YES / Definitive Richfield 1978 / 2CD

YES / Definitive Richfield 1978 / 2CD /Virtuoso

Live at Richfield Coliseum, Richfield, Ohio, USA 19th September 1978 Stereo SBD (UPGRADE)

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“TORMATO TOUR” which summarized the golden 70’s with the 10th anniversary of the formation. Sound board album representing the first half of the term appears with the highest quality.
Its representative sound board was recorded “19 September 19 rich field performance”. This show is FM broadcast, sound board recording has produced masterpieces of a number from ancient times, it is a large standard that has been loved by maniacs. This work is one that updates the highest peak of such famous sound board. Of course, the biggest point is in quality, but first of all it is the position of the show. Let’s check from the whole picture of “TORMATO TOUR 1978-1979” which celebrated 10th anniversary of formation.

● 1978
· August 28 – October 8: North America # 1 (37 shows) ← ★ Coco ★
“September 26” TORMATO “Release”
· October 24 – 28: UK (6 shows)
● 1979
· April 9 – May 8: North America # 2 (27 performances)
· May 24 – June 30: North America # 3 (32 performances)

This is the summary of the world tour where it was the last shine of the 70’s. This tour is familiar to the official work “LIVE IN PHILADELPHIA” and the super masterpiece “WEMBLEY 1978 FINAL NIGHT (Virtuoso 379/380)” which becomes the best masterpiece, but this work is earlier than any of its earlier. “WEMBLEY 1978 FINAL NIGHT” is “UK” leg, “LIVE IN PHILADELPHIA” is the record of “North America # 3” on the final stage. On the other hand, the rich field performance of this work was a concert that was the 20th show of “North America # 1” at the beginning of the tour.
As mentioned above, there are many pre-existing ones in this show, but among them the highest peak among them was “Sirene label” CLOSE ENCOUNTERS “. It is a new master unearthed more than 10 years ago, not only is the freshness of the sound preeminent, but also includes “On The Silent Wings Of Freedom” that had been cut off by the previous episode. “Heart Of The Sunrise” had a chipping of about 1 minute and 20 seconds, but it was compensated by another master and seamlessly recorded the full show seamlessly. I shocked the shock of a complete live album. Even in the professional magazine at the time “I finally became able to listen to the whole story of the concert” “The phenomenal quality as a recording at this time” “The balance of the mix was good, it ran out cleanly from the low region to the high region, It might be the best, “he was greatly admired.
It was sold out and out of print as it was very popular only for that shock work. It was difficult to obtain for a long time. This work is a decision board which re-digitizes the master of such “CLOSE ENCOUNTERS” and brushes up with the latest remaster. It’s amazing to see that during the upgrade. It was a record high from “CLOSE ENCOUNTERS”, but this work is even clearer. Of course, it is not unusual sound pressure creation. I sorted out each cloudy region that was cloudy with chitin and made the outline of each musical instrument stand out. As a result, even the bass and bass drums that were heard in the chunk were vividly separated and the range expanded to be able to be heard. In addition, although the master recorded a slightly different sound on each side of the tape, this work penetrated the full story with plenty of unity.
To tell the truth, this broadcast is not a precise mix from Omara but rather a rough sense of directness is personality. That’s why the polished book also is slightly different from “official” in nuances, but that’s why the sense of sync with the performance is amazing. Spacious feeling involving a flanger bassed baseball, John Anderson’s singing voice creating a floating feeling with “Awaken” … …. It is attacked by the feeling that all the notes of all the instruments jump over the eardrum and flow directly into the brains, but the overwhelmingly especially the keyboard of Steve Howe and Rick Wakeman. The swinging virtuosity is super sharp from corner to corner. Of course not only brilliant solos, but also from the nuances of one phrase to a bit of effects jump into the brain. Guitar effect and dazzling bread that produces a sense of space by being involved in the base. On the contrary, Rick showed off “Henry Yasushi” without echo at all with a solo part, and clearly knows the fine touch of finger use. It’s 123 minutes to keep discovering that all of them are listening carefully and they do not have to unravel complicated ensembles, “Was it playing backing like this?”

Speaking of “TORMATO TOUR”, I’m going to stick Todome to “WEMBLEY 1978 FINAL NIGHT”, but that famous name board is an official alternative. It was a live album that studied the beauty as a music work. On the contrary, this work is (slightly) a strange masterpiece. Round out the thrill and virtuosity of live music itself rather than the balanced beauty that was polished, and hit it in front of you. It is a powerful stereo soundboard album that draws powerfully into Gui Gui, not merely to mind the beauty world.
“TORMATO TOUR” was also the summary of the 70’s. An ensemble album in which the early brisk early musical performance is screwed into the brain. Its highest peak record. By all means, please fully enjoy with the permanent preservation press 2CD.

