Artist: U2

Date: 2001-02-07

Location: London, England - Astoria

Medium: SHN

Equipment / Source: OKM IIr / D8


Live in London at the Astoria Remastered

Disc One:
1. Intro
2. Until the End of the World
3. Beautiful Day
4. Elevation/Stepping Stone
5. Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out of
6. Gone/Never Tear Us Apart
7. Discotheque/Unknown Cover
8. Staring at the Sun
9. New York
10. Band Intros
11. 11 O' Clock Tick Tock
12. I Will Follow
13. Desire
14. The Ground Beneath Her Feet
15. Mysterious Ways
16. One/Unknown Cover
17. Unchained Melody

Disc Two:
1. All I Want is You
2. Bad/Ruby Tuesday/Sympathy for the Devil
3. Crowd Noise
4. "40"

History: Recorded by M.D.: d8>csb>dat 32>clone>44.1 via egosys 2496 conversion>wav>shn [CDR > EAC Secure > FLAC] <---My additional lineage in brackets

Remastering by A.W.: M.D.'s original SHNs>WAV>SF4.5>MKW

February 7, 2001. London, England, The Astoria (Club)

Comments (from information file/Aaron Sams* and by me**):

*The taper fully understands he did not maximize his recording opportunities and did this by choice. He was about the 8th person into the venue, and had a chance to stand in the very first row. Hence the sound is unbalanced because he actually was behind the PA and you will notice the drum sounds very live, because he was not catching it off the PA, rather because it was about 10 feet away from him.

(from Aaron): [This is] the one that Mike Dann worked on with a friend of mine who is studying professional sound engineering at the University of Manchester. It came from the original working DATs, and was done in Audio Pro Tools.

**All right, well let me get this off my chest. if I were to name this recording, it'd be called "SHUT THE $%&@ UP!," but I didn't. The audience in this show is very annoying at times. Not to make a generalization, but these Brits are really tone deaf. If they're not shouting out far-fetched song requests, they're (trying to) sing along with every song they know the words to. I haven't heard much of the original, but I hear it was pretty bad. This isn't great either, but it must be better, I think the one tone deaf girl was reduced a lot in the remaster. It sounds all right, the drums as said above are really clear, and so would the rest of it if not for the audience.

The show is nothing special though. The band (mostly Bono) screw up at least half the songs in some respect, most notably the Pop album songs, but definitely not exclusively. The Edge (it would seem) misses a cue or starts early in one song, throwing the song off for a good portion of the track. "40" is surprisingly unimpressive. The band play the song closer to the album speed instead of the classic live speed, resulting in Bono getting messed up, and singing the lyrics really slow. It sounds weird and very unrehearsed. Needless to say, Irving Plaza was a much better show. This was.... OK. If you don't have it, you're not missing much.

The show stretched a little over a disc, so I added some bonus tracks (omitted).

Mike's comments: 5/9/06: As I recall, I got these CDs from Aaron or the SHNs, I forget. So your copy would be a second gen CDR, but I used EAC so it should be a perfect clone, though I haven't listened to it in years, so anything out of the ordinary let me know. This would be a good one to find a short show from 81 or something and maybe add it to the end, because this one just barely goes over 1 CD. Again, this recording leaves a lot to be desired for, as does the show, but it's nice to have something from a rare performance.


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