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Japan: ? Perhaps early 1980’s based on the cover design (which in HOTWACKS is described as “brown”).

Source: Budokan, Tokyo – 30 November 1978

Side A: Darkness / Star Cycle / Freeway Jam / Hot Rock (misidentified title?) / Goodbye Pork Pie Hat

Side B: School Days / Too Much To Lose (misidentified title?) / Lopsy Lu

Side C: Diamond Dust / Scatterbrain / Rock ‘n Roll Jelly

Side D: Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers / Superstition

HOTWACKS quality rating: “Exs”

set list:

opening, Darkness, Star Cycle, Freeway Jam, Cat Moves, Goodbye Pork Pie Hat, School Days, Journey To Love, Lopsy Lu, Diamond Dust, Scatterbrain, Rock ‘n Roll Jelly, Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers, Blue Wind, Superstition, announcement

“Jeff Beck ended his short tour of Japan with Stanley Clarke with three shows at the Budokan in Tokyo on November 30th, December 1st and December 2nd. The first night has been circulating on a good audience tape released on Live Superstition (Off Beat XXCD-10), a one disc edit with seven songs from the show, and Lost Beck Tapes Vol. 7 (Sinsemilla) with the complete show on CDR.

The set for this short partnership is a strange mixture of the Jan Hammer Group tour setlist with a couple of Clarke tunes thrown in for good measure. It starts off with the same Hammer written tone poem “Darkness” as a prelude to the brand new “Star Cycle,” also written by Hammer. Beck identifies it as a song that will be on the new album coming out in the following year.

“Freeway Jam” sees Beck almost lost control in the middle and giving the lead to Clarke. “It gives me great pleasure to be back here at the Budokan. Thank you for coming to see us” Beck tells the audience before “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat.” It had been more than five years since he played in Tokyo when he visited with Beck, Bogert & Appice in 1973.

Clarke has his first spotlight during “School Days.” The short bass solo gives opportunity for the audience to clap along and join in the journey before Beck comes in with the melody, stretching the piece over ten minutes long.

He also has an interesting run in “Scatterbrain” before Simon Phillips has his type-writer style drum solo in the middle of the piece. Afterwards, Clarke tells the audience “you know today, I learned how to count in Japanese” and does so before they start to play “Rock And Roll Jelly.”

Beck tells the audience how honored he is to be playing with Clarke and to be playing for them before an amazing version of “Blue Wind” closes the show.

“Superstition,” which opened the set the last time he visited Tokyo, is the only encore. He sings the words through the talk box during the middle of the song.” [collectorsmusicrevies.com]

Beck Clarke J Tour 78 prog

Beck Clarke J Tour 78

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Definitely a jazz bootleg, you can add “rock” to it but it makes as much difference as adding a sprinkle of nuts and raisins to a liver dish.

 

Rainbow Mark 2

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Japan: 1978

Rainbow – 1977-11-04 Mark II
Venue: Empire Theatre, Liverpool, UK
Source: Aud

Kill the King 6:08
Mistreated 11:42
16th Century Greensleeves 7:56
Catch the Rainbow 18:05
Long Live Rock-n-Roll 7:08

Lazy 0:53
Man on the Silver Mountain 13:07
Still I’m Sad 26:01

“…excelllent audience recording from November 4, 1977. Highly recommended early Rainbow show.”

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Rainbow played two nights at the Liverpool Empire as part of their fall UK tour in 1977.

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On the last night, Ritchie caused some damage to the old theater’s plaster work when he smashed his guitar at the end and as a consequence he and the band were banned from all future appearances at the venue, which also decided to limit the number of rockconcerts they would allow.

Rainbow Liverpool 77

Photo taken by Simon Robinson

“…during the encore, Ritchie appeared in one of the boxes, level with the balcony, playing guitar whilst his legs dangled over the edge, before demolishing the guitar over the edge. Unimpressed, the venue banned Rainbow after assessing the damage done. [ronniejamesdisite.com]

This was the infamous show where he disappeared from the stage during the encore, and reappeared in one of the first floor boxes, from where he proceeded to trash his Strat copy, dangling the remains over the rabid crowd below. He also did considerable damage to the ornate plasterwork too and got a life ban from the place! This also led to a reduction in the number of rock bands allowed to play there, and the Royal Court Theatre just across the road eventually took over as Liverpool’s premier live music venue – but that’s another story.
Simon Robinson
[as quoted on deep-purple.net]

I was there that night and what the picture does not show is the crowd of fans climbing over each other to reach the dangling strat pieces. It was an incredible sight from an inspiring night. [audience member]

Rainbow Satisfaction

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Japan: 1978

The only vinyl bootleg to be released from Rainbow’s extensive second Japan tour, recorded at Osaka’s  Koseinenkin-Kaikan on 16 January, 1978. The usual limited pressing run for Japanese made product have always made this LP a very hard to find collector’s item.

