Saturday, August 12, 2017

Thin Lizzy - 1976-04-21 - Chicago, IL (FM/FLAC)

(FM broadcast FLAC)

Riviera Theater

Lineage:
WXRT-FM => Teac cassette deck (model unknown) (TDK KR-C60) => HHB CDR830 => CD R/W => EAC => WAV files => Flac Frontend (level 8), aligned on sector boundaries

Phil Lynott - Bass, Vocals
Scott Gorham - Guitar, Vocals
Brian Robertson - Guitar, Vocals
Brian Downey - Drums, Vocals

01. Jailbreak
02. The Boys Are Back In Town
03. Emerald
04. It's Only Money
05. Blues Boy
06. Warrior
07. Rosalie (tape flip at 4:08)
08. Suicide
09. Angel From The Coast
10. Sha La La
11. Baby Drive Me Crazy
12. The Rocker

13. WXRT announcer

Notes:
From the original May 23, 1976 broadcast. Almost for sure not the entire concert, but the entire broadcast (edits made by WXRT can be heard). This has made the rounds as "The Irish Dawn Chicago". This also circulates with an April 16, 1976 date. Since I marked the cassette immediately after the broadcast and still had at that time a vivid memory of the show, I'm 99% certain that the April 21, 1976 date is the correct one. Be-Bop Deluxe were the opening act, and I also have the WXRT broadcast of their performance. I also recall that WXRT were hyping up the pairing of these two acts together in the weeks before the concert.

A very good show, with a few small flaws:
-I set up my tape machine on the wrong bias for the TDK-KR C60 tape initially, then made the switch about 1:20 in "Jailbreak". I made a small edit to correct for the equalization (see later notes).
-Tape flip at 4:08 of Rosalie
-Only one of the guitars can be heard in the mix until track 04; this was apparently a soundboard recording and apparently a correction was made on the board; as this is how it was broadcast I've made no changes.

I've also left in WXRT announcer's comments at the end for posterity, but these can be deleted by the downloader. This was UnConcert #131, by the way.

Edits:
-Small fade in to track 01
-To adjust for the wrong tape equalization setting, I used SoundForge graphic equalization for the first 1:20 of track 01, with the following settings:
+1.2 dB boost at 2kHz, +2.4 dB boost at 4kHz, +3.4 dB boost at 8kHz, +2.2 dB boost at 16kHz.
-edit at tape flip in track 07, less than .01 seconds removed to smooth the transition
-Small fade-out on track 12
No other edits made.

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