Someone (Loren possibly) on the old thread mentioned that is was a necessary thing, but I didn't catch if they posted the reason or not. I think it was something like it'll make sense when you hear it. I haven't heard it yet.
Not hear it, I meant the liner notes would make it more obvious. I hadn't seen them until today (I just got my copy) so I didn't want to say anything until I actually saw what was written. I guess I can spill the beans now. Arc of Passion is a live performance. I recorded it last summer when Steve played at Analogue Haven. At the time we had no intension of releasing the entire performance, I was just recording it mostly for Steve's archives. Steve had been thinking about releasing a CD with a track from the various concerts he performed that year, but after hearing this recording Steve was blown away by the quality of it (thanks in most part to my Apogee mini-me AD convertor) plus his performance was well above par.
So why was the title track split across two discs? Their are a couple reason. One being their were no breaks in the concert, it was one evolving performance that lasted two hours. The title track happened right in the middle of the performance and lasted nearly 1 hour. How do you divide up something like this? Do you put the begining and ending together on one disc and the middle part on its own? Or do you stay true to the spirit of the performance and leave it in the order of its original occurance?
The other reason being a technical one which pretty much forced us to go the second route. Sound check for the recording went fine, but as always happens the heat of performance tends to make things louder. I knew that coming in so I was monitoring the recording the entire performance. I made adjustments when needed, but the concert continued to get louder until I had reached the bottom of my adjustments. On the mini-me just below its lowest variable setting is a default calibration mode which was way too low for recording this concert. So what happened was I went to adjust the volume a bit lower and ended up going into calibration mode, meaning the levels dropped. I quickly turned them back up and luckly that was probably the peak volume of the evening. So in the end it only made sense to make the cut to the second disc at that point with a fade out/in which means you probably lost about 30 seconds from the entire performace. And that's why the title track was divided onto two discs. So, if you are not happy with this then feel free to blame me.