Saturday, May 22, 2010

The Spectrum 12.29.96

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Sunday, 12/29/1996  CoreStates Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA

Set 1: Poor Heart, Caravan, Cavern, Taste, Guelah Papyrus, Train Song, Rift, Free, The Squirming Coil, La Grange

Set 2: David Bowie, A Day in the Life, Bathtub Gin, The Lizards, You Enjoy Myself -> Rotation Jam -> Sixteen Candles -> Vocal Jam, Harpua -> Champagne Supernova -> Harpua

Encore: Rocky Top

Notes: Mike performed the Phish debut of Sixteen Candles solo on piano. Tom Marshall contributed the vocals to the Phish debut of Champagne Supernova as Harpua, Poster, and Jimmy were confronted by the “Über Demon” and the “evil sound of hell.” This show featured the breakout of Caravan, which had been shelved since December 2, 1994 (160 shows).

v0 mp3 .zip file

The boys sure love the city of brotherly love.  Though I was at both Boston shows during the '96 holiday run and had a major blast, one could say the tapes confirm that Philly got the stronger shows.  This show has been requested by a couple readers and I'm happy to oblige, as this one was a great remaster candidate.

The original source is a really nice, classic OTS pull.  It has a great combination of clear and precise audio from the stage, three-dimensional crowd eruptions, and minimal distracting chatter nearby.  The one glaring issue was that the track was recorded at a very low level - much like the source I used for the 11.7.96 remaster.  I mean really low.  I had to raise the level about 10 db's to attain peak amplitude with no clipping.  After doing so, it is now easier to rock this show at an appropriate volume.

The high end was the only area of the spectrum (no pun intended) that was lacking, so I bumped that up a good deal.  The low end was a tad muddy, so I tamed it a small amount for a cleaner sound.  I'm pretty pleased with this sound of this one, and hope you like it!

1 comment:

Chonz said...

Nice! I always hated that the levels on this tape were so low. The mp3 link is unavailable at teh moment, but I'll try later. Thanks KP!

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