The Last Waltz Boxed Set (Rhino, $59.98)
For those of you who wish that The Band would play on, hold on to your Dobros. This four-disc boxed set comprises all that was special about the quintet in the now-legendary 1976 concert at San Francisco’s Winterland Theatre. Included in the package are never-before-released pre- and post-concert material and performances. A ton of guests took the great stage with standouts like Muddy Waters on “Mannish Boy,” “Further on up the Road” with Eric Clapton, “Helpless” with Neil Young, and “Evangeline” with Emmylou Harris.
Crescent City Soul Series (Imperial/Minit/Capitol)
The four CDs in this series take you back to another time (late-1940s to late-1960s) and place (New Orleans) while addressing one of the most influential movements in music. Disc one highlights Fats Domino with 20 of his biggest hits. Discs two and three focus on two of the greatest producers, Dave Bartholomew and Allen Toussaint, respectively. And disc four is a variety of classic New Orleans R&B from Little Richard, Aaron Neville, Shirley & Lee, and more. — J.E.M.