Artist: U2

Date: 1989-10-13

Location: Melbourne, Australia - National Tennis Centre

Medium: SHN

Equipment / Source: unk


October 13, 1989
Melbourne, Australia
National Tennis Centre

Disc 1:

1. Hawkmoon 269
2. Desire/So You Wanna Be a Rock and Roll Star
3. All Along the Watchtower
4. All I Want is You
5. Heartland/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. One Tree Hill
10. God Part II
11. Bullet the Blue Sky/Theme from "Neighbors"

Disc 2:

1. Running to Stand Still
2. Van Diemen's Land
3. Bad/Walk on the Wild Side
4. With or Without You
5. New Year's Day
6. Pride (In the Name of Love)
7. Angel of Harlem
8. When Love Comes to Town/In the Midnight Hour
9. Knockin' on Heaven's Door
10. Love Rescue Me
11. "40"

Lineage: (see below*) > CD-R (Chris Wolf) > CD-R (Me) > EAC Secure > FLAC

Blackout's comments:

*This show was transferred from a low generation TDK Metal tape...and is the result of over two weeks of restoring/remastering. It is a far lower generation than the currently circulating version of this date. This show is a very good recording but suffered from the usual problems associated with many audience recordings...namely tape hiss, level inconsistencies and swaying or "panning" of the image from center. There is a skip in the middle of "All I Want is You" and "Running to Stand Still" has lost a few seconds from its start, both on the original master and probably due to a tape flip/change. Also various different parts of the original tape seemed to suffer from sound some tracks sounded better than others. Firstly the hiss was fixed without any side effects by Sonic Solutions. Next it was given an overall EQ and De-essed. Individual tracks were then fixed for sound and level changes/differences , and the shows image was re-centered track-by track. The encore of this show seems to be from a different source recording as it was in MONO and sounded quite different. This portion was processed with the TC Electronics Stereo Spacialiser. This unit is the best of its kind for adding stereo realism to mono recordings as it does not just invert channel phases like most cheap processors which causes problems with mono compatibility. It re-creates a far more detailed image...(it is used on artists vocals such as Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston to enhance their sound.) Then this part of the show was re-balanced frequency wise to match the sound and acoustics of the rest of the show. Finally the show was maximized and dithered before its digital transfer to CDR.


Mike's comments:

As per the lineage, this is a straight up EAC rip of the CDs I received from Chris Wolf, which were I believe copied right from the ones he received from blackout. Since Chris is not too involved anymore and Justin's inbox was full last time I tried it, blackout is probably the only one who could offer a lower CD-R gen than this that I know of, but in any case I did not hear anything that sounded like a DAE flaw so these should more or less be perfect copies of what blackout sent out.

A very nice show. While by no means a flawless performance, it is an extremely energetic one. This was U2's fifth in a run of seven consecutive shows in Melbourne.

Sound quality is decent and well-balanced, in part thanks to blackout's remastering, but certainly not quite as good as some European leg recordings, and the encore sounds more low-fi. Unfortunately, the crowd noise does get bad at times (loud, high-pitched screamers), notably the beginning of the show. "Bullet the Blue Sky" also cuts in. "I Still Haven't Found" features an added vocal part reminiscent of the New Voices of Freedom performance. "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" is a treat, performed with B.B. King and his band, with B.B. performing a solo.

Note that apparently Pimm's book had VDL and Bad reversed. I will assume that this recording, and not the book, reflects the correct set order. Chris Wolf made some wonderful cover art for this, but I think he used Pimm's book so the track listing was wrong.


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