Monday, December 5, 2011
Oswego Airport, Volney NY: 7/17/99 (day 1)
Phish.net show page
Oswego County Airport, Volney, NY
Set 1: Tube > Boogie On Reggae Woman, Birds of a Feather, Guelah Papyrus, My Sweet One, Roggae, Tweezer -> Have Mercy -> Taste > Character Zero
Set 2: Funky Bitch, On My Knees, Jam > Down with Disease, Wolfman's Brother -> Sneakin' Sally through the Alley> Timber (Jerry), You Enjoy Myself
Encore: The Squirming Coil, Tweezer Reprise
Notes: This was the first show of the Camp Oswego festival. Have Mercy was played for the first time since November 12, 1994 (334 shows). Son Seals sat in on guitar and vocals for his own composition, Funky Bitch, as well as the Phish debut of On My Knees. Afterwards, a brief blues jam was played as Son left the stage. Sneakin' Sally did not contain a vocal jam.
v0 mp3 .zip file
Two new AUD sources for Oswego have been released on etree in the past month, and one of them to me is the best sounding recording I've heard of the festival. I think most casual listeners will write it off at first listen since it's super bass-heavy and muffled. However, EVERYTHING else about it is perfect: great stereo balance and open soundfield, natural dynamic range, practically nonexistent crowd chatter, and most of all no wind whatsoever (which I'm sure attendees will vouch for. I heard it was insanely hot and muggy). A perfect representation of that thick, open air festival sound. This combination of overly bassy but otherwise perfect makes it an ideal ghetto-fab remaster candidate - extremely similar to my 9/17/00 job. In this case I tried not to go totally insane jacking the high end, but it's a huge jump in clarity over the original.
Unfortunately the same taper and rig for the following day didn't produce nearly the same results so I will not be attempting that one. Besides, the best parts have already been leaked as SBD. An even newer km184 pull popped up just last week or so, and while it's much clearer off the bat, I feel it sounds a bit flat and lacks that festie oomph.
I should mention that both days have already been remastered by phishjam10 (check out his new blog here), but since the two sources are so drastically different I figure it's good to have options. The one he did is a FOB Schoeps, the one I did is a Microtech Gefell from the tapers' section. Sounds like a FOB though since there's no roof to create boominess and those festie rigs are so powerful and thick.
p.s. I won't be uploading AAC versions from now on. Since I decided to raise the bit rate to around 200 kbps after hearing some compression artifacts at the ~160 kbps level, the files are now too close in size to the v0 mp3's to make much difference at all. I prefer the efficiency of AAC but realize mp3 is more universal, so...
Posted by Kenny Powers at 8:13 AM