Sun, 28-Aug-1983

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Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Press snippet announcing the gig

Part of The Sisters of Mercy's Trans-Europe Excess Tour in 1983.

This was the first time The Sisters of Mercy performed Temple Of Love live.

A large number of Live Bootlegs was based on the recordings from this gig:

  • POSSESSION - this refers to the one mentioned just before,
    as the title 'POSSESSION' is mentioned on the back cover.
  • Paradiso 83 - a selection of funny CD-rs found in online auctions

The Sisters Of Mercy live at the Paradiso in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on 28 August 1983 during their Trans-Europe Excess Tour, their first travels outside the UK - Sister Ray / Louie Louie / Ghostrider -


Trans-Europe Excess Tour Pass (front)

Sound examples from various bootleg recordings

This concert at the Paradiso in Amsterdam in 1983 is one of the most bootlegged concerts of The Sisters of Mercy.
One reason for this is surely that a recording of very good quality was taken from the soundboard during the gig and the according mastertape then got used for a variety
of bootlegs, from which again a multiplicity of further bootlegs were easily ripped. However, when copying the sound, bootleggers would often apply filters, change the pitch,
or even overdub some effects in order to achieve a distinct or even better sound.

Comparing the sound cuts below from different bootlegs, each of which giving the first bars of Sister Ray, clearly reveals some amazing variations in sound and pitch.

YouTube still video upload by SpiggyTapes. Allegedly, this sound here comes from the master tape.
Half Moon Over Amsterdam LP
Napalm Gods  -  CD
PoSSeSSioN  -  CD
Possession Amsterdam
1983-08-28  -  CD
Ashes To Ashes  -  MC
Likely an audience recording