|Concert Commentary 1980's ______________________________________________________________
|1980 TURN UP DOWN - Audio is very good, can hardly tell the difference from a regular album. Not all the mixing seems to be in place, but a darn good never before released album. "Games Up" is wonderful, one of my favorites of all time!
5-7-80 NEWCASTLE - Sound is not great, EC's guitar is quite listenable however. Sounds like this is a small venue, and the band adapts to the location. For 1980, this is not a bad show. The recording seems to run a bit slow.
3-13-81 DANE COUNTY - Pretty sad that this is a famous EC Show. During the show EC collapses from various Alcoholic/Internal injuries and is rushed to the hospital after the show. The tour was cancelled, and this is the last show of the very short 8 date U.S.A. tour. Oddly, I think the music is pretty good considering the circumstances.
10-17-81 RANDERS HALLEN - Famous for EC playing the Saxaphone during "Further On Up The Road." Seems to have a lot of energy for the time. AUD4, and listenable.
6-28-82 JACKSONVILLE '82 - FOR HAVING GOTTEN THIS SHOW AS AN ACCIDENT, I AM SURPRISED AT IT'S QUALITY. THE PERFORMANCE IS WORTH THE SHOW ALSO, ONE OF THE BETTER '82 SHOWS ALL AROUND. NICE SURPRISE.
6-30-82 SPORTATORIUM - A very rare hard to find 1982 concert. As usual, the sound is very poor. Sounds just like the '78 concerts with a little flare. An AUD3+ rating; one of the lowest I own.
2-13-83 TEXAS TIME (SLIGHT REMASTER) - PERHAPS NOT AN AUD5 IN TERMS OF SOUND, BUT CLOSE ENOUGH TO LISTEN TO QUITE CLEARLY. FILLER IS FROM THE DALLAS "ARMS" SHOW ON 11-28-83.
2-22-83 MEADOWLANDS (REMASTERED BY ME) - Lots of hiss-sounds like it's sourced from an Audio cassette. An above average performance features a very up-tempo "Blues Power." Some rowdy fans near the microphone go crazy every now and then- it can be a little annoying. Certainly no better than an AUD4.
3-1-83 LIMITED MONEY & CIGARETTES - Pretty rare bootleg here. The first track is an Interview in which EC comments about the album chronologically with each song to follow. Very nice interview. After the first track is the show, very decent performance.
4-3-83 PALLEZO DELLO SPORT (REMASTERED BY ME) - IN THE VERSION I HAVE, GONE ARE MOST OF THE ANNOYING ANOLOG CLICKS AND CRACKS. THIS IMPROVED AUDIO BRINGS TO LIFE ONE OF THE MORE MEMORABLE SHOWS OF THE ERA FOR CLAPTON. SIMPLY AMAZING PERFORMANCES OF "I SHOT THE SHERIFF AND DOUBLE TROUBLE." EC REALLY GETS INTO BLUES POWER BENDING THE STRINGS TO UNGODLY LEVELS. A MUST HAVE, ALTHOUGH THIS CD IS CERTAINLY NOT THE COMPLETE SHOW.
4-11-83 NEWCASTLE '83 - Sort of what everybody wants to hear - an early 80's performance with fire! This album contains possibly my favorite...(it's very difficult to pick only one!) live Clapton song ever, "Ain't Going Down." Recorded in a small venue, the sound here is very good and authentic - just like you were there. Excellent version of "Double Trouble." I am sure this show will quickly become one of my favorites. This show is a tough find, consider yourself lucky if you own this one.
4-12-83 LIVERPOOL '83 - ONLY IN MY COLLECTION FOR THE INFAMOUS "AIN'T GOIN DOWN." AFTER A LISTEN TO THIS VERSION, I MAY HAVE DISCOVERED WHY EC EDITED IT FROM THE TOUR - HE MESSES UP THE VOCALS. PRETTY RARE TO HEAR EC APOLOGIZE DURING A SONG, BUT THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT HE DOES. DOESN'T MATTER TO ME, I'M GLAD TO HAVE IT. THE SOUND IS ALSO SURPRISINGLY CLEAR.
