I was able to identify the other official album cover used by Contraband around 1975/6 to repackage some of their reissues.
Below: Second pressing with number:
SIDE A: THEME FOR FRONTIERS / CHAIN REACTION / WHEEL IN THE SKY / LINE OF FIRE / STILL THEY RIDE
SIDE B: OPEN ARMS / 1999 / FRONTIERS / RUBICON / EDGE OF THE BLADE
SIDE C: WHO’S CRYING NOW / LOVIN’ TOUCHIN’ SQUEEZIN’ / STEVE SMITH Drum solo
SIDE D: BACKTALK / NO MORE LIES / STONE IN LOVE / KEEP ON RUNNIN’ / ANYWAY YOU WANT IT
SIDE E: SEPARATE WAYS / ESCAPE / DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’
SIDE F: AFTER THE FALL / SEND HER MY LOVE / FAITHFULLY / THEME FOR FRONTIERS(REPRISE)
Source: Supposedly recorded 19 January 1983 at the Palace Theater in downtown Los Angeles but I have my doubts, as no tangible proof of this concert, other than this Japan bootleg exists. If you know the source, please leave a comment.
What is certain is that the band held a press conference there that day, probably to announce their world tour, as photos of the event can easily be found online:
Japan: 1983 – Here’s something unusual: A triple set for playback at 45 rpm, certainly the way to go to raise the audiophile bar but not exactly cheap as another disc had to be included.
XL 1525 A: India / The main thing / Out of the blue / Both ends burning
XL 1525 B: Take a chance with me / Song for Europe / Can’t let go
XL 1526 A: While my heart is still beating / Impossible guitar / Tara
XL 1526 B: Avalon / My only love
XL 1527 A: Dance away / Love is the drug / Like a hurricane
XL 1527 B: Editions of you / Do the Strand / Jealous guy
Source: Audience recording taped at Wembley Arena, London, 22 September, 1983
HOTWACKS quality rating: “Ëxs”
Later copied onto CD from this vinyl source, using the same front cover art work:
Cover image is a straight copy (front and back) of the official Stone Cold / Rock Fever 45/33
XL 1517 A: The Land of Hope And Glory / Over the Rainbow / Spotlight Kid / Miss Mistreated
XL 1517 B: I Surrender / Can’t Happen Here / Tearin’ Out My Heart
XL 1518 A: Lazy / Woman from Tokyo / All Night Long / Stone Cold / Power
XL 1518 B: Blues / Difficult to Cure part 1 / David Rosenthal / Difficult to Cure part 2
XL 1519 A: Blackmore & Rondinelli / Bob Rondinelli part 1 / Bob Rondinelli part 2 / Long Live Rock’n Roll part 1
XL 1519 B: Hey Joe / Long Live Rock’n Roll pt 2 / Maybe Next Time / Smoke on the Water / Over the Rainbow
Source: (IF the back cover can be trusted this time) Madison Square Garden, NY, 19 June 1982 on the Straight Between The Eyes US Tour
There is another later, also Japanese single LP bootleg with the same title on Phonedoll Records containing seven tracks recorded in Harriesburg, PA on 21 June 1981:
My guess is that it’s called Chantilly Lace on the spine, as we’ve seen before (with UD) where that was the only place the title was mentioned.
XL 1514 A: Under My Thumb [03:26]* / Going to a Go-Go [03:19]** /You Can’t Always Get What You Want [01:45] ** / When The Whip Comes Down [04:55] / Let’s Spend the Night Together [04:24]
XL 1514 B: Shattered [04:42] / Neighbours [04:24] / Black Limousine [04:09]
XL 1515 A: Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me) [08:39] / Twenty Flight Rock [02:04] / Going to a Go-Go [03:37] / Chantilly Lace [04:02]
XL 1515 B: Time Is on My Side [03:28] / Beast of Burden [07:01] / Let It Bleed [06:08]
XL 1516 A: You Can’t Always Get What You Want [09:20] / Band intro [00:12] / She’s So Cold [03:25] / Hang Fire [03:15]
XL 1516 B: Miss You [07:21] / Honky Tonk Women [03:11] / Brown Sugar [03:17] / Start Me Up [03:59]
Sources: Disc 1, track 1 (*): Wembley Stadium, 25 June 1982; disc 1, tracks 2 and 3 (**): Hampton Roads Coliseum, Hampton, VA, 18 December 1981. All the rest: Berlin Waldbühne, 8 June 1982, incomplete very good stereo audience recording.
