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LIVE RECORDINGS

Live Recordings Information Resource by Dino Everett 2002.
Updated by Hervé Labyre 2015 & 2017
plus Gerrit Haller. Updates in Blue

Part One: 1976

Jan 19, 1976 - St. Albans, Hertfordshire College

Total Running Time (Trt) - ?
Number of Songs - 11 (supposedly)
Format - ?
Sound Quality - ??
Rating - ?
Official/Semi Official Release - none known

REVIEW
Lee Wood says this gig exists but most people have never seen, or heard a copy. The tape that says it is St Albans, is usually not. It is more likely the 8 song fake April 4, 1976 El Paradise gig from the St. Albans LP. If the 11 song tape as mentioned in the Day By Day book ever surfaces we will have a better review to offer.

Note from Phil: Lee Wood still maintains it does exist.

SETLIST (again supposed)
Did you No Wrong
No Lip
Understanding
New York
Seventeen
Steppin Stone
Submission
No Fun
Whatcha Gonna Do About It
Pretty Vacant
Substitute

Feb 21, 1976- Welwyn Garden City

Trt - ?
Number of Songs - 11 (supposedly)
Format - ?
Sound Quality - ??
Rating - ?
Official/Semi Official Release - none known

REVIEW
This gig exists but most people have never seen, or heard a copy, so no review is available.

SETLIST
Did You No Wrong
No Lip
Understanding
New York
Seventeen
Whatcha Gonna Do About It
Submission
Steppin Stone
Pretty Vacant
Substitute

April 3, 1976 - Nashville Rooms, London

Trt - 57:28
Number of Songs - 15 (Complete Gig)
Format - CD & cassette
Sound Quality - sonically clear with a bit of light modulation in the beginning
Rating - 7.5
Official/Semi Official Release - Savage Young Pistols CD

REVIEW
This is probably one of the most mislabeled gigs out there and unfortunately this confusion comes from the mix up in the otherwise excellent Lee Wood book, Day by Day. The setlists for April 3rd & April 23rd Nashville rooms gigs are backwards in the book. The easiest way to tell is on one tape “Pretty Vacant” (23rd) falls apart due to the fight and one doesn’t. Overall this gig is a great one because it is early enough to feature some of the cover versions that would soon be dropped from the setlist most notably “Understanding” and ‘Whatcha Gonna Do About It”. The version on Savage Young Pistols features a near complete version of the gig sans the reprise of “Did You No Wrong”, however they mislabel “Problems” & "Understanding” as coming from the later two Nashville rooms gigs (probably to make the CD seem more collectible) when in fact they come from this gigs tape.

DRAWBACKS
The tape does cut a few times which always make documenting that much more difficult. Most notably is the end of “Substitute” which is actually cut off, but in this case the tape probably just ran out as the remaining songs sound sonically identical. The best way to tell is the recorder was placed near a sqeaky door that you can hear opening during the gig and then again before and after “Problems” and it is at the same volume. Also Glen's back ups are great but somewhat overpowering especially on “Problems” & “Understanding”, and the voice that shouts “T.T.F.N.” (Ta Ta For Now) on “Understanding”, other than that this is one you will probably listen to again and again.

SETLIST
Did You No Wrong
No Lip
Seventeen
New York
Whatcha Gonna Do About It
Stepping Stone
Submission
Satellite
No Feelings
Pretty Vacant
No Fun
Substitute (end is cut)
Problems
Understanding
Did You No Wrong (not on CD version)

April 4, 1976 - El Paradise Strip Club

Trt - 25:38
Number of Songs - 8
Format - LP
Sound Quality - horrible
Rating - 5
Official/Semi Official Release - St. Albans Bash LP

REVIEW
This is taken from the LP entitled “St. Albans Bash” which has nothing to do with that particular gig but has often been reported as the El Paradise gig. Basically this is just another copy of the April 23rd Nashville room gig but probably the worst version available and horribly incomplete.


DRAWBACKS
The biggest one being the simply awful sound quality of the gig and the cuts that occur after almost every song, which is generally, a red flag for fakes and makes actual documentation difficult. Basically the tape has been circulated in this and a longer form with both being a poor copy of the April 23rd gig. Don’t seek this tape out, wait until it drops on your doorstep like a bad relative, and then tuck it away in the guest room.

