I had started a remaster of this show about 1 1/2 years ago but had to stop before I finished. I knew this show could sound really nice so I wanted to try and work on it. I later realized something I had been doing wrong in the work I had done and knew I'd have to start from scratch. So it was put on the back burner for a later date. But thankfully, I met another real and true Journey fan after that and he has a lot more audio knowledge and understanding than me and knows how to remaster a show without the errors. And he did this remaster being shared here today and he brought the show to life. It is a huge improvement over the original audio we both had to work with and it sounds so much better! I have literally listened to it a few times this week already.
Unknown > me > sent to techtuts > techtuts Remaster > me > TLH > WAV (to test for lossiness and align sector boundaries) > Audacity (to view waveform, embed metadata/track titles & info, and then to re-encode) > FLAC 8 > TLH (to check for SBE's and create and verify new ffp & md5 files) > you
Date: November 22nd, 1981
Location: Inglewood, California
Venue: The Forum (aka Great Western Forum)
Title: California Dreamin' Remastered
Label: techtuts Remaster
Size: 575 MB
101. intro music
103. Line Of Fire
105. Stay Awhile
106. The Party's Over (Hopelessly In Love)
107. Lovin' You Is Easy
108. Open Arms
109. Mother, Father
110. Jonathan Cain (keyboards intro)
111. Who's Crying Now
112. Where Were You
113. Steve Smith (drum solo)
114. Dead Or Alive
115. Don't Stop Believin'
201. Stone In Love
202. Keep On Runnin'
203. Moon Theme
204. Wheel In The Sky
205. Neal Schon (guitar solo)
206. Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'
207. Any Way You Want It
208. outro music
(1) 1981-11-11 Inglewood, CA (AUD Remaster)
(1) 1981-11-11 Inglewood, CA (AUD Remaster)
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Fortunately, the audio for this show had seemingly not been altered prior to when I got it. It had a few rough spots such as cuts in the recording and audience noise that needed some real, knowledgeable work on it. It still sounded great but it didn't sound excellent. In my honest rating this is likely considered a great-to-excellent recording. In my own mind, I see it as superb. The sound in the recording has a consistency throughout it and is stable. You don't get the "this part sounds good and this part sounds bad" in the recording. The taper let the recorder tape and only did tape flips with a few (thankfully not during songs) blank spots in the show which I think were introduced during the transfer. They've been removed of course in this remaster.
You can hear the crowd but they are not interfering with the music. Even during songs they can many times be heard. But it is not the type of crowd noise that takes away from the music, you don't hear anyone talking and yapping throughout the recording, and those annoying types of crowd noises do not exist. The crowd is excited and so is the band and this forms a really awesome show and recording.
Steve Perry and Neal Schon sound spectacular and clean with a full range of sound in their music. And the rest of the band sounds just as good and you have no problems hearing the music. The high end frequencies are really sharp and the low end frequencies are steady and present as well. I was completely blown away by how much better "techtuts" made this show sound when he sent it back. He did a job that exceeded my hopes and expectations by leaps and bounds really.
I don't want to overplay this audio to the point some non Journey fan gets it expecting a Mike Millard sounding recording. It is not without some flaws but it is a very enjoyable listen and one I really have enjoyed listening to through headphones as well. I am surprised at how well the taper did in keeping the consistency in the recorded audio too. But in my own defense, I like this show and I may like it more than some of you. Some, and especially anyone never hearing the unaltered version, may not be able to appreciate the sound as much as I do. But I still don't think you'll be disappointed even if you're not familiar with the previous copy of the show or even a big Journey fan.
This is the complete show for all practical sake. There are some tape flip spots where a little music gets cut like at the end of "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'" going into "Any Way You Want It". The recording also has the Journey 1981 intro music playing and the outro music too from the tour. The taper tried to get it all. And you don't hear this on many of the 1981 shows of Journey out there. If you have the officially released 2005 Houston Summit DVD from Journey, you'll recognize the intro and outro music from the beginning of the DVD where the menus are pulling up and the DVD is getting to the point where you can make a choice from the main menu. I think it's cool sounding music myself.
The waveform looks perfect, the sound is great-to-excellent, and the show is spectacular as is the energy of this concert. I'm done talking and now so it's your turn to see what you think :-)
I hope you enjoy the show...
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