PINK FLOYD - Saint-Tropez[ This Place Records TPR CD 005 ]Saint Tropez, Les Nuits Musicales, 08Aug701. soundcheck / Cymbaline2. Atom Heart Mother3. Embryo4. Green Is The Colour5. Careful With That Axe, Eugene6. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The SunSources:tracks 1-2-3: "Pop 2" TV show, originally broadcast 10Oct70tracks 4-5-6: "Pop 2" TV show, originally broadcast 24Oct70Lineage: French TV archives -> INA DVD -> audio rip -> remaster -> FLACRemastering notes:The original audio of this French TV show is rather weird. This is not a truesoundboard source like the KQED TV show recorded earlier that year: here, itseems the sound was recorded through the microphone of the stage camera. Andthe cameraman moves a lot on stage during the Floyd performance, which is goodfor the visuals, but a disaster for the audio part ! As a result, the soundcharacteristics change radically from time to time, depending on the locationof the camera. Sometimes the bass is saturated (when the filming guy is nearRoger's amps or monitors), while at other times you can barely hear any bassat all. The levels fluctuate a lot too, again depending on the camera location(sometimes close to the amps, sometimes more distant). To summarise, with theraw audio from French TV masters it is almost impossible to listen to the wholeshow without turning the volume button or the equalizer faders on the fly ! Therefore, I reworked the audio, from the best available source: the soundtrackof the INA archives DVDs. Each time there was an abrupt modification in the mix,the frequency characteristics or the levels (it means about every 30 seconds!),I tried to readjust the levels and EQ, so that a complete listening is possibleat last, with a feeling of sonic consistency throughout the songs.As usual with my remasters, I also manually corrected the repairable flaws ofthe raw source (drop-outs, crackles, tape warble ...). I didn't use any NR inthe process.Since this remaster was primarily intended for the Rev.A of Harvested's "ReachFor A Peach" DVD, Ed Paule did his usual quality check and suggested someadditional corrections before the audio was fully approved.But the current CD version is not just the soundtrack of "Reach For A PeachRev.A" DVD. Indeed, I performed additional editing to restore some small cutsthat were on the original TV show. The abrupt ending of Atom Heart Mother wascorrected too, and applauses were used to have a natural transition betweenAtom Heart Mother and Embryo. Most importantly, I decided to restore the firsttwo minutes of Atom Heart Mother, missing on the TV broadcast (this was nottoo difficult, as the missing parts are repeated later in the song). If you'rea purist and don't like the idea of this artificial restoration, just jump tothe 02:09 mark when you listen to track 2. ;-) For the others, you have acomplete enjoyable version of Atom Heart Mother while on the original broadcastit begins directly in the middle of the guitar solo just before the choir part.To summarise, this CD version of the Saint-Tropez footage is the best you canget, coming directly from French TV archives (pre-broadcast), but even better,presented for an optimal listening experience: no more cuts, no more abruptsound fluctuations, and a complete version of Atom Heart Mother.Enjoy!MOB.
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