Saturday, January 14, 2017

NEW: Rolling Stones live in East Troy 1989 - 1DVD - September 9

Rolling Stones
Alpine Valley Music Theater
East Troy, Wisconsin
September 9, 1989

Audience-shot DVD with dubbed soundboard/audience audio

video: low generation NTSC VHS
MPEG2 720*480 25 fps (4:3) PAL 9000 kbps
audio: SBD/AUD Matrix
MPEG1 Layer 2, 48000 Hz Stereo, 384 kbps

(Note that Falo prepared this matrix separately as an input to the DVD, not vice versa. It is not DVD-sourced and therefore not lossy.)

Track listing:
01 Continental Drift
02 Start Me UP
03 Bitch
04 Sad Sad Sad
05 Play With Fire
06 Dead Flowers
07 Honky Tonk Women
08 Before They Make Me Run
09 Happy
10 2000 Light Years From Home (incomplete)
11 Sympathy For The Devil
12 Gimme Shelter
13 Brown Sugar
14 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (incomplete)
15 Jumping Jack Flash

Info, artwork, and md5 signature file are included.


This was originally shared on Hunger City by Dime user "Falo" in September 2010; I don't think it ever found its way onto Dime, so this may be new to some.

The Rolling Stones' 1989-90 "Steel Wheels" tour represented somewhat of a "comeback" for the band, given that they hadn't performed since 1982 and released only one lackluster album in the seven-year period. The tour kicked off in late August 1989 and picked up steam with three sold-out (in fact, considerably oversold) shows at Alpine Valley outside Milwaukee roughly a week into the tour. This recording captures the middle show (incidentally, a special one for me because it was my first Stones show).

In terms of performance, this is a pretty high-energy show, consistent with the beginning of a Stones tour. There were a number of songs in the setlist which were subsequently dropped as the tour went on (unfortunately, other than "Dead Flowers," none of them are included in this video), and the band delivered before a 50,000+ Alpine Valley (capacity: 45,000) audience on a pretty memorable night.

With the benefit of my 40-something hindsight, the fact that the show was significantly oversold was probably extremely unsafe -- people were packed shoulder to shoulder in every nook and cranny of the GA part of the venue, and I recall it taking the entirety of Living Colour's opening set to weave our way into the pavilion; I suspect in the era of heightened awareness of liability, there would not have been so many tickets sold for an event like this.

In terms of the quality, it's an audience-shot video of unknown-generation lineage filmed relatively close up stage left in the pavilion. Generational degradation isn't too bad, but you do see some artifacts due to the tape transfer. The picture quality isn't great, but there are some nice close-ups of the band members at various times; you do get the feeling that you're in the audience for a show on their early part of their resurgent tour. The sound is great -- the same soundboard/audience matrix that's torrented separately. The quality is such that it's probably only of interest to more hardcore Stones collectors, but it's a nice souvenir from a tour where (due to the era in which it took place) there isn't a lot of audience video.

As you'll see from the setlist above, this only represents about half of the show. Falo matrixed the audio source with the available video for this package.

I took these specs off the video using KMPlayer. I'm not sure which aspects are significant, so I apologize if some of the below is meaningless:

Format : MPEG-2 Video
Format : MPEG Video
Format version : Version 2
Format profile : Main@Main
Format settings, BVOP : Yes
Format settings, Matrix : Default
Format settings, GOP : M=3, N=15
Bit rate mode : Variable
Bit rate : 9 000 Kbps
Width : 720 pixels
Height : 480 pixels
Display aspect ratio : 4:3
Frame rate : 29.970 fps
Standard : NTSC
Color space : YUV
Chroma subsampling : 4:2:0
Bit depth : 8 bits
Scan type : Interlaced
Scan order : Top Field First
Compression mode : Lossy
Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.869
Stream size : 962 MiB (94%)
Matrix coefficients : BT.601
Format : MPEG Video
Format profile : Main@Main
Stream size : 8 bits

Download part 1 here
Download part 2 here
Download part 3 here
Download part 4 here
Download part 5 here

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