Extant Live Recordings

Here is a list of all known extant audio and video recordings of Slowdive live shows, soundchecks, and interviews on FM radio or at a venue. Audio recordings are listed first, followed by video recordings.

This page serves two purposes: 1) it is a historical archive of which live performances were recorded, 2) it is a guide to the highest quality recordings. UPDATE (29-April-2014): To listen to a particular recording, click on its hyperlink, if available.

I would welcome any relevant information absent from either list below, so please contact me if you have something to share.

AUDIO

I provide a rating of the sound quality for each recording, on the below scale of 1 to 5 stars, which is based upon the quality of the recording rather than the quality of the performance.

: Excellent (High quality Soundboards, FM broadcasts and DAT/WAV audience recordings)
: Very Good (Lesser quality DAT/WAV audience recordings, high quality cassette audience recordings, and slightly flawed FMs/Soundboards)
: Good (Average cassette audience recordings and flawed DAT/WAV/FM/Soundboard recordings)
: Mediocre (Low quality cassette audience recordings, and heavily flawed DAT/WAV/FM/Soundboard recordings)
: Poor (Very low quality and/or severely flawed recordings)

The recorder, microphone, levels, placement, balance, crowd chatter during songs, etc. all affect a rating. For most DAT recordings I have heard a digital clone of the master, while for most analog recordings I have listened to a 1st or 2nd generation copy from the master. There are a few recordings that I know exist, but I have not listened to them yet. These are also listed but with “?” in the rating column, as is any other info that is unknown to me in regard to these recordings.

I also list whether the source is AU (audience), SB (soundboard) or FM (radio), whether the master was a cassette tape (ana, short for “analog”), a Digital Audio Tape (DAT), or a WAV file (WAV) and, if known, what microphone was used and what recorder was used. “Non-pro walkman” is a general term for a cheaper portable cassette recorder that most likely used a built-in mic rather than an external one. These are generally the poorest recordings.

Some concerts were recorded by two different tapers with different equipment: information for each is listed when available.

