Saturday, September 23, 2017

Eric Clapton - 1990-01-24 - London, UK (SBD/FLAC) by REQUEST


(Soundboard FLAC)

Royal Albert Hall London

Eric Clapton - guitar / vocals
Greg Phillinganes - keyboards
Nathan East - bass / vocals
Steve Ferrone - drums

Special Guest(s)
Phil Collins - tambourine / vocals*

Touring Forever
Mid Valley 200-203 sb6

Lineage:
CDR > EAC > FLAC

Disc 1: Radio Mix

01 - Pretending Piano Intro
02 - Pretending
03 - Running on Faith
04 - I Shot the Sheriff
05 - White Room
06 - Bad Love
07 - Lay Down Sally
08 - Before You Accuse Me
09 - Old Love


Disc 2: Radio Mix
01 - No Alibis
02 - Tearing Us Apart
03 - Wonderful Tonight
04 - Band Introduction
05 - Cocaine
06 - A Remark You Made
07 - Layla
08 - Crossroads *
09 - Sunshine of Your Love *
10 - Knocking On Heaven's Door *


Disc 3: Live Mix
01 - Pretending Piano Intro
02 - Pretending
03 - Running on Faith
04 - Breaking Point
05 - I Shot the Sheriff
06 - White Room
07 - Can't Find My Way Home
08 - Bad Love
09 - Lay Down Sally
10 - Before You Accuse Me
11 - Old Love


Disc 4: Live Mix
01 - No Alibis
02 - Tearing Us Apart
03 - Wonderful Tonight
04 - Cocaine
05 - A Remark You Made
06 - Layla
07 - Knocking On Heaven's Door *
08 - Crossroads *
09 - Sunshine of Your Love *


Geetarz comments:
As noted previously on this site, there exist three distinct soundboard mixes of the January 24, 1990 performance held at the Royal Albert Hall. The first is the radio mix broadcast on the Westwood One radio network in the U.S., and can be found on any number of titles, including among them Class Blues Vols. 1 and 2, Wonderful Night, and Love, to name but a few. Discs 1 and 2 of this Mid Valley release feature this radio mix, as noted by several edits (Eric's comments about TV cameras being present during his welcome, the edit is poorly done and easy to spot) and the absence of several songs from the setlist. Sourced directly from the master tapes, this release offers the best sound quality to date of this material.

Secondly, one finds a different mix taken from a reference video of the complete concert - this different version features the complete setlist, but also has the audience mics pushed much higher in the mix. This recording has previously been released on such titles as Four Faces 1990 and Quartet. It's a matter of personal preference which is the "better" sound. Discs 3 and 4 of the Mid Valley release are sourced from a high quality / low generation source and have been remastered and tweaked a bit, which is a bit of a mixed blessing as it's also brought the room echo more to the fore. Overall, a worthy effort, although some may prefer the more natural sound of Quartet.

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