|Camel - The Town Hall, Birmingham, UK (boombox) (24-96)|
|Recorded at the Town Hall, Birmingham, UK. Great audience recording.
From the info file:
The Town Hall,
10th March 2014
CA14 Cardioids > CA9200 > Edirol HR-09 (@24/96) >
Cool Edit Pro 2 (edits, volume) > CDWave > TLH
Recorded Row C, ~10' back midway between House Left Stack and Centre Stage
Recording by boombox
**NB THIS IS A 24-BIT FILE SET, NOT INTENDED FOR CD BURNING**
Set 1 (The Snow Goose):
01. The Great Marsh
03. Rhayader Goes to Town
06. The Snow Goose
09. Rhayader Alone
10. Flight of the Snow Goose
14. Fritha Alone
15. La Princesse Perdue
16. The Great Marsh (reprise)
01. Never Let Go
02. Song Within A Song
04. The Hour Candle (Dedicated to Guy Le Blanc)
06. Watching The Bobbins
07. Intro to 'Fox Hill'
08. Fox Hill
09. For Today
10. Encore break & band intros
11. Lady Fantasy
Andy Latimer - Guitar, flute, keyboard, vocals
Colin Bass - Bass, acoustic guitar, vocals
Denis Clement - Drums, bass
Ton Scherpenzeel - Keyboards (replacing Guy Le Blanc)
Jason Hart - Additional keyboards, acoustic guitar, vocals
boombox's notes may 2014:
My second Camel show in six months - could it get any better? Well, yes, I think it could! Another packed out venue full of generally respectful music fans come to see Andy Latimer & Co deliver a lesson in how to do a first class show and have a ball doing it. First up was the reboot of 'The Snow Goose', which many thought benefited from the slightly rockier, more classic prog keyboards of Ton Scherpenzeel, standing in for Guy Le Blanc, who is battling serious illness. Ton's keyboards added a different colour again in the second half of Camel favourites, which were slightly tweaked from the Autumn tour - out went Airborn, Tell Me, Mystic Queen, Wait and Never Let Go (For Pete), with only Drafted coming in. So a shorter set than the last tour, but no-one felt short-changed. Andy's playing, as usual, was as wonderful and expressive as his facial gurnings, as ever more than ably supported by Colin, Denis and Jason - and the version of Lady Fantasy to close the night probably stands as my favourite ever.
So what of the recording? On taking my seat, I initially thought the Curse of Camel was going to strike again (I toasted my recording of Wolverhampton 2013 by accidentally knocking the mic gain switch on my Edirol): I was a little further away from the stack than I would have liked and wondered whether omnis might have been better. As it was, it came out very well, though being close to the front, the mics did pick up the natural sound of the drums and Denis hits 'em hard! Had to do some emergency work on the levels a few minutes in as I wasn't expecting the PA to be so quiet, which I've smoothed out.
Listening to the recording, the gunshot clapper to my immediate left was quite intrusive during the applause and prevented my raising the overall levels very much. Rather than just blanket reducing the volume or using hard limiting on the applause, I took the decision to manually lower the volume on each individual clap, a time consuming process involving zooming right in and reducing the spikes in 6db increments, sometimes three times per clap. With close on 2000 such spikes to fix, this has taken more time than I would care to total up, but I think the end result is worth it. I did use the blanket method for the encore break though - a couple of minutes of ecstatic Camel fans clappping and cheering for all they were worth was just tooooo much!