The Special Garage Concerts Vol I & II is the fourth live album by Cardiacs. It was recorded over three nights at the Garage in London and released exclusively on CD.
At these concerts, Cardiacs only played songs that predated 1984, some of which had not been heard for many years. The track ‘Gloomy News’ had never previously been released and was available for purchase for the first time on The Special Garage Concerts Vol I compact disc. The album was also alternatively packaged and released with The Special Garage Concerts Vol II as part of a two-disc digipak.
The length of the sets and complexity of the material demanded intensive rehearsal. In an interview, Kavus Torabi compared learning the 35 song set with revising for an exam. The album was generally well-received by progressive rock fans. Louder Sound’s Prog Magazine featured the Vol I rendition of ‘Let Alone My Plastic Doll’ in its publication as part of its list of Cardiacs’ best songs. (Cardiacs Fandom Wiki)