Friday, August 26, 2011

U2 - Salomé - The Achtung Baby Sessions - Noiseless Remaster Compilation

U2 - Salomé - The Achtung Baby sessions - Noiseless Remaster Compilation
Hansa Studios
Berlin, Germany, 1990

Remastered by noiseless

SBD > DAT > ? > Silver 3CD set "Salomé the [Axtung Beibi] outtakes" (Jewels 277110) > EAC > WAV > phase correction > Har-Bal EQ > Waves S1, L3 > FLAC (6) > MP3

Disc 1
01. Where Did It All Go Wrong? [4:05]
02. Heaven And Hell [6:45]
03. Salomé [5:35]
04. I Feel Free [4:31]
05. Sweet Baby Jane [2:04]
06. Someone [1:05]
07. Sick For Love [3:12]
08. Acrobat [4:19]
09. Morning Child [5:08]
10. Lady With The Spinning Head [5:18]
11. Wake Up [7:38]
Disc 2
01. I Feel Free [alt I] [6:35]
02. Doctor Doctor [edit] [2:21]
03. Jitterbug Baby [3:56]
04. Even Better Than The Real Thing [inst] [4:52]
05. Take Today[6:33]
06. Sunset In Colors [8:50]
07. I Feel Free [alt II] [6:06]
08. She's Gonna Blow Your House Down [7:43]
09. Going Down South [inst] [5:36]
10. Salomé [alt] [5:50]
11. Where Did It All Go Wrong? [alt] [3:40]

Noiseless notes:
Short description for lazy people: "Nice, get this."

Long description for patient people: "This might be the most underrated U2 boot ever: a three disc collection of studio sessions of a band searching for a new sound. Well, obviously they hadn't quite found it in 1990. This is halfway between Rattle and Hum, and Achtung Baby, literally. But interesting it is. Amongst the tracks on the Jewels set a lot of fooling around, experimenting, up to nine versions of the same song, fragments, unfinished ideas. Hard to listen to.  But also a lot of complete songs, almost hidden in the mess, some of them completely finished and in pristine studio quality. Even nicer to me sound the loosely, laidback played early versions of some songs that made it onto the final album Achtung Baby. While official U2 albums tend to sound like every freshness is squeezed out of it by (poor) production, here is a vivid and exciting sound to experience. Anyway.
From the 36 songs I took the more or less complete songs only, and out of the various takes of the same song I picked the one or two that I liked most. Then, there was some work to do. Firstly, throughout the cd set, one channel was phase reversed which spoiled every listening fun. Secondly, the songs lacked presence and vividness, due to poor EQ'ing and muddy ultra low frequencies which shouldn't be there.
After fixing these flaws, I ended up with a blistering collection of the first steps towards U2's most exciting album ever. But then what? How to organize a compilation like this? It is impossible to determine any chronological order. Moreover, while some songs could be pressed on silver right away, other songs are rather raw so there's no real consistency. Not much logic and rational choices left. So, I chose eleven songs that I liked best and put them on disc one in the same order they were on the Jewels bootleg (except for Wake Up because it was added in the last minute). Then I took a B-selection of another eleven songs I considered of lesser concern for some reason, and threw them on disc two in the order I remastered them, i.e. random order. If you want a different order: all songs are sector aligned, and all songs end with 2.5 seconds of silence, so you can order them yourself in any order you like.
" (noiseless - august, 2011)

A description of the selected tracks with a reference to the Jewels set is available in the info file packed in the rar (download link bellow).

DL Link in the image below


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