Pink Floyd – Welcome To The Machine (Cannonball CA-2004017/18)

Welcome To The Machine (Cannonball CA-2004017/18)

Alameda Stadium, Oakland CA – May 9th, 1977

Disc 1 (65:25):  Sheep, Pigs On The Wing (part 1), Dogs, Pigs On The Wing (part 2), Pigs (three different ones), Shine On You Crazy Diamond (parts 1-5).

Disc 2 (70:14):  Welcome To The Machine, Have A Cigar, Wish You Were Here, Shine On You Crazy Diamond (parts 6-9), Money, Us & Them, Careful With That Axe Eugene

This concert has the distinction of being one of the best recorded from Pink Floyd’s In The Flesh 1977 US tour.  The clarity and balance makes it possible to hear every note played perfectly and even the giggles between Roger Waters and David Gilmour in “Have A Cigar”.  This show was released several years ago as Mr. Pig which utilizes (so it was claimed) the first generation reel-to-reel masters.  Highland uses compression and heavy equalization to bring out the high end on the tape making everything louder. 

Cannonball used a different tactic with this release.  They didn’t use the compression or any form of dressing up of the tape to make it sound much more natural and dynamic.  The highs aren’t as shrill as on the other one making it sound very nice.  Furthermore the crowd reactions such as they are not as audible either.  It could be that Cannonball has used the DAT clone of the master wheras Highland used the reel to reel copy of the master.  

Whatever the case might be this tape is the best sounding from this particular Pink Floyd tour and is essential.  The Oakland crowd were well behaved enough to not throw firecrackers and upset Roger (how many times did he yell at audiences during this tour?)  Both Animals and Wish You Were Here are played perfectly.  David Gilmour in particular is on fire here.  Of particular note is his solo in “Pigs (Three Different Ones)” where he throws in some middle-eastern scales adding an exotic oriental feel to the piece.  A unique event in a Pink Floyd concert! 

To thank the well behaved crowd the band reward the audience with the extra encore “Careful With That Axe Eugene”, the only time the song was played during the tour and the final time ever by the full band.  It’s a short version and the scream isn’t as blood-curdling as in the past.  It is however very nice to hear the mature band pull out this early classic.

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  1. I have/ have had this as the following:
    Definitive Oakland (Sigma 37) 3CD
    Oakland (Sigma 2) 3CD No tape flips. *
    Mr Pig (2CD Highland HPMOO1AB)
    Welcome To The Machine (2CD Cannonball CA-2004017/18)
    In The Flesh (Great Dane GDR CD 9103)

    Sorry, Styrbod, but I have not heard ‘Oakland 1977 1st Night’ 3CD (Sigma 124) . Nor, for the record, ‘Oaklands’ (Sirene, part of 5CD set)

    The ones I kept were ‘Definitive Oakland’ (Sigma 37 3CD, and ‘Mr Pig’ (Highland 2CD). To *my* ears, this Cannonball title sounded like a straight copy of Highland’s ‘Mr Pig’.

    Of those I have heard, the Siréne, Cannonball and Highland and other releases had two very obvious cuts, presumably tape flips. These are at 7:50 in “Pigs (Three Different Ones)” and at 6:24 in “SOYCD Parts 6-9.” Sigma used the tape newly-broadcast tape by Wolfgang’s Vault to fill in these gaps. It is an excellent editing job – there are no hints of this editing whatsoever.

    As often with these better source tapes, it can come down to personal preference re the EQ, compression and such. For me, nothing wrong with this Cannonball title, but I did prefer the two I kept. If I had to choose one of those, I’d go for ‘Definitive Oaklands’ – fixed flips, and a less strident, mellower treble than ‘Mr Pig’.

  2. definitive Oakland sigma-37 is the best version.

  3. As I have this particular version of this concert in my collection I’d be really interested in hearing anybody’s opinion about whether the recent Sigma release is similar sound wise or upgraded (if that is possible). Anybody? The sound is really lovely on this release, so I don’t really feel an urgent need to change it for something else. But if there is something even better I’m always interested

  4. This sounds great!!!!


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