Matrix: XL 1514 A/B , XL 1515 A/B, XL 1516 A/B 111 * W
A copy recently sold for just 17 UK Pounds/23 Euros or just over $25.
Naming your band “Asia” or “Japan” was certainly not a hindrance to becoming big in Japan in the early 1980’s. Asia perfected the craft of commercializing prog-rock. However, these days, the band has not only been largely forgotten by the masses (except in Japan where they still tour, as recently as 2014) but this is the kind of bootleg you almost cannot give away.
Japan: Second half of 1982/early 1983
XL 1511 A: Time Again / On Step Closer / Without You
XL 1511 B: Steve Howe / Midnight Sun (Unreleased)
XL 1512 A: Only Time Will Tell / The Smile (Unreleased)
XL 1512 B: Cutting It Fine / Wildest Dreams
XL 1513 A: Here Comes The Feeling / Carl Palmer / Karn Evil No. 9
XL 1513 B: Sole Survivor / Heat Of The Moment
Source is stated as Philadelphia Spectrum on 22 June 1982 during the tour for their first self-titled album – “the world’s biggest selling album of 1982”, as it says on John Wetton’s website.
HOTWACKS quality rating: “Exs”
or “RAINBÖW” as they are called here – who says bootleggers don’t have a sense of humor?
Japan: Second half of 1982, XL’s first triple set. Rainbow performed in Japan in August of 1981 and the artwork was ‘borrowed’ from the official tour book.
1508 A: Land Of Hope And Glory > Over The Rainbow / Spotlight Kid / Love’s No Friend / I Surrender 1508 B: Man On The Silver Mountain / Catch The Rainbow / 16th Century Greensleeves 1509 A: Can’t Happen Here / Don Airey (keyboard solo) / Lost In Hollywood / R. Blackmore 1509 B: Difficult To Cure / Bob Rondinelli (drum solo) / Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll 1510 A: Maybe Next Time / All Night Long / Woman From Tokyo (Excerpt) / Since You’ve Been Gone / Let Me Stay (Unreleased) 1510 B: All Night Long / Smoke On The Water / Maybe Next Time / Since You’ve Been Gone (Short version) / Since You’ve Been Away (Unreleased)
However, a popsike auction text calls the given sources into question:
“Sleeve lists Tracks from Paris and Lille but is incorrect.
FIRST Hammersmith Show!
London, 26.07.1981, Hammersmith Odeon and Japan 1981.”
As the audience recording from that night is a match and the one from Paris is not, I will go with London as well:
(CD) Title: Difficult To Reappear
Dates: July 26, 1981
Venue: Hammersmith Odeon, London, England.
Source: Ex Audience Recording
01: Over The Rainbow
02: Spotlight Kid
03: Love’s No Friend
04: I Surrender
05: Man On The Silver Mountain
06: Catch The Rainbow
07: Can’t Happen Here
08: Keyboards Solo
09: Lost In Hollywood ~ Difficult To Cure
10: Drum Solo
11: Long Live Rock’n Roll
12: Maybe Next Time
13: All Night Long
14: Woman From Tokyo Riff ~ Rule Britannia ~ Since You Been Gone ~ Fire ~ Over The Rainbow
Interesting quote here (plus samples): “Original cassette series of Kinney recording…” as this was the name of the Tokyo record store where UD and XL titles were sold – and then the second confirmation: “Its Kinney recording that was recorded live, the 3-Disc LP “A PARIS 1981 (XL 1508/1510)” the legendary ones […] (title is Paris, it is really Hammersmith).”
Now we just need to find the correct source for side six. Makes me wonder if the cover up happened to hide the real Japanese (if this was really recorded at a concert in Japan) source for the last side.
For comparison purposes:
Boulogne (near Paris), France
June 11th, 1981
Sources : complete show from combination of 2nd gen VG- audience and master VG+ AM radio recordings.
All tracks AM broadcast except (*) : AUD tape.
Part 1 (51:13)
101.Land Of Hope And Glory > Over The Rainbow (*)
102.Spotlight Kid (*)
103.Love’s No Friend
105.Man On The Silver Mountain (*)
106.Catch The Rainbow / 16th Century Greensleeves
107.Can’t Happen Here
Part 2 (40:02)
201.Keyboard Solo (*)
202.Lost In Hollywood (*)
203.Ritchie’s Solo (*)
204.Difficult To Cure (*)
205.Drum Solo (*)
206.Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll
207.All Night Long
Total time : 1:31:14
Rainbow Difficult To Cure – Europe 1981: