Pardon my French, I think all the native English speakers still understood ‘Object of intense desire’ – although this now refers to times passed, when we in the west had no idea that a Mr. Peach existed.
Quite an interesting font
It seems that there are two versions: With matrix numbers and with matrix numbers scratched out. One source quoted the number as LLX 314. is this correct?
Year of release: 1977
It is easy to see the appeal of this album in the late 70’s to the eBay boom years: A complete early Japanese Queen recording in excellent quality at a time when this seemed to be the only item of its kind.
Source: Osaka Kosei Nenkin Kaikan, 29 March 1976, 2 PM show
SIDE A: Intro: Bohemian Rhapsody (‘opera part’ taped) / Bohemian Rhapsody (end ‘rock’ part) / Ogre Battle / Sweet Lady / White Queen / Flick Of The Wrist
SIDE B: Medley: Bohemian Rhapsody / Killer Queen / The March Of The Black Queen / Bohemian Rhapsody (end part)/ Bring Back That Leroy Brown / Brighton Rock / Son And Daughter (end part)
SIDE C: The Prophet’s Song / Stone Cold Crazy / Doing Alright / Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon / Keep Yourself Alive
SIDE D: Liar / In The Lap Of The Gods….revisited / Now I’m Here/ Medley: Big Spender / Jailhouse Rock / Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On (improvisation) / Jailhouse Rock (reprise) / God Save The Queen….(tape)
In regards to this release, the same story is passed around from seller to seller: Originally 200 were pressed (collectorsmusicreviews.com says 400) but due to a police raid only between 20 – 50 copies got out.
What I find peculiar is that if the numberof surviving copies is really as low as 20/25, half of the copies seem to have made it out to western collectors and I would seriously question this. It was included in HOTWACKS, so it could not have been that ultra-rare then, considering how many titles never were. This really is not such a hard to find to find bootleg. In addition, I question the knowledge of non-Japanese speakers in regards to this specific bootleg raid, which tends to be repeated each time a copy is offered. Is there any confirmed source for this? If you search for certain Japanese vinyl bootlegs from the same period, they are even rarer than this album.
With a story like this, the album would sometimes sell for a low four figure sum. here are confirmed auction results with reported item condition:
Queen – ZOOM QUEEN (2lp) ULTRA RARE only 25 copies left ! MINT !!! 2013-05-26 779 GBP (1202 USD) mint
Queen Zoom 2 LP 2011-06-07 1750 EUR (1997 USD) Mint!
QUEEN ZOOM QUEEN 2LP EXTREMELY RARE only 50 pressing 2009-10-29 510 GBP (787 USD) EX++/EX++
QUEEN,ZOOM,2LP,LAMINATED GATEFOLD SLEEVE, RARE LIVE 2008-06-18 845 USD VG+,VG+
ZOOM QUEEN/LIVE IN OSAKA JAPAN ORIGINAL LP no reserve!! 2004-10-05 449 USD Exc, thin scratch
Queen Zoom Queen rare live vinyl 2 LP NEW&OOP 2004-08-19 1299 GBP (2005 USD) Mint, unplayed
Reports that there is a counterfeit issue could not be confirmed but the following image certainly does make you wonder:
This title reminds me of another Osaka sourced Eric Clapton Japan 1977 double LP, I had previously written about, that looks remarkably similar in design:
There is also this Osaka 1975 Japan triple box but I am less sure that it was produced by the same outfit: