This is an excellent/superb sounding recording of Journey's second night in Manchester, UK on their 2007 tour with Jeff Scott Soto on vocals. It really sounds as if Steve Augeri is singing with the band too but it doesn't make sense and it is probably the backup vocals box that bands uses (many if not all of them) all of the time when doing live shows. This is an excellent sounding show and the band plays some really unique songs in the show from all eras of Journey music too.
Sony MZ-NH1 Hi-MD Recorder (Hi-MD Mode) > homemade lapel mounted cardioid microphones with Preenmachine battery box > USB to PC > transferred as WAV files with SonicStage v4.0 > track split and encoded as FLAC with CD Wave Editor > techtuts remaster > me > TLH > WAV (to test for lossiness and pad last track) > 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
Recorded from the balcony, front row, and just right of center stage.
Date: March 7th, 2007
Location: Manchester, United Kingdom
Venue: Manchester Apollo
Title: Apollo Theatre Manchester U.K. 7th March 2007
Label: techtuts Remaster
Source: AUD Master
Size: 835 MB
103. Stone In Love
104. Ask The Lonely
105. Wheel In The Sky
106. Keep On Runnin'
107. Who's Crying Now
108. Opened The Door
109. Mystery Mountain
110. Edge Of The Blade
111. Remember Me
112. Chain Reaction
114. Still They Ride
201. Open Arms
202. La Do Da
203. Ross Valory (bass solo)
204. Deen Castronovo (drum solo)
205. Line Of Fire
206. Send Her My Love
207. Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin' (intro jam)
208. Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'
210. Where Were You
212. Don't Stop Believin'
213. Any Way You Want It
214. Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)
(1) 2007-03-07 Manchester, UK (AUD Master/Remaster)
A special thanks goes to "techtuts" for sending me the FLAC files after he remastered the show yesterday. Previously, I'd only had an mp3 copy of the show. I knew it sounded excellent but I just don't like sharing lossy audio unless it looks like it is all I will ever have. And even then I hate to do it!
I'm listening to this show all of the way through today as I make this post and it has the old Journey sound to it and I am really enjoying it.
The sound is excellent and borders on superb. The only thing keeping it from being a superb sounding show is the vocals are not as loud as the clean bass and high frequencies are. But they are not too low and actually it sounds normal the more you get into the show and get use to it too. It's barely even a noticeable factor to be honest.
The band may or may not have been lowering the vocals on purpose since Jeff Scott Soto had recently had to finish off the tour when Steve Augeri had some vocal issues and Journey replaced him. They may have been a little worried he couldn't do as good of a job on the songs? I don't know. But I have to admit, he did a great job and I was really surprised how well he knew and sang the songs when I saw them as they passed through my town on this tour. The really weird thing is it sounds like Steve Augeri is singing in this show too and I don't think it was Deen Castronovo. It may be though.
The band had a superb setlist here with tracks they did not play (from my memory) in the United States on this tour. They played old ones like "Mystery Mountain" from the pre-Steve Perry days and others like "Remember Me" (dedicated to Steve Augeri in the show) from the post Steve Perry days too. They also did a lot of songs played before but not as often like "Line of Fire", "Rubicon", and "Edge of the Blade". It is a really nice and career spanning set of songs they chose. And hearing "Opened The Door" in this show is just fantastic. This should be a staple in Journey shows as should "Winds of March" (not played in this or any other shows since Steve Perry was in the band).
Neal Schon really seems to be playing well on this night too. The whole band does but he sounds really good and his guitar solos and playing are up front in the show. The bass really is well balanced in this show as well and it many time is not heard this well in Journey shows. Ross Valory can be heard perfectly and so can Jonathan Cain on the keyboards. It has a very nice mix and a sound that really is enjoyable and very Journey.
I hope you enjoy this show...
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