Friday 8 December 2023

YOUNG MARBLE GIANTS - San Francisco 1980 (Flac)


Young Marble Giants
Western Front, Civic Center
San Francisco, CA

THTP Release 47

Young Marble Giants originated in Cardiff, Wales during 1978. Their minimalism was influenced by the punk scene, but in sharp contrast they stripped their sound back to basics, creating music based around the vocals of Alison Statton and the sparse instrumentation of brothers Philip and Stuart Moxham.

Another John Peel band, the legendary DJ began playing their music on Radio 1 after the release of their album Colossal Youth. He introduced their sound to a larger nationwide audience. There is a ninety-minute recording of the show broadcast on Tuesday 26 August 1980, available on the John Peel Wiki that includes the Young Marble Giants session, listen to musical history as it was being made.

The band released their debut and only full-length studio album, Colossal Youth, in February 1980. The debut single 'Final Day' was released in April 1980 and two of the tracks 'Radio Silents' and 'Colossal Youth' were included in this live set. (Dates are according to Discogs, Peel played tracks from the album in early April and the single in June)

This recording was made and preserved by collector / engineer Terry Hammer, for broadcast over the UC Berkeley station KALX, one of many others from the 1979 -1981 period. Terry would get a decent feed from the sound mixing board, then mixed direct to 2-Track Reel To Reel (and Cassette deck for backup and personal use) using headphones. It was mixed using a dedicated mixing board, with an additional one to two audience microphones in the mix. 

These recordings were released on the Dime torrent site and provoked a storm of interest. They are easily found under the title 'Terry Hammer Tape Project' or THTP for short.

01. Dirk intro >
02. N.I.T.A.
03. Holidays
04. Choci Loni
05. Radio Silents
06. Music For Evenings
07. Colossal Youth
08. Searching For Mr. Right
09. Credit In The Straight World
10. Brand New Life
11. Include Me Out
12. Wurlitzer Jukebox > Dirk outro

Length: 35:51

Alison Statton - vocals
Philip Moxham - bass
Stuart Moxham - guitar, keyboards

Recording chain:
Stage mics > splitter (split to house snake/SBD and TH snake) > TH dedicated snake >
Peavy MkII 12 channel mixing board (10 channels snake, 2 channels audience mics) >
AKAI GXC-570D Cassette Deck (Dolby B on) > TDK SA-90 tape

Archival Process:
1999: Sony TC-KA3ES > TDK SA-90 tapes playback (NO Dolby) > BBE 462 Sonic Maximizer (to clean up tapes) > Tascam DA-30 DAT > HHb DAT-125 DAT tape
2002: HHb CDR-850 Professional CD Recorder (In real time) > HHb CDR74 Gold 100 year archival grade CDRs 2005: Transfered to HDD in AIFF file format

Dime release processing: AIFF Master Files > FFMPEG > 16 bit FLAC 8 > tagging, cover artwork, checksums. Recorded, preserved, and master AIFF files provided by: Terry Hammer

thebasement67: (16bit 48kHz files > WAV > 16bit 44.1kHz > Flac 8)




Sunday 3 December 2023

A CERTAIN RATIO - Marc Riley session (2017)

This session was recorded and promptly forgotten about, languishing on my PC hard drive. It was only via the enclosed notes that I realised I had recorded it and not simply downloaded it from a torrent site.

I rediscovered it recently because my aging hard drive had started to make groaning noises on starting up. I transferred the files to a stand alone hard-drive. 

I'm making some of these early recordings available here on the blog, as it would have been a pity to have lost them. This is the 2nd edition and includes 'Shack Up'


BBC i-player (UK)
BBC Radio 6 - Marc Riley Show
Monday, 11 December 2017 / 7pm-9pm

A Certain Ratio provide tonight's live entertainment, they formed in Manchester in 1978 and were signed to Factory Records. Pedigree. Tony Wilson and Alan Erasmus also managed the band.
The band plan to re-release some of their classic albums in November 2017, followed with a live show in December.
This session provides a little taster of what you can expect ... blurb from the BBC website.

