Even though you likely won't notice it unless you look at each channel, the right channel has some audio clipping that the left channel doesn't have. I'm not sure if the balance was just a little off or what may have caused it. But most of the recording still sounds excellent.
I think there is a slight "dead spot" (for lack of the correct term) on the beginning of the tape or the tape tape head that also can be noticed at times. At the very beginning of the show, when the only thing you hear is the audience cheering, you can easily hear what I'm talking about. It is also heard easily near the end of the recording/show. I haven't fooled with cassette tapes in so long I cannot recall what problems may cause this in a recording. Maybe it's a tape head needing demagnetizing, the tape heads needing adjusting, I really just don't know. But once the music is playing, it is really not a problem and becomes noticeable for the most part until nearer to the end of the show.
One last sound issue to note, and this is being added after I've already uploaded the show and noticed it, is the recording quality after "Flying Turkey Trot". It is not as good. I don't know if it is a different source or maybe a tape flip on a recorder causing some of the previously mentioned issues. The sound gets better the more it progresses past "Flying Turkey Trot". But it still ia not as good as it had been and there is noticeably more right channel audio coming through, creating heavier clipping and making me think the record heads on the recording or transferring gear may have been the issue for any sound problems if it isn't the tape itself. It's too bad the audio degrades because this is an excellent show.
Maxell cassette tape > Technics RS-T20 > Audacity > CD Wave Editor (to split tracks) > FLAC > me > TLH > WAV (to test for lossiness) > Audacity (to view waveform, embed metadata/track titles & info, and then to re-encode) > FLAC 6 > TLH (to check for SBE's and create and verify ffp & md5 files) > you
Artist: REO Speedwagon
Date: July 27th, 1980
Location: East Troy, Wisconsin
Venue: Alpine Valley Amphitheatre
Title: Westwood One
Size: 592 MB
101. Say You Love Me Or Say Goodnight
102. Like You Do
103. Keep Pushin'
104. Tough Guys
105. Only The Strong Survive
106. Time For Me To Fly
107. Don't Let Him Go
108. Keep On Loving You
201. Roll With The Changes
202. Flying Turkey Trot
203. Back On The Road Again
204. Ridin' The Storm Out
205. 157 Riverside Avenue
206. Golden Country
207. Rock And Roll Music (Chuck Berry cover)
(1) 1980-07-27 East Troy, WI (SB/FM)
This recording was four months before the release of the bands most infamous and largest selling LP Hi Infidelity. REO had been doing great prior to the November 21, 1980 Hi Infidelity release, but they were shot into superstar status when the LP became the 1981 best selling LP. It's when I first heard of REO Speedwagon myself. But that's a completely different story and there are reasons I didn't know of them earlier.
Gary Richrath's guitar playing is superb in this this show and it is up front in the recording mix too! The whole Westwood One mix on this show is an excellent one.
This transition between REO's 1970's era and the new 1980's era is magical here. They were so full of energy and talent at this point. And the fact they're playing a number of still unreleased Hi Infidelity songs in this show tells me they were worked up about the upcoming LP release. Many bands might play a song from their upcoming release, but they don't usually play three in the first half of the show.
I tried to work on the right channel audio clipping and repair it. But I still have a lot to learn about doing that correctly and I was not able to do anything to correct it. And since other audio issues mentioned above became evident too as I was listening to the show, it really wasn't as big of a deal trying to fix something most people would not ever even notice likely. Hopefully, we might find another great transfer of this same show without the audio issues in the future.
I hope you enjoy the show...
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