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Japan: 1983 or ’84

Source: “The album is an incomplete [I am not sure what could be missing, as all performed tracks are here] recording of Duran Duran’s performance at the Dominion Theatre, a 2,163 capacity venue located in London’s Tottenham Court Road.

During 1983, Duran Duran spent most of the year as tax exiles, writing songs at a chateau in France during May, before flying to Monstserrat and then Sydney to record and mix their third album. In the summer the band flew back to the UK to perform two concerts, the Prince’s Trust Rock Gala and three days later The MENCAP Concert at Villa Park in Birmingham.

The Prince’s Trust Rock Gala was a historic event attended by Prince Charles and Princess Diana to raise funds for the Prince’s Trust, a charity founded by The Prince of Wales to help young people.

This was the first time Duran Duran played live after The Rio Tour finished, held during a period when the band had their first UK no.1 single with “Is There Something I Should Know?”.

Duran Duran began their performance after “God Save The Queen”, the British national anthem. The band then launched into the first ever live performance of “Is There Something I Should Know?”, a song that entered the charts directly at no.1 which was rare for any single then. Fans screamed when “Hungry Like the Wolf” followed.

During the evening, Duran Duran gave the crowd the chance to hear one of their new songs “Union of the Snake”. The song was unknown, played when the band were actually working on their next album Seven and the Ragged Tiger.

The show finished with “Girls on Film”, featuring band introduction.

The album was released in two sleeve versions, blue ink and purple ink printed editions. The front cover features Duran Duran photography by Brian Aris.” (source: DuranDuran.wikia.com)

Duran Duran – Dominion Theatre, London, England, 1983-07-20 [a.k.a. ‘Prince’s Trust Royal Rock Gala’]

01 Intro [Charles & Diana Enter Theater – National Anthem – Host Introduces Band]
02 Is There Something I Should Know?
03 Hungry Like The Wolf
04 Union Of The Snake
05 New Religion
06 Save A Prayer
07 Rio
08 Planet Earth
09 My Own Way
10 Careless Memories
11 Girls On Film

Sound: Very good audience. 7.5/10.

Comments: Interesting night in London… The band had several technical difficulties [you’ll know them when you hear them], and oh yeah, the IRA had a plan to murder Charles and Diana at the show… Yikes. All that being said, t’s a fantastic recording!

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Spines came with red or white printing.

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Japan: 1983 or early ’84 – this used to be one of the highest selling ETS bootlegs at auctions, sometimes selling for $300+. Godfather Records picked this recording for CD release in 2013, as they play really well at this show, subsequently this may have impacted the resell value. On the other hand, Kiss fans have always enjoyed their vinyl bootlegs, so it may not.

Source: Universal Amphitheater, Los Angeles, 27 March 1983

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Spot the letter/# sticker we know from UD/XL titles in its usual position.

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“It’s A Miracle (Early dates played “It’s America”)” – so this is not a listening error mishearing “a miracle” for “American”.

 

Japan: 1983 – they also toured Japan for the first time that year.

Source: Culture Club on their When Cameras Go Crazy & first U.S. Tour. L.A., Hollywood Palladium, 11 March 1983.

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Around the same time or a little bit later, a sort of unintended ‘companion-piece’ was produced with this European bootleg, supposedly recorded in Japan in 1983: It’s a miracle (R.O.S. Records, CC-831)

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Also exists on purple PVC.

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Japan: 1983  for the first edition (2527/8 A/B matrix):  Black vinyl + title labels (as shown after the copied cover image). HOTWACKS and vhboots.com are incorrect here in calling these the alternate labels/reissue.

“The front and back artwork looks the same at first glance, but closer examination reveals that the artwork is compressed so that more of the image(s) appear at the edges of the sleeve. The “Van Halen” banner also looks more purple.” = this is actually a description of the cover for the first & second  Japan releases. Compare the shrunk version from the red vinyl edition here:

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2527B label leaving out Dance The Night Away in the # 2 position

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A second pressing with blank white labels (random numbering on one side -see below) was done in Japan, ca. 1984. The matrix # was now VH-619 A/B/C/D:

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A third pressing on red vinyl was done in Europe, also ca. 1984. My claims are based on auction results showing the blank white copies being mainly offered from Japan and the red ones never from Japan but always from Europe. Any further info is welcome as always.

