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Did Jimmy Pay Someone In the Audience To Tape This?
on January 5, 2004
I really appreciate artists who release "official bootlegs" of their live performances (are you listening, Bruce?!!!!). Jimmy Buffett is the perfect artist for such releases, given his enormous live following. Hopefully they'll realize that heavily edited and overdubbed live albums of the past are not as preferrable as complete, unedited concert recordings. That being said, I still expect a certain level of sound quality that is lacking on this release. Fans trade unofficial recordings all of the time (some artists sanction this, some don't), but the sound quality of such recordings is usually subpar to any official release. No matter how good your equipment, you're not going to pick up the clarity and crispness that you would if you're hooked up to the soundboard with professional equipment. Unfortunately, Jimmy's Auburn concert sounds at best like a decent audience recording- that's fine for a bootleg, but you want more from an official release. It's simply too muffled, which I think has more to do with the engineering and mastering of the sound than it does with how far Jimmy was standing from the microphone. I've heard other artists' offiical soundboard recordings, and they sound much better than this.
So this recording captures the actual performance perfectly- it is literally a Jimmy Buffett concert from start to finish. That's a good thing. A very good thing. But the substandard sound quality really detracts from the listenability of the concert, and doesn't end up accomplishing anything more than tapers in the audience have been doing for years. Given that Jimmy hasn't seen fit to stop in St. Louis lately, and that I haven't been able to get tickets when he has, I was really looking forward to a high quality recording of a full concert. This one doesn't deliver. Let's hope for continued releases with improved sound quality.