Xmas 2008…UNIVIVE-008 「GREAT WHITE WONDER」4CD Disc 1
A remaster of disc 3 of the 2006 4CD-R version with remainder of extant material (3 songs).
1st track fades-in after tape garble at start of old version.
New track divisions but slightly faster speed for improvement of fidelity. But!! a frequency has emerged on this new version rendering some discomfort for listening…
The last track on this disc is also track 2 on disc 4 of this actual set because it reissues the C-90 tape compilation on discs 2 & 3 of UNIVIVE-002.Disc 2
Same audio problem with the first track (only) on this disc – the last of this concert date.
Thence, 4 edits from ‘77 Sunset Glow’ concert… qv. UNIVIVE-010 & 016. "Night Collectors" & "Last One" are most complete on this release. The tracklist is also incorrect: “Assassin’s Night” recording is not featured in the audio, 5min excerpt on 016 only. Disc 3 & 4
Reissue of UNIVIVE-002 [4CD-R] discs 2 & 3. Track 2 also Track 8 of disc 1 of this set.The first disc of the original (2006 4CD-R version)is now “Franging Massager” of UNIVIVE-019.
The second & fourth (bonus) disc of the original (2006 4CD-R version) are currently unavailable.UNIVIVE-007 「CRADLE SALOON 78」2CD
More sensible version of the 2006 4CD-R version. Retains all the original artwork with little modification in a slimline 2CD jewel case. Unfortunately, the 2nd set on this evening a long, free-form improvisation is unrepatriated… More info from the DukeOfPrunes UNIVIVE-018 「WILD TRIP IN THE WEST」3CD
“The Longest Night”… or, “At least 187 minutes thereof…”of Kyoto reunion concert after seven years absence.
The opener “Ice Fire” sets the tone with a vibe wch steamrolls like a megaton-pimped ride on an earthmover-monolith-cum-galactic-jalopy tumbling through dense cosmic fog untila zonked-out zombie-stomp of “The Last One”stumbles forth in somniferous, funebrial quagmire gloom… muck from heaven.
It is 1983, the sound is something like UNIVIVE-013 “Marvelous Live”murk as opposed to CDAR-60&61 “Eve Night”… not unlike say, “Black Rainbow”either, the final Fujio Yamaguchi collaboration.
Mizutani intones with more sombreness than we’ve noticed before and the bass part (we recommend applying as much as possible for playback!) is notable in wandering, pseudo-inept splendour!
The mood set, it kind-of plateaus for the remainder, deteriorating with a half hearted rehash of “Assassin’s Night”.
Rather than issue a ‘disc 4’you get an (incomplete) performance, sans an improvised coda- wch’d ‘ve been interesting at least… fades out on the third-last piece ( the encore consisted five).
The excised finale was released on Encyclopedia Of Rallizes 2x10CDR, only .
A not altogether imperceptible glitch / jump in the audio occurs occassionaly towards the end of CD 1 & 2. This isn’t the 45min tape change, which is to be expected, but it seems another case of inadequate transferring to CD format. Such has beset a number of other Univive releases (certainly, not borne from the original source).
Okay , it’s incomplete, there’s some audio problems, however, it thumps along agreeably, has some thematic interest…. well, at least the throng present expressed their likewise approval!