Friday, February 04, 2011

The Go-Betweens: Live in Hamburg 1986

I haven't posted a Gobs' bootleg in quite a long time (a whole year), so it is definitely time for me to start again and, plus, with one of my favourite periods of the band, when they had just become a five piece ensemble and were starting to write great pop songs (while they still had some very new wake-like/edgy songs in the repertoire).
In fact, this is one of the very first concerts with Amanda Brown (on violin and, I suppose, keyboards) in the band given that, according to David Nichols' biography of the band, she joined the group around April 1986 and this german gig is supposed to date back to June of the same year. The new element does bring some new nuances to the live renditions of many songs and, though many pieces are still to be worked properly maybe, there is an appealing rawness in this concert when some songs seem to punch harder than ever (One thing can hold us, In the core of a flame, Palm sunday) although -yes- there are some weird arrangements, too mostly because of the keyboard (Bachelor kiss, I work in a health spa).
The bootleg is an audience recording, but a quite decent one.

Live in Hamburg 1986

6 comments:

Thomas said...

Hi, thanks so much for sharing this, it's wonderful. Any chance of a re-up of the 2000-2006 EPs and singles? I was thrilled to see that post but the link no longer works. It would be most appreciated! Thanks for your consideration.

Matt T said...

Misha, I missed this DL (The link is not there.) Can you re-post please?

misha said...

For Matt T. The DL link is there: it's the orange coloured "live in hamburg 1986".

KC said...

Hi Misha
I am enjoying all the Go-Betweens concerts- thank you for putting them up. I was wondering if you know whether "Haunted House" turns up on any post-1999 recordings with a new both-of-them arrangement. I saw them play "Haunted House" in San Francisco and it was quite amazing. Thanks , KC

KC said...

Hi Misha
I am enjoying all the Go-Betweens concerts- thank you for putting them up. I was wondering if you know whether "Haunted House" turns up on any post-1999 bootlegs/recordings. I saw them play it in San Francisco, 2000, with the similar sort of treatment that they gave to other Botany/Watershed/Danger songs after the reformation. I remember it was very enjoyable, like hearing what they did with "Easy Come Easy Go" or "Baby Stones" as well as the quieter versions of "Clouds".

Thanks , KC

misha said...

To KC: No, I don't know of any post 1999 version of Hauted house alas. I like it a lot myself too.