SETLIST
Stepping Stone
No Feelings
No Fun
Substitute
Problems
Satellite
No Lip
New York

April 23, 1976 - Nashville Rooms, London

Trt - 41:45
Number of Songs - 12 (incomplete?)
Format - cassette
Sound Quality - slight distortion from a hot recording
Rating - 7
Official/Semi Official Release - Nashville Fight Night LP

REVIEW
This in some ways is one of the most important gigs in the history of the band as it is “The Night of the Fight”, that is the Vivienne Westwood fight that members of the band reportedly left the stage to join in and you can actually hear it happening during “Pretty Vacant”. Which is good because they were actually crucifying the song. The violence that occurred this night was never again to leave the reputation of the Pistols and in some ways could have influenced future punks who attended Pistols gigs. The playing is great and the tape sounds pretty good but is a little hot sonically, most noticeably Johnny’s vocals. Most copies of this tape that circulate are mislabeled as the April 3rd gig and include two tracks actually from that gig tacked on at the end. The easiest way to spot this tape is go straight to “Pretty Vacant” and listen for the fight. The song falls apart, there is screaming and what sounds like Glen saying “Leave it out, don’t do that” and then the song starts up again and they finish. Brilliant! Unfortunately that is the last song so either the club didn’t allow them to play anymore or the tapes are incomplete. Does anybody who was there remember if they played more after “Pretty Vacant”?
To make sure your is not the April 3rd gig check the setlists as they are different, most noticeably is the position of “Steppin Stone” and the omission of “Whatcha Gonna Do About It” which actually could have been played since there is a slight cut after “Seventeen” which could have just been due to the tuning. Hard to tell.

DRAWBACKS
Obviously the slight distortion on the tape and the fact that it is usually mislabeled and the possibility that it is incomplete. The cuts, one on the opening song “Did You No Wrong” has the beginning cut off and the one in between “Seventeen” & “Steppin Stone” and then again after “Problems” before “Satellite”. Nothing sounds inserted however.

SETLIST
Did You No Wrong
No Lip
Seventeen
Stepping Stone
No Feelings
New York
No Fun
Submission
Substitute
Problems
Satellite
Pretty Vacant

June 4, 1976 - Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester

Trt - 48:15
Number of Songs - 13 (incomplete?)
Format - CD
Sound Quality - slightly hot vocals on the recording
Rating - 8
Official/Semi Official Release - Aggression Thru Repression CD / Good Time Music Of The Sex Pistols LP / I Swear I Was There LP/CD + I Swear I Stayed For The Encore EP (Problems / No Fun)
Video -some 8mm footage exists and is shown in “I Swear I was There”

REVIEW
Well if you really want a review of this gig read the excellent book “I Swear I Was There” by David Nolan, It really is an interesting read about this gig. Basically this gig was influential in starting a whole scene in Manchester, or so the book says. The tape thankfully was released on a wonderful CD, that includes not only the entire gig but also gave us our first glimpse of the August 29 Screen on the Green gig that wasn’t to get released until 2001. Prior to the release there was a far inferior quality tape that was circulated. This gig still includes “Whatcha Gonna Do About It” adding to the importance, since that song would no longer starting in August. There is lots of interesting in between song banter between Johnny and the crowd that is reall yenjoable to listen to and you can tell by the sound quality that the hall was only partially filled.

DRAWBACKS
There seems to be some volume adjustment on the first song “Did You No Wrong” which also sadly fades up in the beginning. As with a lot of tapes the taper seems to adjust things on the first song and then lets it roll. Why would there be a copy of the first Manchester gig which not that many people went to but not the highly attended second one in July? Also the fact that to get the complete gig you have to get both the CD & the LP versions.

SETLIST
Did You No Wrong
No Lip
Seventeen
Steppin Stone
New York
Whatcha Gonna Do About It
Submission
Satellite
No Feelings
No Fun
Substitute
Pretty Vacant
Problems
No Fun

June 29, 1976 - 100 Club, London

Trt - ??
Number of Songs - 15 songs
Format - cassette
Sound Quality - clear audience recording
Rating - 7
Official/Semi Official Release - 1 song on Aggression Thru Repression

REVIEW
This is another one of those gigs that has yet to surface in it’s complete form. The opening track “Flowers Of Romance” appears on the Aggression CD, but that is all. This track though proves that the gig does exist, however most of the Pistols early traders are now in there forties and have apparently tucked them away. For now all we have is one song, but at least it is a good one and an important one.

DRAWBACKS
There is only one and that is that this gig, one of the early 100 Club performances is still in the “missing” or “hoarded” file.

SETLIST
Flowers Of Romance
Seventeen
No Lip
Steppin Stone
New York
Whatcha Gonna Do About It
Submission
I Wanna Be Me
Satellite
No Feelings
No Fun
Substitute
Problems
Pretty Vacant
Did You No Wrong

July 6, 1976 - 100 Club, London

Trt - 49:20
Number of Songs - 13 songs
Format - cassette
Sound Quality - varies as there are two versions
Rating - 5 (songs 1-8) 7.5 (Songs 9-13)
Official/Semi Official Release - none known

REVIEW
The bulk of this tape is just awful. It actually sounds like someone played the tape through a stereo and then rerecorded the gig on one of those little Radio Shack tape recorders that everyone had back in the 70’s. The reason for this guess is the sound quality of songs 9-13 is excellent. If the last 5 songs sound that good then somewhere the first 8 do as well. Unfortunately they haven’t popped up yet. Overall it is a pretty good gig for the time and Johnny is beginning to speak more in between songs and says a few recognizable things you can use for documenting, most notably “still about certain members of society” before they play "Pretty Vacant". It was quite nice when the shorter but better quality version popped up as it contained the encore “Did You No Wrong” which was not mentioned in the Day By Day book.

DRAWBACKS
Besides the obvious sound quality overall on songs 1-8 there is a small cut/edit in the middle of “I Wanna be Me” also there are small breaks before and after “Substitute” but it doesn’t sound inserted as on both versions of the tape (good & bad) the song sounds comparable in quality to the rest. The biggest drawback I can think of it that it seems the taper didn’t record No Feelings or “Flowers of Romance” which were probably played as they were played 1 week earlier on June 29th and they were both played on the next recorded gig 1 month later.

SETLIST
I Wanna be me
No Lip
Seventeen
Stepping Stone
New York
Whatcha Gonna Do About It
Submission
Satellite
No Fun
Substitute
Pretty vacant
Problems
Did You No Wrong

August 14, 1976 - Birmingham, Barabarellas

Trt - 50:33
Number of Songs - 13 songs
Format - cassette
Sound Quality - a somewhat muddy/muffled sounding audience
Rating - 7
Official/Semi Official Release - none known

REVIEW
This is the last time we will hear “Flowers Of Romance “ recorded with the exception of the brief bit before “Pretty Vacant” on the August 31st tape. “Whatcha gonna do about it” has also basically bitten the dust by this point. This is the first time we get to hear both “Anarchy in the UK” and “Liar”. Previously available in a shorter version this new upgrade (?) contains the complete gig, although I wonder why they didn’t play “No Lip” as it was still a regular at this point and would be played in two weeks at the Screen gig. Oh and check out the delay-crazy heavy metal lead on “New York”, a hint at the Jonesy that was to come. Ha ha.Oddly it is on this song that Jonesy apparently breaks a string and John is forced to stand there and talk to the audience and says something very puzzling. It is hard to make out due to the quality but it sounds like he says “I was gonna sing God Save The Queen..but last time there was a riot.” My guess is he is talking about the traditional version as the Pistols song would not be performed for yet another three months and may not even of been written. In spite of this comment the setlist does not however indicate a mislabel on the tape.

DRAWBACKS
Even with the upgrade the gig is still a low 7 sounding tape. It sounds like it is either heavily generated or more likely recorded poorly, as in many ways it is a wonder tapes recorded in the seventies are even listen-able. There is also a slight break before “Anarchy” but it is easy to spot as legit due to the funny comment John says “You want to see my bollocks?”

