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The band was very good but there's a major screw-up during The Fly. Edge came in too early with the solo.
Birdman's is a very good audience recording, I dare say better than Fradoca's.
The latter is an incomplete ALD source with some fluctuations, but Birdman's sounds very good,
bringing the live feeling to the boot. Recording: "Birdman Remaster" - 4.5 stars
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One of the best Vertigo bootlegs of the 1st leg. This was a "rehearsal" for the Chicago DVD. They were filming the show and it looks like due to some tech problems the show started late, but the crowd and the band were in a great mood and relaxed. With Beautiful Day following COBL the audience was already into it. Great interaction during Elevation and Gloria/The Ocean was a nice change (you can hear the "oh my god" screams of surprised fans). I'm usually not a fan of LAPOE, but it sounded great here. Then we have the highlight of the show with Bad. The song picks up right when you think it's over, like in the old times. Streets was also very strong. Before One Bono urges the crowd to call Canadian PM about helping Africa and he continued that even during One. It didn't bother me but I get it if some people are distracted by that. Another highlight was Mysterious Ways. After Edge's killer solo, the outro was extended a lot. Original Of The Species was not quite there, this was one of the first versions and it's not as good as the 3rd or 4th leg versions.
Overall, this is one bootleg worth checking it out.
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"A Placed Called Vertigo - Fradoca Remaster (Incomplete)"
01. Intro/City Of Blinding Lights
04. Gloria/The Ocean
05. New Year's Day
06. Miracle Drug
07. Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
08. Love And Peace Or Else
09. Sunday Bloody Sunday
10. Bullet The Blue Sky
02. Where The Streets Have No Name
04. Zoo Station
05. The Fly
06. Mysterious Ways
07. All Because Of You
08. Original Of The Species
Disc 1 (2-6) Disc 2 (7, 8, 10) : April 28th 2005 Vancouver
Disc 1 (1, 7-11) Disc 2 (1-6; 9) : April 29th 2005 Vancouver
This double cd contains performances from both gigs that U2 played in Vancouver during the Vertigo tour on the first leg.The source of the recording is clearly ALD. Both show were videotaped those nights as rehearsals for the upcoming Chicago nights used then for the official dvd.
The original recording itself was a decent ald with a very strong hum around 60hz.I've removed almost all the hum (it was very very strong!) the hiss, improved the stereo image and channel separation. I've use some smooth dynamic compression, equalization and added a litte bit of reverb to create some ambience. As final process I've maximed it with L3.
The sound is still a little bit raw and maybe crunchy but these are the limitations of the source. In some portions of some tracks you can hear some echo. This happened because the person responsible for the ALD equipment left the audience microphones open during the start or the end of certain songs causing a delay/echo in the sound. The song New year's Day it's a clear example. I've also removed all the little gaps and audio holes between the tracks to have a perfect and a smooth transition between them.
This remastering has been done to pay some justice to a nice soundboard recording.
The strange thing is the fact that both cds finish with '40'.
Maybe an entire ALD recording of both nights exists somewhere but who knows.....
By the way I hope you enjoy my release (the first of many more)
DISC 1 (72:10)
1. U2 Stage Manager Rocko Reedy (“…I’m nobody and I represent nothing…”)
2. Introduction: Everyone
3. City of Blinding Lights
4. Beautiful Day
7. Gloria/The Ocean
8. New Year’s Day
9. Bono talks
10. Miracle Drug
11. Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own
12. Love and Peace or Else
13. Sunday Bloody Sunday
14. Bullet The Blue Sky
15. Running to Stand Still/U.N. Declaration of Human Rights
DISC 2 (68:06)
2. Pride (In The Name Of Love)
3. Where the Streets Have No Name
4. Bono talks
6. Zoo Station
7. The Fly
8. Mysterious Ways
9. All Because of You
10. Original of the Species
Original Taper Comments: I was fortunate enough to have recorded the funny intervention by U2’s Stage Manager (Rocko Reedy) informing the audience that the show was delayed because of technical difficulties.
Remaster Comments: Why would someone remaster a show a second time? Well, I was AT this show, so it holds special meaning, and after switching audio gear, I realized the first remaster left a lot to be desired. That plus I've discovered a whole new tool and process I'd like to share...
I introduce you to the power of "Har Bal". A remasterer's dream. Using Har Bal, you can take any song and "harmonic balance" it to match a reference song of your choosing. The results are staggering, as this remix can attest to.
For this final version (no version III I promise), I settled on using as a reference, a track from the Chicago DVD to get the "live feel", augmented with some cleaner high-end from HTDAAB. Effectively what Har Bal does, is attempt to match the sound print of the boot recording to that of the reference. It also removes all of the harmonic imbalances, creating a sound that is enjoyable to listen to at high volumes, low volumes, in the car, on your ipod.
I'll include a sample so you can try before you buy and save your download ratio if you don't think it's worth it. I guarantee you though, it most certainly is.
And even though Canada has "remastered" it's Prime Minister, we'll still call it by the same name ;-) Track times and disc splits remain exactly as they were.
And as was the case in the original remaster...
MANY MANY thanks to MGT for his original taping effort, and for his support and approval of this remix. This recording would not be possible without his kind and generous donation to the community.
Audio / MP3
Bit rate: 192, bit depth: 16, sample rate: 44100, channels: 2