NEW BARBARIANS - CD
KNEBWORTH FESTIVAL 1979

LABEL:
DAR 764
SOURCE:
Knebworth Festival, Hertfordshire 11th August 1979
FORMAT:
1 downlioad cdr
RUNNING TIME:
73.57
SOUND/SOURCE:
Audience mono
PACKAGING:
single slimline jewel case
 


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SOUND 8.5 / PACKAGING 8 / PERFORMANCE 7.5

 
TRACK LIST:

1. Sweet Little Rock ‘n Roller, 2. F.U.C. Her, 3. Breathe On Me, 4. I Can Feel The Fire, 5. Let’s Go Steady, 6. Worried Life Blues, 7. Honky Tonk Women, 8. Come To Realise, 9. Am I Groovin’ You, 10. Seven Days, 11. Before They Make Me Run, 12. Jumping Jack Flash.

 
REVIEW:

It is not that common to locate a new source for a concert that happened over 40 years ago, but this is what has happened here. In the words of the taper:

“Going through my old master tapes, here is another oldie but goodie, I have transferred the master tape and adjusted the volume. I have also cut out some audience "banter" between songs that you don’t want to hear. I had borrowed a "portable" tape deck from a friend and took it in complete with spare batteries and a sack full of tapes. I remember seeing a reel to reel with twin mics on stands and a huge car sized battery. Security? it was manned by the Legalise Cannabis Campaign. When they finished playing, I rewound the tape a bit and pushed play to see how it had come out. Heads spun round as the volume was up high and a Canadian guy came over and we swapped details. He also got his friend who ran a record store contact me. That was the start of an expensive relationship.” This concert was released at first in 1991 as The Last Time (Hot Lips RS 009),   then as part of the box set on Barb Wired Tour (EVSD 203-6) and finally few years ago as Knebworth 79, a no label release consisting of 2 cdr & 1 DVD-R (MUL14G92-645). The line-up for this gig was: Ron Wood on guitar, armonica, pedal steel guitar and vocals, Keith Richards on guitar, piano and vocals, Phil Chen on bass, Ian McLagan on piano, organ and backing vocals, Bobby Keys on saxophone and Joseph Modeliste on drums. There also was a special guest, Sugar Blue who played harp on I Can Feel The Fire and Worried Life Blues. The 79 Knebworth show appeared at first as The Last Time on Hot Lips Records and then as part of the 4 cds set Barb Wired Tour vol.2 from Empress Valley, but that had speed problems running too slow. Later the no label set came out, offering as audio content a newly discovered master in fair-good shape that started with more highs than bass frequencies and we can hear the taper adjusting levels at the beginning of I Can Feel The Fire from which song the quality increases rapidly. There were however problems like on Come To Realise where sound distortion appeared and quality worsened because of lack of clear sight to the stage PA system (or so it seemed).  This source is similar to The Last Time (Hot Lips) content, though slightly better sounding and since it is supposed to be the master tape it deserves a better vote due to its clarity and consistency, proving to be the best version of this concert even if it is not stereo; however it is not clear if originally it had been so, anyway what is mostly striking is how the guitars are upfront, no doubt reflecting the PA output.


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