SETLIST
Flowers Of Romance
I Wanna Be me
Liar
Substitute
Seventeen
New York
Steppin Stone
No Fun
Satellite
No Feelings
Pretty Vacant
Problems
Anarchy in the UK

August 29, 1976 - Screen on the Green, Islington

Trt - 56:26
Number of Songs - 15 songs
Format - CD
Sound Quality - wonderful
Rating - 8
Official/Semi Official Release - Sex Pistols CD box set / Midnight Special CD / Live Screen On The Green Aug 29 1976 LP.

REVIEW
Until this CD came out last year the only songs from this gig that were actually circulating were the two from the Aggression CD. Thankfully the bootleggers finally put this out so it could wind up on the box set, so people don’t have to pay the bootleg prices. Overall a great sounding gig and one that you will listen to more than once not only for the quality but the performance as well. These are still the gigs that are covered with delay from their soundman. The beginning seems to be an abbreviated version of “Flowers” without any vocals. You can hear the “Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh” backups on “New York” pretty nicely, cover bands are you listening??? Some good Johnny dolphins sounds before “Satellite” as well, if you go for that sort of thing. It was mentioned in the Day By Day book that one fan described this as “probably the Sex Pistols finest gig”. The book however left out the last four songs on it’s setlist. Perhaps this tape existed in a shorter form previously.

DRAWBACKS
There is a slight fluctuation from time to time in the sound quality but nothing too bad. “Satellite” gets cut in the middle though, probably due to the taper flipping the tape since it is in the middle of the gig. The vocals get a tad hot at times as well, but again nothing too bad.

SETLIST
Anarchy In The UK
I Wanna Be Me
Seventeen
New York
No Lip
Stepping Stone
Satellite
Submission
Liar
No Feelings
Substitute
Pretty Vacant
Problems
Did You No Wrong
No Fun

August 31, 1976 - 100 Club, London

Trt - 47:36
Number of Songs - 15 songs
Format - cassette
Sound Quality - audience recording with intermittent static
Rating - 7
Official/Semi Official Release - none known

REVIEW
The next to the last time the band would play at the 100 club. This is a nice fairly clear tape and is one of my favorites(too bad about the static) as the band sounds great and Johnny is interacting with the audience pretty regularly at this point. This is the gig where the Ray Stevenson picture of Steve swinging his guitar at the back wall of the 100 club was taken and probably accounts for the break between “Substitute” and the “Flowers” tidbit. It is a shame because it sounds like a great version of “Flowers” and is the only one recorded where he actually says ‘Flowers ..OF.. Romance” Also the version of “Submission” has a really weird Goodman-delay in the middle of it. And the guitar drops out on “No Fun” for an interesting bass & vocal dub version. Ha ha..There is also a quite interesting version of “New York” where Glen plays a bassline from the Batman theme and John either makes up words, forgets words, who cares it is one of my favorite versions they have ever played. Also it sounds like you can hear Sid talking in the crowd before "Satellite”, but maybe that’s going a bit too far.

DRAWBACKS
There are quite a few cuts in between songs on this tape most notably the beginning of ‘Anarchy” is slightly snipped. There are cuts before and after “Liar”, after "Substitute” and carries over to cut off the beginning of “Flowers”. I wonder how long they played it? There is also a cut before “Problems”. None of these sound inserted with the exception of “Liar” since it is before and after. The static unfortunately begins in the middle on “I Wanna Be Me” it clears up slightly on the later songs but the tape never again sounds like the first song which is a shame.

SETLIST
Anarchy In The UK
I Wanna be Me
Seventeen
New York
No Lip
Stepping Stone
Satellite
Submission
Liar
No Feelings
Substitute
Flowers of Romance (end only)
Pretty Vacant
Problems
No Fun

September 3, 1976 – Châlet du Lac, Paris, France.

Trt – ?
Number of Songs - 17
Format - ?
Sound Quality – ?
Rating – ?
Official/Semi Official Release – None known.

REVIEW
http://www.philjens.plus.com/pistols/pistols/ChaletduLac_feature.htm

DRAWBACKS 
See Sept 5 notes. The recording posted on http://www.partnersincrime.fr by Michel Esteban is incorrectly labelled. It is from Sept 5th, not Sept 3rd. The concert from Sept 3rd has encores of Did You No Wrong and Anarchy In The UK. The sound quality is unknown as the tape has not surfaced yet.

