16 August 2007, DLee @ 8:16 pm
Most Memoratle (sic) (Blue Cafe-169)
Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA – May 9th, 1977
Pigs (Three Different Ones) (9:14), Shine On You Crazy Diamond (parts 1-5) (14:40), Welcome To The Machine (7:24), Have A Cigar (6:46), Wish You Were Here (6:16), Shine On You Crazy Diamond (parts 6-9) (21:17), Money (10:23), Us And Them (3:28)
Pro-CDR label Blue Cafe’s Most Memoratle (sic) has been claimed to be a new soundboard recording that surfaced just recently after all these years since the very popular live show at Oakland Coliseum on May 9th of Floyd’s legendary 1977 tour, a show that numerous Floyd fans feel is the very best of the entire tour in terms of the combination of both the sound quality of the recording and the quality of the performance by the band. More likely it’s probably just the master of the same outstanding audience recording that’s already been widely-circulated, in optimized sound quality. Nevertheless, whether it’s actually soundboard as claimed or just the well-known audience recording, the sound quality is absolutely brilliant, very clean, and possibly so clean as to being even a tiny bit cleaner than Highland Prime Masters’ Mr. Pig (HPM001AB), which sounds just awesome.
Unfortunately, however, the recording isn’t complete, and in fact is sadly far from being so because it starts with a fade-in approx. halfway into “Pigs (Three Different Ones)”, and ends with a fade-out approx. 3 1/2 minutes into “Us And Them”. We’re quite fortunate, though, to have as much as we do on this particular version, as being lucky enough to have the whole show at this sound quality would be incredible.The artwork of Most Memoratle is fairly decent, but unfortunately Blue Cafe’s inserts for their Floyd releases are one-sided only, being blank white on the other side. Apparently they must have meant to title this release as Most Memorable, as there is no such word as “memoratle”. In fact, if one does a quick search for the word “memoratle” on the entire Internet, this excellent Floyd release is just about the only result that comes up! (DLee)If you liked this review, buy me a cup of joe. (Suggested: $3 a shot or $7.5 for a double)