Sunday, 7 June 2009

The Psychedelic Furs - Live In Providence, USA - 1981

The Psychedelic Furs have been a favorite band of mine since first hearing 'Sister Europe' back in 1980, a song that seems as fresh and original today, as it did getting on for thirty years ago.

The band came together in England's developing punk scene in 1977, where they were initially called 'RKO' then 'Radio'.

They then alternated between calling themselves 'The Europeans' and 'The Psychedelic Furs', playing gigs under both names before permanently settling on the latter.
The band initially consisted of Richard Butler (vocals), Tim Butler (bass guitar), Duncan Kilburn (saxophone), Paul Wilson (drums) and Roger Morris (guitars).

By 1979, this line up had expanded to a sextet with Vince Ely replacing Wilson on drums and John Ashton being added on guitar.

By 1981 the band had found reasonable success in the USA, and were picked up by mainstream radio stations.

This is the band live in Providence, Rhode Island, USA, (Main Event), back on the 28th October 1982.

Pre FM Master.

Sound Quality: Very good stereo, mp3 @ 320kbps.

Genre: Post Punk, New Wave.

Set: Full Set.

Set List:
1. President Gas.
2. Merry Go Round.
3. Into You Like A Train.
4. Only You And I
5. Pretty In Pink.
6. Run And Run.
7. Love My Way.
8. Sister Europe.
9. Danger.
10. Goodbye.
11. No Easy Street.
12. Sleep Comes Down.
13. Forever Now.
14. Imitation Of Christ.
15. India.
16. Dumb Waiters.

Total Time: 1:16:33

Band Line Up:

John Ashton - guitar
Richard Butler - vocals
Tim Butler - bass
Phill Calvert - drums
Ann Sheldon - cello
Mars Williams - saxophone

Links: Official record label site HERE.

Comments: This is one of three King Biscuit Flower Hour recordings of The Psychedelic Furs from 1981 and 1982 such was their growing popularity both sides of the Atlantic.

The other two concerts were both performed in New York (29th August 1981 & 2nd December 1982).

The above photo is courtesy of Wolfgangs Vault, where you can check out many, many excellent live gigs.

New file link in comments below - Re-uploaded 2012 (Stealth project).

Purchase: MP3's (DRM free) through - The Psychedelic Furs

3 comments: (MIKE) said...
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Anonymous said...

Always liked the sound of this line-up, with Ann Sheldon (RIP) on cello. Great example is the arrangement of "Sleep Comes Down," which would be included in Part 2.
Although the RS link for Part 1 is still active, the Part 2 link is dead (File Not Found). Any possible remedy or alternative? Thanks.

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