SETLIST
Flowers of Romance
Anarchy in the UK
I Wanna Be Me
Seventeen
New York
Don't Give Me No Lip
Stepping Stone
Satellite
Submission
Liar
No Feelings
Substitute
Pretty Vacant
Problems
No Fun
Did You No Wrong
Anarchy in the UK

September 5, 1976 – Châlet du Lac, Paris, France.

Trt - 53:02

Number of Songs - 14
Format - On line
http://www.partnersincrime.fr
Sound Quality – Soundboard
Rating – 8.5
Official/Semi Official Release – None - yet!

REVIEW
http://www.philjens.plus.com/pistols/pistols/ChaletduLac_feature.htm

Live tape is available on http://www.partnersincrime.fr
Sometimes incorrectly believed to be 3rd September
Same running order as on the 3rd September gig, minus encore of Did You No Wrong / Anarchy.

DRAWBACKS
Sound qualitiy is a little bit lower for the last six songs than for the first eight songs. The original online recording has a running time of 53:42; there is a small gap (28:06 to 28:53) with an unknown band after "Submission" due to the recording having been made on a tape previously used.

SETLIST
Anarchy in the UK
I Wanna Be Me
Seventeen
New York
Don't Give Me No Lip
Stepping Stone
Satellite
Submission
Liar
No Feelings
Substitute
Pretty Vacant
Problems
No Fun

Sept 17, 1976 - Chelmsford Maximum Security Prison

Trt - 63:24
Number of Songs - 16 songs
Format - CD & LP
Sound Quality -soundboard
Rating - 8.5
Official/Semi Official Release - Part of Live '76 official box set released 2016 by Universal
See also Pistols In Prison + Pistols In Prison The Encore EP
. Ignore other releases of this gig.

REVIEW
In 2016 the gig was included in Universal's Sex Pistols - Live '76 Box set & for the 1st time included Anarchy in the UK & No Feelings, although both are incomplete. This excellent quality recording appeared in 2009 on Goodtimes Music vinyl bootleg, speard across two releases, Pistols In Prison LP and Pistols In Prison The Encore EP.
For gig review, see previous review below by Dino.

DRAWBACKS
The sound quality is excellent and the best version is the official Live '76 LP/CD because the set is in correct order and it is nearly complete. The first song, Anarchy in the UK, starts late and is incomplete at the start, and No Feelings is also incomplete. No major drawbacks.
Pistols In Prison LP/EP version is also excellent quality.

SETLIST
Anarchy in the UK (incomplete)
I Wanna Be Me
Seventeen
New York
No Lip
Steppin Stone
Satellite
Submission
Liar
No Feelings (incomplete)
Substitute
No Fun
Pretty Vacant
Problems
Anarchy In The UK
Did You No Wrong


Previous review of version circulating prior to 2009 upgrade.

Sept 17, 1976 - Chelmsford Maximum Security Prison

Trt - 52.:02
Number of Songs - 14 songs
Format - CD
Sound Quality -soundboard
Rating - 8.5
Official/Semi Official Release - Quite a few, most have been altered.

REVIEW
Johnny is in rare form at this gig and why not, I especially enjoyed the line change in “Seventeen”, which becomes “Now they’ve caught you”. The band is playing well but Paul is pissed and it is evident on a few tracks especially when he falls over before “Satellite” and stumbles on the intro to “Substitute”. As far as the two big September gigs I enjoy this over the Burton one on many levels. Also of note Johnny at one point yells out "God Save the Queen” during one song. Make sure you pick up the Dojo version and none of the other ones with the horrible fake chatter in between songs..UGH! The transition between songs is pretty good if they did alter the set’s running order though.

DRAWBACKS
The possibility that Dave Goodman has done it yet again and even altered the Dojo release since Jon Savage’s review states that they started with “Anarchy” which in this setlisting is the 8th song. I wish people who release live gigs would do it more like the Screen on the Green CD where they just give it to you straight, the way it was recorded. Oh sure clean up the recording but don’t ever alter it.

