Elton John / Berlin 2017 / 2CD

Elton John / Berlin 2017 / 2CD / Wardour
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Live at Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin, Germany 7th July 2017 .

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The ultra superb album of “WONDERFUL CRAZY NIGHT TOUR” appears as a permanent preservation press. World tour that has been on for one and a half already since last January. In our shop I have reported on various live albums from the beginning but this work has a different dimension. I have delivered any sound board with CDR, but this time it is a super high quality album of a class that can not be saved forever!
It is contained in such a work “Berlin performance on 7th July 2017”. Its super / superb audience album. First of all, let’s imagine from the whole world tour.

· January – March: Warm up / North America # 1 (13 performances)
· May – July: Middle East # 1 / Europe # 1 (28 shows)
· September – October: Europe # 2 / North America # 2 (12 performances)
· November – December: Europe # 3 (17 performances)
· March – April: North America # 3 / South America (16 shows)
· June – July: Europe # 4 (27 performances) ← ★ Coco ★
· September: Europe # 5 / Australia (7 performances)
· November: North America # 4 (6 shows)
· December: Europe # 4 / Middle East # 2 (8 shows)

This is the schedule that has been published to date. Berlin performances of this work is the concert Upon 19 performances eyes of the “European # 4”, that reported the other day, “MANNHEIM 2017 (Uxbridge 697)” in the “next”.
The biggest point of such work is unusual high quality sound. As described above already World Tour is in the second half, our shop in the pro-shot & Sound board until this “HYDE PARK 2016 (Uxbridge 598)” and led to such broadcasting sound source and the best audience, deliver a variety of live albums Did. However, none of them are CDRs for gifts and Uxbridge labels. For this time, even the sound board was decided to be permanent preservation with the quality that gets hazy.
In fact, it is wonderful how to hear how this sound’s sound should be expressed. Other day of it “MANNHEIM 2017” was also beauty sound called a “like sound board”, “like FM broadcasting”, this work also wake up the eyes to further clear of that cloudless whip. Of course, all from shining also brilliant sparkling ferocious direct sense of treble until the floor is trembling bass of the venue is captured beautifully. What’s even wonderful is “ringing”. The glossy faintly slightly dressed acoustic playing, singing voice was, boasts a perfect balance as the official album that was raised like a finely polished. Official album produces “beauty” through mix and mastering, but this work realizes its beauty with a single-shot audience. Despite being the “beauty” of official style, it is overwhelmingly natural. Elton ‘s singing voice, glossy and deepening in that sound … ….
Even more, it is the audience / noise that is playing a part in its beauty. Although I do not know the detailed recording position, although each cheerfully appreciating between songs is clear up to one person, the grain is so small that it is too small and extensive. Of course, the extreme sense of perspective of ‘Elton and small crowd of people’ produces spectacular spectacles without extraordinary performance and singing voice being disturbed. Sounds surprised to be heard even at the latest progressive audience are rare, but this work is rare ultra high quality recording.
The latest show where everything is drawn with wonderful sound is a mass of super masterpieces approaching this mind again. In 2015, the performance in Japan is remembered as well, but in that case, including the new song “Looking Up” that was not released, “A Good Heart” “Have Mercy on the Criminal” “I Want Love” “Take Me to the Pilot “. In particular, “Take Me To The Pilot”, “I Want Love” and “Have Mercy On The Criminal” could not listen to “HYDE PARK 2016” which was the masterpiece of the first half of the tour in 2016. It can be tasted with the ultra superb sound of official bare feet.

