Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe / Tokyo 1990 3rd Night / 2CDR

Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe / Tokyo 1990 3rd Night / 2CDR / Non label

Live at NHK Hall, Tokyo, Japan 4th March 1990 STEREO SBD

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ABWH embodies the dream of a progressive rocker and delivers it to Japan in 1990. The classic soundboard album will be released as a gift.
“March 4, 1990: NHK Hall performance” is included in this work. It is the stereo sound board recording. Speaking of their coming to Japan sound board, our press masterpiece “CLOSE TO THE MASTER (Virtuoso 228-230)” is also familiar, but this work is a separate performance. In order to understand the relationship, let’s organize our collection according to the schedule at that time.

・ March 1: NHK Hall
・ March 2: NHK Hall ← * “REBIRTH ON THE EDGE”
・ March 4: NHK Hall ← ★ This work ★
・ March 5: Osaka Festival Hall ← * “DEFINITIVE OSAKA 1990”
・ March 7: Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium ← * “CLOSE TO THE MASTER”
・ March 8: Nakano Sunplaza

Above, all 6 performances. In addition to the top sound board work “CLOSE TO THE MASTER”, this week’s miracle superb audience recording “DEFINITIVE OSAKA 1990 (Virtuoso 449-451)” has also appeared. Under such circumstances, this work is a sound board album recorded on the last day of NHK Hall 3DAYS.
Also, this work can be said to be a sister work of “CLOSE TO THE MASTER”. As a matter of fact, the two sound boards “March 4: NHK Hall” and “March 7: Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium” are both incomplete and cannot be perfect by themselves. “CLOSE TO THE MASTER” was based on “March 7: Yokohama” and complemented with “March 4: NHK Hall” to realize a perfect body, but this work is just the opposite. It is based on the “March 4: NHK Hall” sound board, but complemented by “March 7: Yokohama”.
The complementary points are about 6 seconds in the 2 minutes and 40 seconds range of “Long Distance Runaround” and about 30 seconds around 4 minutes of “Heart Of The Sunrise”. Of the total length of 137 and a half minutes, it is only a slight chip, but when it comes to YES, the beauty of the classic flow is also important. In fact, I couldn’t immerse myself in the YES world because the sound suddenly cooled down there when the sound flew on the way. However, although the upgrade master of the “Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium Performance” excavated this time has excellent sound quality, there is almost no discomfort even if it is used as a complement because the sound characteristics are similar. At last, I can enjoy the “NHK Hall performance” without hesitation.
It was late, but of course the sound was excellent. After all, the sound source is enough to complement the top work “CLOSE TO THE MASTER”, so the basic quality is outstanding. However, the place where I wrote “basic quality” is miso. When it comes to “Is the whole story beautiful?”, To be honest, there are parts where you are worried about the click-like sound that you sometimes hear, the noise of tape deterioration, and the partial swell of the tape (“And You And” There is no such thing as the intro of “I” and “Themes”). It doesn’t go to the perfect sound without some skis, and in that respect, it is behind “CLOSE TO THE MASTER”.

Although it is not perfect, there is no doubt that you can fully enjoy the high-quality stereo sound board in almost the entire volume. The daily encore “I’ve Seen All Good People”, which is different from “CLOSE TO THE MASTER”, is also wonderful, and what is the real thrill of a sound board where you can enjoy YES music with Bill Bruford and Rick Wakeman at 100% synchronization rate? It cannot be replaced with a thing.
ABWH’s performance in Japan, which was born up to the miracle superb live album “DEFINITIVE OSAKA 1990” following the top work “CLOSE TO THE MASTER”. This work is also a masterpiece that plays a part in the trilogy. Please take this opportunity to fully enjoy yourself.

★ Miraculous stereo sound board on the 3rd day of the Tokyo performance! !! This is a must listen.