4-14-83 MASTERFILE #9 - I simply got this album for one song, "Ain't Going Down." This song was rarely performed live and I have no idea for the reason behind that! Simply one of my favorite EC songs of all time and I need to get more performances of this song! Try to picture "All Along the Watchtower," meets Mark Knopfler - that's an odd comparison, but I think it fits.
4-23-83 Here's An Old Blues For Ye (REMASTERED BY ME) VERY NICE SHOW TO HAVE WITH SOME VERY GOOD SOUND. INTERESTING "CROSSROADS" AS IT IS MORE OF A JAM SONG HERE AND IT WORKS QUITE NICE. THE RYTHYM ALSO APPEARS TO BE A LITTLE DIFFERENT, COMPARABLE TO THE DEREK AND THE DOMINOS VERSIONS. NICE "COCAINE" WITH SOME GOOD WAH-WAH THROWN IN. HAS THAT SMALL CLUB FEEL TO THE SHOW, ALTHOUGH I BELIEVE IT WAS RECORDED IN A RATHER LARGE ARENA.
4-26-83 SPORTHALLE (REMASTERED BY ME) - A DIRECT REMASTER AND EDIT FROM THE ORIGINAL MASTER TAPES. DOES NOT REALLY APPEAR TO BE THE FULL CONCERT, THE LAST SONG OR TWO ARE PROBABLY MISSING. ALSO, "SWEET LITTLE LISA" WAS EDITED OUT IN ORDER TO FIT ONTO 1 CD.
5-21-83 APPOLO THEATRE 1983 - BETTER THAN EXPECTED SOUND, ALMOST AUD5. QUITE AN ENERGETIC SHOW ALSO. GOOD "DOUBLE TROUBLE."
7-10-83 COCAINE & ALCOHOLIC - Very good soundboard recording. I don't see anything great from this show, just above average.
7-16-83 RED ROCKS (I) - THIS IS THE 1-CD VERSION WITH SLIGHTLY BETTER SOUND IN SOME WAYS.
7-16-83 RED ROCKS (II) - ALTHOUGH THIS IS THE 2-CD VERSION, I STILL DO NOT BELIEVE IT IS THE COMPLETE SHOW.
11-28-83 DALLAS ARMS - One of the worst audience recordings I own. I don't listen to this one much. A so so album, except for "Rita Mae"-love this one!
12-9-83 MSG - The best "ARMS" show recording I have, audio is really good but with an unususal soundboard. Not all the guitars seems to be in the correct mix all the time, it can be frustrating to listen to.
1-20-84 RED WINE - The first confirmed live recording of "Same Old Blues" is here. Many sources refer to 1-24-84 being the first, but EC himself introuduces this soung quite clearly in this show as being "brand new." Good show to have, if you can find it.
1-23-84 SAD SAD DAY - VERY GOOD AUDIENCE RECORDING. CONTAINS A VERY EARLY PERFORMANCE OF "SAME OLD BLUES" -EC SAYS..."HERE'S A NEW SONG, JUST FOR YOU." THE VOCALS ARE QUITE DIFFERENT THAN THE NEWER VERSION. ALTHOUGH STILL A GOOD SONG HERE, IT NEEDED SOME WORKING WITH. A historical concert if you ask me. Eric's transition into the mid-eighties along with a more aggressive pop/rock style is certainly here - and maybe shown for the first time. Lots of excitement, lots of energy here- nearly every song is great!
7-31-84 PROS AND CONS IN MONTREAL - ENTIRE SHOW IS ON ONE TRACK FOR EACH CD. AT THIS TIME, DOESN'T SEEM WORTH THE TIME TO SPLIT IT UP. VERY LOUND SOUND AND IT DISTORTS BECAUSE IT'S SO LOUD. ON THE OTHER HAND, THERE IS AN EXTREMELY WILD GUITAR FROM CLAPTON AND THAT'S THE ONLY REAL REASON TO LISTEN TO THIS. SOUND IS NO BETTER THAN AN AUD3+. IT LOOSES POINTS ON CLARITY, NOT VOLUME. THIS MAY ALSO BE THE LAST SHOW OF THE TOUR.
