David Bowie 1972-12-28 Manchester ,Hard Rock - MATRIX by Learm - SQ 6,5

David Bowie 1972-12-28 Manchester ,Hard Rock – (MATRIX by Learm)
Sound Quality Rating

01. intro.flac
02. Let’s Spend The Night Together.flac
03. Hang On To Yourself.flac
04. Ziggy Stardust.flac
05. The Supermen.flac
06. Changes.flac
07. Life On Mars.flac
08. Five Years.flac
09. The Width Of A Circle.flac
10. John I’m Only Dancing.flac
11. Moonage Daydream.flac
12. band introduction.flac
13. Jean Genie.flac
14. Suffragette City.flac
15. Rock’n’Roll Suicide.flac

Label:
Audio Source: audience
Lineage: Tapes BowieStation
Total running time: 0:55:47
Sound Quality : Not good ,much Noise ,very dull
Attendance: 3.000
Artwork: MossGarden.
Matrix > by Learn > Matrix of 2 different audience recordings from the same show.
Source 1: by a private collector as 96 kHz/24 bit (also known as Last Stand 72).
Source 2: by Noggin part of HG 11 by steve23yh as 44,1 kHz/16 bit

Same as London,but .Bowie puts Supermen before Changes. At the end of Let’s Spend the Night Together,just before “Let’s do it,let’s make love” Bowie says: “When I saw you come,come, coming down the street. What sign are you’? What sign are you, are you a Leo or are you a Capricorn? Are you still at school? I’ve always believed in education. Educate me”. “Thank you, it’s very nice to be back” Bowie says after Ziggy Stardust, having also played here in September. “That was an old song from The Man Who Sold the World,that was called Width of a Circle. This one is relatively new,it’s called John I’m Only Dancing. “This is from the Ziggy album, it’s called Moonage Daydream Bowie says ,and after the number he introduces the Spiders: “From America we’ve. got Mike Garson playing for us on piano,on bass guitar we’ve got Trevor Bolder,on drums Woody Woodmansey and on lead guitar the FAAAABULOUS Mick Ronson!”.

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Here is a concert review of the show by New Musical Express:

“It’s THE big return and Bowie’s out there suggesting ‘Let’s Spend The Night
Together’, though his offer is more innocent than the sinister sexuality of
Mick Jagger’s version. There’s our lad in glitter jacket and tight, tight,
red knee-length pants,
yelling out something about schoolkids and urging “I believe in education –
educate me!” before thrusting into ‘Spiders From Mars’, ‘Superman’ and
‘Changes’, all effort and little subtlety, with Mick Ronson playing guitar
much as a Dowager Duchess
might play with her beads, good twiddles here, mucho padding there.
But Bowie’s pleased to be back, anxious to be adored, and he delivers the
rest of the set with a zest that actually drains onlookers and it’s the
crowd who finally stagger out into the street feeling knackered but ready to
face ’73.”

The intro in the show was not the well known pre-recorded Clockwork Orange
tune by Wendy Carlos but the same tune improvised by the band.
Another fact is that Bowie brought Mike Garson from the US tour which can be
heard very well on the recording.

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Matrix of 2 different audience recordings from the same show.

Source 1: by a private collector as 96 kHz/24 bit (also known as Last Stand
72).
Source 2: by Noggin part of HG 11 by steve23yh as 44,1 kHz/16 bit.

Processing:
Flac files of 2 recordings -> Switch Sound File Converter Plus (downsample
of source 1 96/24 > 48/24) > Magix Music Cleaning Lab (Matrix/Remaster
48/24)

I have several other versions of both recordings but the ones represented
here sound best to my ears.
Source 1 is not quite complete as parts of Width Of A Circle are missing as
well as the start of Suffragette City, the intro and some audience parts
(especially encore call after Suffragette City).
I would rate source 1 as better sounding as a lot more of the higher
frequencies are present whereas source 2 is sounding quite dull even if
steve23yh has done a great job with remastering.
On the other hand source 2 has also a lot of hiss which I tried to remove as
much as possible always having in mind to keep most of the higher
frequencies.
But still there is some background noise.

Source 1 was running slower than source 2 (very inconsistent) and I adjusted
the speed to source 2 as this was already adjusted by steve23yh. The sound level of source 1 was corrected and as the audience noise was very present it was lowered a lot in level.
At the end some EQ was made to achieve a balanced sound.
The result of the matrix is really worth all the work as we have now a very good sounding recording which is on a level with
some “middle class recordings” like Kingston Polytechnic with some deductions like the middle part of Width Of A Circle.
But all in all the show is now very enjoyable and even if it was quite short Bowie, the band and the audience are in good shape.

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