Is it the official, sound board, or audience? It is only a difference in the recording method, the difference in the route until reaching the hands. “Beauty” of the sound the air oscillates, “Beauty” of the melody being spun. “Listen to beautiful music” “Listen to live music playing breath” …… It is a super masterpiece of a live album that can have its best experience. One book that will reign at the top of “WONDERFUL CRAZY NIGHT TOUR” in front of a number of soundboards. This weekend, I will bring this “art work of sound” to you.
“WONDERFUL CRAZY NIGHT TOUR”の超・極上ライヴアルバムが永久保存プレスで登場です。昨年の1月からすでに1年半続いているワールドツアー。当店では開始当初からさまざまなライヴアルバムでレポートしてきましたが、本作は次元が違う。いかなサウンドボードでもCDRでお届けしてきましたが、今回ばかりは永久保存せずにはいられないド級の超ハイクオリティ・アルバムなのです!


これが現在まで公表されているスケジュール。本作のベルリン公演は「欧州#4」の19公演目にあたり、先日レポートした『MANNHEIM 2017(Uxbridge 697)』の“次”のコンサートです。
そんな本作最大のポイントは、異常なほどのハイクオリティ・サウンド。上記のようにすでにワールドツアーは後半に入っており、当店ではこれまでプロショット&サウンドボードの『HYDE PARK 2016(Uxbridge 598)』を筆頭に放送音源や極上オーディエンスなど、さまざまなライヴアルバムをお届けしました。しかし、そのいずれもがギフトやUxbridgeレーベルのCDR。今回は、そのサウンドボードさえも霞むほどのクオリティで永久保存が決定したのです。
実際、本作のサウンドはどう表現したら良いのか迷う素晴らしさ。先日の『MANNHEIM 2017』も「まるでサウンドボード」「まるでFM放送」と呼べる美サウンドでしたが、本作は更にサッと晴れ渡ったクリアさに目も覚める。もちろん、猛烈なダイレクト感も鮮烈でキラキラ輝く高音から会場の床が震える低音まですべてが綺麗に捉えられている。さらに素晴らしいのは“鳴り”。ほんのり僅かにまとった音響が演奏・歌声を艶やかにし、まるで精緻に磨き上げられた公式アルバムのように絶妙なバランスを誇っている。公式アルバムはミックスやマスタリングによって“美”を生み出しますが、本作はその美しさを一発録りのオーディエンスで実現している。公式ばりの“美”でありながら、圧倒的に自然。そのサウンドの中で伸びる艶やかで深いエルトンの歌声……。
なにもかもが素晴らしいサウンドで描かれる最新ショウは、これまた胸に迫る超名曲の塊。2015年の来日公演も記憶に新しいところですが、その際にはリリースされていなかった新曲「Looking Up」をはじめ、「A Good Heart」「Have Mercy on the Criminal」「I Want Love」「Take Me to the Pilot」といった名曲群も聴ける。特に「Take Me To The Pilot」「I Want Love」「Have Mercy On The Criminal」は、2016年のツアー前半の代表作だった『HYDE PARK 2016』聴けなかった。それが公式裸足の超・極上サウンドで味わえるのです。

公式か、サウンドボードか、オーディエンスか。それはもう単に記録法の違い、手元員届くまでの経路の違いでしかありません。空気が振動する音の“美”、紡がれるメロディの“美”。「美しい音楽を聴く」「息づく生演奏を聴く」……その最高体験ができるライヴアルバムの超傑作です。数々のサウンドボードを差し置いて“WONDERFUL CRAZY NIGHT TOUR”の頂点に君臨するであろう1本。今週末、この“音の美術品”をあなたのお手元へ。

Disc 1(62:49)
1. Intro 2. The Bitch Is Back 3. Bennie and the Jets 4. I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues
5. Take Me to the Pilot 6. Daniel 7. Looking Up 8. A Good Heart 9. Philadelphia Freedom
10. I Want Love 11. Tiny Dancer 12. Levon

Disc 2(66:49)
1. Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time) 2. Have Mercy on the Criminal
3. Your Song 4. Burn Down the Mission 5. Sad Songs (Say So Much) 6. Band Introduction
7. Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me 8. I’m Still Standing 9. Crocodile Rock
10. Your Sister Can’t Twist (But She Can Rock ‘n Roll) 11. Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting
12. Candle in the Wind


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