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A Guide to the Best
Stone Roses Live Recordings



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1985-10-02 Manchester University, England
Great early Roses bootleg, one of the earliest live cds around. Hear Ian going MENTAL, hear Reni's mad drums and hear how the Garage Flower songs sounded live. the remixes are from the ltd edition remix cd from 1992. Sound quality could be better, but still worth having.

Sound Quality: B
Simply amazing quality for the time - must have been done from the mixing desk. Miles ahead of anything else from the time. Hear Reni's "Keith Moonisms" full-on! Vocals are too high in the mix and guitars are weedy, but that was more to do with the sound on the night rather than the recording itself.

Performance Quality: C
Not bad for the time actually - hard and passionate, though still very rough-sounding.

Why should I get this bootleg?
This must have been one of the Roses first ever gigs after the Rock Garden event in 1984, and the sound quality is amazing.

1987-07-26 Manchester International Arena "What The World Is Waiting For"
Amazing bootleg, soundboard recording chock full of rarities. Hear different lyrics to Elephant Stone, The Hardest Thing In The World a totally different version of Where Angels Play and unreleased songs The Sun Still Shines and Your Time Will Come. EVERY Roses fan should own this, probably my favourite Roses bootleg.

Sound Quality: A
Gig recorded from mixing desk - a bit rough but professional.

Performance Quality: B
Still sounding slightly amateurish, but Squire is starting to improve.

Why should I get this bootleg?
It's a great recording of a gig full of rarities; The different version of Where Angels Play, Sun Still Shines, Your Time Will Come (which are rare songs anyway, let alone live), and The Hardest Thing In The World, they're all on here.


1988-05-30 Manchester, England Anti-Clause 28 Gig (aka "This Is The One)

Sound Quality: B
Good, especially for its early date. Very sharp, good instrument seperation.

Performance Quality: C
A bit rough sounding, and a few mistakes abound in a time when the Roses weren't completely tight on their new songs. Sally Cinnamon, being a slightly older song, goes very well though.

Why should I get this bootleg?
It's one of the better quality bootlegs from the Roses pre'89, and you can hear their older, punkier style is still there on some songs. This bootleg was recorded by a someone who went to the gig with a certain Mr Noel Gallagher.

1988-11-11 Manchester, England Manchester International 2

Sound Quality: B

Slightly sped up, which is annoying in places, and won't sound too good on bass-heavy systems, but all instruments are quite clear.

Performance Quality: B

Still not quite the finished article -Reni's drums aren't as silky as they got, being slightly "rockier", and Squire and Mani occasionally make mistakes, but Ian is great and the whole performance is very melodic, with great backing vocals from Reni, especially on This Is The One. Slightly short though, and no IATR (though this could have been cut).

Why should I get this bootleg?

You won't hear another This Is The One as good as this. Rare bootleg.

1988-12-07 Belfast, Northern Ireland, Belfast University

Sound Quality: B
Absolutely fine to listen to.

Performance Quality: B
A brilliant, tight performance, only let down by the fact that the set was so short. Brown's singing is top notch.

Why should I get this bootleg?
It's a great performance from the early Roses, especially from Brown, and was the prelude to their classic '89 tour.

1989-02-27 Manchester Hacienda "All The Colours Fade"
This is good quality bootleg of the Roses in their home town before they were going to make it massive outside Manchester, and if you do like a punkier performance, then this will satisfy you. It is the best quality 'Here It Comes' you will hear. Soundboard recording, this was the roses first big gig, very nice recording.

Sound Quality: A
Slightly rough-edged quality, but it's still very good, recorded straight from the mixing desk.

Performance Quality: B
The Roses speed through their set with ease. Some fans who liked the Roses's punky stuff from the early days cite this as their favourite gig, as the guitar is quite hard and the songs all seem to be played faster than usual. Ian Brown has a slightly different singing style too, which some people prefer and others don't.

