Saturday, January 16, 2010

4.23.94 Fox Theatre, Atlanta show page

Set 1: Funky Bitch, Rift, Fee > Peaches en Regalia, Poor Heart, Stash, Esther, Down with Disease, Caravan, High-Heel Sneakers

Set 2: Wilson > Run Like an Antelope, Mound, Sample in a Jar, Sparkle, Harry Hood, Ginseng Sullivan, You Enjoy Myself, Who By Fire, Golgi Apparatus

Encore: Free Bird

Notes: Antelope included Simpsons and Oom Pa Pa signals. Caravan and the Phish debut of High-Heel Sneakers featured Merl Saunders on keyboards and YEM, which included a Rock ‘n Roll Hoochie Coo jam, featured Colonel Bruce Hampton on piano. The Phish debut of Who By Fire also featured Colonel Bruce Hampton on vocals. Ginseng Sullivan was performed without microphones. Free Bird was played by request after Trey asked, a la Lynyrd Skynyrd, what song the crowd wanted to hear. Listen for a distinct Caravan tease in the beginning of Esther. The tramps jam in YEM featured a guest tramp jumper due to Trey’s broken foot.

(PLEASE NOTE - the taper adjusts the levels (quieter) a few seconds into Funky Bitch. The volume stays constant after that. On a few occasions vocals are sometimes too high in the mix, creating distortion. This was present in the unaltered source and is not a result of remastering.

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I thought I would feature an "under the radar" type show from earlier in the band's career, so here is 4.23.94 at the Fox in Atlanta. I'm sure for those who were at the first ever gig at this venue, there was nothing "under the radar" about this show - Saturday night taboot. But in terms of shows most often listened to by phans, this show is likely (and understandably) overshadowed by the 3-night run in November '95 at the Fox. I also chose this show because spring '94 is a tour that doesn't get as much recognition as it should.

While the jamming here is pretty contained and there is no segue soup in set II, it's a really fun, high-energy show typical of '94, with some musical guests as an added bonus. Toss in some secret language, a very early version of DWD, the verses of Fee still being sung with megaphone, the band still chanting/singing Wilson instead of the crowd (that must've changed soon after, right?), the clapping in Stash not quite yet perfected (with Fish still doing the wood block fills), a guest trampoline jumper to make up for Trey's recently broken foot...all things that bring back fond memories of that Hoist period in time when they were quickly conquering the various regions of the nation.

This is a remaster of etree shnid 22125, taped with Neumann TLM-170 mics in the OTS, taper unknown. I considered this an easy remaster candidate for the combination of two factors: as is often the case with indoor shows taped with Neumann mics, the source is bass-heavy and treble-challenged (which is easy enough to fix by way of EQ), and it has phenomenal stereo imaging. Fish's kick drum was overwhelming in the original recording, and the softer musical passages (see Esther) were difficult to appreciate with the muffled quality of the recording as it was.

I eased back the low end of the EQ spectrum a notch or two and spiked the high end considerably. Fish's kick drum still has some nice heft, while not becoming distorted as it once was. I thought about taming the low end even more, but doing that robbed the rest of the music of some warmth and depth. I hope you'll agree it now sounds much clearer and more pleasing to the ears.


Kenny Powers said...

A reader was kind enough to inform me that the levels sounded low at first. After going back and reviewing the original files, it appears that the taper's levels were too low for the first set. My best guess is that he discovered this when analyzing the recording during setbreak, and proceeded to raise the levels for the second set.

Unfortunately I did not notice this before remastering the show the first time. Thanks to our attentive listener Jeff, I was able to go back and raise the preamp for the first set to the extent that it now closely matches the volume of set II, giving the listener a more consistent experience.

As of 10:00 AM EST Sunday 1/17/10, the links will take you to the revised versions. If you already downloaded, you can either keep the original files and just change the volume between set I and II, or delete the old folder and download the revised one. Sorry about that!

Thanks very much for bearing with me as I iron out some of the kinks. With time I hope to not make these oversights again!

Jason said...

I'm listening to your work in chronological order and enjoying it! I'm surprised you didn't mention the Antelope from this show, it's very intense!

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