From The Gentle Giant Home Page
About The Album
Live in Watford, 1974. A "strictly limited edition" bootleg put out by Wilkinson Archives, WILK014.
I heard from a guy who says he taped this show -- and his tape is likely the source of this CD:
"I've not seen or heard the CD, but if it's from my tape, it's not going to be much good. The recording was made on a Decca Legato portable cassette machine with a cheap moving coil microphone on a horrid Audio Magnetics C120 cassette. It suffers from compressed dynamics, limited frequency range, some overload distortion and a fair bit of hiss, but is still quite listenable. I think all circulating copies must come from a cassette to cassette dub I made many years ago, because I can't remember giving it to anyone else.
"Watford Town Hall has a world-renowned acoustic and is often used for orchestral recording, but as a rock venue, it's terrible. It's a big, aircraft hangar of a place and the further you are from the stage, the worse the sound. The 1974 Gentle Giant show was a standing-only gig; there were no seats, so I was able to position myself in a good place, more or less stage centre, maybe twelve rows from the front. However, the limitations in the equipment I used at the time and the shortcomings of the venue's acoustics conspired to create a less than perfect audio record. But, as I say, it's quite listenable.
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