Live in Angoulême, 1983

by Tuxedomoon

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A historical recording duly preserved by Peter Principle, showcasing the short 1983 tour that momentarily brought together the then-departing Blaine L. Reininger and recent recruit Luc van Lieshout, albeit never sharing the stage. The recording itself is a fine one, despite the two obvious setbacks that betray its provenance (a 90-minute cassette tape): Saint John required an edit due to being caught in the tape-flip exercise, and Again needed a fade-out in order to avoid an abrupt ending. One could argue this fade-out works well as a metaphor for the band’s transition into a new chapter...

The somber mood is somehow palpable, the classics taking on an elegiac tone, and the new compositions still evolving (in his own personal notes on this recording, Peter himself wrote “Early version of Manner has Bruce still looking for a part”). Towards the end of the gig, right before “What Use”, Blaine announces his departure, which would indeed occur two days later after one final performance in La Rochelle.

“In April 1983, Reininger was contractually obliged to rejoin Tuxedomoon for a few gigs in France. Interview footage shot at La Rochelle made it clear that the show to be performed that night was perceived by many to be Tuxedomoon’s last waltz. But that wasn’t the case and this in spite of the Les Disques Du Crépuscule press releases that accompanied the release of Tuxedomoon’ Short Stories EP (featuring the “The Cage” and “This Beast” tracks) on the same month announcing that the group had disbanded. Tuxedomoon had just completed its first Chapter.
[...] A short reportage (Fabienne Chauvière, dir.) about Tuxedomoon was broadcast [...] at the 7 o’clock news of French TV channel FR3, Poitou-Charentes region: Tuxedomoon is shown rehearsing “Nervous Guy,” Blaine Reininger playing and singing, with Luc van Lieshout standing to the back of the stage holding his trumpet (not playing). During a short interview, Steven Brown is asked whether Tuxedomoon is going to be the same without Blaine: “I don’t know yet, for the time being yes. Now we are three musicians like before, with a trumpet player. But he does not replace Blaine, I’m not interested in that.””

(Extract from Isabelle Corbisier’s Tuxedomoon biography, “Music for Vagabonds”, 2008; used by permission of the author)

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released June 19, 2018

Recorded live in Angoulême, 20 April 1983

Performers:
Steven Brown
Bruce Geduldig
Peter Principle
Blaine L. Reininger
Winston Tong
Luc van Lieshout

Live sound by Gilles Martin
Transferred from analogue tapes by Peter Principle, 2015
Mastered by Anselmo Canha, 2018

Project management, notes and design by Heitor Alvelos
Photography by Pierre Radisic (used with permission of the author)
Tuxedomoon signature by Winston Tong (from “Music in 4 Suites” press kit, 1983)
Ornament by Kjpargeter @ freepik.com

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