[Photos courtesy of Nicole C. Kibert. See more of her excellent work HERE]
For a few years now, I’ve had several people telling me that I must go see a Frank Turner concert. After listening to a few of his studio releases, I put him on my short-list of performers to catch. With lyrics that spoke to the common man and woman about dealing with everyday problems and extolling life’s simple pleasures, accompanying generally upbeat, ear-catching song structure, I easily saw the appeal of his music. What I wasn’t prepared for was the complete and utter adulation of the folks at the show. Shortly after arriving, I met one girl who had seen him a dozen times and several others who claimed to have nearly as many Turner performances or more under their belts. Hitting the stage for the second, and sold-out, night of a pair at Webster Hall, Frank and his excellent band, The Sleeping Souls (with guitarist Ben Lloyd, bassist Tarrant Anderson, keyboardist Matt Nasir and drummer Nigel Powell), had the majority of the crowd singing every word to the songs right from the start and, basically, at their beck and call. Clap your hands? No problem. Play air harmonica? We’re on it. Dance around like lunatics? Just watch us. Thankfully, the artists and attendees encouraged the uninitiated and welcomed us with open arms. Delivering songs from most of his albums, the bulk of 2011’s ‘England Keep My Bones‘ and even a few new tracks, there seemed to be something for everyone. Suffice to say, I had a blast. The only downside to the evening is that this was the last show of the band’s tour before they go into the studio to record their next album. While I greatly anticipate the disc that Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls will be releasing next year, I have to admit that I am just as excited looking forward to the next time I can see them play again.
With Webster Hall’s top-notch FOH, Creegan, on the controls and joined by the band’s equally superb engineer, Casey, at the helm, the sound was just about perfect for this night. We were able to get a board feed to accompany our microphones and the resultant recording is excellent. We hope you like what you hear as much as we did, and even sing, clap and dance to it if you want to. Enjoy!
Special thanks to Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls for making this recording possible, and to Creegan and the staff at Webster Hall for their courtesy and cooperation.
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Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls
Sunday, September 30, 2012
New York, NY, USA
(openers: Larry and His Flask / Jenny Owen Youngs)
Source: SBD + Milab VM-44 Links (cardioid) > Edirol R-44 (WAV @ 24-bit/48kHz)
Lineage: R-44 > PC > Adobe Audition (mixdown, downsample, dither, tracking) > WAV (16-bit/44.1kHz) > TLH (check/fix SBE’s, FLAC conversion) > FLAC ( level 8 )
Frank Turner’s sound engineer: Casey
Webster Hall house engineer: Creegan
Recorded and produced by: Johnny Fried Chicken Boy
[Total time: 1:29:27]
02. The Road
03. Peggy Sang the Blues
04. Long Live the Queen
05. Glory Hallelujah
06. Reasons Not to Be an Idiot
07. One Fine Day
08. Wessex Boy
10. Wherefore Art Thou Gene Simmons?
12. Dan’s Song
13. I Knew Prufrock Before He Got Famous
14. I Am Disappeared
15. One Foot Before the Other
17. Four Simple Words
18. Try This at Home
19. I Still Believe
20. [encore break / banter]
21. St. Christopher Is Coming Home
22. If Ever I Stray
If you download this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, visit their website, visit their Facebook and MySpace pages, and purchase their official releases and merchandise [HERE], at Amazon and at iTunes. And go see their shows. Yes, most definitely do that.