Roger Waters / Definitive Osaka 2002 2nd Night / 3CD

Roger Waters / Definitive Osaka 2002 2nd Night / 3CD / Sigma
Live at Koseinekin Kaikan, Osaka, Japan 26th March 2002

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Roger Waters’ visit to Japan in 2002, where the originator’s FLOYD number echoed. Two titles will be released at the same time as the original recording that records the miracle tour that will probably be the last in Japan. Both of those two works are live albums from the Osaka performance, but this work is the second one. This is the finest audience recording of “March 26, 2002: Osaka Welfare Pension Hall” performance.
I will give the outline of the activities at that time to the explanation of the sister work “DEFINITIVE OSAKA 2002 1st Night (Sigma 247)”, so let’s only keep the collection organized here.

・March 25: Osaka Welfare Pension Hall “DEFINITIVE OSAKA 2002 1st Night”
・March 26: Osaka Welfare Pension Hall ←★This work★
・March 28: Tokyo International Forum “COMPLETE FORUM NIGHTS”
・March 30: Tokyo International Forum “COMPLETE FORUM NIGHTS”
・March 31: Tokyo International Forum “COMPLETE FORUM NIGHTS”

Above, all 5 performances. In this way, the two releases that will be released this week at the same time are sister works that permanently preserve 2DAYS at the same venue in Osaka, but more specifically, the show is not the only sister. As I mentioned in the explanation of “1st Night”, the masterpiece that recorded these two works was a series of masterpieces of permanent preservation class in Osaka at that time. It is also two works recorded by such a master every day at the same equipment and venue.
Actually, the sound of this work is the finest product as depicted in the picture. Although the sound quality of the snare and the lively applause have the taste of audience recording, the clarity is clear, the details are vivid, and the texture is on FM broadcasting grade. If you close your eyes, the space of the Osaka Welfare Pension Hall will come to your mind, and if you concentrate on the headphones, each member’s facial expression and even the hands will form an image in the brain. It is a truly beautiful recording.
And, if this work is the only one, this is all that is necessary, but this time, two works are released simultaneously. Originally, I would like you to enjoy it together, but if you dare to make a difference because of selection criteria, it can be said that “1st Night” specializes in “glow” and the second day (this work) is “rich” Or? For example, base. The air feeling of “1st Night” is crystal clear, so the attack sound is good and the series draws a vivid line. On the other hand, this work has a fine vibe in the sound component following the attack sound, and you can enjoy a rich groove feeling. In other words, the sound of “1st Night” is amazingly beautiful, and this work is soothing. As you immerse yourself in the performance as you immerse yourself, you will be able to notice the finely recorded fine details, which will arouse your concentration.
And, such rich sound is depicted as a treasure trove of FLOYD numbers that swung the atmosphere of Japan 18 years ago. This tour is also left as the official work “IN THE FLESH: LIVE”, but the set is different because the Japanese performances are at different times. Here, let’s organize while comparing.

● DISC 1: Part 1
・The Wall: In The Flesh/The Happiest Days Of Our Lives/Another Brick In The Wall Part 2/Mother
・Final Cut: Get Your Filthy Hands Off My Desert/Southampton Dock
・Animals: Pigs On The Wing Part 1/Dogs
・Fire: Shine On You Crazy Diamond Part 1-5 (★)/Welcome To The Machine/Wish You Were Here/Shine On You Crazy Diamond Part 6-9 (★)
● DISC 2: Part 2
・Mystery: Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
・Insanity (1): Speak To Me/Breathe (In The Air)/Time/Breathe (Reprise)/Money
・Hitchhiking pros and cons: 5:06 AM (Every Stranger’s Eyes)
・Death game: Perfect Sense Part 1/Perfect Sense Part 2/The Bravery Of Being Out Of Range/It’s A Miracle/Amused To Death
・Insanity (2): Brain Damage/Eclipse
● DISC 3: Encore
・The Wall: Comfortably Numb
・New song: Flickering Flame (★)
*Note: “★” indicates songs that cannot be heard on the official “IN THE FLESH: LIVE” and different arrangements.

