WOOD, RON - CD
RITZ 6TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY 1986

LABEL:
Two Of Us Master Series Volume 4
SOURCE:
The Ritz, New York City June 25TH, 1986 (Early Show) Ritz 6th Anniversary Party
FORMAT:
1 downlioad cdr
RUNNING TIME:
63.58
SOUND/SOURCE:
Audience stereo
PACKAGING:
single slimline jewel case
 


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SOUND 7.5 / PACKAGING 9 / PERFORMANCE 9

 
TRACK LIST:

1. Ooh La La, 2. I Can Feel The Fire, 3. F.U.C. Her, 4. Love In Vain, 5. Outlaws, 6. Roll Over Beethoven, 7. School Days - Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll, 8. Night Train, 9. Sweet Little Sixteen, 10. Around And Around, 11. Memphis, Tennessee, 12. It Hurts Me Too, 13. Carol-Everyday I Have The Blues, 14. Johnny B. Goode, 15. Reelin' And Rockin'.

 
REVIEW:

A new recording of the 1986 Ron Wood-Chuck Berry Ritz 1st show has recently popped up; apart from its nice quality it also had nice artwork and long and detailed liner notes which we just report:

‘Between 1983 and 1999 there was likely not a taper or taping duo more active than Two Of Us. For the better part of a decade and a half they taped over 250 artists with an array being taped multiple times. If you collect Springsteen then you are already familiar with some of their work, about half a dozen were posted of their "Tunnel Of Love" tour shows by fmcleanboots butr then decided to pass the baton. What you don't know is their passion was not just for Springsteen but for music and that passion runs deep. It is astonishing how many artists they taped.

They followed tours taping club shows, theatre shows, arena shows, big artists, mid-level artists and local artists. If they were following a tour and the tour had an off night they'd see who else was playing that night to tape. Always focused on enjoyment of the show as the priority, tickets were for the most part acquired outside of the venue as they worked to obtain the best possible seats, continually trading up until the correct seats were acquired.

The results of this were that the captures are uniformly excellent but on occasion the start of the show was sacrificed as a trade-off for the seats. The heavy lifting was done by Sony WM-D6C and an external Shure Mic before moving to DAT for the last couple of years.

None of their masters have ever been circulated and have been safely stored for the past three to four decades in a climate controlled environment. Tapes transferred so far are in pristine condition.

Though we may do some mini releases of a series of shows in order for one portion of a tour for the most part shows will not be released in order, there are just too many of them.

This will be a very exciting series and we hope along the way we upgrade existing circulating audio and offer up shows that do not have any circulating audio.

This is volume 4 of this series, as mentioned in the introduction notes Two Of Us taped all levels of artists at all sizes of venues and amongst those are many shows that I'd call only in New York shows. This show is a perfect example of that. In 1986 The Ritz was celebrating its 6th Anniversary with a special 6th Anniversary Party.

Featured for one night were Chuck Berry & Ron Wood, Chuck was headlining with Ron supporting throughout his set. The master tapes did not note if this was the early or late show and Two Of Us mentioned that unless something else was going on that night they probably taped both shows. I've come to the conclusion, based on the presence of a circulating setlist and recording of the late set, that this is the previously uncirculated early set.

Ron Wood opens the show with five songs ranging from Faces to Stones to his solo releases. This is apparently two songs longer than the late show. All are absolutely brilliant with a highlight being the extra bluesy with killer guitar work version of Love In Vain that comes off as an impromptu version with Ron singing at one point “what's the next verse".

To close his set we get what appears to be another impromptu playing of Outlaws, well it's sort of Outlaws, with Ron opening the song singing "well if you wanna here some music like Chuck will play, you'll have to wait just a few moments", he only sings the chorus of Outlaws once and it's more of an impromptu blues so saying it's even a loose version of Outlaws is probably an overstatement. Chuck joins at the end of Outlaws.

Chuck's set is all business and his playing complimented by Ron is spot on, we don't get any of the campiness that marks other Chuck Berry performances, there is not a 10 minutes audience participation version of My Ding-a-Ling. Chuck opens with Roll Over Beethoven just like the late show and though similar to the late show we do get a few different songs and a different order.

The Uptown Horns are featured on an instrumental loosely based on Night Train. Quality is very good to excellent with no cuts. As you can imagine at a show like this the crowd was extremely vocal but a couple of hours scrubbing extreme whistles and screams near the recorder have been spent. This one is best listened to with some extra volume to it, don't be afraid, no severe whistles to blow your speakers or ears any longer. This is a special event that we are fortunate to have such a great recording of it. Three big thank you's here, first to Two Of Us and their dedication to capturing all these great shows. Also, a big thank you to fmcleanboots for laying the groundwork that has resulted in what you hear today and in the future.

Last but not least, thanks to Goody for his continued support making sure his and so many of our other releases running at the right speed...’

 


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