To paraphrase the man himself, "bootleggers! Pay attention". During the past few weeks I've been highly critical on the bootlegs coming out. Most of them had sub-par sound to these ears. Something I ascribed to the wash tubs the shows were performed in. This Moerie tape proves me wrong in spades. This recording has excellent instrument separation, crystal clear vocals and a killer feel of the audience that night, without them ever being intrusive. I'm tempted to say this recording sounds better than the official Barcelona release from a few years back. But then again I've heard live in Barcelona been compared to the sound of a flushing toilet, so that might not do this excellent recording justice. What strikes me most is that this audience recording can rival with the San Jose matrix. Apparently high end recordings aren't needed to capture a great show in high quality. An Edirol with good microphones will suffice. There is just a slight echo on this recording, but with the Stadium where it was taped in, that's inescapable. I'll leave it up to you to decide, but if you ask me, this is one of the best recordings coming out of the Magic tour to date. Sit back (if you can, because Amsterdam is bound to have you leaping out of your lounge chair), and enjoy Clarence's wailing sax, Nils' scorching guitar, Roy's rollicking boogies and the man's soulful cries on this rare moment in bootleg land where everything is simply all right!
"Spirit In The Night"
Download the full show in mp3 here
A small request, use mp3s for personal use only. Keep them in your iPod or on your computer but never use a mp3 based CD in a trade. The quality of mp3s deteriorate rapidly every time a CD is ripped. Using high quality music files such as FLACs is essential in keeping the trading pool healthy.
Recording: 4,5 out of 5
Show: 5 out of 5