Thursday, July 24, 2014

Led Zeppelin - 1979 - Copenhagen Warmups

Led Zeppelin
1979
Copenhagen Warmups









July 23, 1979
Falkoner Theatre
Copenhagen


01. The Song Remains the Same
02. Celebration Day
03. Black Dog
04. Nobody's Fault But Mine
05. Over the Hills and Far Away
06. Misty Mountain Hop
07. Since I've Been Loving You
08. No Quarter
09. Hot Dog
10. The Rain Song
11. White Summer / Black Mountainside
12. Kashmir
13. Trampled Underfoot
14. Achilles Last Stand
15. Guitar Solo
16. In the Evening
17. Stairway to Heaven
18. Rock and Roll





Two years after tragedy brought the 1977 North American tour to an abrupt end, the band has risen from the ashes to prepare for the biggest shows of their career with two warm-up gigs in Denmark. The setlist has undergone a few changes to make room for a couple new songs from the band's yet to be released final studio album In Through the Out Door, along with some old favorites. As the band takes the stage, Plant complains about the lights, telling the crowd "we must apologize... the lights keep going down, so we're gonna play with like half a light show, okay?" After a long pause, the show finally gets underway with the familiar opening chords of The Song Remains the Same. The band is full of energy as they hammer through the song with incredible intensity. Plant is still getting a feel for his mature voice, missing a few notes that used to come more easily. As the song ends, Page launches into the first appearance of Celebration Day since 7/29/1973.

Plant tells the crowd "it's been eight years since we were here last time, so there's not too much talkin' to do... quite a bit of playing" before introducing a bone-crushing Black Dog. Page is on fire, shredding wildly during the guitar solo. Plant walks away from the microphone to retrieve his harmonica before introducing Nobody's Fault But Mine, telling the crowd "this is from Blind Willie Johnson." Over the Hills and Far Away is immediately followed by a high-speed Misty Mountain Hop, its first appearance since the end of the 1973 North American tour. Page seems a bit lost during the guitar solo. Since I've Been Loving You is played in a jazzy new arrangement. Page blazes through a fantastic extended guitar solo. Plant's voice is still a bit rusty, he has trouble reaching some of the higher notes. No Quarter has been stripped down to basics, replacing the overindulgent marathons of the past with a much more efficient arrangement. The crowd begins clapping rhythmically during any lull in Jones's piano solo. Page tears through the guitar solo with amazing fluency and precision.

Plant mentions the new album before the first premiere of the night, Hot Dog. Someone in the crowd can be heard shouting a mispronounced "D'yer Mak'er!", to which Plant responds "never 'eard of it" before introducing a beautiful rendition of The Rain Song, performed for the first time since the final night at Earls Court. Kashmir is preceded by an abbreviated White Summer/Black Mountain Side. Plant hints at Back Door Man before a thunderous Achilles Last Stand, played at a more relaxed tempo than usual. The second premiere of the night comes with the first performance of In the Evening, which is preceded by a short bows solo from Page. Plant delivers a powerful performance, belting out each line with bravado. The crowd erupts as Page begins Stairway to Heaven. As the band leaves the stage following a raucous Rock and Roll, Plant announces "thank you very much, it was... okay, goodnight." An excellent first outing for a new, more professional Led Zeppelin. Must hear.

The tape is absolutely fantastic, one of the best audience recordings ever made.

Led Zeppelin
July 24, 1979
Falkoner Theatre
Copenhagen

 

01. The Song Remains the Same
02. Celebration Day
03. Black Dog
04. Nobody's Fault But Mine
05. Over the Hills and Far Away
06. Misty Mountain Hop
07. Since I've Been Loving You
08. No Quarter
09. Ten Years Gone
10. Hot Dog
11. The Rain Song
12. White Summer / Black Mountainside
13. Kashmir
14. Trampled Underfoot
15. Sick Again
16. Achilles Last Stand
17. Guitar Solo
18. In the Evening
19. Stairway to Heaven
20. Whole Lotta Love

 
Following a successful premiere the night before, the band returns for their second and final warm-up gig before returning to England to headline the Knebworth Festival. The energy is high as the band hammers through the opening numbers. Page shreds frantically through the guitar solo during Celebration Day. Plant announces "very nice to have the lights back with us tonight" before Black Dog. Nobody's Fault But Mine features a blistering guitar solo from Page. The band races through a fast-paced Misty Mountain Hop. No Quarter is short and dynamic. Page blazes through an excellent guitar solo. The crowd's rhythmic clapping returns during the intro to Ten Years Gone. Page plays with incredible fluency during the guitar solos. The Rain Song is beautiful.

