Monday, August 14, 2017

FLAC: David Bowie "The Hunky Georgie Tapes volume 10" - 11CD

SO WHAT'S IN VOLUME 10?

Well the highlight is a couple of upgrades from '76 and '78...

HUG076CD Frankfurt 1976-04-13
Source: arcorman. Those of you with a longer memory may remember my Bowie Duffers Challenge a
couple of years back, with clips of my ten worst gigs. Well Frankfurt was right near the top of the pile, the version I'd previously got rating 1½-2/10. Well I'm not pretending that this one's perfect, but I'm more than happy with it.

The sound is variable, the tracks from side 1 of the tape do still have some remnants of hiss that I couldn't shift, and the volume is variable (I'm assuming from it being a stealth recording. But none of it's intrusive, and from Stay onwards, it's a pretty decent recording. SQ around 7½.

By the way, the Linus Band songs were on the other side of the tape. I'm not embarrassing myself by including them here!

HUG077CD Philadelphia 1987-07-30
Source: arcorman. This isn't the most dynamic of recordings, the difference between the tops and bottoms of the wave curves being less than usual. Decent enough recording, no more. SQ 8-8½.

HUG078CD will be in volume 11

HUG079CD Nagoya 1973-04-12
Source: previous torrents (see notes file). Quite simply, this is a clean up of the 2 CD version that was torrented a couple of years back. There was a whacking great chunk of hiss obscuring a very decent recording on that, and I've scraped it away. It reveals some tidal sound on the first half, and quite excellent sound on the second half. SQ 7½-8½.

HUG080CD Berlin 1991-10-17 (Tin Machine)
Source: arcorman. Sounds a little distant and, like the Philly '87 above, perhaps limited dynamics; but decent enough recording that was a new one to me. SQ 8-8½.

HUG081CD Toronto 1978-05-01
Source: Noggin. Another big rescue of a concert with a lousy version in circulation. My existing copy of this was 2½-4½/10: a dog. This one, on the other hand, is a really nice recording. It's perhaps missing a little brightness, but otherwise it's a great listen and a very enjoyable gig. SQ 8-8½.

HUG082CD Philadelphia 1983-07-18
Source: arcorman. Pretty decent Serious Moonlight gig. Excepting slightly muffled sound during Stay (perhaps the taper was hiding his kit under his coat) really nice sound throughout. SQ 8½.

HUG083CD Pensacola 1990-04-29
Source: AndreF. Perhaps a shade down on the quality of other Andre F tapes, both in terms of quality and also the performance from David and the guys. OK sound, but AndreF set quite a high standard. SQ 8 (8½ at a pinch).

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FLAC: David Bowie "The Hunky Georgie Tapes volume 9" - 12CD

SO WHAT'S IN VOLUME 9?

HUG070CD Newcastle 1978-06-14
Source: Noggin. Real curate’s egg this one. As soon as you start listening, you can hear that it’s fantastically close to the source – very lo gen. However, it soon becomes clear that the taper’s kit wasn’t quite up to the volume of the show.

In the end, it does rather depend on where you listen to this one. On my car radio, it’s pretty damned distorted; on the hi-fi, or on the 5-1 surround from my computer’s sound car, it’s pretty good. Try Sense Of Doubt for the true quality of this recording; watch out for Blackout and the end of Station To Station, where it’s at its most distorted. SQ 8 or 7, depending on where you listen!

As stated in the forum (http://www.bowiestation.com/TT2/forums.php?action=viewtopic&topicid=86) my plan had been to provide an upgrade to this concert.  The recording I had with much better sound, however, turned out to be a misdated version of HUG158CD, so was no help (and see further on the re-up of HG19 about the erroneous date on HUG158CD).

I managed to get two further versions of the 14th June gig from Mike Jewell and another taper friend.  In the end, Mike's turned out to be from the same source as HUG070CD, and not quite to the same quality.  The other version was from a different source (no distortion, all of Soul Love present), but the quality was way down - perhaps 6/10 - so simply not usable).

