CLAPTON, ERIC - CD
HANATEN SOURCES

LABEL:
TARANTURA TCDEC-11,12
SOURCE:
Koseinenkin Kaikan Dai Hall, Osaka, Japan Nov 5th, 1974 & Festival Hall, Osaka, Japan Sep 26th, 1977
FORMAT:
4CD
RUNNING TIME:
55:35/45:26, 49:18/43:40
SOUND/SOURCE:
Stereo Audience
PACKAGING:
Thick glossy card flip top box with 2 card gatefold's.
 


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SOUND 9 / PACKAGING 10 / PERFORMANCE 9

 

TRACK LIST:

Disc 1:  Opening, Let It Grow, Can't Find My Way Home, Better Make It Through Today, instrument change from acoustic to electric guitar, Tell The Truth, Driftin' Blues, Williw And The Hand Jive, Get Ready, Let It Rain, break.

Disc 2:  Layla, Presence Of The Lord, I Shot The Sheriff, Badge, All I Have To Do Is Dream / Encore:  Singing The Blues.

Disc 3:  Opening, The Core, Badge, Double Trouble, Knockin' On Heaven's Door, Bottle Of Red Wine, Nobody Knows When You're Down And Out, Alberta.

Disc 4:  We're All The Way, Sign Language, Tell The Truth, Stormy Monday, Layla. 

 
REVIEW:

Hanaten Sources is the latest Eric Clapton release from the Tarantura label of 2 shows from Osaka, Japan in 1974 and 1977.  The inner artwork of each gatefold has photographs of the actual master cassettes with track lisitings and appears to be Japanese sourced.  The 1974 show is titled as "I Can't Believe It!" and the 1977 show as "Moshi-Moshi, Osakai".  Apart from an ocassional tape handling noise, the sources are really clean. 

The 1974 show from the 4th night of Clapton's Tour of Japn is produced here for the very first time including the encore, Singing The Blues which is not found on any other release to my knowledge.  This may also be the first Audience release from this show.  The other 3 releases that I am aware of are all incomplete Soundboard sources; Mid Valley's "The Magnificent Seven" Mid Valley 290/291 is missing the final encore.  Both PHR and EC In Person releases are missing the last 2 tracks..  Clapton is on great form in front of a very enthusiastic Japanese audience who thankfully save their energies for the between song pauses.  The first part of the show is acoustic, opening with Let It Grow.  Like some other concerts on the US tour, Tell The Truth is the start of the electric phase but has slimmed down to an acceptable 8 minutes.  Driftin Blues is the Clapton I just find so enjoyable to listen to and at 9:28 is the longest track of the show.  Clapton and band are very laid back throughout.  The second side of the tape isn't as clear as the first but is till very good for a tape that has survived 33 years.  Clapton ends the show with Singin'The Blues and a nonchelent "Bye Bye" to the crowd.

The last 2 discs feature the first show of the 9 date Japan tour in 1977. The only fault with this recording is that it is missing the last track "Key To The Highway".  I don't know much about this tour and can only find reference to a couple of other audience recordings from this date and both classed as poor recordings, although complete.  One is on Ebby and the other on PHR.  As far as Clapton recordings go, these are very good to excellent audience tapes and have been nicely produced in typical Tarantura fashion with excellent packaging.  Both shows come in individual card gatefolds with paper cases and picture CDs.  They each have photos of the cassettes with a nice shot of Eric on the inner gatefold covers and come in a sturdy thick card glossy flip top box.

This is strictly limited first edition of 100 numbered copies and another fine release from this label.


I have to dissagree with the rating of 9 as sound quality. This is a 7 at best. 9 would mean that it's nearly perfect. The latest Tarantura releases have been somewhat of a letdown. I remember when a new Tarantura was an EVENT because the sound quality would be near perfect. I don't care how rare a show is. If the sound quality isn't there, why bother? Unless it's a Dominos show with Duane Allman. And the price is in the $200.00 dollar range, I have to say it's only for the die-hards.
Comment by Brian+Rector wrote on 2007-05-25 23:40:49

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