This is post # 500 today. Good to see that I made it this far and kept at it, even when preparing a post can sometimes feel like a part-time job to the full time one I already have and I’d rather be lazy… so far the love for the music and the anticipation of what the next post will introduce me to has kept me going. Thanks for reading!
Oh, and by the way I’m open for guest submissions. If there is something you feel you can contribute, do let me know.
Side 1: Venus And Mars/ Rock Show/ Jet/ Let Me Roll It/ Maybe I’m Amazed/ I’ve Just Seen A Face
Side 2: Blackbird/ Waltzing Matilda – Yesterday/ Listen To What The Man Said/ Call Me Back Again/ Letting Go/ Batman Theme
Source: Melbourne Myer Music Bowl, first show on Thursday, 13 November 1975 Professionally filmed and recorded on 16-track tape. The show was also broadcast on Australian radio. “This broadcast serves as the source of the first disc of the 2LP set Fly South , in an edited form to remove the announcer’s comments (i.e. the introduction to ‘Venus And Mars’).
The second broadcast is of Japanese origin (station JO2R) and served as the source of the scarce Japanese bootleg Rock Show ’75 [images a little further down]. Although it utilized the same mix, it was subjected to some unusual post-production and contains two additional tracks, ‘Band On The Run’ and ‘Hi Hi Hi’, as well as some segments which were edited out of the Australian broadcast (i.e. the introduction of ‘Venus and Mars’). However, it does lack the brief bit of guitar noodling (aka “Batman”) that prefaces ‘Band On The Run’ (which is found on Fly South). The post-production could best be termed “audience reaction” and was dubbed onto the soundtrack to mask edits in the tape and at points in the performance deemed appropriate by the producer. This LP served as the source for the Melbourne material on the three-discset Wings [WRMB 505]. Presumably this material was broadcast in Japan in hopes of taking the sting out of the recently cancelled performances at the Budokan. [Eight ArmsTo Hold You, Madinger/Easter, p. 212]
Side 3: The Long And Winding Road/ Yesterday/ Band On The Run/ Hi Hi Hi Side 4: My Love/ Blackbird/ “Paul Talks After The Concert”/ Letting Go/ “Paul Talks About Beatles Break Up And Possible Reunion”
Source: Perth, Entertainment Center – Saturday, 1 November 1974 (opening night of what was supposed to be Wings’ Australasia Tour) “Highlights of the Perth concert (7 songs) and contemporary interview bites first appeared on disc two of the 2LP set Fly South taken from a radio broadcast (“Concert Replay”) on Melbourne’s 3XY. The broadcast used a very good audience recording for ‘The Long And Winding Road’ and ‘My Love’, while ‘Yesterday’, ‘Band On The Run’, ‘Hi Hi Hi’, ‘Blackbird’ and ‘Letting Go’ all come from an inline source. [Eight ArmsTo Hold You, Madinger/Easter, p. 211]
As the b&w cover design already indicates, it was Berkely Records, who had borrowed the classic pig logo and produced this content-wise very attractive set (for the period and the few chances fans had of acquiring non-official concert recordings) in early 1976. John Wizardo must have come across a copy not long after and seeing the short run times for disc two decided to release it as a single album, while keeping the title. “The single disc version of Fly South omits ‘Ýesterday’, ‘Blackbird’ and ‘Letting Go’, according to Madinger/Easter in EATHY.
I believe this is the last colored pressing Wizardo ever did.
Sadly, the only letting go anyone had to do was by the ticket holders of actually seeing the shows happen.
1975: Oops. maybe next time. … 1980: Ok, maybe next time for sure!
Perth, Entertainment Center
We’ll call it the “drenched Kimono” tapes. The full Melbourne show can easily be found on Youtube, along with material covering Wings’ stop in Perth.