00. Marc Riley intro
01. A Certain Ratio - Do The Du (session)
02. A Certain Ratio - The Fox (session)
03. A Certain Ratio - The Big E (session)
04. A Certain Ratio - And Then Again (session)
05. A Certain Ratio - Shack Up (session)
06. Interview - Marc Riley talks with A Certain Ratio
07. Barry Adamson - I Got Clothes (ACR rework)

This session was broadcast by BBC6 Music on Monday 11 December and recorded from the BBC i-player (UK)
Only three tracks were aired on Marc Riley's programme. The following show by Gideon Coe, broadcast a further session track 'And Then Again'. The final session track 'Shack Up' was broadcast the following evening of Tuesday 12 December, on the Marc Riley show.

The tracks have been edited together from these three sources. The music has been placed together at the beginning and the three interview parts that followed the first three songs have been edited to one track following the session. Finally a bonus track has been included at the end. The reason for its inclusion will become apparent after hearing the interview.

Lineage:  i-Sound Recorder for Windows 7/10 > BBC I-Player stream 320+kbps > Wavlab6 > WAV 16bit 44kHz > TLH > FLAC (8)

A Songs From Northern Britain production upgrade*
the basement (December 2017)

* The first edition was missing the final track and had a time-lag glitch, this has been rectified.


Monday 20 November 2023

SCOTT WALKER Special (Flac)


As mentioned on the blog previously I began recording radio programmes in June 2017, for the first time in approximately 14 years.

The first was a short session by Evening Hymns/Jonas Bonnetta, the third a 3-track session & interview with the Fleet Foxes on Jo Whiley's BBC Radio 2 programme. AVAILABLE HERE

This new post was the fourth and features a tribute to the music of Scott Walker. Jarvis Cocker of Pulp is a massive fan, listen to the influence and cinematic scope on their final album 'We Love Life' released in 2001, produced by Scott Walker.

For his mixtape he selects deeper cuts from Scott's back catalogue. Also included is a bonus track by Richard Hawley covering 'The Old Man's Back Again.' Unfortunately this was the only track I managed to record from the Proms tribute show.

Verity Sharp with Jarvis Cocker's Scott Walker mixtape - Late Junction
The latest in our series of mixtapes looks ahead to the Scott Walker Prom later this month, as Jarvis Cocker, a devotee of the pop-turned-avant-garde singer, curates lesser-known cuts from his catalogue.

Thursday 13 July, 2017 / 11pm
BBC Radio 3 FM

01. Jarvis Cocker: Scott Walker is an explorer (3:55)
02. Jarvis Cocker's Scott Walker Mixtape: (27:25)
The Walker Brothers - The Electrician | Nite Flights
Scott Walker - Blanket Roll Blues | Climate Of Hunter
Scott Walker - Clara | The Drift
Scott Walker - The Plague | Jackie EP
Scott Walker - Farmer in the City | Tilt
Scott Walker - Opening | The Childhood of a Leader (OST)
Scott Walker - It's Raining Today | Scott 3

Prom 15: The Songs of Scott Walker (1967–70)
An icon of the 1960s, Scott Walker has travelled from Walker Brothers teen idol to avant-garde contemporary musician, influencing artists from David Bowie and Leonard Cohen to Goldfrapp along the way.
Tonight's Late Night Prom tribute presents tracks from his four self-titled albums with live orchestral backing for the very first time. Among the special guests are Jarvis Cocker, John Grant, Susanne Sundfør and Richard Hawley.

Tuesday 25 July, 2017 / 10:15pm
BBC Radio 3 Lossless Stream (Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London)

03. Richard Hawley - The Old Man's Back Again (5:13)

Lineage: Denon Tuner TU-260L > DAC > Audacity 2.1.3 > 16bit 44kHz > WavLab 6 > (tracking & editing) > TLH > Flac8 (recorded by thebasement67)

Total running time: 36:33


The brilliance of Scott Walker explained!

Friday 13 October 2023

TREVOR NELSON RHYTHM NATION - BBC Radio 2 FM, 1 March 2023 (Flac)


Trevor Nelson began his broadcasting career in 1985 when Kiss FM was a pirate radio station. He moved to BBC Radio 1 in 1996 to present the first ever national RNB show ‘The Rhythm Nation’ and stayed with Radio 1 until 2013.

On July 9, 2016 he began presenting Rhythm Nation on Saturday evenings on BBC Radio 2, replacing his Wednesday evening soul show. The advertising for the show ran as follows:

“Trevor Nelson's Rhythm Nation, the perfect soundtrack to liven up your Saturday night.

