Great Final At The Scope (Beano-040)
The Scope, Norfolk, VA – August 30th, 1975
Disc 1 (57:58): Opening, Layla, Bell Bottom Blues, Key To The Highway, Mainline Florida, Can’t Find My Way Home, Further On Up The Road, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
Disc 2 (61:20): Blues Power (incl. drum solo), Teach Me To Be Your Woman, Stormy Monday, Tell The Truth, Let It Rain (with Poco)
Beano’s release of Great Final At The Scope is puzzling for several reasons. Norfolk Scope (Beano-038) with the complete soundboard recording was released only several months ago. This new release contains a previously uncirculated audience recording of the final show on Eric Clapton’s US tour in 1975.
It is a poor to fair recording, heavily distorted and not easily enjoyed. There are cuts in “Mainline Florida” at 3:38, “Stormy Monday” at 4:29, and a tape flip in “Let It Rain” at 6:12. The manufacturers claim this is an excellent sounding tape, but their assessment is far from accurate. For all the great tapes from the era (including the Scope soundboard), there really is no reason for this release.
I ordered this title before the review was posted. The recording wasn’t as bad as I expected but there are many more tapes that deserve a silver release over this one. Perhaps this would have made a better 4CD set paired with the soundboard rather than being released on its own.
Well, as a die hard Clapton collector I am glad this uncirculated tape saw the light of day. Yes, the quality is far from being as it was originally claimed and having the soundboard tape I won’t likely listen to this one more than twice but I am still glad Beano digged this tape out.