Hey all! So lately I’ve been neglecting this little “vinyl finds” section. It’s just that I’ve been so busy with exams, moving back home for the summer, and then work. Since my last post I’ve stumbled across a bevy of fantastic albums and I honestly am not sure where to start. I think however, that I will start with one of my favourites from the lot, a limited printing of The Band’s final concert titled “The Last Waltz”. There were only 5000 of these printed for Record Store Day and somehow I was able to come across one of them. Now I’m sure a large percentage of the lucky 5000 people who picked this up are planning to just leave the thing sealed in shrink wrap and perhaps tuck it away somewhere for 35 years… Not me, I’m planning on playing it, a lot. So today, on this dull and grey Sunday afternoon I pulled it off of my shelf and put it gently on the turntable. Jesus is it ever good. For anyone who hasn’t seen the movie “The Last Waltz”, you would be silly not to go and rent, buy, or illegally download it right now. Having said this, there is something about just listening to a live concert on vinyl which I prefer. I find it to be a richer experience than watching it, but then again that’s just me. Either way, “The Last Waltz”, whether it be in video or vinyl format, is a truly fantastic musical journey especially for fans of The Band.
The list of musical guests on this album is impressive to say the least. Neil Young, Neil Diamond, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Muddy Waters, Joni Mitchell, Ringo Star, Bob Dylan and many more all appear on the album and play some fantastic songs alongside The Band. Of course The Band also plays some of their hits. Songs like “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”, “Up On Cripple Creek”, and the “The Weight” are all played to the sound of a joyous crowd. Although some member of The Band had already begun to lose the full range of their voice the concert is still a fantastic listen and beats any modern pop song by a mile. Go out and listen to this one. I’ll be back soon with some more of my RSD finds. Until then, cheers and happy hunting.