This being part of the Beat play-ins there are a couple of outings of new material - well new at least to the audience in Oxford. Neurotica, which the band had already been playing the previous year is triple turbo-charged. Neil and Jack and Me stretches time and shifts inside its skin whilst there’s a tiny almost pastoral interlude before the band plough into The Howler. Buyer beware however - the source tape fades out before the track finishes. Nevertheless Adrian’s solo will give your goosebumps er, goosebumps.
Perhaps of greatest interest to long-term fans will be the untitled track near the end of the show. During the recording of the Beat album the group laid down the backing tracks for this tune where it was then christened Absent Lovers. Ultimately it never made the final cut for the Beat album, but we are happy to see it make its first commercial appearance here on DGMLive.