In his first Saturday night show on BBC Radio 2, Trevor Nelson's Rhythm Nation will be the perfect soundtrack of Soul, R 'n' B, Disco, Hip Hop, with a touch of reggae to liven up your Saturday night. Drawing on his unrivalled record collection from the past 40 years, expect a show that showcases Trevor's love for all corners of soulful music featuring stone cold classics alongside the new breed of Soul and R 'n' B. If a record has soul at its core, it's got a new home - Trevor Nelson's Rhythm Nation 8-10pm Saturday nights on BBC Radio 2."

In its current time slot (Monday-Thursday 22:00–0:00) and format, the show has been running since January 2019. The first half hour is titled Trevor Nelson’s Magnificent 7. Thirty minutes of the biggest hits, uplifting tunes and essential throwbacks. The final hour and a half is titled Trevor Nelson’s Rhythm Nation, soul, RB, funk, disco and everything in between.

The show features three significant features: Trevor's signature game, 5 Seconds to Name, He'll play you a musical mash-up from one act and you must identify who it is. Secondly each night on the show, a return to your Musical Youth with your story and the song that transports you back to a memorable time in your life. Finally listen to Lights Down.

BBC Radio 2 FM Stereo - Trevor Nelson's Rhythm Nation

Wednesday 1 March 2023 / 10:30pm to 12:00

(This show is not individually tracked)

01. Beverley Knight - Greatest Day | single (1999)

02. Maverick Sabre - Slow Down (ft. Jorja Smith) | single (2019)

03. Carl Anderson - Buttercup | single (1985)

04. Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Watching the Detectives | single (1977)    

05. Mica Paris - One | single (1995)

06. Little Simz - Gorilla | No Thank You (2022)

07. Maze ft. Frankie Beverly - Twilight | single (1985) 

08. SWV - Right Here | single (1992)

09. Daniel Merriweather - Change (ft. Wale) | single (2009)

10. Minnie Riperton - Reasons | single (1974)                                                    

11. Next - Wifey | single (2000)

12. Debbie - Is This Real Love? (Remix) (ft. Lucky Daye) | single (2023)

13. Sheila E. - The Glamorous Life | single (1984)

14. Mandrill - Fencewalk | single (1973)

15. U-Roy - Natty Rebel | single (1976)                                

16. Nicole & Timmy Thomas - New York Eyes | single (1985)

17. The Isley Brothers - The Highways Of My Life | single (1973)

18. Rag ’n’ Bone Man - Human | single (2016)

19. Kendrick Lamar - Die Hard | single (2022)


Denon Tuner TU-260L > DAC > Audacity 2.1.3 > 16bit 44kHz > WavLab 6 > (editing) > TLH > Flac 8



Thursday 12 October 2023

Blog Update

There have been few bootleg posts this year. My spare time has been limited to catching up with CDs that I have bought in Charity/Thrift shops, enabling me to grow my collection of CDs from over five hundred to seven times that. In fact there is a long running thread, dedicated to this very pursuit on the ‘Steve Hoffman Music Forum.’

It’s also satisfying to see younger music fans participating, vinyl is a great medium but is becoming extremely pricey. If you want a physical copy you can’t go wrong with CDs, certainly not at the cheap prices they are available for nowadays.

I have also been listening to radio shows, current and classic. For my generation it was the only way to hear new music, TV shows about music were limited to two weekly, Top of the Pops and the Old Grey Whistle Test.

Record shops in those days had listening booths, where you could put on a pair of headphones and get a preview of an album that you were interested in. Or you could arrive on new release day and the best shops would give you a blast of their latest stock at high volume.

I have posted a few shows on the blog from UK radio DJ’s, that I believe to be the best of their profession. Have a look through these previous posts for John Peel, Andy Kershaw, the Music Planet ladies; Kathryn Tickell and Lopa Kothari, Bob Harris, David Rodigan and Ricky Ross. Links below for easy use...

The next post, Trevor Nelson is the latest in the series. Bootleg fans don’t worry there will be further posts!

Sunday 3 September 2023

LUCINDA WILLIAMS - BBC Radio 2 Session & Interview (13 July, 2023)

Award winning singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams is in session playing songs from her new album, Stories from a Rock n Roll Heart.

