The Last Waltz was originally released as an epic three record set in 1978. Five of the six sides were taken from what would be The Band’s farewell concert recorded at Bill Grahams Winterland Ballroom on Thanksgiving night of 1976. The final side was studio tracks.
Robbie Robertson was tired of touring and convinced the other members of to become a studio only group, similar to the late career Beatles. They gathered together a cornucopia of their friends to assist them in their final concert.
The Last Waltz is a wonderful document of a Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame band and of the rock genre in general. The Band would continue but never reach these heights again.