Core Sounds Omnidirectionals (pointed towards stage) -> Sony MZ-NH1 (line-in, HiMD-SP mode) -> Soundforge 10.0b w/Izotope Ozone 4 Mastering Plugin -> FLAC Level 8
Recorded, mastered and processed by: Yours truly ... Starclassic.
Location: First row of seats behind dancefloor, stage right.
01 - Yngwie noodling
02 - Rising Force
03 - Demon Driver
04 - Doogie chats with the crowd
05 - Classical interlude
06 - Cracking the Whip
07 - Crown of Thorns
08 - Exile
09 - Doogie chats some more
10 - Yngwie solos
11 - Yngwie's first lesson
12 - Doogie chats about the long suffering girlfriends of guitar players
13 - Yngwie solos on the acoustic
14 - Dreaming
15 - Gates of Babylon
16 - Yngwie's second lesson
17 - I Am a Viking
18 - Rise Up
19 - Doogie discusses geography and introduces the band
20 - Yngwie solos even more
01 - Yngwie solos even more still
02 - Yngwie sings the blues
03 - Yngwie's third lesson
04 - Yngwie erupts and attempts to communicate with dogs
05 - Drum solo
06 - You Don't Remember, I'll Never Forget
07 - Hiroshima Mon Amour
08 - Locked and Loaded
09 - Yngwie solos on the acoustic once again
10 - Yngwie's fourth lesson
11 - Cherokee Warrior
12 - I'll See the Light Tonight
This gig was one to remember, without a doubt. None of my friends like this guy. In fact, one even said that he was not interested in seeing a guy wank over his guitar. He was right. It was the usual Yngwie masturbating all over his guitar but you know what? It's the one time I can handle watching a guy masturbate! I expected it. I bought the ticket anyway, knowing this was going to be one wankfest I would actually enjoy and I definitely enjoyed it.
Sure Yngwie's soloing is self-indulgent and at times a bit too much, lacking musical depth to some but I seem to absorb its musical energy and feed it back out on my drum kit. I'm not sure what it is exactly. Perhaps it's my penchant for classical music in a rock setting and I am just a drummer at the end of the day!
Yngwie and his bandmates really set the stage on fire that night and from the mighty vocals of Doogie to the thundering metronomic precision of Jens, there was nothing I could possibly fault the band for. It was good solid neo-classical rock at its finest. I heard where Symphony X's Micahel Romeo got his influences from (another favourite band of mine) and perhaps that made me enjoy it all the more.
A long and gruelling tour didn't stop these guys from giving it their all. I'm sure you'll hear that for yourself.
On to the technical stuff, I'm not terribly impressed with this one given my location. My ticket purchasing skills back then left a lot to be desired. Furthermore, I'm not even sure if I ever did release this one but I did recently listen back to the master CD I engineered and I must admit, I was appalled with myself at the result. So, I was inspired to right the wrong by remastering this recording. Good thing I always keep the originals otherwise this never would have been salvageable!
So, having wound up at the far right, the best I could hope for was a decent mono mix from the PA. Thankfully, the sound guy did a mono mix. Unfortunately, it was far from a good mix. The main hi-hats are just way too bright and cutting, the midrange was a bit excessive from the guitars (perhaps at Yngwie's request) but lacking top-end, the vocals were reasonable though sometimes getting lost in the mix, the bass guitar lacked definition and Derek's keyboards were sometimes a little too bright depending on the patch used.
It was painful but I had to come to a compromise with the sound in order to get a better overall result. This one gets a C. Listen to the sample and be your own judge is all I can really say.