So as it stands, for all its shortcomings, I believe that this is the best quality you're going to get for this concert, until someone turns up with a completely new recording.  It isn't to the usual HG standards, so if that puts you off, skip this one and take the rest of HG9.

HUG071CD Brussels 1990-04-20&21
Source: AndreF. I kid you not when I say I’ve been working on this one since the end of November last year! It was originally slated for HG5, but in the event, I only finished it last weekend!

The issue is on the first concert, from the 20th. I’d have given up long ago, but this is the gig with Amsterdam, so history says it needs to be out there! The tape has some extremely persistent hiss, which it’s been a real chore to shift. As well as iZotope RX, I’ve tried Goldwave, re-recording using Dolby B and C and using an alternative source (arcorman), but with only mixed results. Finally iZotope RX2 with multiple iterations worked.

In the end, the sound quality is a little variable (it’s a rougher recording than usual from AndreF), so I’d give the SQ only 8/10 – but historical significance makes it essential. It’s also worth listening out to the quite extraordinary sounds that one of the taper’s near neighbours makes during the gig!

The concert on the 21st, on the other hand, is a much more typical Andre F tape, with beautiful 1st gen sound. SQ 9/10. Both concerts have material from the soundchecks as well – take it or leave it!

HUG072CD Manchester 1991-11-03 (Tin Machine)
Source: AndreF. Simply just a great quality It’s My Life concert. SQ 9/10.

The tape of this one included a very very extended recording of the concert introduction – hiss from the TV screen, the lot – we’re talking just under ten minutes. IMHO, it’s not a lot of fun to listen to, so I cut it down to the last 1:25. The full intro, however, is also included as track 300 – so if you want all of it, just switch the tracks.

HUG073CD Manchester 2002-07-10
OK, way out of the typical Hunky Geordie zone here, but a special one. If you haven’t been to
Tarquin’s blogspot (http://tarquinlive.blogspot.co.uk/) it’s well worth checking out. He has, however, only listed one Bowie concert, and shortly after it appeared, the Megaupload crash effectively killed it off.

So this is from Tarquin’s DAT master, with minimal tidying up from me. Quite superlative sound in places, touching live album quality on the quieter songs. SQ 9/10 – easy.

HUG074CD Madrid 1987-07-06
Source: Arcorman. Like the Vienna gig last month, beautiful lo-gen recording. SQ 9/10.

So only five bootlegs this month, I’m afraid, but six concerts and some are rather special. This marks a bit of a watershed in the Hunky Geordie project. To this point, I’ve been mostly reliant upon Andre F’s tapes. The back of these, however is broken: whereas the material from Arcorman is plentiful and, in many cases, of a similar quality. So from HG10, you’ll find the balance tilting towards Arcorman (which also means that the spread across the tours will be better as well – more seventies, less 1990.

HG 10 is already put to bed (just to tease, there’s an Aladdin Sane concert and a tricky one from the White Light Tour as well), and the recording up to HG13 all transferred. Expect the first sixer tape to appear in HG11.

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FLAC: David Bowie "The Hunky Georgie Tapes volume 8" - 12CD

SO WHAT'S IN VOLUME 8?

HUG061CD Frankfurt 1990-04-05
Source: AndreF. Nice enough Sound+Vision recording from early in the tour. David in reasonable
chatty form. SQ 9/10

HUG062CD Copenhagen 1978-05-31
Source: Noggin. Hmm, nice. Pimm Jal, while giving this an 8/10 rating, refers to a 90-minute version that’s 10/10. I think this is it: lovely sound. Clearly someone did some good work in Scandinavia on this tour, what with Gothenburg and Oslo as well.

Needed a little cleaning up, and there are a couple of tape wobbles in the Ziggy songs. Being a C90, it runs out just before the end of Station To Station, but someone has been kind enough to edit in the ending plus Stay from another (inferior) source. I’d say it’s an easy 9/10.