SETLIST
Seventeen
New York
No Lip
Steppin Stone
Satellite
Submission
Liar
Anarchy In The UK
Did You No Wrong
Substitute
No Fun
Pretty Vacant
Problems
I Wanna Be Me

Sept 20, 1976 - 100 Club, Punk Festival

Trt - 50:09
Number of Songs - 13 1/2 songs
Format - cassette/LP
Sound Quality -muddy audience recording
Rating - 7
Official/Semi Official Release - 100 Club Punk Festival LP.

REVIEW
This is a very important and enjoyable gig. The recording is the quintessential 7 rating, because it is decent enough to listen to but muddy enough to sound like a bootleg. The punk scene exploded after this gig. The band is playing along ferociously throughout the tape and Johnny is really putting a lot into this performance. The band is really hitting their stride in this month as evident by the three recordings that exist. It is a shame that more don’t exist.

DRAWBACKS
Any time I have received a tape that claims to be COMPLETE it has Satellite & Steppin Stone inserted from the August 31, 1976 100 club gig. There also seems to be some modulation from time to time, most notably on “Submission” and on the final version of “Anarchy”. The end of “No Lip” is cut slightly and it is here that you miss “Steppin Stone” and only get the very tail bit of “Satellite’, which is a shame, but even the tapers had to go for a pee now and then, or didn’t notice the side of the tape ended ,etc..so it is not that uncommon to miss a song here and there..

SETLIST
Anarchy In The UK
I Wanna Be Me
Seventeen
New York
No Lip
Stepping Stone (not on tape)
Satellite (ending only)
Submission
Liar
No Feelings
Substitute
Pretty Vacant
Problems
No Fun
Anarchy In The UK

Sept 24, 1976 - 76 Club, Burton on Trent

Trt - 49:59
Number of Songs - 14 songs
Format - CD
Sound Quality - soundboard
Rating - 8
Official/Semi Official Release - Truly Indecent Exposure & others

REVIEW
This is probably the most released of all the Pistols live gigs, but many were incomplete, finally a few years ago the complete gig showed up and it is a good one, although not quite as good as the Chelmsford tape. The band seems rather lifeless although playing well and Johnny rarely says anything. Still worth it to pick up but make sure you get one with the full 14 songs as there are plenty that are out there that aren’t complete.

DRAWBACKS
Not that many although the sound quality is not quite as good as the Chelmsford recording and even dips in volume here and there. Also the vocals get a tad hot from time to time…None of this takes away from the enjoyment of this recording. Definitely recommended since you don’t have to find some guy with a tape to get it.

SETLIST
Anarchy In The UK
I Wanna Be Me
Seventeen
New York
No Lip
Stepping Stone
Satellite
Submission
Liar
Substitute
No Feelings
No Fun
Pretty Vacant
Problems (false)
Problems

Oct 20, 1976 - Birmingham, Bogart’s

Trt - 35:00
Number of Songs - 9 songs
Format - cassette
Sound Quality - audience recording w/ low vocals
Rating - 7
Official/Semi Official Release - none known

REVIEW
Overall this is a pretty decent tape (albeit the low vocals) and sadly the only tape from October of 1976. It definitely seems like it is incomplete as they only play 9 songs, however it is reported that they arrived at the club late so perhaps they had to cut the set short. They had just recorded Anarchy 3 days prior for EMI.

DRAWBACKS
The possibility that it is incomplete and the major drawback being the low volume of the vocals are indeed drawbacks. The music sounds nice and clear and if the vocals were up in the mix this would be a nice strong 7.5 and one I would recommend to get. There is a break before “No Fun” and in fact some tapes have “No Fun” on them twice in a row.

SETLIST
Introduction
Anarchy In The UK
I Wanna Be Me
Seventeen
Satellite
Substitute
Liar
No Feelings
No Fun
Pretty Vacant

Nov 15, 1976 - Notre Dame Hall, London

Trt - 43:23 (46:30)
Number of Songs - 12 (14) songs
Format - cassette
Sound Quality - bad audience recording
Rating - 6
Official/Semi Official Release - none known

Video - The London Weekend Show broadcast bits of 4 songs including “No Fun” , “Submission”. “Pretty Vacant” & “Anarchy”.

