Saturday, 23 July 2016

NEW: U2 live in Worcester 1987 - 2CD - May 4

U2
The Centrum
Worcester, Massachusetts
May 4, 1987
from the JEMS archive


01 Stand By Me
02 Pride in the Name of Love
03 MLK
04 The Unforgettable Fire
05 Bullet the Blue Sky
06 Running to Stand Still
07 Sunday Bloody Sunday
08 Exit
09 In God's Country
10 Trip Through Your Wires
11 The Electric Co.
12 October
13 New Years Day
14 Gloria

01 Bad
02 Where the Streets Have No Name
03 I Will Follow
04 I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
05 With or Without You
06 40

According to the incredible spreadsheet Scott Z compiled for us, the only version of this show was by danafletcher, who said his version was a C, had cuts, etc. Scott's own list has the show from an unknown source and rated an 8.

This version is likely second generation (sorry, my notes are incomplete), and the sound quality is very good though the incredibly boisterous audience does overwhelm in several spots, especially at the start. In fact, the tape runs very hot as the crowd's zeal peaks to distortion on my copy though the actual music never distorts. When the yelling lessens, the underlying recording is quite appealing, clear and full. Samples provided.

I obtained these tapes in 1988. I wish I could tell you who recorded, what gear or even if this is the same source as Dana's or Scott's only closer to source. Perhaps someone can shed some light.

The performance is excellent and the set list topsy turvy (it opens like an UF tour show), which is probably the result of this being the third night of three in the Boston area.

From the same source I also received the previous night, 5/3/87, which I will post as well. A preview sample of that is provided, too.

Butterking for JEMS, happy that the Nakamichi deck is finally fixed and better than ever

special thanks to Mike Duchek for pitch consultation

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NEW: U2 live in Worcester 1987 - 2CD - May 3 - source #2

U2
worcester, MA
The Centrum
May 3, 1987

Taper : ?
Equip : ?
Likely 2nd Gen. Cassettes (From the JEMS archive)

1. Where the Streets Have No Name
2. I Will Follow
3. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For/Exodus
4. MLK
5. The Unforgettable Fire
6. Bullet the Blue Sky/America
7. Running to Stand Still
8. A Sort of Homecoming
9. Sunday Bloody Sunday
10. Exit/Gloria
11. In God's Country
12. Trip Through Your Wires
13. C'mon Everybody
14. Bad/Candle in the Wind/Ruby Tuesday/Sympathy for the Devil
15. October
16. New Year's Day
17. Pride (In the Name of Love)
18. With or Without You
19. "40"

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NEW: U2 live in Worcester 1987 - 2CD - May 3 - source #1

u2
Worchester Centrum, Worchester MA
5-3-87

Unknown taper> MC> Tape (? gen)
Sony TCKE5000s 3 head deck

streets
follow
found
mlk
unforg
bullet
runn
home
sunday
exit
gods c
trip
c'mon
bad
oct
NYD
pride
with/w
40

                 

NEW: U2 live in Worcester 1987 - 2CD - May 2 - source #3

u2
Worchester Centrum, Worchester MA
5-2-87

Unknown taper> MC> Tape (? gen)
Sony TCKE5000s 3 head deck


streets
follow
trip
found
mlk
unforget
bullet
runn
exit
gods c
sunday
bad
october
springhill
NYD
Pride
with/w
gloria
40

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NEW: U2 live in Worcester 1987 - 2CD - May 2 - source #2

May 02, 1987 / Worcester, MA
Venue: The Centrum

source: unknown walkman style recorder, built in mics>TDK90

Where the Streets
I Will Follow
Trip Through Your Wires,
I Still Haven't Found
MLK
The Unforgettable Fire
Bullet The Blue Sky
Running to Stand Still
Exit
In God's Country
Sunday Bloody Sunday,
Bad
October
Springhill Mining Disaster
New Year's Day
Pride
Encore(s):
With or Without You
Gloria
40

                

