“The Japanese tour of 1972 is one of their most important and under appreciated tours. Throughout these concerts the band are testing the new set list. This is the transformation from the “Immigrant Song” era to the “Rock and Roll” era.”
Led Zeppelin’s second and last visit to Japan occurred soon after the band had finished recording Houses Of The Holy and the band premieres “The Song Remains The Same” And “The Rain Song”. Further additions were John Paul Jones using a mellotron for the first time and unfortunately, Robert Plant’s voice showing signs of straining, which affected the first show in Osaka on October 4th the most. Although, as a reviewer noted “Considering the high pitch he usually sings at it is nothing near as dire as some of those ’75 shows!”
When the band returned to Osaka’s Festival Hall on the 9th after a short trip to Hongkong for a “look around”, Robert’s voice had improved considerably. The second Osaka concert is regarded as the best of the six of the 1972 Japan Tour. There were some changes to the set list on this second night, Bron-yr-Aur Stomp was dropped and Moby Dick was played for the only time.
“Two audience source tapes were used for the previously released (CD) boots of this show. One is used in very famous LP called “Live”(LP), its reissued title called “My Brain Hurts” (LP), “Stand By Me” (2CD), “Tapes from the Darkside” (3CD), and its reissued title from the same bootlegger, called “Let Me Get Back To 1972” (3CD). And the other is the one once used for the most part of “Live” (2CD, Tarantura). Among these boots, “Live” (LP) is the best in terms of the sound quality, but contains only 7 tracks.”
The first release of this material happened in 1975 on the very scarce Japanese single LP ‘Live’ mentioned above and pictured here:
The matrix is unmarked and despite the label being very similar to the Japanese OG bootleg label of the mid 70’s – compare here – this may have been a one off release produced by a different bootlegger.
Ca. 1976/7 Vicky Vinyl came across a copy, liked what she heard and released it as MY BRAIN HURTS:
First edition on green wax.
Side 1: Over The Hills And Far Away (5:50)/ Misty Mountain Hop (4:26)/ Since I’ve Been Loving You (7:09)/ Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp (3:31)
Side 2: Dancing Days (3:26)/ The Song Remains The Same (5:05)/ The Rain Song (7:08)/ Stand By Me (6:11)
Recording: Very good mono audience. Source: Osaka Festival Hall, Osaka, Japan 9 October ’72. Comments: US bootleg. First pressing on green vinyl. Limited edition of 100 numbered copies with T-shirt reissued on US label Jester Productions from IMP plates. Incorrectly listed as Bron-Yr-Aur. Not from Dec. 1972 as cover claims.
Their rendition of Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me” is famous from this show, however, I remain unimpressed being used in the light of the original as well as covers by John and Julian Lennon
Reissue on Jester Records mentioning the numbered box set with T-Shirt as quoted in Hot Wacks.
MY BRAIN HURTS
LXXXIV SERIES #05
Comments: US bootleg. A rerelease of MY BRAIN HURTS (Idle Mind Productions IMP 1115) on multi-colored vinyl. Approximately 100 numbered copies on multicolored wax.
Complete set list:
01 Rock And Roll
02 Out On The Tiles (intro) Black Dog
03 Over The Hills And Far Away
04 Misty Mountain Hop
05 Since I’ve Been Loving You
06 Dancing Days
07 The Song Remains The Same
08 The Rain Song
09 Dazed And Confused (With Down By The River The Crunge Hendrix Jam Mars The Bringer Of War)
10 Stairway To Heaven
11 Moby Dick
12 Whole Lotta Love (With Everybody Needs Somebody To Love / Something’s Got A Hold On Me /
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction / Leave My Woman Alone / Lawdy Miss Clawdy / Heartbreak Hotel / Wear My Ring Around Your Neck / Going Down Slow)
13 Stand By Me
14 Immigrant Song
argenteumastrum.com states that there are up to three sources for this show.
on stage at Festival Hall