Hall, Edinburgh: October 22, 1985
(without Wendy, who was sick)
02. Moving The River
03. Cars And Girls
05. Faron Young
07. Lions In Own Garden Exit Someone
08. Wicked Things
09. Goodbye Lucille N.1
10. Don't Sing
12. When Love Breaks Down
13. When The Angels
Sound quality: Audience recording,
listenable, but not great.
Memories from Prefab Sprout, Edinburgh, 1985
This recording brings back some special memories for me. It was twenty years ago and I was the clichéd pimply teenager. Music, it seemed, was the most important thing in the world. John Peel and some New Musical Express journalists were hyping Prefab Sprout. I was young and easily impressed by London journalists and these were the days when I thought little of splashing out the remains of my salary on half a dozen pieces of vinyl. When I bought 'Steve McQueen' I wasn't disappointed - the album was a beautifully crafted piece pop music. I played it over and over again. I still do.
A few months later Paddy and co. came on tour and came to my hometown, Edinburgh. I can't remember many details of the gig - I bought my ticket from 'Ripping Records' a great
music store, which had every record worth buying at the time, and I think the show was eventually sold out.
I remember wondering how the Sprouts would square the lush production of ‘Steve McQueen’ with performing live. I wasn’t disappointed and the show flew by; 'Moving the River' was as slick and smooth as you could imagine, the then unreleased 'Wicked Things' sticks in memory as something worth listening out for later.
The performance of 'Bonny' just blew me away. ‘Cruel’ was just a perfect ending to a perfect show. I remember leaving the show with a warm feeling and thinking I had been in the presence of something special.
Alan from UK