HUG063CD Munich 1990-04-10
Source: AndreF. Keeping the Sound+Vision recordings in Germany this time. This is quite superb sound, on a par with the lovely Rotterdam and Docklands Arena recordings. It does get a little loud in places, and it’s a tad distorted from Heroes onwards, but overall fantastic. 9/10. To cap it all, you get four lines of Heroes in German…

HUG064CD Vienna 1987-07-01
Source: arcorman. Keeping up the theme of high quality recordings, this one’s a beaut. Not a master recording, but clearly very close. Easy 9/10.

HUG065CD Dania, FL 1972-11-17
Source: Noggin. OK, a serious recording here. I’ve seen so many names for the venue for this one (I always knew it as the Jai Alai Fronton in Pirate’s Cove, Miami, back in the day) but a thread on Bowie Wonderworld ended the discussion for me by having a scan of an advert for the gig.

Noggin’s copy of this was a lovely recording: much lower gen that I’ve previously heard. It also responded very well to cleaning up with iZotope RX. What this has revealed is a little tidal sound on the early tracks (presumably a tape spool slightly off centre on the master or one of its immediate copies), but not enough to disappoint: and from a little blip during Space Oddity onwards, even that dissipates.

It’s a lovely recording and a fantastic recording: with great atmosphere from the crowd. SQ 8½/10.

Did find a possible upgrade in Graham Mac's tapes.  It would have been a marginal SQ improvement, but it had one gap too many - there didn't seem any value in a marginal change to sound quality in return for losing music.

HUG066CD Capital Radio Interview 1976-77
Source: Noggin. There’s some good stuff this month! When Noggin gave me his tapes, he made
specific reference to the Maggie Norden Capital Radio interview: as he’d never seen anyone else
trading it. So here it is.

Broadcast on 2nd June 1976, this combines a slightly wobbly career retro, plus interviews with David and fans on his arrival at Victoria Station – the legendary day with the press-faked Nazi salute. It’s less than half an hour, so I’ve added Noggin’s tape of Your Mother Wouldn’t Like It with Nicky Horne from 20th October 1977. This one’s an interview and also a fan phone in. The sound on it starts a little growly, but it improves after the first link.

I’m no great fan of interviews, but these are both fascinating items from just the right era. Just to mention, it had been my intention to include Boston 1976 in this batch, but there was some stubborn hiss that just wouldn’t shift on it, so these are here by way of compensation.

HUG067CD Tin Machine: Paris 1991-10-30
Source: AndreF. Don’t be put off by the early tracks on this one. I guess that the taper was either dancing, or standing in the wrong place, so the sound is a little wobbly for the first three or four songs. But then it improves nicely, and it’s great sound for the rest of the recording. SQ: 9/10 once it gets going.

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FLAC: David Bowie "The Hunky Georgie Tapes volume 7" - 13CD

SO WHAT'S IN VOLUME 7?

Slight technical hitch with volume 7. I’d got seven recordings lined up for you, but only room for six. Ah well, we’ll have to see what can be done.

HUG054CD Tin Machine: Brixton Academy 1991-11-10
Source: Source 2. You don’t have to look too hard to find a recording of the magnificent TM gig on 11th November, but the night before isn’t so easy to track down. A hidden gem amongst the source 2 tapes. Not as lo gen as the Andre F tapes, but still pretty low (2nd or 3rd gen I’d guess). SQ: 8½.

But what makes this special is the soundcheck. Over half an hour of it, and playing proper songs as well, not just noodling about and heavy breathing. Good quality and a surprisingly good listen.

HUG055CD Quebec City 1990-03-04
Source: Andre F Arcorman. Special gig this one, in that it was the first night of the Sound + Vision Tour. Good full set. Was going to give you the Andre F recording, which is as near to the master as usual: but unfortunately it wasn’t usable – oversaturated and distorted throughout (and I have a hunch that the master is probably out there and in the same condition). Fortunately there was another version in the arcorman hoard, and while, again, it’s probably 2nd or 3rd generation, it’s still a decent recording. SQ 8½. Quality seems to drop off a little for the encores at the end – perhaps the taper started dancing!

