Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Reader Request Double-Shot: 9.22.99 and 9.29.99

OK folks, I will be taking a short break from '99 after these two. As much as I'd love to remaster this whole tour, I need to get some variety going out of fairness to those who may not dig this period as much as I do. But these are two SICK shows! These were requested on another board, before I created the new request page.

9.22.99 Pan Am Center, Las Cruces NM (including hilarious SBD soundcheck)

Phish.net show page

Soundcheck: Dickie Scotland Song, Dirt (several times, not included in this download)

Set 1: Also Sprach Zarathustra > Chalk Dust Torture, Guelah Papyrus, Axilla, My Mind's Got a Mind of its Own, Beauty of My Dreams, Bathtub Gin, Mozambique, Sand, Waste

Set 2: Gotta Jibboo, Ghost > Taste, Brian and Robert, Mike's Song > Simple > Train Song, Weekapaug Groove

Encore: La Grange

Notes: The soundcheck featured the impromptu Dickie Scotland Song in reference to Phish Tour Manager Richard “Dickie Scotland” Glasgow, who attended New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. The song included a theme about the school’s mascot, the Aggie, and referenced fellow NMSU alumnus David “ZZYZX” Steinberg (a.k.a. The Timer) with the lyric ‘Timer is an Aggie, too.’” This debut performance was included in Kevin Shapiro’s “From the Archives” radio show at Big Cypress.

v0 mp3 .zip file

(*TECHNICAL NOTE* - The file for Simple appears to have a glitch. At the 4:42 mark, there is skipping for about 10-15 seconds. At first I thought it was just my file that had become corrupt during encoding/decoding, but I have confirmed with someone else that the original SHN from the etree seed has the skipping also, so it's not just mine. I'm surprised there is no mention of this on the db page. If anyone has a fix out there, please post the link to the comments page in this post, and I will upload a fixed Simple file if it exists. Thanks!

The most glaring issue of the original FOB Schoeps mk4v source was, unfortunately, one of the most significant aspects of the show: the 2001 opener. The taper's levels were extremely low for the first couple minutes, and he continued to fluctuate the volume upwards about 5 times throughout the track, eventually setting down around the 6:00 mark or so. This made for a fairly frustrating listen, constantly having to adjust the volume so your ears don't explode (which might happen anyway after listening to this opener).

I listened for the moments where the levels changed, cut the track into different sections based on those time markers, and tried my best to even out the volume for each section. You may notice split-seconds were there is still a slight volume change, but I can assure you it's not nearly as drastic as it was before. I should also note that although the volume has been "corrected" for the first several minutes of the track, the overall dynamic range and clarity doesn't fully kick in until around the 6:00 mark. All in all, I think you'll find it an improved listening experience.

I've also included the hilarious soundcheck in SBD. Don't miss it. And as I will continue to do, I have included a sample track from the original source in case you want to do a before-and-after comparison.

9.29.99 The Pyramid, Memphis TN

Phish.net show page

Set 1: Runaway Jim > Free, Driver, Taste, Dirt, Nellie Kane, Stash[1] > Theme From the Bottom, Tweezer Reprise

Set 2: Gotta Jibboo > Also Sprach Zarathustra > Down with Disease, Billy Breathes, Back on the Train, Mike's Song[2] -> Catapult -> Mike's Song -> Kung -> Mike's Song > I Didn't Know > Weekapaug Groove

Encore: Cities[3]

[1] Can’t Turn You Loose and Happy Birthday teases.
[2] Who Knows tease.
[3] Altered lyrics.

Notes: Stash included Can’t Turn You Loose and Happy Birthday (to Trey) teases. After Stash, Trey announced a contest where the winner would receive four tickets and backstage passes to any show in the next year and, jokingly, a date with Fishman. The question centered on what all of the songs played in the first set, with the exception of Driver, had in common. The answer was that all songs were in the Key of D. Cities was an appropriate choice as an encore for Memphis, and Trey altered the lyrics a bit for the occasion. Mike’s included a Who Knows tease.

v0 mp3 .zip file

As opposed to the 9.22 show, there were no such level adjustment quirks I could find in this Schoeps mk4v recording, so that made it a pretty easy remaster. The source, as has been mentioned in various places, is pretty bass-heavy and missing some clarity in the high end. A few simple EQ tweaks improved that considerably, and I gave the preamp a boost since the source was relatively quiet.

Don't miss the Cities encore where the crowd erupts after "Did I forget to mention, forget to mention Memphis? Home of Elvis and Rendezvous Barbeque!"


gratefulcub said...

Home of Elvis, and Rendevouz BarBQ!

Thanks KP, I can't wait until I can get some time to spin this show later. Between BC and this, you are giving me my crown jewels of shows I attended, but need a good source for now.

Kenny Powers said...

Glad to hear it cub!

Eric said...

this is total cash money job my friend!!

Mark and Jenna said...

WOW! 9/22/99 is such a fantastic show and this is 100% improved source. Thank you for the re-master!

Joshu88 said...

9-22-99, great show, and now you can hear some of those nasty peaks Trey was taking the band to in those jams. Awesome sound!!!! keep up the great work!!!

Alex said...

thank you so much for this - this is MILES better! 2001 maybe best ever

trinoc said...

hey, check the cop cameo after tweezer rep. @ approx. 3:59..."look straightforward, look straightforward, square with your body, mmmkay?" he clearly rolled up on somebody nearby.

haha, it is crystal clear. then exactly at 4:20 you hear some kid say "hey officer...?"

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