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)
- The Core
- Double Trouble
- Knocking On Heaven’s Door
- Bottle of Red Wine
- Nobody Knows When You’re Down and Out
- We’re All the Way
- Sign Language
- Tell the Truth
- Stormy Monday
- Key to the Highway
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
9. Tell The Truth
10. Double Trouble
12. Bottle of Red Wine
13. Key to the Highway
Eric Clapton Guitar, Vocals
George Terry Guitar
Carl Radle Bass
Jamie Oldaker Drums
Dick Sims Keyboards
Marcy Levy Backing Vocals
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:
And perhaps also this Japanese Clapton triple album, I just recently discovered; recorded 22 + 23 October 1975 at Osaka’s Festival Hall:
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‘