There is a slight cut during the transition from White Summer/Black Mountain Side to Kashmir. Plant delivers a powerful performance during the latter. The band hammers through an aggressive Trampled Underfoot, which is followed by the return of Sick Again. Plant introduces a frantic Achilles Last Stand as the best track on Presence. The walls of the theater quake under the power of Bonzo's thunderous pounding as Page tears through the frenzied guitar solos. A brutally heavy performance. In the Evening is explosive, a major highlight of the new setlist. Page blazes through an outstanding guitar solo during Stairway to Heaven, one of the best in recent memory. The band closes the show with a radical new arrangement of Whole Lotta Love. Another excellent performance

Led Zeppelin - 1977 - The Last Performance In U.S.A.

Led Zeppelin 
1977
The Last Performance In U.S.A.
(Scorpio)





July 23, 1977
Alameda County Coliseum
Oakland, CA


01 The Song Remains The Same
02 Sick Again
03 Nobody's Fault But Mine
04 Over The Hills And Far Away
05 Since I've Been Loving You
06 No Quarter
07 Ten Years Gone
08 The Battle Of Evermore
09 Going To California
10 Black Country
11 Bron Yr Aur
12 Trampled Underfoot
13 White Summer
14 Kashmir
15 Guitar Solo
16 Achilles LAst Stand
17 Stairway To HEaven
18 Whole Lotta Love
19 Rock And Roll
20 Black Dog


The second to last gig ever in the States. "Good afternoon. So this is what they call daylight!" Plant joked. This is a very strong show with some really great highlights like the numbers leading up to No Quarter. Ten Years Gone is ruined in the middle by Jimmy, but the section of the show afterwards is really quite good including a brutal Achilles Last Stand with some nice rhythmic change ups by Jones and Bonham. A very rare for 1977 Black Dog closes the show as a second encore. It was after this show that Bonham, Peter Grant, and members of the road crew were accused for beating a member of Bill Graham's staff.

What will prove to be the penultimate performance of the 1977 North American tour begins with someone near the taper shouting "this is gonna be great!" as the band takes the stage. Plant greets the crowd, saying "good afternoon... good morning!" before The Song Remains the Same launches into motion. Memories of the disaster in Tempe three nights earlier are still fresh as Page shreds erratically through the guitar solos. Plant's voice is still a bit rough, he has trouble hitting some of the higher notes near the end of Nobody's Fault But Mine. Page's fingers are a bit sticky during the guitar solo. As the song ends, Plant tells the crowd "if we seem to be just a little bit sluggish now... we're just starting to liven up, cause we've only been awake about forty-five minutes," joking "so this is what they call daylight." Since I've Been Loving You is introduced as "a blues for a summer day."

There is a cut in the tape near the beginning of Jones's piano solo during No Quarter. Page is absent for most of the honky tonk breakdown, leaving Jones to vamp alone. His fingers are like razor blades as he slashes and shreds through a disjointed guitar solo. Ten Years Gone is a mess. Page completely destroys the first guitar solo. Plant mentions the band's days at the Winterland while introducing the acoustic set. The beginning of The Battle of Evermore is met with a barrage of firecracker blasts. Going to California is mournfully beautiful. The sound of a passing helicopter introduces White Summer/Black Mountain Side. Bonzo thrashes wildly at anything within reach as the band hammers through a frantic Achilles Last Stand, a devastating performance. Page blazes through a sticky-fingered guitar solo during Stairway to Heaven. As the band returns to the stage, Plant asks the crowd where they're going after the show, joking "can we come?" Rock and Roll is quick and dirty. The band closes the show with a bone-crushing Black Dog. As the song ends, Plant announces "good afternoon, it's been great... it's worth seeing the daylight after all."




