U2 / Saitama Super Arena 2019 2nd Night / 2CD

U2 / Saitama Super Arena 2019 2nd Night / 2CD / Wardour
Live at Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan 5th December 2019

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The performance of the finally realized tour “THE JOSHUA TREE TOUR” in Japan. The original recording that preserves the site permanently with the finest sound will be released simultaneously.
This time, there were 2 performances in Japan, but the final day of the performance is “December 5, 2019: Saitama Super Arena Performance”. It is the best audience recording. This week’s supreme board “SAITAMA SUPER ARENA 2019 1ST NIGHT (Wardour-394)” will also appear this week. It’s not just a show at the same venue every day, but a collection of unified sounds by the same recorder.
, Before touching on the contents, first about “THE JOSHUA TREE TOUR”. In our shop, we have reported on many masterpiece records from the beginning, but this time it is a permanent preservation press decision board. For those who knew about their performance in Japan, let’s look back on the whole story and imagine the position of this work.

・ May 12-July 1: North America # 1 (21 performances)
・ July 8-August 1: Europe (12 performances)
・ September 3-October 4: North America # 2 (10 performances)
・ October 7-25: South America (8 performances)
《December 1 「EXPERIENCE + INNOCENCE」 released》
● 2018 “EXPERIENCE + INNOCENCE TOUR (60 performances)”
・ November 8-December 1: Oceania / Singapore (10 performances)
・ December 4 + 5: Japan (2 performances) ← ★ here ★
・ December 8-15: Korea / Philippine / India (3 performances)

This is the history from 2017 to the present. The tour of the century ’s famous “THE JOSHUA TREE” reproduction was announced as a special project in 2017, the 30th anniversary of the first album release. Released the new song “SONGS OF EXPERIENCE” in the Americas and Europe. It became a driving force of a big hit, and after that, the activities shifted to “EXPERIENCE + INNOCENCE TOUR”. However, the impact of the famous board reproduction tour does not stop there, and extends to countries other than the West. In 2019, when the “EXPERIENCE + INNOCENCE TOUR” was over, the second edition centered on Asia / Oceania was announced. A performance in Japan was also realized, and the Indian performance on the final day was just completed the other day.

[The second of the same recording artist collection that sounds very similar] So, this is a great way to experience the “Japan version of THE JOSHUA TREE” that has become a reality. As mentioned above, it is an audience recording by the same person as “SAITAMA SUPER ARENA 2019 1ST NIGHT”, which is released at the same time, but the sound is very similar. Although it may be taken for granted that it is the same venue, the same recorder, and the same equipment, this work is more than that. Actually, this work is also recorded in the “front standing area”, and the position is the same. The superb core and fine details that make use of that closeness, the feeling of separation and the three-dimensional sensation, etc …. The splendor of the sound was described in the explanation of “1ST NIGHT”, but the second day with its superb sound as well You can have a full experience. So far, I have delivered countless collections of recordings in many bands, but I don’t remember the exact sound so far. And at the highest level. It is a rare sister work.
Even if the sound is very similar, it is meaningful because the show is different. Let’s focus on the difference between the two days here, as the entire set flow is referred to the 1ST NIGHT commentary.

● Main set (before THE JOSHUA TREE reproduction)
・ First day: I Will Follow “BOY”
・ Day 2: Gloria “OCTOBER”
● Main set (after THE JOSHUA TREE reproduction)
First day: Angel Of Harlem “RATTLE AND HUM”
・ Day 2: Desire “RATTLE AND HUM”
● Encore
・ First day: Every Breaking Wave “SONGS OF INNOCENCE”
・ Day 2: You’re the Best Thing About Me “SONGS OF EXPERIENCE”

… and it looks like this. Naturally, all the songs of “THE JOSHUA TREE” were fixed, and the songs were replaced one by one in the front and back parts and encore. Especially “Gloria” of this work was the first appearance of “THE JOSHUA TREE TOUR” including the 2017 edition. In addition, their show has created a variety of colors for each performance by freely including fragments of various famous songs. Finally, let’s introduce that piece of music.

● First day
Heroes / California (There Is No End To Love) / The Star-Spangled Banner / America / Wise Blood / Eeny Meeny Miny Moe / El Pueblo Vencera / It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It) / I Love Rock ‘ n ‘Roll / One / Invisible
● Day 2
Van Morrison’s Gloria / Patti Smith’s Gloria / The Boxer / Take Me To The River / America / Wise Blood / Eeny Meeny Miny Moe / Mannish Boy / Rebel Rebel

”THE JOSHUA TREE” is a masterpiece in the masterpiece that shines in rock history. The complete reproduction was also shown in Japan. If the tribute to the late Mr. Satoshi Nakamura is also in Japan, it will be in 2019. The two works that have been permanently preserved at the same time this week are sister works that allow you to fully experience the “Japanese version of the live performance THE JOSHUA TREE” with only the best sound.
This is also the best part of the underground record, and it is a luxurious enjoyment that is unparalleled even if you look around the world. I think many people will ask for it as a memory of the show that they have actually seen, but that alone is a waste. A big name board of sisters who want to taste plenty on both days. Please, please.

