In Concert : August 17th, 1972

BBC Transcription Service CN 1638/5
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The Paris Theatre (also known as Paris Studios) was a former cinema located in Lower Regent Street, London, which was converted into a theatre by the BBC for radio broadcasts. It was used for several decades by the BBC as the main venue for the comedy programmes requiring an audience broadcast on BBC Radios 2 and 4.

The BBC also recorded performances by many famous musical artists at the Paris Theatre, including The Beatles. Some of these performances were recorded as part of the In Concert and Sounds of the Seventies series, in front of live studio audiences. The venue closed in 1995, being replaced by the purpose-built BBC Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House. The demise of the Paris Theatre was marked with a commemorative concert and broadcast.
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This set was recorded live on 17th August 1972 at the Paris Studios despite the BBC transcription disc notes, which apparently, list it as Golders Green Hippodrome 28th May 1972, a few months before they actually recorded Mama Weer All Crazee Now? Recorded before an intimate live London audience and hosted by popular DJ, Mike Harding, this now historic performance was broadcast on BBC Radio One "In Concert" 30th September 1972. The recording has been widely bootlegged as 'Watch Out Here Cum T'Nutz', 'We Are All Crazee' & 'Golders Green', the '...Nutz' bootleg featuring the Harding dialogue. This is the Slade In England 'Golders Green' cover, retitled and dressed up a bit.

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This is a genuine slice of music history for any fan. Capturing Slade during their early 70's career. This scarce 'In Concert' series, in-house recording features some great music and professional production, making it worthy of serious attention for it's unique sound, The actual BBC Transcription Disc came complete with informative cue sheets (Here Me Calling? sic.) detailing the Mike Harding dialogue and ad lib with Noddy Holder. Sit back and marvel at the stereo instrument separation (that Slade worked so hard to lose in their live act), listen to Noddy encourage the crowd to stomp along with Coz I Luv You and wonder where Jim Lea's violin solo has gone?

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  • Here Me Calling
  • In Like A Shot (From My Gun)
  • Look Wot You Dun
  • Keep On Rocking
  • Move Over Baby
  • Mama Weer All Crazee Now
  • Lady Be Good
  • Coz I Luv You
  • Take Me Back 'Ome
  • Get Down And Get With It
  • Good Golly Miss Molly
This is now available as part of the Salvo Slade Remastered collection on Union Square Music. The Live At The BBC release is a 2xCD collection featuring Maida Vale studio recordings and a superb copy of this gig remastered by Tim Turan. The missing Jim Lea violin solo has been recovered and the music is now beautifully balanced to represent Slade at their best.

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My thanks to Dave Graham for supplying the media and Gary Jordan for the programme information.

1 comment:

Chas Chandler said...

Hi All,
Did any of you attend the Slade gig at the Paris Theatre in London on August 17th, 1972? It has been available as a bootleg for many years I think.

If you did, please drop me a line. I'd be very interested to talk to you as we're looking into a new Slade release for later this year and it may well include a recording of this concert.

All the best,
Chas

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