David Bowie / Anaheim 1974 Mike Millard Original Master Tapes / 2CD

David Bowie / Anaheim 1974 Mike Millard Original Master Tapes / 2CD / Wardour
Live at Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA, USA 16th September 1974

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It was revealed that Mike Millard was also recording Bowie’s stage by “LA FORUM 1978 MIKE MILLARD 1ST GEN” which was a great excavation from the 1978 “ISOLAR 2” tour, but further Millard It was revealed last week that he recorded even the “THE PHILLY DOGS TOUR” tour of 1974, which has made Bowie mania all over the world agitated. The show of “LA FORUM 1978 MIKE MILLARD 1ST GEN” was still a day with a predecessor LP called “SLAUGHTER IN THE AIR”, but this time it was said that there was no sound source at all in Anaheim performances. Therefore, maniacs all over the world are all the more prominent.
1974 was the year 1974 when Mike Millard’s recording began to take off. However, the recording was not as lively as that of the following year, and the existence of the sound source is not well known. For that reason, even the fact that he had been recording the “THE PHILLY DOGS TOUR” tour was unknown so far, so the excitement of this excavation was awesome!
Therefore, the sound image is not as close as that of the recording after 1975, but the unique sound quality with a sense of distance combined with an amazing stereo feeling is mirrored. Besides, the freshness is also outstanding. The tape may have kept fresh because it had been sleeping without ever appearing among traders. At the beginning of the show, the sound of the venue was not stable, which caused ups and downs in the performance and Bowie’s singing voice, but it also calms down from “Sweet Thing”. Above all, Bowie’s singing voice is getting more and more clear, so it’s irresistible. And the realistic feel of breathing in the air of 1974 is also excellent.

In addition to the sound quality that makes you feel such a unique charm, the most shocking thing is that there was no sound source until now, and on the contrary, it captures the end of “THE PHILLY DOGS TOUR” tour in September. The high value of materials is immeasurable. Speaking of September, the main performance is the continuous night performances at the LA Universal Amphitheater, and the official classic that was created from that is “CRACKED ACTOR (LIVE LOS ANGELES ’74)”. Don’t miss “DEFINITIVE LOS ANGLES 1974”, which is a different mix and edit version of the old version.
However, at this time, not only the sound board of this day, but also the audience recordings that captured other days were concentrated in LA. Until now, the only sound source other than the Universal Amphitheater is San Diego on September 11, the next performance after the LA schedule (the sound quality is not good). In other words, the “THE PHILLY DOGS TOUR” late September had been veiled until now.
As a maniac can imagine, Bowie in 1974 was a time when he quickly practiced the idea of ​​boiling cocaine as fuel. That’s why it’s a big mistake to think that the tour was held with the same structure all the time. The proof of this is the Anaheim performance that Millard recorded this time again. The song played by Encore on the stage in September was thought to be “John, I’m Only Dancing (Again)” as LA had proved.
However, it was “Somebody Up There Likes Me” that was played from the pre-release from Bowie called “New song before release” like the encore of that day! It is a song that will see the light of the day with the new album “YOUNG AMERICANS” that was in production at that time, but on the stage it was thought that “THE PHILLY DOGS TOUR” had been put into the repertoire from the leg of October. But what about it, it was said that it was being shown on this day after the arrangement had already been completed. It is possible that this is a live premiere, but in any case the performance heard here is a new fact that is amazing for Bowie mania all over the world.