REVIEW
Unfortunately the tape of this gig is piss poor to say the least, thankfully the video that is available is rather good and definitely worth picking up as it is still the Pistols in their prime and has the missing “No Fun” or at least 2:45 minutes of it anyway and a few bits of “Submission”. The odd thing is they play “Seventeen” twice. I have thought that it was possible that they played two sets that night since the TV cameras were there or they played it again since Johnny seemed to stumble on the words in the first version. It is also nice that they play “Whatcha Gonna Do About It” which had sort of been dropped by this point from the regular sets. This will be the last time we hear that song and the last time we get to hear “Did You No Wrong”, The video is nice because this is still early enough that you can spot all the future pop stars wandering around in the audience as the cameras pan by. The quality of the TV songs warrants a high 7.

DRAWBACKS
First and foremost is the horrible sound quality and there are a few cuts, most notably is the beginning of “Anarchy” which is cut off although if you want you can hear the “hello, hello” beginning on the video. Also the fact that neither “No Fun” nor “Submission” is included. There is also a major cut before “No Feelings” which in fact clips off the beginning of that song, which could be where the missing two songs were played which would make sense since the TV broadcast doesn’t contain any songs after “No Feelings” and quite honestly I can’t see the TV people sitting through the whole gig, they probably recorded what they needed in the first 6-7 songs then took off as that is what they usually do.

SETLIST
Anarchy In The UK
I Wanna be me
Seventeen
Pretty Vacant
No Feelings
No Lip
Whatcha Gonna Do About It
Did You No Wrong
Seventeen
Stepping Stone
Satellite
Problems
New York
--
No Fun (some tapes have the 2:45 minute version recorded from TV)
Submission (only 30 seconds exist of this also from the TV broadcast)

Dec 6, 1976 - Leeds Polytechnic

Trt - 38:20
Number of Songs - 10 songs
Format - cassette
Sound Quality -audience recording
Rating - 6.5
Official/Semi Official Release - Anarchy In Leeds 1976 LP

REVIEW
This was the first night of the ANARCHY tour and one of only three recordings from that tour that exist. There was a really bad tape that made the rounds for quite some time but was upgraded a year or so ago without the beginning bit where Johnny was talking. Now the two have been put together so you get the majority of the gig in a somewhat listenable quality and the rough version of Johnny talking to the crowd before it. This also marks the first time we get to hear a live version of “God Save The Queen”.

DRAWBACKS
They supposedly played two encores ‘Whatcha Gonna Do About It” and “No Fun” which weren’t recorded, also even with the upgrade this is a pretty rough tape.

SETLIST
Johnny talks
Anarchy In The UK
I Wanna Be Me
Seventeen
Stepping Stone
God Save The Queen
Substitute
No Feelings
Liar
Pretty Vacant
Problems

Dec 9, 1976 - Manchester, Electric Circus

Trt – 45:25
Number of Songs – 12 songs
Format – LP/CDR
Sound Quality – clear audience recording
Rating – 7,5
Official/Semi Official Release – None known for this upgrade. (Previous quality version available on Anarchy Tour 76 LP / Never Mind The Bans CD).

REVIEW
This is an upgrade that I got from the person who recorded the concert. It is remastered and the sound is clearer than the previous versions.

DRAWBACKS
None!

SETLIST
Anarchy In The UK
I Wanna Be Me
Seventeen
Stepping Stone
Satellite
Submission
Substitute
No Feelings
Liar
Pretty Vacant
God Save The Queen
Problems


Previous review of version circulating prior to 2013 upgrade.

Dec 9, 1976 - Manchester, Electric Circus

Trt – 44:57/45:26
Number of Songs – 11/12 songs
Format – LP/CDR
Sound Quality – decent audience recording
Rating – 7
Official/Semi Official Release – Anarchy Tour 76 LP / Never Mind The Bans CD.