HUG056CD Jordal Stadion, Oslo 1990-08-22
Source: AndreF. Perfectly serviceable recording from the European festival leg at the end of the Sound + Vision tour. Short set, but excellent sound. SQ 9/10.

HUG057CD San Diego Sports Arena, 1974-09-11 [UPGRADE]
Source: nicmac. I make no secret, and offer no apologies, for my love of the Soul Tour. It’s just a shame there are so few tapes in circulation, and of those, how many are rather doggy.

In the original HG7 I upped Noggin's version of this gig.  I compared Graham Mac's version, and it sounds a generation or two lower - good enough to count as an upgrade, if not the ultimate version.  It's still got that whoosh on disc 2 around the hi-hat.

I know that there are versions around that are closer to the master (I know because I’ve received a sample of one), but in the meantime, I believe this is a worthwhile upgrade to the versions that are in “normal” circulation. SQ 7½.

HUG058CD Palais des Sports, Lyon 1983-05-24
Source: Noggin, well mostly. Quite lovely lo gen recording from the Serious Moonlight tour. Only problem was that Noggin only had a C90, so the final two songs were missing. Arcorman to the rescue. With what seems to be a similar-gen recording from the same source, the final two songs are back. Great sound on this, comfortable 8½.

HUG059CD
This is where I ran out of space. Let’s see what the Easter bunny will bring in a day or two…
[Sorry, also working on a possible upgrade to HUG059CD, so that will take longer than a day or two...]

HUG060CD Glasgow Apollo 1978-06-20
Source: Arcorman. Second night at the Apollo. It’s the same source as the Ice On The Cages second volume, but to my ears, with brighter sound. Not wishing to blow my own trumpet too much, but I haven’t been so chuffed with the art for a bootleg in a goodly while! SQ: 7½ to 8.

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FLAC: David Bowie "The Hunky Georgie Tapes volume 6" - 15CD

SO WHAT'S IN VOLUME 6?

There are no less than four upgrades from the original MWP release, read on...

HUG044CD Madison Square Garden, New York 1978-05-09 - UPGRADE
This is the one that held up the re-up of HG6 - I hope you agree it's worth it.  There's one hell of a tale on this one.  Back for the MWP release, I had two single disc versions - one from Noggin that was over-Dolbyed, but had a nice warm feel to it; and one from Arcorman that was higher quality, and which I went with in the end.

Subsequently, learm upped a version of the full concert, and MBF sent me a tape of the whole gig - so an upgrade was a must.  Unfortunately the MBF version wasn't up to the quality of the learm recording, so I had to bale out.  I asked learm if it would be possible to add his to the single-disc version to make it a 3-disc special, and he was happy to let me do that.

Starting work on the new version, however, two things became apparent - that the Arcorman version was simply the first 60% of the learm version, and that the learm version had a fair bit of residual hiss, as well as missing the key band intros.  I made progress with the hiss, so contacted Mike Jewell to see if he could help out with the band intros.  He sent me both of his recordings - both of which ran rings around everything else I'd tried to that date!

So what you have here is the version Mike sent that was on CD (the other was on MD).  It's an absolute beaut - a solid 9/10, and beats any other version of this gig I've heard.  Major major upgrade.  So a big "thank you" to both Mike and learm for their help in this.

About the date...  This concert has always circulated as the 7th May.  For a long time, lists had three New York dates 7th-9th.  When I upped the original, however, betty07 and Mike were both adamantly pointing out that there wasn't a concert on the 7th - and if you check out the tour itinerary in the Stage packaging, it agrees with this.

So until anyone can prove to the contrary, the correct date is 9th May - and it's distinctive by the "Dennis Davis on percussssssssion."

HUG045CD Torhout Festival 1997-07-04
Source: Source 2. Yes you are reading correctly, an Earthling gig. It’s about as late as any of the tapes go, and only source 2 goes this late. Beautiful quality recording, except for Quicksand, which has the backside completely ripped out of it for 32 seconds when the levels go wrong and it’s massively over-saturated. Otherwise a 9/10 in anybody’s money.