And after all, it’s a shock that the performance itself exceeds “CRACKED ACTOR (LIVE LOS ANGELES ’74)”. In the first place only in September, Sly and Family Stone drummer Greg Jericho and Santana’s Doug Roach are the base for the rhythm band with a black feeling for a limited time, and they are completely band after the nightly performances in LA. It is the mirrored quality that makes you feel as if you are familiar with. The back chorus corps is also more gorgeous than in LA, and it predicts the evolution to the deep Seoul route stage after October.
What’s more, Bowie’s voice is in excellent shape. Originally in 1974, Bowie was soaked in cocaine, but it is clear that his voice is faint because of unhealthiness It is also clear in the official “DAVID LIVE” that included the stage in July, but it is still faint What is the greatness of Bowie on this day. It was so strong that it even exceeded the official LA.
Also, the September tour was the last time the legendary “DIAMOND DOGS” stage set was used, and troubles continued on the stage set during the tour from June to July, so I want to use it again as Bowie There wasn’t. However, in September he continued to use it in a form that was persuaded by his manager Tony Defries. The “DIAMOND DOGS” stage set is also reflected in the photos from the audience that actually captured the Anaheim stage.
Therefore, not only the set, but also the repertoire is the last repertoire of “Big Brother” to “Chant Of The Ever Circling Skeletal Family” as well as the ending of the album “DIAMOND DOGS” called Medley. Don’t miss Jericho’s drumming exploding here. In this way, as a tour, the “THE PHILLY DOGS TOUR” concept was started, but the color of “DIMOND DOGS” was still left in the transient period. Above all, the value of having already shown “Somebody Up There Likes Me” is immeasurable. Amazing new excavation sound source to enjoy such precious scenes with high sound quality. Millard did it again!

マイク・ミラードによる1978年”ISOLAR 2”ツアーから衝撃の大発掘だった「L.A. FORUM 1978 MIKE MILLARD 1ST GEN」によって彼がボウイのステージも録音していたことが明らかとなったのですが、さらにミラードは1974年の” THE PHILLY DOGS TOUR”ツアーまでも録音したということが先週明らかとなって世界中のボウイ・マニアを騒然とさせています。まだ「L.A. FORUM 1978 MIKE MILLARD 1ST GEN」のショーは「SLAUGHTER IN THE AIR」というド定番LPという前置きのある日だった訳ですが、今回は今まで音源の一切存在しなかったアナハイム公演だというのだから、なおさら世界中のマニアが色めき立っている。
そもそも1974年はマイク・ミラードの録音が軌道に乗り始めた年。しかし翌年以降ほど活発な録音には至らず、あまり音源の存在も知られていません。それだけに今まで彼が”THE PHILLY DOGS TOUR”ツアーを録音していたという事実すら知られていなかった訳ですから、今回の発掘の衝撃たるや!
よって75年以降の録音ほどクローズな音像ではないのですが、程よい距離感に驚くほどのステレオ感が合わさった独特の音質が流石はミラード。おまけに鮮度も抜群。これまでトレーダー間にも出回らず眠り続けていたが故にテープが鮮度を保ってくれたのかもしれません。ショー開始当初は会場の出音が安定せず、そのせいで演奏やボウイの歌声に浮き沈みが生じてしまっているのですが、それも「Sweet Thing」から落ち着いてくれる。何よりボウイの歌声がどんどんクッキリとしてくるからたまりません。そして1974年当時の空気をたっぷりと吸い込んだリアルな感触がまた絶品。

こうした独特の魅力を感じさせる音質もさることながら、何と言っても衝撃なのが今まで一切音源の存在しなかった日であり、それどころか9月の” THE PHILLY DOGS TOUR”ツアー終盤を捉えているという資料的価値の高さは計り知れないものがある。9月といえばメインはLAユニバーサル・アンフィシアターでの連夜公演がメインであり、そこから生み出されたこれまたド定番のオフィシャルが「CRACKED ACTOR (LIVE LOS ANGELES ’74)」。それとは違う旧来の別ミックス&別編集バージョンを収録した「DEFINITIVE LOS ANGLES 1974」も聞き逃せません。
しかしこの時期はこの日のサウンドボードだけでなく、他の日を捉えたオーディエンス録音もLAに集中。今まで唯一ユニバーサル・アンフィシアター以外の音源はLA日程を終えた次の公演である9月11日のサンディエゴだけ(音質はよくないです)。つまり” THE PHILLY DOGS TOUR”9月終盤というのは今までベールに包まれていたのです。
マニアなら想像つくかと思いますが、74年のボウイはコカインを燃料にして沸き上がるアイディアをすぐさまステージで実践していた時期。だからこそツアーがずっと同じ構成で行われたと思ったら大間違い。その証拠となるのがこれまた今回ミラードが録音してくれたアナハイム公演。9月のステージでアンコールに演奏された曲と言えば先のLAが証明していたように「John, I’m Only Dancing (Again)」だと思われていました。
ところがこの日のアンコール、それと同様「リリース前の新曲」というボウイからの前置きから演奏されたのは何と「Somebody Up There Likes Me」!当時制作が進行中だったニューアルバム「YOUNG AMERICANS」で後に日の目を見る曲ですが、ステージでは” THE PHILLY DOGS TOUR”10月のレグからレパートリーに投入されていたとばかり思われていた。ところがどうでしょう、既にアレンジが完成した上でこの日に披露されていたという。これがライブ初演という可能性も考えられますが、いずれにせよここで聞かれる演奏は世界中のボウイ・マニアにとって驚愕の新事実。

