David Bowie / LA Forum 1978 Mike Millard 1st Gen / 2CD+2Bonus CDR

David Bowie / LA Forum 1978 Mike Millard 1st Gen / 2CD+2Bonus CDR / Wardour
The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, CA, USA 4th April 1978 plus Ltd Bonus 2CDR “Slaughter In The Air”

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LP “SLAUGHTER IN THE AIR”. It is a masterpiece of the famous board that told David Bowie’s 1978 “Isolar II” American Leg first pattern. The sound source that captured the stage at the LA Forum on April 4th, the third day of the tour, with the highest sound quality is the ultimate high sound quality that makes you want to call this “ Sound Board ”, high quality that will not fade in 2019 It was an audience album. Because of the extraordinary quality and the LA Forum, the speculation of “Mic Millard recordings” flew in the 2000s. However, it was actually a release from a person (= Ken Douglas) who continued to work under the names of labels such as TMOQ and TAKRL, and the sound source was also obtained by him independently. In the first place, the mirrored sound source was released as a bootleg in the 1980s, after that “LISTEN TO THIS EDDIE” was released.
The original tape source is often excavated later for such sound sources related to Ken Douglas, but this “ SLAUGHTER IN THE AIR ” is always found alongside Led Zeppelin’s “ GOING TO CALIFORNIA ” I have arrived without it. So, more than 10 years ago, when I transferred this masterpiece mint condition LP carefully and turned it into a CD, it was very popular that “everybody wants to listen to a CD at last”. I will. Later, a version of the tape source on the net appeared on the net, but nothing happened, it was just equalizing the LP and correcting the pitch. In addition, the poorness of the original sound has dropped due to excessive equalization.

Is the vintage LP “SLAUGHTER IN THE AIR” that will not fade at all in the 21st century indefinitely immortal? As I expected, a shocking excavation in November made mania all over the world say. The audience recording tape of April 4th by genuine Mike Millard appeared on the net. This time, the best version of his masterpiece “LISTEN TO THIS EDDIE” will be released, but strangely his unknown masterpiece recording will be released at the same time!
The “SLAUGHTER IN THE AIR” source (hereinafter referred to as “LP source”) is an on balance that makes the sound image strange, and if it was 1978, it would have been strange to be misunderstood as AM radio broadcasting. On the other hand, there was a part that memorized the sparseness of the realism that can only be recorded by an audience.
However, as expected, mirrored recording. The reality of the presence that sucked in the air of the day that LP source was not enough is outstanding. As a bonus, it was also an audience recording that was done at the LA Forum in less than a year since “Eddie”, and the texture is exactly the same. Even if you can enjoy Bowie’s 78-year forum with that feeling of the eternal masterpiece “Eddie”, it will have a big impact on mania. The LP source that conveys the outline of the performance at a level imitating the sound board was really wonderful sound quality, but it is a surprising new audience.
And what I’m glad to say is that it was the first complete recording on April 4th, completely recorded from the opening “Warszawa” that was not recorded in the LP source! If it’s the “Isolar II” tour recording board, then we need to start. This was the biggest drawback of LP sources. In addition, member introduction that was not recorded in LP, the beginning of “Rebel Rebel” that was slightly lacking was also recorded this time. As expected, good work in Millard and Bowie.

“SLAUGHTER IN THE AIR” was treated as a masterpiece so far, but the official “STAGE” that was originally released was the same as “Isolar II” recorded at the end of the American leg, but far from the actual stage Another point is that LPs were recorded according to the actual stage while being edited and released. Now, “STAGE” has been remixed and a new version has been released along with the actual concert, but the editing arranged in the order of the recorded songs at that time was uncomfortable.
Even more importantly, the board was a great catcher of the free and “offensive” staging of the early “Isolar II” tour. If there is a close sense of reality and closeness of the sound image only by the mirrored sound source, this is already a gold bar to the demon.
Originally, the “Isolar II” tour had a very easy-to-understand composition, with the first half being Berlin music and the second half being Ziggy music, but the first half of the new song, including the instrumental music, was played together. It was a big hit “Fame” that ended it. However, “Fame” moved from the European leg to the front of Lass in the first half, which lowered the hurdle of “continuing a new song” a little.
What is even more noteworthy is that at this point, the cover song “Alabama Song” representing 78 was not yet added to the repertoire, but “Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide” was being played instead. This song, which was sung as if it disappeared in the nightly finale in 1974, is now sung powerfully by Bowie who escaped from the cocaine vortex. It is also attractive that you can enjoy the enthusiasm of the song here with the highest sound quality that you can only get from Millard. Conversely, at this point, the Ziggy color of the second half of the set became too strong (because it was played to “Star” which was not picked up in real time anyway), and the official “STAGES” recorded live The repertoire of convincing that the set list has dropped since then.
And in the LP source, it is interesting to hear that the Berlin corner in the first half, which was reflected as if the audience was listening to a squirrel, listened to the mirrored sound source with a great sense of reality, and it was even more exciting. But what does this mean if it changes? Naturally LP sources will be distributed as gifts, so both will be very high level audience albums, but you will be able to hear and compare the feel of different sounds. It is also a good idea to compare the start and finish of the American leg with the already-introduced “MADISON SQUARE GARDEN 1978 FINAL NIGHT”. The limited press CD that contains such a shocking mirrored new excavation audience recording is a Christmas present for Bowie enthusiasts around the world!