11-23-84 OVER MELBOURNE - THIS IS CERTAINLY NOT THE ENTIRE SHOW, BUT STRANGELY THE MORE AVAILABLE VERSION. THE SOUND IS A BIT ODD. THIS IS A SB, WITH GREAT RANGE, BUT TOO MUCH HISS MAKES IT A LOW QUALITY SB RECORDING.
11-23-84 SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT CENTER (REMASTERED BY ME) - ANOTHER REMASTER TAKEN DIRECTLY FROM THE ORIGINALS. YOU WILL CERTAINLY FIND A MUCH EASIER LISTEN HERE. I ACTUALLY PREFER THIS RECORDING TO MANY THAT ARE SB6. I HAVE TRIED MY BEST TO MAKE A SB RECORDING HAVE DEPTH AND WARMTH - LIKE A REAL SHOW.
Feb. '85 GENERALPROBE '85 - This is the rehearsals for the Behind the Sun tour. The exact date is unknown, but it's most likely near the end of rehearsals. The vocals can be a little tough to listen to, they cut off and distort at the high notes. The rest of the band, and all of the instruments come over quite nice. More of an easy listening CD, but there is certainly nothing wrong with this recording. Most of the time it sounds like an actual show. Very nice spirited rendition of "Behind the Sun."
3-5-85 SAME OLD BLUES POWER - Easily one of my favorites from the '80's. This is a soundboard, but it comes through very natural and you can hear the effects and distortion quite nice. Lots of WAH-WAH guitar, specially on "Same Old Blues."
3-9-85 LIVE AT THE ICEHALL (REMASTERED BY ME) ALTHOUGH IMPROVED, THE SOUND STILL IS NOT GREAT. ERIC'S VOCALS DO APPEAR DISTANT. TOO BAD, BECAUSE IT'S A WORTHY SHOW. STILL CAN'T GET OVER THE RARE PERFORMANCES OF "NEVER MAKE YOU CRY" AND "BEHIND THE SUN." THESE ARE SOME OF THE SLOWEST BALLADS EC HAS EVER MADE AND AT FIRST GLANCE DON'T APPEAR TO FIT WITH CLAPTON'S STYLE IN 1985. THEY ARE NICE, HOWEVER AND LIKE IT OR NOT WERE PERFORMED QUITE WELL. VERY LOUD CROWD TO MENTION. I WOULDN'T ASSUME CROWDS FROM FINLAND WERE THIS ROWDY.
4-15-85 LAKELAND (REMASTERED BY ME) A TOP SHOW FOR 1985 AND ANY OTHER YEAR FOR THAT MATTER. SADLY THIS IS ONLY AN AUD4. THIS SHOW HAD MAJOR ISSUES WITH THE SOUND AND SOME OF IT IS STILL ON THE CD. FOR SOME REASON THE SOUND IS VERY INCONSISTENT, SWITCHING IN TERMS OF QUALITY AND MAYBE EVEN SOURCE. MOST OF THIS IS EVENED OUT TO BE QUITE LISTENABLE. THE LEFT SIDE CHANNEL DOES TEND TO DROP IN AND OUT AT RANDOM. BESIDES ALL OF THE SOUND ISSUES THIS IS SIMPLY A WONDERFUL SHOW. EXCELLENT "SAME OLD BLUES" AND "DOUBLE TROUBLE." PERHAPS THE GREATEST "I SHOT THE SHERIFF" FROM 1985. VERY LOUD ENTHOUSIASTIC CROWD SPAWNS THE QUOTE FROM ERIC, "I LIKE IT HERE ALREADY." EXTREMELY LOUD APPLAUDING THROUGHOUT, I THINK THE FANS WERE PLEASED.
