entire concert from start to finish, and presents the show as a concert experience, rather than as an album experience. Yes, there is an official release that presents an expanded version of the concert (2002, Rhino, 4-CD Box Set), that includes several songs not originally included in the film or the original 3-LP or 2-CD releases, but it still leaves out several songs, and does not present all the songs in the actual concert order (The official expanded set fills up the 4th CD with rehearsal session takes and additional studio film music, rather than all songs from the concert). Also, the sound is vastly different on the bootleg from both the original and remastered expanded official releases. Don't get me wrong, the 4-disc Rhino release is exquisite and I heartily recommend it to all fans of the Band. Please, Go buy it. That project was meticulously remastered, crafted, and overseen by the perfectionist Robbie Robertson himself, and it sounds great!. But they also redubbed or overdubbed parts that were not clear, edited some of the songs, removed much of the crowd noise, etc. to create the best sound possible. What this bootleg version gives you is the actual concert experience, what it was like to have been there for the event itself, even with some sound limitations and mistakes (crowd noise, some instruments lost in the mix, or sloppy playing, etc. But it is still a fine sounding soundboard recording). I think both the expanded official release and this bootleg version are must-have for serious fans. Thus, this version is decidedly different from any official releases and does not infringe upon them. For a complete description of the differences between the official releases and this bootleg (and why you should get both), see This article from The Band's website ( and this article ( for a fuller description of this bootleg.

Disc 1
01 - Intro
02 - Up On Cripple Creek
03 - The Shape I'm In
04 - It Makes No Difference
05 - Life Is A Carnival
06 - Wheels On Fire
07 - WS Walcott Medicine Show
08 - Georgia On My Mind
09 - Ophelia
10 - King Harvest
11 - The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
12 - Stage Fright
13 - Rag Mama Rag

Disc 2
01 - Intro
02 - Who Do You Love (Hawkins)
03 - Such A Night (Dr John)
04 - Down South In New Orleans (Bobby Charles)
05 - Mystery Train (Butterfield)
06 - Caledonia (Muddy Waters)
07 - Mannish Boy (Waters)
08 - All Our Past Times (Clapton)
09 - Further On Up The Road (Clapton)
10 - Helpless (Young)
11 - Four Strong Winds (Young)

Disc 3
01 - Intro
02 - Coyote (Mitchell)
03 - Shadows & Light (Mitchell)
04 - Furry Sings The Blues (Mitchell And Young)
05 - Dry Your Eyes (Diamond)
06 - Tura Lura Lura (Morrison)
07 - Caravan (Morrison)
08 - Acadian Driftwood
09 - Genetic Method
10 - Chest Fever
11 - The Last Waltz-Evangeline
12 - The Weight

Disc 4
01 - Intro
02 - Baby Let Me Follow You Down (Dylan)
03 - Hazel (Dylan)
04 - I Don't Believe You (Dylan)
05 - Forever Young (Dylan)
06 - Baby Let Me Follow You Down (Reprise) (Dylan)
07 - I Shall Be Released (All With Ringo And Ron Wood)
08 - Jam #1
09 - Jam #2
10 - Don't Do It

The Band
* Rick Danko - bass, fiddle, vocals
* Levon Helm - drums, mandolin, vocals
* Garth Hudson - organ, piano, accordion, synthesizers, soprano saxophone
* Richard Manuel - piano, organ, drums, clavinet, dobro, vocals
* Robbie Robertson - guitar, piano, vocals
Horn Section
* Rich Cooper - trumpet, flugelhorn
* James Gordon - flute, tenor saxophone, clarinet
* Jerry Hay - trumpet, flugelhorn
* Howard Johnson - tuba, baritone saxophone, flugelhorn, bass clarinet
* Charlie Keagle - clarinet, flute, saxophone
* Tom Malone - trombone, euphonium, alto flute
* Larry Packer - electric violin
* Horns arranged by Henry Glover, Garth Hudson, Howard Johnson, Tom Malone, John Simon and Allen Toussaint
Other musicians
* Bob Margolin - guitar (Muddy Waters)
* Dennis St. John - drums (Neil Diamond)
* John Simon - piano ("Tura Lura Lural")("Georgia On My Mind")
* Paul Butterfield - harmonica, vocals
* Bobby Charles - vocals
* Eric Clapton - guitar, vocals
* Neil Diamond - guitar, vocals
* Dr. John - piano, guitar, congas, vocals
* Bob Dylan - guitar, vocals
* Bill Graham - master of ceremonies
* Emmylou Harris - acoustic guitar, vocals
* Ronnie Hawkins - vocals
* Joni Mitchell - acoustic guitar, vocals
* Van Morrison - vocals
* Pinetop Perkins - piano, vocals
* Carl Radle - bass
* Cleotha Staples - backing vocals
* Mavis Staples - vocals
* Roebuck "Pops" Staples - guitar, vocals
* Yvonne Staples - backing vocals
* Ringo Starr - drums
* Stephen Stills - guitar
* Muddy Waters - vocals
* Ronnie Wood - guitar
* Neil Young - guitars, harmonica, vocals

