March 16, 2013 – 4:39 am

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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.

orvilleowner noted:

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

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1
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)

Disc 2
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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  1. 10 Responses to “BUDGIE - MILWAUKEE 1978”

  2. Bandolier remains one of my favorite albums to this day, and it’s variety of styles keeps it from becoming dated. Thanks Big O!

    By Kevin on Mar 16, 2013

  3. My thoughts too Kevin.Was the first one I ever bought and out of curiosity.Breaking has one of the hottest breaks ever

    By matt the cat on Mar 16, 2013

  4. Hey ! It’s 1978…..not 1987 ! Bourge and Issac left in 1978, not long after this tour ! Great post all the same, as are all your other finds….keep up the great work !!

    By grunt59 on Mar 16, 2013

  5. hey bigo, thanks! this budgie show is great. they’re heavy. i always knew the metallica covers, since high school. however, i never have listened to budgie. i would see their albums as expensive import cd’s, back in the day. this show is a good starting point, though. it’s a nice addition to my nwobhm collection. i have motorhead, saxon, several maiden shows and two holocast albums.

    the medley is in for the kill / you’re the biggest thing since powdered milk. now he says there’s a bit of rocking man, but i can’t say for sure where it is in the song. maybe right before they break back into in for the kill? to be on the safe side, just put in the kill / you’re…

    one of the best nwobhm albums ever is holocaust-the nightcomers. it rules!!! metallica covered the small hours and six feet under covered death or glory. it’s a very influential album. check out the song “it don’t matter to me”.


    By Ed Saad on Mar 17, 2013


    By DROPKICK SARGE on Mar 17, 2013

  7. hey dropkick sarge, thanks! i really appreciate it. well the truth is i always did like posting here till it got toxic. i left for months last year then i saw how people missed what i wrote. so i would post every now and then. now i post when i get something i really enjoy like this budgie show.

    i played in for the kill over and over again. label it this way:

    in for the kill / you’re the biggest thing since powdered milk / rocking man. i played rocking man on youtube. that’s it before the reprise of in for the kill.

    there’s a drum and bass type jam and encore break on zoom club too, but i may just leave it called zoom club. the rest of the track titles are correct, btw.

    now listening to this show. i would say they are a hard rock or rock band with heavy riffs. to be honest, they are before the nwobhm bands. i think, their first album came out in 1971. nwobhm was later.


    By Ed Saad on Mar 17, 2013

  8. i’m with the sarge!!!


    great stuff as usual…thanxxx bigO!

    By metaljohn333 on Mar 18, 2013

  9. This is great. Budgie was a band I was always interested in but never heard them. As always thanks.
    I’ll chime in for you, too, Ed. Always nice to see your posts…
    Your posting (amongst a few others) keeps this from being toxic.
    Just ignore the idiots….

    By DanC on Mar 20, 2013

  10. My fav? IN FOR THE KILL

    By datdemdar on Mar 21, 2013

  11. tweet tweet.

    By bootleg princess on Mar 26, 2013

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