Elton John / Moscow 2017 / 2CDR

Elton John / Moscow 2017 / 2CDR / Uxbridge

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Live at Crocus City Hall, Moscow, Russia 14th December 2017

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Elton John, the latest album “DIAMONDS” also got 5th place in the UK and the movie “King’s Man: Golden Circle” appeared as a topic. A new master piece of his latest tour “WONDERFUL CRAZY NIGHT TOUR” appears.
I have reported in a masterpiece group such as Pro Shot & Soundboard “HYDE PARK 2016 (Uxbridge 598)” and a transcendence quality board “BERLIN 2017 (Wardour – 244)”, but this work is also a masterpiece of a tremendous quality. It is a super best audition album of “Moscow Performance December 14, 2017”. First of all, let’s imagine the position of the show from the whole picture of “WONDERFUL CRAZY NIGHT TOUR”.

· January – March: Warm up / North America # 1 (13 performances)
· May – July: Middle East # 1 / Europe # 1 (28 shows)
· September – December: Europe # 2 / North America # 2 / Europe # 3 (29 shows)
· March – April: North America # 3 / South America (16 shows)
· June – July: Europe # 4 (26 performances)
· September – November: Australia / North America # 4 (12 shows)
· December: Europe # 5 / Middle East # 2 (9 shows) ← ★ Coco ★
· June – July: Europe # 6 (2 shows)

This is the outline of the tour that has been published to date. Originally thought that it would end in 2017, but also announced 2 performances early summer this year. In recent years it has taken the appearance of a rare long run tour. And this work ‘s Moscow performance is the final stage of 2017. It is a concert that corresponds to the eight performances of “Europe # 5 / Middle East # 2”. By the way, “HYDE PARK 2016” mentioned above is “Europe # 2”, “BERLIN 2017” is “Europe # 4”. A masterpiece is continuing from Europe in this tour this time.
Such maximum taste of this work is high quality sound until terrible. Until now, “BERLIN 2017” reigned as the best masterpiece of the tour, even though it was an audience recording, I played until the press. However, the sound of this work is also a tremendous quality approaching that super masterpiece. At the beginning, I can understand audience recording because audible clapping can be heard, but since that time I forget to be a customer record. The high-pitched brilliance that grows crystal-clear extends to elongation anywhere, the midrange sounds abundantly, the bass roars heavily. The most impressive thing is direct feeling, I feel a little echo in Elton’s singing voice, but I can not tell if it is the PA’s outgoing sound itself or the venue acoustics, I can not feel at all about the instrument group. It is naturally neat and neat so far, yet it is a famous noiseless sensation that makes it clearer to details.
Moreover, no one talk occurred in the vicinity of the recording person, huge cheers are far and small even among the songs. That is the world of beautiful sounds that can only be described as “FM broadcasting” or “just official album”. Normally, even if it is FM broadcasting, even an official live board, it polishes politely with mix work and mastering. However, this work has accomplished the same level of “beauty” by recording a single audience. The naturalness that reaches the unconscious lower level, the reality is even more than the official.
The world of “WONDERFUL CRAZY NIGHT TOUR” drawn with that sound is the same as before and slightly different. Although it turned into a set to the extent that the tour progressed, for example, in comparison with the super masterpiece “BERLIN 2017”, instead of “Burn Down The Mission” dropping at the end, “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word “is set in. These two songs are also included in “DIAMONDS” which was just released in November, so it may be the choice for that.
Also, “Your Song” following that two songs is highlight. Actually, Elton’s mother Sheila Fair Brother died ten days before this show (92 years of age). Elton in recent years has been discordant with her mother and he is out of touch for seven years. It was a news of just getting settled just a few months ago. The next day, Elton was lamented in sorrow while choosing it as a memorial song “Your Song”. It was a song written by Burnie Toopin at my mother’s house and I sang with my memories of that time. I do not talk about it in this work, but here is Elton where I sing deeply more deeply.

