Thursday, October 8, 2009

PF - 1972-02-20 - Best of Tour 72 - Restored

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Dr. Forrester said...

This historical recording captures Dark side of the
moon in its earliest stage.
No other recording available from the jan/feb 72
tour (in which dsotm was first performed)
sounds as good as this.
It has one ugly flaw (still) with the
annoying cuts in Tr. 4, 8 & 11 but the music &
sound is just too good to leave.
This upgrade is by far the best sounding version
of this recording of the few I have ever heard.
Includes artwork, made with great care.
You need this, average fan or diehard.


Rainbow Theatre, 2-20-1972
"The Best Of Tour '72 - Restored"
Remastered From Original 1st LP Pressing

01. Speak to me (cuts in, only last 8 secs left)
02. Breathe
03. Travel Sequence
04. Time (cut within)
05. Home again
06. Religious Theme
07. Money
08. Us & Them (cut within, misses most)
09. Dave's Scat Section
10. The Lunatic Song
11. Eclipse (cuts off)

Time: 40:52:66

Sound: A

Source Info:
High Quality Condensator Stereo Mics -> Reel-to-Reel Master ->
Mastering -> Mastered source (likely recorded on Hi-Speed
Reel-to-Reel) -> 1st Pressing Vinyl Bootleg (16-421/422) ->
Technics 1210mk2 with -881mk2s stylus -> Tascam DA20mk2
(A-D conversion 16 bit, 48kHz) -> PC -> Cubase SX 2.0
-> Wave (downsampled to 44.1k) -> FLAC -> Torrent

See below for clarification.

Re-Mastered @ the Soundhouse by Prof. Stoned, February 2006.

A note from the Prof.:

Today, 34 years and a couple of days after this was first recorded,
I present to you all a significant digital upgrade -maybe even
the definitive version- of the legendary "The Best of Tour 72" boot.
It KILLS both the "Swinging Pig" and the "Original Masters Series"
bootleg CD's of this album that most of you all know.
These two boots were both taken from the same inferior source
which is ruined by a heavy NoNoise treatment.
This is a trueful reproduction of the original vinyl bootleg and will
make you hear details in the recording that you never heard before.

Dr. Forrester said...

***About the Original Bootleg***

The content of this CDR has been carefully mastered from a rare
vintage (1972) vinyl copy (strictly rated: EX), the very 1st
pressing of this classic floyd bootleg, and therefore the closest
source to the (unfindable) original tape.
The recorded content of the original LP was handled professionally
from start to finish (not counting the cuts in the recording).
The sound is beautiful. A very wide stereo image with clear
separation of instruments & voices. There is little hiss or distortion.
The unmastered source that the bootleggers used must have been
0th or maybe 1st generation tape.
The original pre-vinyl tape has had a mastering treatment with a
compressor, Dolby(A) and likely some EQ-ing.

The vinyl itself is nice and thick, made to last.
This could very well have been pressed at a pressing plant which
was used by major record company's as well.
As you can read in Clinton Heylin's excellent book
"Bootleg! The Rise and Fall of the Secret recording industry"
this used to happen a lot in the early 70"s, and it would explain
why the bootleggers were so keen to hide the name Pink Floyd,
even on the record label itself.

Although the pre-vinyl part in the source info chain is speculated,
it's 100% certain that this is NOT a soundboard and/or FM.
Ever since this came out, the SQ has led people to believe it is.
Even the above mentioned book, erroneously stated this was
taken from a BBC radio broadcast.
And even to this day, this recording is way more often labelled
as "radio" or "soundboard" than as what it is: "EX audience".

Have a look here to learn more about the countless vinyl
pressings of this legendary bootleg:

(NB: A few more details to identify the first pressing:
The record label is dark blue with silver characters and edge.
The matrix number on Side 1 is 16-421 and can be seen both
on the label and also in small characters between the running
grooves. The label says: "We did it for you".
Same goes for Side 2 but the number is 16-422 instead and
the label says: "We did it for you too"
On both sides you can see: "composed and arranged by TOUR 72".
There's no mention of Pink Floyd anywhere.
The only direct sign referring to PF are the tour dates on the
back of the laminated sleeve.
This LP or the 2nd pressing are very much worth the hunt.)

***About the Mastering***

The vinyl was cleaned carefully one hour long using anti-stat.
Because both the SQ of the original recording and the mastering
of the LP are so outstanding, I felt it would be a waste to correct
anything in that aspect.
This means that no further eq-ing or compression has been applied
by me. ObviousIy, I did not use any noise reduction;
the big sin that made the previous (and unfortunately) common
cd(r) versions of this recording sound like poop.

There is a little bit of vinyl distortion hearable, most notably in the
gentle parts during the last 11 min. of Side 2 on the left channel.
It's nothing to write home about but still.
I picked out the biggest clicks by hand and handled the rest
with the excellent 'Waves' Click & Crackle plug-ins.

I corrected the speed of the recording with +0.15 semitones.
I tuned Rick Wright's organ with great precision to an exact A
(440 Hz), bringing down the playing time from 41:13 to 40:52.
I also swapped the channels as heard on the LP to match the
stereo image as much as possible with PF's then stage order;
Dave's guitar & vocal are clearly on the left, the toms are coming
from the left to the floor-tom on the right, (as if you are standing
in front of the drums).

An edit was done to make side 1 run seamlessly into Side 2.
The point where the edit was made can be heard on
both sides of the LP, so not a millisecond got lost.


Prof. Stoned