This is the 3rd time now this concert has appeared here but with very good reason. This final version, presented here I have mastered from a 1st generation copy of the original, kindly passed to me by Einzak.
I must stress this version sounds nothing like the other versions we have heard to date. This definitive Master is nothing short of superb in every way. Whilst the original had a wonderful, calm, mellow sound, this final Master sounds Epic!
A lot of work went into this master and I now feel completely satisfied with this particular concert and feel excited for fans and new comers to Sigur rós to experience the band at their very best. You can also download this via torrent over on Dimeadozen .
As Ive said before, for some reason the most incredible concert recordings seem to come from this venue. This one is no exception. You can hear its in a big hall but the way the sound fills the hall is so beautifully done as to get a feeling of depth, weight and the sheer power from this music. A wonderfully different sound from the last 3 posts. We see Milano and Daudalagið making a first appearance. Milano in particular a nice surprise as it isn't listed on the notes. I really love the 'background' singing on Milano that Jónsi does. I can't remember if its unique, the way he does it here but the way he ends Milano is exquisite. Also there is a very interesting extended version of Daudalagið here with the intro lasting 4.20!
04 Ny Batterí - False Start
06 Ny Batterí
For those who prefer their concerts not too bright and quite subdued (essentially as they sound un-mastered) this one should really satisfy. Very nice relaxed, well measured, soft, mellow concert. Lovely
01 Vaka - Missing
04 Ny Batterí
Quite a quiet sound with everything coming from a distance and at times a little strained. Not a very typical FM sound but its not too bad and having a unique type of sound will suit some people who prefer it.
02 Ny Batterí
Same equipment/taper as the last 2 concerts so the quality is just heaven sent! Perhaps out of these three this is the best, its hard to say but it looks like you will have to just download them all :)
A couple of points of interest, Von sounds (again) phenomenally good with the drums rolling beautifully through the sound stage from right to left with Jónsi letting rip in the background in such a way you would probably sell your grandmother/give your right arm to be in his shoes at that time!!
Avalon is played in full and interestingly morphes into Olsen Olsen a rare encore. Also maybe rarer is Jónsi speaking, saying thank you and saying " we are going to play one more song for you as you such an amazing audience and kind off little bit similar to Icelandic people, a little bit crazy in the head but thats nice "
Must add a huge thanks to who ever taped these shoes x
There is nothing I can fault about this concert, everything is just wonderful. It is quite an exceptional stand out concert because of the drums and the stereo field. The drums are just...epic. Perhaps the best Ive heard on any of these recordings! and if you listen closely during parts of Von you actually hear different drums on different ears, which in quite extraordinary on a live non-commercial recording. I didn't do much work on this one, if anything I had to calm it all down! Its difficult to say if this 'the' best live recording of Sigur Rós but I'd say its easily within the top 5. Couple of interesting historical points, the intro is the start of Starálfur blending into Viðrar Vel Til Loftárása and I think this may be the first time that Jónsi sings the whole of the end of Vaka out loud (it began as quite a subdued end) It sounds like he steps back from the mic, almost as if he's testing it out? Later as it developed Jónsi really belts out Vaka at the end. Seeing him do this :)
You can see what I mean here: @5.20 onwards (never fails to give me goosebumps)
2002.10.02 The Leadmill, Sheffield UK - Re-master v.02
Lineage: SBD DAT Quality/Perfromance: 95/100
What an amazing start to the 2002 concerts! A new addition to the *Top Ten Concerts* The quality of this soundboard recording is stunning. What sets it apart from others is the incredible balance of everything, the bass is rich and deep whilst the cymbals come across as deliciously crisp and above everything Jónsi's voice effortlessly soars cleanly and crisply. The performance of Salka is perfect here, perhaps the best Ive yet heard. Von also is sublime. The only thing that stops this being a perfect live recording is the sound of the drums bouncing of the walls for a few moments during some of the songs.
05 Ny Batterí