‘ON TOUR’ – Very Rare Japanese Clapton 2 LP sets From His 1977 & 1975 japan Tours

Clapton OnTour77

Clapton E On Tour

Clapton E On Tour b

Clapton E On Tour inner

ERIC CLAPTON and HIS BAND
Title: ERIC CLAPTON ON TOUR
Label; NO NUMBER
Side A:  THE CORE / DOUBLE TROUBLE / KNOCKIN ‘ON HEAVEN’S DOOR

Side B:  BLUES POWER / HAVE YOU EVER LOVED A WOMAN

Side C:  ALL THE WAY / SIGN LANGUAGE / TELL THE TRUTH

Side D:  STORMY MONDAY / LAYLA

Sources: Excerpts from the September 26th and October 1st 1977 concerts at Osaka Festival Hall. From a time when Japanese vinyl bootlegs still contained shows actually recorded in Japan. This would change after 1978, when Japan signed The Phonogram Protection Convention (the Convention for the Protection of Producers of Music Recordings Against Unauthorized Duplication of Their Product). In some cases, recordings made in Japanese venues after 1979 would be carefully edited and credited to UK or US locations. I will have a couple of examples on the blog later.

Not a bootleg you are likely to see anytime soon, very limited pressing. Beautiful gatefold cover with photos from one of the actual Festival Hall shows. Unfortunately, the quality seems to be challenging at best, earning just a “Gm” rating in HOTWACKS – it is surprising that this even made it into HW in the first place when so many other Japanese bootlegs did not.  It took until 2013 for a better source tape to turn up (for the October 1st show).

26 September set list:

Osaka, Japan – September 26, 1977 (3 audience sources exist)

  1. The Core
  2. Badge
  3. Double Trouble
  4. Knocking On Heaven’s Door
  5. Bottle of Red Wine
  6. Nobody Knows When You’re Down and Out
  7. Alberta
  8. We’re All the Way
  9. Sign Language
  10. Tell the Truth
  11. Stormy Monday
  12. Layla
  13. Key to the Highway

Clapton Moshi Moshi Osaka

Master cassette insert turned into a CD cover.

1 October set list

The good news is that in addition to the old source, described as “a fairly miserable audience recording” a Mr. Peach source that I had not seen before has since been released (LIVE AT HEART BREAK HALL).

1. The Core
2. Blues Power
3. Have You Ever Loved a Woman
4. Blues With a Feeling
5. One Night
6. Nobody Knows You
7. Sign Language
8. Alberta
9. Tell The Truth
10. Double Trouble
11. Layla
12. Bottle of Red Wine
13. Key to the Highway

Band Lineup:

Eric Clapton Guitar, Vocals
George Terry Guitar
Carl Radle Bass
Jamie Oldaker Drums
Dick Sims Keyboards
Marcy Levy Backing Vocals

Clapton 77 J tour bookClapton rocking a “puffy pirate shirt” long before Seinfeld. Japan 1977 tour book.

Eric Clapton Blackie Japan 1977Photo: Akihiko Fuku

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I suspect that the producers of this ‘matrix-less’ double album where also responsible for other Osaka concert vinyls recorded in the mid 1970’s, among them the famous ZOOM QUEEN set.

Here is the inner part of the gatefold looking rather similar:

Queen Zoom Queen in

Queen Zoom

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And perhaps also this Japanese Clapton triple album, I just recently discovered; recorded 22 + 23 October 1975 at Osaka’s Festival Hall:

Clapton Tour 75

ERIC CLAPTON and HIS BAND
Title: ERIC CLAPTON AND HIS BAND ON TOUR’75
Label: NO NUMBER

Side 1:  LAYLA / KEY TO THE HIGHWAY / KNOCKIN’ ‘ON HEAVEN’S DOOR

Side 2:  BLUES POWER / NOBODY KNOWS YOU WHEN YOU’RE DOWN OUT

Side 3:   I SHOT THE SHERIFF / CARNIVAL

Side 4:   LITTLE WING / TELL THE TRUTH

Side 5:   LET IT RAIN / BELL BOTTOM BLUES / CAN’T FIND MY WAY HOME

Side 6:   AS THE YEARS GO PASSING BY / BADGE 

Quality: very good stereo audience. Only 200 copies pressed.

Comments (via Google Translate): “All the E-plane 2 ~ F surface I are housed and add a set that has been showcased in the 23rd.
So that the box of color also had the red and blue, it is a red box version there in my hand. ”

Apparently this bootleg gives credit to the person who had recorded the source tape: ‘Komo-roku

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