Pink Floyd began touring in 1977 on January 23rd in Dortmund, the day Animals was released. The European tour closed with three shows at the Olympiahalle in Munich on February 27th, February 28th and March 1st.
Wolfsschanze is another excellent comprehensive title on Siréne documenting Pink Floyd’s legendary 1977 Animals tour. Exactly as Dortmunds and Oaklands, this offers a comprehensive collection of Pink Floyd’s visit to Munich at the end of the European leg of the tour. Some have argued that these shows are among the very best from Europe.
Olympiahalle, Munich, West Germany – February 27th, 1977
Disc 1 (52:42): Sheep, Pigs On The Wing (Part 1), Dogs, Pigs On The Wing (Part 2), Pigs (Three Different Ones)
Disc 2 (63:02): Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5), Welcome To The Machine, Have A Cigar, Wish You Were Here, Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 6-9), Money
The source for February 27th is an excellent audience recording with emphasis upon the top end. This tape circulated as The Band Is Just Fantastic and Munich 27.2.77 in the active Pink Floyd ROIO circuit. But Wolfsschanze is the first release of this concert on silver commercial title. The master has a left channel bias which Siréne thankfully smoothed out making this sound great.
There are several cuts on the tape, namely at 3:50 in “Sheep”, the very beginning of “Pigs On The Wing (Part 2)”, 13:57 in “Pigs (Three Different Ones)”, 5:39 in “Shine On (Parts 1-5)” and at 7:08 in “Shine On (Parts 6-9)”. It sounds like the taper leaned on the record button on his recorder at these points.
Olympiahalle, Munich, West Germany – February 28th, 1977
Disc 3 (51:10): Sheep, Pigs On The Wing (Part 1), Dogs, Pigs On The Wing (Part 2), Pigs (Three Different Ones)
Disc 4 (61:59): Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5), Welcome To The Machine, Have A Cigar, Wish You Were Here, Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 6-9), Money
The following show on the 28th has two sources. Siréne chose to utilize the second source which surfaced before on MoLM as Pigs On The Run. This has less problems than the first tape source, runs at the correct speed and has the consensus that it sounds better than the first. There are two points where the master tape is deteriorated: from 2:30 to 3:15 in “Dogs” and from 13:00 to 13:44 in “Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 6-9)”.
There are also some fade-outs between tracks like the end of “Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5)” missing the transition into “Welcome To The Machine”. These issues are tolerable since the vast majority of the tape is very good, clear, powerful and a joy to listen to. Neither of the two tapes contains the second encore “Us & Them”. Whether it was even played in Munich is up for debate (it’s hard to determine with encores).If you liked this review, buy me a cup of joe. (Suggested: $3 a shot or $7.5 for a double)