NEW: U2 live in Worcester 1987 - 2CD - May 2 - source #1

U2
worcester, MA
The Centrum
May 2, 1987

Taper : ? (Steven Ross Cahill??)
Equip : d3/mini mic


1. Where the Streets Have No Name
2. I Will Follow
3. Trip Through Your Wires
4. I Still Haven't Found what I'm Looking For
5. MLK
6. The Unforgettable Fire
7. Bullet the Blue Sky
8. Running to Stand Still
9. Exit/Gloria
10. In God's Country
11. Sunday Bloody Sunday
12. Bad/Ruby Tuesday/Sympathy for the Devil
13. October
14. Springhill Mining Disaster
15. New Year's Day
16. Pride
17. With or Without You
18. Gloria
19. "40"

Mike's comments (3/26/2007)

This was U2's first night in Massachussetts on leg 1 of the Joshua Tree tour, which Bono calls their home away from home, mentioning multiple times their early performances at the Paradise in Boston. This is an otherwise ordinary set, but a pretty nice performance. Bono's voice is pretty strong for this show, and "Bad" and "'40'" both contain some nice vocal interludes as such. As Scott mentions, the taper at two or three times throughout the show can be heard saying something like "This is the Steve Ross Cahill Concert Network," (to me it sounds more like "Rasta Cahill" or something with an extra syllable like that, but his guess is as good as mine) also giving the date of the show. Otherwise aside from an occasionnal person (I think the taper) yelling, this is a nice recording - not quite as crisp as others but very unobstructed and instruments/vocals come through well, and aside from maybe some occasional crowd noise, only a slight part of "In God's Country" is lost at the very beginning, likely due to a tape flip.

As Scott uploaded it, this show played too fast. I slowed it down using a speed/pitch ratio of about .974 for the whole show, and that's pretty close, as it's always hard to get it definitively perfect given the nature of old, analog tapes.

                    

NEW: U2 live in Pontiac 1987 - 2CD - April 30 - source #3

U2
April 30, 1987
Pontiac, MI
The Pontiac Silverdome

*MONO recording*

1. ["Stand by Me" PA Intro] / Where the Streets Have No Name
2. I Will Follow
3. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
4. MLK / The Unforgettable Fire
5. Bullet the Blue Sky
6. Running to Stand Still
7. A Sort of Homecoming
8. Sunday Bloody Sunday
9. Exit/Gloria

1. In God's Country
2. Bad/Ruby Tuesday/Sympathy for the Devil
3. October
4. New Year's Day
5. Pride (In the Name of Love)
6. [Encore Break]
7. With or Without You/Love Will Tear Us Apart
8. Gloria
9. "40"

This one is probably for completists only. Really the only reason I can think of to prefer this recording over the other one is that it's complete (well, it has the song that the other recording is missing, more below). I received this from I think merckx who tried to torrent this here but was unsuccessful for some reason. He then sent it to me via one of those file sharing sites like MegaUpload or something. The same person also shared what he was told was a 1st gen cassette of this show, although someone seemed to think that one had torrent restrictions on it, though I don't think that was ever confirmed. This is from, according to what he was told, a 1st gen video (*not* a DVD rip, but audio directly from the VHS), and I am guessing it's likely the same original source for the DVD of this show that is floating around, but if the lineage is correct merckx's video would be a lower gen than the circulating DVD's source.

A few things about the recording: a.) This recording sounds to me like it is more or less in mono. b.) There are dozens of tiny cuts throughout this recording, each of which is a small fraction of a second, but which together add up to kind of an annoyance. There are also larger edits in the first couple songs, as well as maybe a tape switch or something before "Bad" where it sounds like the taper stopped the tape and re-started it. c.) The recording is overall low-fi and thin sounding, but otherwise unobstructed.

So, get the other recording instead of, or at least in addition to, this one. It sounds better, although this is certainly listenable aside from the edits. The big advantage of this one (OK, small advantage) is that this recording has the complete show while the audience recording did not have "Exit."

Anyway, a decent show following the well-known Chicago show, but not as interesting set-wise. During "I Still Haven't Found" Bono gets pissed off I think at a security guard and calls him (or maybe someone else) a monkey in a blue t-shirt. He stops the song and starts it up again with just the Edge. After the song Bono makes some comments about some people having B.O. problems and asks people to move back a little. Throughout the show he seems concerned about calming the crowd down.

Possible names for this could be "Death by 1000 Cuts" given all the annoying edits, or "Bono's B.O. Problem." I prefer the latter.

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