Squeeze – August 2, 2007 Nokia Theatre – Lossless Download

August 3, 2007

Well, maybe 1988 is over, but 1981? Squeeze on Pier 84 in the Summer of 1981 is one of my favorite old concert experiences. The current reunion tour is essentially to promote the re-release of the back catalog and the new compilation Essential Squeeze. Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook have written some of the most engaging and enjoyable pop songs in the last three decades, and the songs still hold up particularly well as the best of them were performed tonight.

I recorded this concert from the middle of the floor, using my clip-on microphones. This recording was not captured with pro-quality equipment, and it generally does not measure up to the sonic standards of other recordings on this site. However, it is certainly an enjoyable listen of a terrific concert.

The photograph above is courtesy of the excellent Squeeze fan site Packet of Three.

This recording is no longer available at nyctaper. I’m sure you can find it somewhere on the web if you look hard enough.

Nokia Theatre
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Audience Recording
Recorded from Front of Board
Center of the Floor
approximately 30 feet from PA

Core Sound Cardiods > M-Audio Microtrack 24/96 > flac

Premiere Download offered at nyctaper

[Total Time 1:39:29]
01 Take Me I’m Yours
02 Slightly Drunk
03 Piccadilly
04 Hourglass
05 Up the Junction
06 I Think I’m Go Go
07 Third Rail
08 Electric Trains
09 Some Fantastic Place
10 Annie Get Your Gun
11 Melody Motel
12 Messed Around
13 Walk Away
14 Slaughtered, Gutted and Heartbroken
15 Another Nail in My Heart
16 Goodbye Girl
17 If I Didn’t Love You
18 Pulling Mussels From The Shell
19 Slap and Tickle
20 Cool for Cats
21 [encore break]
22 Tempted
23 Is That Love?
24 Black Coffee in Bed

As with all artists featured on this site, if you download this recording, please support Squeeze and purchase the new compilation:

33 Responses to Squeeze – August 2, 2007 Nokia Theatre – Lossless Download

  1. August 3, 2007 at 1:03 pm

    Wow, man, you oughta offer up mp3 dloads. I can understand the desire for highest quality but honestly most people don’t give a crap and will take 192 kpbs any day of the week! Most people can’t even tell the difference.

  2. August 3, 2007 at 1:24 pm

    Now why would I want to ruin the recordings that I go through so much trouble to make.

  3. August 3, 2007 at 1:33 pm


    Thanks for the taping!!! I am SO bummed that this tour is not coming AT ALL to the midwest!! Luckilly I have been able to see Glenn a few times and Chris once in the past few years. I hope they still do the Squeeze thing every so often.

    Thanks for your effort (and flac!)

    -kevin e!!!

  4. Steve
    August 3, 2007 at 4:00 pm

    I cant believe the first post above. Hope you can someday forgive the Youth. In the meantime thanks for the great taping. Loved the Dinosaur.

  5. jamie
    August 4, 2007 at 2:42 am

    i agree with the 1st post. the thing is, these are bootleg recordings and you ain’t gonna get better quality by posting in mp3 or flac. i would understand if these were studio recordings.

    when i ever d/l flac i convert to small mp3 files anyway so save space.


  6. Steve
    August 4, 2007 at 9:10 am

    Thanks for making this available in a lossless format! Any chance of the Beacon Theater show being posted?

  7. August 4, 2007 at 10:18 am

    Thanks for making this available and letting our blog readers know about it. – the squeeze reader

  8. August 4, 2007 at 10:56 am

    Thank you squeeze reader for your excellent site.

    I did not attend the Beacon show, as I was recording another show last night that will be posted tomorrow.

    And to correct the misconceptions of poster “jarnie”: this is not a “bootleg”, but a free share of a recording made simply for the love of the music. This site operates at a significant loss, there’s no money being made here.

