sabato 30 marzo 2019

Journey - 1980-10-13 - Tokyo, JP (AUD/FLAC)

(Audience FLAC)

Calm & Storm silver CD's > EAC (Secure Mode, Offset Correction) > WAV > TLH  (to test for lossiness and other issues) > Audacity (to view waveform, embed metadata/track titles & info, and then to encode) > FLAC 8 > TLH (to check for SBE's and create and verify new ffp & md5 files) > you 

Artist: Journey 
Date: October 13th, 1980 
Location: Tokyo, Japan 
Venue: Nakano Sunplaza 
Title: Line Of Departure 
Label: Calm & Storm 
Source: AUD (Low Gen) 
Format: FLAC 
CD's: 2 
Artwork: Yes (full 300 dpi scans in download) 
Size: 630 MB 
Length: 100:08:04 

CD 1: 
101. Where Were You 
102. Just The Same Way 
103. Lovin' You Is Easy 
104. Too Late 
105. Of A Lifetime 
106. Kohoutek 
107. People And Places 
108. Precious Time 
109. Lights 
110. Stay Awhile 
111. Dixie Highway 
112. Homemade Love 
113. Anytime 

CD 2: 
201. Walks Like A Lady 
202. Neal Schon (guitar solo) 
203. La Do Day 
204. Ross Valory (bass solo) 
205. Steve Smith (drum solo) 
206. Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin' 
207. Wheel In The Sky 
208. Any Way You Want It 
209. I'm Cryin' 
210. Line Of Fire 

This audience audio is in my opinion excellent.  There is no audio clipping and the waveform looks perfect for a future remaster too.  This is the unaltered copy straight from the silver CD's being uploaded today.  My friend, "techtuts", has done a remaster of the audience recording he will be uploading it really soon here on Dime. 

One of the great things I hear in this recording is the mix of instruments and how well everyone can be heard playing and singing.  Neal's guitar is clean and in your face, Steve Perry's vocals are right where they can be easily heard, and the rest of the band, Steve Smith, Gregg Rolie, and Ross Valory are all heard evenly in the mix. 

The crowd is enjoying the show and can be heard but not in any kind of interfering way and not as the music is playing.  The taper had to have had a great spot too since in the video you can see the whole crowd standing and clapping throughout the show.  But you don't hear a lot of that in this recording or if you do it is not often or interfering with the songs.  The overall experience listening is a well mixed show and one that sounds excellent and can be cranked up.  It is not a show you "have to enjoy".  It is a show you will enjoy. 

There are a few changes in the audio but for the most part it is consistent.  In the song "Dixie Highway" there was likely a tape flip and they added a short, few seconds clip from the DVD audio to patch things and make it complete. And it is a smooth transition too.   And the final two tracks, "I'm Cryin'" and "Line of Fire" are from this same DVD source it sounds like to form a complete show.  "I'm Cryin'" starts out with the audience tape source but switches over to the SB (video) source as the taper runs out of tape I am guessing.  I guess the taper didn't get those last songs so they fill it in with the SB (video) audio.  Heck, the cameramen shooting the show barely got them and the video is awesome but very unusual as it is a one camera shot moving all over the stage.  I guess they thought the show was over after "Any Way You Want It"?  Thank God for the lone cameraman! 

And this brings me to the part about this show reportedly being the 1980-10-11 show.  This is one mistake the label made.  This is the 1980-10-13 show that has for a long time been confirmed.  I knew this was not going to be the 11th date when it was ordered by the parties getting it.  The only night that has ever been filmed from this Japan leg of the tour and ever seen the light of day is the 13th date.  This show has been passed around for decades with all kinds of dates given to it in the video.  Most often it is wrongly called Osaka 1980-10-10 but there are other dates too.  Steve Perry clearly calls out to the audience "Tokyo" a number of times in the show.  But too many people too many times seem to ,iss "Tokyo" being said when they share this show that has Osaka on the artwork of many DVD copies out there and the wrong information continues getting passed on often. 

The audio does not look like it has ever been EQ'ed and that makes this even more of a gem.  It is definitely a low generation tape if not from the master tape.  The taper, "Miracle Man", seems to possibly have ties with the label putting the show out.  I can't say this is a fact but he does seem to be who they get some tapes from.  But having what appears to be the silver discs of the unedited audio is a superb plus in my book.  This is what we want. 

There was no brickwalling of the audio waveform like Tarantura did on the last 1982-04-17 Kanagawa, Japan silvers I uploaded here.  Tarantura, hopefully out of ignorance and not knowing they were doing it, degraded the audio for that show and any real chance of fixing it.  It can still be enjoyed but they messed it up and that is such a shame.  I sure hope they wouldn't do this on purpose.  But the Calm & Storm label material I've seen so far has been unedited I am confident and either way it has not been ruined by them playing with an equalizer. 

As I mentioned, my friend, "techtuts", is uploading his remaster of the show in just a little while. And if you are a Journey fan and want to find some great, free, and rare RoIO shows; check out his new site. It's a goldmine of Journey shows! You can find the Dixie Highway at the following link: 

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