Eric Clapton / Worchester 1985 / 2CD / Beano
The Centrum, Worcester, MA, USA 26th June 1985 STEREO SBD
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This week, we will reissue another famous sound source of Eric Clapton. This is a press 2CD that completely recorded the performance of Worcester, Massachusetts from the second leg of “Behind the Sun American Tour” in 1985 with the finest stereo sound board recording. Speaking of the 1985 tour, it was an impressive tour that Clapton almost overcame alcoholism and played with a fearless appearance. This sound source was once released by our shop as a directly imported title “HUNGER BURNING” in 2010, but the title was very popular due to its high quality and sold out early. Originally a source of PA out, the sound image at the time of 2010 had a narrow range and made me feel the times, so this time, I thoroughly expanded the range suitable for 2020 and remastered it for easy listening. It will be an up version release. Very clear, well-balanced sound, and no complaints about stereo separation. It’s a great mix of Jamie Oldaker’s tom-toms flowing from right to left. Moreover, there are no cuts or missing songs that are common in PA outs, and the quality is recommended for everyone because it is a complete recording.[Charm of the second leg whose set list has been changed] This performance was the 5th performance of the second leg of the American Tour. Here, let’s clarify the position of this performance in this year in chronological order.
・ February 28-March 15, 1985: Europe tour including England
During this time, ≪March 1, 1985: Album “BEHIND THE SUN” released≫
・ April 9th to May 3rd, 1985: National Tour, First Leg
・ May 8, 1985: US music live program Late Night With David Letterman appearance
・ June 21-July 27, 1985: US Open, Second Leg ← ★ Coco ★
・ October 5th to 11th, 1985: 6th Japan Tour
・ October 14-November 6, 1985: Short-term European tour after visiting Alaska and London
・ 1985 December 3-23: Off for the time being, but during this time, jump into concerts by Buddy Guy & Junior Wells, Sting, Gary Brooker, Dire Straits, etc. and stand on stage
The recording was completed the previous year, and it was a year spent promoting the album “BEHIND THE SUN” released on March 1st, but this performance went around the largest market, the United States. It was the final step of the tour. You can see that Clapton had two tours with a particular focus on the United States to make the ambitious work a hit. By visiting the United States twice, splitting the legs, each leg became attractive. The set list has changed. The second leg features the cream classic White Room for the first time in 17 years, and playing Badge and Let It Rain in a medley. The former was triggered by his appearance on the American television program “David Letterman Show” on May 8. In response to the aspirations of Paul Schaffer, the show’s music director, he played the White Room with the show’s house band for the first time in 17 years (the house band was drummed by Steve Jordan, who later supported Clapton. I was enrolled in). Clapton, who was satisfied with this result, set in this song from the tour second leg.
There were four new songs from the album (Same Old Blues, Tangled In Love, She’s Waiting, Forever Man). Even if it is one of the representative songs, it is not inferior to the listener, and all of them are wonderful performances. Nowadays, it is a number that can no longer be expected to be set in, so you can feel the spirit of Clapton at the time when he was burning with the new song. As a second leg, it is also the earliest sound source to listen to Marcella Detroit’s featuring number She Loves You on a schedule. Mercy’s song was replaced by Something Is Wrong With My Baby at this time. Clapton has announced that “I’m leaving the stage, but I’ll be featuring Marcella Detroit,” so I can’t listen to Clapton’s play, but in this slow-tempo arranged Beatles number, Chris Stainton. Mercy’s skill in singing with only Stinton’s piano and Tim Renwick’s chord-decomposing arpeggio play in the background stands out. Meanwhile, Sean Murphy (later joined as lead vocalist for Little Feat) featured number Steppin’Out, where Clapton remained on stage for a sharp solo. Even in such a variety of sets, Clapton has a minor blues called Double Trouble, so it can be said that it was a set list that conveys the charm of Clapton in a well-balanced manner with representative songs, new songs, and blues. Let’s do it.
This work can be asserted as one of the representative sound sources of “Behind the Sun American Tour”. It will be released as a limited press CD with a sticker with a serial number, so please order as soon as possible.
★★ Only with the numbered sticker of the new work “WORCESTER 1985”, the official live board “LIVE ’85: JAPANESE” that captured the Hartford performance on May 1 from the same “Behind The Sun” US tour with outstanding professional shot video “LASER DISC” is specially attached. A piece created from a precious Japanese laser disc (unofficial DVD).
★ Limited press DVD has ended. From No.81, it will be a DVDR with the same contents.