The Band was one of the top Americana bands ever in the history of rock music. The played as the backup band for Ronnie Hawkins and later for Bob Dylan (where they got their name: Bob Dylan and the Band). Robbie Robertson's soulful, blues guitarwork served as colorful touches to the impeccable drumming of Levon Helm and bass playing of Rick Danko.
In the 1970s, The Band decided to call it quits and decided to put on one last show and record it for a documentary directed by famed director Martin Scorsese. They invited a lot of their musical friends that they had the honor of performing with throughout the years including big names like Ronnie Hawkins, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Paul Butterfield, Muddy Waters, Ringo Starr, and Neil Young.
The concert is all captured on this DVD, The Last Waltz. The DVD is not in order of the set being played, but it still wonderfully captures the atmosphere of that night. Classic moments on this DVD include Robbie Robertson and Eric Clapton trading blues solos, Bob Dylan being Bob Dylan, and a group finale of Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be Released."
This is one of music's finest documentaries, and while the camera work is shaky at time, it captures the raw emotions and aspects of this band and that final night. Commentary from the band members themselves and 20 some songs from their career -- including their biggest hits like "The Weight, " "Stagefright, " "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, " and "It Makes No Difference" -- make this a must-own DVD for any rock fan.