Hey Avocadonauts , Kevzero here, welcome to Bootleg Corner. A post dedicated to the semi-authorized records. Throughout the years I’ve amassed a rather large collection of bootleg CDs, vinyl, downloads, even the occasional cassette; from live recordings to outtake sessions. So I’ve decided to create a space here to occasionally review some them for you, and a place for other fans of Recordings Of Indiscriminate oRigin(RIORs) to gather together.
Talking Heads. Cape Cod Coliseum
Live at the Cape Cod Coliseum, Yarmouth MA, August 20, 1983
Label. Cellar Dweller (United Kingdom) 2009
Disc 1-Set 1 (39:32)
02. Thank You For Sending Me An Angel
03. Love Goes To A Build On Fire
04. The Book I Read
05. Slippery People
07. Big Blue Plymouth
08. Burning Down The House
09. Life During Wartime
Disc 2 – Set 2 (01:16:43)
01. Making Flippy Floppy
03. What A Day That Was
04. This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)
05. Once In A Lifetime
06. Big Business/Izimbra
07. Houses In Motion
08. Genius Of Love
09. Girlfriend Is Better
10. Take Me To The River
11. Crosseyed And Painless
12. Burning Down The House II
Liner Notes: None
Performance: A-(C for encores)
The Cape Cod Coliseum was, from 1972 to 1984, a venue built originally for ice hockey, minor league NHL affiliates to local youth teams, that was also used to bring major musical acts to the Cape; sparing Cape Codders from having to make treks to Boston/Providence. From AC/DC to the Boston Pops, from Bob Dylan to The Clash, from the Grateful Dead to our subject this week, The Talking Heads, they all made a stop at the Coliseum(more than a few of those concerts will most likely appear on this blog).
The Talking Heads came to Cape Cod in 1983 during the “Speaking in Tongues” tour. The set list contains mostly songs from the album “Speaking in Tongues”, some older songs, and a few solo songs, David Byrne’s “Big Blue Plymouth” and “What a Day That Was” and the Tom Tom Club’s “Genius of Love”
A soundboard recording, for the most of the concert the recording is actually really well done, and I would rate the recording higher, but there are two glaring errors. First of which is the actual concert opener “Psycho Killer” is completely missing(there’s no mention that it’s cut on the CD or why it was cut in the first place)
The encores are taken from an unknown different source and are, rather obviously, vastly inferior in quality to the rest of the recording.
The first set, even without “Psycho Killer” shows the band at their best. “Burning Down the House” and “Life During Wartime” are standouts in an already great performance.
The second set, coming off a twenty minute break at the actual concert, starts out sluggish and doesn’t pick up until “Once in a Lifetime” Even though it’s still a good performance, it just doesn’t match the energy of the first set. It almost seems like the concert’s set lists should’ve been reversed.
The encores, irregardless of the source and recording, just aren’t very good.
Yes, despite the aforementioned problems this bootleg is, for fans of the Talking Heads, a nice companion to their other, officially released, live albums
This Week’s, optional, Discussion: Do you have a favorite bootleg label?
I like Cellar Dweller they seem to have a lot of good material and are very trustworthy
Next Time… A Siouxsie and the Banshees mystery album