DATE VENUE, CITY TIME RATING SOURCE A/D MICROPHONE RECORDER
21-Nov-90 Town & Country Club, London 30m AU ana Clip-on mic Sony TCS430
15-Feb-91 The Venue, Edinburgh 40m ? AU ana
17-Feb-91 Caesar’s Palace, Aberdeen 43m AU ana non-pro walkman
23-Feb-91 Leadmill, Sheffield 40m AU ana non-pro walkman
25-Feb-91 Jericho Tavern, Oxford 40m AU ana non-pro walkman
26-Feb-91 Reading University 45m SB ana
1-Mar-91 Birmingham University 40m ☆☆ AU ana non-pro walkman
4-Mar-91 Corn Exchange, Cambridge, UK 37m AU ana non-pro walkman
5-Mar-91 Rock City, Nottingham 39m AU ana non-pro walkman
6-Mar-91 Kilburn National Ballroom, London 37m AU ana
7-Mar-91 Town & Country Club, London 40m AU ana
26-Mar-91 John Peel Session 13m FM ana
6-Jun-91 Town & Country Club, London 35m AU ana non-pro walkman
28-Jun-91 ULU, London 37m SB ana
29-Jun-91 The Venue, Oxford 40m AU ana non-pro walkman
27-Jul-91 Slough Festival, Upton Court Park, UK 38m AU ana non-pro walkman
3-Sep-91 Interview w/ Neil on Radio One 4m FM ana
3-Sep-91 Marquee Club, London 26m FM ana
18-Sep-91 Leicester University 44m SB ana
20-Sep-91 Carlton Studios, Edinburgh 45m ? AU ana
28-Sep-91 Zap Club, Brighton 50m AU ana(?)
1-Oct-91 Junction, Cambridge, UK 50m AU ana Clip-on mic Sony TCS430
6-Oct-91 Swedish Radio Interview w/ Neil & Rachel 15m FM ana
2-Nov-91 Fastlane, Asbury Park, NJ ??m ? AU ana
4-Dec-91 Melkweg, Amsterdam 25m AU ana
6-Dec-91 Capital, Hannover 30m ? AU ?
7-Dec-91 Grosse Freiheit 36, Hamburg 31m AU DAT
8-Dec-91 The Loft, Berlin (private interview) 15m AU ana non-pro walkman
8-Dec-91 The Loft, Berlin 30m AU DAT OKM-IIR TCD-D3
10-Dec-91 L’Espace Ornano, Paris (soundcheck) 16m AU ana non-pro walkman
10-Dec-91 L’Espace Ornano, Paris 53m AU DAT ECM-101 TCD-D3
11-Dec-91 VK Club, Brussels 52m AU ana PC-62 WM-D3
7-Feb-92 Barrowiak, Uppsala 56m AU ana Aiwa
9-Feb-92 Café Q, Gävle (soundcheck) 14m AU ana Aiwa
9-Feb-92 Café Q, Gävle (private interview) 22m AU ana Aiwa
9-Feb-92 Café Q, Gävle 47m AU ana Aiwa
13-Feb-92 Passagen, Stockholm 60m AU ana Aiwa
14-Feb-92 Interview w/ Nick on Swedish Radio 10m FM ana
14-Feb-92 Magasinet, Gothenburg 31m FM ana
15-Feb-92 Barbue, Copenhagen 60m AU ana WM-D3
16-Feb-92 The Loft, Berlin 62m AU DAT
17-Feb-91 Logo, Hamburg 60m ? AU ?
18-Feb-92 Zeche, Bochum 45m AU ana
21-Feb-92 Effenaar, Eindhoven 44m AU ana PC-62 WM-D3
22-Feb-92 Gigant, Appeldoorn 46m AU ana WM-D3
23-Feb-92 Paard Van Troje, Den Haag 55m AU ana PC-62 WM-D3
27-Feb-92 Caveau Des Dominicains, Nancy 46m AU DAT ECM-101 TCD-D3
29-Feb-92 L’Espace Ornano, Paris (soundcheck) 51m AU DAT ECM-101 TCD-D3
29-Feb-92 L’Espace Ornano, Paris 65m AU DAT ECM-101 TCD-D3
3-May-92 RPM, Toronto 45m AU ana Sony WM-F17
8-May-92 Cabaret Metro, Chicago 45m AU ana non-pro walkman
19-May-92 Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver 40m AU ana
22-May-92 Cattle Club, Sacramento 40m AU ana WM-D3
23-May-92 Slims, San Francisco (soundcheck) 45m AU ana Aiwa
23-May-92 Slim’s, San Francisco 40m SB ana
25-May-92 The Edge, Palo Alto 40m AU ana non-pro walkman
28-May-92 Coach House, San Juan Capistrano, CA 40m AU ana non-pro walkman
27-Jun-92 Bizarre Festival, Alsdorf 26m FM ana
25-May-93 Madeira Hotel, Brighton 35m ? AU ana
30-May-93 King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow 35m AU ana non-pro walkman
11-Jun-93 The Clapham Grand, London 48m AU ana WM-D3
2-Aug-93 Slim’s, San Francisco 45m AU ana
3-Aug-93 The Roxy, Hollywood 45m AU ana WM-D3
4-Aug-93 The Auditorium, Hollywood 50m AU ana non-pro walkman
21-Aug-93 Cabaret Metro, Chicago 47m AU DAT(?)
21-Aug-93 Cabaret Metro, Chicago 45m AU ana non-pro walkman
3-Sep-93 The Venue, London (soundcheck) 32m AU ana WM-D3
3-Sep-93 The Venue, London 55m AU ana WM-D3
10-Oct-93 Vooruit, Ghent 45m AU ana PC-62 WM-D3
10-Oct-93 Vooruit, Ghent 45m AU DAT ECM-959A TCD-D3
12-Oct-93 Kantine, Koln 45m AU ana PC-62 WM-D3
12-Oct-93 Kantine, Koln 45m AU DAT TCD-D7
13-Oct-93 Effenaar, Eindhoven 45m AU ana PC-62 WM-D3
13-Oct-93 Effenaar, Eindhoven 45m AU DAT
15-Oct-93 Loppen, Copenhagen 45m AU DAT
17-Oct-93 Gino, Stockholm 45m AU ana non-pro walkman
18-Oct-93 Sentrum Scene, Oslo 29m FM ana
18-Oct-93 Sentrum Scene, Oslo 45m SB ana Official Live Tape
21-Oct-93 Logo, Hamburg 45m AU ana PC-62 WM-D3
21-Oct-93 Logo, Hamburg 45m AU DAT ECM-959A TCD-D3
22-Oct-93 The Loft, Berlin 42m AU ana PC-62 WM-D3
22-Oct-93 The Loft, Berlin 42m AU DAT OKM-IIR TCD-D3
24-Oct-93 Röhre, Stuttgart 42m AU ana PC-62 WM-D3
24-Oct-93 Röhre, Stuttgart 42m AU DAT ECM-959A TCD-D3
25-Oct-93 Gleiss 3, München 45m AU ana PC-62 WM-D3
10-Dec-93 Garage, London 55m AU ana WM-D3
6-Apr-94 Maxwell’s, Hoboken 60m AU DAT
7-Apr-94 CBGB’s, New York 65m AU DAT
8-Apr-94 Club Babyhead, Providence (private interview) 25m AU ana
9-Apr-94 Middle East Café, Cambridge, MA 60m AU ana PC-62 Aiwa
11-Apr-94 The Roxy, Hollywood 55m AU DAT
12-Apr-94 CSUF Pub, Fullerton, CA 49m AU ana Sony mic WM-D6
13-Apr-94 Slim’s, San Francisco 65m AU ana WM-D3
2?-Apr-94 TJ’s, Newport, UK ??m ? AU ?
22-Apr-94 Paradiso, Amsterdam 60m ? AU ?
24-Apr-94 Casemates, Mons 60m AU ana PC-62 WM-D3
24-Apr-94 Casemates, Mons 60m AU DAT Aiwa CM30 TCD-D3
17-May-94 Cabaret Metro, Chicago 65m AU ana
18-May-94 Industry, Pontiac, MI 65m AU ana?
20-May-94 Ontario Place Forum, Ontario 40m AU DAT
21-May-94 Lee’s Palace, Toronto 65m AU DAT ECM-909A TCD-D7
18-May-14 Bar & Kitchen, Hoxton Square, London 82m AU WAV CA-11 PCM-M10

