1985-10-01 Eden Court Theatre, Inverness (Soundcheck)

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steve ®

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Post 27-Apr-2007 18:36

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Eden Court, Inverness (Soundcheck) - 1 October 1985
There is a light that never goes out
Drums
Rock'n'roll pt II / R&B
Shakespeare's Sister
Big Mouth Strikes Again
Big Mouth Strikes Again
How Soon Is Now?
Girl Afraid
Groovy Kind On Love
Everyday
Asleep
Asleep
*** Enter Morrissey ***
Asleep
Asleep
There is a light that never goes out
The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
Unloveable
Unloveable
Hand In Glove
Asleep
Asleep
Asleep
Unloveable
So finally we drove north up to Inverness, and having sorted ourselves with somewhere to stay for the night, we immediately went out for some lunch, and took the opportunity to check out Loch Ness, which is only about a 30 minute drive ... and you never know what you might see! Well the scenery was spectacular, but no monsters :(
When we got back, I picked up my gear from the hotel and we made our way down to the venue, crossing over the Infirmary Bridge, which is a narrow metal suspension bridge, which wobbles when you walk over it. The Eden Court Theatre was just a bit further down on the other side of the river. It was a modern building, medium sized, and there was no signs of activity outside. All the doors were closed but we tried one and it was open, so we took a quick look inside. Didn't look that promising, but me and Jo decided to investigate further, while the others went back round the building looking for a stage door. Me and Jo wandered through some empty corridors, and gradually we could hear the sounds of drums. The Soundcheck must be starting. We followed the sound and eventually came to a door into the main hall, which we peeked through. The hall was quite open with nowhere to look unobtrusive. We decided to see if we could get upstairs. There was no-body else around, and getting to the balcony couldn't have been easier. Upstairs we got a much better view of the Theatre, which was nice and intimate. The balcony overhung the main hall, so we couldn't see the sound crew (and they couldn't see us). The seating upstairs was very odd. Rather than rows of seats, batches of 6 or so were arranged into little booths, which were partitioned from each other, and these would be stacked in rows. We settled down into the nearest booth, and I got my recorder out and started recording.
They were still trying to get the drum sound right, so obviously hadn't been going for that long. The early part of the soundcheck is pretty boring ... lots of single drum hits. But after a while Andy joined in, and eventually Johnny. They ran through a few songs as instrumentals ... and usually at this point Morrissey would join them for a few songs. But suddenly everything stopped. After 5 minutes or so we thought they'd probably finished, and Jo decided she wanted to go down and see if she could see them at the stage door as they left. I decided to stay for a bit longer. I had a quick peek over the balcony to see what was going on, and I could see that the band were still there. The recorder was still running, and the side of the tape finished about this point. I turned the tape over but didn't start recording again just yet as there was nothing much to tape. Looking down again I could see they were trying to move what looked like a piano. I settled back down in the booth so that I wouldn't be spotted. After a while Johnny started playing the piano, and I switched the recorder on again. It wasn't long before I recognized that he was playing Asleep, which was quite exciting as they hadn't played it live before. Soon Morrissey was singing. Later after running through a few other songs, they started playing unlovable ... another song they hadn't played live before! Later they played asleep a couple more time, and by this stage the tape was coming to the end of the second side ... and I didn't have a spare with me. I figured that what was happening now was much more interesting than the start of the souncheck, so I turned the tape over again and started recording on side one again ... wondering how much I'd end up recording over. In the event, they only played 2 more songs, and then stopped, so I didn't really record over anything very important. I waited a little longer to make sure they had really stopped, and then quietly made my way out of the theatre and out to find the others to tell them what I'd managed to record.
The recording came out wonderfully ... probably one of the best I've ever done. Again this was recorded using my Sony Professional Walkman with Sony EMC-929LT Mic onto Metal tape


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Post 27-Apr-2007 18:56 (after 20 minutes)

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Thanks you, Steve
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Post 27-Apr-2007 19:47 (after 51 minute)

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Steve, everything you've shared with us up to this point has been wonderful, but this may well be the pinnacle of stealth recording - as stealth recordings go. And what's more, you sure know how to spin a yarn... simply breathtaking.
I'm about to have a cool Belgian beer in your honour!!!
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Post 27-Apr-2007 20:01 (after 13 minutes)

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Completely agree with Jan.
Thanks, Steve!
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Post 27-Apr-2007 20:17 (after 16 minutes)

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thanks a lot!
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Post 27-Apr-2007 20:19 (after 1 minute)

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Thanks!!!
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Post 27-Apr-2007 20:35 (after 15 minutes)

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Magnificent ! You've helped me again with master sources for another pair of "bootlegs",
Two bootlegs which had these soundchecks:
Unloveable [ Chelsea Records CFC002 ]
Asleep [ Chelsea Records CFC003 ]

and hmmm....it's friday again 8)
THANK YOU STEVE :)
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Post 27-Apr-2007 20:49 (after 14 minutes)

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Sounds really interesting! Thanks so much! :)
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Post 27-Apr-2007 20:56 (after 6 minutes)

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Steve - you are a pillar of The Smiths' legacy, and if nobody else ever recognises this, then I'm sure I speak for all of us when I say - we bloody well do!
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Post 27-Apr-2007 21:07 (after 11 minutes)

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Thank you very much Steve!
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Post 28-Apr-2007 08:29 (after 11 hours)

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Steve writes,
"After a while Johnny started playing the piano, and I switched the recorder on again. It wasn't long before I recognized that he was playing Asleep, which was quite exciting as they hadn't played it live before. Soon Morrissey was singing. Later after running through a few other songs, they started playing unlovable ... another song they hadn't played live before! Later they played asleep a couple more time, and by this stage the tape was coming to the end of the second side ... and I didn't have a spare with me. I figured that what was happening now was much more interesting than the start of the souncheck, so I turned the tape over again and started recording on side one again ... wondering how much I'd end up recording over..."
I am thrilled reading this and can't wait to hear this soundcheck. :D Many thanks, Steve!
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Post 28-Apr-2007 12:20 (after 3 hours)

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steve you are a legend! many thanks!! :-)
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Post 28-Apr-2007 13:17 (after 57 minutes)

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This is choice, thanks. :)
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Post 28-Apr-2007 17:22 (after 4 hours)

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Fantastic quality!! Cheers Steve :D
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Post 28-Apr-2007 20:52 (after 3 hours)

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Thank you so much.
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