Contrast clause: This is the 16 bit 44.1 kHz version of

Patti Smith & Everest
(opening for Neil Young & Crazy Horse, posted separately)
Madison Square Garden, NYC
November 27, 2012

Recorded at 24 bit / 48 kHz, and originally shared as 16 bit / 48 kHz flacs.


02-Into the Grey
03-Let Go

Patti Smith

05-Dancing Barefoot
06-April Fool
08-Beneath the Southern Cross
09-People Have the Power
10-Pissing in a River

Lineage: Stealth recorded and minimally produced by mrsaureus, standing center floor thirty feet back from the stage. Core-Sound High End Binaurals (DPA-4060 capsules) to Sony PCM-M10 (48 kHZ, 24 bit), WavePad Sound Editor to chop into sond and export as 16 bit / 44.1 kHz flacs. This is an audience recording that aims to document the experience of being in the crowd at the show, and features occasionally loud but appropriate crowd noise. This is the first time this recording is being shared as 16 bit / 44.1 kHz flacs.

What a delight it was getting to see Patti Smith open for Neil Young. Opening acts have to make their point with fewer songs, and that requires discipline and gives opening sets a whole different vibe: the short story to the main act's novel. Most of the time the audience is hearing the opening sets songs for the first time ever, but when a well established performer opens (another recent example being Alice Cooper for Iron Maiden this summer) it's always interesting to see how they construct their set. Patti did a nice job of mixing old and new and varying musical texture in a very concise seven song performance. Highlights for me were the smoldering steady crescendo (if you don't believe it, look at the flac waveform) of Beneath the Southern Cross, which she dedicated to Jimi Hendrix, and her cracked version of Gloria which made me appreciate both what a great voice and musical perspective Patti brings, but also just what a flat out great song that is.

Patti, like Neil, has been doing this for a number of years now, but she looked terrific. I've always thought she was really attractive, and it's a kind of attractive that doesn't diminish with age. She hocked a couple of lugies on the stage to keep it raw, and late in the set took off her boots and then her socks. She must have felt pretty much at home in the biggest venue in her city, and what a road to get there.

First opener was Everest, and if you want to talk concise, well they only got to play four songs and they got the sign to wrap before the last song was over. These guys look rustic Americana, and I liked what I heard but it hasn't had a chance to sink in yet. I will definitely check out their album based on Neil's recommendation and you should too. Got to support the younguns.