Why should I get this bootleg?
It's a good quality bootleg of the Roses in their home town before they were going to make it massive outside Manchester, and if you do like a punkier performance, then this will satisfy you. It is the best quality 'Here It Comes' you will hear.

1989-04-24 Uxbridge, England, Brunel University

Sound Quality: B
One of the best quality recordings you are going to hear from early '89 (bar the Hacienda). Only really distorts during the rockier bits.

Performance Quality: A
A classic early '89 tour set played with real enthusiasm. As well as the perfect Shoot You Down, Elephant Stone is played as well as it is at Blackpool, and Resurrection is a very dramatic climax.

Why should I get this bootleg?
It is the best bootleg from the early '89 tour and probably the first classic Roses gig for me. Ian's mic packs up sometimes, allowing you to hear Reni's brilliant vocals by themselves for short periods.


1989-05-12 London, England London ICA

Sound Quality: A
Of brilliant quality for the majority of the gig, but there are a few crackles and fade-outs.

Performance Quality: B
Hit and miss. Songs are either done really well or quite poorly, for some bizarre reason.

Why should I get this bootleg?
A good performance with great quality sound.

1989-08-12 1989-06-03 Junction 10 Club; Walsall, UK "Stoned In Walsall"
Quality gig, gets better as the band go on. Sound is excellent audience with a loud bassy sound, excellent for learning those amazing Mani basslines.

Sound Quality: A
Good, loud but clean. Bass guitar is prominent in the mix, but is still sharp and not dominating.

Performance Quality: A
This sounds a lot like Blackpool, being just before it, and some songs (Going Down, Shoot You Down, She Bangs..) sound better than at Blackpool.

Why should I get this bootleg?
For the great performance, and all bassists out there wanting to learn Mani's basslines - they are clear as day on this recording, more so than on TSR.

1989-08-12 Empress Ballroom Blackpool "The Flashback"
Simply amazing. Full soundboard gig which is also available on an official video. Brilliant, from start to finish. Considered one of the best Roses live performances. Best performances are Waterfall and Resurrection, which lasts for 12 minutes! Brown's voice sounds weak on some songs (She Bangs, Mersey Paradise), but he is not too bad by his standards. Reni and Squire are on top form, a defining Roses gig, many say their best ever.


Sound Quality: A
Hear it all in perfect CD-quality sound - although I'm sure the video is the source for this bootleg, the quality is much purer than the video, esp. the guitar and bass. I recommend synching the CD with the video!

Performance Quality: A
Brilliant, from start to finish. Considered one of the best Roses live performances. Best performances are Waterfall and Resurrection, which lasts for 12 minutes! Brown's voice sounds weak on some songs (She Bangs, Mersey Paradise), but he is not too bad by his standards. Reni and Squire are on top form.

Why should I get this bootleg?
This gig was a defining moment in Roses history, but was also a great performance.

1989-09-23 Valencia, Spain


Sound Quality: B
Very good - in the top 5 1989 bootlegs for recording quality. Close-sounding, though there is a bit of noise that gets slightly annoying. Does "switch" to a slightly more muffled sound before Where Angels Play, but this still sounds Ok.

Performance Quality: A
Squire, Mani and Reni have some real weight and skill behind their playing, and sound really confident, Squire beginning to add a few tricks into his playing.

Why should I get this bootleg?
To hear Squire's "Indian" intro to Adored, his wonderfully powerful guitar squeal at the start of Standing Here, and the first hint of Fools Gold possibly ever coming in at the end of IATR.

1989-10-04 Luxor Club, Koln, Germany "Etched In Stone"
Pretty good gig, highlight for me is the massive version of I Am The Resurrection. Sound quality is a bit tinny but the drums and guitars are captured well. Worth a listen anyways.

Sound Quality: B
Drums and guitar are captured well, as are vocals, even if it is a bit rough-sounding.

Performance Quality: A
Stunning and full of passion from all four - after a slightly shaky Adored, gets MUCH better. Reni's backing vocals particularly stand out. The run from Made Of Stone to Standing Here is breathtaking. The version of Resurrection they play is unique too - just over 12 minutes long.

