|L-R: Tony Bourge, Myf Isaac, Steve Williams, Burke Shelley|
Budgie coming to town was a big thing! Getting free passes to it was a dream. The show was great, I got a few photos and autographs on LPs and press pictures. Then I found out that the brother of this guy I knew worked for the company that did the sound for the show. When the guy said that I could have a copy of the tape his brother made, I rushed over to their house with my reel-to-reel machine. This seed is an unadulterated digital copy of my 1st generation tape of the show. The first track is missing a bit of the beginning because, as I was told, the brother was a little slow in hitting the record button. There's a tape flip in track 8.
|Photos thanks to Alan Perry|
I traded it quite a few times over the years and parts of the show appeared on a couple of bootlegs, "Live At the Electric Ballroom" and "Dodge City" (I hope the bootleggers didn't use one of my traded cassettes). The date often gets listed as April 5th, but it was May 4th as the scan of a pass will show. I also scanned in one of my old faded photos from the show (see next to pass). Burke is without his glasses because, as we were told, he had gotten them broken the night before in a scuffle in some bar (probably Chicago! just joking). So here it is in all of it's glory! [original poster unknown]
NOTE: There is another release of this bootleg floating around with the same title released by Wild Street, however the track listing is inferior (with some of the tracks incorrectly labelled using non-standard Budgie titles) and is also missing tracks, as well as citing the incorrect date as 4 May, 1975. A rather pathetic effort all round to be honest - typical of some second rate bootleggers.
Overall, a must for all Budgie enthusiasts and a rarity to find indeed. But be warned, don't let em' fly off with your pussy. LOL
01. Melt the Ice Away (cuts in)
0 2. In the Grip of a Tyrefitter's Hand
03. Smile Boy Smile
04. In For the Kill (Medley)
05. Love For You and Me
07. Who Do You Want For Your Love?
08. Don't Dilute the Water (tape flip during)
09. Sky High Percentage
10. Breaking All the House Rules
11. Zoom Club
Burke Shelley - bass, lead vocals
Tony Bourge - lead guitar
Myf Isaac - rhythm guitar
Steve Williams - drums
Electric Ballroom Link (194Mb)