Friday, February 7

Soft Boys - Live at the Portland Arms 1978 (vinyl rip)

The Portland Arms
Cambridge, UK
Nov. 1, 1978
soundboard recording (sound quality: VG++; hi-resolution vinyl rip from Live at The Portland Arms LP [Glass Fish] release) 

01 Give It to the Soft Boys   
02 Sandra's Having Her Brain Out   
03 Give Me a Spanner, Ralph   
04 My Evaline   
05 Human Music   
06 I Like Bananas
     (Because They Have No Bones)    
07 Horns Large Horns   
08 The Book of Love   
09 Wish I Had My Baby   
10 White Shoe Blues   
11 In the Mood   
12 That's When Your Heartaches Begin   
13 Have a Heart, Betty (I'm Not Fireproof)   
14 The Duke of Squeeze   
15 All Shook Up 
16 Postman's Knock*
17 Deck of Cards*
*Trks 16 & 17 are from the same performance, but were not included on either of the official "Live at the Portland Arms" releases.

The Soft Boys:
cover of the original release on cassette, 1983
Andy Metcalfe - bass, vocals
Morris Windsor - drums, vocals 
Robyn Hitchcock - guitar, lead vocals, harmonica  
Kimberley Rew - guitar, vocals
Jim Melton - percussion, lead vocal (track 11)
Mungo Carstairs - saxophone, vocals 
Airborne Alice - additional vocals

ROB SEZ: Among Robyn Hitchcock & Soft Boys fans, this is a well-known release, taken from an early acoustic performance — offered here in all its lossless glory. It was first released in 1983 on Moonlight Records as a cassette-only edition, and reissued on vinyl in 1988 on Glass Fish Records with new artwork. It's never been released on CD. Tracks 1-15 are from a hi-resolution rip of the LP. (I cannot recall my source for the two bonus tracks, but I do know they're from a lossless source. A couple of tracks from this performance appeared on an officially-released compilation, but these are versions from the vinyl rip, so in that sense aren't exactly the same.) The set is now nearly complete, lacking only "Wey Wey Hep Uh Hole", which was played next to last in the setlist. HUGE THANKS to Dr. Forrester for sharing this one.


  1. Thank you so much for this. I love this show + recording, so it's fantastic to have the extra tracks!

  2. Replies
    1. Good value for the money, don't you think, Z?

  3. Realized have that same 'Postman's Knock' version from a comp called Invisible History without dawning on me it was from same gig. But had never heard the 'Deck of Cards'.

    1. I think my source for those 2 tracks was probably a bootleg rarities comp. About the time I finish leaving this comment, it will come back to me... 8-(


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