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Today,
Australian Road Crew Association - ARCA
drop the latest release of their #DeskTapeSeries with "Crowded House Live '92-'94 Part 1". The series was created by #ARCA to raise funds and resources for the #SupportAct Roadies Fund to provide financial, health, counselling and well-being services for crew.
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I was really pleased to see the 'pt.1' at the end of the release. Also happy to be able to download this too. Looking forward to the 'Pt 2' as well. Between this and the Solo at the Seymour Theatre show, we have been spoilt; am really happy to support this charity on an ongoing basis!

All joking aside these guys have had a very rough time with COVID and what I would have spent on tickets, travel, take out, beers etc going to gigs, am more than happy to buy these downloads to play my little part.

What a wonderful collection. Had it on repeat via Apple Music at work the other day. Sounds fuller and richer than the club CDs to my ears, but that may be just me. Would also love to see info about origins of individual tracks.

I thought so too. If I remember, the club recordings were direct from the board onto DAT, and basically untouched after that (which I love about them). I’m guessing these ARCA releases are getting properly mastered which is cool too.

I hoped the track details might be in the iTunes metadata, but no such luck. I don’t like to complain about a nice surprise which benefits charity, but it’s weird they left that info out.

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Not sure if I’ve replied here already or not, but I’ve said this in many other places. The audio comes from a number of MiniDiscs compiled by the live sound engineers nearly 30 years ago. There was no written info supplied with those discs. I know at least one track is from Birmingham because Neil mentions it on stage. Can’t recall if that’s in part 1 or the forthcoming part 2.

@andycake posted:

Has anyone else noticed the small skip in Chocolate Cake at about 1 minute 24/25 seconds in? Is it the same on all platforms? I downloaded the tracks in flac from the official MGM Distribution Australian site.

Yes indeed, it's there on my FLAC copy, too.  "Took you" seems to be the edited-out lyric -- maybe there was an audio glitch or a digital smoodge which necessitated a sub-second cut?  It's not a dropout in the final version, though maybe there was a drop-out in the original.

@Jaffaman posted:

Also just found out all the tracks have been faded in and out, rather than carrying on uninterrupted like most live albums. That's not what I intended but how the producers mastered it for streaming. Ah well. If there's a CD, I will have my way!

I thought was odd when listening to this set, but somehow I feel better knowing it was a mistake

Some fun things on here, Mark's piano during the "I saw you lying in the arms of a poet" part of Mean to Me is very cool. And speaking of keys, nice to have a version of In My Command with Neil on keys. I think overall I prefer the "two electric guitars" version, but it's neat to have a great recording of the original live/album arrangement.

What a wonderful collection. Had it on repeat via Apple Music at work the other day. Sounds fuller and richer than the club CDs to my ears, but that may be just me. Would also love to see info about origins of individual tracks.

It is a wonderful collection and thank you for your hard work, @Jaffaman! The fan club cds vary greatly in terms of sound quality. This set certainly sounds bette than the worst of them but nowhere near as good as the best of them (Taxi, Berlin, San Francisco, Newcastle Jam, and Buffalo all come to mind). Nor is it as good as the best bootlegs out there (Seductive & Emotional, Stage Time, Fleadh all come to mind).

So, while I’m glad that more fans have easier access to live CH, don’t give up the hunt for the other truly terrific live recordings out there. In terms of sound quality, I would give this collection a 6 out of 10. For me the recordings sound a bit on the thin and flat side of things.

I’m not really complaining. I’d rather have it than not! =) I just have a lot of live recordings to compare it to.

... And speaking of keys, nice to have a version of In My Command with Neil on keys. I think overall I prefer the "two electric guitars" version, but it's neat to have a great recording of the original live/album arrangement.

I also thought it was nice to hear the key/guitar version too for my in command. I also prefer the two guitar live version and I think I do because the pairing of Neil and Mark playing guitar together was just right. Each could roughly play the same chords and in turns play their little solo pieces.

I finally listened to it the other day as I wanted to listen to it with out distraction and in full! I really enjoyed it and am glad that there is another part coming to it. It is another fine set of songs and to me has a similar vibe to the recurring dream second disc.

Its caused me to go off and listen to some more Crowded House live from that era. There are some great shows from those days, I think the Fleadh feels to me like a special moment.

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