HUG046CD Festa Nationale di Modena 1990-09-08
Source: AndreF. HUG028DVD, back in January, was the DVD version of this concert, where David so gloriously loses his temper. It’s a good quality recording, wavering between 8½ and 9 – but what is it about Italian crowds that means they have to chatter. All the time. Whole way through the gig. And by the way, Riccardo, she’s looking for you – OK?

HUG047CD Stadspark “de Goffert”, Nijmegen 1990-08-18
Source: andref. Lovely quality again, hitting 9/10 for me.

HUG048CD Wembley 1987-06-19 UPGRADE
The original HG6 had Noggin's master tape.  I was always a bit haunted by that one however - it was a fairly distant recording, and there were whacking great chunks missing, that I clumsily plugged from another source.

This one's from Source 2, and is simply a more homogeneous recording.  Decent sound the whole way through, no big gaps.  SQ: 8½ and I'm much happier with it!

HUG049CD Wembley 1976-05-08 UPGRADE
HG6 had my old tape in it, which was good quality, but missing Word On A Wing and The Jean Genie.  This one's from Arcorman, and not only does it include the two missing songs, but it's an upgrade in terms of sound quality as well.  A lush 9/10.

HUG050CD Edmonton 1983-08-07 UPGRADE TO SPECIAL EDITION
Original notes:
Source: arcorman. Sounds like a maximum of third gen, possibly second. Nice quality, the only gripes being that Modern Love is missing, and that at the start of disc 2 the taper seems to be wandering around, so the volume goes up and down a little. SQ 8½-9.

Going through the Graham Mac tapes (nicmac) I found Edmonton, and thought I'd check it out.  If anything, slightly better sound (9/10) and clearly from a different source.  Modern Love is present now (unfortunately the band intros aren't).  Two nicely complementary versions.

HUG053CD Boston 1974-11-15
My old tape. No two ways about it, by a country mile my favourite of the batch! There’s some debate about which Boston gig is which, but I’ve been in correspondence with an “old school” collector who got all three direct from the States shortly afterwards. He’s checked carefully, and confirms that the Maloney recording that’s in circulation as a silver (Plastic Soul, etc) has been mislabelled as 15th.  The Maloney gigs are the 14th and the 16th, and the short tape (popularly known as “I’m Only Dancing” is from the 15th).

And that’s what you have here. I’ve not come across a better version than this. OK, so there’s a little jingle in the upper ranges, but it’s got power and swagger. SQ probably only 7½, but simply fantastic.

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FLAC: David Bowie "The Hunky Georgie Tapes volume 5" - 12CD

SO WHAT'S IN VOLUME 5?

HUG037CD Richfield Coliseum, Cleveland 1990-06-19&20
Source: andref. Two absolutely excellent concerts. The only quibble is that there are a couple of places in each gig where there’s a little volume fluctuation, otherwise these are absolutely excellent.

Don’t forget that the 20th features Bono on guest vocals for Gloria. SQ: 9.

HUG038CD TIN MACHINE: Mayfair, Newcastle 1991-11-05
Source: andref. I was ready to up an inferior version of this that andref sent in HG4, when he suddenly came up with an upgrade! I have to say that, while this is very good sound, it’s somewhat disappointing as it could have been quite superb sound. When I first did the track splits the sound blew my socks off – but you do track splits on the quiet bits, and when I heard the loud bits…

You may remember in HG2 that the next night’s concert (in Liverpool) was there, and it was a betty07 recording from one of the first times he used his new rig. Well this is the previous night. So the same issue at the start (two minutes of blare) is here again. What’s a shame, however, is that the left channel remains a little too loud for the whole gig. There’s oversaturation throughout, and I’ve tried to turn the levels right down, but it’s on the source tape. In the end I copied the right channel over with a 0.002 second offset. It sounds really good – but it could have been quite fantastic. SQ: 8½ or 9.

HUG040CD Empire Pool, Wembley 1976-05-05
Source: noggin. Was going to give you my tape from the 8th, but when I heard this one from Noggin, it jumped the queue. Absolutely great sound, lovely recording. SQ 8½.

