U2 kicked off their Innocence + Experience tour in Vancouver last week, and so far the reviews have been fantastic. Like a lot of other life-long U2 junkies, I’ve been following the set lists each night via social media. I think I might have actually squealed a little bit when I first saw that the band had played “The Electric Co.” in San Jose on Tuesday night– now THAT is how you make a U2 fanatic happy!
I’ll be seeing Bono and the boys at The Forum in Los Angeles next weekend, so it’s understandable that I have been on a huge U2 listening binge recently. Yesterday, I ripped a great vinyl bootleg that I acquired at Waterloo Records in Austin sometime back in the late ’80s. For years, I thought it was an actual BBC transcription LP that had been sent out to radio stations– eventually, however, I discovered that it was just a very well-done forgery. That means it may not be worth much, but it doesn’t take away from the very high quality of the concert (taken from a 1983 BBC broadcast) presented on the vinyl!
The LP captures U2 live at the Hammersmith Palais on December 6, 1982, during the very limited “Pre-War” tour. All of the classic early U2 live staples are present, as well as some of the best tracks from the soon-to-be-released War album. The encore even contains a very rare live performance of the 1982 single “A Celebration,” and that alone makes this bootleg a must for any U2 fan.
I cleaned up a few crackles and pops during the ripping process, but there are still a few noticeable ones on side 2. I hope they do not detract from your enjoyment of this wonderful U2 artifact. Shake!
U2: BBC Transcription Services
Recorded live at the Hammersmith Palais on 12/6/1982
Vinyl rip courtesy of the Analog Kid
1. Introduction (Richard Skinner)
Introduction (Richard Skinner)
2. “Surrender” (U2)
3. “I Threw A Brick Through A Window/A Day Without Me” (U2)
I Threw A Brick Through A Window/A Day Without Me
4. “An Cat Dubh/Into The Heart” (u2)
5. “Sunday Bloody Sunday” (U2)
6. “I Fall Down” (U2)
7. “Cry/The Electric Co.” (U2)
8. “October” (U2)
9. “New Year’s Day” (U2)
10. “Gloria” (U2)
11. “I Will Follow” (U2)
12. “Fire” (U2)
13. “A Celebration” (U2)
The first rule of The Analog Kid blog is that if you write about a song on the Analog Kid blog, you share the song on the Analog Kid blog.
U2: “The Electric Co.” (U2)
From the album Boy
Island Records, 1980
U2: “A Celebration” (U2)
Island Records, 1982
Killer U2 set. I love the Dublin lads in every incarnation, but for me their early ’80s stuff was unreal, especially live. LIve “Celebration” and another awesome live version of Electric Co. (my favorite U2 song)? I’m in! What a damn band.