- GLASGOW, APPOLLO, SCOTLAND, UK
November 16th, 1983
1. PUBLIC IMAGE
2. LOW LIFE
8. ANARCHY IN THE UK
9. LOVE SONG
10. FLOWERS OF ROMANCE
48 minutes (approx)
(7) Average Audience Recording
Tape Gradings Explained here
review by TIM BUCKNALL
The tape runs ever so slightly fast. There's some weird tape phasing during the 1st song 'Public Image' which actually adds to the guitar sound!
This is a fairly tinny audience recording. The keyboards, guitar, vocals and bass come through well; the drums are buried. There's no crowd interference during the songs, and the crowd is just a quiet roar between songs. The tape runs ever so slightly fast, I didn't realise till John spoke between songs.
'Low Life' is pretty good considering the line-up. 'Annalisa' is actually pretty good by anyone's standards. Very hard, and very close to the album version; sacking Tom Zvoncheck was clearly a good move. There are no intrusive keyboards to ruin the song, I'm not sure but I think I might even hear a second guitar on 'Annalisa'. it certainly doesn't sound like the weedy guitar sound that blighted some of the other '83 shows.
'Religion' has the organ intro as heard on 'Live in Tokyo' but it's a much harder version. During 'Memories' John complains about the sound balance in his monitor "I'm Too Loud" the PA mix is fine however. The guitar during 'Memories' sounds pretty good.
'Solitaire' is irredeemably cheesy tonight, with mostly clean guitar. By now the tape speed problem seems more noticeable. 'Chant' is next and unfortunately the keyboards are more intrusive than at Brighton on Nov 2nd. It's probably down to the position of the respective tapes rather than any real difference in sound mix During 'Chant' the slap bass is more annoying than at Brighton. Louie Bernadi is throwing in lots of cheesy disco octaves that really don't suit the song.
As per gig goers reports, 'Anarchy in the UK' is indeed huge sounding; thanks to Arthur Stead swapping his keyboard for a 2nd guitar. Certainly the best rendition of this song from this tour, only Louie Bernadi's irritating bass stops it from being a truly classic live moment.
The encore is 'This is Not a Love Song', it's still the early version rather than the hard funk version played by the 84 line-up. It's not as nauseating as the 'Live in Tokyo' version but I wouldn't listen to it again, and by now the tape speed problems are even noticeable.
It's certainly not a bad tape. In fact, some moments are outstanding. It's better than Bristol, Newcastle, Lyon, Hollywood & Tokyo, and on a par with Brighton '83, but obviously not as satisfying as a 1984 show.