Originally a vinyl triple album bootleg, the files I acquired were a direct transfer (in lossless FLAC format) from that. And pretty quiet. And noisy. And not the clearest recording I've ever heard, if I'm honest! I could write a small book on what I did with this one but I will spare you the gory details and summarise...
Vinyl crackle was very loud, recording level of the music was pretty low...crackle removed.
It was an audience recording from an arena, so lots of reverb...so that meant reducing the reverb ambience and ensuring the music levels were louder so I could work on them.
Recording levels were up and down all the way through...so I tried to increase the low levels as much as possible and even out the tape dropouts where they appear, without sounding like it was compressed or limited too much. It's now far better in that regard but not perfect. The perils of automatic recording levels back in the day, I guess.
Ssssome pretty bad sssSSSibilance too in places...I did what I could to tone that down.
Eventually I had a sound file to get to work on, with EQ and other studio toys to clear up the muddy sound, bring out some details and dynamics where I could and generally make it a nicer listening experience.
Do be aware there is a long (and slightly rude) story from Phil Collins before 1 song - I left it in along with all his introductions as they're part of the gig experience - but I only mention it here to say there is part of it missing from the recording. At a guess, maybe this was where someone had to turn the tape over on the night, I don't know. There is also 1 track missing from the set - the last track ("I Know What I Like") wasn't included on the recording.
It will never sound like a crystal clear FM or soundboard recording but it's substantially more listenable - and enjoyable! - now. You can now download this restored show exclusively for free HERE as 1 (rather large - it's around 2 hours) MP3 file.
Or, if you would like to have separate tagged MP3s or FLACs, head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can obtain these for a very small donation towards the site costs. Absolutely no obligation to do so of course. Either way, enjoy the show!
Behind The Lines
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
The Carpet Crawlers
Me And Sarah Jane
No Reply At All
Cindy Louise (Firth of Fifth intro)
Firth Of Fifth
Man On The Corner
In The Cage/The Cinema Show/The Colony Of Slippermen
Turn It On Again
Dance On A Volcano