結成10周年を掲げ、黄金の70年代を総括していた“TORMATO TOUR”。その前半期を代表するサウンドボード・アルバムが最高峰クオリティで登場です。
その代表サウンドボードが記録されたのは「1978年9月19日リッチフィールド公演」。このショウはFM放送され、古くからサウンドボード録音が数々の名作を生み出し、マニアに愛されてきた大定番です。本作は、そんな有名サウンドボードの最高峰を更新する1本なのです。もちろん、最大のポイントはクオリティにあるわけですが、まずはショウのポジション。結成10周年を祝った“TORMATO TOUR 1978-1979”の全体像から確認してみましょう。


これが70年代最後の輝きだったワールドツアーの概要。このツアーは公式作品『LIVE IN PHILADELPHIA』や最高傑作となる超名盤『WEMBLEY 1978 FINAL NIGHT(Virtuoso 379/380)』がお馴染みですが、本作はそのどれよりも初期。『WEMBLEY 1978 FINAL NIGHT』は「英国」レッグであり、『LIVE IN PHILADELPHIA』は最終盤「北米#3」の記録。それに対し、本作のリッチフィールド公演は、ツアー冒頭「北米#1」の20公演目にあたるコンサートでした。
前述の通り、このショウには幾多の既発が存在するわけですが、その中でこれまで最高峰とされてきたのはSireneレーベルの『CLOSE ENCOUNTERS』でした。10年以上前に発掘された新マスターで、サウンドの鮮度がバツグンなだけでなく、既発ではカットされていた「On The Silent Wings Of Freedom」も収録。「Heart Of The Sunrise」に1分20秒ほどの欠けがありましたが、それも別マスターで補填され、フルショウをシームレスに完全収録。完全体ライヴアルバムの衝撃を振りまいた。当時の専門誌でも「ようやくコンサートの全編が聴けるようになった」「この時期の録音としては驚異的なクオリティ」「ミックスのバランスも良く、低域から高域まできれいに出ており、このツアーではベストかもしれない」と大絶賛されました。
それだけの衝撃作だけに大好評のうちに完売・廃盤。長らく入手困難となっていました。本作は、そんな『CLOSE ENCOUNTERS』のマスターを再デジタル化し、さらに最新リマスターでブラッシュ・アップした決定盤なのです。そのアップグレードぶりには目を見張る。『CLOSE ENCOUNTERS』からして過去最高だったわけですが、本作は一層クッキリ。もちろん、無闇矢鱈な音圧稼ぎをしているわけではありません。混濁気味だった各音域をキチンと整理し、各楽器の輪郭を浮き立たせた。それにより、塊に聞こえていたベースやバスドラでさえ鮮やかにセパレートし、レンジも拡大して聞こえるようになったのです。さらに、マスターはテープの各面で若干サウンドが異なって記録されていたのですが、本作は統一感たっぷりで全編を貫いているのです。

“TORMATO TOUR”と言えば『WEMBLEY 1978 FINAL NIGHT』にトドメを刺すわけですが、あの大名盤は言わばオフィシャル代わり。音楽作品としての美しさを究めたライヴアルバムでした。それに対し、本作は(ちょっとだけ)異形な大傑作。磨き抜かれた均整の美よりも、生演奏そのもののスリル、妙技をえぐり出し、目の前に叩きつける。美世界に翻弄するのではなく、力強くグイグイと引き込む強烈なステレオサウンドボード・アルバムなのです。
70年代の総括でもあった“TORMATO TOUR”。その血気盛んな序盤の演奏が脳みそにねじ込まれるアンサンブル・アルバム。その最高峰盤。ぜひ、永久保存プレス2CDで存分にご堪能ください。

Disc 1(68:29)
1. Young Persons Guide To The Orchestra 2. Siberian Khatru 3. Heart Of The Sunrise
4. Future Times/Rejoice 5. Circus Of Heaven 6. Time And A Word 7. Long Distance Runaround
8. Survival/The Fish 9. Perpetual Change 10. Soon 11. Don’t Kill The Whale 12. Madrigal
13. Clap

Disc 2(54:36)
1. Starship Trooper 2. On The Silent Wings Of Freedom 3. Wakeman Solo 4. Awaken
5. I’ve Seen All Good People 6. Roundabout


Jon Anderson – Vocals Steve Howe – Guitars Chris Squire – Bass
Rick Wakeman – Keyboards Alan White – Drums

Virtuoso 387/388

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