Thursday 27 July 2023
BBC Radio 2 FM / 9-10pm

The Country Show with Bob Harris

01. Jukebox (Radio 2 Session, 13 July 2023) 5:08


Thursday 3 August 2023
BBC Radio 2 FM / 9-10pm

The Country Show with Bob Harris

02. New York Comeback (ft. Bruce Springsteen &  Patti Scialfa) | Stories from a Rock N Roll Heart
     Interview with Lucinda Williams
     Stolen Moments (Radio 2 Session, 13 July 2023)
     Where The Song Will Find Me (Radio 2 Session, 13 July 2023) 25:42

Lineage: Denon FM tuner TU-260L > Audacity > WAV 16bit 44kHz > TLH > Flac (8)


Thursday 10 August 2023
BBC Radio 2 i-player (UK, 320k)
The Country Show with Bob Harris

03. Hum's Liquor (Radio 2 Session, 13 July 2023) 4:51 i-player dB

Lineage: i-Sound recorder for Windows 7/10 > BBC i-player > WAV 16bit 44kHz > TLH > Flac (8)

Running time: 35:41

Recordings by thebasement67: 27 July & 3/10 August 2023

These are the complete segments from each of the three shows that the session was broadcast over. I was unable to record the final session track from the FM broadcast and have used the UK BBC i-player, which plays at a higher bitrate (320k) in the UK, than the rest of the world.


Sunday 6 August 2023


Sinead O'Connor
Pinkpop Festival
The Netherlands

May 23, 1988

01. Jackie
02. Mandinka
03. Never get old
04. Just like U said it would B
05. Jerusalem
06. The value of ignorance
07. The hand that rocks the cradle (Smiths cover)
08. Just call me Joe
09. Jump in the river
10. I want your (hands on me)
11. Troy
12. I am stretched on your grave

I don't often post music by artists that have recently passed. It happens so frequently nowadays, that the blog would resemble the audio version of a continuous obituary. Rarely does a few weeks go by without a great artist succumbing to the grim reaper. In some situations it lessons the grip fans have of a special recording that has not been shared. A bittersweet pill, that has provoked the release of this pre-FM. 

It is an excellent performance and superb recording, featuring many tracks from Sinead's debut album, The Lion & The Cobra. 

The set also includes live versions of the three singles that were taken from the album. The most successful was Mandinka the only one to make the UK top twenty. 

A couple of tracks, Jump In The River and set closer, I Am Stretched On Your Grave appeared on Sinead's massive breakthrough album 'I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got'  

Add in a cover of the Smiths, The Hand That Rocks The Cradle and it becomes a must listen. The best I have downloaded this year. 

So sad, it has taken such tragic circumstances to make it available. R.I.P. Sinead. 


Original notes:

Complete, unedited pre-FM recording of Sinead's performance at the massive Pinkpop festival in the Netherlands. Allegedly leaked from the radio station, my copy is a second generation copy of the master. I traded it shortly after the performance and was asked not to spread it further. Twenty-five years onwards, I think it's time to liberate it...

The show was only partially broadcast on Dutch radio (unsure which songs) and TV (Troy only, you can find it on YouTube). I believe this is the first time it'll be in circulation in its entirety.

Acts on the bill that day, in order of appearance: Rainbirds, The Godfathers, Aswad, Herman Brood & His Wild Romance, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Pogues, The Christians, Sinéad O’Connor, Joe Cocker.

Lineage: Pre-FM (2nd gen) > Audacity (wav, track splitting) > xACT (flac) > you

I'm digitizing my tape collection, mostly recorded from Dutch radio in the 80s and early 90s. The original tapes will be binned and after seeding I will not keep the original flac sets, so unfortunately I will not be able to reseed them in the future.

Enjoy, frankvink


Tuesday 1 August 2023

FOR ONE NIGHT ILLEGALLY - the History of the Bootleg (Flac)

The first post in some three months. Only nine boots have been downloaded this year so far. An attempt to scale back and only keep the best. Two have been upgrades of boots that I already have. 

A lean time but we press on with this radio documentary about the history of bootlegs. Coming soon this month a pre-FM recording previously unavailable, from the Pink Pop festival. 

Writer and broadcaster David Hepworth charts the story of secret recordings, artist out-takes and demo tapes that make up the world of bootleg recordings, from Bob Dylan's Great White Wonder in 1969 to the file sharing internet sites of the 21st century, via the Beatles, the Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Sex Pistols and Led Zeppelin.

