Faces / Copenhagen 1974 / 1CD

Faces / Copenhagen 1974 / 1CD / Wardour

Live At Tivolis Koncertsal, Copenhagen, Denmark, 18th October 1974

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The second 1974 THE FACES, where Tetsu Yamauchi welcomed the last European tour. The finest sound board album is newly discovered. It is an urgent, permanent preservation press decision.
This was recorded in the “Copenhagen performance on October 18, 1974”. It is the stereo sound board recording. Speaking of 1974, the live album “COAST TO COAST”, Rod Stewart’s “SMILER”, and Ron Wood’s “I’VE GOT MY OWN ALBUM TO DO” ​​were released, and the legendary first visit to Japan was also realized. Furthermore, the official video “LAST CONCERT” was also left, and it was a year with many topics. First of all, let’s review the schedule at that time and confirm the position of the show, even in the sense of knowing such a situation.

<<January 10 “COAST TO COAST” release>>
・January 27-February 9: Oceania (7 performances)
・February 15-20: Japan (4 performances)
・February 28: Indianapolis performance
・July 6th + August 17th: Europe #1 (2 performances)
<<September 13 “I’VE GOT MY OWN ALBUM TO DO” ​​release>>
・September 13th-October 6th: Europe #2 (4 performances)
<< October 4, “SMILER” release >>
・October 18-24: Northern Europe (3 performances) ←★Coco★
・November 15-December 23: UK (10 performances) ← *Official video

This is 1974 THE FACES. They will be active until the following year 1975, but only the North American tour for the last year. The last show in Europe was 1974. However, rather than a large-scale tour, it was a few performances with the release of each solo album in between, and the Copenhagen performance of this work was the first day of the Northern Europe 3 performances of Akiguchi (By the way, the official video “LAST CONCERT” is in the UK. It was the last day of the tour).
For such a show, the existence of sound board recording has been rumored for a long time. It seems that it was distributed among some core collectors in the early 2000s, but generally it is not distributed. While being asked, “Does it really exist?” However, in 2020, that legend changed into reality. It was released by a collector who actually got it in the early 2000s, when the rumor went up. What’s more, it appeared as an upgrade master that took a long time to revise and correct!
The quality is just a shock. Although the detailed origin is still unknown, the mix that can hardly hear lively and cheers is a direct table type. It has a slightly vintage feel, but in the 70’s it was exceptionally fresh, and untouched live music was poured into the brain with plenty of closeness. It’s a stereo sound board with 100% synchronized feeling that 5 people from THE FACES are living in their heads.
Moreover, this work is the highest peak board that further refined such a new excavation master. It seems that the overseas collectors who excavated also performed treatments such as fixing the gap between tracks, but it was not yet complete with the master published online. Of course, if you repeat the process, the natural sound will be spoiled, so there is no touch for the sound and sound quality. Only the disorder of the master was corrected thoroughly. There are various points, but there are two major points. First, the pitch. It seems that the overseas enthusiasts have also been fixed, and there was certainly no random disorder, but I still adjusted the misalignment of about 1/3 of a semitone. The other is a high-sided one-sided channel. Although it was not a fatal defect in sound quality, the left and right channels tended to be out of balance. In this work, the balance was adjusted step by step, resulting in a sound that is even and smooth to listen to overall.
A show with such a sound is a show that makes the latter part of THE FACES unique. First of all, it is a set, but the recording time of this work is about 64 minutes, which is much longer than “COAST TO COAST”. The endings of “Angel” and “Borstal Boys” and the cuts at the beginning of “Stay With Me” are not complete recordings, but you can enjoy plenty of famous songs that cannot be heard on the traditional official album. Let’s organize the songs while comparing them here.

● Every Picture Tells A Story
・(I Know) I’m Losing You (★)/Every Picture Tells A Story (★)/Maggie May (★)
● Nembutsu in the ear of a horse
・Memphis, Tennessee(★)/Too Bad/Stay With Me
● Never A Dull Moment
・I’d Rather Go Blind/Angel/You Wear It Well (★)
● Other
Woo La La: Borstal Boys
・Smiler: Sweet Little Rock’n Roller (★)
・Me and friends: Take A Look At The Guy (★)
*Note: The “★” marks are songs that cannot be heard on the traditional version “COAST TO COAST”.

…And this is how it looks. There are 7 repertoires that I can’t hear on “COAST TO COAST”, especially “(I Know) I’m Losing You”, “Every Picture Tells A Story”, and Chuck Berry’s cover “Memphis, Tennessee”. It’s a delicious number that you can’t hear even in “LAST CONCERT”. As a whole, Ron can also enjoy lead vocals in “Take A Look At The Guy”, with the wide range selected from “I’VE GOT MY OWN ALBUM TO DO” ​​and “SMILER” just released.
And the show’s wood that penetrates such a set is fully opened in the latter period. Both the rhythm and the nori are brilliant, and the rod is in a good mood between the songs. Sometimes the talk is meaningless, but maybe it was a little too much alcohol on this day. Of course, it wasn’t crumbled by drunkenness, but it created the goodness of the paste, and the pleasant mood made the groove flexible.
Later THE FACES, where solo activities became more active and were heading towards collapse. A stereo soundboard recording that I could not know by rumor only brushed up and finally appeared in front of us. An amazing new excavation where you can enjoy shows that are different from “COAST TO COAST” and “LAST CONCERT” with the highest quality. Please enjoy the permanent preservation press CD to your heart’s content.

