Faces / Definitive San Bernardino 1975 / 1CD

Faces / Definitive San Bernardino 1975 / 1CD / Wardour
Live at Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino, CA, USA 7th March 1975.  STEREO SBD

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The classic superb stereo sound board that has symbolized late FACES for many years has been brushed up to the ultimate. Appears on a permanent preservation press CD.

[The ultimate form reached the end of evolutionary history] “The traditional recording was recorded on March 7, 1975 in San Bernardino.” Yes, this is the ultimate version of that super famous sound board. In the history of recording that has followed the history of rock, symbolic works that are more important and famous than official works are sometimes born. It could be an audience recording by Mike Millard, or an FM soundboard recording when it was released from the official. Such records have been loved as a classic since ancient times, and are upgraded in various ways over time. The length becomes longer, the generation becomes younger, and it is polished with precise mastering. It looks like an official work that repeats the demastered edition and the remastered version of the master sound.
The sound board recording of this San Bernardino performance is also one of those “symbols beyond official”. It is a sound board album that symbolizes late FACES and is loved more than official works. In fact, this recording has been upgraded over time. The biggest change was in 2007. The master who also recorded “Take A Look At The Guy”, “I Can Feel The Fire”, and “Angel”, which had not been heard before, was excavated and the longest record was greatly updated. The standard up to that point was changed at once. However, the upgrade was not over. Eight years later, in 2015, the master of stereo, “I Can Feel The Fire”, “You Wear It Well”, and “Maggie May”, which were mono in the longest master, appeared on the Wardor label. The longest live album “SAN BERNARDINO 1975” was born without switching between monaural and stereo. Of course, “SAN BERNARDINO 1975” was sold out and discontinued. Apparently, it seemed to be the best master that still exists, and no more than 4 years have passed since then.
And the history of such upgrades will arrive at this work. It is the ultimate board that has been refined with the latest and meticulous mastering of the master “SAN BERNARDINO 1975”. Although it was completely official since the last edition “SAN BERNARDINO 1975”, the sound quality itself is the original sound itself. The truth of Master was recorded as it was. On the other hand, this work pursued the possibility. The treble, middle and heavy bass are finely tuned, and the overall balance is adjusted after drawing out the good sound. Needless to say the exact pitch, the left and right stereo balance, which had been subtly collapsed depending on the song, was also unified. As a result, the born sound is even clearer and more dynamic, even though it does not make any sound pressure. The vocal of the rod, which was slightly retracted, comes to the front, and the whole is clearly visible. Of course, there is no crushed detail, and the natural beauty has not lost any fine dust. Although it has not been processed so as to be “a different thing” because it pays close attention not to pollute the original sound, that is why it achieves the ultimate sound suitable for the ultimate master.

[Show that symbolizes late FACES] Such “extreme sound” is drawn by the late FACES Daimyo performance with Tetsu Yamauchi. Talking about the contents of such a big classic is a bit regrettable, but it’s also a good opportunity, so let’s organize the set.

● A NOD IS AS GOOD AS A WINK… (2 songs)
・ Too Bad, Stay With Me
・ (I Know) I’m Losing You (Tempations), Every Picture Tells A Story, Maggie May
・ I’d Rather Go Blind (Etta James), Angel (Jimi Hendrix), You Wear It Well, Twistin ‘The Night Away (Sam Cook)
● SMILER (2 songs)
・ Bring It On Home To You / You Send Me (Sam Cook), Sweet Little Rock’n Roller (Chuck Berry)
・ Take A Look At The Guy, I Can Feel The Fire
● Other (2 songs)
・ Motherless Children (Traditional), Gasoline Alley (GASOLINE ALLEY)

… and it looks like this. Incorporated from Rod Stewart and Ron Wood’s solo works, it is truly diverse. The flow from “I’d Rather Go Blind” to “Too Bad / Every Picture Tells A Story”, “Angel” and “Stay With Me” is reminiscent of “COAST TO COAST”, but there is no other covering. . Clapton’s famous “Motherless Children” also shines as a name recording stamp.
And the performance itself is wonderful. There was a show that became drunk and drunk like the autumn tour that was just before the dissolution of late FACES, but this work is totally different. Perhaps because of the premise of broadcasting, there was a sense of tension in the war of everyone, and yet the unique loose paste was really rich. And Rod Stewart & Ron Wood riding a rich groove feeling unique to the latter period is really dazzling. Both giant heads, which increased their shine as stars every day, complement each other while confronting each other. It ’s a masterpiece of British rock.
単 に Whether you are willing to put it out or whether you are on the record company’s sales plan. If you miss that speculation, no matter what the masterpiece or masterpiece, even if it surpasses the official work, it will not appear on the stage. This work is the ultimate form of a traditional sound board that can’t help but feel the boundary between such official and informal. I want to touch the record of the apex without being seized by official / informal just because the rock has sublimated into “history of music” beyond fashion and customs. A British rock cultural heritage album that fulfills that desire. Please enjoy the full preservation press CD.

