Novo Combo Download
Oct 31, 19815th Floor Studios (Cincinnati, OH)
Novo Combo Download
What Makes Our Downloads Great

Our downloads are all from master recordings owned by Wolfgang's Vault, an archive built from more than a dozen historic collections spanning a wide spectrum of musical genres and legendary performers.

We have painstakingly restored every tape using the highest quality analog-to-digital converters available and the light engineering touch we’ve come to be known for that makes you feel like you were at the show.

All song files are high-quality 320k mp3s, delivered to you in a single zip file. If you haven't used a zip file before, it’s quite simple. On most computers you can just double-click on the zip file to extract it to a folder containing the mp3 song files, which you can then drag into iTunes or whatever library you use.

Total Length:
1:00:58
Copyright:
© Wolfgang's Vault

Novo Combo Download

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What Makes Our Downloads Great

Our downloads are all from master recordings owned by Wolfgang's Vault, an archive built from more than a dozen historic collections spanning a wide spectrum of musical genres and legendary performers.

We have painstakingly restored every tape using the highest quality analog-to-digital converters available and the light engineering touch we’ve come to be known for that makes you feel like you were at the show.

All song files are high-quality 320k mp3s, delivered to you in a single zip file. If you haven't used a zip file before, it’s quite simple. On most computers you can just double-click on the zip file to extract it to a folder containing the mp3 song files, which you can then drag into iTunes or whatever library you use.

Sample this concert
  1. 1Soundcheck01:09
  2. 2Introduction00:58
  3. 3Long Road04:04
  4. 4City Bound05:55
  5. 5Don't Do That05:12
  6. 6Light Of The World04:45
  7. 7Up Periscope05:13
  8. 8Axis Will Turn04:37
  9. 9Drum Solo06:42
  10. 10Hard To Say Goodbye07:25
  11. 11Tattoo04:18
  12. 12Sorry04:57
  13. 13Do You Wanna Shake?05:43
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Item Number:
  • 20050557-5145-AD
Date:
  • Oct 31, 1981
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Sample this concert
  1. 1Soundcheck01:09
  2. 2Introduction00:58
  3. 3Long Road04:04
  4. 4City Bound05:55
  5. 5Don't Do That05:12
  6. 6Light Of The World04:45
  7. 7Up Periscope05:13
  8. 8Axis Will Turn04:37
  9. 9Drum Solo06:42
  10. 10Hard To Say Goodbye07:25
  11. 11Tattoo04:18
  12. 12Sorry04:57
  13. 13Do You Wanna Shake?05:43
Total Length:
1:00:58
Copyright:
© Wolfgang's Vault

Liner Notes

Stephen Dees - lead vocals, bass; Pete Hewlett - guitar, vocals; Jack Griffith - guitar; Michael Shrieve - drums, percussion

Novo Combo had found success with each of their two Polydor records albums, Novo Combo and Animation Generation, released in 1981 and 1982 respectively. Although they had a significant amount of label hype behind their launch, and one superstar member (drummer Michael Shrieve had been immortalized as a member of Santana in the film Woodstock), Nova Combo unfortunately disbanded before breaking through to the big time mainstream.

The Police were a great influence to Novo Combo, and singer/bassist Stephen Dees' vocal stylings are reminiscent of Sting's. Still, they are talented musicians on their own accord, and Dees is clearly an effective singer. Guitarists Jack Griffith and Pete Hewlett play with a great amount of passion and skill, while having a tendency to sound similar to Police guitarist Andy Summers with their reliance on reggae riffs and flanged guitar effects.

This show was recorded as a King Biscuit Flower Hour radio broadcast from the 5th Floor Studios in Cincinnati, Ohio on Halloween, 1981. Recorded in the careful environment of a recording studio, this is one of best sonically recorded shows you'll find in the Concert Vault. The one song that broke through on MTV for Novo Combo was "Up Down Periscope," which is the highlight of this show. Upon a listen, the influence from the Police's "Message In A Bottle" is striking. The band dissolved after their second album in 1982, more than a year after this show was captured on tape.

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