*2023 stock* Imagine you're standing in front of Royal Festival Hall in London on 13th of June 1986. It's 7:30 PM. It doesn't take long to realize it's one of the greatest summer nights of that year. Fairuz is performing in there. It really is something. While the Olympia album had the Rahbani brothers influence, this one was conducted by Ziad. The musical arrangements of the songs are very clear to be of Ziad. It seems that these same arrangements gave Ziad a lot of help when he started working on the To Assy album. If not for the date on the album, you'd think this concert was performed after the release of the To Assy album.
The quality of the album is great and like the Olympia album, the clarity makes you feel you're there. Ziad played on the Piano and he did great by managing to play with the Orchestra in perfect harmony. He also made Khodni beautifully. Really amazing, only the Piano with Fairuz. Then Beaoulou Saghair Baladi starts and the applause gets warmer and warmer. Definitely the album doesn't include the entire concert. Maybe they cut out the other instrumentals and the choir songs. After all, How can a Fairuz concert be 45 minutes only? The booklet has articles in the three languages (Arabic, French and English) as well as pictures from the concert.
Music by The Rahbani Brothers except: * by Ziad Rahbani ** by Sheikh Sayed Darwich Lyrics by The Rahbani Brothers except: Wahdon by Talal Haidar Arrangements by Ziad Rahbani except: Bioulou Sghayar Baladi & Zourouni Arrangements by The Rahbani Brothers Recorded Live at the Royal Festival Hall in London on the 13th of June 1986 Piano by Ziad Rahbani Conductor Ziad Rahbani Analogue Audio Restoration and Remastering by Marwan K6 Cover Photo – Archive Marwan K6 Original Release: ℗ & © 1989 / Reissue 2017 LP Available from Right Track S.A.R.L.