:: Historic My Bloody
Valentine live recording from march 1985 to get re-released on Parergon
Records soon ::
My Bloody Valentine's original line-up photographed during their 1985 winter stay in Berlin showing Colm O'Ciosoig, David Conway, Kevin Shields and Tina. Before they left for London in spring '85, changing repertoire and instrumentation at that opportunity, MBV played at a festival hosted by Amigo Records at the Berlin cinema Sputnik. The band then agreed to release the recording of the gig on Amigo. Only a few hundred cassettes sold during the mid-80s before it went out of stock and became a rare and unique document of the early days of the band.
The Sputnik live recording sounds quite paradox, on the one hand it seems to lack much of what My Bloody Valentine is about, extra guitar tunings, coupled amplifier noise, blurred vocals and all that, and on the other hand one senses something's already happening. Even before becoming more refined Kevin Shield's guitar play featured a lot of a distinctiveness which eventually proved to be seminal for many bands of the coming decade. Kevin always denied speculations about the use of tons of layers of guitar overdubs, common guesses especially after the release of "Loveless" in 1991. For those who still doubted him take a listen back to march '85: although his use of the guitar was technically still pretty straight and raw at the Sputnik concert, you can hear a certain kind of complexity shimmering through, reminding of future feats.
Beside of that, what also makes the recording very valentinesque are Colm O'Ciosoig's impelling off-beats, a singular feature that shaped My Bloody Valentine until it was somehow abraded on "Loveless". And Dave Conway, o.k., he really was different, like it or not. But the man had his very qualities and just nearly missed a personal apogee on that Berlin evening.
Beside of the Sputnik recording there's only one other release, the debut LP "This Is Your Bloody Valentine" documenting the Valentine's primordial sound of early 1985. Since the band still had very low engineering experience, support and studio time, this studio work didn't came came out as it should and also lacked much of their spontaneous live dynamics. We released the live stuff then to present a more adequate record of the early band's qualities. And yes, there are four My Bloody Valentine songs on the live recording still absolutely unreleased otherwise.