July 24, 1977
Alameda County Coliseum
Oakland, CA


01 The Song Remains the Same
02 The Rover/Sick Again
03 Nobody's Fault But Mine
04 Over the Hills and Far Away
05 Since I've Been Loving You
06 No Quarter
07 Ten Years Gone
08 The Battle of Evermore
09 Going to California
10 Mystery Train
11 Black Country Woman
12 Bron-Y-Aur Stomp
13 Trampled Under Foot
14 White Summer/Black Mountain Side
15 Kashmir
16 Guitar Solo
17 Achilles Last Stand
18 Stairway to Heaven
19 Whole Lotta Love
20 Rock and Roll



The last show of the tour before Plant's son's untimely death and the last ever Led Zeppelin show in America. A very good show although somewhat hurried and tense due to the beating of Bill Graham's man by Bonham and their road crew. The sound is excellent and Jimmy's playing is very good in Since I've Been Loving You. The improvisations are excellent in No Quarter but the end of the show gets sloppy and the encores are rushed and erratic. A stage invider had marked their appearance that day - a local dancer named Betty took the stage and danced during No Quarter.

Another beautiful summer afternoon greets the band as they return for their second show at Oakland Coliseum. Page and Plant are still a bit rusty as The Song Remains the Same gets underway. There is a slight cut during the initial verses. The band completely loses track of one another at the end of Sick Again. As the song ends, Plant thanks Bill Graham, saying "I think he built the place especially for rock concerts." Page shreds through a blistering guitar solo during Nobody's Fault But Mine. The tape is cut between songs, missing the first few notes of the intro to Over the Hills and Far Away. Since I've Been Loving You is violently emotional. There is a slight cut in the middle of Jones's piano solo during No Quarter. The band skips the upbeat interlude, instead heading directly into Page's erratic guitar solo. Things become a bit disjointed during the outro. Ten Years Gone is introduced as "a song about the first love, the one that you left behind that you can never quite reach back to."

Black Country Woman is preceded by a fantastic impromptu rendition of Mystery Train. Bron-Y-Aur Stomp features a short bass solo before the guitar breakdown. The band hammers through an aggressive Trampled Underfoot, which Plant introduces as a song that "refers to the careful looking after of an automobile." Page shreds wildly through the guitar solo. Kashmir is a bit dull and uninspired, despite Plant's enthusiastic delivery. The beginning of Page's experimental guitar solo is missing from the tape, picking up just before the bow section. Achilles Last Stand is a frantic explosion of energy. Bonzo misses his cue for the big fill near the end of the song, causing a moment of confused hesitation. Page blazes through an outstanding guitar solo during Stairway to Heaven. As the band leaves the stage following a quick and nasty Rock and Roll, Plant announces "thanks a lot folks, see ya again!" Unfortunately, the rest of the tour would be cancelled when Plant's son Karac died suddenly two days later, making this the band's final performance in America. The end of an era.

News Report: Zeppelin Soars to New Heights

“It feels great to be back”, a self-assured Robert Plant addressed the Saturday “Day On the Green” sellout crowd at the Oakland Coliseum. “I must personally apologize for the two-year delay.”

The lead singer and resident sex symbol of Led Zeppelin was alluding to a 1975 automobile accident he suffered which prevented the British hard-rock combo from fulfilling extensive tour obligations that year.

Their long absence from the Bay Area prompted a sellout within five hours after tickets went on sale earlier this month – a feat not uncommon to any affair involving Led Zeppelin.

The four man congregation which many critics fancy as the embodiment of heavy metal rock, had just finished bludgeoning the packed house of 54,000 with the thunderous power-chording of “Sick Again”, a relatively subdued piece from the 1975 double-album, “Physical Graffiti”.

Those in attendance at the Bill Graham-promoted Days on the Green last weekend were treated to vintage Led Zeppelin.

Providing a musical counterpoint to Plant’s shrieking and teasingly androgynous posturing, Jimmy Page’s sledge-hammer guitar style led Zeppelin through many of their classics, including: Nobody’s Fault But Mine, Since I’ve Been Loving You, Ten Years Gone, Battle of Evermore and Trampled Underfoot.

But the musical highlight for many of the sun-drenched crowd that paid $11.50 per ticket came during the extended jams. All the Zeppelin touches were there – Page coaxing eerie sounds out of his axe using an array of electronic devices, and at one point using a violin bow on his strings; John Bonham rifling popgun drum rolls; bassist John Paul Jones looking unperturbed and confident behind the overt sexuality of Plant’s pelvic thrusts. The crowd ate it up. (G. Estrada, Oakland Tribune, July 1977)

