You've probably heard the concert MP3s done elsewhere (Anaheim House of Blues springs
to mind ;-), using direct feeds from the soundboard to get a near perfect recording of
what a concert would sound like if there was no audience... Here's a recording taken
from IN the audience, so you get to hear the concert the way the audience heard it!
The Shepherds Bush Empire 2000 Concert
Last update: 5th March 2002
I've listened to the HoB MP3s many times, yet I still keep coming back to these. Partly
it's because I was at this concert so it brings back special memories. But partly it's
because the HoB recording sounds just a bit too sterile, it's more like listening to a
studio recording than a live event. And anyone who's been to one of Melanie's concerts
will know that the atmosphere, the electricity, the excitement in the audience is an
essential part of the whole performance.
So whilst these recordings might not have the crystal clear audio quality of a soundboard
recording, they do give you a far better sense of what it's like to actually be there in
the audience, looking up at Melanie as she sings her heart out to you (or at least that's
how it seems when, just for that unforgettable moment, her eyes meet yours... that's
something I can't capture in an MP3, although one of the photos from this concert manages
it quite well :-)
Anyway, that's the waffling out of the way, here's the music! But before you go
eagerly clicking away to download them all, please bear this one simple request in mind.
If you want to listen to these recordings more than once, save them to your local drive
and play them from there. Please DON'T download them over and over again from
this site, because that'll eat up my bandwidth before you can say " " (yes, that quickly!),
and if that happens I'll simply pull the files offline so that no-one can access them.
So please, copy these files onto your own machine and give everyone a chance to
hear them. PC users, that means right-clicking on the link and selecting the "Save Target as"
(or whatever your browser calls it) option. Mac users... god knows ;-) I can never
remember how your browsers deal with stuff that requires a second mouse button! Anyone
else, just figure it out for yourselves - it isn't rocket science!