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I have also come across these previously undocumented labels, which misidentify this as a performance from London while keeping the same cover design:

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Quality rating and identifying clues: “Overall sound quality would rate about a B. It’s an audience recording, and the band sounds clear but there’s a “spacious” arena-quality to it.
Because the show was in LA, the boys were probably partying hard and it shows in a few songs; Dave doesn’t sing the entire second verse of “So This Is Love”. In the same song, Eddie plays part of the second solo during the FIRST solo. Also, Dave “makes up” lyrics in the second verse of “Unchained”. (just like “Romeo Delight” in the US Festival show). ” (Source: vhboots.com)

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Los Angeles Sports Arena
Los Angeles, CA, USA
June 19, 1981

Source: AUD, VG+

Bootleg Title: “Home Ground” (no label, vinyl bootleg)

Setlist:

Disc 1

1. On Fire 3:50
2. Sinner’s Swing! 3:40
3. Drum Solo 2:24
4. Hear About It Later 4:51
5. Dave Raps 2:35
6. So This Is Love? 3:25
7. Jamie’s Cryin’ 3:37
8. Bass Solo 3:43
9. Runnin’ With The Devil 3:17
10. Dance The Night Away 3:18
11. Sunday Afternoon In The Park 3:18
12. Romeo Delight 4:43
13. Everybody Wants Some!! 9:04

Total Time: 51:49

Disc 2

1. Sounds of Summertime 4:02
2. Ice Cream Man 5:45
3. Mean Street 5:16
4. Guitar Solo 6:57
5. Feel Your Love Tonight 2:56
6. You Really Got Me 4:37
7. Unchained 5:27
8. Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love 5:43

Total Time: 40:46

Lou’s notes: “I think the quality is more like a B+/A- myself.

The transfer is superior, as good a transfer as you’ll ever hear of this show. Hardly sounds like a vinyl to my ears. Exceptionally clean, so kudos to whoever transferred this. This copy should be the standard for this boot in trading circles.

I did not pull the track listing from vhboots.com, this is my own listing. The track listing on vhboots.com does not correspond to the vinyl>CD transfer.

Volume dips down a little bit in the beginning of “On Fire” but rebounds shortly.

There are I think 3 or 4 cuts between songs, nothing major. They just cut out audience cheering; no music is lost.

This is my personal favorite show from the Fair Warning tour and my favorite Van Halen bootleg period.

Dean’s notes: I could shed some light on the identity of the taper…but I just can’t! It sounds like mine did…but the gaps of missing audience…not my style. I know I traded this to a few people…Gregg was one. I also sold a bunch of them out of the back of Rolling Stone and Circus back in the 80s. Some of my closer acquaintances know a fire devastated the vast majority of my tapes. I’m lucky to have saved what I did. But for those who remember trading or buying from me…”

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Also exists with a green sleeve and red on white or black on white labels showing Mick Karn sculptures or blank white (and black?) labels.

 

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Japan: 1983

2525 A: Burning Bridges / Swing / Gentlemen Take Polaroids / Alien / Rhodesia
2525 B: Quiet Life / My New Career / Obscure Alternatives
2526 A: Taking Islands In Africa / Methods Of Dance / Ain’t That Peculiar / Sometimes I Feel So Low / Halloween
2526 B: European Son / Life In Tokyo / Adolescent Sex / Automatic Gun

Source: FM broadcast from Kyoto Kaikan on 23 February 1981

Quality: Excellent but http://www.nightporter.co.uk/pages/japlive_81.html states that this is not on the same level as the BBC broadcast from Hammersmith Odeon on the 7th of February ’81

 

When this recording was remastered for the CD release ORIENTAL PERFORMANCE 1980, it was degraded from stereo to mono and two songs were cut to make it fit. There never was a bootleg LP called “Oriental Performance” as suggested in a dime torrent from early August 2015,

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Japan: 1983 – Whitesnake toured Japan in February of 1983

Matrix: V ETS-2522A 111 + C II, ETS – 2522B 112 +, V ETS-2523A 111 + C II, ETS – 2523B 111 +, V (B) ETS-2524A 111 + C II, ETS – 2524B 111 +

2522 A: The Shadow Of The Blues / Rough And Ready / Ready And Willing
2522 B: Don’t Break My Heart Again / Here I Go Again
2520 A: Love Hunter / Mickey Moody solo / Love Hunter
2520 B: Crying In The Rain / Soldier Of Fortune / Jon Lord On Keyboards
2521 A: Cozy Powell On Drums / 633 Squadron / Over The Top / 1812 Overture / Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City
2521 B: Fool For Your Loving / Thank You Blues / Wine, Women And Song / We Wish You Well

Source: Supposedly from Newcastle City Hall on 14 December 1982, however, the following comment from a DP + related bands bootleg discography should make us suspicious: “It’s strange, that all the stage banter is cut out and so there is no real evidence of the place of the show.”

ETS may have done this for all their masters to not have the Japanese recordings stand out like a sore thumb with all their cuts but who knows. It would certainly be very noticeable to remove, for example Jon Lord’s introduction mentioning the city (as heard on the Osaka concert on YT).