そんな本作に収められているのは「1990年3月4日:NHKホール公演」。そのステレオ・サウンドボード録音です。彼らの来日サウンドボードと言えば、当店のプレス名盤『CLOSE TO THE MASTER(Virtuoso 228-230)』もお馴染みですが、本作は別公演。その関係を理解するためにも、当時のスケジュールで当店コレクションを整理してみましょう。

・3月4日:NHKホール ←★本作★
・3月5日:大阪フェスティバルホール←※『DEFINITIVE OSAKA 1990』
・3月7日:横浜文化体育館←※『CLOSE TO THE MASTER』

以上、全6公演。頂点サウンドボード作『CLOSE TO THE MASTER』の他にも、今週は奇跡の超極上オーディエンス録音『DEFINITIVE OSAKA 1990(Virtuoso 449-451)』も登場しました。そんな中で、本作はNHKホール3DAYSの最終日で記録されたサウンドボード・アルバムなのです。
また、本作は『CLOSE TO THE MASTER』の姉妹作と言うこともできる。実のところ、2つのサウンドボード「3月4日:NHKホール」と「3月7日:横浜文体」はどちらも不完全であり、単体では完全になり得ない。『CLOSE TO THE MASTER』は「3月7日:横浜」をベースにしながら「3月4日:NHKホール」で補完して完全体を実現していましたが、本作は、ちょうどその逆。「3月4日:NHKホール」サウンドボードをベースにしつつ、「3月7日:横浜」で補完しているのです。
その補完ポイントは「Long Distance Runaround」の2分40秒台の6秒ほどと「Heart Of The Sunrise」の4分辺りの約30秒。全長137分半の中では、わずかな欠けにすぎないわけですが、やはりYESといえばクラシックのような流れの美しさも重要。実際、途中で音が飛んでしまう既発では、そこで一気に興が冷めてしまい、YESワールドに浸りきることができませんでした。しかし、今回発掘された「横浜文化体育館公演」のアップグレード・マスターは、格上の音質ではありますが、音の特性が似ているために補完に使用しても違和感はほとんどない。やっと「NHKホール公演」も気兼ねなく満喫できるようになったというわけです。
申し遅れましたが、もちろんサウンドも極上。何しろ、頂点作『CLOSE TO THE MASTER』の補完に使えるほどの音源ですから、基礎クオリティはズバ抜けています。ただし、「基礎クオリティ」と書いたところがミソ。「全編くまなく美しいか?」となるとそうではなく、正直申し上げるとたまに聴こえるクリックのような音が気になる部分があったり、テープ劣化のノイズや、部分的なテープのうねり(「And You And I」や「Themes」のイントロ等)もなくはない。一部のスキもないパーフェクト・サウンドとは行かず、その点で『CLOSE TO THE MASTER』の後塵を拝しているのです。

完全無欠とは言えないまでも、ほぼほぼ全編で高音質のステレオ・サウンドボードがたっぷりと味わえる事に違いはない。『CLOSE TO THE MASTER』とは異なる日替わりアンコール「I’ve Seen All Good People」も素晴らしく、ビル・ブルーフォードやリック・ウェイクマンまで揃ったYESミュージックをシンクロ率100%で味わえるサウンドボードの醍醐味は何物にも代えられません。
頂点作『CLOSE TO THE MASTER』に続き、奇跡の超極上ライヴアルバム『DEFINITIVE OSAKA 1990』まで誕生したABWHの来日公演。本作もまた、三部作の一角を担う大名盤です。どうぞ、この機会にたっぷりとお楽しみください。


Disc 1 (66:32)
1. The Young Persons Guide To The Orchestra
2. Time And A Word/Owner Of A Lonely Heart/Teakbois
3. Clap
4. Mood For A Day
5. Wakeman Solo (Madrigal/Gone But Not Forgotten/Catherin Parr/Merlin The Magician)
6. Long Distance Runaround
7. Bruford Solo
8. Birthright
9. And You And I
10. Themes
11. Levin/Bruford Duet
12. Zo-san
13. The Meeting

Disc 2 (71:02)
1. Close To The Edge
2. Brother Of Mine
3. Heart Of The Sunrise
4. Order Of The Universe
5. Roundabout
6. I’ve Seen All Good People


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