lunedì 29 aprile 2019

The Who - 2008-11-13 - Osaka, JP (AUD/FLAC)


(Audience FLAC)

Concert & Torrent Info
(1) Artist: Who The
(2) Band Members: Roger Daltrey (vocal), Pete Townshend (guitar, vocal),
Pino Palladino (bass), Zak Starkey (drums), John "Rabbit" Bundrick (keyboards),
Simon Townshend (guitar, vocal)
(3) Date: Nov 13th 2008
(4) Venue: Osaka Castle Hall, Osaka Japan
(5) Title & Catalog #: Whofs Who At Last (T&J ?Jcpd-007/008)
(6) Tapers: Tom & Jerry, Mickey Jaggar
(7) Sound Editor(Re-Mastering): Naniwa Hot Brothers the
(8) Art Work Designer: Mickey Jaggar

Recording Info
(1) Lineage:
[Recording]
Source A: M1280s (Card)> Fostex FR-LE2 Oade HD Mod (24bit/96KHz, Rec Level 4, Gain 12foclock position)
Source B: AT943 bodies with AT853 Card caps>Church Audio CA9100 (10 ofclock position)>Korg MR-1(24bit/96KHz, -14.5 gain position)
[Transfering]
Fostex FR-LE2 or Korg MR-1 > Audio Gate > Sound Forge Files > Re-mastering (24bit/96KHz) > Dithering (16bit/44KHz) > Wav > Flac
(2) Sound Forge Re-mastering Process; Track split,>EQ>Normalize
(3) Sound Quality:
Apart from the digital noise here and there, this is truly the best sound-quality recording wefve ever uploaded.

Roger Daltrey: Harmonica, Vocals, Guitar
Pete Townshend : Vocals, Guitar
John Bundrick: Piano, Keyboards
Pino Palladino: Bass
Zak Starkey: Drums
Simon Townshend : Backing Vocal, Guitar

01 - I Can't Explain
02 - The Seeker
03 - Relay
04 - Fragments
05 - Who Are You
06 - Behind Blue Eyes
07 - Real Good Looking Boy
08 - Sister Disco
09 - Baba O'Riley
10 - Eminence Front
11 - 05.15
12 - Love Reign O'er Me
13 - Won't Get Fooled Again
14 - My Generation
15 - Pinball Wizard
16 - Amazing Journey
17 - Sparks
18 - See Me Feel Me
19 - Tea Theatre

Tapers Notes
We recorded the entire show from about 20-something row seats in the sub-center block. No much crowd interference. The hanging PA Mix sounded great throughout the night with a solid blend of vocals and instruments, and the fat rich low end and strong clear mid-high sound was well-captured in details on this recording. Considering the size of the venue and the acoustic, it is remarkably that there is no booming or distortion on this recording. Should we give credit to Doug or Audix? I donft know but we could not be happier with the sound quality. One drawback is some digital noise recorded for an unknown reason. This might be annoying but only during the quite parts like in-between the tracks. So enjoy it.

Performance & Show Review
Originally we were asked to join together with a bunch of Japanese Wholigans and to see all of five Japan shows. But we turned down the offer partly because one of us became too much family man to commit to such an Amazing Journey and largely because we did not have great expectations for the Who any more.

Many of fifty or sixty something rock legends are still alive and kicking keeping on hitting the road every year. Some of them are great but some of them arecc.struggling to keep their heads above the water in the cut-throat music business. What about the Who? After Johnfs gone, the remaining two men could still deliver the goods? We strongly suspected that a season drummer like Zak Starkey and a versatile bassist like Pino Palladino would carry the most part of the songs with Roger and Pete fired up in spots. Who is (the) Who at Last?

Back in 2004 the Who played for the first time in Japan. We went to see their show at Osaka Dome, which was a rock festival featuring Aerosmith, Paul Weller, Michelle Branch on the same bill. Rumor had it that the Who could not hold the show alone and that they needed a few more warm-up artists who were pretty popular in Japan. The Who performed a spectacular show. Neverthless the dome was far cry from packed. As a matter of fact, the first tier of the stadium was only more or less 30% filledc.. Where the hell was the Who fans? Year 2008 Pete and Roger scaled down the venue. But this is still an arena show that they need a 15 thousands crowd anyway. Whofs (there for) who at last?
We decided to go see the first show primary because we want the opening concert for their first solo tour to be recorded. The day Pete & Roger would give up performing in public is not in the near future but not far awaycc.we thought.

The first thing we noticed upon the entering venue was that the stage was truly stripped down to the platform for amp and drums without stupid ticket-inflating ornaments. A wide-range screen held high and back in air must be the only extravaganza for this stage construction. The arena hall was respectably filled with the young and the old. Another thing we did not realize at first (but later we did when we saw the long line of people waiting for the manfs bathroom) was that the audience was a male dominated.

When the lights were out, Pete and Roger and their supporting members went up on the stage without any announcement nor a dramatic intro-music nor fire-works nor flashing lights nor flicking images on the screen. They just walked into the stage from the dark and picked up the instrument to fine-tune them. While Japanese Wholigan went nuts, Peter took a few steps forward to the center of the stage to give a cue to Roger and Zak Then he hit the strings to kick off a two hour show with gCanf Explainh. From that moment on, Pete was a maestro throughout the night. Zak and Pino did not drag Pete around. In fact what we witnessed is the other way around; Pete kicked everyonefs ass in the band deciding when to hit hard or soft and when to rush or slow down. He also got his own mixer for his guitar upon the stage and constantly adjusted the sounds and the volume. It was not easy to imagine that a sixty something rocker Roger belts out songs about adolescence anger and frustration before the show started but in fact it is not strange at all to hear him sing gMy Generationh.

The music pumping out of the speakers was loud and strong and wickedly young. Itfs BEAT MUSIC we used to call it and we thought we kind of grew out of it a long time ago. But we realized we have grown up with it and canft forget it. While Roger belted out songs about the juvenile and Pete swung his right arm against the guitar strings in his signature windmill style, Zak brought a dynamic sense of grand flash and stabilities balanced with a massive groove and an absolutely swinging fill conception, and Pino combined a fretless tone with an octave effect producing the bass lines peppered with chords, lead lines and counter melodiescc..just like John did. The sound is awesome, fresh, new, and totally different from the one during gMoon the loonh time when Keith pillaged and pounded the drum skins. Seemingly they do not let the glory days memories linger on. They just boldly moved forward. I guess Pete and Roger do not have to ask for a permanent residence in Vegas at least for a while.

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