Melkweg, Amsterdam 1981 EP

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"A set of glimpses into Tuxedomoon's early days in Europe, these extracts from a gig at Amsterdam's Melkweg in early 1981 are shrouded in a scarcity of information or associated materials. And yet, with a setlist including tracks from Desire and Suite en Sous-Sol, and never before shared in any form, the recording perfectly captures the journey the band was undertaking at the time, from post-punk to more hybrid territories. Tuxedomoon had just settled at Rotterdam’s Utopia commune a few weeks earlier: this edition thus signals the nascent signs of their European sensibilities, soon to blossom fully in projects such as Divine and The Ghost Sonata.
The recording is provided 'as-is' - the files were housed in a folder inside Peter's hard drive, fades included; you can actually hear the cassette recorder being paused on occasion. This means that, in a way, this edition is not so much a faithful record of the gig as much as it is a collection of snapshots. Anselmo's attentive mastering and a quasi-narrative sequencing will hopefully ensure a coherent whole for the listener."
Heitor Alvelos, April 2018
With thanks to Isabelle Corbisier for the contextual information at Tuxedomoon's biography, “Music for Vagabonds”, 2008.

Blaine:
"Nothing really remarkable to report, outside from the performance. Melkweg at this point was still deeply hippie, functioning as the original "coffee house" pot store. Terrible dessicated brown rice catering with equally dry vegetables. Later they got more globalized and hipster in decor. I remember sitting outside waiting to load the van, thinking what it would be like to jump into the dirty beer bottle filled canal water surrounding the venue."

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released April 10, 2018

Recorded live at the Melkweg, Amsterdam
April 26, 1981

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

Live sound by Martin Van Der Leer
Transferred from analogue tapes by Peter Principle
Mastered by Anselmo Canha, 2018

All photography: © Saskia Lupini, 1981
Tuxedomoon logo from a printed newspaper article, 1985 (from Isabelle Corbisier's archives)

Project management and graphic design by Heitor Alvelos

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