(Remastered memo)
★ Super high-quality sound, alleviating the muffled midrange, and the vocals that seemed somewhat retracted to the foreground, while the whole is clear.

★ The left / right balance was adjusted so that the first five songs were slightly left.


このサンバーナーディーノ公演のサウンドボード録音もまた、そんな“オフィシャル以上の象徴”の1つ。後期FACESを象徴し、公式作品よりも愛されているサウンドボード・アルバムなのです。実際、この録音も長い歴史の中でアップグレードを重ねてきました。特に大きかったのは2007年に起きた大変化。それまで聴けなかった「Take A Look At The Guy」「I Can Feel The Fire」「Angel」も収録したマスターが発掘され、最長記録を大幅に更新。一気にそれまでの基準が塗り替えられました。しかし、それでもアップグレードは終わらなかった。さらに8年後の2015年には、最長マスターではモノラルだった「I Can Feel The Fire」「You Wear It Well」「Maggie May」もステレオのマスターがWardourレーベルから登場。最長のまま、モノラル←→ステレオの切り替えもないライヴアルバム『SAN BERNARDINO 1975』が誕生したのです。もちろん、『SAN BERNARDINO 1975』は大人気のうちに完売・廃盤。どうやら現存するベスト・マスターだったらしく、それ以降4年を経た現在でも超える物が現れませんでした。
そして、そんなアップグレードの歴史は本作にたどり着く。究極とされてきた『SAN BERNARDINO 1975』マスターを最新・細心マスタリングで磨き込んだ究極盤なのです。前回盤『SAN BERNARDINO 1975』からして完全オフィシャル級ではありましたが、その音質自体は原音そのもの。マスターの真実をありのままに記録していました。それに対し、本作はその可能性を追究した。高音・中音・重低音をそれぞれ細かく整え、鳴りの良さを引き出した上でトータルでのバランスも調整。正確なピッチは言うに及ばず、曲によっては微妙に崩れていた左右のステレオ・バランスも全編ビシッと統一しました。その結果、生まれたサウンドは無闇矢鱈な音圧稼ぎなど一切していないのに、さらにクリアでダイナミック。多少引っ込み気味だったロッドのヴォーカルも前面に出ると同時に、全体も鮮明に感じられる。もちろん細部に至るまで潰れもなく、ナチュラルな美しさは微塵も失われていない。原音を汚さないよう細心の注意を払っているために「まるで別物」となるほど加工してはいませんが、だからこそ究極のマスターに相応しい至高のサウンドを実現しているのです。


・Too Bad、Stay With Me
・(I Know) I’m Losing You(テンプテーションズ)、Every Picture Tells A Story、Maggie May
・I’d Rather Go Blind(エタ・ジェイムズ)、Angel(ジミ・ヘンドリックス)、You Wear It Well、Twistin’ The Night Away(サム・クック)
・Bring It On Home To Me/You Send Me(サム・クック)、Sweet Little Rock’n Roller(チャック・ベリー)
・Take A Look At The Guy、I Can Feel The Fire
・Motherless Children(トラディショナル)、Gasoline Alley(GASOLINE ALLEY)

……と、このようになっています。ロッド・スチュワートやロン・ウッドのソロ作品からも取り入れられ、実に多彩。中盤「I’d Rather Go Blind」から「Too Bad/Every Picture Tells A Story」「Angel」「Stay With Me」と続く流れは『COAST TO COAST』を彷彿とさせますが、それ以外に被りはない。クラプトンでも有名な「Motherless Children」も名録音の刻印として輝いています。



1. Take A Look At The Guy
2. I’m Losing You
3. Bring It On Home To Me / You Send Me
4. Sweet Little Rock ‘n Roller
5. I’d Rather Go Blind
6. Too Bad / Every Picture Tells A Story
7. Angel
8. Stay With Me
9. Motherless Children
10. Gasoline Alley
11. Stay With Me
12. I Can Feel The Fire
13. You Wear It Well
14. Maggie May
15. Twistin’ The Night Away

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




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