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PINK FLOYD - CD
DEFINITIVE OAKLAND

LABEL:
Sigma (Sigma 37)
SOURCE:
Alameda Coliseum, Oakland, California - May 9, 1977
FORMAT:
3CD
RUNNING TIME:
52:15/56:19/29:18
SOUND/SOURCE:
Superb Master Stereo Audience Tape
PACKAGING:
Fatboy Jewelcase with Black & White/Color Artwork
 

Definitive Oakland front

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SOUND 9.5 / PACKAGING 9.5 / PERFORMANCE 9.5
 

TRACK LIST:

Disc 1:  1. Sheep, 2. Pigs On The Wing 1, 3. Dogs, 4. Pigs On The Wing 2, Pigs - Three Different Ones

Disc 2: 1. Shine On You Crazy Diamond Parts 1-5, 2. Welcome To The Machine, 3. Have A Cigar, 4. Wish You Were Here, 5. Shine On You Crazy Diamon Parts 6-9

Disc 3: 1. Money, 2. Us And Them, 3. Careful With That Axe, Eugene

 
REVIEW:

Without any set up, what you need to know is that if you enjoy Pink Floyd on any level, this set from Sigma is absolutely 'definitive' and a must have.  Don't even hesitate or think about it, seek it out and play it loud! And, if you see Dave Gilmour or Roger Waters...prompt them to grab this and release it officially - as, it's THAT good! 

This tape has been in circulation for as long as I can recall and I have several iterations dating back to Great Dane's "In The Flesh" 2CD from 1991, as well as having captured the Wolfgang's Vault streaming audio which is incomplete and is NOT a soundboard tape as they claim.  But, the WV version was perhaps as good of a version that's been available though it was edited, etc.  Sigma have trumped all and have clearly presented what actually should be an official release so that ALL rock enthusiasts can appreciate how damn good the band were performing live in '77.  Everything here is tops and nary a blemish, aside from the unfortunate double mike-bumping by David Gilmour during the intro vocals to "Wish You Were Here" and a couple of minor, brief amp buzzing moments. 

The tape leveraged by Sigma is virtually complete and offers such a wonderfully wide stereo landscape with great separation, the 3 discs have hardly left my side and are in every player I am near.  I am fascinated and completely blown away at how good this is.  The total timing of the discs seem to match other previously issued titles such as "Plays The Animals" as a whole but the quality here is head and shoulders above anything to come before it.  One could argue that with the timing of each of the discs, the recording could fit on to 2CDs vs. 3, but in this case having the 1st and 2nd sets on separate discs, and then the encores on the 3rd, makes sense when you sit down and listen through. It doesn't bother me at all. Because the performance and energy by the band is stellar, having a complete tape of 1977 touring Floyd in this quality makes it easily a solid top 10 for 2009 - regardless of what the rest of the year brings.  I think I've raved enough and you get the point.  With the few warts included in the tape and performance, it is still a superb acquisition and needs to be in any collection. 

Sigma utilizes a simple graphical representation of live 1977 tour shots that represent the contents adequately. This is one of those tapes that would be cool to have a more deluxe treatment but the fact that it is more basic will hopefully allow more collectors to get their hands on it!


How does this compare to the following release? MOTB Release: 0053 16/44.1 Release Date: 2009-01-29 Special: Rhinotrocity #13 Analog Audience Source: FOB Master Cassettes (MAC) MAC = 2 x TDK SA90 Analog Lineage: 2 x sony ECM 280 => Sony SD158 >> MAC Analog Sound Preservation: MAC >> Nakamichi CR-7a >> Korg MR-1000 >> DSF [1-bit 5.6448 MHz Stereo] >> Korg MR-1000 => Korg AudioGate >> WAV [24/96] Taped By: Reinhart Holhwein Transfer By: Bob Menke Mastering By: Derek McCabe
Comment by Steve+Brown wrote on 2009-04-28 17:52:25

If it's the complete show as Sigma has included in this 3CD set, I would imagine that with the lineage and resources behind what you are referring to, they would be at least comparible. But I cannot comment any further because I haven't heard that source unless it is a technical descriptiong of the Wolfgang's Vault source...and that isn't complete. Got a copy to share?!?!?! Sounds enticing for sure. Thanks.
Comment by Svengi wrote on 2009-04-28 19:14:03

Sorry Svengi I was on a little trip to NYC. I downloaded this from www.dimeadozen.org and can provide a link if appropriate. It's from "MOTB" which stands for "Mouth of the Beast" Project. This is a group of people who master live recordings, mostly Grateful Dead stuff. http://www.motb.org
Comment by Steve+Brown wrote on 2009-05-05 16:13:32

There's is a 24 bit on Yeeshkul. Quote from Harvested's Rontoon "The transfer could not have come from a better source and could not have been in more capable hands......MOB and myself are marveling at this exquisite transfer...."
Comment by Steve+Brown wrote on 2009-05-05 16:20:00

Thanks Steve, depending on when the download became available Sigma may have just leveraged this project for commercial boot purposes. It's simply essential however or wherever one obtains it!
Comment by Anonymous wrote on 2009-05-05 18:18:50


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