Friday, May 26, 2017

Paul McCartney 2014-07-09 United Center Chicago, IL

United Center
Chicago, IL

Recorded by Roy Martin using a set of Sound Professionals SP-CMC-8 (with
AT hyper-cardioid elements installed) from Section 120 Row 8.

Captured as a 24-bit/96kHz WAV file using a Zoom H2n.


SP-CMC-8 > SP-SPSB-11 box (bass roll off switched off) > 24/96 WAV (Zoom H2n) >
downsampled to 16/44.a (using Cool Edit Pro 2.0) > Huge WAVs split (using
CD Wave Editor) > SBEs corrected (using Trader's Little Helper, '-fixed' removed
from the file names) > FLAC Level 8 (using Trader's Little Helper)

No EQing done, so salt & pepper to taste.

One of the most awesome concert experiences of my life.  I was at the far corner
of the stage, house right, overlooking Brian Ray's guitars and Paul's black piano.
Immediately underneath me was the performer's entrance to/exit from the stage. 
It was incredible to be within a few feet from a legend, Sir Paul McCartney, as he
stode to and from the stage.  What else was cool was the occassional gestures I
received from Abe Laboriel Jr.  I was wearing a huge 2X white pinstriped Chicago
Cubs jersey.  I figure Abe's a Cubs fan because he smiled and waved at me on a
couple of occassions.  It was even more incredible that, at the finale of
show, I stretched out my outreached hand and he, Himself... The Legend...
gave me a high-five as he passed by.  To have only momentary physical contact with
Sir Paul McCartney is a magical experience for this life-long Beatles fan. 
A memory that I will enjoy for the rest of my life.

Unfortunately, it wasn't the best sounding location to record from.  The mics
were hat-mounted, pointing almost straight up as the amps were suspended high
above me.  There's a little bit of mic handling rumble when I moved my head in
either direction.  (Try standing perfectly still at a Paul McCartney concert!) 
I was quite paranoid as I was merely a few feet from security and I don't mean the
arena's hired rent-a-cop idiots.  I mean, the REAL McCartney security dudes
who put their arms around the artist, hold the flashlights, and escort them off the
stage.  So, I had to maintain a superlow profile and this recording does not
represent my preferred choice of mic technique.  The crowd was pretty respectful
around me, considering McCartney attracts an... err... let's say a 'very interactive'
audience.  You can hear them shout out to him as he walks by me (right before
"Day Tripper," right before "Yesterday," and as he walks by at the end of the show.
What a great concert.  I still can't believe I got to high-five the Man.  Enjoy
and a shout out to all you McCartney fans out there.

Total time:  166 minutes 14 seconds

[01]  Eight Days A Week
[02]  Save Us
[03]  All My Loving
[04]  Listen To What The Man Said
[05]  Let Me Roll It
[06]  Paperback Writer
[07]  My Valentine
[08]  Nineteen Hundred & Eighty-Five
[09]  The Long & Winding Road
[10]  Maybe I'm Amazed
[11]  I've Just Seen A Face
[12]  We Can Work It Out
[13]  Another Day
[14]  And I Love Her
[15]  Blackbird
[16]  Here Today
[17]  New
[18]  Queenie Eye
[19]  Lady Madonna
[20]  All Together Now
[21]  Lovely Rita
[22]  Everybody Out There
[23]  Eleanor Rigby
[24]  Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite
[25]  Something
[26]  Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
[27]  Band On The Run
[28]  Back In The USSR
[29]  Let It Be
[30]  Live & Let Die
[31]  Hey Jude
[32]  Day Tripper
[33]  Hi Hi Hi
[34]  Get Back
[35]  Yesterday
[36]  Helter Skelter
[37]  Golden Slumbers > The End


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