This is likely one of the best sounding Robert Plant audience recordings from th 1993 Fate of Nations LP/CD tour. Thanks goes to 'Datfly" for taping and sharing the show.
The only thing not as loud and clear as the music is Plant's vocals in the recording. Plant's vocals can be heard, but they aren't as loud as the superb sounding capture of the instruments and rest of the band. But it doesn't ruin the show at all. The sound probably is this way due to where the taper was positioned during the show and it looks like it was probably in front a a speaker stack (see taper's recording location notes below the lineage).
(1) Source: Sonic Studios DSM-6P > Denon DTR-80P
(2) DAT Master Transfer: DAT master > PC Optical In > WAV > CoolEdit > Normalize & downsample > CD Wave (to create tracks) > TLH > FLAC 8 & Align on ector boundaries
(3) Additional Lineage: me > TLH > WAV (to test for lossiness) > Audacity (to view waveform, embed metadata/track titles & info, and then to re-encode) > FLAC 8 > TLH (to double check for SBE's and create and verify new ffp & md5 files) > you
Recording Location: pit next to speaker
Artist: Robert Plant
Date: September 18th, 1993
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Venue: Civic Center
Label: Datfly (taper)
Source: AUD (DAT Master)
Artwork: Yes (fan created/same DAT source but different tracking)
Size: 647 MB
102. Tall Cool One
103. Ramble On
104. 29 Palms
105. I Believe
106. Thank You
107. If I Were A Carpenter
108. Going To California
109. In The Mood
110. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You
201. Calling To You
202. What Is and What Should Never Be
203. encore break
204. Ship Of Fools
205. Hurting Kind
206. band intro ~ encore break
207. Whole Lotta Love
(1) 1993-09-18 Jacksonville, FL (AUD DAT Master)
When looking at the waveform of the audio it is clear that there is some clipping of the audio. It is not anything my ears pick up and I doubt your ears will either. It's my guess this happened from either too high of a record level or possibly from EQ'ing. But I doubt the clipping was from EQ work because "Datfly" is a well known taper and trader/sharer and it is likely he'd have put any EQ work in the lineage. The clipping is nothing at all to worry about since it doesn't create any distortion in the recording. "Datfly" did an excellent job of capturing this performance over 20 years ago and it is one of the very best Robert Plant 1993 audience recordings I know of.
I believe this is one of my favorite Robert Plant solo tours also. With a great mix of great songs, it really is a well rounded show. I've liked the song "29 Palms" since I first heard it when it was new. I feel the same same way about a lot of the Fate of Nations songs like "I Believe" and "If I Were A Carpenter". That LP/CD release had a bunch of great songs on it and Robert Plant did them justice when he performed them live.
I hope you enjoy the show...
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