David also talks to contemporary artists including Ryan Adams who have come to embrace the bootleggers, and hears from bootleggers of the 1960s and 70s who pitted their wits against security guards, the Feds and the record companies to get their unofficial releases out to the public. A Bite Yer Legs production for BBC Radio 4.

For One Night Illegally - the History of the Bootleg
Presented by Dave Hepworth

BBC Radio 4 First Broadcast: Saturday 18 April, 2009 / 8pm (Running time: 56 minutes)

Lineage: Unknown > Downloaded file > CDr > Rip to WAV 16bit 44.1kHz > Flac

01. The earliest bootleg recording. Jazz and Charlie Parker (4:09)
02. The Great White Wonder and bootlegs in the pop and rock era (6:08)
03. Dylan's publisher demo (The Basement Tapes) (6:14)
04. The people behind the bootleg recordings and their release, including Rubber Dubber, TMQ & TAKRL (10:27)
05. Creative differences in the studio! (7:32)
06. Electrif Lycanthrope, Fire On The Fingertips, Static In The Attic etc. Peter Grant attempts to stop the bootleggers (5:06)
07. Artists endorse bootlegs, sometimes! BBC sessions & live shows indirectly encouraged bootlegs, promos and official releases (6:18)
08. Stock seizure and arrests (5:39)
09. Beatles, Beach Boys, Sam Cooke, Elvis, Dylan, The Troggs and the bootleggers legacy of preserving audio history (5:22


Sunday 16 April 2023


For a time in the 80's and 90's, spring would coincide with a new Cure album, their latest work would often be released in mid-April or early May. A John Peel session, would often precede the album release with early versions different from the finalised studio tracks.

The band recorded six sessions for the BBC Radio 1 John Peel show. As you will have noted this upload does not included the word 'Complete'. The very first session that the Cure recorded for the Peel show was officially released on the Strange Fruit label in 1988 on vinyl and CD.

This post includes the five unreleased sessions that the band recorded between 1979 and 1985. Two of these have been upgraded and if you already have the BBC sessions by the Cure you will need this post as it includes the superior upgraded sources.

Session #2
Captured the spirit far more than the subsequent album versions. Michael Dempsey declared the first two sessions for Peel "as the defining sound of the early Cure." Desperate Journalist... is Robert Smith's interpretation of a disparaging review of the debut album by NME journalist, Ian Penman and is set to the rhythm of 'Grinding Halt'. The other tracks remain crucial, 'Subway Song' is especially chilling and 'Plastic Passion' is slightly faster but less angrier!

Session #3
Is slower and set to a darker pace than the final album versions, no mean feat when you consider 'Seventeen Seconds' as being the first of a doom laden trilogy, along with 'Faith' (1981) and 'Pornography' (1982). Little of the Cure's previous sound remained.

Session #4
A session that ranks among the greatest of the Cure's BBC performances. 'Cold Colours' is radically different from it's final version 'Primary'. 'Forever' never made it onto a studio album but did appear as a 1984 live cut on the album 'Curiosity'. 'The Holy Hour' and 'All Cats Are Grey' are more familiar but lyrical changes and passionate performance mark them out from the album tracks.

Session #5
Only three tracks this time as the fourth 'The Hanging Garden' was incomplete because of time constraints and subsequently not broadcast. Spectacular and aggressive, only 'Siamese Twins' with its desolate, sparse and jangly guitars would temper the raging anger of this haunting session.

Session #6
This remarkable session was their first in over four and a half years for Peel. Offering a more thoughtful side to the band than the public image of the Cure as successful charting pop band. The sound has echoes of the earlier 1980-81 sessions.

01. Grinding Halt
02. Desperate Journalist In Ongoing Meaningful Review Situation
03. Accuracy
04. Subway Song
05. Plastic Passion
John Peel Session #2 BBC Studio Maida Vale 4, London.
Recorded 9 May 1979

06. A Forest
07. Seventeen Seconds
08. Play For Today
09. M
John Peel Session #3 Maida Vale Recording Studios, London. Recorded 3 March 1980

10. The Holy Hour
11. Forever
12. Primary (aka Cold Colours)
13. All Cats Are Grey
John Peel Session #4 BBC Langham Studio 1, London. Recorded 7 January 1981.   