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★ Fixed a pitch that is about 20% faster than a semitone.

LP「SLAUGHTER IN THE AIR」。それはデヴィッド・ボウイの1978年”Isolar II” アメリカン・レグ最初期の模様を伝えてくれた名盤中の名盤。ツアー開始三日めである4月4のLAフォーラムでのステージを極上の音質で捉えた音源は「これぞサウンドボード」と呼びたくなるような究極の高音質、2019年の今なお色褪せないハイクオリティ・オーディエンス・アルバムでした。あまりに別格のクオリティかつLAフォーラムでのゆえ、2000年代に入ると「マイク・ミラードによる録音か?」という推測が飛んだほど。ところが実際にはTMOQやTAKRLといったレーベルの名の下で活動を続けていた人物(=ケン・ダグラス)からのリリースであり、音源も彼が独自に入手したものだったのです。そもそもミラードの音源がブートレグとしてリリースされるのは1980年代に入って、かの「LISTEN TO THIS EDDIE」がリリースされてからのこと。
そんなケン・ダグラス絡みの音源は後に元のテープが発掘される場合が多いのですが、この「SLAUGHTER IN THE AIR」はレッド・ツェッペリンの「GOING TO CALIFORNIA」と並んで元のテープソースがどうしても見つからないまま今に至ってしまいました。そこで今から10年以上前、この名盤のミント・コンディションLPを丁寧にトランスファーしてCD化してみせたところ、「誰もがCDで聞きたかった名盤が遂に」と大好評を博してしまいます。その後ネット上には本盤のテープソースを騙ったバージョンが現れもしましたが何のことはない、LPをイコライズしてピッチを正したというだけに過ぎなかったのです。おまけにイコライズ過剰のせいで元の音の鮮度が落ちてしまったというお粗末さ。

こうして21世紀に入っても価値がまったく色褪せないビンテージLP「SLAUGHTER IN THE AIR」は永遠に不滅なのか?思っていたところ、この11月に衝撃的な発掘が世界中のマニアをアッと言わせました。何と正真正銘マイク・ミラードによる4月4日のオーディエンス録音テープがネット上に現れたのです。今回は彼の最高傑作「LISTEN TO THIS EDDIE」のベスト・バージョンがリリースされますが、奇しくも彼の知られざる傑作録音が同時にリリースされるだなんて!
「SLAUGHTER IN THE AIR」ソース(以下「LPソース」と称します)は音像が異様な程オンなバランスであり、1978年当時であればAMラジオ放送か何かと誤解されてもおかしくないほどでした。その反面、オーディエンス録音らしかぬ臨場感の希薄さを覚える箇所があったのです。
そして何と言っても嬉しいのが、LPソースで未収録だったオープニングの「Warszawa」からばっちり収録された、初の4月4日完全収録音源であるということ!”Isolar II”ツアー収録盤であれば、それから始まらないとお話にならない。これこそLPソースにおける最大の欠点でした。さらにLPで未収録だったメンバー紹介、わずかに欠けていた「Rebel Rebel」の出だしも今回はもれなく収録。さすがはミラード、ボウイでもいい仕事してくれます。

