lunedì 27 gennaio 2020

Eric Clapton - 1975-04-14 - Brisbane, AU (SBD/FLAC)

(Soundboard FLAC)

Festival Hall

Low-generation tape transfer/speed-corrected -- "JTT version"

Low Generation Cassette > Akai GX95 (Playback) > Soundforge 9 > FLAC Frontend Level 6 Align on Sector Boundaries

Disc one (63:51):
(1) Introduction (0:46)
(2) Badge (9:47)
(3) Milk Cow Blues (8:34)
(4) Have You Ever Loved a Woman (7:48)
(5) Steady Rolling Man (16:22)
(6) Can't Find My Way Home (6:06)
(7) Teach Me To Be Your Woman (6:19)
(8) Let It Rain (8:05)

Disc two (55:35):
(1) Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out (9:22)
(2) I Shot The Sheriff (12:30)
(3) Layla (8:19) =>
(4) All I Have To Do Is Dream (2:49)
(5) Little Wing (16:34)
(6) Little Queenie (5:58)

Info file, ffp, artwork, and md5 signature file are included.

This recording has circulated in the snail-mail trading pool since the late 1980s, but this posting (originally shared by "jacksontomthumb" in March 2009) was the first one I remember seeing of known lineage. This show features EC during his brief Australian tour in spring 1975; the 1974-75 dates were notably erratic due to Clapton's "substance issues," and this one appears to be no exception. I always find these shows worthwhile because they feature Clapton at both his highest and lowest -- often within the same song. His guitar work was often spectacular on these dates, but frequently the performances got sloppy and meandering; I don't remember enough from this tour to be able to comment on how this one compares to the rest of the tour. If you're a Clapton fan, they're all worth grabbing because they are always fascinating.

The recording quality is pretty good -- obviously the master is a well-worn analog and prone to limitations in fidelity, but it's quite listenable and has a minimum of hiss or dropouts. The mix is decent, although it would probably benefit from some 21st century EQ work to improve the overall sound. If you're a Clapton collector and don't have this, you will probably find this well worth picking up.

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