1984-03-05 Teatro Tenda, Bologna, Italy/Source 1

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A very good audience recording. This is a significantly better sounding source than the previous tape source I provided. Everything Counts is missing about 25 seconds from the beginning. Photographic misses 5 seconds from the beginning as well due to tape flip. A power failure occurred right at the end of Just Can't Get Enough (which is audible on this recording), and according to fan Stefano Delmonte, the song was played again, and then the usual final encore of "Boys Say Go!" was performed. Neither the second JCGE nor BSG! are present on this recording; the taper, Maurizio, was asked as to why he didn't tape the last two tracks, but he never responded. It may have been simply because the 90 minute tape used was of insufficient length to record the entire concert.

Alan Wilder reported in 1987 to Comast Magazine[1] that "[T]he power cord ran through the crowd and, just as we started the last song, [a fan] cut through the cable and everything went off!". Italian press Il Resto Del Carlino reported in March 1984 that "Just Can't Get Enough had begun playing and, coup de thèatre, the lights and sound system shut down: later on it will be discovered that a mixer cable has been cut off, perhaps by an overzealous fan wishing to give his personal contribution to the group's performance, or perhaps even by someone who was annoyed by the event's success. The mishap however did not influence the audience's morale, who, cheerful and clumped, patiently waited for the glitch to be fixed just so they could listen to the British band playing for a few minutes more."[2]

This being one of the concerts of the final leg of the 1983-1984 Construction Time Again Tour, Big Muff was performed in place of "Pipeline". The band lovingly referred to the song as "Big Cunt" on their set list sheets for the final leg concerts, and they also referred to New Life as "New Crap"; see here for an example: 1984-03-08 Pacha Club, Valencia, Spain

Listen to Just Can't Get Enough in its entirety, encoded as 320kbps MP3 transferred from the master tape: Play

The master tape source does not currently circulate (I don't have a copy of it); the clip was posted in a previous torrent's comments on DIME to provide an example of how good the original recording sounds. As you can hear, this new low-generation tape source still has some quality loss, but it is still a significant upgrade to the previous source I provided and is a very enjoyable recording. Hopefully one day the master tape source will be shared.

Many thanks to Markus for providing this cassette, and to Giacomo for providing some background info about this concert and recording.


You can listen to this entire recording below.

Track list

The source tape.
  1. [5:24] Play Everything Counts
  2. [3:55] Play Now, This Is Fun
  3. [4:45] Play Two Minute Warning
  4. [4:20] Play Shame
  5. [4:09] Play See You
  6. [3:23] Play Get The Balance Right
  7. [4:37] Play Love In Itself
  8. [4:08] Play Big Muff
  9. [5:10] Play The Landscape Is Changing
  10. [4:37] Play And Then...
  11. [4:23] Play Photographic
  12. [4:51] Play Told You So
  13. [4:06] Play New Life
  14. [5:20] Play More Than A Party
  15. [3:09] Play The Meaning Of Love
  16. [4:28] Play Just Can't Get Enough
  • Total time: 1:10:47


  • Incomplete audience recording
  • unknown equipment -> low generation TDK SA60 high position cassette, 1988-1989 European stock -> Nakamichi Dragon cassette deck, serviced and upgraded (details) -> Blue Jeans Cable LC-1 8-foot RCA cable -> Creative Sound Blaster ZxR (RCA Line In) -> Adobe Audition CC 2015.0 (32-bit / 88.2 khz) -> slowed down 0 ~ 3.5% (sliding speed adjustment, start to end), normalized to -0.1dB and any DC bias removed -> WAV (32/88.2) -> tracked using Audacity 2.1.2, "Just Can't Get Enough" slowed down another 2.0% -> WAV (32/88.2) tracks -> FLAC 16-bit 44.1khz using FLAC 1.3.1 64-bit (level 8 compression) and foobar2000 v1.3.10 with its Resampler (SoX) component v0.8.3 (best quality), dithering enabled
  • Taper: Maurizio
  • Transfer: ligushka (https://www.depechemode-live.com)
  • Cassette tape photo and auCDtectTaskManager log included