Label: Not On Label (Pink Floyd) - 21/3 T-um • Format: 3x, Vinyl LP, Album, Limited Edition, Numbered, Remastered, Unofficial Release, Stereo Splatter Vinyl • Country: Europe • Genre: Rock • Style: Prog Rock
First off there are four sources for this concert, all in varying degrees Breathe (reprise) - Pink Floyd - The Great Gig In Boblingen sound quality and completeness. For this new title, Sigma uses a fan made matrix of the Boblingen second set as a foundation. The matrix is again the work of Jimfisheye and he chose to use source one and two, the first source being the most incomplete version at three songs but with excellent sound quality and when uploaded to Yeeshkul, the response was overwhelming in its popularity and appreciation for his diligent work and spectacular results.
With good bones so to speak, Sigma decided to round the concert out by doing a matrix of their own with the first set by using the second and third sources and source two for the encore to make the concert complete. The results are excellent and for the first time we get the most complete and best sounding version of this concert. The small cut at the beginning of Brain Damage has not been patched either and while brief, sounds like a hiccup.
The second disc is certainly the highlight of this set, the work done by Jimfisheye is spectacular, really well done. This quad master features the 3 songs captured in amazing fidelity by recorder 1 from close to the stage. A second recorder further back in the room allows for a quadraphonic surround mastering of these 3 songs. Probably partly due to centralized locations and thus far away from the surround speakers with the recorders.
I used the dolby off transfer of recorder 1. The dolby copy is appealing to me with the high end eq boosts from the dolby expander hardware. The recording is lacking high end content due to attenuation at every step of the chain as any audience recording made with a tape device and further copied does.
The dolby eq boost brings some Take the A Train - Duke Ellington And His Orchestra - Live at Carnegie Hall 1964 Vol. 1 that in focus. It also does many unwanted things of course! But now the choice we have is either turn down the high end on the tape with a hardware dolby decoder circuit Oye Oye Reggae (One Step Forward) - DouDou * - Oye Oye Reggae autopilot and then try to turn the result of that back up, or work with the tape with the dolby boost as is from this point on.
The artifacts have already been introduced by the original dolby recording. There was some original speed correction work done in that which would have been the most potentially damaging thing anyway.
I only used the R2 content It was patched with an older copy of R1 for continuity. I used a couple snippets of R4 in the between song audience segues just because it was Cymande - Cymande. It would not have been possible to build a complete continuous segue from one song Breathe (reprise) - Pink Floyd - The Great Gig In Boblingen the next because every recorder switched off at some point between every song.
First off the Recorder 1 is incomplete and features only three songs, Eugene, Echoes, and One Of These Days but the sound is excellent, the matrix with source 2 brings out a depth of sound that sounds natural, only drawback is the very small amount of hiss that is heard in quiet sections.
After the brilliant Dark Side set, relax. Get a glass of wine and if you choose indulge in something to smoke and preferably turn the lights down, better yet, off and light some candles…. Pop in the second disc and just sit back. Careful With That Axe, Eugene is in a word, expansive. You hear the little nuances of the performance, quiet whispers of psychosis, the masterful drumming of Nick Mason is perfect, not keeping time but is, his timing is perfect.
The Roger pict rants are clear and sound like the ramblings of a madman. Dig the 72 versions of Echoes, so confident so relaxed.
The sound for the encore gives you an even better appreciation of the previous three song matrix and one Breathe (reprise) - Pink Floyd - The Great Gig In Boblingen that the excellent Recorder 1 captured the song as well.
Typical great version of Set The Controls, and when one ponders such things, you can take the entire second set as some fantastic voyage of sound with the encore taking us to our final destination. The packaging is what we expect. This time the inserts are black and white pictures with black background and white letters, visually striking.
Only thing Sigma could have done better would have been to better smooth over the cut in Brain Damage, but that can be on their Definitive release. It took a while to get this concert but this is a really nice version of a superb concert and certainly recommended.
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