Side A:  Intro: Over The Rainbow / Kill The King / Long Live Rock’n’Roll / Man On The Silver Mountain / Starstruck

Side B:  Still I’m Sad

Matrix: BL-409 A/B

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11.01.1978     Shi Kokaido     Nagoya           
12.01.1978     Kenritsu Taiikukan     Hiroshima         
13.01.1978     Kenritsu Taiikukan     Kumamoto            
14.01.1978     Kyuden-Kinen Taiikukan     Fukuoka            
16.01.1978     Koseinenkin-Kaikan     Osaka           
17.01.1978     Koseinenkin-Kaikan     Osaka           
18.01.1978     Kaikan Daiichi Hall     Kyoto           
20.01.1978     Koseinenkin-Kaikan     Osaka          
21.01.1978     Budokan     Tokyo            
22.01.1978     Budokan     Tokyo             
24.01.1978     Koriyama Shimin-Kaikan     Fukushima             
27.01.1978     Nakajima Sports Centre     Sapporo             
28.01.1978     Budokan     Tokyo            
29.01.1978     Kenmin Kaikan     Akita             
31.01.1978     Kenmin Kaikan     Niigata            
01.02.1978     Shi Kanko Kaikan     Kanazawa             
03.02.1978     Budokan     Tokyo    

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Japan ’78 Tour book

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A handbill for the Tokyo concerts.

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Rainbow 1978

Newspaper report about the crowd disturbance before the encore and fatality at the Sapporo show on 27 January ’78.

Subsequent shows included a short memorial ceremony:

“…The Rainbow is colored full red for the people of Japan as the silent prayer is read and observed…. “[collectorsmusicreviews.com review of the Mr. Peach recording from the concert in Niigata]

“…Ronnie introduces a gentleman to speak to the audience and lead them in a silent prayer for Sapporo and for a minute the large crowd goes quiet…” “Ronnie then speaks to the crowd about something they would like to address and brings out an interpreter who then leads the audience and band in a silent prayer…” [collectorsmusicreviews.com review of the Mr. Peach and Aquarius recordings from the last night of the tour at the Budokan in Tokyo]

Rainbow SoFBOF HE9314 II

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Rainbow SoFBOF HE9314

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Is the title satire? Or was there a phase in Japanese bootlegging around this time where the rudest ones imaginable were picked (see the Bay City Rollers bootlegs recently presented)?

It seems that the green version is the first issue (the red version can be picked up for cheap these days). All came with blank white labels.

Matrix: H E 9314 A / B

Japan: 1978

Side A: Intro: Over The Rainbow / Kill The King / Long Live Rock’n’Roll/ Still I’m Sad / Beethoven’s Ninth / Dance With The Devil (*)

Side B: Do You Close Your Eyes / Stargazer (**) / The Man In Black (*)

 

The majority of this album comes from the German Rockpalast TV show recorded live at Munich, Germany’s Olymbiahalle on 20 October 1977. This was officially released in 2006. ‘Stargazer’ is an audience recording from Tokyo’s Budokan on 06 December 1976. The other two tracks (**) are Cozy Powell solo tracks.

HOTWACKS Quality rating: “Vgm”

Rainbow 22 Okt 77

Tour poster design for their second German tour.

On this blog we have come across Japanese bootleggers naming an LP after an article in the UK music press at that time (see SOUPED UP RORY on Marc and THE STING OF EL FERANTI on the cartoon label) and here we have another example:“SON OF MAGICAL POUTING PANACHE” was the title of an interview by Paul Morley that appeared in the New Musical Express edition dated 19 March 1977.

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The inner sleeve:
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T Rex SoMPP III

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TRex SoMPP detail

T Rex SoMPP inner II

Printed inner sleeves on a bootleg – pretty fancy. No coincidence that in a culture where presentation is celebrated, we will find this on yet another Japanese vinyl bootleg LP from the late 1970’s – the previous example having been the Bay City Roller’s KA-GA-YA-KE!

