BBC Transcription Disc – The White Feathers Tour 1983
Regular readers of KajaFax may remember our article about the ‘Islands’ BBC transcription album; a full soundboard quality show from the 1984 Islands tour, recorded in London. If you missed that article, you can read it here.
Today, we bring you a similar article from 1983, with this rare copy of a BBC Transcription album from the White Feathers tour. Broadcast on BBC Radio 1 in 1983, these transcription discs are pressed on a very limited run (usually no more than a few dozen) and issued to BBC regional stations up and down the country on a five year license, at which point they are, we presume, recalled and subsequently destroyed. KajaFax has in its archive this copy, which has evaded the BBC’s clutches since December 1987!
Produced for broadcasting purposes only, the disc contains an introduction by Radio 1 DJ Richard Skinner, which we have digitised from the original vinyl and made available:
The source of many bootleg albums back in the day, inferior quality audio can be heard on bootleg albums ‘Over the Top’ and ‘Kajagoogoo Live’ (click on the hyperlinks to see previous KajaFax articles on these bootleg albums)
The ‘Over the Top’ bootleg was issued as a very attractive double album, but unfortunately the audio content was substandard….. still a lovely item to own though!
These live albums are a true piece of ‘Goo history and a great opportunity to own full soundboard quality recordings of the band live on stage.
The track listing of this album is:
Introduction by Richard Skinner
This Car is Fast
Hang on Now
Take Another View
Ooh to be Ah
Over The Top
Lies and Promises
As far as we are aware, the only known audio recordings of the White Feathers Tour are this ‘BBC Transcription’ album, and the (also soundboard) PMI/EMI recording of the following night’s show, also in London, as used on the White Feathers Tour video. Bootleg audio is in circulation of this show, containing full uncompressed PCM 16-bit/44.1 kHz audio taken from the LaserDisc edition of the release.
KajaFax advises you to grab them when and where you can! Audio from the featured BBC album can be purchased in lossy mp3 form here.
If the sounds of 1983 make you want to go right back in time to 1983, why not purchase your digital copy of Limahl’s new single entitled 1983?
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