Friday, May 4

Felt - Final Gig 1989 + BBC Sessions

Birmingham, England 
Dec. 19, 1989

audience recording (sound quality: VG to VG+)

SAMPLE: "Roman Litter" (Birmingham — final gig 1989)

01 Declaration
02 Bottoming Out
      (Lou Reed cover)
03 All the People I Like Are
     Those That Are Dead
04 Budgie Jacket
05 New Day Dawning
06 Riding on the Equator
07 Roman Litter
08 Red Indians
09 Fortune
10 The Final Resting
     of the Ark
11 Primitive Painters
12 She Lives by the Castle
13 Penelope Tree
14 Ballad of the Band

Live at the BBC
Janice Long & Andy Kershaw sessions 
1984 & 1986
FM captures (sound quality: VG+)
01 Dismantled King Is Off the Throne
02 Roman Litter
03 Vasco da Gama
04 Crystal Ball
05 Ballad of the Band
06 The Day the Rain Came Down
07 Caspian See
08 I Didn't Mean to Hurt You
      (end cut, fades out)
09 When the Dawn 
     Starts Creeping In
10 Sapphire Mansions
11 Rain of Crystal Spires
12 All the People I Like Are Those That Are Dead
13 Why Did You Have to Cry (London 1985)
01-04 = Janice Long Session 1984-09-30
05-08 = Janice Long Session 1986-02-12
09-12 = Andy Kershaw Session 1986-09-11 
13 = (bonus track) Boston Arms, London, UK 
       1984-04-12 (audience recording)

ROB SEZ: FELT! Where have you been hiding all these years? How did I miss you when I was enjoying similar British bands like Lloyd Cole & The Commotions in the 1980s? Band founder / lead singer / chief songwriter "Lawrence" channels Tom Verlaine & Lou Reed (and at times a male Patti Smith) in the vocal department and, to some extent, in his guitar stylings. The sound of early-period Felt is dominated by Maurice Deebank — a very talented Johnny Marr-esque guitarist, who quit the band in 1985. Later-era Felt leans more heavily on the keyboard prowess of Martin Duffy (later of Primal Scream). The curious are encouraged to find one of the readily-available compilations like Absolute Classic Masterpieces or Stains On a Decade. Unfortunately, the full-length albums are hard to find at reasonable prices except as digital downloads.

(all sources were lossy; no FLAC share this time)
Learn more about Felt's music at Trouser Press, WikipediaAllMusic & this fabulous fan site


  1. great post Rob.
    really good to hear these again.
    thanks for all you share.

    1. Thank you very much, Colin. Looking forward to hearing what you'll be sharing later on (hint). 8-)


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