Everyone seems on top form, especially Adam. Bono at times seems half-way between being the bravado front man I've come to know and love and possibly being over-awed by the venue - remember the last time they played Wembley was Live Aid and he thought they'd really messed it up.
I'd love to be able to review them, but they are barely audible!
I know this is classed as 5 stars, and it is a soundboard recording, but there's a few niggles with me. Firstly, as the other 2 reviewers have pointed out, there is a massive delay/echo on Bono's voice during the first few tracks. Secondly, the audience is hardly heard throughout. Now I love soundboard recordings, but one with no audience is a little weird to listen to, especially in Pride. Also, at times the balance between the instruments isn't quite right. Adam can be heard clearly throughout. Sometimes Larry sounds too heavy (especially in Bad) and sometimes too quiet. I think Edge needs cranking up all the way through.
Obviously a massive gig for the band - the first time back at Wembley after Live Aid, and the bootleg is well worth a listen.
Sunday Bloody Sunday is the highlight of the set for me. I love it when they start off with just Bono and Edge and then Larry and Adam crank up the power later in the song.
However, because of the issues I have with the sound it won't keep me coming back and back again for a JT show like "Rock's Hottest Ticket" at Rosemount, Chicago does.
Although, this bootleg had a couple of problems with it, the performance beat it all and was great. Almost everything was perfect, except from one thing which rather bugged me a little during the start. For the first few songs, Bono's voice was rather bad may I say. Other than that, it was really good performance.
Because it was a soundboard recording, the sound of the audience gets thrown out. The audience did try and make themselves be heard though. If this wasn't a soundboard, I believe this crowd would be amazing.
Yes, I gave it a 4-star but there were a couple of problems with the sound.
- It suffered bad echo for the first three songs
- The bass was far too loud in the first couple of songs.
After this, it improved massively and didn't irritate me.
Although it had those problems, they cleared up in a short time and eventually made the bootleg sound great. The audience could have been a hell of a lot better if it wasn't a soundboard. I think this bootleg might need some remastering tools to it so it can remove the bad echo and very loud bass.
- The Unforgettable Fire
- In God's Country
- Party Girl
- With or Without You