 

Band: Whitesnake
Title: Budokan 1983 Monitor Mix Definitive Edition
Date: February 22, 1983
Venue: Budokan, Tokyo, Japan

01 Walking In The Shadow Of The Blues
02 Rough An’ Ready
03 Ready An’ Willing
04 Don’t Break My Heart Again
05 Here I Go Again
06 Love Hunter
07 Micky Moody Guitar Solo & Colin Hodgkinson Bass Solo
08 Love Hunter (Return)
09 Crying In The Rain
10 Jon Lord Keyboard Solo
11 Cozy Powell Drums Solo feat. 633 Squadron & 1812 Overture
12 Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City
13 Fool For Your Loving
14 Thank You Audience / Wine, Women An’ Song
15 We Wish You Well

Compare with the Newcastle set list from the 2nd night on 14 December ’82

    Walking In The Shadow Of The Blues
    Rough An’ Ready
    Ready An’ Willing
    Don’t Break My Heart Again
    Here I Go Again
    Lovehunter incl. Moody/Hodgkinson Solo
    Crying In The Rain / Soldier Of Fortune
    Organ Solo
    Drum Solo (cut out)
    Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City (cut in)
    Fool For Your Lovin’
    Thank You Blues
    Wine, Women And Song

 

If someone owns this set, could they please listen and report back if it’s a Japanese concert or not (using the Osaka recording on YT as a guide)?

 

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Japan: 1983

Matrix: ETS 2519 A/B, ETS 2520 A/B,ETS 2521 A/B

2519 A: Theme / End of the World / Wishing Well
2619 B: Rockin` Every Night / Cold Hearted / Nuclear Attak
2520 A: I Can`t Wait Until Tomorrow / Always Gonna Love You
2520 B: Hurricane / White Knuckles / Rockin & Rollin
2521 A: Back on the Streets / Parisienne Walkways
2521 B: Higher Ground / Sunset / You`re Gonna Break My Heart Again

Source: The cover design suggests that this comes from the same date & location as the reprinted ad suggests (the year is 1983). However, let’s dig a bit deeper.

1983 Tour dates:

January
12th – Playhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
13th – Apollo, Manchester, UK
14th – Odeon, Birmingham, UK
15th – Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK
22nd – Shibuya Kokaido, Tokyo, Japan
24th – Shinjuku Koseinenkin Kaikan, Tokyo, Japan*
25th – Shinjuku Koseinenkin Kaikan, Tokyo, Japan*
26th – Festival Hall, Osaka, Japan
27th – Kaikan Hall, Kyoto, Japan
28th – Sun Palace Hall, Fukuoka, Japan
30th – Nagoyashi Kokaido, Aichi, Japan
31st – Shinjuku Koseinenkin Kaikan, Tokyo, Japan

February
1st – Shibuya Kokaido, Tokyo, Japan

*shows recorded for his (initially) Japan only ROCKIN’ EVERY NIGHT live album

GARY MOORE KYOTO KAIKAN KYOTO JAPAN JANUARY-27-1983

01 INTRO
02 END OF THE WORLD
03 WISHING WELL
04 ROCKIN EVERY NIGHT
05 GARY SOLO/COLD HEARTED
06 NUCLEAR ATTACK
07 I CAN’T WAIT UNTIL TOMORROW
08 I’M ALWAYS GONNA LOVE YOU
09 HURRICANE/IAN PAICE DRUM SOLO
10 WHITE KNUCKLES
11 ROCKIN AND ROLLIN
12 BACK ON THE STREETS
13 PARISIENNE WALKWAYS
14 DON’T TAKE ME FOR A LOSER
15 YOU’RE GONNA BREAK MY HEART AGAIN
16 SUNSET (DEDICATED TO RANDY RHOADS)

Does the ETS bootleg sound similar to this?

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The album title is derived from the Stevie Wonder original song covered on this tour and the correct spelling is “Higher Ground”.

The cover design is a straight rip off of Gary’s December 1983 album with this title:

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This 1984 European (German? – not sure why they bothered attempting to make this look like a Japanese release when they were going to use a German copyright disclaimer around the label rim anyway) bootleg pertains to also have been recorded at the same concert. The track list is different and can be confirmed here: http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/gary-moore/1983/hammersmith-odeon-london-england-6bc6624a.html

Side A:  Sound check / Intro: Majestuoso E Virtuoso / The End Of The World
Side B:  Warhead / Drum solo / Wishing Well / Rockin ‘Every Night / Cold Hearted / Nuclear Attack
Side C:  I Can not Wait Until Tomorrow / Don’t Take Me For A Loser / Theme (Colosseum II) / Drum solo / Theme (Colosseum II) continued
Side D:  Hurricane / White Knuckles / Rocking And Rolling / Back On The Streets / Parisienne Walkways / Higher Ground / Always Gonna Love You

Quality rating: ‘Vgs’ in HOTWACKS

A Japanese Gary Moore blog speculated that this title may also include excerpts or the whole performance as broadcast as part of the RockPop Live In Concert German TV broadcast from 19 December 1982 but I am confident that this is not the case.

My conclusion is that Hurricane was recorded during the Japan tour, while HIGHER GROUNDS is likely from the Hammersmith Odeon as stated on its back cover.