What’s New – New Entry Into The $1,000+ Club – Japan Acetates: LED ZEPPELIN ‘HIROSHIMA/II’ Trademark of UFO + ’71 – 72 Digest’ (“Panties” set) on Digger

Actually, the $3,000+ club in this case. An auction I was watching for a while for these two Japanese Led Zeppelin bootleg acetates:

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This extremely rare acetate, probably never offered outside of Japan before, achieved an astounding high bid of GBP 2,130.00 and more than quadrupled its asking price with only four bids. I would date these as 1980’s releases and as with many of these acetates keep expectations regarding the sound quality low. Moreover, according to collectormusicreviews.com, this is just a worse sounding copy of another super rare Led Zeppelin acetate: “[…] first […] surfaced on vinyl on the very rare acetate Hiroshima Parts 1 & 2 (Gell) and and copied on Hiroshima Live In Japan 1971 1&2 (Trade Mark Of Quality UFO) in poor quality. “


The companion piece, part 1, which had been listed in HOTWACKS, achieved only half of that at GBP 1,020.

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The following was adapted from http://www.argenteumastrum.com/1971.htm


Source 1: Stairway To Heaven [ 9:11 – cut ], Celebration Day [4:50], That’s The Way [6:42], Going To California [7:51], Tangerine [3:51], What Is And What Should Never Be [4:22], Moby Dick [1:29 – cut].
Description: Incomplete good to very good 1st audience recording. 43 minutes.
Details: This source has been recorded closer to the stage and is more upfront and clear when compared with other two tapes. It suffers from some overloading and distortion though, especially during the louder songs. There’s also some fumbling going on with the recorder here and there too.

Found on bootleg vinyl: Led Zeppelin 71-72 (Digger)

After looking and looking, I finally realized that this is the famous set with the rubber stamped panties (also a very rare piece):

Led Zep Panties 2

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“The first one hundred copies of [the CD] Love & Peace In Hiroshima come with two bonus cdrs in a clear plastic case. This is a copy of the rare vinyl boot 71-72 Digest on Digger records released in the mid eighties. This title is infamous for coming with a poster and rubber stamped panties with each copy. This contains the first incomplete thirty-seven minute audience recording from Hiroshima which has never appeared on compact disc before.

The recording is distant and disturbing and the loud vinyl surface noise makes it even more difficult to listen to. 71-72 Digest also contains selections from the October 2nd, 1972 Tokyo show and October 4th, 1972 Osaka concert. Again the tape sources are very poor sound quality and the vinyl is very noisy.”

Source 2: [supposedly not recorded: Announcements ] Immigrant Song [ 3:51 ] >> Heartbreaker (<< Bouree..) [ 7:30 ] , Since I’ve Been Loving You [ 7:30 ], [ cut ], Dazed And Confused [ 24:23 – cut ], [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven [ 10:03 ], Celebration Day [ 4:49 ], [ cut ], That’s The Way [ 6:42 ], Going To California [ 7:42 ], Tangerine [ 3:51 ], [ cut ], What Is And What Should Never Be [ 4:24 ], Moby Dick [ 19:07 – <i>cut</i> ], [ cut ], The Lady Is A Tramp Intro [ 0:38 – cut ] >> Whole Lotta Love (<< In The Light, Boogie Chillun, Let’s Have Fun, Be-Bop-A-Lula..) [ 18:13 ].
Description: Incomplete good to very good 2nd audience recording. Near 127 minutes.
Details: Fairly balanced recording but taped with some distance, lacking high end also. In quieter moments it rates clearer quality but for many parts there is noticeable overloading/distortion too.

Source 3: [supposedly not recorded: Announcements ] Immigrant Song [ 3:48 ] >> Heartbreaker (<< Bouree..) [ 7:29 ], Since I’ve Been Loving You [ 7:33 ], Out On The Tiles Intro [ 0:12 ] >> Black Dog [ 5:40 ], Dazed And Confused [ 18:24 – cut ], [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven [ 9:47 ], Celebration Day [ 4:49 ], That’s The Way [ 6:45 ], Going To California [ 7:39 ], Tangerine [ 3:48 ], What Is And What Should Never Be [ 4:30 ].
Description: Incomplete good 3rd audience recording. 87 minutes.
Details:  The tape is very hissy if not a bit overloaded at times and muffled, with minor tape issues here and there. It is also more distant than the previous source.

Found on bootleg LP’s/acetates: Hiroshima Part 1&2 (Geil) & Hiroshima Live In Japan (Trade Mark Of UFO)

Source 4: Band Announcements, Immigrant Song [ 3:48 ] >> Heartbreaker (<< Bouree..) [ 7:29 ], Since I’ve Been Loving You [ 1:39 – cut ], [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven [ 9:48 ], [ cut ], Tangerine [ 3:46 ], [ cut ], Instrumental Improvisation [ 0:48 ] >> Communication Breakdown [ 5:49 ].
Description: Incomplete poor to good 4th audience recording. 47 minutes.
Details: This could be a good source … but the level of overloading is so devastating that for the most part we can hear the wall of sound, with all the instruments mushed into a roar. Only the chatter is fairly listenable.

Description: Incomplete very good 5th audience recording. 147 minutes.
Details: Surprisingly, a very clear tape with only some amount of hiss and with small bass overloading. The band is captured in fair distance and recording is very enjoyable, best sounding in terms of quality and most complete of all five sources available.

“The band performed a charity concert benefit for the victims of the atomic bomb.  They presented the mayor of Hiroshima with a check for 7,000,000 yen – their earnings from the show – and in return received a peace medal.

Once again, the band were very well received by the appreciative audience and delivered another typically stellar performance.  The Whole Lotta Love medley was the shortest of the tour so far (18 minutes), but the band continued to incorporate rarities into the feature.  They performed Cliff Richard and The Shadow’s ‘Nine Times Out of Ten’ (the only known performance of this track) and Gene Vincent’s ‘Be-Bop-a-Lula’ (performed only once before – in Helsinki on February 23, 1970).

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You cannot help but notice that Jimmy must have felt so much love for his knitted top, he wore it at Hiroshima Peace Park, throughout the actual concert and at the reception in the mayor’s office too. Of course, one cannot rule out that maybe he brought a suitcase full of identical tops on tour.


Coming up soon, coincidentally: My long prepared series on Japanese bootlegs

Coming up next: Smilin’Ears releases

  1. John said:

    are that really acetates?…..i do have acetates myself but that are records on metal….the so called metal acetates. Vinyls are no acetates in my opinion..or i’m i wrong?

    • The auction text described it/them as “Led Zeppelin LP Japan 1971 Hiroshima II Red vinyl ACETATE NEVER SEEN BEFORE MINT”, HOTWACKS calls it an acetate, as did collectorsmusicreviews – who am I to disagree 🙂 ?

  2. Karl said:

    I have some Springsteen “acetates” which I assume are from the same manufacturer. These are actually metal based discs so I would say the description is appropriate.

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