Nine Inch Nails - 2014-02-28 - Tokyo

Nine Inch Nails
February 28, 2014
Studio Coast
Tokyo




01. Alessandro Cortini's Opening Set
02. All Time Low
03. Sanctified
04. Disappointed
05. The Beginning Of The End
06. Came Back Haunted
07. Echoplex
08. Various Methods Of Escape
09. Survivalism
10. Me, I'm Not
11. The Warning
12. Copy Of A
13. The Great Destroyer Aborted
14. The Great Destroyer
15. Trent Speaks
16. Find My Way
17. Only
18. Hand Covers Bruise
19. Beside You In Time
20. Gave Up
21. Hurt
22. 1,000,000
23. The Hand That Feeds
24. Head Like A Hole

Soundboard

Nine Inch Nails - 2014-02-26 - Tokyo

Nine Inch Nails
February 26, 2014
Studio Coast
Tokyo, Japan






01. Somewhat Damaged
02. 1,000,000
03. Letting You
04. Terrible Lie
05. March Of The Pigs
06. Piggy
07. Reptile
08. The Frail
09. The Wretched
10. Vessel
11. Survivalism
12. Wish
13. Ghosts 31
14. Burn
15. Gave Up
16. The Hand That Feeds
17. Head Like A Hole
18. Ice Age (HTDA - w/Mariqueen)
19. BBB (HTDA - w/Mariqueen)
20. Hurt

Soundboard

Nine Inch Nails - 2014-02-25 - Tokyo

Nine Inch Nails
February 25, 2014
Studio Coast
Tokyo



01. Alessandro Cortini Opening Set
02. Me, I'm Not
03. Survivalism
04. Terrible Lie
05. March Of The Pigs
06. Piggy
07. Sanctified
08. Disappointed
09. Came Back Haunted
10. Find My Way
11. Reptile
12. Hand Covers Bruise
13. Beside You In Time
14. Copy Of A
15. All Time Low
16. Gave Up
17. The Hand That Feeds
18. Only
19. Wish
20. Head Like A Hole
21. Hurt

 Soundboard


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Van Halen - 2013-06-21 - Tokyo

Van Halen
June 21, 2013
Tokyo Dome
Tokyo





101. Intro 0:45
102. Unchained 4:13
103. Runnin' With The Devil 3:40
104. She's The Woman 3:01
105. I'm The One 4:22
106. Tattoo 4:33
107. Everybody Wants Some!! 8:29
108. Somebody Get Me A Doctor 3:23
109. China Town 3:31
110. Hear About It Later 5:11
111. Oh, Pretty Woman 3:08
112. Drum Solo 3:04
113. You Really Got Me 5:22
114. Dance The Night Away 4:19
115. I'll Wait 5:04
116. And The Cradle Will Rock... 3:45
117. Hot For Teacher 5:43

201. Women In Love... 4:40
202. Romeo Delight 5:46
203. Mean Street 5:13
204. Beautiful Girls 3:30
205. Dave's Short Film (Tokyo Story) 4:52
206. Ice Cream Man 5:11
207. Panama 4:21
208. Guitar Solo 8:08
209. Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love 6:09
210. Jump 5:11
211. Outro 0:48
212. Jamie's Cryin' 4:34
213. The Trouble With Never 8:03
214. Atomic Punk 3:23
215. Ice Cream Man 2:42

•Disc 2, tracks 12-14 are bonus tracks from Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium, in Nagoya, Japan performed on June 18, 2013. The inclusion of these tracks are meant to have a complete record of all the songs the band played on their 2013 Japan tour. These three tracks were not performed at the Tokyo show, but were performed on the other dates.
•Disc 2, track 15 is from the pre-show Soundcheck at the Tokyo Dome. It mostly consists of Dave strumming an acoustic guitar and practicing Japanese. He does start Ice Cream Man near the end of the track.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Queen - 2014-06-24 - Edmonton

Queen
June 24, 2014
Rexall Place
Edmonton, AB





01. Intro
02. Now I'm Here
03. Stone Cold Crazy
04. Another One Bites The Dust
05. Fat Bottomed Girls
06. In The Lap Of The Gods...Revisited
07. Seven Seas Of Rhye
08. Killer Queen
09. Somebody To Love
10. I Want It All
11. Love Of My Life
12. '39
13. These Are The Days Of Our Lives
14. Bass Solo (incorporating "Don't Try Suicide," "Body Language" & "Staying Power")
15. Drum Duel
16. Under Pressure
17. Love Kills
18. Who Wants To Live Forever
19. Guitar Solo
20. Last Horizon (incorporating "Welcome To The Jungle")
21. Tie Your Mother Down
22. Radio Ga Ga
23. Don't Stop Me Now
24. Crazy Little Thing Called Love
25. The Show Must Go On
26. Bohemian Rhapsody
27. We Will Rock You
28. We Are The Champions
29. God Save The Queen