……And thus the show has a “two-part + encore” structure. The official edition “IN THE FLESH: LIVE” was forcing “Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun” into the disc 1 for the reason that it fits in a two-disc set, but this work was divided into sections. It is fully recorded in a set of three. The first part (DISC 1) was selected the best from the latter half from “flame” to “final cut”, and the second part (DISC 2) consisted of a sound number of the solo number “madness”. A Roger-like show that values ​​the concept.
Among them, the suite “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” has a remarkable difference from the official version. In “IN THE FLESH: LIVE”, “Parts 1 to 8” were played all at once, but in Japan performance, they were separated into “Parts 1 to 5” and “Parts 6 to 9” according to the album. As a result, he plays “Have A Cigar Nuki’s “Fire”” in the order of the songs. Another point is encore. The new song “Flickering Flame”, which became the title of the best edition released after coming to Japan, is also shown.

“THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON LIVE”, “THE WALL LIVE”, “US + THEM TOUR”… Roger Waters who did not come to Japan while making the world a wonderful tour afterwards. Although it cannot be said that there will be no visit with the newly announced “THIS IS NOT A DRILL”, it will still be difficult. This work is a live album that allows you to experience the scene of 2002, which was the feast of the PINK FLOYD number, to the best solo visit to Japan. No matter how you listen to your sister’s work, you’ll definitely want another one. Please fully enjoy it.

当時の活動概要は姉妹作『DEFINITIVE OSAKA 2002 1st Night(Sigma 247)』の解説に譲るとして、ここではコレクションの整理だけに留めておきしょう。

・3月25日:大阪厚生年金会館『DEFINITIVE OSAKA 2002 1st Night』
・3月26日:大阪厚生年金会館 ←★本作★
・3月28日:東京国際フォーラム『COMPLETE FORUM NIGHTS』
・3月30日:東京国際フォーラム『COMPLETE FORUM NIGHTS』
・3月31日:東京国際フォーラム『COMPLETE FORUM NIGHTS』

以上、全5公演。このように今週同時リリースとなる2作は、大阪での同会場2DAYSを永久保存する姉妹作なのですが、更に言えば姉妹なのはショウだけではない。『1st Night』の解説でも触れましたが、この2作を記録したのは、当時の大阪で永久保存級の名作を連発していた名匠。そんな達人が同機材・同会場で連日録音した2作でもあるのです。
と、本作だけならこれだけで良いのですが、今回は2作の同時リリース。本来であれば併せてお楽しみ頂きたいところですが、あえて選択基準のために違いを挙げるなら『1st Night』は「輝き」に特化し、2日目(本作)は「リッチ」と言えるでしょうか。例えば、ベース。『1st Night』の空気感はクリスタル・クリアなためにアタック音がよくヌケ、その連なりが鮮やかなラインを描いていく。それに対して本作はアタック音に続く鳴り成分に細やかなヴァイヴが感じられ、グルーヴ感を豊かに味わえる。さらに言い換えますと『1st Night』のサウンドは美しさに驚くタイプで、本作は心地よく浸っていくタイプ。浸っているうちにどんどん演奏にのめり込むと見事に記録された微細部に気づかされ、さらに集中力を掻き立てられる……そんな味わいのサウンドなのです。
そして、そんなリッチ・サウンドで描かれるのは、18年前に日本の大気を振るわせたFLOYDナンバーの宝庫。このツアーは公式作『IN THE FLESH: LIVE』としても残されていますが、日本公演は時期が違うためにセットも異なる。ここでは比較しながら整理してみましょう。

