Friday, 26 August 2011

Cocteau Twins - Kilburn National Ballroom, 18th November 1986.

Another one from the cassette archive, this captures the Twins in the midst of their swirling ethereal-a-delic period, having just released the "Love's Easy Tears" EP and their collaboration with Harold Budd. I saw them on this tour, at the cavernous Royal Centre in Nottingham and to my 16 year old ears they seemed devastatingly loud. That three people could fill a large hall with such a pounding other-worldly noise that had absolutely nothing to do with "rock music" made quite an impression on me. Cathedrals of sound indeed.

Kilburn National Ballroom, London 18/11/1986: Lazy Calm/Hitherto/Sigh's Smell Of Farewell/My Love Paramour/Sea Swallow Me/Plain Tiger/Love's Easy Tears/My Hue And Cry/Sugar Hiccup/Pearly Dewdrops' Drops/Pink Orange Red/Aikea Guinea/Sugar Hiccup

Thursday, 25 August 2011

These Immortal Souls - Live, Köln Rose Club, 7th February 1988.

If I were ever forced to do anything as dreadfully banal as being asked to name my "top ten" favourite artistes, then These Immortal Souls would almost definitely figure in the top five. I once described their debut record as "a Brechtian shattered glass soundtrack to stars reflected in gutters and scarlet nights of wine and roses. Ethereal noir cabaret". I'll still stand by that, and I'm eternally glad that I managed to see them perform on two occasions....but enough of that.

If I remember correctly, I acquired this cassette from a stall in Camden market at some point in the early 90's. Sound quality is a little less than pristine, but this is a fine document of the band on (correct me if I'm wrong) their first headline European tour in early 1988. "Swing For The Crime" is a cover of The Saints' song. Sadly the cassette runs out just as "One In Shadow" staggers to it's tumultuous conclusion but as I haven't seen this particular show available elsewhere, I thought it was worth a post. Many more rare R.S.H related recordings are available on the excellent Kakophonia site. Sleep well, Rowland.

Rose Club, Köln, Germany 7/2/1988: Marry Me (Lie! Lie!)/These Immortal Souls/Hey! Little Child/Blood And Sand (She Said)/Swing For The Crime/I Ate The Knife/Hide/One In Shadow, One In Sun (Incomplete)