Queen - 2014-06-19 - Chicago

Queen
June 19, 2014
United Center
Chicago, IL





01. Intro
02. Now I'm Here
03. Stone Cold Crazy
04. Another One Bites The Dust
05. Fat Bottomed Girls
06. In The Lap Of The Gods...Revisited
07. Seven Seas Of Rhye
08. Killer Queen
09. Somebody To Love
10. I Want It All
11. Love Of My Life
12. '39
13. These Are The Days Of Our Lives
14. Drum Duel
15. Under Pressure
16. Love Kills
17. Who Wants To Live Forever
18. Guitar Solo
19. Last Horizon
20. Tie Your Mother Down
21. Radio Ga Ga
22. Crazy Little Thing Called Love
23. The Show Must Go On
24. Bohemian Rhapsody
25. We Will Rock You
26. We Are The Champions
27. God Save The Queen

Yes - 2014-07-13 - Newport

Yes
2014-07-13
Newport Yachting Center
Newport, RI




101. Benjamin Britten's Young Persons Guide To The Orchestra
102. Siberian Khatru
103. And You And I
104. Close To The Edge
105. Believe Again
106. Roundabout
107. Cans And Brahms
108. We Have Heaven
109. South Side Of The Sky

201. Five Percent For Nothing
202. Long Distance Runaround
203. The Fish (Schindeleria Praemataurus)
204. Mood For A Day
205. Heart Of The Sunrise
206. I've Seen All Good People
207. Owner Of A Lonely Heart

Chris Squire - bass, vocals
Steve Howe - guitar, vocals
Alan White - drums
Jon Davison - vocals, percussion, guitar
Geoff Downes - keyboards, cowbell

Yes - 2014-07-06 - Albany

Yes
July 6, 2014
The Egg - Hart Theater
Albany, NY




101. Benjamin Britten's Young Persons Guide To The Orchestra
102. Siberian Khatru
103. And You And I
104. Close To The Edge
105. To Ascend
106. The Game
107. Roundabout
108. Cans And Brahms
109. We Have Heaven
110. South Side Of The Sky

201. Five Percent For Nothing
202. Long Distance Runaround
203. The Fish (Schindeleria Praemataurus)
204. Mood For A Day
205. Heart Of The Sunrise
206. I've Seen All Good People
207. Owner Of A Lonely Heart
208. Starship Trooper


Chris Squire - bass, vocals
Steve Howe - guitar, vocals
Alan White - drums
Jon Davison - vocals, percussion, guitar
Geoff Downes - keyboards, cowbell

Yngwie J. Malmsteen - 2014-06-12 - Wilkes-Barre

Yngwie J. Malmsteen
June 12 , 2014
F.M. Kirby Center
Wilkes-Barre Pa.



01. Intros
02. Rising Force
03. Spellbound
04. Damnation Game
05. Never Die
06. Overture/Thousand/Arpeggios
07. Live To Fight
08. Badinere/Adagio/Far Beyond The Sun
09. National Anthem
10. Acoustic Paraphrase
11. Dreaming/Into Valhalla
12. Baroque N' Roll
13. Seventh Sign
14. Magic City
15. Trilogy/GTR Solo/Blues
16. Guitar Solo
17. Drum Solo/Heaven Tonight
18. Black Star/Cherokee
19. Burn ( W/ Bumblefoot & Hoey )
20. I'll See The Light Tonight


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Led Zeppelin - 1977-07-17 - Seattle (DVD)

Led Zeppelin
July 17, 1977
The Kingdome
Seattle, WA




01. The Song Remains The Same
02. The Rover Intro / Sick Again
03. Nobody's Fault But Mine
04. Over The Hills And Far Away
05. Since I've Been Loving You
06. No Quarter
07. Ten Years Gone
08. The Battle Of Evermore
09. Going To California
10. Black Country Woman
11. Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp
12. White Summer
13. Black Mountain Side
14. Kashmir
15. Out On The Tiles / Moby Dick
16. Guitar Solo
17. Achilles Last Stand
18. Stairway To Heaven
19. Whole Lotta Love
20. Rock And Roll

Title: The Year Of The Dragon "The Definitive Edition"
Label: Empress Valley Supreme Disc
Lineage: Original Silver DVD

Video Attributes:
Video compression mode: MPEG-2
TV system: NTSC
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Source picture resolution: 720x480
Frame Rate: 30.00
Bitrate: 4.00Mbps

Audio Attributes:
Audio Coding mode: Dolby Digital
Sampling Rate: 48kHz
Bitrate: 448 Kbps
Channels: 6 chnls (3/2 .1)




I had posted an AVI file of this dvd a while ago, but a lot of people asked me to post it as a full dvd without any compression... so for the 37th anniversary of the show... here it it...