VIDEO

I provide a rating of the video quality and sound quality for each recording (on a scale of 1 to 5). Once again these ratings are based upon the quality of the recording rather than the performance itself. Video ratings are listed first, followed by sound ratings.

RATING SYSTEM:
5: Excellent (professional quality audience shots)
4: Very good
3: Good
2: Mediocre
1: Lens pointed backwards

I also list the source of the recording (PAL, Hi8, etc) and other info, such as if it was an outdoor gig or if it was shot with permission.

Most of these videos are available for viewing on youtube (click on a hyperlink to view).

DATE VENUE, CITY TIME RATING SOURCE OTHER INFO
5-Mar-91 Rock City, Nottingham 39m 3/3 PAL
6-Jun-91 Town & Country Club, London 35m 2/3 PAL
27-Jul-91 Slough Festival, Upton Park, London 37m 3/3 PAL Outdoor gig
3-Sep-91 Marquee Club, London 5m 5/5 PAL Pro Shot, Broadcast
11-Dec-91 VK Club, Brussels 52m 3/3 PAL
21-Feb-92 Effenaar, Eindhoven 44m 4/3 PAL
23-Feb-92 Paard Van Troje, Den Haag 55m 2/3 PAL
17-May-92 RCKCNDY, Seattle 42m 4/4 Hi8
18-May-92 Harpo’s, Victoria, B.C. 34m 4/4 Hi8 Shot with permission
19-May-92 Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver 41m 3/4 Hi8 Shot with permission
24-May-92 The Catalyst, Santa Cruz 40m 2/3 Hi8
11-Jun-93 The Clapham Grand, London 40m 4/4 PAL Missing the first 2 songs
21-Oct-93 Logo, Hamburg 40m 3/4 NTSC (MPEG-1)
21-May-94 Lee’s Palace, Toronto 65m 4/4 Hi8
18-May-14 Bar & Kitchen, Hoxton Square, London 82m 5/5 Digital
19-May-14 Village Underground, London 90m 5/5 Digital