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Yes, there were a lot of mistakes, technical problems and Bono was in another show, forgetting the lyrics of many, many songs, but they were improving. It can't be as bad as the Vegas show, right?
The sound is excellent. Sharebear did a great job mixing Bono's IEM with crowd noise and the results are there. In some cases you can hear Bono talking off-record about the need to rehearse more (no kidding!). Recording: IEM - 3.5 stars
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I actually enjoyed this show for what it is: a testimony of how Popmart evolved and the songs were developed along the tour. The Pop songs were played different than later shows, and some songs like Please and Mofo still lacked the punch of later incarnations, but there were good things too. I Will Follow was a complete mess. Bono completely forgot all the lyrics and he sang pure gibberish, but it was fun to listen to. Do You Feel Loved is here, and if you like the song, you won't find better sound than this. Miami was great, no major problems and an extended snippet of Cuba made it shine here. Bullet had a strange snippet of "Thank You (Falettin Me Be Mice Again) and even more strange, it ended during the America snippet, but it was still good. If God Will Send His Angels included only one verse and Bono interrupted the song to talk, which was a downer. Bono kept forgetting lyrics and complete verses during Please and Discotheque (it was like this the entire show). Last Night On Earth had a different outro and during WOWY, the band kept playing after the last "oooh" part and they seemed they didn't know how to end it.
But don't get me wrong, the show still rocked and the audience was really enjoying it. If you're a Pop fanatic, definitely check this one out.
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Mixed, Produced, and Mastered by Hoserama/Sharebear
Time aligned in Adobe Audition 6
Mixed in Neundo 4, using extra waves, ozone, slate plug-ins
Flac'ed using Trader's Little Helper
Thanks to Butterking for the hook-up on the source, and TS for all the feedback, and SH for being just awesome.
01. Pop Musik
03. I Will Follow
04. Even Better Than the Real Thing
05. Do You Feel Loved
07. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
08. Last Night On Earth
10. Until The End Of the World
11. If God Will Send His Angels
12. Staring at the Sun
13. Daydream Believer
15. Bullet the Blue Sky
17. Where The Streets Have No Name
18. Lemon Remix
20. With Or Without You
21. Hold Me Thrill Me
22. Mysterious Ways
This show takes me back. I remember being a rambunctious eleven-year-old exploring on the internet for U2 sites. Pop had just been released and I had been listening to that for a while. I ran across a site that had some downloadable U2 bootlegs...in glorious 16kps RealAudio. From that site, I downloaded crummy audience recordings of this San Diego show and the DC Popmart show. Hoots and hollering, crowd noise, and distant vocals galore. Having never been to a concert before, I legitimately wondered if concert sound was loud enough to hear in the back! But I was more than intrigued. I kept downloading + acquiring shows, eventually started taping, and been at it ever since.
So when Butterking of JEMS and I were talking one evening, he casually mentioned he had a fresh new transfer of a nice audience recording from 1997 San Diego, my interest popped up. Another dear friend had just given me a handful a Popmart IEMS to clean-up for possible release (some have been released, some not), and San Diego was in the fold. A fairly one sided Bono feed that could use a little love for San Diego, unlike the crew feeds that made up a majority of the Popmart pulls. When I countered Butterking with the IEM in my possession, we both got very excited about the possibility of excellent matrix. Two months later after numerous revisions (special thanks to TS for the extra feedback!), we have the current mix.
It's not a perfect recording. The IEM was very Bono heavy, so most of the instrumentation came from the audience recording. It's tough to get a right balance in this case, and required many revisions. The IEM was pretty clean overall, while the audience has some chatter/cheering. The overall PA mix seemed inconsistent; sometimes the guitars seemed too low, and sometimes Bono's voice washed out in a wave of guitars. Easy to bring out the Vocals with the IEM, not so much the guitars. Give it a whirl, see what you think.
Several of these older Popmart ear monitor feeds have some dubious legacies. Some were stolen and released following the infamous shower heist; some were traded then cut up/introduced noise, etc. Shady trade shenanigans by folks who burned the original tapers. Some of these old recordings have been restored and released from a known lineage...and more may be coming. However, I burn out fast on doing these shows! Setlist variety is not synonymous with Popmart. This San Diego show has been thought to be one buried in the hands of the same folks, not exactly sure what has been done with it trade wise. But moot point now--time to flush out the system!
The show itself is a fun trainwreck. They were clearly underprepared (especially if you take the time to listen to the 23 CD set of the Popmart rehearsals), and it showed in the first 15 shows. As second night of the tour, there were some very amusing moments of mis-cues and mistakes. I love the version of I Will Follow...I'm sure the band would cringe at hearing that. But any true fan of the band finds a special love for the trainwrecks. After all, you need the mistakes to make the perfection that much better!
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If you're going to destroy the sound of some ultra-spiffy high-end rigs by encoding and spreading them via poorly encoded mp3's, please keep them on your own computer and not dilute the tradepool. This means you!
Please do not attempt to remaster/remix this recording and spread it around. There is little to no point of trying to compete with the original processing. It just creates problems with conflicting effects and processing errors. If you need to re-eq it for your own listening pleasure, that's fine, just don't spread it around.
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