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I must confess that I expected this to be a terrible show, having my ideas of Popmart + hearing about the beginning of Popmart and that they were underprepared ...but I was proved wrong. I DID enjoy this show despite of all mistakes and problems, and it was much better than what I had expected.
Clearly it's not their best show, and as some of you have said it's a very bad one. They weren't prepared of course, therefore most of the new songs are just screwed up, but the old songs are mostly well done. Details...
* Although it's a new song, Mofo is done quite well, and as you get the bass and drums, the music is just amazing!
* One of the old songs not done so well is I Will Follow, probably because they didn't play it during ZooTV.
* Last Night On Earth is done better later on Popmart, but this one isn't bad either, and Bono's voice is actually quite good. It does get messed up a bit, like around 4:40 "You gotta give it away"...there is something wrong with it! They also screw up the ending, doesn't sound good!
* Gone, what a beautiful song, yet Bono sings it badly, specially the ending is kinda irritating ("gone, gone, gone,...") !
* Until The End of The World is performed well, there seem to be technical problems tho, a bit in the beginning and specially the end. There is something wrong with Edge's guitar sound in the end (before and during "lalala...lalala").
* IGWSHA, I didn't know it was ever performed live, it was interesting to hear it, but they absolutley fuck it up. Why is it performed like this?! They seem very confused during this one! The "I like San Diego" bit in the end sounds pathetic...as if he is trying to make it up to them! :-|
* Staring At The Sun is better in acoustic, but it isn't that bad here either. Bono's fine on this one.
* Daydream Believer is quite nice actually!! If I'm not wrong, that is The Edge singing! A highlight of the show in my opinion!
* Miami is done mostly like the studio version, not bad, not so good either.
* Please is fine, Bono messes it up a bit in the middle, around 3:05 when it goes silent and Bono has to sing "So love is big...". Why are there Sunday Bloody Sunday drums in there?!...They weren't able to show the beauty of "Please into Streets" but it ain't bad, and Streets is done quite well. You gotta love that guy in the audience who yells “Where the streets have no name!!” when it’s about to start!
* Discotheque is well done. WOWY is just amazing, mostly because you get all of Adam's bass which makes it awesome.
* HMTMKMKM is messed up in the beginning, they don't start the music right after the alarm like song in the beginning, the rest of it is ok. Mysterious Ways is fine and so is One (older songs, as mentioned above).
*It's a good recording, a great feature of it being that you can perfectly hear Adam's Bass which makes everything much cooler. You also get a good listen of the other three.
* The vocals again, Bono's voice gets drowned in the music a few times, but it's not that much noticeable. It's probably partly because of Bono's voice and not the recording.
* I (as someone who really enjoys hearing the audience reactions) didn't get enough of the audience...at times when they were singing along, you could hear them but it's very low, doesn't show the power. But you probably can't just get everything in a recording unless it's an official DVDrip or some broadcast. Recording: Audience microphone - 2.5 stars
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As a bootleg it has a good recording, you get what you have to get of the music very well, you don't get all the audience, but it's fine.
About the show, it's an interesting one to have, see them mess things up and compare it to when they figured it out. But, if you are looking for a bootleg to show you what Popmart was all about don't go near this one...try Mexicofo or something else.
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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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