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Japan: 197? Technically, it would have been possible to have this compilation finished at the time of Marc’s death on 16 September ’77 but perhaps this album was released posthumously or maybe at the start of the 1980’s?

Review from the samgreen.co.uk Bolan site:
“Although the outer cover shows images from the Dandy period this very rare album mainly features material from 1976 along with four live tracks from the 1977 Rainbow concert and a song from the Manchester concert.

Also featured on the album is the set from the TV special ‘Rollin’ Bolan’ (which was recorded in July 1976 and broadcast in August 1976 though the cover incorrectly states November 1976). The cover also lists a set of songs from ‘Sunderland Pavillion Hall 8/2/1976’, in fact this was Sunderland Empire Theatre and the songs are from the concert on the 15th February 1976.

Whoever produced this bootleg has gone to some lengths to create an aesthetically pleasing cover. The title, ‘Son Of Magical Pouting Panache’, was taken from the title of an interview with Bolan by Paul Morley which was published in the New Musical Express (19th March 1977) and the front cover image of Marc was simply taken from the full page advert for the ‘Dandy In The Underworld’ single. The attention to detail follows through to the labels where the T Rex branding and ‘Bolan’ diamond are reproduced with the album given a matrix number of BLN 7677 (a nice touch of humour!).

T REX DitUW ad

This ad came with an annotation stating “11/6/1977, pg 7”. I read this as the European way of the date and the month as June (and I doubt the text would have said the same so shortly after his death), making it less likely that this bootleg was released while Marc was still alive.

T Rex Damned

T Rex Rainbow ticket

Material from this concert was officially released in 1997 on LIVE 1977 , padded with material from other 1977 and 1974 concerts.

T Rex Damned. Tee

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Marc Bolan’s last ever live performance: Stockholm, 24 May 1977

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Japan: 1977 (not to be mistaken with the European bootleg from Oslo )

Side A: Intro / Kill The King (listed as “New Song” / Mistreated / 16th Century Greensleeves
Side B: Catch The Rainbow / Man On The Silver Mountain
Side C: Stargazer / Still I’m Sad
Side D: Still I’m Sad / Do You Close Your Eyes

HOTWACKS gave it an “Exm” rating and stated only 200 copies exist (auction sellers claimed only 100).

Tapio’s Ronnie James Dio site claims it was produced in Hokkaido, Japan. and recorded at the Osaka concert at the Koseinenkin-Kaikan on the 8th of December. However, ronniejamesdiosite.com states it is a compilation job and recorded at the following concerts, without naming individual tracks: 05 December: Osaka; 09 December 1976: Osaka; 14 December: Hiroshima. If anyone has a copy, this should be easy to verify as different sources of audience recordings tend to sound noticeably different at the edit points.

This release reminds me of the black double albums produced from Osaka concerts around this time, which I had previously mentioned in this post.

In past auctions, this item reached close to US$500

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Rainbow Seven Bridge

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Matrix: BR726A / B 1K

Japan: Most likely released in 1977, although still somewhat rare it has been easier to find than the above double album.

Side A:  Still I’m Sad / Man On The Silver Mountain / Starstruck
Side B:  Stargazer / Do You Close Your Eyes 

As above, Tapio’s RJD site states all tracks recorded at  Koseinenkin-Kaikan on the 8th of December while ronniejamesdiosite.com claims ‘Still I’m Sad’ is from the Osaka concert on the 5th and two tracks come from Osaka on the 8th, leaving two songs unaccounted for.

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Source: Audience recording from the Taiikukan Aichi in Nagoya as part of the The World Rock Festival on 05 August, 1975

Japan: 197?

Quality rating in HOTWACKS: “Exs”

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Volume 2 – still from Nagoya ’75. with a very different matrix (XLL-3120) and a deluxe black cover. Rarely seen and perhaps released significantly later:

Beck There & Beck Live II

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VOL 2 has:  SIDE A: Cause We Ended As Lovers / Freezer (Power) – SIDE B: Scatterbrain / Thelonius / You Know What I Mean

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Jeff Beck’s first tour of Japan as a solo artist was part of the “World Rock Festival” in August, 1975.  Organized by Yuya Uchida, who was best know for performing as a supporting act for the Beatles in 1966, the event lasted three days (August 3rd in Sapporo, August 5th in Nagoya and August 7th in Tokyo).  All three sets were taped.  The New York Dolls were also part of the line up, making for an interesting pairing. Jeff Beck visited Japan after a lengthy trip around North America in support of Blow By Blow, his most successful album to date.  He would play three more shows later in the year before taking a break to record  Wired.

