Jeff Beck With Stanley Clarke / Osaka 1978 2nd Night / 2CDR

Jeff Beck With Stanley Clarke / Osaka 1978 2nd Night / 2CDR / Uxbridge

Translated Text:

Live At Koseinenkin Kaikan, Tokyo, Japan 29th January 1978.

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Jeff Beck, the third Japan tour took place with accompanying Stanley Clarke. A new name recording that conveys the scene appears.
What is engraved on the new recording is “November 29, 1978: Osaka Health Pension Center” performance. This week, we also released press 2CD super masterpiece “DEFINITIVE NAGOYA 1978 (Wardour-286)” at the same time. First of all, let’s check the positional relationship between the two in the schedule of the time.

· November 20th: Ibaragi Prefectural Cultural Center
· November 22nd: Ishikawa Kosei Pension Center
· November 23: Kurashiki City Hall
· November 24th: Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium
· November 26: Nagoya City Auditorium “DEFINITIVE NAGOYA 1978”
· November 28: Nippon Steel Otani Stadium
· November 29: Osaka Health Pension Center 【this work】
· November 30 – December 2: Nippon Budokan (3 performances)

Over all, 10 performances. Highlights were three consecutive performances at Nippon Budokan, but the Osaka performance of this work was a show in the latter half of the tour which is the one before that. Actually, this is delicious. Because the member’s change took place just before coming to Japan in 1978, the first few performances are not in regular condition, basically the latter half is better. This work is an uploading show that stepped on the accelerator toward Nippon Budokan.
Such Osaka 2 public performance ever, two kinds of recordings such as “OSAKA 1978 DAY 2 (Masterport – 059)” have been known, but this work is completely different from them. It is the third masterpiece recording. In fact, the sound of this work is as splendid as a radio sound source. Direct feeling with almost no sense of distance is excellent, roughly on core wicked without time lag, details are detailed. While a vintage feeling drifts in the ring, the cheers are also felt far from the nearby performance sound. Whether the orientation of the microphone has changed or not “Diamond Dust” to “Scatterbrain” mid-range sound quality will change, so it is understood that there is no mistake in the audience, it sounds as if listening to air check recording of AM broadcasting.
The point unique to the new master is the point of tape change. Although it is inevitable lacking only at the time of cassette recording at that time, the timing of the tape change is also different because it is different recording from the previous episode. So in this work we were able to realize a full live album that supplements the missing part with the previous departure and seamlessly enjoying the full show.
The show drawn with such quality is also wonderful. As mentioned earlier, this tour was full of unanimburs as the number of places increased and the whole show was substantial. This work has plenty of taste. “Freeway Jam” with enthusiasm, “School Days” with bass solo terrible, “Lopsy Lu” where Jeff’s slide is clear, “Rock’n’Roll Jelly” where two leading characters play a fiery battle, and so on. You can taste plenty of ensemble that has been doing well. Among them, a little interesting is after “Cat Moves”. Jeff is playing the riff of “Superstition” in a flickering manner, but the audience responding to it flutters and a grand applause occurs. After all, it is only that, I wonder if there was anything that comes with a pin in this reaction, at the Nippon Budokan 3DAYS from the next day the “Superstition” was played at the final encore.

On the way, due to the instability that the sound changes, the permanent preservation press has missed, but it is a wonderful sound that I can not imagine jumping over the 40-year-old space-time. It is a masterpiece live album where Jeff is able to enjoy the full-length performance, which has raised the condition with a direct feeling like it is in front of my eyes. Even if the vertex work “DEFINITIVE NAGOYA 1978” is terrible, it is the scene of 1978 which can not be exhausted with only one. Please please enjoy this work as well as this work altogether.

その新録音に刻まれているのは「1978年11月29日:大阪厚生年金会館」公演。今週はプレス2CDの超傑作『DEFINITIVE NAGOYA 1978(Wardour-286)』も同時リリース。まずは、当時の日程で両者の位置関係を確認しておきましょう。

・11月26日:名古屋市公会堂『DEFINITIVE NAGOYA 1978』
・11月29日:大阪厚生年金会館 【本作】

そんな大阪2公演目は、これまで『OSAKA 1978 DAY2(Masterport-059)』など2種類の録音が知られてきましたが、本作はそれらとはまったく別。3つめの傑作録音なのです。実際、本作のサウンドはまるでラジオ音源のような素晴らしさ。距離感もほとんどないダイレクト感が絶品で、逞しくオンな芯が時間差なく轟き、ディテールも詳細。鳴りにはヴィンテージ感が漂いつつも、歓声も間近な演奏音よりも遠くに感じられる。マイクの向きが変わったのか「Diamond Dust」から「Scatterbrain」中盤まで音質が変化するのでオーディエンスに間違いないと分かるのですが、まるでAM放送のエアチェック録音を聴いているようなサウンドなのです。
そんなクオリティで描かれるショウがまた素晴らしい。先述した通り、このツアーは場数を踏むほどにアンアンブルがこなれ、ショウ全体が充実していきました。本作は、その旨みがたっぷり。熱の入った「Freeway Jam」、ベースソロが凄絶な「School Days」、ジェフのスライドが冴える「Lopsy Lu」、主役2人が白熱のバトルを繰り広げる「Rock’n’Roll Jelly」等々。調子を上げてきたアンサンブルがたっぷりと味わえるのです。そんな中でちょっと面白いのは「Cat Moves」の後。ジェフが「Superstition」のリフをチラッと演奏するのですが、それに反応した観客がどよめき、盛大な拍手が起こる。結局、それだけなのですが、この反応にピンと来るものがあったのか、翌日からの日本武道館3DAYSでは最終アンコールで「Superstition」が演奏されるようになったのです。

途中、音が変化する不安定さもあるために永久保存プレスは逃しましたが、40年の時空を飛び越えたとは思えない素晴らしいサウンド。まるでジェフが目の前にいるようなダイレクト感で、調子を上げていった名演が全編楽しめる傑作ライヴアルバムです。頂点作『DEFINITIVE NAGOYA 1978』が如何に凄まじくとも、1本だけでは語り尽くせない1978年の現場。どうぞ、本作も合わせて存分にお楽しみください。

Disc 1 (42:05)
1. Darkness/Earth In Search Of A Sun 2. Star Cycle 3. Freeway Jam 4. Cat Moves
5. Stanley Clarke Solo/School Days 6. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat 7. Journey To Love

Disc 2 (40:23)
1. Lopsy Lu 2. Diamond Dust 3. Scatterbrain incl. Drums Solo 4. Rock ‘n’ Roll Jelly
5. Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers 6. Blue Wind

Jeff Beck – Guitar Stanley Clarke – Bass Tony Hymas – Keyboards Simon Phillips – Drums


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