Amongst the Darkers - Behind the Few
About The Album
This is an Italian bootleg released on Raid Masters Records, number RAID910705. It was also released on TAKRL (The Amazing Kornyfone Record Label) in the late 1970's, number TAKRL 1983. According to the liner notes, it was "recorded on stage in October 1975 at the newly refurbished Anytown Aquarium Of The People at the corner of Telephone and Telephone." (Some copies say "Telephone and Telephony.")
The recording was made at the White Plains Music Hall, White Plains, New York, on October 7, 1975, not in Baltimore MD as is sometimes claimed. The same show has been released on CD as Ultrasonic 75 and Live in New York 1975.
A listener reports: "My vinyl number is TAKRL 1983, the cover has a light-green (not yellow) and black picture, and according to my liner notes, it was 'Telephone and Telephony.'"
A listener reports: "The sound quality on this rare release is incredible. Close up and personal Giant, in front of only a couple hundred people. The cd is an Italian import. I remember seeing this one on vinyl. The audience laughs a bit when they start breaking the glass. Its one of those records, like the Genesis boots, with a pink and black or yellow and black picture, and details below the picture in weird scribble-y typeface. I paid $25 (US) for this, and it would be worth twice that."
The cover image was allegedly taken from the June 6, 1975 issue of Rolling Stone, where the picture accompanied an article called "One Foot in St. Petersburg." The article is supposedly about the plight of retirees who can't survive on Social Security -- hence the government check on the man's chest. (Thanks to Biffy the Elephant Shrew for this trivia.) The photograph was probably taken by the famous Dutch photographer Anton Corbijn. (Thanks to Jos Geluk.)
The TAKRL LP has an interesting LP label, which claims to be from "Worlds Records" and lists five songs on each side, with cliche titles like "I'm So Happy", "Night People" and "Looking Back."
Other recordings of this concert
This recording was previously believed to be from October 3, 1975. However, fan Nick Sudbury has identified the correct date as October 7 by the following analysis:
- Four CDs claim the October 3 date: Amongst the Darkers - Behind the Few, Ultrasonic 75, Live in New York 1975, and Endless Life
- Three of these recordings are of the same show (determined by listening): Amongst the Darkers - Behind the Few, Ultrasonic 75, and Live in New York 1975.
- On Endless Life, there is a malfunction of the tapes of the intro and the breaking glass. Some fans remember this as happening at the October 3 concert.
- On Endless Life, Derek says they'll be back "next week," and indeed there was a concert at the same venue on October 11.
Therefore, Endless Life is most likely the October 3 show, and the other three discs are from October 7.