“This is a strange pairing, the proto-punk and glam band with the guitar virtuoso at the beginning of his jazz fusion period.  It’s more a celebration of the eclecticism of mid-seventies rock at the event and serves as a good snapshot of the times.  

The New York Dolls set included:  Introduction, Looking For A Kiss, Daddy Rolling Stone, Puss ‘N’ Boots, Trash, Bad Detective, Stranded In The Jungle, Unknown, Girls, Frankenstein, Teenage News

New York Dolls were at at point of transition at this point in their career.  Founding members Johnny Thunders and Jerry Nolan left the band while on tour in Florida in April.  The remaining members, David Johansen, Sylvain Sylvain and Peter Jordan were joined by keyboardist Chris Robison and their tour manager Tony Machine on drums for the trip to Japan. They were also released from their contract to Mercury Records during this tour.  

Their set on August 7th in Tokyo was recorded and released on the Tokyo Dolls – Live album with a set list quite similar to this show.  They start off with “Looking For A Kiss” and “Daddy Rolling Stone” to please the crowd.

“Stranded In The Jungle” is one of the show’s highlights.  “Frankenstein” begins with a recitation of a poem in Japanese before a radically reworked arrangement of the song from their first album.  The set ends with “Teenage News” and a thunderous applause from the audience.

Jeff Beck set list:  Introduction, Constipated Duck, She’s A Woman, Freeway Jam, Definitely Maybe, Superstition, Air Blower, Keyboard Solo, ‘Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers, Power, Got The Feeling, You Know What I Mean

There is an emphasis upon the faster numbers in the first half beginning with “Constipated Duck” (the only original composition), the clever Beatles cover “She’s A Woman” and “Freeway Jam” preserving its jazz roots. The largest applause is reserved for the Stevie Wonder cover “Superstition” in which Beck plays through the voice box to startling effect.

“Air Blower” is another heavy excursion where Beck makes his guitar sing in the middle improvisation. Max Middleton plays a short keyboard solo before the slower paced “Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers.” Bassist Wilber Bascomb starts off “Power” with the heavy funk beat, leading the band into a number that adroitly mixes funk with seventies metal.

The improvisational centerpiece of the set and the final number is a ten minute instrumental version of “Got The Feeling” from the Jeff Beck Group’s Rough & Ready album. Beck plays both light and shade and even gets into a duel with drummer Bernard Purdie by the song’s end. The encores include a quick “Thelonius,” the first song on Blow By Blow “You Know What I Mean” and a quick reprise of “Superstition” (this time with normal vocals).” (collectorsmusicreviews.com)

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Beck photographed by Bob Gruen, Japan, August 1975

 

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From the same tour and the first day in Sapporo comes this rare Japan J. Beck bootleg classic:

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This copy sold for $200 in January of 2016.

Japan: ? (1976-78 would be my guess) I would not be surprised if there was a connection to another supposedly ‘Made on Hokkaido’ bootleg: Rainbow’s 1977 Catch The Rainbow, which I had previously shown here.

Source: Audience recording from Okunai Kyogijo,Makomanai, Sapporo, 03 August 1975

Side 1: Intro / She’s A Woman / Freeway Jam / Definitely Maybe                                               Side 2: Superstition / Air Blower / ‘Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers / You Know What I Mean

Apparently a total length of 45:53 but side 1 is only 17 minutes long.

Reissued on CD just last year due its great quality. It seems that the master tape is unavailable or lost.

The list is obviously not complete – if you know any others, released during these three years, please leave a comment. Some of the following may have been released later. From 1978 onwards, there seems to have been a decrease in new titles, as bootlegs became illegal in Japan that year.

“The Phonogram Protection Convention (the Convention for the Protection of Producers of Phonograms Against Unauthorized Duplication of Their Phonograms). This Convention, aims at preventing piracy of phonograms, was adopted in Geneva in 1971. Japan acceded to it in 1978.” The calm did seem to last until 1980-1, when there were more Japanese titles than ever before.

