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BIRTHDAY PARTY, THE - LIVE 1981-82 (2LP LTD)

BIRTHDAY PARTY, THE - LIVE 1981-82 (2LP LTD)
Product Code: BIRTHDAY PARTY, THE - LIVE 1981-82 (2LP LTD)
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Liberation Music is proud to continue the representation of the catalogue by seminal post-punk band The Birthday Party. Morphing from what was originally Melbourne’s The Boys Next Door in 1980, the band comprised singer songwriter Nick Cave; multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Mick Harvey; singer, songwriter and guitarist Rowland S. Howard; bass player Tracy Pew and drummer Phill Calvert.

From their 1980 debut album ‘Hee Haw’ (originally titled ‘The Birthday Party’), to the seismic sonic shift first manifesting itself on 1981’s ‘Prayers on Fire’ (featuring ‘Nick the Stripper’), the American Gothic stylings of 1982’s ‘Junkyard’, and the band’s swansong of ‘Mutiny / The Bad Seed’ in 1983, The Birthday Party never failed to challenge themselves and their audience, constantly veering between punk, rockabilly, elements of free jazz and viscerally raw blues.

Breaking up in late 1983, the band’s influence and legacy has been profound. Nick Cave and Mick Harvey famously went on to form The Bad Seeds, who have recorded 15 studio albums, as well as numerous other projects; Mick Harvey and Rowland S. Howard formed part of the core of Crime and the City Solution, then upon leaving Crime and the City Solution Rowland S. Howard formed These Immortal Souls; In 1999 Rowland S. Howard released his iconic solo album Teenage Snuff Film, followed a decade later by Pop Crimes; In addition to many years with The Bad Seeds Mick Harvey has had a successful solo career, as singer, arranger, producer and multi-instrumentalist.

The first release in an ongoing series is Live 1981-82.

Though various live releases emerged over the course of this iconic and hugely influential band's existence, no full-length capturing of The Birthday Party was approved by the band themselves until Live 1981-82 was first released back in 1999, nearly 20 years on from when the recordings took place.

An essential record, Live 1981-82 stitches together tracks from a London date in 1981, a German show in Bremen in 1982 and an absolute gem cut from a show in Athens, Greece (a version of the Stooges'  classic 'Funhouse').

Live 81-82 is being made available on double vinyl with a gatefold sleeve. The tracklisting is the same as the original CD 

A1                    Junkyard

A2                    A Dead Song

A3                    The Dim Locator

A4                    Zoo-Music-Girl

A5                    Nick The Stripper

 

B1                    Blast Off!

B2                    Release The Bats

B3                    Bully Bones

B4                    Kink Ink

B5                    (Sometimes) Pleasure Heads Must Burn

 

C1                    Big-Jesus-Trash-Can

C2                    Dead Joe

C3                    The Friend Catcher

C4                    6" Gold Blade

C5                    Hamlet (Pow, Pow, Pow)

 

D1                    She's Hit

D2                    Funhouse

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