Yes Moondances for me and Opening Farewell a close second, Lunar Sea is another great highlight of that show.
Agree with you longtalleric about the issues with Moondances. Hammersmith concert is missing a third of the picture due to having to remove the TVE logo and the Sight & Sound concert is mono only dispite being stereo on the excellent Unevensongs bootleg. Even so it is exceptionally good.
Yes, that's what I always assumed - they used the TVE rebroadcast. They did use an excellent copy, though. Close to the end of "Lunar Sea", you'll hear a distortion in the sound (it sounds like cellphone interference) which is present in the original TVE rebroadcast as well. I also have this footage in much worse quality (recorded from an earlier broadcast) which does not have this sound distortion so I'm quite certain it's not on the original master.
Additional evidence: there are a couple of places where the film as broadcast has some tape problems - rolling picture/loss of picture which are edited out of the release. Actually a seriously degraded version of this footage has been around for a very long time on that video bootleg "Playing In The Green And Red". It contains the original 30 min broadcast. Untill the "50th Birthday" TVE extended rebroadcast everyone thought the concert was recorded in Spain.
Good choice Merlin, close call for me between TP and Moondances and I particularly ove the Stationary Traveller tour.
Pity it was decided to extract some of the songs to the bonus "Added Pressure" section. I understand it was due to not having good quality audio, but still I would prefer the concert to run continuously from start to finish as it did when they made that timecoded TP video release all those years ago.
I recall the official CP line is that the master footage is gone, Total Pressure being taken from a low grade "evaulation copy" of the type commonly used to demo a rough-and-ready broadcast idea. As usual, the original video soundtrack would be low fidelity with an additional multitrack recording being made for redub purposes. TP video was copied from the original without redubbed sound, but at least the mono soundtrack was a soundboard feed - often it is just an external microphone little better than an audience recording. So when they made Pressure Points it was given a nice stereo soundtrack mixed down from the multitrack, but the audio for songs not included went missing afterwards. They must still have been missing in 2009 since the songs are absent from the Esoteric "Extended and Remastered" edition. Comparing TP with PP side by side, it is clear that the picture quality is rather better on PP (but then you have the constant interruptions of the storyline footage to sit through).
The TP DVD I'm fairly certain is the TP timecoded video cropped a bit to remove the timecode; with newly redubbed sound taken from the original Pressure Points CD release where the songs match, and the Pressure Points soundtrack for other songs. The "Additional Pressure" bonus uses (as it must) the original camera mono soundtrack.
The Pressure Point dvd in the version "In the arms of the waltzing Frauleins" is my absolute favorit. It is a wonderful concert and mixed with a movie. The story of this concert is a very special one and the movie in it makes it more special. Stationairy Traveller is one of my favorit albums anyway.
I've come to find that "Coming of Age" is my favorite concert DVD. It seems to showcase the band with its full range of abilities. I mean, how many bands have a guitarist who can also play a string section on a keyboard and all sorts of woodwind instruments all in one concert?
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