Sub topic: Bay City Roller bootlegs:

No country had more of an appetite for these lightweights and for some reason it brought out the worst in the bootleggers when naming these albums.

Bay City Rollers – Ka Ga Ya Kee! – recorded at the Budokan on December 14th and 15th ’76 – Rainbow would play and record here on the next night. I had already mentioned this LP before in this post – the last four images are new to the blog collection. I will not create separate entries for the BCR bootlegs, unlike the other ones below.

Bay City Rollers Ka Ga Ya Ke!

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Bay City Rollers Ka Ga Ya Ke! detail

Bay City Rollers Ka Ga Ya Ke! inner 1

Bay City Rollers Ka Ga Ya Ke! inner 2

BCR – The Great Lost Rollers Album [appears to be a pirate compilation] Bell label

BCR – MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING / FUCK OFF!!

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Did you know that the Rollers covered Bowie? I bet you didn’t.

Pat McGlynn  – 10000 Fucking moist arses

McGlynn 10000

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Ian Mitchell  – ARE YOU CUCKOO?

Mitchell I A Y C

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Beck, Jeff  – LIVE VOL 1 / 2      Nagoya, 5 August 1975
                       Mangled        ZAP 1053/4    30 November 1978
                       There And Back Live  /   There & Back Live II

Queen – CRAZY TOUR OF LONDON  Hammersmith Odeon, 26 December 1979

Rainbow – CATCH THE RAINBOW  2 LP   Osaka, 08 December 1976

Rainbow – Seven Bridge    Osaka, 08 December 1976

Rainbow – SORT OF FUCKING BORING OLD FART  Munich, 20 October 1977

Rainbow – MARK 2   Liverpool, 04 November,1977

RainbowSATISFACTION  Osaka, 16 January 1978

Roxy Music – ANGEL EYES  Osaka or Tokyo 27 or 28 April 1979

Sex Pistols – 100 CLUB SEX PISTOLS PARTY  100 Club, 31st August 1976 

                         TOUR OF SCANDINAVIA  Halmstad, Sweden 15 July 1977

Stewart, Rod – A LOT FOR NOTHING   London, 30 December 1978

T REX – Son Of Magical Pouting Panache

Genesis AWNAHGenesis AWNAH b

Genesis AWNAH lblGreat capture of the hand-written matrix

The first Japanese Genesis bootleg, released in 1977, before their Japan tour and before the hits and triple box set bootlegs ( KEBAB ) would actually happen. This may have been the last bootleg released as part of this series. Just a few hundred pressed but not so hard to find these days.

Matrix: GR -1597 A 12- / GR-1597 B 11-

 

Side 1: Squonk / One For The Vine  [Earls Court, London June 23, 1977]
            Your Own Special Way     [Free Trade Hall, Manchester Jan. 11, 1977]
            Inside And Out / The Carpet Crawler / Afterglow  
Side 2: Eleventh Earl Of Mar / I Know What I Like / Dance On A Volcano    [Earls Court, London June 23, 1977]
            The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway / The Musical Box  [Earl’s Court June 24, 1977]   

 

Apparently, all used source tapes were quite distant and miserable sounding, earning this one just a “Fair mono” rating.

 

Genesis 77 Tour

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Genesis Man FTH Jan 11Genesis Earl's Court June 23

The rise of the bootleg industry in Japan from 1975 onwards coincided with the visits by new rising stars, such as Queen and Rainbow.  Their 1976 tours were not just being taped by a number of enterprising fans and collectors – like Mr. Peach, who taped every single performance – but multiple titles were made available on the underground market. There were three for both bands: ZOOM, INVITE YOU TO A NIGHT AT THE OPERA and LAZING ON A SUNDAY EVENING  for Queen and BLACKMORE THE RAIDER, plus the lesser known CATCH THE RAINBOW and Seven Bridge Rainbow bootlegs.

In addition, a recording of the Nagoya concert on December 7th made its way into the hands of Vicky Vinyl and was released in 1977 as GUITAR VANGUARD with Dragonfly, Duck and Ruthless Rhymes labels. Yet another Japanese release – SORT OF FUCKING BORING OLD FART – made use of a tape from the Munich, Germ,any concert.