Pink Floyd - 1977-02-25 - Paris

Pink Floyd
February 25, 1977
Porte de Pantin
Pavillon de Paris
Paris




101. Sheep
102. Pigs On The Wing Pt.1
103. Dogs
104. Pigs On the Wing Pt.2
105. Pigs (Three Different Ones)

201. Shine On You Crazy Diamond Pt.1-5
202. Welcome To The Machine
203. Have A Cigar
204. Wish You Were Here
205. Shine On You Crazy Diamond Pt.6-9
206. Money

Animals aux Abattoirs (HRV CDR 038)
(16bit/44.1kHz)
Recorded by GD
1st gen cassette provided by Finkployd49
Transfer by Neonknight
Remastering by MOB
Quality Control by RonToon
Artwork by Ediskrad Studios
Produced by Harvested Records


Lineage:
AKG mics & Uher reel-to-reel recorder > Europe Type I tapes > Technics RS-B965-M > Focusrite Saffire Pro 14 > Audacity 1.3 > FLAC (24bit/96kHz) > MOB Remastering > FLAC (16bit/44.1kHz)

This is a fabulous audience recording of the last of 4 consecutive nights in Paris during the In The Flesh 1977 tour. These Parisian concerts were performed at the Pavillon de Paris, which was a concert hall built at the place of an ancient slaughterhouse ("Abattoirs de la Villette" in French). The idea to bring the Animals Tour to a slaughterhouse is kind of ironic, hence the title of this release.

An excellent 1st gen tape provided by Finkployd49 was transferred by Neonknight in 2011, and the present Harvested release is a remastered version of this 1st gen tape transfer.

The remastering addressed mainly 3 aspects. First, on the rough transfer the speed was not consistent, the pitch increasing slightly as the show progressed. The speed of the first part of the Animals set is correct but it begins to accelerate during Dogs resulting in a 1.7% increase at the end of Pigs. A similar accelerating effect occurs for the second set, with 1.2% correction needed at the beginning of SOYCD 1-5 and 2% correction at the end of SOYCD 6-9. During Money, the acceleration is even more obvious where the first verse is 2% too fast and the last verse is 3% too fast. These speed fluctuations can be explained by batteries slowly losing power during the taping of the show. The present remaster corrects all of these speed issues.

Another aspect was the raw sound of the original transfer with some annoying saturation of particular frequencies during the loud parts and a kind of "narrow" spectrum due to prominent medium. Careful EQ was applied in order to reduce the annoying frequencies, and to let the music breathe more with a "fuller" sound. For instance, the depth of Roger's bass can be heard in its full glory on this remaster. Another example is the barking interlude in the middle of Dogs where the bass drum kicks now sound as they were likely to sound in the Pavillon that night.

Last but not least, the original recording was plagued with hundreds of mic bumps, probably caused by GD (the taper) moving during the show and touching his microphones. Every bump was carefully eliminated or attenuated manually in order to appreciate the music without these disturbances. This was the biggest challenge for this remaster, since it took dozens of hours to get rid of these mic bumps.

Other restoration work during this remastering process was to correct some tape drop-outs here and there, adjusting the levels of each channel and creating continuity (avoiding the cut due to tape flip) between Pigs On the Wing Pt.2 and Pigs, and between Welcome To The Machine and Have A Cigar. There was no NR applied for this remaster.

In regards to the performance this show is a real killer, with the band very inspired and tighter than during the last weeks of the U.S. tour (just listen to the Oakland show from May 9, or the Madison Square Garden concert from July 2, where the sound quality is fantastic but the performance is erratic at times). Also, the European audience was very polite and did not impose itself on the recording, unlike - again - the Oakland or the Madison Square Garden shows.

This is the 37th anniversary of this great concert, so play it loud to commemorate our favourite Floyd tour.

