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The Pretty Things - 1972-02-12

Artist  : The Pretty Things
Date    : 1972-02-12
Venue   : Grugahalle Essen, West Germany
Lineage : AUD
Quality : VG-
Songs  :

1. Tune Up/German-English Introduction
2. Don't Bring Me Down
3. Spider Woman
4. Country Road
5. Night Sailor
6. Love Is Good
7. School Girl Incl.Drum Solo
8. Guitar Solo
9. King Bee
10. Route 66


1971年に解散したPretty Thingsでしたが、アルバム"Parachute"がRolling Stone誌によって1970年の"Album of the year"に選出されるなど、再評価されはじめました。それに乗って、"Parachute"作成時のメンバーを中心に再結成されました。このライブは再結成された直後のライブと思われます。

実際に演奏された曲は"Freeway Madness"が中心となっています。もしかするとすでに曲自体は解散前に出来ていたのかも知れません。

1曲目の"Don't Bring Me Down"で妙に長いブレイクがあるのが気になります。その箇所以外は非常にハードなアレンジの演奏となっています。彼らの数少ないヒット曲なので、外すわけにはいかなかったのでしょう。

その後に演奏される曲の多くは、観客にとって聞いたことが無いものだったのであろうにもかかわらず、良い反応が帰ってきています。

"King Bee"~"Route 66"のメドレーなんてRolling Stonesが裸足で逃げ出しそうな迫力です。この演奏を聴いているとPete Tolsonのギターもなかなかのものです。

と良いところをなんとか書きだそうとするのですが、いかんせん音質が悪すぎるのです。例えるならばKing Crimsonの"Earthbound"のような音です。愛聴するには厳しい音質です…。

下記インフォメーションにあるとおりAtomic Roosterも出演したフェスティバルです。私はAtomic Roosterも好きなので、音源を入手して聴いてみましたが、同じテーパーですので、同じような音質でした。

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PRETTY THINGS
1972-02-12
"Pop Carnival"
Grugahalle
Essen, West Germany


Also appearing: PRETTY THINGS, ATOMIC ROOSTER, DEEP PURPLE, LINDA LEWIS, CURTIS MALDOON, PRINCIPAL EDWARDS MAGIC THEATRE, OSIBISA and 2 or 3 other bands.


COMPLETE UNCIRCULATED AUDIENCE MASTER RECORDING

Recorded on;Grundig Portable Cassette Recorder w/Condenser Microphone

ANALOG MASTER CASSETTE(BASF Type I)>CDR>EAC>WAV>TLH>FLAC>DIME

Recorded By;"durian1"

Transferred & Uploaded by;"Lucifer Burns"


Setlist

1. Tune Up/German-English Introduction
2. DON'T BRING ME DOWN
3. SPIDER WOMAN
4. COUNTRY ROAD
5. NIGHT SAILOR
6. LOVE IS GOOD
7. SCHOOL GIRL Incl.Drum Solo
8. Guitar Solo
9. KING BEE#
10. ROUTE 66*

MUDDY WATER cover

*NAT KING COLE cover


Musicians;

PHIL MAY- Lead Vocals
PETE TOLSON- Guitar
JOHN POVEY- Keyboards/Vocals
STUART BROOKS- Bass Guitar
SKIP ALAN- Drums


The PRETTY THINGS are an English rock and roll band from London, who originally formed in 1963.
They took their name from Bo Diddley's 1955 song "Pretty Thing" and, in their early days, were dubbed by the British press as the "uglier cousins of the Rolling Stones".
Their most commercially successful period was the mid 1960s, although they continue to perform to this day.
David Bowie covered two of their songs on his album Pin Ups.~ wikipedi



I used a cheap Grundig portable cassette recorder with a condenser microphone that came with it.
Not the built in kind but one that was separate and plugged into the deck.
I got the recorder for Christmas in 1971. This was the first concert I taped with it and it had barely been used prior to this.
Before the Pretty Things came on the announcer mentioned that earlier in the week they had blown away the audience at a festival in a different city in Germany and received an incredible response.
I loved their Parachute album as a kid and they were one of the bands I was looking forward to seeing live.
I do not know what on earth the soundman was thinking.
The P.A. at this festival was pretty bad to begin with but the Pretty Things...
All I know is when they left the stage I remembered what the announcer had said about how they blew the crowd away a few days earlier and all I could silently ask myself was "Why?"
Primarilly due to the sound (I could not tell at the show if they were really any good or not).
To my ears they were a complete sonic mess. But this IS a Freeway Madness era recording.
And offhand I do not think I have ever seen another recording from that tour circulate.
So presumingly many Pretty Things fans will want to jump on this no matter what.~ durian1


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