4-22-85 BALTIMORE BLUES - Sourced from a national radio broadcast. Certainly a good show. "Forever Man and I Shot The Sheriff," Impressed Me. This show incidentally, does not take place in Baltimore.
5-1-85 LIVE NOW - A DVD>CD-R Transfer. A worthwile performance no doubt. Lots of songs from here were made into Videos by VH1, so you know the quality must have been good. Stand out songs include, "Cocaine, Layla, Badge/Let It Rain."
6-21-85 MASTERFILE 11A (SLIGHT REMASTER) ALL BOOTLEGS OF THIS DATE AND TITLE ARE CONFIRMED TO HAVE THE SAME ERRORS - SKIPPING/CRACKING ON DISC 1 MAINLY. THANKFULLY ONLY "WONDERFUL TONIGHT" AND A MARCY LEVY SONG ARE RUINED A BIT. A SLIGHT REMASTER HAD ELIMINTATED SOME OF THE CRACKS, BUT THEY ARE STILL THERE. KIND OF ODD TO SEE THAT A SLOWHAND MASTERFILE IS RELEASED WITH THESE PROBLEMS ON THE DISC. PERHAPS IT'S BECAUSE THIS IS THE ONLY AVAILABLE RECORDING, AND THE SOUND IS ACTUALLY NEAR PERFECT. SEVERAL SONGS ON DISC 2 ALSO FADE IN OR FADE OUT LATE IN THE SONG. IF YOU CAN TAKE LISTENING TO AN INCOMPLETE SHOW, YOU WILL BE REWARDED.
6-22-85 I'VE GOT TO KEEP MOVING ON - DECENT SOUNDBOARD, BUT WITH IT'S PROBLEMS. SOUNDS TOO "MANUFACTURED" WITH LOTS OF ECHO AND A BIT TOUGH ON THE EARS. I'D AVOID USING YOUR HEADPHONES FOR THIS ONE, IT MIGHT GIVE YOU A HEADACHE. COULD BE FROM MP3, BUT I HAVE DOUBTS ABOUT THAT. DON'T GET SCARED AT THE ANNOYING MARTIAN LIKE AUDIO IN BETWEEN SONGS, JUST ALL OF THE EFFECTS RUNNING ALONE.
6-25-85 SARATOGA 85 - The show certainly has audio difficulties at times, but it is an average soundboard. This recording features plenty of mic/room echo, and guitar interference. Depending on your ears, you might be able to enjoy this one.
7-5-85 CHICAGO NO BAD BLUES - A much sought after show. Another good soundboard that even I can listen to. There may be a few hisses and cracks, but they certainly are bearable.
7-18-85 LA NIGHTS - VERY CLEAR AUDIENCE RECORDING.
10-6-85 BEHIND THE SUN '85 JAPAN TOUR PT.2 - Wonderful rich and accurate sound, certainly worthy of at least an AUD5+. These Japanese performances could very well feature the best playing of the tour. Also of note is a very weak version of "White Room." EC makes up for the bands lackluster performance with a decent solo.
10-7-85 BEHIND THE SUN '85 JAPAN TOUR PT.3 - AGAIN, VERY GOOD SOUND, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF A VERY SHAKY TAPER! WISH HE/SHE WOULD KEEP STILL! GOOD "I SHOT THE SHERIFF." GREAT "DOUBLE TROUBLE."
10-9-85 - Behind the Sun 1985 Japan Tour Part 4 - Another super audience recording, a clear winner for me. These Japanese performances are showing me quite often just how much more energetic and in touch the band is. Everybody seems to click on all cylinders. This show is however, a rare find. Recommended.
10-11-85 BEHIND THE SUN 1985 JAPAN TOUR PT.6 - VERY GOOD SOUND, BUT MAYBE JUST SLIGHTLY BEHIND THE OTHERS IN THE SET. FORTUNATELY, THIS DOES NOT MEAN ANY LESS OF A SHOW. A BLISTERING WAH WAH SOLO ON "WHITE ROOM", WITH SOME REAL POWER AT THE END MAKE THIS FROM TOP TO BOTTOM A VERY GOOD SHOW. "HOLD ME NOW" WAS A REAL SURPRISE WITH SOME GREAT R&B SIDEWORK FROM EC. EVEN "COCAINE" IS ALSO A REAL SURPRISE HERE, WITH A VERSION THAT EC ACTUALLY SEEMS TO TAKE SERIOUSLY!
