Who / Dallas 1970 / 1CD

Who / Dallas 1970 / 1CD/ Non Label

Live at Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, Texas, USA 19th June 1970

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This week we will release The Fu Cum live sound source for the first time in the “TOMMY” period! Actively live activities in the United States since releasing the album in 1969 got a fruitful success, winning a strong performance and solid performance in Fillmore to Woodstock, and (Philadelphia) electric factory etc. did. Following such a great success, in the following year 1970 a live album “LIVE AT LEEDS” was produced that was a historic performance of Leeds in his home country UK, and an unexpectedly great success for Pete. And like the London Coliseum at the end of the previous year, this time we realized the performance of “TOMMY” at the opera house even in the US tour from June, and this was reported extensively, so that sales of the album in the USA It was such a dramatic improvement.
In the same tour, video footage of Tanglewood which is one of the classic as a 70-year live image is familiar, and until the end of the month it was held until the performances which followed the Led Zeppelin on the undercard. And the popular explosion in the United States brings out a byproduct called bootleg.

One of the first boots of The Who is LP called “GATHER YOUR WITS”. This was an item that caught the stage of The Who in the United States of June in 1970, but it seems to be an initial boot, there is an ambiguity as “TOMMY LIVE from Austin, Texas” regarding date credits Addition and subtraction. It would have been sufficient if it could appeal that recording a live “TOMMY” that was a big hit. Also, as a boot leg made in 1970, it was a big point that it was an audience recording of surprisingly on sound image.
Recently, the recording data of this LP has been clarified, and in fact it was recorded on June 19th Dallas performance. The reason for the discovery was that the audience recording that became the source of LP circulated among traders. By this, it turns out that the sound source that I thought was good (at that time) when I listen was found to have fallen asleep at the stage when it was converted to LP. The sound source which had been recorded in stereo all became monaural, and it fell to the state that it was even more chiristic. The reason why the sound quality has changed to that is easy. Because the boot regulator picked up the sound from the speaker that reproduced the tape and made a copy. However, at the time when the connection system to the double deck and another recorder was not popular, it was a dubbing method which was performed as if it was a matter of course, primitive.
Also, LP was not recorded “Young Man Blues” and “Substitute”, whereas the trader sound source was in short and short condition that the opening “Heaven And Hell” was not recorded. Still, Keith Moon’s MC heard before “I Can not Explain” is more complicated than a trader sound source more. By the way, the point that “Christmas” of “TOMMY” part is fade-in is the same, even the cheers of female fans who are excited everywhere (lol) There are differences between the stereo and monaural points, the original is the same sound source It is a proof.

Even so, I am surprised by the good sound quality of the version that was circulating among traders. As the level of audience recording in 1970 is surprisingly sound image is on, yet it is stereo recording. There is no reason that such a superb sound source can not be overlooked, there was a record that was released on the CD “WHO IS TOMMY” once in the past. However, since cassette · dubbing ‘s genial omission feeling and pitch madness were still intact, it does not compare with the superb upper feeling of this version (second generation · copy). Originally between versions of traders the pitch deviation was worse than LP (it was more normal), this release is thoroughly adjusted for this release. The listening stress is drastically decreasing with this.
The only drawback in trader sound sources is that “Heaven And Hell” heard in LP is not recorded yet. However, as I mentioned earlier, the sound quality has a drastic drop, and it is recording from the middle of the performance. When compensating for this, the beginning of the CD will be an incomplete performance, and additionally it will be a bad start of sound. And since adding that same song does not fit in the recording time of one disc, I dare avoid avoiding “Heaven And Hell” from “GATHER YOUR WITS” LP. Because the fall in the sound quality is much fierce than anything else.

Those who perform are levels of stone that filled with dignity throughout the whole story. Noteworthy is that the repertoire other than “TOMMY” has changed significantly since the time of Leeds. “Tattoo” which was long time repertoire and “A Quick One While He’s Away” finally dropped from the set list, and new songs were put in place instead. Among them, “The Seeker” is the latest number at that time that was already released as a single, debut stage and debut from this American tour. Despite being played several times, it disappeared and it was an invaluable repertory that the original The Whoo did not play live afterwards. Among the few live performances, the value of the recording in Dallas, which you can listen to with high stereo sound quality, is out of the range.
And after the release of “TOMMY” and after the successful performance in the opera house, the set of this album is impressive as the enthusiastic response of the audience is transmitted throughout the whole day. Nevertheless it is not (totally!) That the performance is drowned out by cheers, rather it is captured with a sound image of powerful power and typical analog taste sound quality, and enjoying the rich presence of stereo. The live atmosphere and performance itself exceeded the Tanglewood pro shot video after three weeks, which is a standard time of this period, and the latter part of the live after “TOMMY” part was not recorded (there “GATHER YOUR WITS” LP It was filled with a single copy of the album not recorded), but you can enjoy the best stage with a cleaner CD. It could be an upper version of the sound source that I was listening to in vintage LP in the previous mania, and this is a famous performance anyway!

