Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Teardrop Explodes - live 3/7/81, Left Banke, Mt. Vernon, NY

This week marks the release of a very tricked-out and vastly expanded deluxe edition (I'd say three CDs is sufficient) of the Teardrop Explodes seminal (in some corners anyway) debut, Kilimanjaro (yes the one with the zebras on the cover).  It's currently available only as an import sad to say, but I'd try Amazon in the UK for the quickest gratification and a more competitive price.  As for myself, I'm not in possession of a copy, and even if I were, I suspect Julian Cope and his accomplices wouldn't be to keen on me sharing it gratis.  Instead, I'm treating you to an FM broadcast of a 1981 Teardrop Explodes show recorded on their first American trek.  Kilimanjaro had been out for a good year or so, and as such many classics-to-be make an obligatory appearance in the set, but the Mt. Vernon crowd also got a preview of the band's next album, Wilder.  "Treason," "Sleeping Gas," and "When I Dream" are all present and accounted for, and save for some slight radio static here and there the sound is impeccable.

01. Like Leila Khaled Said
02. Reward
03. The Thief of Baghdad
04. Sleeping Gas
05. Passionate Friend
06. Suffocate
07. Poppies in the Field
08. Ha Ha, I'm Drowning
09. Treason
10. Screaming Secrets
11. When I Dream
12. encore applause
13. The Great Dominions

http://www41.zippyshare.com/v/JKuKE4yi/file.html

11 comments:

Crash The Driver said...

Thanks for this! Always glad to have more live Teardrop Explodes, but can't quite bring myself to plunk down for that 3 cd set of Kilimanjaro. With the Peel Sessions released now, and all the singles and b-sides collected on various comps, I'm not sure there's much new here. Or am I missing something?

spavid said...

Some of the b-sides were already collected on a T/E cd called Piano which I posted awhile ago here:

http://wilfullyobscure.blogspot.com/2008/08/teardrop-explodes-piano-1995.html

As a result of the reissue I may be taking it down soon. As for the Peel sessions, I'm sure they've appeared in other places as well, so yes, I have exactly the same reservations as you do.

Loren said...

Thanks for the share.

George said...

Hello ; no more available. Sad. George

Aug Stone said...

Thanks so much for this! Can't wait to hear it. I just wrote a feature on the origins of The Teardrop Explodes band name if you'd like to take a look - http://thequietus.com/articles/09596-the-teardrop-explodes . I got to talk to everyone involved (except Cope, unfortunately), even Gerry Conway, who wrote the Daredevil issue they found the name in.

William said...

Hi could you please repost this? thanks!

Rob Andrews said...

I was listening to this every other day on youtube. Nothing short of incredible. Unfortunately it's no longer available. A repost would be greatly appreciated ... Will go down on it.

Rob Andrews said...

I was listening to this every other day on youtube. Nothing short of incredible. Unfortunately it's no longer available. A repost would be greatly appreciated ... Will go down on it.

spavid said...

The link has been updated.

Rob Andrews said...

so many thanks! after listening to this it's hard to go back to the recordings . That bass tone, the live aggression, jcs on and off pitch. Its just a bit special. Stoked to have a copy.

davidyiken said...

The link is dead, any chance of another re-post?