Emerson, Lake & Palmer / Long Beach 1977 Final Night / 2CD

Emerson, Lake & Palmer / Long Beach 1977 Final Night / 2CD / Virtuoso

Translated Text:
Live at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA. USA 14th August 1977



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A new masterpiece recording of “WORKS TOUR” appears. In this work is “Long beach performance on August 14, 1977”. If you hear “Long beach 77”, some collectors think that “Ah, are you?”, Probably it is a miss. What is its identity … and before that. This week we will have a series of releases that summarizes the EL & P in the 1970s, so let’s first organize the “WORKS TOUR” era (please skim the maniacs lightly).

“March 17, 1977” Quartet “release”
– About two months later –
· May 24 – 1977 – August 26: North America # 1 (64 shows) ← ★ Coco ★
(Of which, the orchestra performed 15 performances)
– About a month and a half later –
· October 15 – 1977 – November 30: North America # 2 (32 performances)
“November 1, 1977” Work No. 2 “released”
– About a month and a half later –
· January 16 – 1978 – March 13: North America # 3 (48 performances)
“Summer of 1978” Love Beach “Production -> To EL & P Dissolution”

Speaking of EL & P in the 1970s, I think that there are many people who are divided roughly into two from 1976, but the above is a summary of activities that are late in the year. Although there are some obscure parts in the record at that time, I think that you can understand roughly. In general, only the image of the “big deficit of the orchestration tour” is a strong period, but the contents of it are all 144 performances which are the largest in EL & P in the 1970s, all in North America performance. Among them, the orchestra performed only 15 performances. Although the long beach performance included in this work is the same “North America # 1” as the orchestrating performances, most of them also play trio. This work is also a trio’s live album.

Well, at last it’s the main subject. The identity of this work is an audience recording of a newly appearing “Long Beach Performance Day 3”. Speaking of “Long Beach 77”, the traditional recording “LONG BEACH ARENA (Looking Out For # 1)” from the analog era is famous, but over there is “August 12th”. This work is a completely different performance. Let’s check this on a schedule as well.

· August 11, 1977: Long Beach
· August 12, 1977: Long Beach “LONG BEACH ARENA”
· August 13, 1977: San Bernardino
· August 14, 1977: Long Beach 【this work】

Thus, the 1977 Long Beach performance is three times. Originally it was planned to proceed to San Bernardino → Los Angeles with only 2 performances, but an additional performance entered. The venue was “Long Beach Arena” accommodating 13,500 people three times. It is a schedule that tells the magnitude of EL & P popularity of those days.
Such a new appearance sound source is the identity of this work. As a matter of fact, recordings of this day existed only on the core collector list, but in general there was no circle. It has recently appeared suddenly, but this was not just a thing. How, the first appearance and suddenly the ultimate generation. It is a finest product digitized directly from the master cassette.
In fact, the quality of this work is one of the greatest wonderful even with the huge “WORKS TOUR”. Although I am sucking in enthusiasm for the big venue “Long Beach Arena”, musical tones surpassing it are reached straight and clear as if three limbs can be seen. The rhythm team is fine but detailed with details, Keith ‘s piano shines like shimmering. Realistic enthusiasm is a type different from “just like a sound board”, but it is a beautiful recording that is thin even in traditional name recording “LONG BEACH ARENA (August 12)”.
Of course, the music at the scene depicted with that quality is superb. Freedom of frightening three people and freedom of improvisation will be handed over in the early 70’s, but a smooth and fast tempo performance creates a tremendous sense of fear. Sharp performances that can be tasted even at “LONG BEACH ARENA” can be experienced across the full show. However, although it is said that quality and performance played a part in traditional recording, there is another performance there. Especially the special only for this work is actually a trouble scene. To tell the truth, Moog has got wrong before starting “Take A Pebble” and he is struggling with tuning. Of course, “show ten pebble” and “Piano Concerto No. 1” “C’est la vie” continue acoustic songs so the show will proceed without problems, but what is also “Lucky Man”. Even when it comes to the ending, “That sound” does not come out and Keith says “Three Moogs are broken down today!”