今週は久々に「TOMMY」期のザ・フー絶頂ライブ音源をリリース!1969年に同アルバムをリリースしてからの精力的なアメリカでのライブ活動は見事に実を結び、フィルモアからウッドストック、そして(フィラデルフィアの)エレクトリック・ファクトリーなどでの名演と確固たる人気を獲得しました。そうした大成功を受け、翌年1970年は母国イギリスでもリーズという歴史的名演と、そしてピートにとっては予想外の大成功だったというライブアルバム「LIVE AT LEEDS」まで産み出されています。そして前年末のロンドン・コロシアムと同じように、今度は6月からのアメリカ・ツアーでもオペラハウスでの「TOMMY」の上演を実現、これが大々的に報じられたことによって同アルバムのアメリカでの売り上げが飛躍的に向上したほどでした。

ザ・フー最初期ブートの一つに「GATHER YOUR WITS」というLPがあります。これは正に70年6月のアメリカでのザ・フーのステージを捉えたアイテムだったのですが、そこは初期のブートらしく、日付のクレジットに関しては「TOMMY LIVE from Austin, Texas」というあいまいさ加減。大ヒットした「TOMMY」のライブを収録ということがアピール出来れば十分だったのでしょう。それに1970年製ブートレグとしては驚くほどオンな音像のオーディエンス録音であったことも大きなポイントでした。
またLPは「Young Man Blues」と「Substitute」が未収録だったのに対して、トレーダー音源の方はオープニングの「Heaven And Hell」が未収録という一長一短な状態でした。それでいて「I Can’t Explain」前で聞かれたキース・ムーンのMCはトレーダー音源の方が長いのがややこしい。ちなみに「TOMMY」パートの「Christmas」がフェードインという点は一緒であり、さらに随所で盛り上がる女性ファンの歓声(笑)までも一緒な点がステレオとモノラルの違いはあれど、元は同じ音源である証となっています。

それにしてもトレーダー間で出回っていたバージョンの音質の良さには驚かされます。1970年のオーディエンス録音のレベルとしては驚くほど音像がオン、なおかつステレオ録音なのですから。こんな極上音源が見過ごされるはずもなく、過去に一度「WHO IS TOMMY」というCDにてリリースされた実績がありました。とは言ってもカセット・ダビングのジェネ落ち感とピッチの狂いもそのままでしたので、今回のバージョンの見事なアッパー感(セカンド・ジェネレーション・コピー)とは比べ物になりません。元々トレーダー間のバージョンはピッチの狂いがLPよりひどく(そちらの方が正常だった)、今回のリリースに当たってはこの問題を徹底的にアジャスト。これでリスニング上のストレスは激減しています。
トレーダー音源において唯一の欠点としてはLPで聞かれた「Heaven And Hell」が未収録ということでしょう。ところが先にも述べたように音質の落差が激しく、なおかつ演奏の途中からの録音です。これを補填するとCDの最初が不完全な演奏から、おまけに音の悪いスタートとなってしまう。そして同曲を加えるとディスク一枚の収録時間に収まりきらないということから、あえて「Heaven And Hell」を「GATHER YOUR WITS」LPから採用することを避けました。何よりも音質の落差があまりに激しいので。

演奏の方は全編を通して貫禄に満ち溢れた盤石のレベル。特筆すべきは「TOMMY」以外のレパートリーがリーズの頃から大幅に変更されたことでしょう。長年のレパートリーだった「Tattoo」や「A Quick One While He’s Away」が遂にセットリストから落とされ、代わりに新曲が投入されたのです。中でも「The Seeker」は既にシングルとしてリリースされていた当時の最新ナンバーであり、このアメリカ・ツアーからステージ・デビュー。にもかかわらず数回演奏されたのみで姿を消してしまい、以降オリジナルのザ・フーがライブで演奏することがなかった超貴重なレパートリーでした。その数少ないライブ演奏の中でもステレオの高音質で聞けるここダラスでの録音の価値は群を抜いています。
そして「TOMMY」のリリースから経過し、なおかつオペラハウスでの上演を成功させた後ということもあり、同アルバムのセットは終始オーディエンスの熱狂的な反応が伝わってきて感動的です。それでも演奏が歓声にかき消されることは(まったく!)なく、むしろド迫力の音像と典型的なアナログ・テイストな音質で捉えられている上で、ステレオの豊かな臨場感が楽しめる。ライブの雰囲気や演奏の出来自体がこの時期の定番である三週間後のタングルウッドのプロショット映像を上回っており、「TOMMY」パート終了後のライブ後半が未録音(そこを「GATHER YOUR WITS」LPではアルバム未収録シングルのコピーで埋めていました)ながらも、スッキリCD一枚で最高のステージが堪能できます。マニアには先のビンテージLPで聞いていた音源のアッパー版ともなりうるでしょうし、何と言ってもこれは名演!


1. MC 2. I Can’t Explain 3. Young Man Blues 4. Water 5. Seeker 6. Substitute
7. Overture 8. It’s A Boy 9. 1921 10. Amazing Journey 11. Sparks 12. Eyesight To The Blind
13. Christmas 14. The Acid Queen 15. Pinball Wizard 16. Do You Think It’s Alright?
17. Fiddle About 18. Tommy Can You Hear Me? 19. There’s A Doctor 20. Go To The Mirror
21. Smash The Mirror 22. Miracle Cure 23. I’m Free 24. Tommy’s Holiday Camp
25. We’re Not Gonna Take It 26. See Me, Feel Me


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