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live at womad 1982

A historic live recording celebrating the 40th anniversary of a landmark cultural moment including performances by Echo & The Bunnymen, Peter Gabriel, Simple Minds, The Beat, The Drummers of Burundi, The Musicians of the Nile and many more.

WOMAD 1982. The Royal Bath and West Showground near Shepton Mallet, Somerset. The heart of the world in the heart of the West Country. A festival of new and traditional arts from four continents and over 20 countries.

Real World Studios 2021. The process of restoring the 40-year-old audio tapes recorded at the first WOMAD festival began, overcoming many technical challenges to ensure these vital, historic performances were saved. This album is a window onto three days of amazing music - highlights from multiple stages, of artists from many corners of the globe.

  • To celebrate the 40th anniversay of the first WOMAD concert, RealWorld Studios issued a compilation of many of the artists who played at the festival.

  • Simple Minds played The Showering Pavilion on Friday, 16th July, 1982. Whilst the band were promoting Sons And Fascination, many new songs from the forthcoming New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) album were being showcased. In particular, Promised You A Miracle, King Is White And In The Crowd and Someone Somewhere In Summertime were all featured.

  • Promised You A Miracle was chosen to represent Simple Minds on this set. This is currently the only official source of this recording.

  • The booklet included content from the original 1982 programme for all the artists:

    Formed in Glasgow in 1978 by vocalist Jim Kerr and guitarist Charlie Burchill, Simple Minds have consistently proved themselves to be a unique band, throwing aside the 'futuristic' albatross hung around their necks by a motley crew of rock critics. Their music has pursued a course which is both oblique and visionary, charted darkly through a series of acclaimed and commercially successful albums.

    During a European Tour with Peter Gabriel in 1980, Simple Minds lived up to all expectations lauded upon them and consolidated their extraordinary approach to rock music. The group are now signed to Virgin Records and their debut LP released on this label, Sons And Fascination and Sisters Feeling Call, have firmly established them at the centre as well as the forefront of contemporary music. Their concert appearance in the Showering Pavilion is looked forward to with excitement and fascination.

    live at womad 1982: quick reference
    1-1. Tabla Iqae[Live]by The Musicians Of The Nile
    1-2. Mirror In The Bathroom[Live]by The Beat
    1-3. Big Bag[Live]by Pigbag
    1-4. Kama K'iwacu[Live]by The Drummers Of Burundi
    1-5. I Have The Touch  [Live]by Peter Gabriel
    1-6. WOMAD II[Live]by Robert Fripp
    1-7. Raindrops Pattering On Banana Leaves[Live]by Tian Jin Music And Dance Ensemble
    1-8. Zimbo[Live]  by Echo And The Bunnymen

    2-1. Taksim Arghul[Live]by The Musicians Of The Nile
    2-2. Salsa De Hoy[Live]by Salsa De Hoy
    2-3. You're My Kind Of Climate[Live]by Rip Rig And Panic
    2-4. Key Release[Live]by Mark Springer
    2-5. Cotten-Eyed Joe  [Live]by The Chieftains
    2-6. Promised You A Miracle[Live]by Simple Minds
    2-7. Gahu[Live]by Ekome
    2-8. A Ritual Mask[Live]by Peter Hammill
    2-9. Biko[Live]by Peter Gabriel
    2-10. Wayo In-Law[Live]by The Ivory Coasters
    2-11. Gamelan Gong Kebyar[Live]by Sasono Mulyo