Two years since the start of “WONDERFUL CRAZY NIGHT TOUR”. It is the ultimate board that will become the best tour masterpiece candidate that appeared again. Unlike “BERLIN 2017” it was released from the Uxbridge label, but it is only the difference of the impact of “the second one”. If it appeared before “BERLIN 2017” it would definitely be a super masterpiece that would have been permanently preserved press. A wonderful sound, a wonderful song, a wonderful singing voice …… It is one that all of them are in the highest grade. Please, enjoy it.
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最新ベスト盤『DIAMONDS』も全英5位に輝き、映画『キングスマン: ゴールデン・サークル』出演も話題となっているエルトン・ジョン。彼の最新ツアー“WONDERFUL CRAZY NIGHT TOUR”の新たなるマスター・ピースが登場です。
これまでもプロショット&サウンドボード『HYDE PARK 2016(Uxbridge 598)』や超絶クオリティ盤『BERLIN 2017(Wardour-244)』といった傑作群でレポートしてきましたが、本作もまた凄まじいクオリティの名作。「2017年12月14日モスクワ公演」の超極上オーディエンス・アルバムです。まずは、“WONDERFUL CRAZY NIGHT TOUR”全体像の中からショウのポジションをイメージしてみましょう。


これが現在までに公表されているツアー概要。当初は2017年で終わるかとも思われましたが、今年初夏の2公演も発表。近年では珍しいロングラン・ツアーの様相を呈してきました。そして、本作のモスクワ公演は2017年の最終盤。「欧州#5/中東#2」の8公演目にあたるコンサートです。ちなみに先述した『HYDE PARK 2016』は「欧州#2」、『BERLIN 2017』は「欧州#4」。今回のツアーはヨーロッパから傑作が続出しているわけです。
そんな本作最大の旨みは、凄まじいまでのハイクオリティ・サウンド。これまでは『BERLIN 2017』がツアー最高傑作に君臨しており、オーディエンス録音にも関わらずプレス化まで果たしました。しかし、本作のサウンドもまた、あの超傑作に迫る凄まじいクオリティなのです。冒頭、生々しい拍手が聞こえるためにオーディエンス録音と分かりますが、それ以降は客録であることを忘れる。クリスタル・クリアに輝く高音はどこまでも伸びに伸び、中音は豊かに鳴り、低音はどっしりと轟く。何よりも素晴らしいのはダイレクト感で、エルトンの歌声にわずかにエコー感を感じるものの、それがPAの出音自体なのか、会場音響なのか判別できず、楽器群に関してはまったく感じられない。それほどまでに自然で端正、それでいて細部までクッキリとした無距離感覚の名録音なのです。
そのサウンドで描かれる“WONDERFUL CRAZY NIGHT TOUR”の世界は、これまでと同じようでちょっと違う。ツアーが進むほどにセットに変化してきたわけですが、例えば超傑作『BERLIN 2017』と比べると終盤で「Burn Down The Mission」が落ちた代わりに、「Goodbye Yellow Brick Road」「Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word」がセットインしているのです。この2曲は11月にリリースされたばかりの『DIAMONDS』にも収録されており、そのためのセレクトかも知れません。
また、その2曲に続く「Your Song」こそがハイライト。実は、このショウの10日前にエルトンの母シーラ・フェアブラザーが亡くなりました(享年92歳)。近年のエルトンは母親と不和で7年間も音信不通。つい数ヶ月前にやっと和解したばかりの訃報でした。その翌日、エルトンが悲しみに暮れつつも追悼曲に選んだのが「Your Song」。母の家でバーニー・トーピンと書いた曲であり、そのときの想い出を込めて歌ったのです。本作でその話をするわけではありませんが、ここにはいつにも増して深く歌い込むエルトンがいるのです。

“WONDERFUL CRAZY NIGHT TOUR”開始から丸2年。再び登場したツアー最高傑作候補となる超極上盤です。『BERLIN 2017』とは違ってUxbridgeレーベルからのリリースとはなりましたが、それは“2本目”というインパクトの差でしかありません。もし『BERLIN 2017』よりも先に登場していたら間違いなく永久保存プレス化となっていたであろう超傑作。素晴らしいサウンド、素晴らしい曲、素晴らしい歌声……そのすべてが最上級に揃った1本。どうぞ、存分にお楽しみください。

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

Disc 2
1. Piano Solo 2. Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time)
3. Have Mercy on the Criminal 4. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 5. Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word
6. Your Song 7. Sad Songs (Say So Much) 8. Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me 9. I’m Still Standing
10. Crocodile Rock 11. Your Sister Can’t Twist (But She Can Rock ‘n Roll)
12. Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting 13. Candle in the Wind

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