VARIOUS ARTISTS - CD
PRINCE'S TRUST ROCK GALA

LABEL:
Doc Dondy Beano 023
SOURCE:
Discs 1-4: Royal Albert Hall, London 21st September 1983, Disc 5: Royal Albert Hall, London 20 September 1983.Discs 1-4: Royal Albert Hall, London 21st September 1983, Disc 5: Royal Albert Hall, London 20 September 1983.Discs 1-4: Royal Albert Hall, London 21st September 1983, Disc 5: Royal Albert Hall, London 20 September 1983.Discs 1-4: Royal Albert Hall, London 21st September 1983, Disc 5: Royal Albert Hall, London 20 September 1983.Discs 1-4: Royal Albert Hall, London 21st September 1983, Disc 5: Royal Albert Hall, London 20 September 1983.
FORMAT:
5 downoad crds
RUNNING TIME:
57.36/63.19/57.41/65.19/27.02
SOUND/SOURCE:
Discs One, Two: Audience Stereo > 1984 Japanese triple vinyl bootleg album > Dual vinyl record player > direct digital transfer via USB cable > Audacity (for track marks, level boosting, slight editing, vinyl crackles removal) > WAV > FLAC(level 8)>; Discs Three, Four: Audience recording (same master as above though probably a higher generation of the analogue copy equalized)>Three Yardbirds In The Hall (Beano 0-23, CDs #3 & #4)>CD-R>FLAC (level 8)>. Disc Five: Westwood One Superstar Concert Series triple vinyl LP #SS-84 B for FM broadcast in 2000 > DAT (?) > cd-r > WAV > Audacity (for slight editing and level boosting) > WAV > FLAC (level 8) > you; except tracks 2 + 3: Very good audience recording >Three Yardbirds In The Hall, > WAV > Audacity (for slight editing and level boosting) > WAV > FLAC (level 8) >. Disc Five, Tracks 1,4-6: Soundboard stereo-2000 Westwood One Superstars in Concert 3LP, Tracks 2,3: Audience stereo.
PACKAGING:
Fayboy case
 


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SOUND 10 / PACKAGING 9 / PERFORMANCE 9

 
TRACK LIST:

Disc One: 1. The National Anthem and Band Intro, 2. Everybody Ought To Make A Change, 3. Lay Down Sally, 4. Rambling On My Mind/Have You Ever Loved A Woman?, 5. Rita Mae, 6. Cocaine, 8. Man Smart, Woman Smarter, 9. Best That I Can, 10. Roadrunner, 11. Slowdown Sundown, 12. Take Me To The River, 13. Gimme Some Lovin.

Disc Two: 1. Star Cycle, 2. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat, 3. The Pump, 4. Led Boots, 5. People Get Ready (w/Andy Fairweather-Low on vocals), 6. Hi Ho Silver Lining, 7. Prelude, 8. Who’s To Blame (w/Steve Winwood on vocals), 9. City Sirens (w/Steve Winwood on vocals), 10. Stairway To Heaven, 11. Wee Wee Baby, 12. Layla, 13. Goodnight Irene (w/Ronnie Lane), 14. Final Announcements.

Disc Three: 1. Introduction, 2. Everybody Ought To Make A Change, 3. Lay Down Sally, 4. Ramblin On My Mind/Have You Ever Loved A Woman?, 5. Rita Mae, 6. Cocaine, 7. Man Smart, Woman Smarter, 8. Waiting For Orders, 9. Roadrunner, 10. Slowdown Sundown 11. Take Me To The River, 12. Gimme Some Lovin’.

Disc Four: 1. Star Cycle, 2. The Pump, 3. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat, 4. Led Boots, 5. People Get Ready, 6. Hi Ho Silver Lining, 7. Prelude, 8. Who s To Blame, 9. City Sirens, 10. Stairway To Heaven, 11. Wee Wee Baby, 12. Layla, 13. Good Night Irene, 14. Broadcast Report.

Disc Five: 1. Wonderful Tonight, 2. Hound Dog, 3. Waiting For Orders, 4. People Get Ready, 5. Wee Wee Baby, 6. Bomber’s Moon.

 
REVIEW:

This set was uploaded on a famous torrent site at the end of May 2021 and consists of:

Disc One & Two: 1984 Japanese vinyl bootleg

Disc Three & Four: Three Yardbirds in The Hall (Beano-023).

Disc Five (bonus disc): six bonus tracks from the Sept. 20, 1983 A.R.M.S show including

the lost Steve Winwood track title mystery solved.

First, this recording gives out not less than three upgrades:

 

1) Superior transfer:

The Japan vinyl bootleg that came out in 1984 was transferred using a considerably higher-level Dual vinyl record player which digitises directly to lossless FLAC files via USB-cable. Therefore, this is a fresh needledrop without the need of using a cd-r in the lineage (which used to be necessary for digitising transfers on my Philips cdr burner) plus polishing with Audacity that might provide at least a slight upgrade for those who already own the 2008 version.

 

2) Additional alternate source:

In late 2009 Clapton-focused Beano Records released their (slightly EQ'ed) version of that recording as part of a silver 4CD set titled Three Yardbirds in the Hall, which we already reviewed here. That fatboy box contained both the complete Sept. 20, 1983 A.R.M.S and the Sept. 21, 1983 The Prince's Trust shows. From that release, the latter was added as an interesting alternate source to listen.