Pink Floyd - 1970-11-22 - Montreux

Pink Floyd
November 22, 1970
Montreux Casino
Montreux





101. Astronomy Domine
102. Fat Old Sun
103. Cymbaline
104. Atom Heart Mother
105. Embryo

201. Green Is The Colour
202. Careful With That Axe, Eugene
203. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
204. A Saucerful Of Secrets
205. Interstellar Overdrive

Remastering by MOB
Quality Control and artwork by RonToon
Produced by Harvested Records

Sources:
CD1 tracks 1-4: "Smoking Blues" bootleg (FBR 001/002)
CD1 track 5 and CD2 tracks 1-4: "Reeling On Pink Floyd - Tape 24": claimed Master Reel > DAT(0)@48khz > WAV@48khz
CD2 track 5: Victor's 2009 transfer: 2 x Sennheiser MD-421 > Uher 4200 reel recorded at 19 ips

This is the second of the two 1970 concerts at Montreux Casino. The first one (from 21Nov70) was released in November 2010 under the title "Too Late For Mind Expanding" (HRV CDR 036). This second performance, hastily added for the 22Nov70 afternoon at 2.30pm, is entitled "Too Early For A Gig" (HRV CDR 037).

While "Too Late For Mind Expanding" was mainly based on Victor's raw transfer from (some of) his mastertapes shared in November 2009, for this second date we only had Interstellar Overdrive from that transfer. Thankfully four other tracks recorded by Victor on 22Nov70 surfaced in 1995 on the "Smoking Blues" bootleg, with superb sound quality despite the fact that this bootleg is probably sourced from a 1st or 2nd gen tape. For the rest of the show, we used an alternate source, from a different recorder: "Reeling On Pink Floyd - Tape 24".

The first four songs of the show were remastered from "Smoking Blues". Speed was corrected, slight EQ was applied and channel balance was adjusted. The main problem with "Smoking Blues" is the presence of annoying distortion during the loud parts, mainly in the right channel, probably due to saturation during the dubbing process of Victor's tape for the copy used by the bootleggers. All RoIOs using "Smoking Blues" or its tape source (like "Before The Fire") have that analogue saturation problem during the loud parts (this is not a digital saturation that could be corrected by clip restoration). On "Good Morning Folks" RoIO (from Inner Circle Production 1998), the distortion was partly attenuated, but is still noticeable and the sound quality was altered in the process. For the present Harvested release, the distortion has been manually attenuated with no impact on the clarity of the recording and we are very proud of the result, since this is the first time that you can enjoy the loud parts of Atom Heart Mother or Fat Old Sun without this saturation.

In order to have the most complete version of that concert, tunings and announcements that were cut on "Smoking Blues", were restored using the "Reeling Tape 24" source. A missing portion of Cymbaline, edited on "Smoking Blues" (probably to hide a tape flip) was restored for this release, again from the "Reeling Tape 24" source (from 04'10" to 04'55").

The five next songs, Embryo to A Saucerful Of Secrets, were remastered from the "Reeling Tape 24" recording. Speed was corrected and EQ was applied in order to bring more presence. The balance between channels needed some attention, especially for Embryo, where the left channel was suffering from severe fluctuations. It became better with Green Is The Colour, but the left channel remained the most problematic one, with more dropouts and tape flaws than the right channel. All these flaws were carefully corrected or attenuated. The tracks sourced from "Reeling Tape 24" are more hissy than the ones from "Smoking Blues", but the hiss could not be reduced without altering the clarity of the recording, so it was decided to leave it as it is. By the way, the presence of this hiss is also the sign that "Reeling Tape 24" could not be from the master, but more probably from a 1st or 2nd gen tape.

The last song, Interstellar Overdrive, was remastered from Victor's 2009 raw transfer, except the last 5 minutes that were missing on Victor's tape and were restored from "Reeling Tape 24". Even if "Reeling Tape 24" has a more complete version of Interstellar Overdrive, the very last chords are missing. These were restored by taking another audience recording from that era for the very end of the song and the last applauses.

The Montreux 40th Anniversary Series
Too Early For A Gig (HRV CDR 037)


Pink Floyd - 1970-11-21 - Montreux

Pink Floyd
November 21, 1970
Montreux Casino
Montreux






101. Astronomy Domine
102. Fat Old Sun
103. Cymbaline
104. Atom Heart Mother
105. Embryo

201. Green Is The Colour
202. Careful With That Axe, Eugene
203. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
204. A Saucerful Of Secrets
205. Just Another Twelve Bar
206. More Blues

The Montreux 40th Anniversary Series
Too Late For Mind Expanding (HRV CDR 036)

Mastertape by Victor
Remastering by MOB
Quality Control by EdP
Artwork by RonToon
Produced by Harvested Records

Sources:
Victor's 2009 transfer: 2 x Sennheiser MD-421 > Uher 4200 reel recorded at 19 ips > Audio CD > EAC > FLAC
"The Good" recorder: unknown gen > Scotch Reel > DAT(0) > WAV@48Khz > Speed & Pitch Correction > FLAC@48Khz

It was 40 years ago today!

