CD 1 & 2 : Atlanta, GA, November 26th, 1997
Jason's Comments (remaster man ;-) ) :
Mics set to flat response instead of bass roll-off. DAT set to minus 20dbs in SP mode.
- Each master CD contained one half of the concert as a single track, used EAC in secure mode to pull WAV files off the CDs.
- Joined the two WAV files into one (required some splicing as there was overlap, you won't notice where).
- Adjusted EQ of file to gently increase high frequencies making them clearer
- Increased volume throughout
- Fade-in start, fade-out end.
Michael Hutchence passed away 4 days before this concert, and Bono hints at this in the beginning of the performance, and talks about him more at the beginning of One. At the very end of the recording, during the last two seconds, you hear a person comment that "40" hadn't been played in ten years. This intrigued me so I did some research and found that "40" was played in it's entirety in Rotterdam on January 10th, 1990, as it was during most of the Lovetown tour. It then made a very brief appearance as a snippet during a performance in Mexico City on November 25th, 1992. So, in essence, "40" made it's return during this Atlanta concert after nearly eight years of no play. Sunday Bloody Sunday was rarely played as anything more than a snippet attached to Please during the first leg of the Popmart tour, and wasn't played in full until their gig in Sarajevo on September 23rd, 1997, when Edge played it solo, as he does at each concert thereafter for the rest of the tour. It is a hauntingly quiet, disturbingly plaintive performance of SBS.
Like Steve's Elevation and Vertigo recordings, this one is quiet, but if you turn up the volume of your player it will sound very good. It is clear. There is no hiss. Unlike the other two recordings, the volume on this one was generally uniform, allowing me to increase it via EQ without having to resort to broader manipulations. I also found that by gently increasing the higher frequencies via EQ that Bono's vocals, the Edge's guitar, piano, and other high sounds came through much clearer, so I saved that adjustment into this recording.
U2's older songs are very clear and understandable. Songs from the Pop album relied so much on distortion and electronic effects, and when those songs are played in this Dome they do not sound very good to me. I'm not a Pop fan, so my opinion may be biased and you might find these songs perfectly enjoyable.