Soft Cell gig recordings from the early 80s are rarer than hens' teeth, it would seem, so I'm really pleased to finally be able to bring you a restoration of one, thanks to the original copy on cassette being sent to me by a listener.
This was a fairly clear but quiet and flat audience recording and I'm not convinced this was the complete gig - this is the only setlist I can find but the recording cuts off after Memorabilia with no "goodnight!" or anything, so I assume they played another track or 2 at least.
There were a few things that needed sorting out as best I can - there's a cut in "Insecure...Me?" which I've faded out and in, and Loving You, Hating Me cuts off rather abruptly and Bedsitter has the beginning chopped off - I guess this is where the tape was turned over back in 1983 - so I've tidied those up too. Also a weird couple of glitches which you won't hear now. And the usual tape dropouts on either the left or right channel that needed fixing. Once all those were done, I got to work on the sound quality with my EQ and other sound tools - far more clarity and "oomph" now, with everything more audible and clear.
For an audience recording I think this one sounds really good and I am sure all fans of Soft Cell will enjoy this one!
You can now download this restored show exclusively for free, right HERE as one 320kbps MP3 file.
If you would like to have separate, fully tagged 320kbps MP3s or even lossless FLACs of the restoration, head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can obtain these for a very small donation towards the site costs. Absolutely no obligation to do so of course but every single one does go towards this site, it's costs and the restorations.
Either way, enjoy the show! And if you like this recording, PLEASE spread the news to anyone you think might be interested. I now have a 1984 recording too but the only way I can gauge demand is on page hits and downloads, so please pass on this page link (not the download link) to others if you can! Many thanks.
Forever the Same
It's a Mug's Game
Loving You, Hating Me
The Art of Falling Apart