    And with regard to quality, I would suggest that you sample some of the recordings on this site, for instance the Wilco, White Stripes and Roger Waters recordings (which some posters have described as the best audience recordings they have ever heard) before you comment on the quality of the work here.

  9. jasctt
    August 4, 2007 at 1:05 pm

    The Wilco and WS shows are AMAZING!!!

  10. Bruce
    August 4, 2007 at 11:23 pm

    Thank you for the lossless downloads! I’m sick and tired of hearing perfectly good music converted to 128kbps MP3s that sound like they could have been recorded by Thomas Edison. Your offerings are serious music, and thoroughly appreciated!

    (I’m in Jackson Heights, and wish I could have been at the show. Thanks doubly for this one!)

  11. Nicole
    August 5, 2007 at 9:30 pm

    Thanks so much for the files. This show was excellent. I changed my entire vacation to attend this show and I’m so glad I was not disappointed.

  12. jamie
    August 6, 2007 at 5:44 am


    i think you are deluding yourself there. the bootlegs i am referring to are ‘illegal recordings’ whether they are free or not.

    you do not own the rights to record or distribute these songs. these will be own by the publishers of the songs and the band. which is why sonic youth wouldn’t let you record their show.

    also, if you think people do not download your recordings and not sell them on, you are also deluding yourself.

    i actually found your site from overhearing a bootleg cd seller in camden market in london last week talking how he downloads recording from sites like yours, burns and sells them.

    it is people like you who think you are doing no harm to why people aren’t buying cds anymore and bands lose deals etc.

    so think about what you are doing before you come back to me and say you are doing nothing wrong.

    also, i actually work for squeeze’s publishing company (EMI) so i do know what i am talking about.


  13. August 6, 2007 at 9:28 am

    You are wrong on so many levels, its hard to even reply. The free trade and share of unofficial live recordings has existed for decades, going back to before the time of rock music. There are recordings of jazz and bluegrass acts from the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. This hobby existed throughout the golden era of record sales of the 1970’s. It has absolutely no effect on record/cd sales, as the fans who collect such recordings already own the commercial product.

    The decline of the traditional music industry has all to do with its inability to adjust to the new technologies. While an entire generation of kids were learning to acquire new music through file sharing, the music industry was wasting four years with legal entanglements with the likes of Napster. The music industry ignored, then fought, and is now blaming its decline on technology, while failing to realize the simple proposition that an entity that fails to grow and adapt ultimately dies.

    My site exists as a experiment in a new paradigm of promoting artists, and encouraging fans to support them. I do this at a substantial cost to my own pocketbook because I believe in live music, I can afford it, I get to attend many excellent concerts, and believe that ultimately sites like this will help artists adapt to the use of technology to spread their music and further their careers.

    Its discouraging, but ultimately not surprising, that a representative the music industry would take such a negative approach to my site. However, I continue to be motivated by the incredibly positive reviews of fans, and most importantly the cooperation, encouragement and participation of the artists themselves–many of whom take an active role in the distribution of their music through my site.

  14. jamie
    August 7, 2007 at 5:34 am

    I would assume you have the approciate licence from all the music publishers and permission to give away all these tracks? If this is the case, I apologise. But I’m quite sure you haven’t and therefore you are breaking copyright laws.

    You people do not understand the difference between record companies and music publishers. Record companies look after the sound recordings by artists and music publishers look after the copyright in the song (music & lyrics). Record companies have to pay an advance and take out a licence with the music publishers when releasing cds/dvds and then pay royalties due. That’s if the licence was approved.

    So my friend, get off your high horse and read up on copyright laws before you start preaching to me about how the industry works.

  15. August 7, 2007 at 6:07 am

    The industry doesn’t work.

    You want to “look after the copyright”? How about the sites that make available downloads of each and every commercial release.
    Here’s a start for you. This site has two different versions of Essential Squeeze for download:

    My site provides a link where readers can go buy that CD.