そして何と言っても演奏自体が「CRACKED ACTOR (LIVE LOS ANGELES ’74)」をも上回る出来映えというのも衝撃。そもそも9月のみスライ・アンド・ファミリーストーンのドラマー、グレッグ・エリコとサンタナのダグ・ローチがベースという期間限定のブラック・フィーリング溢れるリズム隊であり、彼らがLAでの連夜公演を終えてすっかりバンドに馴染んでいる様子まで伝わってくるのが流石のミラード・クオリティ。バックのコーラス隊もLAの時よりゴージャスで、来たるべき10月以降のディープなソウル路線ステージへの進化を予見させるもの。
それに何と言ってもボウイの声が絶好調。元々74年のボウイはコカインに浸ったが故の不摂生のせいで声がかすれ気味なのは7月のステージを収めたオフィシャル「DAVID LIVE」でも明らかですが、かすれたままながらも声が出まくっているのがこの日のボウイの凄さ。それはオフィシャルのLAをも軽く上回ってしまうほどの好調ぶり。
また9月のツアーは伝説の”DIAMOND DOGS”ステージセットが使われた最後の時期でして、6月から7月にかけてのツアーでステージセットにトラブルが続出したことから、ボウイとしてはもう使いたくなかった。しかしマネージャーのトニー・デフリーズに説得される形で使い続けたのが9月。実際アナハイムのステージを捉えた客席からの写真でも”DIAMOND DOGS”ステージセットが映っている。
それ故にセットだけでなくレパートリーに関しても「Big Brother」から「Chant Of The Ever Circling Skeletal Family」にメドレーというアルバム「DIAMOND DOGS」のエンディングそのままのレパートリーもこれが最後。ここで炸裂するエリコのドラミングも聞き逃せません。このようにツアーとしては” THE PHILLY DOGS TOUR”コンセプトが始まっていた時期ながら、それでもなお「DIMOND DOGS」の色合いを強く残していたという過度期。何より「Somebody Up There Likes Me」を既に披露していたという価値は計り知れないものがある。そうした貴重な場面が高音質で楽しめる驚異の新発掘音源。またしてもミラードがやってくれました!


Disc 1 (49:47)
1. Intro / 1984
2. Rebel Rebel
3. Moonage Daydream
4. Sweet Thing
5. Candidate
6. Sweet Thing (Reprise)
7. Changes
8. Suffragette City
9. Aladdin Sane
10. Band Introduction
11. All The Young Dudes
12. Cracked Actor
13. Rock ‘N’ Roll With Me
14. Knock On Wood

Disc 2 (50:51)
1. It’s Gonna Be Me
2. Space Oddity
3. Future Legend
4. Diamond Dogs
5. Big Brother
6. Chant Of The Ever Circling Skeletal Family
7. Time
8. The Jean Genie
9. Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide
10. Somebody Up There Likes Me

David Bowie – vocals
Michael Kamen – electric piano, Moog synthesizer, oboe
Mike Garson – piano, mellotron Earl Slick – guitar
Carlos Alomar – rhythm guitar
David Sanborn – alto saxophone, flute
Richard Grando – baritone saxophone, flute
Doug Rauch – bass
Greg Errico – drums
Pablo Rosario – percussion
Gui Andrisano – backing vocals
Warren Peace – backing vocals
Ava Cherry – backing vocals
Robin Clark – backing vocals
Anthony Hinton – backing vocals
Diane Sumler – backing vocals
Luther Vandross – backing vocals


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