Original release 43:53
Esoteric Version: 41.27
Royal Albert Hall 1975 disc one
Original release: 50.07
Original (re-issued and corrected) release: 68.53
Esoteric Version: 50.12
Royal Albert Hall 1975 disc two
Original release: 53.50
Esoteric Version: 53.52
Croydon, Fairfield Halls 1975
Original release: 61.47
Esoteric Version: 61.47
Bilbao, Spain 1976 disc one
Original release: 44.28
Esoteric Version: 44.29
Bilbao, Spain 1976 disc two
Original release: 69.57
Esoteric Version: 69.58
Berlin, Germany 1976
Original release: 31.26
Esoteric Version: 30.33
So, which one is the Best?
The Box: a draw - Sanctuary's box is much bigger and more robust, whereas Esoteric's is smaller (with a clam-shell design). Whilst it is marginally less robust it is also glossier and more colourful.
The design of discs: Esoteric - coloured 'vinyl' CDs just like some bootlegs.
Look of the CD sleeves: Esoteric - several have extra photos and to my eyes are less garish than the Sanctuary sleeves.
The design of the CD sleeves: Sanctuary - as it's far easier to get the discs out due to their larger size. Fans with big fingers will be struggling to remove the discs from some of the Esoteric sleeves (especially the two gate-fold ones). Sanctuary additionally included inner paper-sleeves to protect the discs, Esoteric didn't.
The Booklet: Esoteric - 16 pages with colour & black & white photos (several of which haven't been reproduced in decades) compared with the fold- out rather cheap looking one included in the Sanctuary set.
The Essay: Draw - both are solid, professionally written but slightly dull.
Sound Quality: bit early to say but so far I'd say Esoteric just edges it.
Running times: Sanctuary - for their corrected second issue only. Comparing both sets (original uncorrected releases) - a draw.
Errata - since this went to press I've noticed that I've mislabelled two of the photos - in my defence one wasn't labelled in the source magazine. So, the shot of Chris Franke with the screen that I labelled as being in Spain in 1976 is of course during TD's 1974 UK tour (North East Polytechnic in London) & the B&W shot of Peter Baumann that I have labelled as Dusseldorf in 1976 is in fact from Paris in '76.
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