Themes From Great Cities

It might have come to your attention that I'm not a regular poster of love and understanding, which you will just have to get used to. I will however, have bursts of creativity where I move completely randomly from post to post with no rhyme or reason. I have recently posted a few singles (7 & 12”) and the odd bootleg which have been received very well by all who visit. More of the same will continue as you, dear readers, seem to be enjoying them.

Some of the rips are my own, but many more are from other blogs and I’m just sharing the wealth. If other bloggers out there wish to share the rips from my posts, please as I do, host them yourself. To combat this, the FLAC files that are over 6 months old will be replaced with MP3 files.

Finally I am happy to re-up old posts where the link has expired. Please comment in the relevant posts comments box.


The Flood Is Here

Richard Jobson, Russell Webb, John McGeogh and John Doyle formed the Armoury Show together in 1983, taking their name from a famous 1913 modern art exhibition in New York. Unfortunately they only had a brief existence, but they left us with a gem of a record in the guise of 'Waiting for the Floods', their 1985 one and only album. ‘Waiting for the Floods’ has been reissued as a double CD, with the original album and bonus tracks on one CD and a second CD full of remixes, 12" versions and other bonus tracks.

The Armoury Show remained largely unheard in their heyday in the mid-1980s, despite featuring several eminent new wave musicians. At the start of that decade, the Dunfermline-born punk band the Skids were coming to natural end, and, after guitarist Stuart Adamson left to form Big Country, singer Richard Jobson and bassist Russell Webb also eventually went in a new direction. Around this time the Manchester-based group Magazine, which had included drummer John Doyle and guitarist John McGeoch, were also dissolving. McGeoch had also had a stint playing with Siouxsie and the Banshees, until he was dismissed for excessive drinking.

There was a real array of talent here and it has that distinctive 80's sound to it. It is packed with various other influences from around that era, but has also a brave unique sound slightly ahead of that time. There are echoes ironically of Adamson's Big Country, but the Armoury Show, while mixing together various other 80’s influences, also had their own sound.

The singles on here, "Castles...", plus "We Can Be Brave Again" and "Glory Of Love" could all easily have been arm-waving, lighter-in-hand anthems enough to turn Jim Kerr a sickly shade of green, but only a handful of people bought them. Life isn't fair, is it? I don't know, of course, but I would imagine Richard Jobson is immensely proud of this record. Four people came together and created something magical; it's just a shame that so few of us shared that magic.

In my original post I suggested that everyone should go and get a copy of this outstanding album in all of its double deluxe CD glory for yourselves…Damn, but I must be getting soft in my old age. If you have already downloaded a copy of the 2001 CD, please dispose of it post haste. I have ripped the 2 CD edition to MP3 @ 320kbps. Included in both packages is hi-res scans of the artwork from the original artists web page.

Taken from the 2013 Cherry Red Records deluxe edition CD

The Armoury Show; Waiting For The Floods

1.     Castles In Spain
2.     Kyrie
3.     A Feeling
4.     Jungle Of Cities
5.     We Can Be Brave Again
6.     Higher Than The World
7.     The Glory Of Love
8.     Waiting For The Floods
9.     A Sense Of Freedom
10. Sleep City Sleep
11. Avalanche
12. Innocents Abroad
13. Is It A Wonder
14. Catherine
15.  A Gathering
16.  Ring Those Bells
17.  We Can Be Brave Again (Single Remix)

1.     Castles In Spain (Single DJ Edit)
2.     Glory Of Love (Single DJ Edit)
3.     Castles In Spain (Wubb Dug Mix)
4.     We Can Be Brave Again (Extended Version)
5.     Glory Of Love (Universal Mix)
6.     High Than The Instrumental
7.     Tender Is The Night
8.     New York City (7” Single)
9.     Whirlwind
10.  New York City (N.Y. A. Go Go)
11.   New York City (John Robie Remix)
12.   New York City (John Robie Dance Mix)



  1. Thanks VV much again! Another 80's album that deserved much better.Many thanks for the FLAC

    1. Cheers Anon. Glad that you're enjoying :)

  2. Many thanks for the re-up and the improved sound! Scanned both discs and no errors! Your site is becoming one of my faves!!

    1. Good to know Anon. Most of the music I share has been shared before and will sometimes be of inferior quality to albums that I share from my own collection.

  3. Looking forward to hearing this and glad to see the link is still up. Thank you!