This is a thing I did yesterday for myself, but maybe somebody else will find it interesting too...
Short version of what I've done
- speed correction
- hiss reduction
- restoring of distorted parts
- click removal
- removing of repeating segments Queen
Super Bowl, Sun City, Bophuthatswana, South Africa
October 19, 1984
This wonderful quality recording has been shared by Anthony (City-in-the-sun) on Queenzone.com
in 2 mp3 files, the first one (side A) in 2009 and the second one
(side B) in 2015 - a huge
thanks for this!
However these mp3 files had several problems - the first part played too slow, had a notable amount of background hiss. The second part played too fast, also has a notable amount of background hiss, and has several digital errors - some small gaps (skips) and also some repeating segments, mainly in Hammer To Fall, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Bohemian Rhapsody and most notably Radio Ga Ga (I'm pretty sure everybody noticed "through teeteeteeteenage").
The first part already speed--corrected by Ale Solan and shared in 2009. According to his notes, he took the original mp3 file, corrected the speed in GoldWave, split the tracks and encoded them to FLAC level 8 using Trader's Little Helper. I listened to his version and I liked its speed, but he didn't touch the hiss. I hate hiss. So I took his flac files, made a one huge wav file of them, removed some of the hiss
(not all - I am always trying to not deform the sound too much) in Cool Edit Pro and created new wav files from it. The new wav files were encoded in Trader's Little
Helper to FLAC level 8.
The second side/file was a bigger challange. I had to first correct the speed, then I removed a part of the hiss, everything again in Cool Edit Pro. Last songs are
distorted because the tape was probably transferred too loud, thankfully CEP has a nice feature called "restored clipped audio", I really like the results. Then the whole file was split into several files (one file for each song) and in
every single track I removed all pops and clicks I was able to find. In various songs, mainly in Hammer To Fall, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Bohemian Rhapsody and Radio Ga Ga I removed all repeated segments. The final wav files were loaded into Trader's Little Helper and encoded to FLAC level 8.
So I'm warning you - if you don't like hiss reduction, this is probably not for you. Also, this share is in FLAC, but remember it's mp3-sourced.
I have added a little bonus - Marknow shared some time ago an interview from Irish radio from 1986 about Sun City, I have again reduced the hiss and corrected the speed, this interview is added as a bonus to disc 2. Tracklist
01. Machines (or 'Back To Humans') [tape intro]
02. Tear It Up
03. Tie Your Mother Down
04. Under Pressure
05. Somebody To Love
06. The March of The Black Queen (improvisation)
07. My Fairy King (improvisation)
08. Killer Queen
09. Seven Seas of Rhye
10. Keep Yourself Alive
13. It's A Hard Life
14. Dragon Attack
15. Now I'm Here (cut)
01. Is This The World We Created?
02. Love Of My Life (cut)
03. Another One Bites The Dust
04. We Will Rock You (improvisation)
05. Hammer To Fall
06. Crazy Little Thing Called Love
07. Bohemian Rhapsody
08. Radio Ga Ga
09. I Want To Break Free
10. Jailhouse Rock
11. We Will Rock You
12. We Are The Champions (cut)
13. Bonus - Interview with Brian and Roger about Sun City
Bootleggers - don't you dare to bootleg this !!! Links
Big thanks to Anthony & Wendy, and of course Alex for doing the speed correction of disc 1. Temp Mirror on mega.co.nz
Alright - mega.co.nz links, where the songs are separately uploaded so you guys have no problems with the unpacking :
I can't guarantee how long will the link be valid.