I had to speak up here. I'm usually a pretty good judge (and can be critical when need be) on performances. I really hear Neil in top form. As a matter of fact...and I only saw the first few songs, his voice sounds fantastic. This was my thought before I read this thread. I was actually quite pleasantly surprised when I heard his voice and how close it was to a Neil in his late 20's. He must have rested his vocals for the big awards night and shows before and after. 

renzo posted:

 I only saw the first few songs, 

^^ Might that limit the scope of your opinion? I thought In My Command was pretty great too. 

*sigh* Not trying to poke anyone in particular but one thing is constant on this forum -- any slight criticism is usually met with a chorus of "What do you mean?!? It's great!! blahblahblah"

Being in possession of dozens of CH bootlegs and a critical ear, I heard what I heard and I'm not budging dammit!!

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I listened to the live stream, I've listened to hundreds of bootlegs. Neil sounds older - no surprise there. I also think he was singing a bit softly perhaps because they were in a small and intimate setting or perhaps because he's being careful with his voice. Whatever the reason I didn't feel that it impacted the quality of his performance, which was terrific and suited the setting. 

It's certainly much better than his vocal performance during the Intriguer US tour. Those live recordings have great sound and the band is tight but night after night Neil struggled with his voice.

Like most of us, I've been listening to Neil's singing (studio recordings, bootlegs, live concerts, webcasts, etc.) for 30 years.

I believe that when it comes to singing, it really is a matter of personal tastes. A good example of this is Tim Finn.

Tim's early recordings with Split Enz to me sound like the Munchkins from the Wizard of Oz (no offense to anyone). We all know how much his voice has changed , but when it comes to his singing style it's been very different throughout his career.

I personally love the singing on the TIM FINN album, it then got a little rough on SIIS and FTG (still these are probably my favorite of his albums) and then on Imaginary Kingdom it's almost like he had come to terms with his range, and sounds so comfortable singing those songs. His singing was perfect on that album. The singing on the next 2 albums sounds a little weak in my opinion.

In terms of Neil, for me the height of his vocal prowess was on the recording for Sessions At West 54th. His voice was at it's best, no BS, no raspy quality, no holding back. Keep in mind, this was almost 18 years ago.

I think we all have to adjust our expectations and understand that Neil is probably one of the few singers out there that after 40 years, can still perform the songs in the original key and within a very-very close range of the original arrangements.

Anyone who doesn't agree with this should listen to some early Elton John vs. what he sounds like today, to get some perspective.

I wasn't able to get it to load. Darn thing must have been stuck on eleven.

I agree about Neil's voice on the tour with the mustache. Once he shaved it off, the chicago show for instance, I thought he sounded a lot better. However I was well lubricated that night so perhaps I'm mistaken. But I remember that he and the band Looked fabulous!

Yes the sound of the webcam was top notch . Considering there are only 4 ( in the main) participants , the sound was spot on and Nick's bass lines as ever fantastic to hear.Great session.

 

The evolution of Neil's voice is something I've commented on before. It has changed and evolved. He can't/doesn't give it the full throated passion of youth ("Listen to the HOWLING of steel") but has in exchange gained range and control that wasn't there or wasn't so apparent in his youth. Listen to a good live version of Sinner or control of the falsetto for example.

Bono has gone through a similar process. Compare say the Sunday Bloody Sunday on the Rattle and Hum dvd with something like the later Velvet Dress. 

Age gives and age takes away....

Neil_Fann posted:

The evolution of Neil's voice is something I've commented on before. It has changed and evolved. He can't/doesn't give it the full throated passion of youth ("Listen to the HOWLING of steel") but has in exchange gained range and control that wasn't there or wasn't so apparent in his youth. Listen to a good live version of Sinner or control of the falsetto for example.

Bono has gone through a similar process. Compare say the Sunday Bloody Sunday on the Rattle and Hum dvd with something like the later Velvet Dress. 

Age gives and age takes away....

I think this exactly especially in the 2015 solo w/strings gigs and even in the 2013 Finn/Kelly gigs..such beautiful examples of his falsetto on Sinner and PK's song Careless.. because of the range and control ,which to me comes from using his lung capacity to its fullest. 

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