Originally posted by BigGiRL:[...] A few days ago the legendary JEMS released a wonderful new master transfer of an early
1987 Joshua Tree Tour audience recording.
Originally posted by BigGiRL:[..]
So here it is: 1987-04-17 Los Angeles CA (1st show) - the JEMS transfer of Keith M's recording
And as I wrote on u2torrents, I really love this show, as almost of all of the first leg "original" JT shows!
Overall I think this is an excellent recording with a warm and rich sound, capturing both the performance
and the spirit of a wonderful evening. With another highlight rendition of Dylan's I Shall Be Released and
the "and Adam was a wise man who said we go all the way to the top..." remark before Still Haven't Found,
this is Joshua Tree tour in its early prime!
It is a huge upgrade over the known "2nd generation copy" transfer that Stadtfelder shared back in 2012,
if only in terms of clarity and detail. There is also the incomplete Brother KM recording (KeithM's brother,
I presume), that also sounds great and which has always been my preferred source for this date until now.
Not only is the KeithM recording complete, I think it is also better balanced and very well pronounced.
The recording is a bit "hot" (according to JJEMS "as Keith preferred!") but mainly due to the enthusiastic crowd
which, at times is very noisy. Now it's my understanding that JEMS applied some Spectral Repair, but not sure if
it was done to eliminate some screams. I did try myself to remove some screams, but there are so many and then
they prove to be quite persistent as well...
But then also: the true art of Spectral Repair is that a listener doesn't notice that it has been done
So, having the highest regard for JEMS, I can only "watch" and learn how these guys treat a master (pun intended!).
Judging by the mere sample of Exit (as to be found on the show page / audio tab), this recording would easily
qualify for the 4,5 rating, but overall there is just too much screaming going on to maintain that esteem.
However, an excellent 4 star recording of this very energetic first show of the five night stand in LA, is just
a wonderful gift and addition to the original Joshua Tree recordings that we have.
Originally posted by LikeASong:[..]
Gotta love me some hot audience recording from the 80s!