Monday, May 23, 2011

New Updates To Both Leaked SBD Projects

Alrighty, the recent release of Live Bait 4 (past summer compilation for leg 1 2011 venues/cities) has prompted me to do an upgrade to both compilations.  For the main compilation, the only difference from the last version is the addition of the Live Bait tracks and the subtraction of 8/1/98 Tweezer (since it is part of Wisconsin Edition and is in better quality there). ***OOPS*** someone just reminded me that the same track included Fluffhead after the Tweezer.  Shit.  Eh, guess I'll split the track and add the Fluff back on my next revision.  I don't think it's an Earth-shattering version or anything (like the one at Alpine the following year).

More of an overhaul was done to the "Tier 2" compilation, such as removing four instances of Shapiro banter, editing the tags so that certain files play in the correct order now, and the addition of four other tracks someone graciously alerted me to: 

Rift 7/5/94, Reba > Yerushalayim... 7/8/94, Izabella 12/6/97, SOAM 11/6/98

The Izabella and SOAM were part of Kevin Shapiro's MySpace page a while back.  Unfortunately (and correct me if I am wrong) these were only offered in 80 kbps mp3 and suffer from some pretty harsh compression.  The cymbals and hi-hat in SOAM sound awful, but the rest of the music sounds pretty solid.  This is a real shame because it means the original master track is of a very high quality.  Hopefully we'll see it as a pre-FM FTA one day!  I'm not sure where the other two tracks came from.  Any credible info is appreciated.

I mention this info in the main blog post for the SBD comps, but I'll reiterate here:

-if you already downloaded the previous versions and just want the new tracks and the tracks whose tags were edited to fall into the correct sequence, just download the "extra files" folders I've linked to in the main post.  Be aware that if your media player (or iPod, whatever) orders tracks by track number and you just drop these new files into the same folder, the ordering may be all screwed up since I have re-numbered all the tracks from start to finish.  If your player goes by filename, you will be all set.  If you're not sure or confused on how to re-tag your own files, I suggest deleting what you have and grabbing the updated links.  If you do decide to just drop the new files into your exisiting folder, for Tier 2 I would first delete the tracks that will be replaced by the newly tagged ones (i.e. everything in this new "extra files" folder except those 4 new tracks)

-One last thing:  I've had a couple folks mention that the playlist would have a smoother, more polished feel if the tracks were crossfaded and not as abrupt.  I agree, but this is something that makes more sense to be done on the user end upon playback.  If I re-process them with crossfades, you may not prefer the length of my crossfades, and then the files are permanently altered.  Almost any media player or software can crossfade on the fly.  I have a Droid and the PowerAmp app kicks ass (free trial, $5 or $6 to buy), and you can set it to crossfade any tracks that are not in a gapless format already.



Sam said...

Thank you so much for all the effort on these!

And I love the attention to detail with track tagging/numbers/etc.


Greg Schwartz said...

Totally with you on not cross-fading these on the front end. No going back from that.

Sam said...

btw, for some reason when I drop the new Polaris Cities into iTunes, it shows in the table as being a ridiculous 1:26:33 (though it play properly as a 19:59-length track)

no biggie...

Kenny Powers said...

yeah, the same happens w/ 2/23/97 Fluff and 11/16/94 Foggy Mtn breakdown>Swing Low Sweet Chariot, which are the three tracks i removed the Kevin Shapiro talking. i edited the main blog post with this:

(for some reason, after I reprocessed these files something bizarre happened - in your tracklist the files will show a rediculously long time, like 86 minutes for the Cities. Rest assured, the files are not that large and there is no silence after the music ends. Not sure what happened there).

Kenny Powers said...

huh, actually iTunes is displaying the correct times for the Fluff and Foggy Mtn tracks....the times were screwy on my phone and in Foobar on my PC. only the Cities appears to display a bunk track time of 86 and a half minutes. that would have been sweet!!!


B. said...

Thanks for the centralized soundboard repository. I haven't checked out your 'remasters' but love the ease of grabbing these tracks all bundled together! As one of the officers of the pre-broadband PCP(People for a Clearer Phish) from the 1990s, I know exactly how much work you're putting in and appreciate your trememndous effort.

Might I make a recommendation? If so, I recommend that you give each revision of the LSBDP a version number (y'know, LEAKS-1.31, or the like).

That way, 'Joe and/or Jane Schmoe' can just check back in 6 mos and see that he/she is 4 revisions out of date and should probably just download the newest version, etc...

Just a thought...

Have a good one. The tapes from Bethel make me think things are getting better, so I hope you catch some ragers.


Kenny Powers said...

Funny you mention that b/c I was going to do that, or was thinking about it anyway. I think my brain just got sore and I just forgot. Thanks for bringing it up though, and glad you're enjoying the fruits of my labor!

I caught Bethel Sat night and it was siiiiick.

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