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Great early October performance of the band in the Netherlands
The 89 Broadcast is 5 stars but it has only 7 songs, and the damn DJ cuts 1 min. of 11 O'Clock! The other broadcast is around 4.5 stars. The audience recording is very respectable, around 3.5-4 stars. The latter is the complete show. Recording: "1989 re-broadcast (partial)" - 4.5 stars
It's 1981 and the romance between the dutch and U2 already shows up in this bootleg. After Out of Control they go nuts asking for more and they interact very well with the band. This is more noticeable in the audience recording.
U2 in the Netherlands. Enough said. There's always something in the air when the band plays here and this show is no exception. For the October tour, the band reworked some of their Boy songs and they sound better than ever. Another Time, Another Place, An Cat Dubh/Into The Heart, Stories for Boy are highlights of the show. The October songs are always better than their studio counterparts and the broadcast has great sound for them here. During 11 O'Clock Bono plays with the audience and it sounds incredible (he did that for the whole tour, I love these October versions). After Fire, they sang Happy Birthday to Larry. By taking pieces of all 3 sources of this show, you can form a great, complete bootleg for this show. This is the first great full October bootleg and one of the best.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Paradiso
October 30, 1981
FM radio broadcast (cable fm) which was a rebroadcast on April 18, 1989 by "Hilversum 3" > master tape, probably recorded with
my old Wega tape deck on a Sony UX-S 60 > Yamaha KX-500 > Terratec EWX 2496 > HD > SoundForge 9.0 > CD Wave > FLAC Frontend
01. Intro (0:18)
02. Cry / The Electric Co./ Send In The Clowns (4:29)
03. I Fall Down (3:10)
04. October (2:14)
05. Stories For Boys (2:59)
06. I Will Follow (3:37)
07. Fire (3:26)
08. 11 O'Clock Tick Tock - incpl., speaker overdubs at the end - (5:03)
This rebroadcast was unexpected (at least for me) because the Dutch radio station usually did not announce their live broadcasts
before and magazines which announced the Dutch radio programmes were not available (internet did not exist in those days, either).
The original broadcast in 1981 included "An Cat Dubh/Into The Heart", "Rejoice" and "The Ocean", too which were not included
on this rebroadcast.
I did not erase the radio speaker (Jan Douwe Krouske, I think) to distinguish this version to all the others which exist or might exist.
Audio / MP3
Bit rate: 192, bit depth: 16, sample rate: 44100, channels: 2
#2012 FLAC conversion by nunomoreira1
*2018 redux/remaster by BigGiRL (see notes below)
02-Another Time, Another Place
03-I Threw A Brick Through A Window
04-An Cat Dubh
05-Into The Heart
07-Cry-The Electric Co.
08-I Fall Down
10-Stories For Boys
11-I Will Follow
[fades (tape flip)]
13-Out Of Control
15-["Happy Birthday Larry"]
16-11 O'Clock Tick Tock
NB: Track 12 ("Twilight") slightly joined in progress & Track 16 ("11 O'Clock")
missing one or two syllables only from Bono's introduction of the song.
*BigGiRL redux/remastering notes:
This recording by A. Verhoeven was transferred back in 2012 by Verhoeven himself
and this "raw" transfer was shared by nunomoreira1 on u2torrents (id=8603) as
"1st Gen/ master analog tape" with incomplete lineage (see below).
I contacted Verhoeven recently as to request if I could do a "redux" of his
transfer. The reply was very positive and in the following conversations we
could retrieve the complete lineage for this master recording. Nuno's hesitations
(perhaps) with labelling this unambiguously as “master” are understandable
because there is quite some tape noise present that could suggest a 1gen copy.
However, electrical hum is completely absent (not necessarily a “tell” for first
gen’s – or higher – but certainly “typical”) and, most importantly, we have
Verhoeven’s word for it that this is a transfer straight from the master!
Upon first listen of this "raw" transfer I noticed the recording running too slow.
Pitch correction was done in parts taking both the "Lost Broadcasts Vol.2" and the
1989 re-broadcast as reference. Unfortunately those two sources aren't identical in
pitch. In fact the pitch seem to vary from track to track (I suspect the re-broadcast
has some studio edits). This, then, with having only a selection of tracks to match
to since both broadcasts weren't complete. But roughly the pitch correction needed
was about a half semitone with a variation of 1/10th semitone across different parts.
I treated the recording in four parts and trusted my ears as well as the information
from the "Lost Broadcasts Vol.2" cd (Foam Head FH007). With the iZotope RX05 I
performed a De-clap operation using the De-Click and removed the most intrusive
screams with Spectral Repair. But not so much I felt was needed, or could be done
without having unwanted side effects: the idea is that you won't notice when and
where something was taken out.
The EQmatch was used to obtain a neutral sounding recording taking the "Lost
Broadcasts Vol.2" as reference. It gave such a good result that I couldn't bring
myself to withhold this. Some minor edits and fades were applied to let this show
play as natural as possible. I believe the result is quite pleasing.
"This recording was given to me by A.V. and it was asked to be uploaded.
This is an unreleased recording with 31 years (amazing!), so here it is, this is
for him and for every U2 fan to enjoy this early performance from U2 at the Paradiso."
03 Another Time Another Place
04 I Threw A Brick Through A Window
05 An Cat Dubh
06 Into The Heart
08 Cry/The Electric Co./ Send In The Clowns (snippet)
09 I Fall Down
11 Stories For Boys
12 I Will Follow
14 Out Of Control
15 encore break
17 happy birthday to Larry Mullen Jnr.
18 11 O'clock Tick Tock
19 The Ocean
20 The End (PA music)
Notes: This recording was given to me by A.V. and it was asked to be uploaded. This is an unreleased recording with
31 years (amazing!), so here it is, this is for him and for every U2 fan to enjoy this early performance from U2 at
Audio / MP3
Bit rate: 192, bit depth: 16, sample rate: 44100, channels: 2
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did you know
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