Could an "In the Flesh" live release have worked?

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Could an "In the Flesh" live release have worked?

Post by MoreOrLess » Fri Oct 04, 2019 11:31 am

Leaving aside whether quality recordings were actually made or not do you think a recording of the 77 In The Flesh tour could have been a successful release at the time?

It would have had the advantage of allowing the band to release something relatively quickly when their investment/tax issues became a problem in 79 and would potentially have meant they were under less pressure to get The Wall out that year. Personally I do still feel that album is at least a couple of real stand out tracks light and without the time issues maybe Wright wouldn't have been forced out? On the negative side of that I spose you could argue that The Wall coming out when it did was advantageous tapping into the tale end of the anger of punk and that by mid 1980 things had moved along a bit musically.

I'd guess to have something close to the live show you would need a triple album release with Animals and Wish You Were Here each having 3 sides and maybe room for one encore depending on which performance of Shine One 6-9 they used. I don't think in itself that would be a problem compared to say DSOTM which would IMHO loose some of its appeal if spilt up over 3 album sides.

I still think this tour represents the best of the bands "classic rock"(so when most of the space rock had been dropped post 73), the 74/75 shows beyond having work in progress material do to me feel a little sparse with a single guitarist were as The Wall shows become much more tightly regimented. The 77 tour though with White as an extra guitarist seemed ideal for that kind of material to me allowing for more in the way of colour/improvisation to be added.