ついに実現した世紀のツアー“THE JOSHUA TREE TOUR”の日本公演。その現場を極上サウンドで永久保存するオリジナル録音が2作同時リリース決定です。
今回の来日公演は全2公演でしたが、本作に収められているのはその最終日「2019年12月5日:さいたまスーパーアリーナ公演」。その極上オーディエンス録音です。今週は初日の至高盤『SAITAMA SUPER ARENA 2019 1ST NIGHT(Wardour-394)』も登場しますが、本作はその姉妹編。同会場の連日ショウというだけでなく、同録音家による統一サウンドのコレクションなのです。
その内容に触れる前に、まずは“THE JOSHUA TREE TOUR”について。当店では開始当初から数々の傑作記録でレポートしておりましたが、今回は永久保存のプレス決定盤。来日公演を機に知った方のためにも、その全容から振り返り、本作のポジションをイメージしてみましょう。

・12月4日+5日:日本(2公演) ←★ココ★

これが2017年から現在までの歩み。世紀の大名盤『THE JOSHUA TREE』再現ツアーは、当初アルバム発売30周年となる2017年の特別企画として発表。南北アメリカ大陸と欧州で絶賛を巻き起こしたところで間髪入れず新作『SONGS OF EXPERIENCE』を発売。大ヒットの原動力ともなり、その後は“EXPERIENCE + INNOCENCE TOUR”へと活動が移っていきました。しかし、名盤再現ツアーのインパクトはそれに留まらず、欧米以外の国々へも拡大。“EXPERIENCE + INNOCENCE TOUR”が終わった2019年になって、アジア/オセアニアを中心とする第二弾が発表。来日公演も実現し、つい先日最終日のインド公演も完遂されました。

そうして現実となった“日本版THE JOSHUA TREE”を極上サウンドで体験できるのが本作。先述のように同時リリースの『SAITAMA SUPER ARENA 2019 1ST NIGHT』と同じ人物によるオーディエンス録音なのですが、そのサウンドも酷似している。同会場・同録音家・同機材ですから似ているのは当然と思われるかも知れませんが、本作はそれ以上。実は、本作も「前方スタンディング・エリア」で録音されており、ポジションまで同じなのです。その近さが活きる極太な芯と細やかなディテール、見事な分離感と3次元感覚等々……サウンドの素晴らしさは『1ST NIGHT』の解説で述べましたが、その極上サウンドのまま2日目もフル体験できてしまう。これまで幾多のバンドで無数の同録音家コレクションをお届けしてきましたが、ここまで完全一致なサウンドは覚えがない。しかも、極上レベルで。まさに希代の姉妹作なのです。
サウンドは酷似していても、ショウは違うからこそ意味がある。セット全体の流れは『1ST NIGHT』解説を参照していただくとして、ここでは2日間の違いに焦点を絞ってみましょう。

●本編セット(THE JOSHUA TREE再現前)
・初日:I Will Follow『BOY』
●本編セット(THE JOSHUA TREE再現後)
・初日:Angel Of Harlem『RATTLE AND HUM』
・2日目:Desire『RATTLE AND HUM』
・初日:Every Breaking Wave『SONGS OF INNOCENCE』
・2日目:You’re the Best Thing About Me『SONGS OF EXPERIENCE』

……と、このようになっています。『THE JOSHUA TREE』全曲が不動なのは当然として、その前後パートやアンコールで1曲ずつ入れ替えられた。特に本作の「Gloria」は、2017年編も含めて“THE JOSHUA TREE TOUR”初登場でした。また、彼らのショウは様々な名曲の断片を自在に盛り込むことでも1公演ずつの多彩なカラーを生み出している。最後に、その断片曲もご紹介しておきましょう。

Heroes/California (There Is No End To Love)/The Star-Spangled Banner/America/Wise Blood/Eeny Meeny Miny Moe/El Pueblo Vencera/It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It)/I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll/One/Invisible
Van Morrison’s Gloria/Patti Smith’s Gloria/The Boxer/Take Me To The River/America/Wise Blood/Eeny Meeny Miny Moe/Mannish Boy/Rebel Rebel

ロック史に燦然と輝く名盤中の大名盤『THE JOSHUA TREE』。その完全再現が日本でも披露された。故中村哲氏に対するトリビュートも日本なればこそ、2019年だからこそでしょう。今週同時に永久保存された2作は、そんな2回だけの「日本版の生演奏THE JOSHUA TREE」を完全一致の極上サウンドで全体験できる姉妹作なのです。


Disc 1 (71:10)
1. The Whole of the Moon
2. Sunday Bloody Sunday
3. Gloria
4. New Year’s Day
5. Bad
6. Pride (In the Name of Love)
7. Where the Streets Have No Name
8. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
9. With or Without You
10. Bullet the Blue Sky
11. Running to Stand Still
12. Red Hill Mining Town
13. In God’s Country

Disc 2 (76:07)
1. MC
2. Trip Through Your Wires
3. One Tree Hill
4. Exit
5. Mothers of the Disappeared
6. Desire
7. Elevation
8. Vertigo
9. Band Introductions
10. Even Better Than the Real Thing
11. You’re the Best Thing About Me
12. Beautiful Day
13. Ultraviolet (Light My Way)
14. Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way
15. One



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