10-20-85 THE SENTIMENTALIST (REMASTERED BY ME) - THE ORGINAL VERSION HAD THE VOLUME SET "WAY" TOO HIGH. I GOT RID OF ALL THE "PEAKING" AND MADE THIS A MUCH MORE EASY LISTEN. BY CHANCE IF THE VOLUME IS A TAD LOW, THAT IS MY PROTEST AGAINST HOW IT WAS PRIOR.
10-21-85 ROCKIBILLY SESSIONS - WONDERFUL SOUND. A TRIBUTE TO CARL PERKINS AND MAYBE MY FAVORITE "CELEBRITY" JAM SHOW. GREAT ALL AROUND.
7-4-86 ROSKILDE - AUDIO IS FROM THE VCD OF THIS SHOW. ALTHOUGH THE VCD IS PRETTY DECENT, THE CD JUST MAY BE A LITTLE BIT BETTER TO LISTEN TO SO YOU DON'T GET THE CAMERA SHAKING EVERY 5 SECONDS. STANDS UP WELL TO ANY '86 SHOW. CROSSROADS SEEMS TO HAVE A FEW EXTRA RIFFS HERE AND THERE MAKING IT A LITTLE MORE AGRESSIVE.
7-10-86 PROFESSOR BLUES REVIEW - An odd fading after each song. It doesn't really affect the content, but it could be annoying. Audio is very good, but too low.
7-15-86 MASTERFILE - Really great show from '86-a VHS tape is widely available. My favorites include "Holy Mother" and "Layla" - both are spectacular.
11-23-86 BREEZE OF AUGUST - I now have both discs to this classic show! Pretty good sound from a small venue. Greg Phillinganes denotes Clapton as the "Greatest guitar player on the planet."
1-3-87 TAKE A CHANCE - Certainly one of the best concerts I own from the 80's. Sorry to say the sound is only a aud4. As given by the title, "Take A Chance" was performed here - a very, very rare live version to say the least. Seems to be a lot of "Pop" material in this show and it works well.
1-6-87 LIVE AT THE ALBERT HALL - A MOST UNUSUAL RECORDING, VERY DIFFICULT TO LISTEN TO. I WOULD AVOID THIS ONE. MAYBE I CAN FIX IT?
1-29-87 LIVE IN ROME (REMASTERED BY ME)- Sourced from vinyl LP bootleg. Absolutely blistering, one of the best of the '87 shows. Of special note, EC's vocals on "White Room" and "Hung Up On Your Love" are great, you rarely hear him belt out a song like this - some nice hot solos, too. Interesting keyboard on "Wonderful Tonight" which sets this performance apart from many of the song. Probably the best performance of "Same Old Blues" of the 1987 tour. Pity a complete recording of the show hasn't surfaced. A few instances of technical difficulties with the sound occur, but nothing major. Do not pay attention to the AUD3 rating given by most people, it's a solid AUD4+, maybe slightly better. It's possible this version may have been enhanced and the recording may run slightly fast - you won't notice this change, if indeed it's real. 45 min. CD but very worth it!
4-11-87 SPIDER SHOT - Another excellent soundboard recording! A top performance from the 1987 tour. Lots of great guitar work. "Same Old Blues" and "Sunshine of your love" are noteable.
