Saturday, May 12, 2018

George Harrison - Nassau Coliseum 1974 Off Master (2009)


Pop, Rock | FLAC | 4 CD | 785 Mb

15 December 1974 - Afternoon and Evening Shows (complete)
Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, Long Island, New York, USA

The 38th and 39th shows of George Harrison's 1974 North American tour, from an audience recording. This one contains the full shows, with the Indian sections, which were missing from earlier versions. The sound quality (after a slightly rough start) is excellent - clear (if not absolutely crystal) and clean, and an improvement on the Undercover set, which came from the same recordings.

EARLY SHOW
The recording gets off to a muffled and uneven start, but becomes clearer as it progresses. George's voice does not sound hoarse at all, although his speaking voice is perhaps a bit deeper than normal. Ravi Shankar is still off sick, and George mentions this in the introduction to the Indian section. There is a tape cut after the end of "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)", but it doesn't affect the music. George remains upbeat, with a few jokes sprinkled into the proceedings, and unlike the evening performance, there is no hint of frustration at any lack of audience enthusiasm.

LATE SHOW
The crowd were evidently unresponsive (though people around the taper sound enthusiastic), and George expresses frustration at this at a couple of points in the second half of the show. His good humour remains, however. This is the show which John Lennon attended (at least part of it anyway - he said the Indian section wasn't played as Ravi shankar was still out of action: in fact, the full Indian set was played! Perhaps he was misquoted - but Badman gives an extended transcription which looks genuine). The tapes wobbles in the Undercover version are gone, along with the tape cuts (except during the pre-encore applause).



CD 1, 1. Hari's On Tour (Express) (5:04), 2. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (8:58), 3. Something (4:04), 4. Will It Go Round in Circles (4:24), 5. Sue Me Sue You Blues (4:39), 6. Introduction to Indian Music (2:12), 7. Zoom, Zoom, Zoom (7:14), 8. Naderdani (5:00), 9. Anurag (14:08), 10. Introduction to Indian Musicians (3:03), 11. I Am Missing You (4:34), 12. Appalachian Regional Hospital Appeal (0:43), 13. Dispute and Violence (5:42)

CD 2, 1. Stage Preparation for Next Set (1:36), 2. For You Blue (4:35), 3. Band Introduction (1:26), 4. Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth) (4:37), 5. In My Life (6:33), 6. Tom Cat (4:42), 7. Maya Love (5:48), 8. Dark Horse (4:19), 9. Nothing from Nothing (4:03), 10. Outa Space (4:32), 11. What is Life (5:20), 12. My Sweet Lord (8:24)

CD 3, 1. Opening Sounds (2:02), 2. Hari's On Tour (Express) (5:15), 3. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (7:02), 4. Something (3:59), 5. Will It Go Round in Circles (4:06), 6. Sue Me Sue You Blues (4:27), 7. Introduction to Indian Music (2:18), 8. Zoom, Zoom, Zoom (6:39), 9. Naderdani (4:32), 10. Anurag (14:31), 11. Introduction to Indian Musicians (3:19), 12. I Am Missing You (4:39), 13. Appalachian Regional Hospital Appeal (1:19), 14. Dispute and Violence (5:45)

CD 4, 1. For You Blue (4:43), 2. Band Introduction (1:53), 3. Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth) (4:09), 4. Soundstage of Mind (4:42), 5. In My Life (6:22), 6. Tom Cat (4:24), 7. Maya Love (5:47), 8. Dark Horse (4:13), 9. Nothing from Nothing (4:09), 10. Outa Space (4:49), 11. What is Life (5:27), 12. My Sweet Lord (8:22)


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