New Upgraded Quality Links (Updated 04/26/15)
FLAC -  The Band_1976-11-25_Complete Last Waltz_FLAC.part1.rar
      The Band_1976-11-25_Complete Last Waltz_FLAC.part2.rar

mp3 (320 k) - The Band_1976-11-25_Complete Last Waltz_mp3-320.part1.rar 
      The Band_1976-11-25_Complete Last Waltz_mp3-320.part2.rar
      The Band_1976-11-25_Complete Last Waltz_mp3-320.part3.rar



Lee67 said...

Thank you very much for The Band's "The Complete Last Waltz", BB.

Lee67 said...

Do you have another The Band's bootleg called "Across The Endless Highway", please? I am very looking for it...

srcstcbstrd said...

The link is dead for the 3rd part. Could we have a repost please?

BBKron said...

srcstcbstrd, Link for 3rd part is fixed. Thanks! And Lee67, sorry, but I don't have 'Across the Endless Highway' Thanks for your interest, Hope you like these Band shows.

Lee67 said...


Anonymous said...

Wow, I just finished downloading the first disc. This is great! Thanks so much for this!

teekay said...

all links broken ?????????

BBKron said...

Teekay, I have updated the links and all are working now. Thanks for letting me know they were deleted. Better get them soon before they go down again.

teekay said...

Many thanks indeed - thought I was going to lose this!!!!


Unknown said...

Thank you so much for this! I just got into the band from the video game "rock band" and I've been looking for this everywhere mostly because I wanted to hear Chest Fever that didn't make the official version.

Unknown said...

Splendid. Thank you.

Unknown said...


The PopCulturist said...

Hi BB, long time no "see". Thanks so much for posting these, don't know how I missed 'em before. But they definitely come in handy now, as I am producing a Last Waltz tribute concert here in Portland in 6 weeks. We especially needed the full version of "Chest Fever". Thankfully all the links are still live! Glad you are still at your blog, I may kick the dust off mine one of these days...

annmargretfan said...

I never did hear the full show. Thanks for this great share.

ate2zee said...

I've watched the DVD a bunch of times, but am now looking forward to The Complete audio version. It will be with a tinge of sadness, however. With the passing of Levon Helm this afternoon, the Last Waltz comes to a final end.

pueblo47 said...

So glad to have this, thanks so much for sharing it.

gypsymuse said...

Thanks for keeping this one live over here I jsut stumbled on it over at guitars....a different one from your that was already dead from 02/12 and then I found your earlier posting and JUST KNEW I could find this jem!


glamking said...

Thank you very much amigo.

Anonymous said...

Many thanks.

Unknown said...

I read the Wikipedia description of the 2002 release and it mentioned that there were incomplete versions of songs such as The Genetic Method/Chest Fever. I would like to know if these recordings include the unedited versions of these songs?

BBKron said...


This recording contains the complete show, as played that night, undedited. So, if it was played at the concert, it is included here.

E Craig said...

Great post! Thanks. I really enjoy your blog too.

eWoodyM said...

Thanks for keeping the links to this significant concert 'live' for so many years. It's an important record. Six years must be some sort of record on a music bootleg site!

Your site has been in my Favourites for a few years. Many thanks for your work.

Doctor Go said...

Thank you for sharing this!

spyder52 said...

Thanks so much for this, I have fixed up the album cover a bit (centering it, recoloring and cropping):

Unknown said...


NWT679 said...

Many Thanks for this.

Michael lB. said...

Is this the one where Robby's Guitar is missing or is it there? In the film,He'd Dubbed it in,since He didn't have it plugged in,for some unknown reason.

Unknown said...

If you're still interested...I have it.