The Smiths - 1984-05-04 - Hamburg, DE (DVDfull pro-shot)

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The Smiths - 1984-05-04 - Hamburg, DE
(DVDfull pro-shot)

Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany

Source: [undisclosed] > DVD > VirtualDub Crop > Tsunami DVD Author Pro > Nero

Video: MPEG2 Video 720x576 (4:3) 25.00fps 8000Kbps [Video]
Audio: PCM 48000Hz stereo 1536Kbps [Audio]

01. Hand In Glove
02. Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
03. Girl Afraid
04. This Charming Man
05. Pretty Girls Make Graves
06. Still Ill
07. Barbarism Begins At Home
08. This Night Has Opened My Eyes
09. Miserable Lie
10. You've Got Everything Now
11. Handsome Devil
12. What Difference Does It Make?
13. /These Things Take Time
14. /This Charming Man
15. //Hand In Glove
16. ///Barbarism Begins At Home

This is about the best live video of The Smiths you will find. It is a pro-shot live gig for the German show Rockpalast. It's 1984, so there are no Queen Is Dead era songs, but it's still a fantastic track list.

Several versions of this gig have already been made available, but this is the complete unedited gig in the correct order without subtitles. It also includes backstage footage and a small introduction from Alan Bangs.

I promised I wouldn't disclose the source of this, hence the [undisclosed] in the lineage line above. The quality should speak for itself. The source is PAL and it has remained in PAL.

The picture had a flickering white line slightly outside of frame, so I cropped it very slightly then wrapped a simple DVD menu around the footage. In the process I accidentally converted the audio from AC3 256kbps to PCM 1536kbps which makes for bigger files but will not affect sound quality.






I actually think this is one of the worst gigs they did. The emotion and the spirit of The Smiths isn't there...maybe because they played abroad and had the extra pressures of playing for the cameras? Something definitely is a miss though compared with bootlegs from the same year. Amsterdam is a cracking gig from that year.

ps very grateful for it though, of cause! Will watch the quality.
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