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Well, the 2nd night on the European tour and the band offer a nice performance just like the first, with these nights you can really see that the band are starting to have a lot more of a positive mood of performing on start as they seem to be getting a much warmer response from the audience during these shows which, makes them a lot more inspired when compared to the 1st North American leg shows so, yeah pretty good show from everyone tonight with not many mistakes and the band seeming to be enjoying being on stage.
Solid sounding AUD recording though, it could have been better in spots though, it does seem to improve as the show progresses so despite the flaws this recording is a pretty nice way to experience the 2nd show on the European leg. Recording: "I Will Swallow" - 4 stars
Again, Rotterdam audience who really seem to be having fun tonight by singing along and stuff like that so 4.5 stars.
Another great performance from the band on the newly started European leg of the Popmart tour with a lot more inspired performances when compared to the previous North American leg, they also seem to have copied the Zoo TV Zooropa leg idea of starting off in Rotterdam and the audiences from these shows help the band to deliver a lot more inspired and great performances on this tour and this show is a pretty good one with nice renditions of songs done throughout the show.
Song highlights for me included the following:
Last Night On Earth
Neon Lights (snippet) I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For / Stand By Me (snippet)
Radar Love (Edge Karaoke)
Miami / My Mammy (snippet) / Happiness Is A Warm Gun (snippet)
Bullet The Blue Sky / The Sash (snippet)
Please / Sunday Bloody Sunday (snippet)
Where The Streets Have No Name / Playboy Mansion (snippet)
Discotheque / Love To Love You Baby (snippet) / Barbara Ann (snippet) / Discotheque Howie B Hairy B Mix (snippet) / Whole Lotta Love (snippet)
If You Wear That Velvet Dress
With Or Without You / Love Will Tear Us Apart (snippet)
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Mixed, Produced and Mastered by Dutch-Baker
Clean-up with iZotope RX2
Time-aligned in Adobe Audition 3.0
Mixed in Nuendo 4.3, using Ozone + Waves Plug-Ins
Flac'ed using Traders Little Helper
Mix Version 7
Thanks to Hoserama/Oliverbayerl for the IEM-source, and Sharebear for all the feedback
01: Pop Musik
03: I Will Follow
05: Even Better Than The Real Thing
06: Last Night On Earth
07: Until The End Of The World
08: New Year's Day
09: Pride(In The Name Of Love)
10: Intro >
11: I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
12: Staring At The Sun
13: Radar Love
15: Bullet The Blue Sky
17: Where The Streets Have No Name
18: Lemon Intermission
20: If You Wear That Velvet Dress
--: With Or Without You^
--: Hold Me, Trill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me*
--: Mysterious Ways*
^ : Song is incomplete on the IEM-source/not within this mix
* : Songs are missing on the IEM-source
Firstly, I wasn't there. In 2014 a tapingbuddy of mine (who was at this show), handed me over a box with 300 DAT-tapes.
In between them were his own master, and another source being a clone from the master DAT.
About 6 months ago Hoserama hooked up with a IEM-source from this gig, after him remembering I had a couple of clean
transfers from this date. I got very excited about it, and took the challange to mix them up.
The OKMIIr-source speaks for itself. It's a widely spread recording in all kinds of lineageforms (incl. analog versions).
This one is a confirmed clone from the master, directly from the taper himself. It has virtually no crowdnoise and no
clappers, which for mixingpurposses isnt actually that great to get the live-feeling within the mix. On the the other hand,
the bass in this recording is heavy and full. So, I had to make choices.. oh well, like the result.
The IEM-source is incomplete, and missing the last four songs. It's a Edge-(crew)feed, with Edge's vocals pretty loud in
the mix. Guitar sounds are powerfull as well, so easy to bring them all up. Source had a fair amount of static, which for 90%
I was able to remove without any artifacts. Especially 'Until The End Of World' was marred, you probably can hear that.
Bono's vocals are swirling around a bit from time to time, and aren't as powerfull and upfront as Edge's ones.
I tried to get ridd off the click-track, but it's still there in some occasions. Moreover the AUD-source was taped closely
to the stage and you can hear the on-stage clicktrack as well. Besides, I couldnt find a better setting and not harming the
music any further.
I'm mixing recordings primairly for my own ears. I like to accomplish a sound were instruments and vocals are upfront during
songs, and aud-noise is more audible in between them. This isnt always easy, and sometimes hard choices are need to be made.
If you dont like these kind of results I get that, everybody has his own personal tastes. So criticism is welcome, complaining
wont get me anywhere.
Audio / MP3
Bit rate: 192, bit depth: 16, sample rate: 44100, channels: 2
1. Pop Muzik
3. I Will Follow
5. Even Better Than the Real Thing
6. Last Night on Earth
7. Until the End of the World
8. New Year's Day
9. Pride (In the Name of Love)
10. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
11. Stand by Me
12. Staring at The Sun
13. Karaoke: Radar Love
14. Miami/Happiness is a Warm Gun
15. Bullet the Blue Sky
2. Where the Streets Have No Name
3. Lemon (Perfecto Mix) Intermission
5. Whole Lotta Love
6. If You Wear That Velvet Dress
7. With or Without You/Love Will Tear Us Apart
8. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me
9. Mysterious Ways
12. All I Want is You
14. Karaoke: I Love You Love
Disc 1, Disc 2 (1-11): July 19, 1997. Rotterdam, Holland. Feyenoord Stadium.
Disc 2 (12, 13): July 25, 1997. Werchter, Belgium. Festival Grounds.
Disc 2 (14, 15): July 18, 1997. Rotterdam, Holland. Feyenoord Stadium.
All tracks: A-/A Audience
This is from a 1st gen or master DAT, remastered by Francesco Donadel.
This was U2's second night in Rotterdam/Europe of the PopMart tour. It was a very good show, they seemed more loose than the second show, and put on a more interesting performance (IMO) than night one. Bono did "Love Will Tear Us Apart" at the end of WOWY. Nothing else about this show should surprise you other than the energy and vocal ability of Bono, which varied throughout the tour.
The sound quality of both nights was identical. Rather flat, but extremely clear, with individual audience members 97% inaudible. Probably the lowest/unobstructed audience noise recording you'll hear, but the mix is not that great, seems to be missing a lot of the high end, and the remastering helped a little, but it seems that he couldn't really bring out the high end because it just isn't there. Despite the audience noise, I prefer something like "One Stop Shopping" or the tracks you'll hear from the pro soundboard recording of the Rotterdam show. There is a little light static that is on Justin Cook's original copy.
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