「SLAUGHTER IN THE AIR」がこれほどまでに名盤扱いされたのには、当初リリースされたオフィシャル「STAGE」が同じ”Isolar II”アメリカ・レグ終盤での収録ながら、実際のステージとはかけ離れた編集が施されてリリースされてしまったのに対し、LPは実際のステージ通りに収録していたという点も挙げられます。今でこそ「STAGE」はリミックスされた上に実際のコンサートに沿ったニュー・バージョンがリリースされていますが、当時の録音された楽曲順に並ばれた編集は何とも違和感がありました。
それ以上に重要だったのは、同盤が”Isolar II”ツアー序盤の自由かつ“攻め”なステージングを見事に捉えてくれていたということも大きい。そこへミラード音源ならではのきめ細やかな臨場感と音像の近さが加われば、これはもう鬼に金棒。
もともと”Isolar II”ツアーは前半がベルリン楽曲、後半がジギー楽曲という非常に解りやすい構成あった反面、前半でインストも含む当時の新曲がまとめて演奏されるという、これぞ“攻め”構成となっており、それを締めくくるのが大ヒット「Fame」でした。ところが、この後のヨーロピアン・レグから「Fame」が前半のラス前へと移り、これによって「新曲立て続け」というハードルが少し低くなったのでした。
それ以上に特筆すべきは、この時点では78年を代表するカバー曲「Alabama Song」がまだレパートリーに加えられておらず、代わりに「Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide」が演奏されていたのです。1974年には毎晩のフィナーレとして、まるで消え入るかのように歌われていたこの曲が、コカインの渦から抜け出したボウイによって、今度は力強く歌われている。ここでの熱唱ぶりをミラードならではの最高音質で楽しめるというのも魅力的。逆にいうと、この時点でセット後半のジギー色が強くなりすぎてしまったきらいがあり(何しろリアルタイムでは取り上げられなかった「Star」まで演奏されているのだから)、オフィシャル「STAGES」収録ライブの時点でからセットリスト落ちしてしまったのも納得のレパートリーかと。
そしてLPソースでは、まるでオーディエンスが固唾を飲んで聞き入っているかのように映った前半のベルリン・コーナーも臨場感に長けたミラード音源で聞くと、もっと盛り上がっていたことが分かって面白い。ところ変われば品変わる…とはこのことか。LPソースは当然ギフトとして配布いたしますので、どちらも極めてハイレベルなオーディエンス・アルバムでありながら、まるで違う音の感触を聞き比べていただけるでしょう。また、既にご紹介済みの名盤「MADISON SQUARE GARDEN 1978 FINAL NIGHT」でアメリカン・レグのスタートとフィニッシュを聞き比べるのもイイ。そんな衝撃のミラード新発掘オーディエンス録音を封じ込めた限定プレスCDは世界中のボウイ・マニアにとってのクリスマス・プレゼント!



Disc 1(49:31)
01. Warszawa
02. “Heroes”
03. What In The World
04. Be My Wife
05. The Jean Genie
06. Blackout
07. Sense Of Doubt
08. Speed Of Life
09. Breaking Glass
10. Beauty And The Beast
11. Fame

Disc 2(55:21)
01. Band Introductions / Five Years
02. Soul Love
03. Star
04. Hang On To Yourself
05. Ziggy Stardust
06. Suffragette City
07. Rock ’n’ Roll Suicide
08. Art Decade
09. Station To Station
10. Stay
11. TVC15
12. Rebel Rebel

David Bowie: Vocals / Guitar
Adrian Belew: Lead Guitar
Carlos Alomar: Rhythm Guitar / Backing Vocals
Dennis Davis: Drums / Percussion
George Murray: Bass / Backing Vocals
Roger Powell: Keyboards / Synthesizer / Backing Vocals
Sean Mayes: Piano / Backing Vocals
Simon House: Electric Violin



David Bowie / Slaughter In The Air / 2CDR / Non Label
Live at Inglewood Forum, Los Angeles, CA, USA 4th April 1978

Taken fron the original LP “Slaughter In The Air”(DB1978)

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The legendary live album is back with a gift title. The album is “SLAUGHTER IN THE AIR (DB1978)”, a prestigious masterpiece recording from the analog era. This masterpiece analog is an audience album that contains the 5th performance of “LOW AND HEROES TOUR 1978”, “April 4, 1978 Los Angeles Performance”, but it is the title of “Tour’s Masterpiece” with powerful and unrivaled sound quality. What keeps protecting. With the advent of this week’s new work “LA FORUM 1978: MIKE MILLARD 1ST GEN”, the theory was denied, but until now this work is due to its high-quality sound, the legendary famous recording artist Mike There is only what has been said to be the work of Millard, and in fact the sound is so clear that it is transcendent. Every range from high to low is captured with a perfect balance without distortion, and the stereo and direct feeling is the best. Even though the audience recordings are fresh, cheers are far away, and on the other hand, there is no sense of distance in performance. This type of recording is a so-called “sound board”, and it is not something that can be said on the basis of the 70’s audience. It is unfortunate that the recording of “Warszawa” at the beginning is unfortunate (recorded in the new “L.A. FORUM 1978: MIKE MILLARD 1ST GEN”).

