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Good performance, but it's very average for the ZooTV Tour, nothing really passionate or spectacular.
Edge makes a few little mistakes early in New Year's Day.
New Year's Day is pretty long and has a strange sound, which makes it quite an interesting performance.
Bono starts Tryin' to Throw Your Arms Around the World with the 'sunrise like a nosebleed' verse and seems to stumble over some of the lyrics later on in it.
With or Without You is also played with a rather odd sound, and Bono slightly changes some of the lyrics and the tempo near the end.
Love Is Blindness is played extremely well. Definitely a Top Five performance more me, better than the one at Stockholm.
Good sound, not great. Usually loud and clear but flickers and fades here and there. Recording: Audience microphone - 3.5 stars
Good audience, chatter gets in the way of the show a few times.
As I said, it's a bog-standard ZooTV concert. It's good, but nothing special, really. You could probably pass it over, unless you're a ZooTV superfan or completist, or, like me, like to collect U2 shows that are odd for some reason or another. This show has plenty of oddities: the only (to my knowledge...) show U2 have played in my current home state of Alabama, as well as some rather odd-sounding and therefore interesting performances of several songs.
-One, with My Girl instead of Unchained Melody
-Stand By Me (good performance but not great, but nice to see it in the set)
-Whiskey in the Jar (same reason)
-New Year's Day (odd, rather heavy sound makes it quite neat)
-With or Without You
-Love Is Blindness (extremely well done)
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"Hallelujah, Now My Girl Has Desire!"
Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama, USA 1992-10-07
Taper: Steve Hendrix, Mastering: Jason Engel
Location: Second (fourth?) row on Edge's side right under the Trabant (yikes!!!)
Source/Lineage: Audio Technica Lavalier Mics > Sony TCD-3 DAT > DAT Master > Sony 600 > Optical cable > Pioneer stand-alone CD burner > CDR Master > EAC secure (WAV) > Soundforge 8 (edits) > CD Wave (tracking) > Trader's Little Helper (FLAC)
- Mics set to flat response instead of bass roll-off.
- DAT set to minus 20dbs in SP mode.
- Three tracks total across two discs, used EAC in secure mode to pull WAV files off the CDs.
- Joined the three WAV files into one (first splice is clean, but the start of the encore is an obvious break).
- Repaired a split-second right channel dropout at the very beginning of Zoo Station.
- Repaired a split-second left channel burst of noise at the end of TTTYAATW.
- Fade-in start, fade-out at end of "Stand By Me", fade-out end.
1. George Bush Rap
2. Zoo Station
3. The Fly
4. Welcome To Zoo TV
5. Even Better Than The Real Thing
6. Mysterious Ways
7. One / My Girl
8. Until The End Of The World
9. New Year's Day
10. Whiskey In The Jar (Larry acapella)
11. Tryin' To Throw Your Arms Around The World
12. Angel Of Harlem
13. When Love Comes To Town
14. Satellite Of Love
15. All I Want Is You
1. Sunday Bloody Sunday
2. Bullet The Blue Sky
3. Running To Stand Still
4. Where The Streets Have No Name
5. Pride (In The Name Of Love)
6. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
7. Stand By Me
8. Zoo TV Confessional
10. With Or Without You
11. Love Is Blindness
12. Can't Help Falling In Love
- Steve's Story (posted at U2Torrents on February 5th, 2006):
First of all, let me thank everyone for their kind words about this tape, but it's been over 14 years & I think it's time to set the record straight. This is my DAT recording, but it is by far not the best quality you guys can get. The story is the "Hallelujah, My Girl" Boot CDs were not made from my original DAT. They were made from a second or third generation analog transfer of the recording. The guys beside my friend & I at the show were recording the show for an Italian Bootleg company & their DAT crapped out for some reason & I guess they had already accepted the money for it so they decided to try & get mine. I didn't want any part of some bootleg company because I really only got into taping because I love live music, not to make any money from it, so I refused to give it up. After a few weeks of trying, they kind of gave up trying to get it from me & started looking elsewhere. They eventually got the analog copy from a trader in Europe who got it from another European trader who got it from me in trade. Back then, DAT tapes were expensive & their was of course no CDR so we traded analog cassettes. To make a long story short, the show finally got pressed & released after a lot of EQ & stuff & it got out that way. They didn't even bother to put the complete show out because for some reason they cut "Desire" off the CDs, but my DAT is quite full & complete. The one guy that got it pressed thought it would be funny to send me a copy of that CD when they got done with a sarcastic thank you note as well. This experience caused me to stop trading for a few years because it soured me so much. Since everyone on this board has been so great in sharing all their stuff, I would like to get the real DAT out their for everyone to hear. It was taped from the fourth row on Edge's side of the stage with a Sony D3 DAT recorder & two Audio Technica Lavalier mics & is by far one of the best tapes I ever made. The only problem is, I don't know how to make a torrent & I have a very demanding job & two small children who demand A great deal of my wife & my time so I am asking someone who lives in the United Staes to PM me their address & I will send them two untracked CDRs digitally cloned off the master DAT so the show can be properly released here on U2 Torrents. I also taped U2 many more times & would like to see them out as well. If Peter Goode is reading, you seem like a very generous guy so I could send them to you & you could get them out. I just think everyone would like to hear the recordings as they were orginally made. Thank you once again to everyone who has been so generous with their tapes & I hope someone will take me up on my offer.