Why should I get this bootleg?:
For all the reasons mentioned above, plus to hear Ian (and a few Mancs who seem to have travelled over) getting annoyed with the German crowd!

1989-10-?? Tokyo, Japan "Stand Still"
Another soundboard top class recording, a passionate perfomance in fornt of an amazed Japanese crowd. Elephant Stone rules!!!

Sound Quality: A
Good, strong sound all the way through - feel that snare drum hit, and hear the reverb on Ian's vocals! The hi-hats and cymbals are very clear, almost too clear. Guitars distort at high levels, but this is a great recording, especially for 1989.

Performance Quality: A
Ian sounds better than at Blackpool and stays in tune nearly all the time. Reni sounds brilliant, especially on Shoot You Down and Resurrection. Squire makes the odd mistake, but overall is as good as ever. Definitely the best bootleg for fans of the rhythm section.
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Why should I get this bootleg?
It really captures the atmosphere at the gig more than many other Roses bootlegs, and is in great quality and a great performance. Strongly recommended.

1989-11-18 Alexandra Palace, London "Its Not Where You're From..."
Not bad bootleg, sound aint to hot. The Roses used a mate of theirs to set up the sound system. During the soundcheck it sounded ok, but when the crowd came in it completely changed the acoustics of the grand hall, leaving the sound in a complete mess. The engineers worked hard to improve the sound, and did, but even at it's best it was just about adequate. The Fool's Gold/Resurrection medley is amzing, except when Ian fucks the chorus of Resurrection. Two completely different reasons to get it!


Not reviewed by StoneRoses.net

1990-05-27 Spike Island, Widnes
This was the roses Knebworth, 30,000 people were there and it is a legendary event. Sound quality is ok but you just have to have this boot for histrical reasons if any.

Sound Quality: B
Good quality, balanced recording, though slightly muffled in places.

Performance Quality: B
Some funky stuff in the warm-up to Spike Island, and the performance here actually turned out to be better. One Love stops after two minutes though after a mistake by Mani.

Why should I get this bootleg?
Ian's chats with the crowd are amusing, and it's one of the longest sets the pre-Second Coming Roses did, so you certainly get value for money.

1990-06-07 Belfast Maysfield "Belfast In The Area"
A recording similar to the
Glasgow Green bootleg. the sound is similar quality as they are playing in their massive tent. Performance is pretty good although not quite as special as Glasgow. Sound is a good audience.

Sound Quality: B
Drums are too high in the mix, and vocals are lost a few times. Sound is a bit weak, but there is no distortion, and it sounds close and clear.

Performance Quality: C
The Roses sound quite nervous and are not as outgoing as they usually were, just going into autopilot. The fact that Elizabeth My Dear is my favourite performance says it all. That song sounds brilliant at the setting though, Ian Brown's voice just echoing out over 30,000 people, with Squire's chilling guitar backing him up.

Why should I get this bootleg?
Not for the music really, but for the fact that it was the biggest Roses event ever. Having the fireworks on the end of the recording is a nice touch.

1990-06-09 Glasgow Green, Glasgow, Scotland
The Roses final gig before a 5 year gap, and my god its brilliant. 7000 people in a tent in Glasgow and the atmosphere is charged! Possibly the best ever Roses live performance and sadly Reni's last with the band. Sound quality is good audience, slightly sonic at the end of the gig. I think personally this adds to the quality, another of my favourite boots.

Sound Quality: B
A great bassy, involving sound, and good crowd atmosphere, but lead and bass guitars dominate a bit too much. Drums are quite unclear.

Performance Quality: A
The most charged Roses gig ever. The opening Adored is absolutely mental - you can taste the atmosphere. It continues like that all the way through, especially the guitar, which, although not technically perfect, is just crazy, out of control, brilliant. Squire on fire! Only let down slightly by the sonic mess that is IATR at the end. One for playing loud.