This work is a direct CD version of such a masterpiece analog but the finest. The original master disk is miraculously preserved, perfect enough to be suspicious, “If it has never been played !?” Of course, it’s just the finest that you can’t put on a regular consumer aircraft. It was carefully played by professional high-end players, and the sound that was blown into the finest board was pulled to the limit. It was in 2005 that the CD was first questioned. In that case, the ultimate compliment with the “eternal masterpiece” was also given by a specialized magazine.
Such production background and compliments fade away before the sound that can actually be heard. The mellow sound and the smooth sound without a single needle can be drowned. The singing voices of synthesizers and bowies are particularly amazing. The tone of the voice wraps gently like a velvet with almost no reverberation in the hall, and the synthesizer reverberates sharply and clearly. As I mentioned earlier, I wrote about the wonderfulness of the recording itself, but the beauty of it clearly appears. The wonderful thing about “Bowie in Berlin” drawn in that quality. The very first live of the 5th tour. Therefore, it is a famous recording when the “Ziggy Stardust” color was strong.

This work also includes a bonus German and French version of the rare take “Heroes”, which was included only in the legendary 12-inch German edition.

“Although Mike Millard recording“ L.A. FORUM 1978: MIKE MILLARD 1ST GEN ”was released, the overwhelming appeal of the sound hasn’t faded. At the LA Forum on April 4, 1978, Mike Millard and a miracle recorder recorded the show by turning the tape with advanced equipment on separate sheets. This pleasure that you can taste the two different high-quality sound sources at the end of 2019. Please get this title with the set this weekend. This record is amazing! !

伝説のライヴアルバムがギフト・タイトルで復活です。そのアルバムとは、アナログ時代から傑作録音の誉れ高き名盤「SLAUGHTER IN THE AIR(DB1978)」。この名作アナログは、“LOW AND HEROES TOUR 1978”の5公演目となる「1978年4月4日ロサンゼルス公演」を収めたオーディエンス・アルバムですが、強力無比なサウンド・クオリティで「ツアー代表作」の王座を守り続けているもの。今週の新作「L.A. FORUM 1978: MIKE MILLARD 1ST GEN」の登場で、その説は否定されることになりましたが、これまでは本作はその高音質故、かの伝説の名録音家マイク・ミラードの作とも言われてきただけのことはあり、実際に、そのサウンドは超絶なほどにクリア。高音から低音まであらゆる音域が歪みひとつなく見事なバランスで捉えられ、ステレオ感もダイレクト感も最高。客席録音の生々しさはあれども、歓声は遠く、逆に演奏には距離感がまるでない。いわゆる「まるでサウンドボード」と呼ばれるタイプの録音で、とても70年代オーディエンスの基準で語れるものではありません。冒頭「Warszawa」の録音漏れは残念ですが(★新作「L.A. FORUM 1978: MIKE MILLARD 1ST GEN」には収録)、これはこれでミラード録音に負けてない、実に高品質な客席記録なのです。



マイク・ミラード録音の『L.A. FORUM 1978: MIKE MILLARD 1ST GEN』がリリースされたとは言え、その圧倒的な音の魅力はいささかも衰えていません。1978年4月4日のLAフォーラムには、マイク・ミラードと同格の奇跡の録音家が、それぞれ別シートで高度な機材でテープを回し、このショウを記録していた。その全く違う高品質な2音源を2019年末にじっくりと味わえるこの喜び。今週末は、是非、セットで本タイトル付きを入手して下さい。この盤(レコード)はやはり凄い!!

Disc 1(51:24)
1. “Heroes” 2. What In The World? 3. Be My Wife 4. The Jean Genie 5. Blackout
6. Sense Of Doubt 7. Speed Of Life 8. Breaking Glass 9. Beauty And The Beast 10. Fame
11. Five Years 12. Soul Love 13. Star

Disc 2(50:08)
1. Hang On To Yourself 2. Ziggy Stardust 3. Suffragette City 4. Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide
5. Art Decade 6. Station To Station 7. Stay 8. TVC 15 9. Rebel Rebel

Bonus Tracks
10. Helden (Heroes Sung In German) 11. Heroes (Heroes Sung In French)

David Bowie – Vocals, Keyboards Carlos Alomar – Rhythm Guitar Adrian Belew – Lead Guitar
Dennis Davis – Drums, Percussion Simon House – Electric Violin
Sean Mayes – Piano, String Ensemble George Murray – Bass Roger Powell – Keyboards, Synthesisers

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