Ben Folds & The Atlanta Symphony
Atlanta Symphony Hall
Atlanta, GA -
April 24, 2017

** 16 BIT **

Source: Sonic Studios DSM-6P w/3-way lo-cut filter (@ 80hz, middle setting) > Tascam DR-2d @ 16 bit/44.1 kHz
Mastering: .WAV > Sound Forge Pro 11.0 (Build 299) [iZotope Mastering Suite (declick); minor edits, normalize, & fades] > CDWav tracking) > Trader's Little Helper (level 5) > FLAC > TagScanner 6.0.18 (tagging)
Location: Loge R, Row B, Seat 1
Recorded by: Steve "ballsdeep" Hagar
Mastered by: Dennis Orr

- Set One -
01 Intro
02 Overture From Candide
03 Concerto For Piano And Orchestra, Movement 1
04 Concerto For Piano And Orchestra, Movement 2
- Set Two -
01 Capable Of Anything
02 Zak And Sara
03 Chat
04 You Don't Know Me
05 Landed
06 Chat
07 So There
08 Brick
09 Chat
10 Not The Same
11 Steven's Last Night In Town
12 Encore Break
- Encore -
13 The Luckiest
14 Theme From Dr. Pyser
15 Crowd

Ben Folds - vocals & piano
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Show Notes:
I went into this show with a bit of trepidation, and actually didn't really enjoy making the capture, though it had nothing to do with the music, and everything to do with the guy behind me who *must have* had one of the 5 most annoying laughs in the building. If you notice a 5-7 minute portion during the 2nd set where Ben was making the audience laugh and you don't hear him, that was right after I turned my head (big taper no-no, but no music was being played) and gave him mega-stinkeye. But of course he started right back up again. All that aside, I'm sure when I get home it'll be considered something special; the perfect marriage of delicate and powerful.

Also could have done without the pontification (sic) from Ben regarding the arts (he went on and on, and could have played another song or two), but in the grand scheme of things, taping was the right thing to do (with gentle nudging from smores, who is a big fan). I'm not familiar enough with Ben's music to comment on "best ever" or "that was really cool" (pretty sure the audience reaction will do better than I ever could), but it was also my first symphony, so in terms of "two birds/one rock" (never seen Messr. Folds before either), it fit the bill rather nicely.

Not your typical "symphony crowd' either. But you could tell that the conductor and Ben really had something special going on.

See if your ears agree.

He always doubles down, which means he never folds. His name is Dennis, and he is the one who splits this stuff into aces. Myself, much more like the wild card, on the road for 3+ weeks, taping 20 shows in 23 days (totally bailed on DBT tonight, but I'm happy I did).

Sooooooo, temporarily less vault, and more NEW SHIT!

Ya dig?

---ballsdeep OVER and OUT!!!