Why should I get this bootleg?
It's the closest you'll come to feeling the atmosphere at a Roses gig (unless you've been to one), and is a fantastic performance by the lads, apart from Reni actually. I would recommend getting this on CD/MiniDisc as to get the full, deep bass.

Into the Silence sounds worse than the other Glasgow Green bootleg, it doesn't sound as close. C Sound Quality

Second Coming

1995-04-20 Palladium Stockholm "Second Grooving" 2CD
To be quite honest, this is shite. The sound quality is excellent and this makes it worse. Ian sounds crap, Robbie Maddix doesnt have a clue how to play Reni's rhythms. Squire uses a 89-90's guitar for the old songs which is interesting, as is Beggin' You live. Overall, only for the completionists - you can tell the band havent been playing for 5 years!! 2 second gaps to top it all off - my worst Roses bootleg.

Sound Quality: A
Crisp and clean, though bass is slightly soft. Great stereo balance.

Performance Quality: D
Sounds unrehearsed - especially the older songs, with guitars and drums coming in at the wrong place. Ian sounds shite. Squire uses an 89-90 sounding guitar for the older songs and Ten Storey Love Song, which he doesn't do on any other Second Coming gig I've got. Maddix is awful, but the acoustic set is superb. This was one of their first gigs in '95.

1995-04-24 Amsterdam Paradiso "High Times In Dopeland"
Brilliant sound quality but not the best of shows to be honest, average.

Sound Quality: A
Very professional - no noise, but the occasional scratch. A good sound mix.

Performance Quality: C
Ian is very flat, but I've heard worse (just). Squire makes a few mistakes and is not as great as he became in the later shows. Some songs sound unrehearsed (Daybreak, IATR, Love Spreads). Your Star Will Shine sounds lovely though.

1995-04-27 Brussels La Luna "The Song Remains The Same"
This isnt too hot either, the band are still only just finding their feet. Sound quality is really fantastic, not 100% soundboard but really rocky and powerful. Not as bad as some people have made out, unfortunately recorded with 2 sec gaps. Track 13 is labelled as Breaking Into Heaven but it is really just the end of I Am The Resurrection. The track gaps are all out of place as well.

Sound Quality: B
Good balance, slight distortion, but overall very good, sounds quite powerful.

Performance Quality: D
The Roses were still a bit rough round the edges in this early Second Coming gig. Robbie Maddix has not come to terms with the songs yet, and Ian seems completely disinterested with the whole thing.

1995-05-18 Toronto Manne Terminal, Canada
Another great quality recording, the older songs sound good but the newer ones pretty crap. Waterfall is done twice after a mistake? Still needing practice.

Sound Quality: A
Crisp, and great sound balance. Volume jumps a bit to start with, but that soon goes. Great sounding.

Performance Quality: C
A good start, but Ian starts missing words out all over the place, and the band begin to falter too. Ian sings quite in-tune for him actually, but he sounds like he has a sore throat. Ian also insists on turning up his mic, leading to occasional feedback later on. The band is lacking something though. They sound good on the older songs (except for I Am The Resurrection), but bad on the newer songs (except Driving South).

1995-05-21 Boston Avalon "Stoned Kids"
A nice bassy sound with a clear to pend, great recording but shite shite performance.

Sound Quality: A
Brilliant - has the deep but not dominating bass of Glasgow Green, but with a crystal clear top end to match - you can shut your eyes and imagine you're there.

Performance Quality: D
Squire and Ian come in at the wrong places all the time, especially turning Waterfall into a farce. The only thing Robbie Maddix is consistent in is his appalling timing. Ian sings quite badly. The acoustic set is alright, but overall this is a performance the Roses would have wanted to forget.

1995-09-13 Tokyo Budokan, Japan "Gold Experience" 2CD
Not bad, sound quality is a little quiet and almost muffled. The Roses hadnt really hit form after a long gap from playing live. Interesting to hear Fool's Gold with keyboards, this was not often played.

Sound Quality: A
Sounds slightly distant, but a very clean sound. Keyboards very high in mix.