REVIEW
Finally after all these years and many fakes this tape has surfaced in the form of a pretty nice boot LP which is pretty regularly available at the moment. The gig overall is a pretty good one performance wise and definitely decent enough sonically, but not exactly amazing so why did it take 25+ years for this to come out? This definitely gives hope for some of the other lost tapes like June 29, 100 Club, the Chalet du Lac, etc. etc..There is an exchange between the crowd and Steve after “Liar” where he tells them to stop gobbing or the band will leave. More recently there has been CDR’s circulating with the Sex Pistols on one and Clash/Buzzcocks on the other (the Heartbreakers set had already circulated) and this new version has the encore “Problems” on it which was previously unavailable on the LP.

DRAWBACKS
First let me say that traders will want to pick up both versions as they are different and both incomplete in different ways. The newer version with “Problems” has some of the in between chatter clipped out and the beginning of "Problems" is clipped as well, perhaps because the trader thought he could be recognized by the talking, although it seems like a failed attempt since the LP already has the talking. It is a shame there are edits since the newer version is far superior sonically. As for the LPl there are a few bits of sounds modulation from time to time most notably on side 2 of the LP and especially on “Substitute” and “No Feelings” and the LP mislabels song # 2 as “New York”. You can hear the taper talking to his friend before GSTQ making sure the tape doesn’t get cut off I suppose. The fact that this gig did finally surface will make it hard for traders who don’t buy the LP to figure out if they are getting the right one, unless they pick up the newer version as it is usually traded along with the second disc of Clash/Buzzcocks. Check setlists before trading anyone.

SETLIST
Anarchy In The UK
I Wanna Be Me
Seventeen
Stepping Stone
Satellite
Submission
Substitute
No Feelings
Liar
Pretty Vacant
God Save The Queen
Problems

Dec 20, 1976 - Cleethorpes, Winter Gardens

Trt - 34:38
Number of Songs - 10 songs
Format - LP
Sound Quality - poor audience recording
Rating - 6
Official/Semi Official Release - Anarchy In Cleethorpes LP.

REVIEW
First ever release of that gig as a vinyl LP,
Anarchy In Cleethorpes, released 2016. This is one of the rare concerts that took place during the Anarchy Tour of December 1976. Two songs are incomplete, I Wanna Be Me and Seventeen and the set is short.

DRAWBACKS
Althought the cover claims the original tape has been discovered and restored, the sound quality is nearly the same as the other versions available. Let's say it's a bit better, but nothing really different. It's the kind of recording you could be happy to have in your collection, but you won't listen more than once.

SETLIST
Anarchy In The UK
I Wanna Be Me
(cut in middle)
Seventeen (cut in middle)
Stepping Stone
Satellite
God Save The Queen
Substitute
Liar
No Feelings
Pretty Vacant


Previous review of version circulating prior to 2016 upgrade.

Dec 20, 1976 - Cleethorpes, Winter Gardens

Trt - 34:17
Number of Songs - 10 songs
Format - cassette/CD
Sound Quality - poor audience recording
Rating - 5.5
Official/Semi Official Release - 3 songs on the Never Trust A Hippie CD/LP

REVIEW
A terribly harsh and muddy sounding recording but historically important as it is one of the “pick-up” gigs from the infamous ANARCHY tour. This is one of those gigs that seems’ to get doctored on a regular basis. I have rec’d it countless times in countless different versions. More often than not people feel the need to insert songs when they get a slightly better version (ie: the ones off the Never trust a hippy CD) however all that does it make the tape sound more suspect. The best thing to do is to make a copy of the tape in its purest form and then add the better versions of the song(s) to the end. Trust me the trader/tape buyer will be happier to receive it this way. There are two common versions each one seems to have a different placement of the song but are incomplete.. There is also a not so common version that includes the ¾ version of ‘Seventeen” and is in the correct order listed below.

DRAWBACKS
The horrible sound quality makes this tape almost unlistenable but also the fact that people always insert the songs from never Trust a Hippy CD (Stepping Stone, Satellite, Substitute) makes this tape annoying. I mean you are going along and then the quality and volume changes then it changes back again. Also there is an edit in the middle of “I wanna be me” on all versions, most versions have a lot of tape hiss as well. The version that circulates that is of slightly better quality is also the one that sounds the most altered..

SETLIST
Anarchy In The UK
I Wanna Be Me
Seventeen (cut in middle)
Stepping Stone
Satellite
God Save The Queen
Substitute
Liar
No Feelings
Pretty Vacant

         
   

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