This new Harvested release provides the first of the two Montreux 1970 concerts in the most complete form and with the best possible quality. The main source was Victor's raw master transfer already shared last year. The ending part of Green Is The Colour and the following track Careful With That Axe, Eugene, not present on Victor's master, were taken from "The Good" recorder that surfaced some years ago on "The Good ... The Bad" RoIO ref. FA033.

Victor's raw transfer shared in November 2009 was first thought to be from the second concert, mainly because it matched "The Good ... The Bad" RoIO that was labelled from 22Nov70. However, based on Victor's recollections of the two shows and some pictures from his reels, it now appears that the present show with the two "blues" encores is actually from 21Nov70 (this show ended late, forcing the band to finish with a quiet blues). The second concert was added at the last minute for the next afternoon at 2.30pm (Roger sarcastically said "good morning" to the audience) and at this second show the encore was Interstellar Overdrive. But that's for our next release ... ;-)

Victor's master is a superb audience recording and a compilation cassette he did in the past from both concerts was copied by someone and ended up on the 1995 "Smoking Blues" bootleg ("Smoking Blues" is therefore at least 1st or 2nd gen, and even with that lineage some people thought it was from soundboard or from some EMI acetates that are most probably pure legend). Embryo, Just Another Twelve Bar and More Blues from "Smoking Blues" are from 21Nov70, but the versions presented here are upgrades, coming directly from the master and with an uncut More Blues (fading out on "Smoking Blues").

Despite its fantastic quality, Victor's master had some flaws that needed to be corrected. The speed was not consistent throughout the show: for some tracks, speed was absolutely perfect, while for others speed gradually slowed down (probably an "end of reel" effect during the play-back). Fat Old Sun, Atom Heart Mother and A Saucerful Of Secrets suffered from that slowing-down phenomenon and speed was corrected for these three songs. There were some channel loss and level fluctuations, the most obvious being during the first verse of Fat Old Sun. These were repaired. There were also drop-outs here and there, especially during the first 2 minutes of Cymbaline (one drop-out every 862ms, thus 140 drop-outs were manually corrected one by one in order to fully restore these first minutes of Cymbaline). The right channel became slightly weaker during Set The Controls and A Saucerful Of Secrets, where more drop-outs were present on that channel. These flaws were attenuated as much as possible. Last but not least, there were several cuts on the master: the very first chord of Fat Old Sun was missing and has been restored, a short cut during Mother Fore (AHM) was carefully patched, and the central part of Celestial Voices (ASOS) that was missing due to a tape flip, was restored from another show in order to save the continuity and progression to the climax of the song.

The end of Green Is The Colour, Careful With That Axe, Eugene and the first 30 seconds of Set The Controls were taken from "The Good" source. A lot of work was needed in order to restore that part, because of abrupt speed fluctuations during Careful, and also because "The Good ... The Bad" RoIO comes from a "tweaked" tape: the original audio capture is pure mono (there is absolutely no stereo separation between the instruments), but someone found funny to play with the faders during the analogue transfer, introducing artificial panning in order to fake stereo effects (these tricks were clearly done during an analogue mixing of the recording, not in the digital world). Speed was corrected segment by segment, and levels were carefully adjusted in order to restore the original music as it was on the master, i.e. in the centre of the stereo image, before the artificial panning ruining most parts of "The Good ... The Bad".

So there you are. The 21Nov70 Montreux concert in all its glory!

This is a rare case where all the stars were aligned: we have the best audience recording from that era, and at the same time the Floyd performance was really magic that night. All five songs of CD1 were delivered with fire and passion (including the most powerful rendition of Funky Dung ever recorded). And on CD2, the first part of A Saucerful Of Secrets (Something Else) shows the Floyd sounding like King Crimson would sound three years later. Another highlight of CD2 is Just Another Twelve Bar: even if not too interesting from a musical point of view, this song is a true rarity in Pink Floyd live repertoire (even if it's mainly based on the bass riff from Biding My Time).