HUG041CD Werchter Festival 1987-06-02
Source: andref. 1st gen recording, but just remember it’s an outdoor gig. SQ 8 or 8½.

Note that I've got an alternative version of (most of) this concert - expect to see it in the re-up of Hunky Geordie's Slight Seconds, Volume 2.

HUG042CD NEC, Birmingham 1983-06-06
My tape. When I went to see David at Milton Keynes on 2nd July that year, saw the lads outside with the ghetto blasters selling tapes from the earlier gigs. They were playing this one, and I bought it straight away – so I know it’s first gen! Disc one is quite excellent sound. Disc two is a little overcooked for the main part, and the first five minutes of Stay are just blasted. Had a higher gen recording from andref, and it’s exactly the same – clearly on the master. SQ: 9 on disc 1; 8½ on disc 2.

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FLAC: David Bowie "The Hunky Georgie Tapes volume 4" - 13CD

SO WHAT'S IN VOLUME 4?

Excitingly, it included the first transfer from a noggin tape [but ironically, this has now been replaced!]…

HUG030CD Paris Pavillon, 1978-05-25 [UPGRADE]
The original source was from noggin. A sight to strike fear into any collector of older tapes, however – a MEMOREX tape!  Although very nice sound, it was subject to stretch and speed fluctuation.

This upgrade is from nicmac (see later HG batches for who he is).  Sound is easily as good (8 or 8½/10) but it’s good the whole way through and no wobbles.

HUG031CD Maine Road, Manchester, 1987-07-15
Source: andref. The previous night’s gig was in HG3 and I promised that this one was even etter quality. Here you go then – you don’t get many Glass Spider gigs sounding as good as this. SQ 9.

HUG032CD Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia MD, 1990-07-19
Source: andref. First of two S+V bootlegs that are in very limited circulation due to very apparent flaws. Never come across this one before. It appears that the taper’s batteries were right at the limit: so seven songs recorded which, when played back, ran comically fast; then a loud “phut” and it expires partway into Stay! With speed correction, it’s now really nice sound, but only half an hour of the gig. SQ 9.

HUG033CD TIN MACHINE: The World, New York 1989-06-14 [UPGRADE]
Original source was andref. Alternative recording to the rather tinny “Virgin Tin” of the band’s debut live appearance. Was decent sound, if not spectacular, and I had to take dozens of tiny microphone blips out of the recording.

This upgrade is from Arcorman (see HG5 for who he is) and it’s better (not FM quality, but better).  Beefier sound, and no crap to remove.  SQ between 8 and 8½/10.

HUG034CD Milton Keynes 1990-08-04
Source: andref (interview from source2). Lovely recording of this gig – it’s the day BEFORE the radio one FM recording. It sounds, however, like the taper moved position for the encore (Changes onwards) as the final three songs are comparatively muffled. SQ 9 till then.

And some bonuses. I’ve added in the radio one interview with Mark Goodier, which was recorded on the 4th, but broadcast the following day; and a recording from the soundcheck – which is really good sound, around 8½. The bonus disc is fairly short – it could all fit comfortably onto two CDs, but a three-disc format seems better.

Update from the subsequent feedback from MWP was that this was a betty07 recording, on a Sony Prop Walkman, and that the sound change for the encores happened after changing tapes.

HUG035CD St Louis Arena, 1990-06-10
Source: andref. The second flawed S+V recording. It’s a beautiful recording, if a little on the trebly side, but it appears that the master tape tangled, affecting three songs. I’ve repaired one (Let’s Dance), removed a gap from a second (The Jean Genie) but the first 1:50 of Space Oddity is wrecked.

Once you get past that, however, a really good concert. SQ 8½ (ignoring the tangles).

HUG039CD TIN MACHINE: New York Academy Theatre, 1991-11-29
Source: andref. To finish, a real treat, with an FM recording of Tin Machine. Bowie in a skittish mood, so it’s great fun, as well as a cracking concert.

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