 

3) The six bonus tracks:

Most part (though not all) of the A.R.M.S show was released officially so it is not part of this set. However, as appropriate for a desirable anniversary edition, this time were added as corresponding bonus tracks those above mentioned six numbers from the A.R.M.S. show that were never released officially and never torrented either.

 

About this show: most people will know that late ex-Small Face Ronnie Lane had organised his well-known September 20th, 1983 show at the Royal Albert Hall with his mates to raise funds for his A.R.M.S. (Action for Research Into Multiple Sclerosis) charity organisation. That 150 min. show was broadcasted in 2000 as a radio show by Westwood One Superstars in Concert Series and already in 1984 got its first official release on VHS and later on DVD.

This concert though is from the 2nd night on September 21st with the same personnel yet dedicated to another good cause, Prince Charles' The Prince's Trust; an event appropriately called The Prince’s Trust Rock Gala. The Prince had just founded his charity project earlier in 1983, and on July 20th Duran Duran played the first fund-raising show. Therefore, he and the late Princess Diana of course attended the show which for this occasion had to be cut down to about two hours.

Eventually, Clapton dropped Wonderful Tonight from his previous night's set, Winwood omitted his opener Hound Dog, the All Stars did without Tulsa Time and Ronnie himself didn't sing Bomber’s Moon; only Beck and Page didn’t condense their sets; with its 18 plus minutes, Page's was by far the shortest, anyway. On Clapton’s Wee Wee Baby Ian Stewart is introduced to the audience as the Rolling Stones Manager.

There sure are many reasons anyway to appreciate this recording:

Though insolently subtitled as The Complete Concert, that often re-released VHS/DVD of the Sept. 20th A.R.M.S show has not less than frigging six(!) numbers left off: Clapton's Wonderful Tonight, Winwood's   Waiting For Orders and Hound Dog, Becks People Get Ready, The All Stars' Wee Wee Baby and Bomber's Moon although initial VHS issues had either Jimmy's Prelude not included or not listed as a separate track.

In turn, Westwood One's 2000 Superstars in Concert 3LP radio show came with almost the complete show though likewise without the two first tracks in Steve Winwood's set, Hound Dog and Waiting For Orders (maybe at Winwood's explicit request because they don't appear on the official VHS/DVDs, either), plus exactly without Stairway to Heaven.  

However, that show luckily also makes its rounds as a pretty good sounding audience recording and was Beano's source for the first two Discs in their Three Yardbirds In the Hall box set. Thereby, this torrent here comes with all the officially unreleased September 20th tracks taken from that radio show triple album and the audience recording, coupled on one separate bonus disc.

 

In contrast to the first night's rather questionable official release fate, The Prince's Trust show was never released officially or broadcasted - and therefore it qualifies for being torrented. The Japanese vinyl boot was manufactured from a complete audience recording of really nice audio quality. The bootlegger's source tape must have been recorded with high-quality equipment and either he flew over to London to tape the show himself or was sent a very low generation copy - maybe even the master or a copy taken directly from the master.

For their 2009 Three Yardbirds In The Hall box set, the Beano bootleggers obviously only had a slightly lesser generation copy source tape at hand and seemingly tweaked a little on that for their release; hence, it seems as though even after 35 years time a straight 1st gen. copy off-the-master still does not circulate.

 

It is noteworthy that this torrent contains the Steve Winwood number Waiting For Orders that he played on both nights. Now, this is a lovely song which is worth the admission alone! There has always been some speculation and mystery about that number's actual title which can be regarded solved, meanwhile: Steve and his long-time partner-in-crime Will Jennings had written a number with that very title for Steve's 1982 Talking Back To The Night solo album. However, as Steve once said in an interview he didn't regard it as up to the other songs' standard so he didn't use it for that album, and even left it unreleased to this day. Despite his reservations towards this lost song, Steve luckily still decided to play it at least on these two occasions, maybe trying to find out if it may sound better live than in the studio - and with Eric embellishing it with some intriguing guitar soloing, it sure does sound awesome. Too bad Steve didn't give it a second thought. Along with Beck's People Get Ready it is oner of the best numbers of the entire show.

As The Sun made it clear on their front page the following day (depicted on the front cover), the icing of this star-studded cake was silver-dressed Diana who of course “outshone them all” hands down.

 

The second London concert cane out as The Prince s Trust Rock Gala on a triple album from Japan and on ARMS Concert 21 from Craze Ent. The ARMS line up ran through the U.S.A. after having premiered in London at the Royal Albert Hall in order to support Ronnie Lane fight against MS. A number of musicians friends got together and made some concerts to raise funds, amongst them Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts and Ian Stewart from the Stones, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page, Stevie Winwood in London, Joe Cocker and Paul Rodgers in USA and just in New York Ronnie Wood joined company. Completely absent was Rod Stewart, nowhere to be seen. The concerts were introduced by Bill Graham and contrary to how the program was structured in the USA here to the three guitarist we have to add Stevie Winwood that shares the stage with an equal number of songs before the finale encores where they are all on stage together.

These are great audience tapes that feature all instruments in wide stereo and with no distortion at all, the second show has always been quite a bad recording and so this is a real good improvement. Packaging is great; it comes with full-colour cover artwork for:

Discs 1 & 2: re-used the 1984 Japanese vinyl bootleg cover artwork which in turn depicts the handbill for the actual show and The Sun front page from the following day.

Disc 3 & 4: Three Yardbirds in The Hall (Beano-023).

Disc 5 (bonus disc): A.R.M.S. cast photos and logo re-used.

 

 


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