And so it came to pass, around a week ago, the most anticipated release by Empress Valley from their soundboard revolution series this year, ‘How The East Was Won’. A soundboard recording from the bands gig at the Osaka festival hall on the 29th of September, 1971.
Already promoted by two sample ‘singles’, this release was due to blow people’s minds. Apart from EV recklessly didn’t include the single releases, instead leaving them aside so that were exclusive to the disks they were pressed on. It’s a beautiful show, it was hyped for so long but then why split out the tracks over 4 disks (At the very least!) – Sure, the single disks are collectable but they are collectable on their own rather than nixing them from the full show so if you want the full concert, ‘The Immigrant Song’ and ‘Friends / Stairway To Heaven’ singles, if they’re not already sold out, are the way to go.
Whether EV will now concentrate on releasing another version for the festive market featuring the tracks that were played and with extras (There’s already a ‘deluxe’ version of the set with the added edit of the oft’ booted audience recording)
As standard, the Eelgrass label haven’t been far behind producing their own version with the single tracks reinstated. The packaging, you’ll understand, just ain’t the same.
Those of you who have joined our Facebook group will already have seen the flyer that comes within EV’s box, pointedly ensuring no one misses the point that EV aren’t happy with the torrenters or bootleggers of their own material.