Return To Forever / Santa Monica 1977 Mike Millard Master Tapes / 2CDR / Uxbridge
Live At Civic Auditorium Santa Monica CA USA 8th April 1977.
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The original master excavation of the legendary master Mike Millard, whose masterpieces and shocking works are excavated almost every week. The latest version of RETURN TO FOREVER is now available.
Speaking of mirrored, masterpieces of general, prog, and heavy rock come to mind, but in fact, jazz / fusion was also recorded. This work is also a masterpiece. This is a super-superior audience recording of “April 8, 1977: Santa Monica Performance” by RETURN TO FOREVER. Speaking of 1977, RETURN TO FOREVER, which has undergone a major member change, released the more funky final work “MUSICMAGIC”. Since there are many ambiguous points in the records at that time, I will omit the detailed schedule, but the Santa Monica performance of this work is three months after the release of “MUSICMAGIC”. The traditional official live work “LIVE: THE COMPLETE CONCERT” was produced on “May 20 + 21”, so it was a show that was one and a half months before that.
This work recorded on such a stage is a recording of beauty that melts your heart. If you have noticed this article, you may have experienced some mirrored recordings, but this work is a super masterpiece that maximizes its taste. Speaking of 1977, it was the heyday of Mirrored, which also produced “LISTEN TO THIS EDDIE”, and the venue with more listening-type spectators than rock was perfect for recording. The subtleties of each sound are as detailed as a studio work, but the stage has a mellow luster, and the prestigious “JEMS” that is working on the excavation of mirrors this time is wonderful to say “one of the best works” That’s right. As mentioned above, there is also an official work “LIVE: THE COMPLETE CONCERT” recently, but to be clear, this work has a deeper sound. This is no longer the dimension of “good sound for audience recording”. If you let an alien listen to this work, there is no doubt that you will wonder, “Isn’t it possible to record with good sound unless it is an audience recording?” It’s a mirrored magical sound.
And not only such performance sounds, but also the enthusiasm that erupts after each song is beautiful. Not only is it very real, but it is delicate and natural up to each applause. There is an impression that is driven by the wonderfulness of the performance, and it is possible to completely synchronize with the audience because you can experience it together with the best sound. I’m afraid that if you praise too much, it will be misunderstood that it is a recording with a strange balance, but in other words, I would like you to think that “every week it is too amazing and there are no more words” or “the compliment is so amazing that it seems stale”. .. The fact that you are impressed by the cheers and “something good” means that the essential performance is ridiculously amazing! It is.
And what is drawn with such a transcendental sound is a show that is similar to “LIVE: THE COMPLETE CONCERT”. Naturally, the improvisations are different, but the motif sets are also different. Let’s organize by comparing here.
● Music magic (all songs)
・ The Endless Night / The Musician / Hello Again / So Long Mickey Mouse / Musicmagic / Do You Ever (★)
● Others (6 songs)
・ I Loved You Then … I Love You Now (★) / Come Rain Or Come Shine / Serenade / The Moorish Warrior and the Spanish Princess / Spanish Fantasy / On Green Dolphin Street
* Note: “★” marks are songs that cannot be heard even on the official board “LIVE: THE COMPLETE CONCERT”.
… And it looks like this. The basic repertoire is very similar to “LIVE: THE COMPLETE CONCERT”, but by playing “Do You Ever” by Gayle Moran, which could not be heard even in the official 3-disc set, the album “MUSICMAGIC” 』All 6 songs are shown. Speaking of Moran, the title song “I Loved You Then … I Love You Now” of “Fairy Dance” is also a number that could not be heard in “LIVE: THE COMPLETE CONCERT”.
Another performance with a different expression at the same time as “LIVE: THE COMPLETE CONCERT”. It is a live album that you can enjoy it with the transcendent sound of legendary recorder Mike Millard. It is neither a substitute for the official work nor a subtext. The more you listen to that official work, the more you will be surprised at the goodness and depth of the sound, and you will be surprised at the “greatness of Millard” and “the possibility of audience recording”. Please enjoy it to your heart’s content.
★ Mirrored Master. It is a miraculous ultra-high sound quality recording.