1988-01-11 Wembley Arena, London, England, UK

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A very good master audience recording is available from this concert below.

This concert was planned to have a partial radio broadcast by Capital Radio, but it was decided to not be broadcast at the last minute, perhaps due to the planned "101" release. The British Library has the recording in their archives, consisting of 3 reels and a CD-R version; see their search page.

Details regarding the reels:

  • Title: Capital Radio Tapes
  • Product title: Depeche Mode - live at Wembley, 1988
  • Notes:
  • Other copy no: 1CDR0033295
  • Documentation/Sleeve notes: on tape boxes
  • Acquisition date: 1994-08
  • Purpose of original: broadcasting
  • Physical Description: tape 3 reels 25 cm 38 cm/sec stereo
  • Holdings Notes: original or first generation

Details regarding the CDR copy:

  • Title: [In concert]
  • Contributor: Depeche Mode
  • Place Name: Wembley, London
  • Notes:
  • Recording: 1988-01-11;
  • Depeche Mode
  • Duration: 69 min. 24 sec.;
  • Item notes: Titles as listed: Behind the wheel.- Strange love.- Sacred.- Blasphemous rumours.- Stripped.- The thing you said.- Nothing.- Pleasure little treasure.- People are people.- Never let me down.- Question of lust.- Master and servant.- Everything counts.
  • Performance notes: Live performance

The recording is available to listen to if you visit a British Library and provide a valid reason to listen to the recording. Further information is available in this forum thread on Home; for those without forum accounts, the opening post is quoted below:

The British Library hold a large collection of recordings from Capital Radio, a London based UK radio station. One of the recordings is Depeche Mode's Wembley concert from the 11th January 1988. According to WayneUK the show was pulled at the last minute, which I think is probably because the group were planning to release the official live album "101". I had to chance to listen to the recording at the British Library and the quality is amazing, the synth parts in particular being a lot more detailed than on 101. My criticism of 101 was that it too polished and that the live renditions sounded too much like the studio versions. In this recording, the songs take on a life of their own.

In order to hear the show you must apply for a readers pass at the British Library in London (it is free but you need to show various forms of ID) and then request the recording, giving a valid reason for wanting to hear it. Once you have your pass, you can listen to the files at either the London site or the British Library at Boston Spa in Yorkshire. The computers are very secure so it is impossible to copy or download the files (128kbps mp3s). As I am pursuing a career in archives, I greatly respect the copyright restraints on such archive recordings and would advise people to do the same and not attempt to copy the files. The British Library said they would copy the files if permission was given from Capital Radio, however the station refused stating "Although we own the copyright in the recording we do not own full rights to it. So we will not grant permission for access to our archives". I was dissapointed but perhaps Mute/EMI might consider an official release one day.

The files have been held for quite some time but I was bored one night and decided it would be interesting to search the British Library's online database :D

Please do not message me asking how do get copies or if I can supply them. I do not have any copies of this show and I have exhausted all possibilties to obtain a copy.

Best wishes

Robert aka Humanracer

Hard Corps was the support act.

Set list

  1. Pimpf
  2. Behind The Wheel
  3. Strangelove
  4. Sacred
  5. Something To Do
  6. Blasphemous Rumours
  7. Stripped
  8. Pipeline (*)
  9. The Things You Said (*)
  10. Black Celebration
  11. Shake The Disease
  12. Nothing
  13. Pleasure, Little Treasure
  14. People Are People
  15. A Question Of Time
  16. Never Let Me Down Again
  17. A Question Of Lust (*)
  18. Master And Servant
  19. Everything Counts


  • Source 1 is a very good audience recording sourced from the master tapes.
  • Source 2 is a good audience recording of the soundcheck before the concert.

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