Strength Live ’85 is classic recording of The Alarm in concert from Boston Orpheum on November 9th 1985 during the Strength Tour, features 21 performances (16 of which have never been released before in any form whatsoever).
The audio was recorded by WBCN Rado Station in Boston, MA on November 9th 1985, and features all the classic Alarm material of the era. The show was then mixed a month later at Yamaha Studios, Los Angeles by the band’s live sound engineer Nigel Luby (who had also recorded the ‘Strength’ album).
Strength Live ’85 features the unedited ‘raw’ mix of the show as performed on the night without the Dave Sharp guitar overdubs that were recorded during the Yamaha Studio session to enhance the tracks released as B-sides on the Spirit Of ’76 single release and also the version of ‘Howling Wind’ released via the IRS Records ‘Live For Life’ compilation album (these addtional mixes can be heard as part of the Strength 1985-1986 digital album release).
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‘Strength Live ’85’ captures the band live in concert in that most celtic of American cities – Boston, whose people immediately embraced the group as one their own, inspiring the band to some of the finest Alarm performances ever captured on tape.
“Bootleg tapes of the original radio broadcast have circulated amongst fans for years, but this release with a fully mixed and ‘approved by the band’ master tape release is something that collectors have longed for ever since those first few live b-sides were released in 1986.”, says Mike Peters. “The original broadcast was good but remixed a month or so later by our sound man Nigel Luby, it really does capture the essence of the original band at it’s most powerful. Dave Sharp’s guitar playing was so good at this point and his presence on stage such, that as a front man he was really giving me a run for my money and pushing us all to give everything we had. Our drummer Nigel Twist was on fire during this gig, and you can hear in his drumming that he was the engine room of all the great early Alarm performances. Eddie Macdonald was there in the background adding flourishes of musical brilliance be it on, bass, electric guitar and E-bow and of course such passionate backing vocals. Interestingly, there are a few things that a band might not get away with in this day and age, especially the sound of First World War gunfire during Third Light, which if approached in this way today, might have people running for cover. On this release, there are no overdubs or anything like that added, just the band and an incredibly passionate audience, the pure unadulterated sound of The Alarm Live ’85”.
The full track listing for ‘Strength Live ’85’ is as follows:
Introduction by Carter Alan of WBCN
Where Were You Hiding When The Storm Broke?
The Day The Ravens Left The Tower
One Step Closer To Home
Walk Forever By My Side
Spirit Of ’76
Blaze Of Glory
Sixty Eight Guns
Declaration / Marching On
The Chant Has Just Begun
This Train Is Bound For Glory
Knocking On Heaven’s Door