David Bowie 1972-07-08 London ,Royal Festival Hall (Matrix Learm) - SQ 7+

David Bowie 1972-07-08 London ,Royal Festival Hall (Matrix Learm).
Sound Quality Rating

01 Spoken Intro by Kenny Everett .flac
02 Ode To Joy.flac
03 Hang On To Yourself.flac
04 Ziggy Stardust.flac
05 Life On Mars.flac
06 The Supermen.flac
07 Starman.flac
08 Changes.flac
09 Five Years.flac
10 Space Oddity.flac
11 Andy Warhol.flac
12 Amsterdam.flac
13 I Feel Free.flac
14 Moonage Daydream.flac
15 White Light White Heat.flac
16 Waiting For The Man.flac
17 Sweet Jane.flac
18 Suffragette City.flac

Label: No label
Audio Source: audience
Total running time: 1:16:59
Sound Quality: Much noise ,dull ,but still good listened to
Attendance: 3.000
Artwork: by Mossgarden.
Matrix: by Learn ,Matrix of 2 different audience recordings from the same show.

Kenny Everett is the host and introduces Bowie: “…you are about to witness the next biggest thing to God…”

This concert was organised by The Friends of Earth in order to raise funds to save the whale from extinction. Bowie was the main act of the show; he was preceded by Marmelade and the jSD Band. The latter had had some sound trouble and when Bowie started this had not yet been resolved completely. On coming on Bowie says: “I’m David Bowie and these are the Spiders from Mars,we can have a wonderful system in a minute but this is something about you” and Ronson bursts into Hang on to Yourself.

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Bowie introduces the majority of the numbers in extenso ,but most of what he says is unintelligible. Andy Warhol he introduces with a long story about Andy Warhol being a New York painter,and on Amsterdam. he explains that a Belgian wrote the song and an American translated it into English. The audience listen to Bowie’s words with great attention and in complete silence. There is a surprise after Moonage daydream when Bowie announces Lou Reed: “He’s still playing and he’s now in England.and this is his very .very,very first apperance anywhere in England.ladies and gentlemen:Lou Reed”
received with enthusiasm.and White light,White Heat,Waiting for the Man and Sweet Jane,All the three sung by Lou Reed,are given a big hand; yet the audience do not fotget it was Bowie the have come for.As a matter of act ,Reeds singing is difficult to hear.
Suffragette City is played as extra and at the end of the concert the audience were presented with promotion posters and photographs.

This was a great concert and it got lots of reviews. All quite positive! The magazine Disc wrote: “David Bowie oust be coming up for the ‘Most Reviewed Act In The Shortest Time’ award.Each reviewer feels he or she has discovered something newtand probably has.Bowie and the Spiders cause compulsive penscraping”. Melody Maker:.

Matrix of 2 different audience recordings from the same show.

Source 1: length 80:06 min., in 18 flac files (96 kHz/24 bit), g+/vg- quality by our private collector (new to circulation?) (BOWSTAT007-24RAW)
Source 2: length 72:27 min., in 17 flac files (48 kHz/16 bit), vg+ quality, downloaded from HungerCity (upload by jallaweb October 29th 2012)

Processing:
Flac files of 2 recordings > Foobar2000 convert to 44,1/16 > Magix Music Cleaning Lab (Matrix/Remaster 44,1/16) > BowieStation

Comments:

Source 1:
The recording is complete, incl. the spoken intro and the full Ode to Joy intro.
Compared to source 2 the speed was approx. 4 % slower. I decided to adjust the speed to source 2 as this tape seems to be a lower gen.
The tape has a lot of hiss which had to be removed as much as possible. More hiss at low levels which partly is still present. I left it because otherwise too much of the sound would be lost.
The recording has more bass than source 2.
The taper was standing closer to some people which were clapping and sometimes talking (the taper himself?)
Sound level on left channel lower than right channel (adjusted)
Some small cuts between tracks.

Source 2:
The sound of this is much better than that of source 1. Very nice and balanced sound, only some bass missing.
During I Feel Free there is a cut in the middle which was halfway fixed (already made in a former remaster) with a passage of lower sound quality. I decided to cut this out and replace the whole passage (approx. 15 seconds) with source 1.

At the end I made some level adjustments with the completed matrix and added more bass.
Even if the sound of source 2 is already very good the matrix is even better as it gives the recording more depth and a really well balanced sound. I would rate the result now as one of the best recordings from 72 (of course after Santa Monica).

The Band:
David Bowie vocals, guitar, harmonica
Mick Ronson guitar, vocals
Trevor Bolder bass
Mick “Woody” Woodmansey drums
Robin Lumley piano

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