1986-01-25 Red Wedge. Manchester Apollo (+ Newcastle Red Wedge + Liverpool Soundcheck)

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steve ®

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Post 11-May-2007 18:22

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Manchester Apollo (Red Wedge) - 25/01/1986
A Lover Sings
Back To The Old House
The Last Time
City Hall Newcastle (Red Wedge) - 31/01/1986
Shakespeares Sister
I Want The one I Can't Have
Boy With The Thorn In His Side
Big Mouth Strikes Again
Royal Court, Liverpool (Soundcheck) - 08/02/1986
Shakespeares Sister
Cemetry Gates
Vicar in a tutu
There is a light that never goes out
Bigmouth strikes again
William it was really nothing
The headmaster ritual
Stretch out & wait
Cemetry gates - voca
There is a light that never goes out - vocal
There is a light that never goes out - vocal
There is a light that never goes out - vocal
A few odds and ends this week. The first outing in 86 was for the Red Wedge shows. The Smiths weren't going to do them orginally, but we found out that Johnny was going to do the Mnachester show, so Me and Jo got tickets, and drove up for the day. We got up late afternoon, and managed to chat with Johnny before he went in for rehersals/soundcheck. He said he'd be playing with Billy Bragg, but wasn't sure what he'd be playing, and that Andy was with him. No guest list on for this show, and we had tickets half way down the hall, which wasn't ideal. Billy Bragg did a solo set first, followed by the Style council and the communards. Billy, Johnny and Andy came on after Gary Kemp did a song. It was worth waiting through all the other waffle for the short 3 song set.
Apparently afterwards, having enjoyed himself so much, and wanting to show the other bands on the bill what a great live band the Smiths were, Johnny and Andy persuaded the other two to go up to Newcastle to play on the next Red Wedge date. Unfortunately we were completely unaware of this, otherwise we would have made the trip.
The Manchester show was recorded using my Sony Professional Walkman with Sony EMC-929LT Mic onto Metal tape. The Newcastle recording is a tape someone sent me at the time ... 2nd gen I think.
I've also added the Liverpool soundcheck, which I know has already been posted here. But the track timings look different to my version, and I got my cassette directly from the guy who taped it ... so maybe a slight upgrade.
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Post 11-May-2007 18:35 (after 12 minutes)

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Thank you again Steve.
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Post 11-May-2007 18:46 (after 11 minutes)

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tnx steve!!!!!!
great....
well the pleasure ,the privillege is mine!
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Post 11-May-2007 18:48 (after 1 minute)

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Cool. I've been after this Red Wedge for a while. Here's what Johnny said about it.
The Red Wedge gig at Newcastle City Hall was one of the best things we ever did. Andy and I had done a couple of gigs already with Billy Bragg in Manchester and Birmingham the week before. It was fun hanging out with Billy and we enjoyed playing with him, but the atmosphere around the other bands on that tour was really shitty. They treated me and Andy pretty scrappily. Anyway, I was telling Morrissey about it and he was fairly up for just doing an impromptu show. So we drove up to Newcastle, without telling anyone. I walked into the sound-check, having already been a bit of a feature the week before, but this time with the gang. We had no instruments, so we borrowed The Style Council's equipment and just tore the roof off the place. The other bands were a little bit perplexed as to what we were doing there. In the middle of the set we just walked on to this announcement and the place went bananas. I was so proud of the band. It was like my mates showed up and shut everybody up. It was great.
Downloading now. Many thanks.
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Post 11-May-2007 19:14 (after 25 minutes)

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many thanks Steve!!
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Post 11-May-2007 19:20 (after 6 minutes)

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Nice one Steve, cheers!
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Post 11-May-2007 22:12 (after 2 hours 51 minute)

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as usual, many thanks.
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Post 12-May-2007 06:28 (after 8 hours)

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Thanks very much, Steve!
Got the Manchester show not long ago, with this setlist:
01 - Levi Stubbs' Tears
02 - There Is Power In The Union
03 - It Says Here
04 - Which Side Are You On
05 - Between The Wars
06 - To Have And To Have Not
07 - Days Like These
08 - A Lover Sings
09 - Back To The Old House
10 - The Last Time (Rolling Stones)
So only the last 3 songs were performed by Bragg and Marr/Rourke...
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Post 12-May-2007 06:46 (after 18 minutes)

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Thanks, Steve !!
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Post 12-May-2007 07:22 (after 35 minutes)

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It's Friday, I'm in love. :) Thanks, Steve!
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Post 12-May-2007 07:44 (after 22 minutes)

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Billy Bragg came on first and did the first 7 songs solo. Then the Style council and communards came on and did a silmilar length set. These 3 were the main acts of Red Wedge, so I imagine they always did their sets first. After that it was the guests for the particular date, followed by a finale where everyone joined in. The last song was 'Moving On Up', which, If I remember correctly, Johnny joined in with ... although you can't really tell. I recorded the whole show.
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Post 12-May-2007 09:26 (after 1 hour 41 minute)

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Never before has "A lover sings" sounded so much like "This Charming man" :wink:
Great stuff, i've liked The Bard Of Barking almost as long as i've liked The Smiths.
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Post 12-May-2007 19:21 (after 9 hours)

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Those three Red Wedge Manchester tracks are awesome. A really nice warm recording and some great music.
As SweetFA says, "A Lover Sings" sounds great with some "This Charming Man" guitar.
I thought Billy did a great job on the vocals for Back to the Old House.
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Post 12-May-2007 23:23 (after 4 hours)

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Many Thanks
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Post 13-May-2007 03:02 (after 3 hours)

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Steve - Thanks a million!
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