Performance Quality: C
Uninspired, but smooth. Ian's voice is quite bitty.

1995-09-20 Miel Pargue Hall, Hiroshima "September Songs"
Again the sound quality is top notch, the band seem to be getting it together nicely although Maddix is still pretty crappy. Mani and John have a fantastic little "duel" before Driving South which is well worth a listen!

Sound Quality: A
You couldn't ask it to be any better - clean sound with deep bass.

Performance Quality: B
Squire and Mani are bang on, but Maddix sounds like he can't be bothered, playing simple beats all the way through.

1995-12-07 De Montford University Leicester "Welcome To The Resurrection"
Probably the best Second Coming performance along with
Stoned And Dethroned. Sound quality is amazing, excellent performance by all, Ian's best vocal performance of the tour.

Sound Quality: A
No noise and a perfect mix - a totally professional job.

Performance Quality: A
One of the, if not THE best Second Coming performances. Ian finds his choir-boy vocals that he lost in 1989 and turns in one of his best performances. Squire is amazing, and Mani, Nigel and Maddix are very tight. Highlights are Ian on TSLS and Squire on Breaking Into Heaven.

1995-12-13 Leeds Town And Country Club "Stoned And Dethroned"
One of the best Second Coming performances along with
Welcome To the Resurrection. Sound quality is amazing soundboard as this was broadcast live on Radio 1. Squire's guitar is dominant and amazing.

Sound Quality: A
Recorded from FM radio - professional job.

Performance Quality: A
Has to rank as one of the best Second Coming shows. Squire's guitar dominates, and Ian's a bit off, but the band sound tight as a unit in this show. It is worth saying that some people don't like this gig, saying Squire's guitar dominates too much.

1995-12-16 Liverpool Royal Court, England
Not a bad gig, the performance isnt too hot by the standards they set on this tour. The sound quality is an OK audience recording, a bit of distortion in places.

Sound Quality: B
Of good quality, but occasional fading. Very slight noise, but not so it gets annoying.

Performance Quality: C
Mani and Maddix are not too good, coming in at wrong places. Squire played better gigs around this time, but still sounds good. Ian sounds up for it.

1995-12-23 Manchester Apollo, England "I'nt Milk Brilliant" 2CD
This is a quality homecoming gig with the crowd going mental as you'd expect. The band are tight, the sound quality is amazing. Well worth having

Sound Quality: A
As crisp as anything - all the detail is there in good quality. If you were being picky you might say the bass lacks depth and the recording is ever so slightly distant.

Performance Quality: B
Ian isn't as good as the previous night. Squire is on pretty amazing form again, apart from a lacklustre Daybreak. Ippinson's keyboards sound alright for a change, neatly integrated into most songs (apart from Waterfall, where they still grate). The crowd go mental (for the good performance, not Ippinson's keyboards!)

1996-08-02 Benicassim Festival, Benicassim, Spain
Aziz Ibrahims first gig after replacing Squire is not a bad affair, would be made much better without the Spanish commentators!! Fm sourced.

Sound Quality: A
Recording from Spanish FM, so sound balance and recording are great, though the basslines are a bit grunty.

Performance Quality: C
Daybreak is superb - Robbie Maddix's best performance, but he cannot handle Fools Gold and IATR falls to bits, Ian having to improvise on the chorus with the notes he sings! Aziz struggles more with the earlier Roses songs, but plays well on Breaking Into Heaven.

1996-08-25 Reading Festoval, England "The Last Stand"
The last Roses gig. An utter shambles, an end of a legend. High Time is the better of the two unreleased songs but it was Ice Cold Cube that Ian used in his solo career.


Sound Quality: A
Slightly muffled, but otherwise perfect.

Performance Quality: D
The Roses' last stand, and you can hear why. Ian Brown states into space whilst shouting out the songs without any hint of a tune. Combined with Aziz's emotionless guitar playing and Nigel Ippinson's "Put your hands togetherů come on!" antics, the Roses are killed off in front of your very own eyes.