  16. August 7, 2007 at 6:17 am

    Oh, and the copyright laws, yes.
    Fair Use Doctrine. The use of copyrighted material for the purpose of reporting, and with no commercial gain is an exception to the copyright law:

  17. michael
    August 7, 2007 at 12:31 pm


    I tried to open the .flac files, but I guess I need a codec to do so. Do you know where I can download it?

  18. August 7, 2007 at 12:34 pm

    Yes, all the flac links you need are on my “Flac Links” page, upper left hand corner of the main page, or just click here:

  19. August 7, 2007 at 1:15 pm

    Up in Camden Market the stallholders know there`s a massive market out there.Fans will buy `illegal` recordings regardless.What better that they get superior -sounding,quality recordings than shoddy ,muffled `bootlegs`.I`m pretty sure most artists would want their fan to get the better option.
    I download lots of free stuff but have never (in many years),sold anything,nor distributed anything widely.
    If I hear a good performance I am more likely to buy the `proper` release (sold by the record company guys).I could go on to refute your statement but,like our host says,I`m tired of repeating it to folk who won`t listen………
    The above bleating by the EMI behemoth is typical of 20th Century conglomerate-speak,and makes me heartily sick.Bog -off and stop trying to cover your back,your time is over .And good riddance.

  20. Eric Muehlbauer
    August 7, 2007 at 7:50 pm

    I won’t take sides here…I’m just posting my opinions as a music fan. I love live music, prefer it to studio recordings, warts and all….That said, I also support the musicians I enjoy. Yes, I downloaded the Richard Thompson concert. I also PURCHASE nearly everything that Richard Thompson releases….on CD, not download. Should he ever decide to release this concert, I will buy it…on principle, even though I already have it. I wish artists would release their concerts more often. When Lou reed finally released the Bataclan concert, I bought it…even though I had downloaded it long before. The audience that downloads concerts is not the typical target audience of the music industry…in fact, even in my own family, my children have no interest in downloading concerts or hearing the ones I’ve downloaded- they prefer studio CD’s (and I buy them…as I said, I do believe in supporting the artists I, or my family, enjoys). Yes..I fully agree that in theory, free downloads of concerts can be construed as theft of artistic property…but in reality, I feel that not only does it not detract from an artists earnings, but does, in fact, increase interest and, more important, loyalty to that artist. Take care, Eric Muehlbauer

  21. August 8, 2007 at 4:15 pm

    Death to mp3s!

  22. BigJT
    August 8, 2007 at 8:20 pm

    Thank you for the effort and expense of posting this show.

    As a fan…
    I’m seeing the band three times on the tour.

    And I have purchased all legally released CD’s the band has made…(plus a few as gifts)…I’ve purchased their solo releases as well…As I tend to do with any band that I enjoy.

    The publisher and record company can be assured that my owning this recording will not prevent me from buying any future releases. (Even this specific show should they decide to offer it.)

    As the gentleman above says…I’m a fan of LIVE music.

  23. Doug
    August 9, 2007 at 12:08 pm

    Jamie is a toad. And if he actually does work for EMI(liar) then:
    i can’t stand those useless fools e.m.i.

  24. pinkmonte
    August 9, 2007 at 9:49 pm

    In my eyes, this is how I see it. I had a band, when we did a live show, if someone wanted to record it, audio or vidio, I wouldn’t care. The record industry takes pratically all the artist money when it comes to CD sales. I will admit, I have downloaded som many Pink Floyd bootlegs it’s not even funny. But I do OWN every CD they made, every box set made…every album made, comic books, postcards, posters, I even purchased a couple of bootlegs, wich shouldn’t have been for sale to begin with. Did PF lose any money of of that no… I have all of Squeeze’s discography, on cd and album. I like that this stuff is avaliable the live music is just as wanted as the studio. On that note release all these concerts on CD and i’ll by them…till then…oh well

  25. August 9, 2007 at 11:53 pm

    I was thinking about this topic today, and it occurred to me that I actually didn’t buy my first Squeeze album in 1980 until after I had heard and recorded to cassette their performance at the Bottom Line in NYC as broadcast by WNEW-FM. That was the exposure to this band that directly caused me to go out and buy Argybargy.

