The Specials Blue Plate Specials Live 1980

Blue Plate Specials Live is a live album by The Specials.

It brings together two live recordings by the group. The first eight tracks come from around about 1980 but the remainder come from an earlier time when they were probably called The Coventry Automatics or The Special AKA.

This earlier show reveals a transition phase between more conventional rock and their well known ska/reggae sound.

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Squeeze The Complete BBC Sessions 1977 to 1994

The Complete BBC Sessions is a compilation of live in the studio recordings made of Squeeze by the BBC.

It ranges from a John Peel session in August 1977 when they were seen as part of the new wave through to a session for Simon Mayo in December 1994.

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The Beat Live at the US Festival 1982 1983

Live at the US Festival is a live album and DVD of The English Beat performing live at the US Festivals in 1982 and 1983. British fans know the group as The Beat,

CD Tracks 1-9 were recorded September 3, 1982
CD Tracks 10-17 were recorded May 28, 1983
DVD Tracks 1-12 were recorded September 3, 1982.
DVD Tracks 13-26 were recorded May 28, 1983.

Both festivals were held at the Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernardino, California.

As someone who listens to music much more than I watch DVDs, I find it irritating that we lose nine tracks on the audio version that we can load into our mp3 players. That said, I think the editors did it sensibly by not duplicating the hits. The DVD has two versions of Mirror In The Bathroom within three songs.

The English Beat Live at the US Festival

While The Beat broke up in 1983, Ranking Roger joined with members of The Specials to create Special Beat and released a number of live albums.

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Bruce Springsteen Nassau Coliseum Uniondale New York 1980

The latest archive live recording released by http://live.brucespringsteen.net is the concert performed at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York on December 31, 1980.

At last we have an authorised live album from the tour promoting The River and after remastering in March 2015 by Adam Ayan, it sounds terrific.

After the Agora, Clevland concert from 1978 was released, this was next on my wanted list of live albums by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

I’ve always seen The River in the second tier of Springsteen albums. It’s very good but it doesn’t match the greatness of Darkness On The Edge Of Town, Born To Run or The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle. To be fair, in the history of rock music, few albums reach that pinnacle.

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The Jam Live At Wembley 1982

On the 3 CD version of the compilation Snap, the third CD has four songs from Live At Wembley in December 1982 which can be purchased as digital downloads.

Move On Up – 2:44
Get Yourself Together – 2:11
The Great Depression – 3:10
But I’m Different Now – 2:09

Unfortunately, there is only ten minutes of music here and it would be nice to think that the full concert recording will be released sometime.

It is available from Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk

These links will help you get to the albums quickly and easily but I recommend that you still search for the best deal.

The Gift Super Deluxe – The Full Live At Wembley December 1982 Concert

The third CD of the super deluxe version of The Gift has the full concert which turned out to be their last ever. The 3 CD and 1 DVD box set is expensive but you can get it much cheaper as an mp3 download and even pick and choose the live tracks you want.

The Songs On Live At Wembley 1982

Start! – 2:49
It’s Too Bad – 3:34
Beat Surrender – 3:38
Away From The Numbers – 4:05
Ghosts – 2:15
Boy About Town – 2:27
So Sad About Us – 2:44
All Mod Cons – 2:08
To Be Someone – 1:47
Smithers-Jones – 3:36
That’s Entertainment – 3:20
The Great Depression – 3:45
Precious – 6:25
Move On Up – 2:52
Circus – 2:12
Down At The Tube Station At Midnight – 4:56
David Watts – 3:17
Mr Clean – 3:48
Town Called Malice – 3:22
But I’m Different Now – 2:35
Trans-Global Express – 7:30
In The City – 2:36

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Dexy’s Midnight Runners BBC Radio One Live in Concert 1982

BBC Radio One Live in Concert is a live recording by Dexy’s Midnight Runners.

It was recorded in Newcastle on June 26, 1982 and broadcast on the radio.

This concert has also been released on the two CD deluxe version of Too-Rye-Ay and on a single Too-Rye-Ay Rarities Edition CD.

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The Mission Live No Snow No Show for the Eskimo 1988 1990

BBC Radio 1 Live in Concert: “No Snow, No Show” For The Eskimo is a live album by The Mission.

It was recorded at the Wembley Arena on December 2nd, 1988 and the Manchester Apollo on March 15th, 1990.

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