GEORGE HARRISON Los Angeles Express Soundboard Master [Misterclaudel MCCD-103/104, 2CD] Live at the Los Angeles Forum, Los Angeles, CA; November 12, 1974 (matinee). Very good soundboard. Seattle Coliseum, Seattle, WA; November 4, 1974. Very good audience recording.
gsparaco at collectorsmusicreviews.com wrote in 2009:
One of the nicest surprises to surface on Wolfgang’s Vault is this incomplete very good quality soundboard recording of George Harrison’s matinee show at the Forum on November 12, 1974. He played three shows over two days and no tape has surfaced for any of them. Not only is this the first tape to surface from the Los Angeles shows but is also the only professional soundboard recording from Harrison’s only US tour. The sound is a bit inconsistent from sounding muffled at the beginning of “Sue Me Sue You Blues” to clear and nicely balanced. It fades in at the beginning of “Hari’s On Tour (Express),” has a cut after “Cheparte,” and “Dispute And Violence,” and cuts out at 1:10 in “Tom Cat.”
Misterclaudel edit in the excellent sounding November 4 Seattle show for the rest of “Tom Cat,” “Maya Love,” “Nothing For Nothing,” “Dark Horse,” “Outa Space,” “What Is Life,” and “My Sweet Lord.” The edit in “Tom Cat” is very smooth and well done by the label.
During the first song Harrison actually speaks to the audience (something he usually didn’t do) by saying: “Good afternoon. Just got out of bed. This is called ‘Hari’s On Tour (Express).’ It’s an instrumental.” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” contains the “happy” smiling lyrics like “while my guitar tries to smile.” The horn section punctuates the beats and Harrison and Robben Ford have a good duel solo on guitar. “Something” is introduced as “one of my comedy numbers” and it’s apparent Harrison is having much difficulty singing in tune. He has Billy Preston helping out with the vocals. “Going Around In Circles” is the first of three Preston solo numbers and the first part of the show ends with “Sue Me Sue You Blues.”
Disc 1 Los Angeles Forum, November 12, 1974 Track 101. George Harrison - Haris On Tour (Express) 4:28 (7.5MB) Track 102. George Harrison - While My Guitar Gently Weeps 5:33 (9.3MB) Track 103. George Harrison - Something 4:16 (7.2MB) Track 104. Billy Preston - Going Around In Circles 4:26 (7.4MB) Track 105. George Harrison - Sue Me Sue You Blues 6:36 (11.1MB) Track 106. Ravi Shankar - Zoon, Zoon, Zoon 6:19 (10.6MB) Track 107. Ravi Shankar - Na Na Dahni 5:23 (9.1MB) Track 108. Ravi Shankar - Cheparte 7:11 (12.1MB) Track 109. Ravi Shankar - Anurag 12:22 (20.8MB) Track 110. Ravi Shankar - I Am Missing You 7:30 (12.6MB) Track 111. Ravi Shankar - Dispute And Violence 5:02 (8.4MB) 70 mins
Disc 2 Track 201. George Harrison - For You Blue 3:41 (6.2MB) Track 202. George Harrison - Give Me Love 3:50 (6.5MB) Track 203. George Harrison - In My Life 6:44 (11.3MB) Track 204. Tom Scott - Tom Cat 5:03 (8.5MB)
Seattle Coliseum, Seattle, WA; November 4, 1974 Track 205. George Harrison - Maya Love 5:21 (9.0MB) Track 206. Billy Preston - Nothing For Nothing 6:06 (10.3MB) Track 207. George Harrison - Dark Horse 4:17 (7.2MB) Track 208. Billy Preston - Outa-Space 6:09 (10.3MB) Track 209. George Harrison - What Is Life 6:06 (10.2MB) Track 210. George Harrison - My Sweet Lord 9:02 (15.2MB) 211. George Harrison - Hari’s On Tour (Express) - Omitted * 212. George Harrison - For You Blue - Omitted * 57 mins
* Officially released on Songs By George Harrison Volume One and Two.