14. Siamese Twins
15. One Hundred Years
16. The Figurehead
John Peel Session #5 Maida Vale Recording Studios, London. Recorded 21 December 1981

17. The Exploding Boy
18. Six Different Ways
19. Screw
20. Sinking
John Peel Session #6 BBC Maida Vale Studio 5, London. Recorded 30 July 1985 

Link 1 (session #2-4) 

Link 2 (session #5-6) 

The Band: Robert Smith, Simon Gallup & Lol Tolhurst (session 3 only Matthieu Hartley, session 6 only Boris Williams) 

N.B. The dates on this post are correct and are dated from the actual session recording and not the over-the-air broadcast.

Wednesday 1 February 2023

RADIOHEAD - Grosser Sendesaal des SFB, Berlin 2000 (Flac)

"Radiohead's 2nd concert in Berlin, on July 4, 2000 at a venue that held about 1,000 people, is the acknowledged high point of the tour.

More than that, it's one of the all time great Radiohead shows, in which the band was still drawing on the anxious energy of playing scores of new songs to a mostly unprepared audience. And yet, by this point in the tour, they also had an obvious confidence in their material and didn't feel as obligated to couch unfamiliar songs with reliable greatest hits.

Eleven out of the twenty-two songs played that night were new, including four out of the first five songs. The version of "In Limbo" is especially transcendent. 

And then there's the staggering take on "Kid A" that absolutely destroys the version on the album. The studio take is a low-key hum, like a robot voice sending a distress signal from the deepest reaches of inner space. Live, however, Radiohead made "Kid A" sound like an excursion into outer space, a positively huge and demented sonic explosion puctuated with a wholly unexpected harmonica breakdown, like Bruce Springsteen discovering "Another Green World.""   

(Extract from the book 'This Isn't Happening Radiohead's Kid A And The Beginning Of The 21st Century' by Steven Hyden. It's an essential purchase and will give you a new perspective on 'Kid A' and the music released around Y2k)

Großer Sendesaal des SFB
Berlin, Germany
4 July, 2000

Disc 1
01 Optimistic
02 Morning Bell
03 Karma Police
04 The National Anthem
05 In Limbo
06 No Surprises
07 My Iron Lung
08 Dollars And Cents
09 Bishop's Robes
10 Talk Show Host
11 Kid A

Disc 2
01 You And Whose Army?
02 Airbag
03 Lucky
04 How To Disappear Completely
05 Paranoid Android
06 Everything In Its Right Place
07 Pyramid Song
08 Exit Music (For A Film)
08 Knives Out
10 Nude (Tease)
11 (Nice Dream)


Uploader Notes (Fixed Version)

Audio patching and artwork by ridleybradout

"This is quite possibly the best Radiohead bootleg ever. Rumoured to be professionally mixed by none other than Nigel Godrich himself, it sounds as good if not better than the 'I Might Be Wrong' EP, but with a much more comprehensive tracklist. It features many expertly played versions of then unreleased Kid A/Amnesiac songs and rarities such as Bishop's Robes and Nice Dream.

It always frustrated me that such a pristine recording had micro-glitches between tracks, not to mention several annoying fade-in/outs. I took it upon myself to manually fix these and patch over the fades so that it now plays as a continuous listen.

I've also  put together some artwork that sits nicely next to that done for Nijmegen 2000-09-16 by Ben Z:

I used the .shn archived 'Satellite (pre-FM)' source for this (which checked out as 100% CDDA in auCDtect) rather than the 'Revolves Around' source."

SOURCE: Satellite (PRE-FM) > DAT > CD-R > SHN > WAV > Nero Wave Editor/Soundtrax for patching > FLAC

With thanks to Ridley Bradout, believe the well deserved hype. This is a cracker.



Monday 30 January 2023

TOM VERLAINE (December 13, 1949 – January 28, 2023)

02 ABC, Glasgow, Scotland
8 June 2016

PERSIA (20:56)

This show was the only time I managed to see Television. I had been hoping to see their support slot with Billy Idol last year but it was unfortunately cancelled.

The show consisted of just ten songs but three of them were epics in length and stature, Little Johnny Jewel, Persia & Marquee Moon.
There are numerous performances of Little Johnny Jewel and Marquee Moon and they can be found on many of the sites listed in the Bootlegs of the Year document.

