Two different stamps, as seems to be the norm for this label:
or no stamp:
Matrix / Runout (Side 1 [Etched]): 79-116M W10 SIDE 1 / 79-116M W10 SIDE 2
Source: Audience recording from Seattle’s Paramount Theatre on 6 February 1979.
Side 1: Big Opportunity / Moods For Moderns / Green Shirt / Party Girl / Girls Talk (Listed As Girlschool) / Accidents Will Happen
Side 2: Big Boys / Goon Squad / Oliver’s Army / (Whats So Funny About) Peace Love And Understanding / Radio Radio
“Decent audio quality considering when it was made. Apparently lifted straight from the master, judging by the lack of any tape flaws or hiss. Vinyl is surprisingly high quality, with one exception; an apparently mono recording seems to wobble along the stereo channels. (Not noticeable if you listen in mono.) Also, no banding, so don’t expect to be able to tell where the songs are. A bit “distant”, as if the recording was made a bit far back and there’s some house reverb. Still, instrument definition is pretty good and there’s no distortion. The only real crowd noise issue is between songs and one guy clapping along through a few songs. Considering when and how this was made, it’s pretty nice.
“Poor quality audience recording, dominated by crowd noise”; HOTWACKS seemed to agree, only awarding this album a “Gm” rating.
You do have to wonder if it was “big opportunity” or real love for Costello to become the only artist this label ever revisited – and for an audience recording that was not exactly a stellar capture to boot (OK, I’ll stop now with the puns).
Onstage at the Paramount, photographer: Bill Hanse
This was their first US show that year.