The Faces
Strawberry Mountain Festival; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
17th May 1970

Re-worked version


This recording has had a little work done on it - widening the sound a little.

A raw transfer of the 1970 portion of the torrent uploaded here -

Torrent #378862 The Faces - May 1970 (SBD) Strawberry Mountain Festival; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada & March 3, 1971 (AUD) Santa Clara County Fair Grounds, California, U.S.A. ("Strawberry Pop" Liberated bootleg - RESEED sort of / possibly)

Dime Download > Audacity > mda image > CD Wave (track splitting) > TLH > FLAC

Source: "SBD" Recording;
Quality: B+ (VG+/EX-);

01 You're My Girl
02 Flying
03 Three Button Hand Me Down
04 Wicked Messenger
05 Devotion

This is a mixing desk recording of Rod and his band playing the May 1970 Strawberry Mountain Festival
in Vancouver.

This is a 'widened' version.

The sample below will give you an idea of whether or not this is for you.

The process I use in Audacity to widen the sound usually consists of the following -

-9db decrease (as the mixing and combining needs space)
double up the tracks, add .01 sec delay to one of the channels, split channels and mix either side (balance achieved through trial and error)
Combine above doubled up track with untouched track with the latter at a higher level. The above mixing while giving a nice widening effect I am more than aware can sometimes sound artificial to some, and I have found combining it with the untouched file means a balance is achieved between the raw sound of the original and the mixed version. In this case I then put the resulting files through mda_image at 90% width. I did
do a couple of different versions before track splitting as this was the best of the three I reviewed.
Studios used - and I'm sure still do - used to resort to all sorts of double tracking and compression effects and the bottom line is this method I found by trial and error sounds good to me and others. Those who do not approve or find it does not sound good to them - no-one is forcing you to download this.
Voila...I listen to live recordings in headphones for the most part, and many people listen in headphones / earphones these days.
This may sound better to many like that, and I am aware that through conventional speakers this sort of mix / re-work may or may not sound as good as an untouched version. It's very subjective, and very much down to individual preference.
Where I don't provide samples the downloader who is unsure about this can simply pick one or two tracks to ascertain how good this is, just as I do.

If this is for you, enjoy.


David Bowie recording

Cleveland, Public Hall 22 September 1972 FM broadcast.

This show was recorded by WMMS and broadcast on FM a week later but the station later destroyed the tape.

Parts of this definitely exist at least. Why not share? There's little money in bootlegs and archive recordings any more, and experience shows if people offer up rare shows, others follow suit. The Bowie 'market' for live recordings is said to be 'tight' by some non-fan observers (indeed, I've had mails from such collectors mentioning this), the more that share the better, I've found. When I've torrented a rare show, I've had offers of more rare things.

Why not try it?