Lovely People (Tarantura TCDEC-23, 24)
Lovely People collects two new tape sources from Eric Clapton’s first tour of Japan as a solo artist. The first two discs cover the November 1 Budokan concert from a Sound Brothers source. This tape is good to very good mono with some distance from the stage. There are slight amounts of hiss present on the tape but this is better sounding than the older tape source that circulates as Rachel’s Wing. The only problem is it runs a tad too slow and the music drags. It is a shame too because it sounds like a great show.
Budokan, Tokyo, Japan – November 1st, 1974
Disc 1: Opening, Let It Grow, Can’t Find My Way Home, Tell The Truth, Singin’ The Blues, Badge
Disc 2: Willie And The Hand Jive, Get Ready, I Shot The Sheriff, Have You Ever Loved A Woman, Layla, Little Wing, ending backing home
Budokan, Tokyo, Japan – November 2nd, 1974
Disc 3: Opening, Smile, Let It Grow, Can’t Find My Way Home, Better Make It Through Today, I Shot The Sheriff, Key To The Highway, Willie And The Hand Jive, Get Ready
Disc 4: Badge, Presence Of The Lord, Singing The Blues, Layla, All I Have To Do Is Dream, Blues Power
The second two discs contain a Mr. Peach recording of the November 2 Budokan concert. This tape source is distant, muffled and hissy. An incomplete soundboard recording exists for this show and has been released on Legend Comes Alive (Keep Out KO0001/2) which is missing “Layla,” “All I Have To Do Is Dream,” and “Blues Power.” Tarantura has the advantage of being more complete, but unfortunately this tape also runs a tad too slow and the music drags.
Tape speed is a problem that can be addressed by listening to the tape and making the necessary adjustments. It is a shame because this could have been an important release. Hopefully another label will remaster these tapes. The packaging is great though and is the best thing about this release.