2009-04-xx Tour Of The Universe Tour Rehearsals, SIR Studios, New York, NY, USA/Source 2

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A very good FM broadcast recording. The interviews were likely conducted around the time of the original FM broadcast on July 10, 2009. Subsequently, there was a first FM rebroadcast on September 14, 2009, and the source for this particular recording comes from the second FM rebroadcast on December 31, 2009, as part of a "Best Of 2009" series.

Please note that there is a pre-FM CD source, available at Source 1, which includes only the songs (plus "Come Back", which was not included in the FM broadcast) and excludes the interviews. Unfortunately, the recording appears to be lossy-encoded based on spectrogram analysis.

Furthermore, the FM broadcast content, along with "Come Back" as an web-only outtake, was streamable on NPR's website. This source was captured in its original MP3 128kbps format and split into tracks, and can be found as Source 3.

Among the three sources, Source 1 (the pre-FM) offers the best sound quality in my opinion, as it lacks FM radio dynamic range compression and appears to be less lossy compared to the 128kbps MP3 webstream version. Neither does it suffer from the slight clipping issues present on that one.


You can listen to this entire recording below.

Track list

  1. [1:29] Play Intro
  2. [3:29] Play Wrong
  3. [4:37] Play Interview
  4. [4:20] Play Peace
  5. [4:25] Play Interview
  6. [5:48] Play Personal Jesus
  7. [6:16] Play Walking In My Shoes
  8. [0:08] Play Outro
  • Total time: 30:32


  • analog WXPN-FM rebroadcast on December 31, 2009 -> Sony ST-S730ES Tuner -> ESI Juli@ Soundcard -> Sound Forge Pro v10.0 -> CD Wave v1.93.3 -> FLAC level 8
  • Taper: rockcat
  • auCDtectTaskManager log included