Now that I'm almost a week immersed into my AUD binge, I've discovered an appreciation for these recordings that I've never had before. There was a comment on the last post which recommended the 5/5/81 show at Rutgers Univ, and how the crowd goes crazy because they can see the lighting through the skylights in the hall while listening to Looks Like Rain. I also think of the 9/10/90 show in Philly when they busted out Shakedown to start the show. I was there, and it just brought back the amazing memories of how electric that old arena was that night. The best AUDs really make you feel like you are right there in the middle of it all. The clean, sterile, crowdless SBDs just don't have that same feel to them. Kind of like a Sitcom without the studio audience/laugh track. Its still funny, but for some reason, not as funny, like you need the community of others to laugh "with" to truly enjoy the experience.
I miss being able to download those great sounding SBDs, the Matrix versions especially, because those offered the best of both worlds. AUDs is what we've got, so enjoy, like I am right now with the 10/27/80 Radio City show. Keep those contributions to the Best AUDs Catalogue coming as we continue to build up a nice resource for anyone who wants easy access to 'the best'.