WRMB 502: ‘The Beatles’Tour – The Great Take-Over’ / ‘Welcome The Beatles’ :Marc Records

Beatles 502 Takeover 2

Beatles 502 Takeover detail

The following text is from the Japanese bootleg blog bunburytails, a much more accurate translation now provided by a reader [thanks again]:

The Beatles’ Tour The Great Take-Over (WRMB502)

“This blog article celebrates the 45-year anniversary of [the Fab Four’s] tour in Japan [Note: This short article was written in 2011]. It’s one of the Wizardo 500 series bootlegs featuring the concert held on the 1st of July. In the bootleg guide book [possibly referring to “Beatles’ Bootlegs” written by T. Matsumoto and published in 1985 by Kodansha Ltd., Tokyo], the comment on this bootleg is so simple that I will quote the text from No. 13 issue of “Nippon Koban Tsushin” [Japanese, possibly, a minor newsletter released in Japan on collectable old vinyls] by “Houban” [Japanese, possibly publisher’s name].

— This is a record copied from “WELCOME THE BEATLES” although the Wizardo 500 series supposedly exploited then unreleased recordings. Since “WELCOME THE BEATLES” was difficult to obtain in the US, this disc was probably well-received as a newly recording source. Color of the slick has been confirmed in blue, white, and orange. Because this title was a product during the terminal stage of this bootleg label, the number of pressed copies was small, and so was the number imported in Japan. Multi-color wax does not exist with a probability of more than 90%. —

It is mentioned on the slick that this recording is different from the one used for pressing the famous “Five Nights In A Judo Arena” that features the performance on the 30th of June. The picture used on the slick is a kind of easy choice and I miss George being not pictured.

On the slick, Ringo looks just alike Pete Townshend. That’s what I thought all along.”

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Beatles Tokyo outdoor ad

Welcome B playing cards

“Welcome Beatles” playing cards that could be won as part of a “Yeah Yeah Sale” promotion that shifted 80,000 units in 40 days.

While the performance-wise frankly terrible recording of their first concert on 30 June had been available first as a vinyl bootleg on Five Nights in a Judo Arena and the first TAKRL release # 1900, it was the second show that was shown on TV on Japan’s TV channel NTV Channel 4 a mere seven hours after the start of the performance, at 9 p.m. that same night.

The Beatles second and much improved and all around organized Budokan performance (2 p.m. on 1 July -). The following is the running order of the hour long program, which was then edited down by removing almost all of the opening act’s numbers.

01. Announcement (1:26)
02. Introduction Of The Opening Act  by E.H. Eric (1:11)
03. Opening Act 1 – Welcome The Beatles (Hiroya Uchida & Bito Isao with Burukometsutsu) (2:30)
04. Opening Act 2 ­ Sari (the Rorihutazu) (1:11)
05. Opening Act 3 – Dynamite (Bito Isao with Burukometsutsu) (2:20)
06. Opening Act 4 – Does Not Have Asahi The Town (Uchida Hiroya with The Blue Jeans) (2:44)
07. Opening Act 5 – In You Becoming Numb (Hiroshi Mochizuki) (1:38)
08. Opening Act 6 – Caravan (Burukometsutsu) (1:39)
09. Introduction Of The Beatles by E.H. Eric (1:14)
10. Rock’n Roll Music (1:33)
11. She’s A Woman (3:13)
12. If I Needed Someone (2:51)
13. Day Tripper (3:08)
14. Baby’s In Black (2:37)
15. I Feel Fine (2:30)
16. Yesterday (2:29)
17. I Wanna Be Your Man (2:33)
18. Nowhere Man (2:38)
19. Paperback Writer (2:39)
20. I’m Down / Outro-duction by E.H. Eric (2:36)

Beatles Tokyo July 1

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This is most likely a copy of the Japanese Marc Records bootleg Welcome The Beatles TB-76057, released around late spring or middle of 1976, probably to coincide with the ten year anniversary of the event:

Beatles Welcome TB

However, while Five Nights In A Judo Arena and the TAKRL copy has excellent sound, Welcome The Beatles suffered due to the compromised quality of the source tape used and is only fair for the most part. The investment in the cover design and presentation was outstanding however and miles ahead of the product turned out by the US labels.

Label variations for TB-76057:

Beatles Welcome TB 1st lbl

Beatles Welcome TB 2nd lbl

Beatles Welcome TB b 2

 

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wizardo does deserve praise for getting most of their sources right the first time. Envision some of these titles put out by Contraband!

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WRMB 503: ‘WINGS OVER FRISCO’ and WRMB 505 (II – I was a David Bowie title) has previously been featured. Visit by clicking here.

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5 comments
  1. Bruceleg collector said:

    Hi, I really enjoy your blog on old vinyl bootlegs. Here’s English translation of the Japanese blog of the matter (hope this would be helpful). I must note that I might make some misunderstanding because I am not an expert on Fab Four’s Boot ( I’m a Springsteen collector).

    This blog article celebrates the 45-year anniversary of [the Fab Four’s] tour in Japan [Note: This short article was written in 2011]. It’s one of the Wizardo 500 series bootlegs featuring the concert held on the 1st of July. In the bootleg guide book [possibly referring to “Beatles’ Bootlegs” written by T. Matsumoto and published in 1985 by Kodansha Ltd., Tokyo], the comment on this bootleg is so simple that I will quote the text from No. 13 issue of “Nippon Koban Tsushin” [Japanese, possibly, a minor newsletter released in Japan on collectable old vinyls] by “Houban” [Japanese, possibly publisher’s name].

    — This is a record copied from “WELCOME THE BEATLES” although the Wizardo 500 series supposedly exploited then unreleased recordings. Since “WELCOME THE BEATLES” was difficult to obtain in the US, this disc was probably well-received as a newly recording source. Color of the slick has been confirmed in blue, white, and orange. Because this title was a product during the terminal stage of this bootleg label, the number of pressed copies was small, and so was the number imported in Japan. Multi-color wax does not exist with a probability of more than 90%. —

    It is mentioned on the slick that this recording is different from the one used for pressing the famous “Five Nights In A Judo Arena” that features the performance on the 30th of June. The picture used on the slick is a kind of easy choice and I miss George being not pictured.

    On the slick, Ringo looks just alike Pete Townshend. That’s what I thought all along.

    • Now that makes so much more sense than what GT rendered. Thank you so much.

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