Until today the database had listed a soundboard for this show, but there is in fact only one source for this concert and that is the brilliant recording by Malcolm Beaton. It is so good that has indeed been mistaken for a soundboard...but it is really an audience recording.
Some other confusion regarding this recording concerns the recording gear. Both AchtungBootlegs and U2Depot have "Hybrid Casio Capsules" with the legendary Sony WM-D6 (how different would the world have sounded without it?!). But in 2014 a new (24-bit) transfer of the master tapes stated "Audio Technica AT-821" microphones. I take it that the 2014 information is correct, but I have no 100% confirmation.
However, three variations are circulating:
1. The "old" transfer from the master tapes (with incorrect source info stating Casio hybrids insteat of AT 821's) - the one mistaken for soundboard and having over 1300 downloads here at U2start.
2. The silver pressed bootleg "A Day At Tiffany's" (U2T11282) taken from the "old" transfer, but with different track index. (New to the database: mp3 & flac)
3. The "new" 2014 transfer. This is 24-bit (48kHz) and states the AT-821's as the microphones used (in combination with the Sony WM-D6). I have added 48kHz mp3's of this new transfer to the database (dithered down to 16-bit using MBIT+ with iZotope RX 07 and directly converted to mp3 by this RX 07...)
After Gothenburg the tour continued with two gigs at the old Wembley Stadium in London. Most famous, I guess, is the soundboard recording of the first night ( @Bonoman66 transfer). I have to admit that I'm not a big fan of this soundboard. The first couple of songs suffer from a massive and therefore very annoying delay on Bono's microphone. Each thing he utters in that microphone is repeated 5 seconds later...
But the odd thing is that this delay can also be heard on the vinyl bootleg "Stories Of Boys" by the Amazing Stork Records. Only this source seems to be an audience recording. However, other audience recordings don't seem to have this issue, but perhaps this is due to the rather poor quality of these sources (e.g., "With Or Without You", "Camden Market Tape"). The amount of noise and hiss make it very hard to distinguish this
5 seconds delay. And this is about the only positive thing that can be said about these audience sources...this is certainly a "plus" for these recordings.
I think that the "With Or Without You" source is potentially the best audience source, but it'll need some work to temper the loud and distorted bass. It also requires a bit of speed/pitch adjustment as it seems to run slightly too fast. But even then it would still be a rather mediocre recording for a show that I personally think is not half as interesting as the Gothenburg show, or the Wembley Stadium gig from the following night...
There are at least two different audience sources. One comes from an Unknown Analogue Generation tape that was transferred and shared by @Rick14 on U2Torrents. Another source can be found on the "Do You Believe In Soul Music?" bootleg/recording. I think the latter is the most pleasant to listen to. Although still a bit hissy with a substantial amount of surface noise, the sound is very well balanced and the show seems to be represented at more or less the accurate speed.
What still is a bit of a mystery though is the vinyl origin of this show. The vinyl is clearly to be distinguished (but in a non-disturbing comfortable way), but I can't seem to find any other on-line references to this vinyl bootleg, let alone pictures of its art. Perhaps @dema75 still has these vinyls and can shed some more light on this mystery.
Apparently there is also a transfer of a "Sony WM-D6 - Sony ECM Mics" master. Not sure if this is a third source or if it belongs to one of the two mentioned (hopefully the "Do You Believe In Soul Music?" source!), see details under the spoiler tag:
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Hopefully someone will make this master available once again, because it is no where to be found and this second Wembley Stadium show was truly outstanding!
I agree with the Wembley remarks - the 12th is the "famous" show but only for its mediocre soundboard, and has historically eclipsed the 13th as the truly superb London night of that tour! Thanks once again for this great work Joyce
"One of the stories we tell about ourself is about our country. Countries don’t actually exist, they are drawn. Part of coming to eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE is realising that history can change and what we are witnessing in the US right now is that it’s rewriting itself with darker tones. We’re here in search for America at a time where America is in search of itself. It’s happened a few times over the life of U2 but we are looking for the same thing the country is."
- Bono, 2018
did you know
During the ZooTV Tour, U2 wanted to play a show in Sarajevo. Due to logistical problems they couldn't play there during that tour so instead they created a video uplink to Sarajevo during most ZooTV shows. On the Popmart Tour, they played their first (and so far only) show in Sarajevo, finally fulfilling that vision.