Including such trouble scenes, you can enjoy plenty of newly discovered special class sounds at full show. “Piano Concerto No. 1 1st Movement” “Pirates” there is a cut change in the tape change, but until the end BGM ends (indeed more than 3 minutes rare!) Caught in clear sound, “Long Beach Day” It is one that can be soaked to the utmost. A master recording that suddenly jumped out at the ultimate freshness of Master Direct. We will deliver it to you at hand over this weekend.

“WORKS TOUR”の新たなる傑作録音が登場です。本作に収められているのは「1977年8月14日ロング・ビーチ公演」。“ロング・ビーチ77”と聞いて「あぁ、アレか」と思われるコレクターの方もいらっしゃると思いますが、恐らくそれはハズレ。その正体とは……と、その前に。今週は70年代EL&Pを総括するようなリリースが連発しておりますので、まずは“WORKS TOUR”時代も整理しておきましょう(マニアの方々は軽く読み飛ばしてください)。



さて、いよいよ本題。本作の正体とは、新たに登場した「ロング・ビーチ公演3日目」のオーディエンス録音なのです。“ロング・ビーチ77”と言えば、アナログ時代からの伝統録音『LONG BEACH ARENA(Looking Out For #1)』が有名ですが、あちらは「8月12日」。本作はまったく別公演。これも日程で確認しておきましょう。

・1977年8月12日:ロングビーチ 『LONG BEACH ARENA』
・1977年8月14日:ロングビーチ 【本作】

実際、本作のクオリティは巨大な“WORKS TOUR”でも屈指の素晴らしさ。大会場“ロングビーチ・アリーナ”の熱狂も吸い込んでいますが、それを凌駕する楽音がまっすぐに届き、3人の手足が見えるかのように鮮明。リズム隊はディテールも細やかながらたくましく、キースのピアノはキラキラと降り注ぐように輝く。リアルな熱狂は「まるでサウンドボード」とは違うタイプなものの、伝統の名録音『LONG BEACH ARENA(8月12日)』にも肉薄する美録音なのです。
もちろん、そのクオリティで描かれる現場の音楽こそが素晴らしい。苛烈な3人の応酬やインプロヴィゼーションの自由さは70年代初期に譲りますが、滑らかでテンポの速い演奏が凄まじい疾走感を生み出す。『LONG BEACH ARENA』でも味わえたシャープな演奏がフルショウに渡って味わえるのです。ただし、クオリティや演奏が伝統録音に肉薄するとは言っても、そこは別公演。特に本作だけのスペシャルなのが、実はトラブルシーンです。実は、「Take A Pebble」を始める前にモーグの調子がおかしくなり、チューニングに苦心しているのです。もちろん「Take A Pebble」を始め、「Piano Concerto No. 1」「C’est la vie」とアコースティックな曲が続くので問題なくショウが進みますが、そうもいかなるのが「Lucky Man」。エンディングになっても“あの音”が出ず、キースが「今日はモーグが3つも壊れちまったよ!」と語るのです。

そんなトラブルシーンも含め、新発掘の特級サウンドがたっぷりフルショウで楽しめる。「Piano Concerto No. 1 1st Movement」「Pirates」にテープチェンジのカットこそありますが、終演BGMが終わる(実に3分以上。珍しい!)までクリア・サウンドで捉えきり、“ロング・ビーチの1日”に思う存分浸れる1本です。マスターダイレクトの究極鮮度でいきなり飛び出した名録音。今週末、あなたのお手元にお届けいたします。

Disc 1(52:39)
1. Intro. 2. Karn Evil 9 1st Impression Pt. 2 3. Hoedown 4. Tarkus 5. Moog Tuning
6. Take a Pebble 7. Piano Concerto No. 1 1st Movement 8. Take a Pebble (Conclusion) 9. C’est la vie
10. Lucky Man 11. Fix The Moog 12. Knife Edge

Disc 2(69:22)
1. Pictures at an Exhibition 2. Still You Turn Me On 3. Tank incl. Drum Solo
4. Nutrocker 5. Pirates 6. Fanfare for the Common Man / Rondo 7. Finale / Outro.

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