Artist: U2

Date: 1989-12-11

Location: Paris, France - Palais Omnisports De Bercy

Medium: SHN

Equipment / Source: unk


(2nd Gen Cass. > Speed Fix)

1. (The Star Spangled Banner/)Bullet The Blue Sky
2. Desire
3. All Along the Watchtower
4. All I Want is You
5. In God's Country/Where The Streets Have No Name
6. I Will Follow
7. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For/Exodus
8. MLK
9. The Unforgettable Fire
10. God Part II
11. Help!/Bad
12. Van Diemen's Land
13. New Year's Day
14. Pride (In The Name Of Love)
15. Angel Of Harlem/Suspicious Minds
16. When Love Comes To Town
17. Love Rescue Me
18. With Or Without You
19. "40"

History: Second Gen Cassette (unconfirmed) > Nakamichi CR-7A transfer (11/06) > Peak 5.2 > WAV > Goldwave (speed fix) > FLAC

Original Taper: FR or friends of FR (see below)
Original Gear: unknown

December 11, 1989. Paris, France. Palais Omnisports De Bercy

Notes (from Erik of JEMS):

In 1990-91, JEMS did a few trades with a taper/collector called Frank Reilman in Gronigen, The Netherlands. (Perhaps he is a member of U2 Torrents today). From Frank we obtained copies of every European show on the Lovetown tour save for the Dublin shows. From us he got several of the Joshua Tree masters that have been posted here this year.

Many of the cassettes we received from Frank are marked "first generation" and we have never transfered them until now. Rooting around in the archive this past weekend I found some of Frank's original letters and lists. On the first list he has about half of the Euro Lovetown shows and he notes them as being anywhere from master to second generation. On a subsequent list he has every show and notes them all as masters--in his letter he wrote that they were all recorded by "me or friends of mine."

It is a fine recording but something of a strange one. The copy I got from Frank is on one 90 minute metal tape and one side of a 60 minute chrome tape but the cuts/flips on the master don't match that configuration at all. There are fade out and fade ins done on my tapes that clearly aren't on the master and more hiss than master transfer should have. Another curious detail: the pre-show music is recorded for several minutes.

Judging from the sound when the tape sides start, this is not off the master but a copy of something that had been edited already. I can't 100% guarantee it is a second gen. but I think there is aural and printed evidence to support that. Listen to the samples below.

Justin's website notes the following [about Soctt's version]: "I received this recording from Scott Zumsteg, webmaster of The Joshua Tree Tour Preservation Project web site. Those of you who have traded with Scott know that he only works with top notch recordings. Here are his comments regarding this one: "This is pressed from a 2nd generation D6 recording and this is a really nice show. Great inspired versions of the songs and clean sound throughout." The only major problem of note is that approximately the first two minutes of "40" are omitted and the song cuts off prematurely. Otherwise, this is a near perfect bootleg with outstanding sound quality and clarity."

"40" is complete on my tape so this is definitely not the tape he is referring to.

Notes (from Mike):

As Erik refers to, the only other recording of this show I have is one that was posted here in the last couple months, Scott Z's source, which also ran a tad slow I believe. That one had "40" cut out early and another cut I can't remember (maybe before "I Still Haven't Found?"). This one is a different source (***YES, I am pretty sure this is a different taper and equipment***), although it actually sounds kind of similar. Anyway, I think this one probably has more bass than Scott's source, and is certainly very close and clear. The drawback is the sound is a tad washy or warbly, moreso than Scott's source, something which sounds like it's because it's from old, supposedly second-gen cassettes.

So, I received this as a big WAV file and put it through Goldwave to adjust the speed slightly. It was a bit slow and I sped it up, and then split it into tracks. Nothing else has been done to this recording.

Anyway, this one is probably slightly more complete than Scott's source, although for sure there are cuts here and there mostly probably due to tape flips, first before "MLK" (little or no music lost) and before "Love Rescue Me" (again little or no music lost).

Notes on the show:

1. During a nice, somewhat extended "All I Want is You" and a great "Bad" Bono sings a few lines I don't recognize, except for one, "ain't love the sweetest thing." I think these are probably improvs ("oh Majula?"), so I wouldn't call it a snippet of "Sweetest Thing" (first released in 1987), but it might be an early reference to the song re-released some ten years later.

2. Speaking of "Bad," some great guitar at the end. Bono also starts the song off with "Help" after the sequencer as started (a little different from what he usually did).

3. This is one of only a few performances I have heard where Bono sings "maybe the time is right, maybe tonight" line in "New Year's Day." I don't have as many recordings as some people here, but this is one of only three shows I have where he does this.

4. "Angel of Harlem" had a bit of "Suspicious Minds" at the end again.


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