Live at Pentastoma, Roden
In 2011, as the result of research and new interest in Bodine, a couple of recordings surfaced. The first one was a DVD recorded live on 13 January 1984, showing Bodine on their Three Times Running tour. Bodine playedin youth centre Pentastoma in Roden, Drenthe, The Netherlands. It was recorded 6 days after the Veronica Countdown session that was broadcast on radio. It is unknown who recorded the video, a copy of which was kindly provided to RegularRocker on DVD by both Rockcinema and Philty11.
The recording qualifies in various respects as a bootleg--in terms of distribution, availability and quality of the recording. After watching a song or two though, the quality level becomes acceptable. It was recorded with a camara on a fixture from one angle. According to Philty11, the sound may have been recorded from the PA mixing concsole and then later mixed into the recording, because video cameras were known to have a poor quality microphones in those days. If Philty11's assumption is right then whoever mixed it did a great job. Philty11 claims to know someone who owns a yet better version preserved in Betamax quality--who knows if it resurfaces one day? RegularRocker is keeping his eyes wide open.
'Bodine live in Pentastoma' shows a 74-minute set. The band lives up to the performance quality and impressions shared in the sparse concert reviews that remained about Bodine. Gerard Haitsma does a brief drum solo. Singer Axel is in shape, making jokes with the audience and performing excellently as a singer. Even with the average quality recording, his talent can be heard clearly.
Remarkably, Shout was played twice during the Pentastoma set. On The Lookout was the only song played from the debut album and it has to be noted that Axel has no problem stepping in the shoes of his predecessor Jay.
In 2011, the recording was polished by Paul Evers of Time Is Running productions and a new sleeve design was created. Also, two tracks from the Beukelpop gig were added to the DVD as a bonus. The sound quality was slightly imnprived in comparison to the previous bootleg version.
The following songs can be found on the Live DVD:
Bodine Live at Pantastoma, 13 January 1984
- Pumpin' Iron
- Freight Train
- Black Star Rising
- Heavy Metal Heart (guitar solos Iron Anthony & Rheno Xeros)
- Hard Times
- Free Kick
- Wild Fire Queen
- The Force
- Rock Machine --- encore ---
- On The Lookout
bonus material: Bodine Mk-I at Beukelpop, 29 August 1981
- Shooting Dice
- Rock Doctor (early version)
The bonus videos were retrieved by Han Hijzelendoorn and can be viewed on youtube as well--good job, Han!
Forementioned Paul Evers is a music professional who knows Jeroen 'Jeronimo' Bos since a long time. Paul even jammed with Axel Langemeijer on one afternoon! Once, Jeroen passed him a music cassette with nearly-finished recordings of the 1992 sessions at the RS29 studio of Bodine Mk-IV. There were five songs on it. Many years later, Paul had set up his own recording studio in Hilversum. He had lost track of the tape for many years, but after he found the tape again, he left a message on tachtiger weblog, asking for the titles of the tracks on the music cassette. He ended up asking Jeroen for the titles. They came up with the following songs titles:
The demo reveals a sharp musical turn from the earlier albums to a more riff-oriented style, inspired by AC/DC. The production is crystal clear and Jay van Feggelen is in great shape on this one, outperforming himself in comparison to the first album.
The line up on this demo album was formed by
Gerard Haitsma - drums
Jay van Feggelen - vocals
Oscar Holleman - guitar
Erik van der Ven - guitar
Jeronimo - bass guitar
"Mephistopholes" was posted with permission and RegularRocker was the first online spot to share it with a wider audience. In due time regularrocker is hoping to share all songs via this site.
Live at Countdown Café, 6 January 1984
Another performance of Bodine most known to the fans is the live radio recording at Countdown Cafe at Anna's Hoeve in Hilversum on 6 January 1984. This was broadcast live on radio and on the internet several recordings can be found.
It contains the following songs:
- Black Star Rising
- The Force
- Rock Machine
- Heavy Metal Heart
- Hard Times (preceded by a guitar solo)
Again, the band is in great shape and Axel is standing his ground on the stage. He improvises the lyrics on 'Hard Times', which is a great display of talent. After the gig, Jeronimo was complimented by Gerard and Rheno for his performance--a rare feat for the founding members, who considered excellence as the standard. The quality of this sound recording is good, though one might argue that the mix isn't perfect. You may find this recording in different quality scattered about the internet and circulating in the trading networks.
This recording was edited by Time Is Running studios and a gatefold inlay will be edited if there is time to create a decent sleeve.
Live at "Over de Brug", Gouda, 12 June 1982
- Philty11 was in the audience at the Bodine gig that played in "Over De Brug", in Gouda, 12 June 1982. This was probably the second concert with 'Iron Anthony' Lucassen. Philty11 knows for a fact that a video recording was made during that gig. Hopefully this recording will resurface one day. "Over De Brug" does not exist any longer. Any hints or contact persons who are in touch with former emplyees are encouraged to get in touch with RegularRocker.
Bodine Mk-IV Live (3 gigs)
Erik van der Ven's brother made video recordings of the 1992 live gigs at Korzo, The Hague (18 October 1992), Biebop, Vosselaar (30 October 1992) and Noorderligt, Tilburg (6 December 1992).The quality of the recordings exceeds those of Pentastoma. These were kindly made available to Regularrocker and will be processed to digital format as soon as there is enough time and CPU capacity.