It is to 'Persia' we return. This near 21-minute performance of an unreleased song. If Television had got round to recording a fourth studio album, then surely this would have take up one side of the vinyl release.

Standing watching this performance live I was rooted to the spot, the audience had quietened down from a boisterous beginning, an altercation near the centre front of the stage. There was a guy dressed like Jimmy Rip with accompanying hat being jostled by some younger guy, who was trying to show off his dance moves to a woman he was trying to impress. (Dance moves at a Television show! see also the Mogwai post.)

It's interesting that the person recording this show moved position to the left as I did to get peace to concentrate and enjoy the show without any distractions, he must have been close to where I was standing. The sound quality in the venue was stunning as was the performance. 

It's a great shame that one of Glasgow's newer iconic music venues suffered such a fate of having to be knocked down, after damage because of the fire to the nearby Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed Glasgow School of Art in 2018. The O2 ABC had the largest mirror ball suspended from the ceiling that I've ever seen, not one you would have felt comfortable standing underneath.  

CA14 Cards-CA 9200-Sony PCM-M10-Sandisk Ultra Class 10 Micro SDHC 16gb sd card-Audacity,amplify 4db,Compresser,CD Wave-Traders Little Helper level 6 to flac (Recorded at first 30ft center till 3rd song, then 30ft left hand PA speaker.)

Tom Verlaine-Vocals & Guitar / Jimmy Rip-Guitars / Fred Smith-Bass / Billy Ficca-Drums



                                  R.I.P. Tom

Monday 16 January 2023

EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRL - Black Sessions 1993

Black Session no. 29
Recorded live at Studio 105, Paris, France.
June 1, 1993

French FM Radio broadcast

A quantity of high quality recordings of the John Peel show were made available for the first time last summer on the John Peel Wiki. These range from 1979 through 1983 with the majority of them from 1980. 

Included were 25 Peel shows from 1983, most of these included the complete shows plus the ten o'clock news. I've listened to a few of these this year on the exact date but forty years on. It's a strange experience listening to radio shows again that I first heard on their original broadcast as a young man. 1983 would be my last year as a regular weekly listener of the Peel show. I would return now and again throughout the years but my most regular listening took place in the seven year period between 1977 and 1983. 

The rapid change in the music scene was incredible and is documented extremely well in Jon Savage's book 'England's Dreaming' and Simon Reynolds book 'Rip It Up And Start Again.' There are many high quality shows from this era available on the Peel Wiki site and I will feature one of the best on a future post.

I coincidentally downloaded this show on the same day that I listened to the 5 January 1983 Peel show recording. The second track Peel played was by Tracey Thorn, 'Plain Sailing' included on her solo debut album in 1982 and later re-recorded for release as a single. By the time Tracey Thorn had formed Everything But The Girl with Ben Watt and released their debut album 'Eden' in 1984, she had already been through two bands and a short solo career.

Everything But The Girl released their eighth album in 1994, 'Amplified Heart' which took them into mainstream success via the remixed single 'Missing.' The follow up in 1996, 'Walking Wounded' was also highly successful and the 90's closed with their tenth album, 'Temperamental.' Tracey had twin daughters with Ben in 1998 and this led to the dissolution of the band in 2000.

They will return in spring with a new album, 'Fuse' their first in twenty-four years, scheduled for release on April 21st. A new single 'Nothing Left To Lose' is out now and this post may hopefully nudge you into exploring their back catalogue.

There is little lineage information with the download notes but it's a superb sounding recording and has been made using high quality audio equipment. Those who have a copy of the 'Bootlegs of the Year' pdf document will know how great the best Black sessions recordings sound. This is another to add to your collection and is the equal of those listed in the pdf above. 


1.  Love is Strange (Mickey & Sylvia)
2.  Lonesome for a Place I Know
3.  Each & Every                 
4.  My Hometown (Bruce Springsteen cover)
5.  I Didn't Know I Was Looking for Love    
6.  Sugar Finney
7.  I Don't Want to Talk About It (Danny Whitten, Crazy Horse cover)
8.  Me and Bobby D
9.  The Road
10. Another Bridge
11. Only Living Boy in New York (Simon & Garfunkel cover)

Lineage: Unknown CDr > EAC > You



                    scheduled release date: 21 April 2023