    Of course, in those days, concerts of newer bands were routinely broadcast via progressive stations like WNEW. In fact, the Police during their first complete US tour had dozens of shows broadcast by local FM stations, and this was a means by which they increased their exposure and ultimately their success.

    Since 1980-era FM radio is a long-gone thing of the past, and essentially all FM radio in 2007 is demographics and pre-programmed formats, these kinds of concert broadcasts don’t really happen anymore.

    In that way, I guess I consider nyctaper.com the next generation of this kind of concert-recording-as-promotion from way back when Squeeze played the Bottom Line and attracted thousands of new fans listening on the radio.

  26. Eric Muehlbauer
    August 10, 2007 at 10:27 am

    I remember all those great FM concerts…The Dead at Felt Forum in 12/71 was taped by all my friends, and WLIR used to have a weekly concert broadcast….some actually made it to CD (the great 1972 Lou Reed concert, when asked about Doug Yule, he replied…”Dead, I hope…”) Many of these concerts are on Sugarmegs.org, including nearly all the WLIR concerts. Its a shame to notice that the dates for these concerts rarely go past the early 90’s, and those that do are all from Europe.I myself gave up listening to radio in the mid 80’s, in part because of the decline in live broadcasts.

  27. Jake Stein
    August 10, 2007 at 11:14 am

    Wonderful band, fine recording. Much appreciated.

    And to Mr. EMI, without having heard this recent recording I wouldn’t have been inspired to purchase the new Essentials compilation, which since I already have all Squeeze’s studio albums was anything but essential yet great to have.

  28. tesla69
    August 15, 2007 at 11:27 am

    Mr EMI is the kid of guy who would rat out the Underground Railroad to the local sheriff because there are laws to enforce slavery.

    Corporate music sales are down because corporate music SUCKS. They made sure there is no place for new bands to grow or try out different sounds. When internet radio comes along possibly promising exposure to new bands the corporate lawyers come along and do everything to fee them out of existence. Hell take a band like the Stones who have 100’s and 100’s of songs – you only hear the same half dozen OVER AND OVER. Corporate culture like EMI HAS NO IMAGINATION or HUMANITY. Its a cog in the death culture.

  29. Cliff
    August 15, 2007 at 1:59 pm

    I’m a WNEW-FM fan as well, spending countless hours listening to Scot Muni and crrew. I was at the Squeeze show on 8-1 at the NorthFork Theatre and was amazed at how good they still sounded after all these years. Bought me a t-shirt and wear it proudly even though people stop me and ask Squeeze? Great Show – thanks for the recording

  30. shaggy
    August 15, 2007 at 9:33 pm

    This has been stuck on my player for the past few days and I wanna say it is AWESOME. The CSBs really shine here. As they keep saying….it is isn’t what you run but WHERE you run!


    shaggy (dwonk)

  31. Edster007
    November 14, 2007 at 8:11 am

    This site is amazing, thanks for the effort. I have followed the instructions and easily downloaded and played all the tracks in Flac using Foobar. I then went to convert the files to wave using front end. I was able to convert tracks 1 through 10. From 11 on, I got an error reading flac_stream_decoder_read_frame. I tested the tracks individually first and they were all OK. Any idea what I need to do to correct this? I searched the internet and had no luck. Any info on what I need to do would be graciously appreciated


  32. landyjon
    May 18, 2008 at 11:53 am

    Thanks for this superb recording – it’s the next best thing to being at a Squeeze gig! Sounds like the band enjoyed the night, too.

    Great stuff!

  33. simon
    October 19, 2014 at 9:14 am

    love music jamie and get out of the industry that’s turned you into a total wad of greasy cash.

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