Pink Floyd - Fantasio, Amsterdam 4th gen (24-96)
Album info
Length  : 53:20
Format  : FLAC
Rating  : 6
Live  : Yes
Recording Date  : 31-05-1968
Track List
01 01 Keep Smiling People 11:51
02 02 Let There Be More Light 09:00
03 03 Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun 13:40
04 04 Flaming 05:41
05 05 A Saucerful Of Secrets 13:08

Recorded at the Fantasio, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Very good audience recording.

From the info file:

Pink Floyd 1968-05-31 Fantasio, Amsterdam 4th gen (24bit/96kHz)

Pink Floyd
Fantasio, Amsterdam, Holland (late show)
31 May 1968

Lineage: 4th gen cassette (TDK SA90) > *Technics RS-B965-M > Focusrite Saffire Pro 14 > Audacity 1.3 > FLAC (24bit/96kHz)

xACT used to create MD5
*The Technics RS-B965-M is a modified deck - for details see the forum

01 Keep Smiling People
02 Let There Be More Light
03 Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
04 Flaming
05 A Saucerful Of Secrets

Total running time 53 mins 20 secs

A raw, mono transfer of Beechwoods' 4th gen cassette. I recorded in stereo then dropped the weaker channel on each side to create a mono recording. The left channel of side A of this tape is stronger and more dynamic than the right and the reverse is so on side B. There are no cuts in the music on side A. Side B begins with the part of Roger's introduction to A Saucerful Of Secrets when he says 'You'll have to feel this one with us..'. When adjusting the gain for the right channel of side B, I tried to achieve a reasonable match for the volume of the left channel on side A.

How does this tape compare to the 1st gen copies doing the rounds? The 1st gens all seem to originate from the same cassette to DAT transfer, whereas this 4th gen appears to be from an alternative source which is less degraded. In my view both lineages have their merits. One is not clearly better than the other and the 4th gen is surprisingly good.

Beechwoods Tape, Neonknight Cassette Transfer, February 2013