4-13-87 LIVE IN COSTA MESA - Sorry to say that I completely overlooked this show and thought it was just another concert - I was flat out wrong! Don't let the poor audience recording fool you, this is a gem of a show! Actually the main drawback in the sound is that it is very distant and has low volume. Surprisingly, it comes out quite clear, but you just want it louder. For this show and a few select shows like this, be cautious about raising the volume too high to adjust for the lack of sound. You can run into several technical problems like, distortion, high pitch interferrence, and moreover you can just hurt your ears! All the sound problems aside, this is truly a wonderful show. The last numbers have just the same amount of energy as the opening songs. This is truly a Pop/Rock performance for Clapton, and he just proves time and time again how he can domintate several different types of music. Great songs include, the wonderful "Hung Up On Your Love," and the very powerful "Miss You." This most likely is not the complete concert, but it is close. Also of note, "Tearing Us Apart & Sunshine" appear in back to back tracks. The first is cut off during "Sunshine," but the next one is complete. Strangely this does happen quite a bit on bootlegs - why they won't just delete the bad track, I'll never know. Also here are some analog clicks, they come and go. Listen to the Fan who screams his lungs out and praises Clapton, if I was there I'd just might do the same! A super 1980's concert - Flawless.
4-27-87 MSG - Great Show, not a huge fan of this soundboard. Amazing 28 minute "Same Old Blues."
10-6-87 RONNIE SCOTT'S - Excellent live sound and a very good performance. Footage was in the BBC documentary of Clapton.
10-9-87 STRANGE BREW BLUES - SORT OF WHAT A LOT OF PEOPLE WANT TO HEAR A CLAPTON/GUY DUET CONCERT. IT DOESN'T REALLY DO IT FOR ME, ALTHOUGH MANY MIGHT DISSAGREE. SOUND IS A STRAIGHT SOUNDBOARD. SOUNDS MORE LIKE "AN EVENING AT THE PUB", RATHER THAN A REAL SHOW. I WOULDN'T TAKE THIS ONE TOO SERIOUSLY.
11-9-87 REMARK YOU MADE - NICE TO KNOW AFTER I THOUGHT I HEARD JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING, THIS GEM COMES OUT HIDDEN IN MY COLLECTION. NORMALLY I WRITE OFF SHOWS FROM '87 OR '88 AS NICE, BUT REALLY HAVING NOTHING SPECTACULAR. THIS SHOW HAS EVERYTHING AND MAY JUST BE THE DIFINITIVE EC SHOW FOR THE 80'S! ALL SONGS ARE MASTERFUL WITH A TRULY EPIC VERSION OF "SAME OLD BLUES." THIS 26 MINUTE VERSION JUST MAY BE THE STANDARD FOR ALL OTHER EC PERFORMANCES. TRULY LEGENDARY. "RUN" PARTICULARLY STANDS OUT AS THE WHOLE BAND, SPECIALLY GREG PHILLINGANES ON KEYBOARDS - EVEN NATHAN EAST JOINS IN WITH SOME GREAT BASS GUITAR WORK. THE SOUND IS ALSO AMAZING, AND COULD EASILY BE CONFUSED AS BEING SOUNDBOARD. FROM HEAD TO TOE EASILY BETTER THAN ANYTHING FROM 1987.
9-7-88 IT'S A GUITAR THING - Good Show, not a fan of this soundboard. Great guitar between Clapton & Knopfler. Knopfler's guitar however sounds horrible with this soundboard-Clapton's sounds better.
9-16-88 PALACE OF AUBURN HILLS (REMASTERED BY ME) - RECENTLY IMPROVED AUDIO MAKES THIS ONE A LITTLE MORE ENJOYABLE. THE APPEARANCE OF SRV IN THIS SHOW IS STILL IN QUESTION. LOTS OF AUDIENCE NOISE NEAR THE TAPER.
9-21-88 MASTERFILE #18 - Low, distant sound.Soundboard is so so.
9-23-88 IRIVINE MEADOWS AMPHITHEATRE (REMASTERED BY ME) THE ORIGINAL SOUND IS VERY CLEAR, BUT VERY LOW IN VOLUME. WITH A REMASTER THE SOUND IS NOW NEARLY PERFECT. IT'S AMAZING HOW CLEAR THE INSTRUMENTS COME THROUGH IN THE RECORDING (THE VOCALS ARE A BIT LOW). ALL AROUND SOLID SHOW, BUT HARD FOR ME TO GET EXCITED ABOUT IT - I'VE NEVER BEEN A FAN OF THE SHOWS WITH MARK KNOPFLER. I'M NOT PUTTING THE GUY DOWN, BUT I JUST DON'T CARE FOR HIS GUITAR TONE, IT CAN REAK HAVOC FOR ANY RECORDING!
