A first appearance on the site for Front 242, pioneers of Electronic Body Music (or EBM, as it's known these days). This was their debut gig in the USA in 1984; they started their support of Ministry on their "Wax Trax Singles Tour" the very next day in Trenton, New Jersey. The venue, Medusa's, was a "juice bar" (ie no alcohol served) for teens in Chicago which closed down long ago.
Taken from the mixing desk, this recording was donated to the site by a regular listener, who asked if there was any way it could be improved. It required a lot of work - breaks in the sound (some quite long ones), there were tape errors typical of old recordings, lots of noise, hiss...the original tape must have been in the wars a bit! So a good candidate for restoration even before actually trying to make it sound clearer.
So I set to work fixing tape dropouts, correcting the stereo image where possible (their live mixing was pretty extreme moving things left and right, so much of that also needed preserving, while fixing the tape errors), removing as much noise and hiss as possible, then finally cleaning up the muddy sound with EQ and other tools, and remastering.
The result is far clearer and more listenable - to quote the person who donated the original: "I know it was pretty rough in spots (especially that first song), but you did an outstanding job". I am indebted to the same guy for taking the time to write me a short biog of the band which has proved invaluable in writing this page and my intro to the show. Thank you!
You can now download this repaired, restored and remastered version of this show exclusively for FREE, right HERE as one 320kbps MP3 file. Please note - the first track is the worst in terms of sound quality, especially at the beginning. Quality improves quickly after that.
If you would like to support what I do, and this site, and obtain separate, fully tagged 320kbps MP3s or lossless FLACs of the restoration, head on over to the Rewards For 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 - you can take the file on this page absolutely for free - but every single donation does go towards this site and domain/storage costs, and helps the site stay open, and me do more shows.
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