(Remastered memo)
★Corrected a pitch 30% higher than a semitone. Adjusting the left-right balance.

山内テツを迎え、最後のヨーロッパ・ツアーを実施していた1974年の後期THE FACES。その極上サウンドボード・アルバムが新発掘。緊急、永久保存プレス化決定です。
そんな本作が記録されたのは「1974年10月18日コペンハーゲン公演」。そのステレオ・サウンドボード録音です。1974年と言えば、ライヴアルバム『COAST TO COAST』やロッド・スチュワートの『SMILER』、ロン・ウッドの『I’VE GOT MY OWN ALBUM TO DO』がリリースされ、伝説の初来日も実現。さらには公式映像『LAST CONCERT』も残されるなど、トピックの多い1年でした。まずは、そんな状況を知る意味でも、まずは当時のスケジュールを振り返ってショウのポジションを確かめてみましょう。

《1月10日『COAST TO COAST』発売》

これが1974年のTHE FACES。彼らは翌1975年まで活動を続けますが、最後の1年は北米ツアーのみ。欧州でのショウは1974年が最後でした。ただ、大規模ツアーと言うよりは各ソロアルバムのリリースを挟みながら数公演ずつという感じであり、本作のコペンハーゲン公演は秋口の北欧3公演の初日でした(ちなみに公式映像『LAST CONCERT』は英国ツアーの最終日でした)。
そのクオリティは、まさに衝撃。詳しい出自は未だに不明なものの、生々しくも歓声もほとんど聞こえないミックスは言わば卓直結タイプ。ややヴィンテージ感もありますが、70年代にしては破格の鮮度で手の加えられていない生演奏がド密着感たっぷりに脳みそに注ぎ込まれる。脳内がステージになると言うか、THE FACESの5人が頭の中に棲み着いているようなシンクロ感100%のステレオ・サウンドボードなのです。
そんなサウンドで描かれるのは、後期THE FACESらしさがハジけるショウ。まずセットですが、本作の収録時間は約64分で『COAST TO COAST』よりも遙かに長尺。「Angel」「Borstal Boys」のエンディングや「Stay With Me」冒頭にカットもあるので完全収録ではありませんが、伝統の公式盤では聴けない名曲もたっぷりと楽しめます。ここで比較しながら曲目を整理してみましょう。

・(I Know) I’m Losing You(★)/Every Picture Tells A Story(★)/Maggie May(★)
・Memphis, Tennessee(★)/Too Bad/Stay With Me
・I’d Rather Go Blind/Angel/You Wear It Well(★)
・ウー・ラ・ラ:Borstal Boys
・スマイラー:Sweet Little Rock’n Roller(★)
・俺と仲間:Take A Look At The Guy(★)
※注:「★」印は伝統盤『COAST TO COAST』で聴けない曲。

……と、このようになっています。『COAST TO COAST』で聴けないレパートリーは7曲に及び、特に「(I Know) I’m Losing You」や「Every Picture Tells A Story」、それにチャック・ベリーのカバー「Memphis, Tennessee」辺りは『LAST CONCERT』でも聴けない美味しいナンバーです。全体的にもリリースされたばかりの『I’VE GOT MY OWN ALBUM TO DO』『SMILER』からもセレクトされた幅広さが目立ち、「Take A Look At The Guy」ではロンがリード・ヴォーカルも楽しめます。
ソロ活動が活発化していき、崩壊へと向かっていた後期THE FACES。噂だけで知る由のなかったステレオ・サウンドボード録音がブラッシュアップして遂に私たちの前に現れました。『COAST TO COAST』や『LAST CONCERT』とも異なるショウを極上クオリティで楽しめる驚異の新発掘。どうぞ、永久保存プレスCDで存分にご堪能ください。


1. (I Know) I’m Losing You
2. Drum Solo
3. Memphis
4. Too Bad
5. Every Picture Tells A Story
6. I’d Rather Go Blind
7. Angel
8. Stay With Me
9. Take A Look At The Guy
10. You Wear It Well
11. Maggie May
12. Sweet Little Rock ‘N’ Roller
13. Borstal Boys

Rod Stewart – Vocals
Ron Wood – Guitar, Vocals
Ian McLagan – Keyboards, Vocals
Kenny Jones – Drums
Tetsu Yamauchi – Bass Guitar


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