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Manchester 2012 [no label, 3CD]

Live at the O2 Apollo, Manchester, UK; May 25, 2012. Very good to excellent audience recording.

The Buzzcocks might have disbanded in 1981 but over the years, the group has reformed through several reunions. In November 2011 it was announced they would be playing two shows in 2012 that would feature the original line-up as well as the classic line-up of the band. The first gig was May 25 in Manchester and the second on May 26 in Brixton. A third gig was announced on May 26 that the Buzzcocks would be playing in Blackpool on May 31.

Thanks to vault63 who recorded and shared the May 25 show on Dime.

This is what vault63 noted:

Totally epic Buzzcocks gig! Totalling 42 songs.

Three lineups, billed as the current (set 1), the classic (set 2) and original (set 3) with Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle performing in all three.
Set 1 is full of songs from the albums since their reformation (and a few new ones).
Set 2 is full of songs from the first three albums prior to the split, with the appropriate lineup.
Set 3 is Spiral Scratch EP + an encore of I Can’t Control Myself with the line up that recorded those songs.

Need I say more.

If you’re a Buzzcocks fan you’ll know what this means. If you don’t know much about them, this is a great document of their history.

The mix up at the end was unusually down to Pete Shelley, who seemed intent on playing I Can’t Control Myself instead of Friends Of Mine. At first I thought it was some fancy hybrid but when John Maher left his drums to settle the matter it became clear it was a mix up.

The recording sounds great I think, great bass to it. I did my best considering the austerity of the occasion. And again thanks go to PontiacB for the loan of his rig.

The Apollo is a big old theatre just outside Manchester city centre. Standing capacity of 3,000, and although it wasn’t sold out, it was close I’d say. Nice venue, ceiling mounted stacks, high stage, sloped floor. But poor bar as expected in this type of place, and I got patted down on the way in, probably my own fault as I was one of the few wearing a jacket on a hot Manc night.

Church Audio CA-11 cardoid mics > Microphone Madness MM-CBM-MINI Battery Box > iRiver iHP-120
Transfer: iRiver iHP-120 > usb > wav > Audacity (fades and levels) > CD Wave (Track splits) > FLAC

Taping Location: right hand side, 20ft back, below ceiling mounted stack

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Disc 1 (Set 1)
Track 101. Intro (Marc Riley) (3.0MB)
Track 102. What Am I Supposed To Do? (5.8MB)
Track 103. Totally From The Heart (4.4MB)
Track 104. When Love Turns Around (4.4MB)
Track 105. Friends (5.0MB)
Track 106. Unthinkable (4.6MB)
Track 107. Lester Sands (4.7MB)
Track 108. Sell You Everything (3.9MB)
Track 109. Wish I Never Loved You (3.9MB)
Track 110. People Are Strange Machines (5.7MB)
Track 111. The Way (5.2MB)
Track 112. Sound Of A Gun (4.5MB)
Track 113. Reconcilliation (4.8MB)
Track 114. Big Brother Wheels (4.2MB)
Track 115. Choices (4.6MB)
Track 116. Isolation (6.6MB)
Track 117. Crystal Night (5.3MB)
Track 118. Alive Tonight (6.3MB)
Track 119. Innocent (5.8MB)
Track 120. Sick City Sometimes (7.1MB)

Pete Shelley - guitar, vocals
Steve Diggle - guitar, vocals
Chris Remmington - bass guitar
Danny Farrant - drums

Disc 2 (Set 2)
Track 201. Intro (Marc Riley) (2.2MB)
Track 202. Fast Cars (3.7MB)
Track 203. I Don’t Mind (3.6MB)
Track 204. Autonomy (6.8MB)
Track 205. Get On Our Own (4.0MB)
Track 206. Fiction Romance (7.2MB)
Track 207. You Say You Don’t Love Me (4.7MB)
Track 208. Sixteen Again (4.1MB)
Track 209. Why She’s A Girl From The Chainstore (5.6MB)
Track 210. Moving Away From The Pulsebeat (8.6MB)
Track 211. Why Can’t I Touch It (6.1MB)
Track 212. Mad Mad Judy (6.6MB)
Track 213. Everybody’s Happy Nowadays (4.8MB)
Track 214. Promises (3.4MB)
Track 215. Love You More (2.9MB)
Track 216. What Do I Get? (5.2MB)
Track 217. encore break (5.2MB)
Track 218. Harmony In My Head (11.6MB)
Track 219. Ever Fallen In Love With (4.4MB)
Track 220. Orgasm Addict (4.6MB)

Pete Shelley - guitar, vocals
Steve Diggle - guitar, vocals
Steve Garvey - bass guitar
John Maher - drums

Disc 3 (Set 3 )
Track 301. Intro (Marc Riley) (1.6MB)
Track 302. Breakdown (4.4MB)
Track 303. Times Up (5.2MB)
Track 304. Boredom (5.3MB)
Track 305. Friends Of Mine/Can’t Control Myself mixup (2.6MB)
Track 306. Friends Of Mine (4.9MB)
Track 307. encore break (2.3MB)
Track 308. I Can’t Control Myself (6.4MB)

Howard Devoto - vocals
Pete Shelley - broken starway guitar
Steve Diggle - bass guitar
John Maher - drums

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  1. 10 Responses to “BUZZCOCKS - MANCHESTER 2012”

  2. Brilliant! - Thanks

    By Vimto on May 28, 2012

  3. Any info on the Blackpool gig? I can’t find details anywhere and would love to go!

    By Woody on May 29, 2012

  4. Devoto appeared? Who would have thought that possible a few ears ago.

    By Sem Sinatra on May 29, 2012

  5. woody -

    By darth on May 30, 2012

  6. I can’t believe this joke of an introduction prior to their set on CD 2. How he wasn’t yelled at is unclear. Also, how in the hell wasn’t this sold out? wow…great show though…thanks for posting it.

    By MK on May 30, 2012

  7. It was a great night but the sound was pants!

    …and MK…..Marc Riley is a personal hero of mine - I won’t hear anything bad said about the man

    By Bob thr Chiropodist on Jun 16, 2012

  8. thanx for all this stuff, cracking

    By martin on Jun 19, 2012

  9. Excellent thanks for sharing

    By PeTe on Jun 21, 2012

  10. THANK YOU once again. I freaking love the Buzzocks and have since I bought the “Spiral Scratch” EP in the 70s.

    By peskypesky on Jul 14, 2012

  11. Awesome! I love hearing this!

    By Peter2 on Oct 13, 2013

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