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The Bolshoi Live at Portsmouth Polytechnic - 10/17/1987

After the release of "Lindy's Party" on Sept. 14, The Bolshoi geared up for a three-week, 17-show whirlwind tour across the UK the following month.


Again Portsmouth Polytechnic was on the agenda and the band stopped there for the 10th stop. The October show was much different than February's, with nine of the album's ten songs represented in the set. Peppered in between there are a few older gems, including "Romeo in Clover (Call Girls)" and "Sunday Morning." The highlight is a 10+ minute "A Way" which is probably the best version I have heard anywhere so far... Also, this show's 16 tracks also marks the longest show currently housed on the site.

As a side note, this is one of two shows from this tour that is available. The other is of a show (incomplete) on Oct. 22 at Coventry Poly.

The overall sound quality of this show is excellent. Again, not a soundboard recording but darn close! Thanks to Warren Swaine for making this show available!

Here's Warren's own account as to the reason behind the great sound quality:

The reason the Portsmouth Poly tapes are slightly better than a normal audience recording is because The Bolshoi brought their own PA that day (Skan PA, soundman that day was the legendary Grizzly), so I had all the Polys normal sound equipment lying around. I ran two Shure SM58 microphones direct into the concert hall directly in line with the PA stacks above the audience noise. They were connected to our Soundcraft monitor desk which Id moved to our projection room. It then went through our 20 way graphic which Id adjusted during the sound check and into our TEAC tape drive. The first copy had been run off before the band had left the building!

The full set list follows. Click on the file size next to a song title to download that individual song. To download the show in its entirety, click on the link below the set list. All files are in WMA format. Please note - the encore songs have a fade in/out while the other songs do not -- cut at different times...

Set List

1. Intro - 2:09 (2.7 MB, 128 kbps)
2. Romeo in Clover (Call Girls) - 5:10 (6.4 MB, 128 kbps)
3. Auntie Jean - 4:19 (5.4 MB, 128 kbps)
4. Swings and Roundabouts - 4:47 (5.9 MB, 128 kbps)
5. T.V. Man - 5:15 (5.8 MB, 128 kbps)
6. Can You Believe It - 4:39 (5.8 MB, 128 kbps)
7. Someone's Daughter - 4:23 (5.4 MB, 128 kbps)
8. She Don't Know - 4:46 (5.9 MB, 128 kbps)
9. Lindy's Party - 6:10 (7.6 MB, 128 kbps)
10. Sunday Morning - 6:09 (7.6 MB, 128 kbps)
11. Crack in Smile - 6:27 (8.0 MB, 128 kbps)
12. Looking For a Life to Lose - 4:02 (5.0 MB, 128 kbps)
13. Please - 4:06 (5.1 MB, 128 kbps)

Encore

14. Barrowlands - 3:48 (4.4 MB, 160 kbps)
15. Fat and Jealous - 4:30 (5.2 MB, 160 kbps)

Second Encore

16. A Way - 10:09 (11.7 MB, 160 kbps)

- Full Show with no edits - 1:24 (97 MB, 160 kbps)

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