I believe I used SoundForge back in the day. I basically created one wav file for the entire concert and then reduced the speed of the recording until I could play along with my (in tune) guitar. Then split it back into individual tracks.
My track listings are just screen shots of my iTunes. Speaking of which, let's talk about Detroit Rock City!
This is a good one! This is the sort of disc I think most of us imagine when we think about the fan club releases. Woodface-era, Great sound quality, good mix of hits and rarities. Out of the 24 live Crowded House shows released by the fan club, half of them are from the Woodface tour! I spent all weekend listening to this CD and loved every minute of it.
This show comes from the middle of the band's US tour. It's before Tim leaves but after Mark joins. In case you aren't aware, the band played the Australia and New Zealand dates with Tim (no Mark) then played the US and Europeans dates with both Tim and Mark and then kicked Tim out and played the UK dates and a second Australian tour with Mark (no Tim). After all that, Crowded House returned to Europe to play festival dates with Mark and Tim often joined for a couple songs at the end as a surprise guest. Yeah, it gets confusing.
What's more confusing is what the heck Tim is doing during the vast majority of these songs. When a song needs a keyboard player it's Mark. When a song needs additional electric guitar, guitar tech Arlo fills in. That leaves few musical duties for Tim. Sometimes he plays a helpful acoustic guitar while Neil plays electric (There Goes God) and sometimes plays an unnecessary second acoustic guitar (Weather With You). But other times he's just stuck on the tambourine. Half the time I wonder if his guitar is even turned on.
But I digress, because I'm still thrilled that Tim is here and even though there's no reason to play "Six Months in a Leaky Boat" to an American audience of Crowded House fans, I'm glad they did it. Tim also plays "How'm I Gonna Sleep" from his Tim Finn album. Though I'm not sure I believe him when he says, "there's been a request, I'll just do a bit of it, it's been a long time since I've played it ," and then proceeds to play the entire song because it hasn't been that long since he's played it. It was the lead single from the album he just finished promoting like one year before this gig. But it is a good song and I end up being a little annoyed with the rest of the band for not just learning it and playing along (like they're too cool for "How'm I Gonna Sleep" or something). I think it's a hard thing being Tim Finn touring as part of Crowded House. You have to try not to be too Tim Finn but it's literally the only thing you know how to do.
There are some epic performances on this disc. "When You Come" really stands out along with "Whispers & Moans" and "Don't Dream it's Over." One song that doesn't really stand out (but should) is "Weather With You." There's a distinct difference between how the band played this song before it was a hit and how they played it after. The song's got two great hooks: its chorus and its electric guitar part. For whatever reason Neil chooses to ditch the guitar part until the song becomes a massive hit and then he's like, "oh, I guess I should play that massively hooky guitar part that everyone loves." But right now he just kinda noodles around around on his acoustic during the intro. The song has none of the energy that will come to define it in later years.
Can you believe "This is Massive" is on this disc too? Why was the fan club so determined to ram that song down our throats? It seems like it's on every single disc! I kid, it's a good song, but there's not that much to it, is there? Paul does get to play Neil's acoustic guitar with his brushes which is confusing until you realize that's what you're hearing. And it is a song about Paul's first time masturbating. Thanks, Tim ;-)
We get three fan club discs from the Tim-era and the next one takes place just five days later in Montreal. We'll review that one next.
Overall rate: 5 (out of 5)