Low Live at Maggie Mae's on 1996-03-15
04 Caroline 2
05 Below and Above
07 Do You Know How to Waltz?
08 David and Jude
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|Do You Know How to Waltz?|
|David and Jude|
|Below and Above|
I debated whether to upload this performance to the Archive, as of all the recordings of Low live that I've heard, it's probably the least enjoyable. It's not just that the crowd is disrespectful and talkative (though they are), nor that the sound quality is pretty lousy (though it is).
For if these were the only problems with this tape, that'd be one thing -- in their early days, Low were used to bad P.A. systems and noisy crowds. But adding insult to injury, in the middle of Low's set (during "Caroline 2"), another band (possibly a Scandinavian hardcore band?) started playing downstairs at high volume. The results are very audible and totally disastrous, completely destroying whatever ambience may have remained.
All that said, the one thing that's not bad about this recording is Low's performance. They're clearly rattled, but prove once again that they're a class act. For a few songs they play their usual setlist, trying to make the best of the situation in an effort not to disappoint those members of the audience who came to hear them. When that proves untenable, they unleash a ferocious "Do You Know How to Waltz?" that drowns out the band downstairs, the chattering crowd, and everything else besides. It's the high point of a show that could easily have had no high points at all, and makes this otherwise-painful tape worth a listen.
Sound quality is about 7/10, surprisingly poor for a DAT recording. However, this was probably not the taper's fault, but rather the result of a bad P.A. system -- the audience noise sounds perfectly reasonable, it's the music that ends up sounding like an out-of-tune A.M. radio (and it gets worse as the recording continues).
There were some loud pops and static near the beginning of "Do You Know How to Waltz?", probably from some sort of mic cable issue; I've done my best to reduce these. There's also a moment of diginoise just before the end of this recording, while the audience is applauding and calling for more; since it doesn't affect the music, I don't think it's worth worrying about (and it may well be native to the original DAT). Other than that, I normalized the recording and added fades in and out, and that's pretty much it.
Thanks to M.W. for sharing this tape with me.
- 2008-01-09 04:08:52
- Sony portable DAT deck > Audiomedia III > Sound Designer II > Logic Audio 4.x > SR convert > Sound Designer II > glitch reduction, normalization, fades > WAV > SHN > xACT (SBEs fixed) > FLAC
- Austin, TX
- Run time
- Taped by
- M. W.
- Transferred by
- Maggie Mae's
Subject: Only worth it for Waltz
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