Complete VH1 Storytellers Remastered

1999, Apr 1, Los Angeles, Burbank Airport

CD 1 of 2, running time 0:00

Tango Till They're Sore
Hang Down Your Head
Ol' 55
Strange Weather
Hold On
Picture In A Frame
I Can't Wait To Get Off Work
House Where Nobody Lives
Get Behind The Mule
10 Chocolate Jesus
11 What's He Building

CD 2 of 2, running time 0:00

A Little Rain
Downtown Train
Black Wings
Jesus Gonna Be Here
Jersey Girl
step right up intro > chocolate jesus
Tango Till They're Sore
Hang Down Your Head


5.00 out of 5   (2 votes)



SBD > Non-Broadcast Tape > CDRx > Remaster (Cool Edit Pro 2.1) > shn (mkw Audio Compression Tool)
Remaster Notes:
After recieve various flawed copies of this set, I decided to do a little research. As it turns out, the copy the generally circulates contains various digital copy errors throughout, though most noticable on the end of disc 1. With the impossibility of obtaining a clear copy of it, I took upon myself the laborious task of remastering these discs. The first step was to listen through with my headphones and remove all of the skips, gaps, and other bizarre problems that had been introduced onto the discs. Tracks 10 and 11 on the first disc were especially difficult, and a close listen will still reveal a few imperfections scattered throughout. I didn't want to alter the original too much, so the really tough ones remain. No noise reduction or EQ of any kind was performed. While these discs are still not perfect, this version is a hell of a lot better than the versions that I was able to find circulating around.
Performance Notes:
I had a difficult time writing a review of this concert as I was listening to it because I was simply laughing too hard. While many performers have a hard time with the Storytellers format, Tom really flourishes, making the most of each opportunity to tell one of his hilarious stories that sometimes have a little to do with the lyrics and sometimes nothing at all. Mule Variations is one of my favorite Waits albums, and my three favorite songs on it are included here. The version of Tom in his 1999 voice performing Ol' 55 (and the hilarious story that preceeds it) is priceless. The band is excellent, the arrangements are tasteful and interesting, and the vocals are simply perfect. I won't spoil it any more for those who have yet to hear this, but I will say that it should be one of the first Waits bootlegs you should have in your collection.
(Remastering and review by Stephen Pickett,



Yeah, this is a must have because most of these songs were not shown on the video that aired on VH1. Somebody somewhere must have the video of the whole show, but as far as I know it's never been available...



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