Kajagoogoo Scarce Bootleg Live Album – ‘Here Is Limahl’
KajaFax have dedicated many pages over the years to vinyl. We love a record’s feel, its packaging and most of all – its vintage authenticity! There is something very real about a proper ‘album’ on a 12 inch, 33rpm vinyl record. Besides, the format was the dominant force in the years that Kajagoogoo had their greatest commercial success, and so the best collectibles are to be found ‘on record’.
Today, we bring you an item that ticks each of the boxes mentioned above despite the fact that it’s not an authentic Kajagoogoo item but a bootleg. Bootlegs are a great part of every music collection, and for some of the other bands of the era there are literally hundreds of releases available. Quality is always variable, with some counterfeits being as good as official releases whilst others are barely listenable. There are only a handful of different ‘goo bootlegs around and each one is highly sought after by fans.
‘Here Is Limahl’ was issued in the UK in 1984 and contains audio taken from the White Feathers show, recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon on May 31st 1983. Its content was probably sourced from the home video release of the show issued the previous year, and most likely the VHS or Betamax versions judging by the quality. Laserdisc technology delivered stereo audio in the same way that Compact Disc does and had that been the source would have given a flawless sound when cut to vinyl…. ‘Here Is Limahl’ sounds very much like a mono track with its fair share of glitches and tape ‘artefacts’ if that is the right way to describe them!
It is however a lovely item and a with its vibrant colours and thick glossy sleeve, a desirable and collectable thing.
To complete today’s post, we bring you some video footage from the Hammersmith show in the form of fan favourite Frayo.
See you next time!