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Format: CD
Catalog: LLRCD 072 Living Legend Records
Misc.: Audience recording
Produced:<no info>
Date: 711017
Cover: Front: Stageshot, Roger from behind. Inside: Closeup from the circle sceen on the stage (photo is upside down!) Back: Circle screen with clocks
Sources: 17 Oct 1971, San Diego.
Hires-coverscans: life_could_be_a_dream.back.1.jpg
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       1. Careful With That Axe, Eugene                     13:20
       2. Fat Old Sun                                       16:20
       3. Atom Heart Mother                                 15:36
       4. Embryo                                            12:14
       5. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun         13:18
      Total Time:                                           70:50

      Roger Waters*
      David Gilmour*
      Rick Wright*
      Nick Mason*

Comments: One of my favourite boots. Although the high noise level is somewhat disturbing, the recording has a fantastic stereo perspective. It gives you a real concert feeling. Moreover, all songs are extra long and are performed very well. Unfortunately AHM is faded out. -HERWIG

This contains the same show as 'The Heart Of The Sun', but where that included Cymbaline and Blues, this features Careful With That Axe. Pity the two could not be merged! As with 'The Heart..', the sound quality is excellent. Atom Heart Mother is non-orchestrated version and Careful.. is superb, building up an up to the climax, with wonderful ear-tearing screams from Roger. If you haven't got another version of this concert, buy this one. -TAP (#52)

I compared 3 different RoIOs of the San Diego show: "From Oblivion", "The Heart Of The Sun" and "Life Could Be A Dream".

First, about the sound quality. All these RoIOs come from the same source: an excellent stereo audience recording. One can hear the same people clapping and chatting between songs (BTW, audience is very quiet). So I think they all come from the same recording, but probably from different generation tapes. "The Heart Of The Sun" RoIO seems to suffer from some noise reduction technique: the sound is good, not too hissy, but the high frequencies are muffled. The sound on "Life Could Be A Dream" RoIO is very clear, but there's a lot of tape hiss. "From Oblivion" RoIO is better than the others: the sound is very clear, and with almost no hiss!

Secondly, about completeness. "Careful With That Axe, Eugene" is missing on "Heart Of The Sun" RoIO. "Cymbaline" and "Blues" are missing on "Life Could Be A Dream" RoIO. "Atom Heart Mother", on "Life Could Be A Dream" RoIO, fades out too early (the last 30 seconds are missing). The most complete RoIO is "From Oblivion". It contains "Careful With That Axe, Eugene", "Cymbaline", "Blues" and the very end of "Atom Heart Mother".

About the recording speed, I noticed that the speed on "The Heart Of The Sun" RoIO is too high! For instance, "Atom Heart Mother" lasts 15'11", although it's complete (the version on "From Oblivion" RoIO has the correct speed and lasts 16'05"). The wrong speed is noticeable (voices and instruments are a too high, and the tempos are too fast), and listening to "The Heart Of The Sun" RoIO soon becomes very annoying!

So, I recommend "From Oblivion" RoIO above the two others: best sound quality, more complete tracklist, and correct speed. - MARC-OLIVIER.

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