sabato 20 gennaio 2018

Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, Howe - 1989-08-15 - Pittsburgh, PA (AUD/FLAC) by REQUEST

(Audience FLAC)

Venue - A.J. Palumbo Center, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA

Built-in stereo condenser mics > Radio Shack cassette recorder (model unknown) >master tapes > TDK D90 normal bias tapes (2nd generation) >JVC TD-W505 stereo double cassette deck > 
Aiwa XC-RW700 CD/CD recorder >TDK Music CD-Rs 80 min. > Cakewalk Pyro 2005 (wav files onto HD here) > Cakewalk Pyro 2005 (track and edit wav files here) >Flac Frontend encode level 7 

Quality - 8.5-9.5/10 very good plus to excellent audience analog recording

01 Introduction (1.38)
02 Time And A Word (2.45)
03 Owner Of A Lonely Heart (2.00)
04 Teakbois (0.50)
05 Three-song Reprise (1.48)
06 The Clap (4.38)
07 Mood For A Day (4.15)
08 Rick Wakeman Solo (5.50)
09 Long Distance Runaround (4.34)
10 Bill Bruford Solo (2.20)
11 Birthright (7.09)
12 And You And I (9.56)
13 I've Seen All Good People (9.59)
14 Close To The Edge (19.56)

01 Sound (1.44)
02 Second Attention (2.55)
03 Soul Warrior (1.33)
04 Bruford-Levin Solo (4.04)
05 The Big Dream (2.53)
06 Nothing Can Come Between Us (3.13)
07 Long Lost Brother Of Mine (4.28)
08 The Meeting (5.33)
09 Heart Of The Sunrise (10.32)
10 Order Theme (2.46)
11 Rock Gives Courage (1.36)
12 It's So Hard To Grow (2.19)
13 The Universe (2.29)
14 Roundabout (8.27)
15 Starship Trooper (12.27)

I got this concert directly from the taper about 18 years ago. I was not there but was assured by the taper that this tape contains the whole performance. Since I wasn't at the show, I don't have any amusing or amazing stories to tell, so I'll give you a brief rundown of the recording, good points and bad.

First, the good points:
1) As mentioned above, this recording is complete.
2) There is virtually NO talking, shrieking, whistling or any other audience bullshit on this recording. The taper was surrounded by very polite, quiet, respectful audience members who were there for the music and not to hear themselves talk.
3) There is no distortion present. There are no speed problems or any other serious faults to prevent you from enjoying this show.
4) This is a very clear recording. The vocals & instruments come through very clearly and distinctly. I think that the taper was fairly close to the stage when making this recording.

Second, the bad (not very bad at all) points:
1) There is a little bit of hiss. Not bad, but you'll hear it from time to time.
2) This is probably the worst point about the recording: the right channel's strength is variable. The right channel is weak for 90% of And You And I and then comes back strongly. This occurs on other songs as well. I have no idea what was going on but I suspect that there was a short or a loose connection somewhere in the mic circuitry. The right channel never vanishes totally but it is weak in several songs. This is basically why I downgraded it to 8.5. When both channels are pumping, it's a 9 to 9.5 solidly. Fixing this problem is beyond my  capabilities. Perhaps some audio wizard out in Dime land can fix this for us all. If anyone is interested in doing so, you have my complete and utter permission to knock yourself(ves) out. I could've used a splitter to record the left channel only but didn't want to create a mono recording, so I left the problem alone. If you can help, please do!!! (How I wish that the taper would've used something like a Sony or Aiwa with an external stereo tie mic instead of a Radio Shack setup but what can you do ?????).

So there you have it. This is the raw recording that I've had lo these many years. I changed NOTHING about this recording except to track it and to remove overly-long stretches of applause and screaming between songs. No music is missing. This show fits on 2 80 min. CDs. CD 1 = Tracks 1 - 14. CD 2 = Tracks 15 - 29. The song titles become more understandable if you have a copy of the legit ABWH tape lying  around so you can follow along with that setlist. That's about all that I can think of to say, so let's wrap this up.

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