A Little Closer To You - Part 1
15 CDRs and 1 DVDR box set
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Source: Sony ECM-717 > Sony D-100 (48KHz)
Transfer: Sony D-100 > Creative SBDMUSX (optical in) > HDD
Remaster: .wav > CEP, SoundStudio, Peak (basic edit, repair & slight EQ) > CDWave > tracks (> Flac Level 8)
Hello everyone, I'm the_sphere (Jun'ya) from Japan. This is the recordings of my 3rd time visit to Canada and includes all Eastern Canada shows except for the first London, ON concert. Also do not includes MSG, NYC concert on Sep. 17th. The recordings were done with the same rig with my previous recordings released as "Horizon to Horizon" and "Keep on Riding" sets so the sound qualities are similar with them and as usual, this recordings ALSO contains lots of unofficial chorus and screamings generated by my mouth :-D So please pass up if you do not like such kind of audience recordings. Sorry !
Then, this time I did video taping a bit. Montreal and Toronto 2nd concert videos are just a crappy segments but you could watch the entire BtW and the first 30 mins of the 2nd set, aka the most exciting part of the set list for this tour (oops it's my own impression) from Sep. 19, Toronto 1st show. This is my 1st ever video taping and has lots of flaws like unstable camera angle, rocking view (sorry I moved with the beat) etc etc. I just realized how the video taping is difficult ! And also knew the video taping guys have STRONG IRON HEART for sure. I was sooo nerveous while video taping and got stomachache really. Maybe I never do another video taping (long ones)... it's too much to do audio taping and taking pictures !!
*** Remaster note ***
The sound quality for all 5 recordings are pretty good. But to make them more enjoyable recordings, lift the middle range a bit (for all recordings - it's typical pattern of ecm717) and cut the bottom end for Ottawa recording... there was sub-woofar speaker in front of my seat ! And I reduced the volume of firecracker sound to about 40-50% because when normalize entire volume with non-treated firecracker sound, the main band sound gets pretty low. So, the final remaster sound do not reflect the actual dynamic range but it makes mush easier listening. Also, compressed some craps, screamings and mic touch noise at the beginning and the ending of the recordings.
* Part 1: Sep. 14, 2007 Colisee Pepsi, Quebec City, PQ
About 13 hours flight from Japan, we got to Toronto Airport at afternoon 13rd (mm..I believe I left Japan at early evening of *13th*...just weird time-traveling :-D) and then transit to domestic airline and got to Quebec at late evening. phew, so tired...but it's necessary to be a little closer to you... On the next day, we met Quebec Rush fan Peter (hi Peter!) and took a drive to Orlean Island and chute Montmorancy by his car (thanks !). Then head to the venue and got there about 2 hours before the door open. This was the first S&A show for me and my girlfriend. We sat on the 12th row center seats and it was great view. In 2002, I came here and experienced REALLY hot audience so expected to another hot concert. And Quebecois respond to my expectation ! The crowd cheering vibrate the venue and it's almost the earthquake ! Awesome atmosphere. The great audience response continued to the end of the concert and it was THE BEST AUDIENCE I have ever seen. Listen to Natural Science ! Totally awesome. The performance was not so excellent, though. It's so off-killer mistake at the intro of Freewill, TMMB, A&S and some guitar solos... It seemed Al got tired or something, I thought. And I was disappointed about the smaller fire. OLV fire is pretty small, and there was no pyro at the intro for Witch Hunt. The fabulous crowd beats band sound sometimes so this recording do not suit to listen to the band performance *only* but it's really exciting to know how Quebecois audience is amazing I believe. Sound quality is solid B+ or maybe A-. Then there're a couple of flaws at the beginning of Limelight because I touched rec. vol. knob for looking for the best setting. Sorry. (2007-12-01)