“The Weight” (from Martin Scorsese’s “The Last Waltz”) – The Band with the Staple Singers

I have mixed feelings about Martin Scorsese’s classic “rockumentary” “The Last Waltz” which chronicles … at least at that point …  the last concert of The Band at Winterland in 1976.   But this moment from “Waltz” … for me … is the film’s finest moment and the best version of “The Weight” ever recorded in my opinion.  I’ve always felt I was supposed to like this song more than I did, given its prominence on classic rock radio and in several seminal films from “Easy Rider” to “The Big Chill.”  However, this version featured in “Waltz” is transcendent and beautiful.  I love the interplay between the Band and the Staple Singers on this version.

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