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*Recorded by boombox and mrunhalf. Matrix done by boombox. Posted by boombox *

NICK MASON'S SAUCERFUL OF SECRETS
St David's Hall,
Cardiff,
Wales, UK

27th April 2022

Lineage:
Source 1: Church Audio CA-14 omnis > CA-9200 > Edirol R-07 (@24/96) > Cool Edit Pro 2
Source 2: Edirol R-07 (@16/48) > Cool Edit Pro 2
Matrix: Movie Studio Platinum > Cool Edit Pro 2 > CDWave > TLH

Source 1: Recorded 15' back from house left stack
Source 2: Recorded 50' back from house left stack

Recording by boombox & mrunhalf

Matrix & artwork by boombox, with thanks to mrunhalf for the excellent photos

CD1 - Set 1:
1. Soundscape
2. One Of These Days
3. Banter
4. Arnold Layne
5. Fearless
6. Obscured By Clouds > When You're In
7. Candy And A Currant Bun
8. Vegetable Man
9. Banter
10. If >
11. Atom Heart Mother >
12. If (Reprise)
13. Banter
14. Remember A Day
15. Band Introductions
16. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun

CD2 - Set 2:
1. Soundscape
2. Interstellar Overdrive
3. Astronomy Domine
4. The Nile Song
5. Banter
6. Burning Bridges
7. Childhood's End
8. Banter
9. See Emily Play
10. Echoes
11. Encore Break
12. Lucifer Sam
13. A Saucerful Of Secrets
14. Bike

The 'Secrets':
Nick Mason - drums, gong
Guy Pratt - bass, vocals, percussion
Gary Kemp - guitars, vocals
Lee Harris - guitars, backing vocals
Dom Beken - keyboards

boombox's notes may 2022:
Nick & Co's return visit to Cardiff was a long time coming (2 days short of a three year interval between gigs), but well worth the wait. Very similar setlist, but completely changed up order to reflect the two set format. Set 1 opened with Guy playing those all too familiar bass notes offstage, before he and then the band entered, and 'Set the controls...' was a masterful choice of set closer. Set 2 kicked off with the songs which had opened the previous tour and ended with a wonderful 'Echoes', accompanied by an excellent light show. Needless to say the band were all on top form - MVP for me on the night was Gary, who as well as shredding like a maniac, really nailed the vocals, sounding not unlike Bowie at times.

This one came out very well after a bit of work and is definitely one to play loud!!! I got a great pull, but it was marred by my neighbour, who wanted to talk and ask questions about song titles etc. Fortunately, he did this mostly at the end of songs, so he could be deleted. I was able to patch the jabbering and then smooth it out using another source, as, luckily for us, mrunhalf was elsewhere in the room recording too. His source, recorded further back, although a bit crispy, also added a nice bit of ambiance. On two occasions, my neighbour really considerately (not!) waited until songs had started before speaking. For the two affected songs, the repair on 'ASOS' is pretty much invisible, but if you listen closely on 'Vegetable Man', you can still make out about a faint second's worth. Source 2 also provides a good chunk of the Set 2 opening tape due to the Jabberwocky. My neighbour also seemed to want to be the last one clapping. This necessitated reducing the volume of thousands of claps. Mrunhalf's recording was also similarly afflicted, but between the two sources, I have managed to get a good balance of applause.

Enjoy!!

 

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