Most of what youve been told about this disc is true - it is one of the best recordings from the Animals tour the crowd is loud but not obtrusively so the sound balance is surprisingly good for an audience recording and a set list that gives Animals all the attention that it merits can scarcely be faulted.
Yes, it would have been nice if there was a little more clarity to the performance; if the band didnt sound quite so thin. But full recountings of both Animals and Wish You Were Here remind us of the days when Pink Floyd were an actual working band, as opposed to a monolith devoted to singular conceits, and the fact that Dark Side of the Moon is relegated to a two song encore ("Money" and "Us And Them") suggests that even they were getting sick of it by then. Even better, the quad effects that damage so many recordings from this tour (most notably during "Shine On You Crazy Diamond") are barely noticeable, which is a major boon for those of us who only have two ears.
Somewhere in Floyds
own archive, there is probably a recording from the Animals tour
that will leave every other tape youve ever heard for dead. Until
the day they see fit to dust it off, however, Iron Pigs On Fire
is one of those precious recordings that remind us just why Floyd were
so important at the time - no matter how hard theyve tried to make
us forget that since then. -
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