May 29, 2015 – 4:14 pm

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Berlin/BBC 2015 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Magnet Club, Berlin, Germany; March 13 or 14, 2015. Very good FM broadcast. BBC Session (”Live Lounge” for Fearne Cotton show), Maida Vale Studios, London, UK; April 29, 2015. Very good satellite broadcast.

On May 4, 2015, Mumford & Sons released their third studio album, Wilder Mind. Prior to the release, the British band was in Berlin and at the BBC previewing their new songs. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. When it comes to the music, for those long in the tooth, you’ve certainly heard it all before. (If the guitars were more chiming, they’d be the next Big Country.) On the other hand, there are many who feel that this is one of the better newer bands.

Much has already been made of Mumford & Sons’ abandonment of their beloved banjos for album number three. Yet anyone who’s seen the quartet live - which, when you consider their knackering touring schedule and commitment to playing far flung fields as well as arenas, is a great many people - will attest that there have always been hints of a rockier side lurking beneath the folksy facade. - NME

The sentiment is Springsteen, the guitars are straight-up Strokes, and even if it’s not going to work out for the relationship in this song, the music itself bristles with self-assurance. - Rolling Stone

It’s less easy to recall a band as successful as Mumford & Sons risking their fanbase in order to make music that’s actually more anodyne and generic than before, which is what appears to have happened on Wilder Mind. The banjo, accordion and the bass drum operated by Marcus Mumford’s foot have indeed vanished as promised, but they’ve been replaced by expansive, stadium-friendly indie-rock filled with surging choruses and guitars smothered in U2ish echo. You can understand a desire to change, to demonstrate that there’s more to them than fans and detractors alike previously thought, but you listen to Believe or The Wolf and think: who’s going to be “freaked out” by this? Someone who’s never heard Snow Patrol? - The Guardian

Thanks to Tomyoungster for sharing the Berlin show at Dime.

FM (analog cable) > Audacity > xACT

Thanks to smiler40 for sharing the BBC show at Dime.

Digital Satellite (live) broadcast 2015-04-29 MPEG1 layer 2 48kHz @ 192kbps:
BBC Radio 1 > DVB-S > TBS 6984 > DVBviewer > .mp2 > Mpeg2Schnitt (trimming) > .mp2

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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Berlin, March 13 or 14, 2015
Track 01. Monster * 4:13 (7.1MB)
Track 02. Snake Eyes * 4:14 (7.1MB)
Track 03. Broad-Shouldered Beasts * 4:23 (7.4MB)
Track 04. Believe * 3:52 (6.5MB)
Track 05. Ditmas * 3:52 (6.5MB)
Track 06. Hot Gates * 4:38 (7.8MB)
Track 07. The Wolf * 4:00 (6.7MB)
30 mins

* Songs from Wilder Mind.

BBC Session, April 29, 2015
Track 08. Interview 12:02 (20.2MB)
Track 09. Introduction 0:51 (1.4MB)
Track 10. Snake Eyes 4:15 (7.1MB)
Track 11. Believe 4:02 (6.8MB)
Track 12. The Cave 4:29 (7.5MB)
Track 13. Hot Gates 4:51 (8.2MB)
Track 14. The Wolf 4:24 (7.4MB)
Track 15. 2Shy 4:47 (8.0MB)
Track 16. Closing Comments 1:50 (3.1MB)
42 mins

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  1. 3 Responses to “MUMFORD & SONS - BERLIN/BBC 2015”

  2. I have a dog named, Smumford.
    Did this band steal their name from my dog?

    By Sally Mander on May 30, 2015

  3. “The banjo, accordion and the bass drum operated by Marcus Mumford’s foot have indeed vanished as promised…” - is this the time I’m supposed to start liking this band?

    By Rick on May 31, 2015

  4. Listening to them would perhaps help you make that decision.

    By mezz on Jun 1, 2015

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