●DISC 1:第一部
・ザ・ウォール:In The Flesh/The Happiest Days Of Our Lives/Another Brick In The Wall Part 2/Mother
・ファイナルカット:Get Your Filthy Hands Off My Desert/Southampton Dock
・アニマルズ:Pigs On The Wing Part 1/Dogs
・炎:Shine On You Crazy Diamond Part 1-5(★)/Welcome To The Machine/Wish You Were Here/Shine On You Crazy Diamond Part 6-9(★)
●DISC 2:第二部
・神秘:Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
・狂気(その1):Speak To Me/Breathe (In The Air)/Time/Breathe (Reprise)/Money
・ヒッチハイクの賛否両論:5:06 AM (Every Stranger’s Eyes)
・死滅遊戯:Perfect Sense Part 1/Perfect Sense Part 2/The Bravery Of Being Out Of Range/It’s A Miracle/Amused To Death
・狂気(その2):Brain Damage/Eclipse
●DISC 3:アンコール
・ザ・ウォール:Comfortably Numb
・新曲:Flickering Flame(★)
※注:「★」印は公式盤『IN THE FLESH: LIVE』では聴けない曲や異なるアレンジ。

……と、このようにショウは「二部構成+アンコール」構成となっています。公式盤『IN THE FLESH: LIVE』は2枚組に収めるためか、「Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun」を無理矢理ディスク1にねじ込んでいましたが、本作はそれぞれセクション毎に分けられた3枚組でフル収録しています。第一部(DISC 1)は『炎』から『ファイナル・カット』までの後期からベスト選曲され、第二部(DISC 2)はソロ・ナンバーを『狂気』でサウンドイッチした構成。コンセプトを大切にするロジャーらしいショウです。
そんな中でも、公式盤との違いが顕著なのは組曲「Shine On You Crazy Diamond」。『IN THE FLESH: LIVE』では「パート1から8」を一気演奏していましたが、日本公演ではアルバム通りに「パート1から5」と「パート6から9」に分離。結果として「Have A Cigarヌキの『炎』」を曲順通りに演奏してくれます。さらにポイントなのがアンコール。来日後に発売されたベスト盤のタイトルにもなった新曲「Flickering Flame」も披露しているのです。

“THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON LIVE”、“THE WALL LIVE”、“US + THEM TOUR”……その後も素晴らしいツアーで世界を沸かせつつも、来日は叶わなかったロジャー・ウォーターズ。新たに発表された“THIS IS NOT A DRILL”での来訪がないとは断言できないものの、やはり難しいところでしょう。本作は、そんな唯一無二のソロ来日にして、PINK FLOYDナンバーの饗宴だった2002年の現場を極上体験できるライヴアルバムです。姉妹作をどちらから聴いても、もう1本も欲しくなること間違いナシの大傑作。どうぞ、存分にご堪能ください。


Disc 1 (71:48)
1. In The Flesh
2. The Happiest Days Of Our Lives
3. Another Brick In The Wall Part 2
4. Mother
5. Get Your Filthy Hands Off My Desert / Southampton Dock
6. Pigs On The Wing Part 1
7. Dogs
8. Shine On You Crazy Diamond Part 1-5
9. Welcome To The Machine
10. Wish You Were Here
11. Shine On You Crazy Diamond Part 6-9

Disc 2 (66:06)
1. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
2. Speak To Me
3. Breathe (In The Air)
4. Time
5. Breathe (Reprise)
6. Money
7. 5:06 AM (Every Stranger’s Eyes)
8. Perfect Sense Part 1
9. Perfect Sense Part 2
10. The Bravery Of Being Out Of Range
11. It’s A Miracle
12. Amused To Death
13. Brain Damage
14. Eclipse
15. Band Introduction

Disc 3 (18:22)
1. Comfortably Numb
2. Flickering Flame

Roger Waters – Vocal, Guitar, Bass
Andy Fairweather Low – Guitar, Vocal
Snowy White – Guitar
Chester Kamen – Guitar & Vocal
Harry Waters – Keyboards
Andy Wallace – Keyboards
Graham Broad – Drums
Norbert Stachel – Saxophone
Katie Kissoon – Vocals
P.P. Arnold – Vocals
Linda Lewis – Vocals

Sigma 248

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