Happy Valentine (MVR Special Sampler)
Parken, Copenhagen, Denmark – April 17th, 2004
Disc 1: Opening – Let It Rain – Hoochie Coochie Man – Walk Out In The Rain – Bell Bottom Blues – I Shot The Sheriff – Milkcow’s Calf Blues – When You Got A Good Friend – They’re Red Hot – Kind Hearted Woman Blues.
Disc 2: Got To Get Better In A Little While – Have You Ever Loved A Woman – Badge – Wonderful Tonight – Layla – Cocaine – Sunshine Of Your Love – Got My Mojo Working.
Review: Owning Tarantura’s fabulous “God’s Favourite” I was little bit sceptic about whether I should grab this release by MVR or not because, not being a soundboard, this release could not get any better except for the artwork. But I love this 2004 Tour so much and price was so affordable that I didn’t think twice and went for it. I am glad I did.
Comparing both releases I would say MVR did some remaster work on Tarantura’s tape but I am far away from being an expert on these issues and comments on this are more than welcome.
The highlight of the night has to be “Got To Get Better” now on Disc2 instead of Disc1 as on Tarantura’s release, where EC delivers a couple of stunning guitar solos. I plead guilty to have been playing this particular track to death for the past two days. Awesome solo indeed… “Badge”, “Have You Ever Loved A Woman”, “Layla”…. they all are such a joy to listen to… not only because EC is in top form but also because the sound is SO clear that you may believe to be listening to a soundboard most of the time….
It it serves anyone I would prefer MVR’s release but I could perfectly live more than happy with just Tarantura’s. Anyway, the original taper must have been inside the soundboard itself to get this stunning sound!!
This show is a show to have in your collection. Whether it is Tarantura’s version or MVR’s, you got to have it!
I agree with your review of this release, but the Manga style card inlays are awful. It doesn’t even list the tracks or the band members! I have ended up making my own add’l card inlay based on the concert info available from the Slowhand Tourography. I know this was a budget release, but you’d think MVR could have included basic concert info.