Milwaukee 1978 [no label, 2CD]
Live at The Electric Ballroom, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; May 4, 1978. Very good to excellent soundboard.
The Rolling Stone Record Guide in 1979 noted, perhaps too harshly: “Working in the now-traditional power trio format, this band suffers from a startling paucity of original ideas, riffs or songs. Their sound is thin, their music hackneyed and repetitive, and the fact that they’ve endured this long is a tribute to blind optimism.”
Time has certainly cast a more favourable look at the band, as this wikipedia entry shows:
Budgie is a Welsh hard rock/heavy metal band from Cardiff. They are described by author Gary Sharpe-Young as one of the earliest heavy metal bands and a seminal influence to many acts of that scene, with fast, heavy rock (an influence on the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) and acts such as Metallica) being played as early as 1971. The band has been noted as “among the heaviest metal of its day”.
Thanks to orvilleowner who shared the show at Dime and to cortez2112 for keeping the show alive. Thanks also to titusluxor for the artwork.
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 woked 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 on Track 8.
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 5, but it was May 4 as the scan of a pass will show. I also scanned in one of my old faded photos from the show. 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).
Master cassette > reel-to-reel > CDR > FLAC
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Track 101. Melt the Ice Away (cuts in) (5.0MB)
Track 102. In the Grip of a Tyrefitter’s Hand (9.9MB)
Track 103. Smile Boy Smile (8.5MB)
Track 104. In For the Kill (Medley) (13.1MB)
Track 105. Love For You and Me (8.5MB)
Track 106. Parents (19.1MB)
Track 107. Who Do You Want For Your Love? (12.7MB)
Track 201. Don’t Dilute the Water (tape flip during) (11.4MB)
Track 202. Sky High Percentage (8.9MB)
Track 203. Breaking All the House Rules (12.2MB)
Track 204. Zoom Club (19.7MB)
Track 205. Breadfan (15.5MB)
Burke Shelley - bass, lead vocals
Tony Bourge - lead guitar
Myf Isaac - rhythm guitar
Steve Williams - drums
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