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Live extravaganza from post-punk “sonic cathedrals” (©The Independent), The Chameleons featuring live sets recorded in the ‘80s across two CDs and one DVD

Featuring two live shows at The Hacienda and Camden Palace that have never been previously released on CD and an earlier set at the Gallery Club

Plus a DVD featuring all three shows and an episode of Catalan TV programme Arsenal devoted to the band

Formed in Greater Manchester in 1981, The Chameleons pioneered post punk, combining Reg Smithies’ and Dave Fielding’s layered, shimmering guitars, drummer John Lever’s tribal rhythms and Mark Burgess’ driving bass and impassioned vocals with lyrics often reflecting the anxiety and alienation of the Thatcher era.

“All tribal percussion and jagged guitar shards straining to frame vast vistas with one hand while clutching their alienated urban roots with the other.” NME

The Chameleons are an acknowledged influence on future generations of indie and alternative rock bands including Stone Roses, Oasis, The Charlatans, Smashing Pumpkins, The Flaming Lips, The Killers, The Horrors, The National and Interpol.

‘Elevated Living’ includes their two celebrated hometown Manchester shows, ‘Live At The Gallery Club’ (1982) and ‘Live At The Hacienda’ (1983) and their superb show filmed for the ITV, ‘Live At The Camden Palace’ (1984) on both CD and DVD. The latter two shows are presented on CD for the first time.

The DVD also includes an episode of Catalan TV programme Arsenal devoted entirely to the band. Broadcast in January 1986, it mixes four tracks taken from a live show at the Discoteca 666 in Barcelona from 1985 (also on CD) plus studio performances and interviews with singer/bassist Mark Burgess and drummer John Lever.

The Gallery show includes rarities ‘Nathan’s Phase’ and ‘Things I Wished I’d Said’, while The Hacienda includes early versions of ‘A Person Isn’t Safe Anywhere These Days’ under the working title of ‘Men Of Steel’ and ‘Thursday’s Child’ as ‘Years Ago’.

Track Listing:

DISC ONE:

LIVE AT THE GALLERY CLUB, MANCHESTER, 18.12.82
1 PAPER TIGERS
2 NATHAN’S PHASE
3 DON’T FALL
4 PLEASURE & PAIN
5 HERE TODAY
6 IN SHREDS
7 UP THE DOWN ESCALATOR
8 SECOND SKIN
9 MONKEYLAND
10 AS HIGH AS YOU CAN GO
11 THINGS I WISH I’D SAID
12 VIEW FROM A HILL

LIVE AT THE HACIENDA, MANCHESTER, 28.1.83
13 PAPER TIGERS
14 PLEASURE & PAIN
15 MEN OF STEEL
16 YEARS AGO
17 IN SHREDS
18 DON’T FALL
19 SECOND SKIN

DISC TWO:

LIVE AT THE CAMDEN PALACE, LONDON 9.11.84
1 DON’T FALL
2 INTRIGUE IN TANGIERS
3 MONKEYLAND
4 SECOND SKIN
5 SINGING RULE BRITANNIA (WHILE THE WALLS CLOSE IN)
6 PLEASURE & PAIN
7 RETURN OF THE ROUGHNECKS
8 A PERSON ISN’T SAFE ANYWHERE THESE DAYS
9 IN SHREDS
10 SPLITTING IN TWO
11 HERE TODAY
12 THURSDAY’S CHILD
13 PAPER TIGERS

ARSENAL: LIVE AT DISCOTECA 666, BARCELONA 7.6.85
14 HERE TODAY
15 RETURN OF THE ROUGHNECKS
16 LESS THAN HUMAN
17 SPLITTING IN TWO

DISC THREE:

DVD:
LIVE AT THE GALLERY CLUB, MANCHESTER, 18.12.82
TRACKLISTING AS DISC ONE

LIVE AT THE HACIENDA, MANCHESTER, 28.1.83
TRACKLISTING AS DISC ONE

LIVE AT THE CAMDEN PALACE, LONDON, 9.11.84
TRACKLISTING AS DISC TWO

ARSENAL: (SPANISH TV) 1985
1 DON’T FALL
2 SINGING RULE BRITANNIA (WHILE THE WALLS CLOSE IN)
3 HERE TODAY
4 RETURN OF THE ROUGHNECKS
5 MONKEYLAND
6 LESS THAN HUMAN
7 PLEASURE & PAIN
8 SECOND SKIN
9 HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS
10 IN SHREDS
11 SPLITTING IN TWO
NTSC DVD visual content. FSK – 0

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DISC ONE:

LIVE AT THE GALLERY CLUB, MANCHESTER, 18.12.82
1 PAPER TIGERS
2 NATHAN’S PHASE
3 DON’T FALL
4 PLEASURE & PAIN
5 HERE TODAY
6 IN SHREDS
7 UP THE DOWN ESCALATOR
8 SECOND SKIN
9 MONKEYLAND
10 AS HIGH AS YOU CAN GO
11 THINGS I WISH I’D SAID
12 VIEW FROM A HILL

LIVE AT THE HACIENDA, MANCHESTER, 28.1.83
13 PAPER TIGERS
14 PLEASURE & PAIN
15 MEN OF STEEL
16 YEARS AGO
17 IN SHREDS
18 DON’T FALL
19 SECOND SKIN

DISC TWO:

LIVE AT THE CAMDEN PALACE, LONDON 9.11.84
1 DON’T FALL
2 INTRIGUE IN TANGIERS
3 MONKEYLAND
4 SECOND SKIN
5 SINGING RULE BRITANNIA (WHILE THE WALLS CLOSE IN)
6 PLEASURE & PAIN
7 RETURN OF THE ROUGHNECKS
8 A PERSON ISN’T SAFE ANYWHERE THESE DAYS
9 IN SHREDS
10 SPLITTING IN TWO
11 HERE TODAY
12 THURSDAY’S CHILD
13 PAPER TIGERS

ARSENAL: LIVE AT DISCOTECA 666, BARCELONA 7.6.85
14 HERE TODAY
15 RETURN OF THE ROUGHNECKS
16 LESS THAN HUMAN
17 SPLITTING IN TWO

DISC THREE:

DVD:
LIVE AT THE GALLERY CLUB, MANCHESTER, 18.12.82
TRACKLISTING AS DISC ONE

LIVE AT THE HACIENDA, MANCHESTER, 28.1.83
TRACKLISTING AS DISC ONE

LIVE AT THE CAMDEN PALACE, LONDON, 9.11.84
TRACKLISTING AS DISC TWO

ARSENAL: (SPANISH TV) 1985
1 DON’T FALL
2 SINGING RULE BRITANNIA (WHILE THE WALLS CLOSE IN)
3 HERE TODAY
4 RETURN OF THE ROUGHNECKS
5 MONKEYLAND
6 LESS THAN HUMAN
7 PLEASURE & PAIN
8 SECOND SKIN
9 HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS
10 IN SHREDS
11 SPLITTING IN TWO
NTSC DVD visual content. FSK - 0

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