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1969 ROLLING STONES : ALTAMONT RACEWAY, LIVERMORE, CA (6/12/69)® - 1h52
[Production bigtyke66 > ®Remastered by Teague Raw 03/2012 - 320 kbps]

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01. Sam Culter Intro and Crowd 1:39
02. Jumping Jack Flash 4:20
03. Carol 3:47
04. Sympathy For The Devil (1) 1:44
05. Disturbance (1) 1:17
06. Sympathy For The Devil (2) 7:28
07. Disturbance (2) 2:55
08. The Sun Is Shining 4:05
09. Stray Cat Blues 3:47
10. Love In Vain 5:41
11. Under My Thumb (1) 0:43
12. Disturbance (3) 2:31
13. Under My Thumb (2) 3:40
14. Intro to Brown Sugar. 0:58
15. Brown Sugar 3:24

01. Intro to Midnight Rambler 1:30
02. Midnight Rambler 8:06
03. Intro to Live With Me 0:59
04. Live With Me 3:21
05. Gimme Shelter 4:41
06. Little Queenie 4:14
07. Satisfaction 6:33
08. Intro to Honky Tonk Women 0:47
09. Honky Tonk Women 3:57
10. Street Fighting Man 4:09

Other sources
11. Sympathy For The Devil 10:49
12. The Sun is Shining 6:00
13. Under My Thumb 4:32
14. Gimme Shelter 4:26

+ True blends of the 'master aud tape' and the recently circulated audience tape recorded for radio broadcast from Watchit/gottogo99 (thank you!) at Dime and The Trader's Den.
* True blends of the audience and soundboard recordings.

By true blend, I mean that the two sources were run simultaneously and mixed to a new track.


Background:

One of the most storied recordings in Rolling Stones history. Apart from the obvious crowd problems (MJ: "Well, there've been a few hang ups. But generally, ... you've been beautiful!"), this was a pretty strong performance. The audience taping of the entire show must be--given the very difficult conditions--one of the most heroic recordings ever made.

Many versions of this recordings have circulated over the years, including the well-known bootleg "The Killer Festival, Altamont 1969" (VGP-113). I think the best version of the audience tape currently available is the one gottogo99 posted at The Trader's Den in December 2008 (http://www.thetradersden.org/forums/showthread.php?t=67697). Please check over there for details. It's still running if you want the "pure" version of this tape.

What do we have here?:

This version is true blend (or matrix) of as much of the show as is available from five different sources. Note that none of them had all the pieces. The idea was to get the best possible sound for each track, but retain all the crowd noise, reactions, etc. in the recording. The crowd was obviously an integral part of this event, I've kept all of that from all the sources.

Sources (in the order of the amount I used):

1) A "copy of the master tape". Supplied lineage: master > 1st gen > CDR. This purports to be a lo-gen copy of the master tape, but it has a fade-in at the beginning of Jumping Jack Flash that is not on VGP 113. There are also other small edits and odd drop outs that are not present on VGP-113. This source also ran fast, and it has been pitch/speed corrected for the current version. The used the soundboard files as reference. This source has less hiss than VGP 113. And like all other versions of this source, it is stereo, most likely fake. I used this source as the base for my edits.

2) The soundboard recordings used for the "Gimme Shelter" movie. Supplied lineage: "Gimme Shelter" > Remastered (unknown label) > CD > aiff (xACT). I used Sympathy For The Devil (2) and Under My Thumb (2) from this source, and Gimme Shelter from "A Shot of Salvation, Scorpio OM 90-64-17" to blend in with the aud recording. I like the sound of these blends; others may not. I think the Altamont Sympathy For The Devil is one of the best ever live versions, but it was extensively edited for the soundtrack. The beginning was badly edited, and Mick Taylor's solo was almost completely cut out (shame!). Keith's solo is very distant on the audience recording, but is now much higher in the mix. The audience "accompaniments" really add atmosphere. Under My Thumb (2) and Gimme Shelter were unedited on the soundboard recording, so the blends flow quite well.

3) The recently surfaced files supplied by Watchit/gottogo99 (http://www.thetradersden.org/forums/showthread.php?t=78161). I used this for the Sam Cutler Intro, Jumpin Jack Flash, and most of Carol. After that the tape speed problem really kick in.

4) A 4th gen recording. Supplied lineage: Singlepoint stereo mic (possibly a Sony) > portable mini reel to reel > 3rd or 4th gen tape > U2A AD converter > Dell Inspiron 3500 > cool Edit pro > Cdwav > cdr > EAC > SHN (76.46 mins). This was the only lineage that was specific about the recording apparatus, but who knows whether it was correct or not. The taper photos from Gimme Shelter (see the Watchit files at TTD) and Ethan Russell's book suggests that neither of the known recorders were reel-to-reel. This source had the extra 1.30 mins introduction to Midnight Rambler.

5) The well known VGP-113 boot. "The Killer Festival, Altamont 1969" (VGP-113): Silvers > EAC > Wav > Flac Frontend > flac 8. This commonly circulated source has significant tape hiss not present on the other sources I used, probably from crudely boosting the higher frequencies. It sounds way over processed to me. I used this for bits of audience reaction, tape noise etc. that was missing elsewhere.


How did I put this together?:

I used source 1) as my foundation. This was speed corrected to approximate the 3 soundboard tracks, and had other manipulations added using Logic Pro 7 (Apple). The other sources were mixed in as required using Logic Pro's multitrack capability. I used hundreds of edits to produce the final version, but in particular: multiband compression, parametric equalization, linear phase equalization, gain adjustment, and cross fades between channels and songs. All of these edits were applied as minimally as possible, and each track was treated separately. In some cases an 8 track mix was used to get the best balance of gain and equalization across a particular song. No noise reduction was used at any point.

Final lineage: Mixing (Logic Pro 7)> bounced to aiff > track splitting on sector boundaries (Amadeus Pro) > Flac and SBE check (xACT) > ®Remastered by Teague Raw 03/2012 > mp3 320 kbps.

The final recording does not sound as as harsh as VGP 113; I prefer the balance and the overall sound. I think the blended tracks really add a new dimension to the recording. Others may prefer the unedited audience recording; but there you go--you don't have to keep this one.

Thanks to the many people who helped out with trades, info, and who took the time to answer my emails. Thanks also to siege72 at Dime for invaluable help with speed/pitch corrections.

bigtyke66
January, 2010
 
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