September 29, 2014 – 4:53 am

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Amherst 1986 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Amherst College Marsh Arts House, Amherst, Massachusetts; October 30, 1986. Fairly good soundboard. Slight distortion.


Game Theory, the songwriting vehicle for Northern California native and pop-eclectician Scott Miller, was a clean, and, for a time, mildly psychedelic, pop band from northern California, whose departures from conventional meat-and-potatoes reality were more quirky than trippy. Although sometimes lumped in with Los Angeles’ Paisley Undergrounders like the Three O’Clock, Game Theory was more exotic in its songwriting influences, and less in debt to the hippie ’60s for inspiration. The use of synthesizer in addition to guitars also set them apart from both the jangle-poppers and keyboard-heavy new wavers. Like most over-educated popsters, Game Theory tended towards wimpiness - at which times the arcane lyrics don’t help - but the hip catchiness of the songs mostly kepy them out of trouble.

Scott Miller died unexpectedly on April 15, 2013, at the age of 53.

In September 2014, Omnivore Recordings released the first of a series of remastered reissues of the entire Game Theory catalog.

Thanks to kneesfudd for sharing the tracks at Dime (cleaning this up must have been a labour of love).

kneesfudd’s notes:

- Distorted but assimilatable quality of astounding music.
- Warts: Unfortunate distortion and sibelence thruout, but dealable.
- Meticulously remastered removing many issues without EQ.
- Great setlist and performance (Scott is FLYING by halfway thru).

Click here for the complete notes.

Picture from - Thanks!

Recording Information:
mono or narrow stereo soundboard > unknown stereo cassette recorder > master soundboard “stereo” cassette > 1st generation cassette > 2nd generation Maxell MX-90 cassette, Dolby B on

Remastering 2014-09-xx
wavs > Audacity [normalisation to remove DC offset, channel/phase alignment, fades, manual one-at-a-time glitch, bump, pop, click, dropout & dullspot repairs, volume adjustments, NO equalisation]
> CD Wave (track splits) > flacs (Trader’s Little Helper)

UPDATE: November 18, 2014

These tracks are no longer available for sharing as the show is being considered for an official release.

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Track 01. Here It Is Tomorrow (false start) 1:04
Track 02. Here It Is Tomorrow 2:11
Track 03. Carrie Anne 3:32
Track 04. Rayon Drive 2:57
Track 05. The Only Lesson Learned 2:43
Track 06. Like A Girl Jesus 2:47
Track 07. 24 2:38
Track 08. Waltz The Halls Always 3:21
Track 09. Girl With The Guitar 3:01
Track 10. Look Away 3:38
Track 11. Where You Going Northern 3:54
Track 12. Shark Pretty 4:30
Track 13. Revolution 4:28
Track 14. I’ve Tried Subtlety 2:57
Track 15. Oh Dana and band intros 2:14
Track 16. Friend Of The Family 5:00
Encore One
Track 17. Nine Lives To Rigel Five 3:35
Track 18. September Girls (partial) 0:52
Track 19. Erica’s Word 4:05
Track 20. Curse Of The Frontier Land 5:08
Encore Two
Track 21. The Red Baron 5:19
Track 22. Re-Make/Re-Model 3:56
74 mins

Scott Miller - acoustic and electric guitars, vocals
Donnette Thayer - rhythm electric guitar, vocals
Shelley LaFreniere - keyboards
Guillaume Gassuan - electric bass
Gil Ray - drums

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  1. One Response to “GAME THEORY - AMHERST 1986”

  2. insanity, thy name is distortion and sibelence.
    A one time listen, if you dare.

    By Job Hunter on Sep 29, 2014

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