I downloaded both the MP3 and VAW files, it took 50 minutes total. Nice!
The first thing that struck me, is the stunningly high quality of the audio and mix. I can hear every note coming from every player on the stage, loud and clear - It's like I had seven ears each one very close to one of the band members (if that makes any sense at all)! Besides the fact that the show was obviously recorded with some very good equipment, Steve must also have spent a lot of time mixing it and getting it right. To my memory, these are Steve's best live audio tracks so far.
I agree with Steve's choice of previously unreleased live versions for the songs on the CD, it's more interesting that way, but I also find it so cool that Steve let us have the other songs too. (Personally, I always crave and constantly look for any new material from Steve) Please don't make fun of me if I, again, say that I believe these are Steve's best live versions of these songs to date. I can hear him constantly trying to push them further, going deeper and deeper - especially the ballads!
After 14 years of being a fan, I didn't expect it to happen again (after so many times, to be honest), but when I heard "Whispering A Prayer" and "For The Love Of God", I literally had tears in my eyes. No kidding. I can only imagine what will happen when I see the DVD.
Also, the violin solos are great, you definitely recognize Annie's and Alex's parts, and the Beastly Rap is good fun, too.
Steve, thank you so much for giving these songs to us!
Mikey, thank you so much for helping Steve do that!
Again, this is all so exciting!