Thanks for listening...er...reading ; )
- Jason's Comments:
There's nothing like serving up a 14-year-old can of Whup-Ass on a pack of pathetic thieves like the baboon-buttcracks that pressed Steve's most excellent recording against his wishes! This original DAT master is one of the clearest, fullest, richest audience recordings I've heard. Best of all, the master is complete - the "George Bush Rap" sets the mood, and who in their right mind would have cut out "Desire"?!?! I did a comparative listen between this master recording and the tarnished tin CD (can't call it "silver") published by Pluto Records, and there's no difference in quality other than some obvious EQ adjustments on the tin, adjustments not made here and best left to the listener to tweak to taste. I tracked this differently than the tin CD on purpose, made a couple repairs in spots pointed out by Steve, put fades at the start and end of the concert and also at the end of "Stand By Me" because it's a full stop and cut between that track and the "Zoo TV Confessional" otherwise. Some highlights unique to this concert: A rare performance of "My Girl"; Larry singing "Whiskey In The Jar" acapella; a rendition of "Running To Stand Still" and "Where The Streets Have No Name" so perfectly melded together that it was almost painful to split them into separate tracks; a thunderous "Desire" punctuated with canon shots at the end; and how often do you get to listen to a recording made from beneath a dangling trabant?
This master is superior in all ways to the incomplete pressed version of it. Time to upgrade, people!
Audio / MP3
Bit rate: 192, bit depth: 16, sample rate: 44100, channels: 2
U2 – Hallelujah! My Girl
Pluto Records – PLR CD 9240/AB
2 x CD, Unofficial Release
1-1 Zoo Station 4:51
1-2 The Fly 6:19
1-3 Even Better Than The Real Thing 3:44
1-4 Mysterious Ways 7:01
1-5 One / My Girl 5:46
1-6 Until The End Of The World 5:07
1-7 New Year's Day / Whiskey In The Jar 7:11
1-8 Tryin' To Throw Your Arms Around The World 5:16
1-9 Angel Of Harlem 4:16
1-10 When Love Comes To Town 3:01
2-1 Satellite Of Love 4:13
2-2 All I Want Is You 2:36
2-3 Sunday Bloody Sunday 4:59
2-4 Bullet The Blue Sky 5:10
2-5 Running To Stand Still 5:56
2-6 Where The Streets Have No Name 5:18
2-7 Pride (In The Name Of Love !) 4:37
2-8 I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For 4:39
2-9 Stand By Me 3:51
2-10 With Or Without You 5:53
2-11 Love Is Blindness 5:57
2-12 Can't Help Falling In Love 2:40
Recorded At – Legion Field, Birmingham
Incomplete concert recorded live at the Legion Field, Birmingham, October 7, 1992.
The intro, the Zoo TV Confessionals, "Desire", and other dead airs and speeches are missing.
The story goes that Pluto Records made a deal with two DAT tapers, who were able to get tickets for the Houston and Birmingham "Outside Broadcast Tour" shows.
The Houston recording went well, and the result was the Astrodome Tour set. But one week before, during the Birmingham show, the tapers had a technical problem and were unable to record the concert properly.
So they tracked down a downgraded version of the recording of another DAT taper, and sent it to Pluto Records without his consent. The result was the incomplete Hallelujah! My Girl set.
The excellent and complete DAT recording of Birmingham was recently shared by the unfortunate original taper.
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what they said
"If you look at the cover of The Joshua Tree you see 4 very unhappy men.What nobody realizes is that it was minus 20 out there.We were freezing! Put any bastard out there and see if he's happy."
- Larry Mullen jr.
did you know
During the Achtung Baby recordings Bono often howled his frustration on mistakes, after a while the band imposed a new band rule: the hyped-up Bono is permanently forbidden to drink coffee.