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godzilla777

9/29/1971

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This is a great performance. Only marred by the fact i cant hear Robert's vocal. maybe its me, but all the versions I heard sound this way.

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Unless someone knows how to bring out the vocals. The acoustic songs aren't bad. But the heavier songs I can hardly hear the vocals.

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Godzilla, we all share your frustrations. The Acoustic set pretty much works, but most of the hard rockin' parts are...well...more karaoke than a proper ballanced concert recording. Percy openly complained about the balance issues of the Warner pioneer commissioned live in Japan recordings in a november 1971 interview ("Just as bad as a bootleg").

21st century audio technology probably is capable to cope with these (see': The Who live at Hull), but 'how the East was won' is still not on Jimmy's priority list ...so, get used to it and enjoy. The tape copies in circulation have all the vibes and details. It just takes a minor switch to get in to it. I for one enjoy it like a movie. Quite an experience

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It's not that bad to my ears. But maybe it's the version I have. I mean, we already have plenty of boots where you can hear Robert prominently.

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I'm no pro, but I think the vocals got buried by bootleggers EQ'ing and editing the releases. I have had great results bringing out the vocals (and balancing the mix a bit) using center cancellation/phase inversion on one of the channels, and then experimenting with volume of each channel and adjusting the stereo location of the channels with the right channel inverted.

also, i think the 2nd? gen cassette? transfer has the best balance.

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Which version do you have?

These are the two I versions I have:

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Avoid the EVSD version "You Were There In Spirits"..it's absolutely awful & has about the worst EQ job out there. Wendy "Fatally Wanderer" is the one to have from the pressed boots.

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