1983-12-19 Electric Ballroom, London (Full Audience Recording)

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batnaMMV ®

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Post 05-Oct-2007 17:46

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The Smiths
Electric Ballroom, London
19th December 1983
Source: ??>>CD-R>>WAV>>FLAC
Confirmed as non-MP3 derived, by Tau Analyzer 1.2.
Torrent created on 5th October 2007
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Release Notes
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Hand In Glove
Still Ill
Barbarism Begins At Home
This Night Has Opened My Eyes
Pretty Girls Make Graves
You've Got Everything Now
What Difference Does It Make?
Miserable Lie
This Charming Man
Back To The Old House
Reel Around The Fountain
Handsome Devil
/Accept Yourself
/This Charming Man
I obtained this in a trade so do not have full lineage for this one. However I have checked with Tau Analyser and it is definitely lossless sourced. This is the full recording of the gig, which has not been circulated here previously. It is a very clear recording, probably the same one used for the "Electric Stars" bootleg.
Enjoy!
Nigel
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19 December 1983
Electric Ballroom, London
Hand In Glove
Still Ill
Barbarism Begins At Home
This Night Has Opened My Eyes
Pretty Girls Make Graves
You've Got Everything Now
What Difference Does It Make?
Miserable Lie
This Charming Man
Back To The Old House
Reel Around The Fountain
Handsome Devil
/Accept Yourself
/This Charming Man
This concert was one of the Smiths' biggest gigs to date. The highlight setlist-wise was the live introduction of "Barbarism Begins At Home". The song would not be released before another 14 months! It is not impossible that "Back To The Old House" was also introduced at this show. If not, at this point in time it is still the oldest performance of the song in circulation.
As the band hit the stage Morrissey greeted his audience "Hello chums!" before going into "Hand In Glove". The song was performed for the first time as an opener, where it would find itself the coming year when the Smiths would tour to promote their debut album. After "Hand In Glove" Morrissey asked "What? Speak to me! Talk me!". The first ever performance of "Barbarism Begins At Home" was introduced with the words "Here's one for the bootleg friends." It was quite different to the version that was to be released more than a year later on "Meat Is Murder". The song structure was significantly different and it included lyrics which would be dropped before the song would be recorded, like "I've always been such a decent lad" or "I am the man to keep you in place".
The new composition was cheered just as much as the other songs, prompting Morrissey to ask "Are you sure? Are you sure?". Before "Pretty Girls Make Graves", Morrissey commented "It's so nice to see all these innocent faces... such innocent faces... 'Pretty Girls Make Graves'!". In "You've Got Everything Now" Morrissey made a few new lyrical changes besides the old ones. He sang "You are your mother's only son and you're a miserable one", "a friendship sadly lost... it could be true and it could be false" and "No I've never had a job because I'm too handsome."
Morrissey also changed a few words in "This Charming Man": "It's gruesome that someone so ugly should care." "Back To The Old House" which was probably new, or at least unfamiliar to almost everyone in the venue, was introduced with the line "And now something really demonic... for you." After "Handsome Devil" Morrissey shouted "Goodbye! Thank you! Goodbye!" and that was the end of the main set.
The band returned after a short break and started the encore with "Accept Yourself". A few lines into the song Morrissey changed some words to "I am sick and I am dull and I am thick". He was probably distracted when he sang "how dearly I would love to kick with the fray" instead of "how dearly I'd love to get carried away". The audience was then treated to a second performance of "This Charming Man", marking the end of the concert, but also of the Smiths first year during which they grew from being unknowns to one of the most promising new bands of the eighties. The British audience would now only be seeing the Smiths again after the much awaited release of their debut album.
The Red Guitars provided support. The Redskins were originally on the bill, but their slot was taken by another band, probably Felt. Tickets were £3.00.
An audience recording of this concert was first made available on 'official' bootleg LPs such as "Live At The Electric Ballroom", "Electric Stars" or "Devil's Charm". None of these feature the complete set. The former two lack "What Difference Does It Make?" and "Miserable Lie" while the latter doesn't include "You've Got Everything Now". The encore of "This Charming Man" is missing on all three titles.
"Live At The Electric Ballroom" is also available with this alternate cover. The first pressing mentioned above was produced on black vinyl while this alternate pressing was offered on multi-coloured, red or clear yellow vinyl. The recording available on "Devil's Charm" is paired with a concert from 7 December 1983.
"Electric Stars"/"Live At The Electric Ballroom" was later 'officially' released on cd with this artwork and bonus tracks "Wonderful Woman" and "Miserable Lie" credited respectively as from 1983.3 and 1983.6. The Electric Ballroom portion of this recording has since been often copied on fanmade CD-Rs and can be bought or traded as such from live concert collectors. MPs were also produced from it, they are found in the usual trading networks.
It is rumoured that an audience (perhaps even soundboard) recording of the full concert might be available from specialised bootleg traders.
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Post 05-Oct-2007 17:52 (after 6 minutes)

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Thanks for sharing, batnaMMV !!
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Post 05-Oct-2007 17:56 (after 3 minutes)

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merci beaucoup
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Post 06-Oct-2007 00:49 (after 6 hours)

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A show I have been hoping would show up here. Thanks alot!
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Post 06-Oct-2007 01:56 (after 1 hour 6 minutes)

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2 shows this Friday - thanks...!
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Post 06-Oct-2007 11:21 (after 9 hours)

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Muchas gracias.
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Post 06-Oct-2007 18:19 (after 6 hours)

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Thank you!
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Post 06-Oct-2007 18:50 (after 31 minute)

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This is one of my favourite gigs. A nice surprise! Thanks
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Post 11-Jun-2008 19:03 (after 8 months 5 days)

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Thank you!
And... Can someone please seed it for a while? Pretty please?
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Post 12-Jun-2008 04:51 (after 9 hours)

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thank you seeders much appreciated
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Post 12-Jun-2008 06:02 (after 1 hour 11 minutes)

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Well... That did not take long. :-)
Thank you very much for seeding this!
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Post 21-Jun-2010 08:04 (after 2 years)

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Thanks very much for this and thanks to the seeders, I have finally worked through all of The Smiths 1983 gigs :D
I'll continue to seed this with all of 1983.
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Post 05-Jul-2010 19:55 (after 14 days)

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I can't seem to get this one. Any seeders left, or am I on a huge queue? Any way thanks for helping me out if possible.
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Post 06-Dec-2010 17:03 (after 5 months)

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Many thanks for this - my first ever Smiths gig - and what a gig
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Post 13-Dec-2010 19:06 (after 7 days)

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Thanks so much for this :) :)
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