BLACKMORE THE RAIDER contains an excerpt of the first show of the tour, which took place at the Tokyo Taiikukan on 02 December, 1976(its English name is Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium).  Built in 1954 for the World Wrestling Championship and also used as the venue for gymnastics at the 1964 Summer Olympics, this venue was only used in a few occasions for rock concerts. Pink Floyd and Rory Gallagher had previously played here on their second Japan tours in 1972 and 1975, respectively. It seems that the first show had a crowd problem already, something that would repeat in other shows as well and culminate in the death of a fan at the Sapporo concert on their next tour in early 1978.

Matrix: IMP 1202 A II” / “IMP 1202 B II  (handwritten, like for all fake IMP releases)

Japan: 1977 (doubted by the excellent dio.net/Tapio Rainbow bootlegs website but this is not a US release, which becomes clearer when seeing all these fake Idle Mind titles presented together). Tapio states 300 – 500 may have been pressed.

Audience recording rated. VG+/EX- Total time: 57:56

The following is the original set list and bold titles are on the LP (or excerpts of these). “Catch The Rainbow” has a cut. In “Stargazer”, the keyboard solo intro has been omitted, “Still I’m Sad” is only the second half.

Band Tuning – Over The Rainbow

Kill The King

Mistreated Introduction, Riot, Promoters Speech, Mistreated

16th Century Greensleeves

Niji, Herz and Mund und Tat und Leben BWV147 – Catch The Rainbow

Band Intro

Guitar Solo

Lazy – White Christmas – Man On The Silver Mountain – Blues – Man On The Silver Mountain – Starstruck – Man On The Silver Mountain

Ronnies MC – Keyboard Solo

Stargazer

Still I’m Sad, Keyboard Solo, Drum Solo – 1812 Overture – Drum Solo – Still I’m Sad (reprise)

Do You Close Your Eyes (guitar clashing) – Over The Rainbow

Rainbow Blackmore The Raider 1202

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Rainbow Blackmore The Raider detail

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The insert is described as “rather thin and brittle paper”. Some copies appear orange while others lean more towards a faded red/almost pink appearance.

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Rainbow J Tourbook 76

The tour book and a ticket for the final day of the tour.

Concert description based on the Aquarius source tape used for one of the later CD releases:

“Rainbow’s first Japanese tour in December of 1976 is well covered in traders circles as recordings for all the gigs circulate and some shows have multiple recordings, also the band professionally recording some of the dates for the On Stage record. This release covers the first show in Japan and the first of three shows in Tokyo. The recording is slightly distant and muffled and becomes distorted at the really loud parts but you can make out the individual instruments for the most part and there is little if any hiss present.

The recording is said to come from the master cassette from Aquarius. The show opens with a typical brutal version of Kill the King that starts the crowd off, by the time Ronnie James Dio does the introduction to Mistreated the crowd is so worked up they beginning to get out of hand and a rush the stage so the concert is halted while order is restored. While know for his fantasy based lyrics Dio does very well singing this classic song and it is very well received.

Niji is nothing more than Ronnie lighting up the large rainbow that would cover over the stage and serves as the introduction the a beautiful Catch The Rainbow. The studio version is merely a introduction the live versions from this era,  14 minutes of fantastic playing as Blackmore pushes himself in a flurry of notes.

Band introductions, a brief snatch of Purples Lazy and a little White Christmas flows into a nice Man On The Silver Mountain, the sound of the band and the clapping of the audience is almost too much for the recorder the handle, typical of the era the track includes a nice blues section and a snippet of Starstruck. What is nice when Blackmore goes into a solo with out the band the recording clears up significantly so you can really enjoy the sound.

Disc 2 begins with Ronnie introducing a song about wizards and a typically heavy version of the classic Stargazer follow a brief solo from Tony Carey that sound a little like a Jon Lord solo at times. Stargazer on stage is stunning and is a shame that the recording is not clearer to even further enjoy is magnificence even more.

The old Yardbirds classic Still I’m Sad is up next, used as a vehicle for Cozy’s drum solo and the 1812 orchestration is it an essential part of the show. His drumming gives such a powerful backbone to the music it is often overlooked by Blackmore’s guitar, which leads us the what you would guess is the encore. The crowd is whipped into a frenzy by this point and goes crazy as Blackmore demolishes his guitar. The recording comes to an end, the band leaves the stage to the sounds of Judy Garland sing the famous Over The Rainbow. ” [collectorsmusicreviews.com]

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