11-2-88 ON THE CROSSROADS - Show with special guest Elton John for most of the tracks along with sideman Mark Knopfler. Very good soundboard for me, although it's a solid SB4.
1-16-89 ROUGH & READY - Quickly becoming one of the top 10 favorite shows that I have. There are a lot of monster guitar solo's here. Disc 1 contains the major portion of the guitar heroics - "I Shot The Sheriff," is performed in a loud arrogant style-very much appreciated by me.
1-17-89 ROUGH & READY - Wow, what a show - One of my favorites. Clearly and AUD4+, but a standout and aggressive performance. EC and the whole band are in top form. This is also a very tough show to find.
1-21-89 FOUR PIECE - ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE IN WHERE I WISH THE SOUND WAS JUST A LITTLE BETTER. MAYBE THE BEST OF THE '89 ALBERT HALL SHOWS.
1-25-89 ROYAL ALBERT HALL - A NICE AUDIENCE RECORDING FROM THE RAH. CLOSE TO AUD5 QUALITY.
1-28-89 RAH 7TH NIGHT - INTERESTING RECORDING AS I AM PRETTY SURE THE GUITAR IS A SOUNDBOARD RECORDING, BUT THE VOCALS ARE FROM THE AUDIENCE. OF COURSE THIS IS CLEARLY EVIDENT WHEN MARK KNOPFLER IS IN THE BAND. KNOPFLER'S TONE IS EXTREMELY HIGH PITCHED WHEN HEARING IT ON A STRAIGHT SOUNDBOARD. ALTHOUGH YOU'LL WONDER WHY THE GUITAR SOUNDS SO CRISP, IT'S A GOOD LISTEN.
2-3-89 BEETLE CLASHER - Once again, I hate this soundboard! This is the worst for me. Concert is very good, though.
2-3-89 12th NIGHT - Yes, this is the same show, but a much more listenable soundboard for me.
7-6-89 ROOM FULL OF BLUES - This is truly a great show! However, there are instances of skipping at certain points. Also noted are strange volume lowering at random points in the show. These defects are only slightly annoying, the show is awesome! Don't miss this one, forget the defects!
7-7-89 THE HAGUE 2nd NIGHT - WISH I HAD A BETTER COPY OF THIS ONE, A TRULY AMAZING VERSION OF "WANNA MAKE LOVE TO YOU." THE SOUND IS A VERY AUTHENTIC AUD5.
7-9-89 ZURICH 1989 1ST NIGHT - EXCELLENT, TOP NOTCH SHOW. SOURCED DIRECT FROM THE MASTER RECORDING. DOES NOT FEATURE AUDIO PROBLEMS AS WITH OTHER VERSIONS.
7-10-89 ZURICH 1989 2ND NIGHT - EXCELLENT, TOP NOTCH SHOW. SOURCED DIRECT FROM THE MASTER RECORDING. DOES NOT FEATURE AUDIO PROBLEMS AS WITH OTHER VERSIONS.
7-13-89 SULTANS POOL (REMASTERED) - IF THE VOCALS WEREN'T A BIT TOO DISTANT, THIS WOULD BE A CLEAR AUD5. NICE RECORDING HOWEVER, ALTHOUGH IT SEEMS TO HAVE THE EVER SO POPULAR SOUNDBOARD/AUDIENCE RECORDING MIX.
11-18-89 PARENTS FOR SAFE FOOD - The first public performance of "Concerto For Electric Guitar." Most likelly this was the only song performed at this Charity Show. Not quite as aggressive as the later versions, but quite good with Soundboard quality. The CD has filler in the end - exerpts from an EC soundtrack, The Van?