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Japan: 1981

Source: Audience recording from the Rainbow Theater in London – first nights of two dates there and the final European Tour dates on their World Invasion “Party ’til You Die Tour” Tour – 23rd of June, 1980

Side A Romeo Delight / Bottoms Up! / Runnin’ With the Devil / Loss of Control / Take Your Whiskey Home
Side B Dance the Night Away / Woman in Love / Jamie’s Cryin’ / Take a Break / Big City Blues
Side C Everybody Wants Some / And the Cradle Will Rock / Light Up the Sky / Eruption
Side D Ain’t Talkin’ Bout Love / Ice Cream Man / You Really Got Me


The same recording was first released on this U.S. bootleg in 1981  (see the copyright notice on the label, which may actually be accurate in this case), so the UD release was either copied from this or came from the same source tape:

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One of the more embarrassing spelling mistakes in bootleg history. If you can’t even spell the name of the band correctly …

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Not made in Sweden as claimed here. Supposedly only 250 copies made, which sounds very low for a U.S. production.

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From an auction description:

The quality of audio varies throughout, due to its recording method.  Generally, it sounds very good, especially after the first few tracks.  This is a quiet recording with very little surface noise, mostly only noticeable between the songs and during the quiet sections.

The labels are clean, yellow (I don’t know why they look orange in some of the photos), and centered with the words “Centurian Records Present Tumbleweeds.”  The matrix numbers are PL-47-APL-47-BPL-47-CPL-47-D.

The photos and text on the front and back covers are on paper glued onto the cardboard […].
At the bottom of the back cover, in the right corner, it readsPL47R.R.R. Records and Tapes72 Halston StreetOrebo, 41211 Sweden”


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One eBay ad mentioned “First pressing (matte cover)” – I was not able to find an image showing a non-matte cover. The ‘cover as full wrap around insert’ seems also to have been discontinued.

Japan: 1980/81 (not a European bootleg as stated in HOTWACKS). Beginning with this release, UD changed to double (and triple albums) exclusively, even reshuffling the next already assigned release number (UD 6539 – Iron Maiden) to be merged into a double LP .

Source: One of the Tokyo concerts recorded during the Jam’s first Japan tour in July of 1980 – in order to avoid ‘complications’  the back cover only mentions “Summer 1980”, sufficient for Japanese fans of the group to draw their own conclusion. The date is usually given as July 10th but the tour dates I have show that there was no concert on that date – unless this was a change or late addition (see below). site states this is from the July 6 show.

03 July  Osaka (?) – if someone can confirm the city and venue (also correct me for the venues listed below, if there is a mistake I would appreciate it

04 July  Kyoto – Furitsu Taiikukan

06 July Tokyo – Nippon Seinenkan  (as this was a Sunday, the concert started at 1:30 PM)

07 July Tokyo – Nakano Sun Plaza Hall

08 July Tokyo – Nakano Sun Plaza Hall


There is a soundboard upload on Youtube under “The Jam Concert Live In Tokyo 1980”, supposedly recorded on the July 8 concert that sounds as good as an official live release.

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Flyer for the Kyoto appearance on the 4th

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Ticket for the 8 July performance.

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The band would tour Japan in 1981 and 1982 again before breaking up.


Most likely the same recording was also issued later – perhaps 1983 or after – on this single LP U.S. (?) title, which fetched quite impressive auction results around 2009 (up to $300/ GBP 200). Based on one of the auction texts, this is appears to be an audience recording (rated “Vgs” in HOTWACKS.

Side 1 : The Modern World / To Be Someone / Burning Sky / Pretty Green / Start / Going Underground / Mr. Clean / Private Hell
Side 2 : Dreams Of Children / Smithers – Jones / But I’m Different Now / When You’re Young / Eton Rifles / Down In The Tube Station At Midnight / Strange Town / ‘A’ Bomb In Wardour Street

Version # 1 (numbered and with two inserts (this version achieved the highest prices)):



The back numbered insert. Supposedly limited to 500 copies, almost all will be on white PVC. Black copies seem to exist as well, as HOTWACKS does not mention white vinyl and I also found a past auction description that did not.

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Version # 2 (live shots insert + yellow title sticker):

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Version # 3 (Single group shot insert):

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Some of these copies also have the same yellow title sticker, it’s just not visible here.



Japan: 2nd half of 1980 or …(see below)?

Based on how I have been estimating the release dates of the UD titles, this should have been well before the release of the official live double album in March 1981, however states in their bootlegs section about this title: “The label […] states at the bottom “The Godfather” Sister Disco, Behind Blue Eyes and See Me, Feel Me were issued on the LP Rock For Kampuchea.” I have stared at the label images as best as I can and cannot see any longer writing like this being present. Can someone confirm that this is really printed on the label?

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Source: Audience recording from the Hammersmith Odeon, London on 28 December 1979

Length: 00:58:40

Quality: 7/10

Cover: “The cover is a white paper gate-fold sleeve wrapped around a white cardboard cover like what we have seen for the previous Sid Vicious album. The titles are listed around the top border and right edge of the sleeve.” Both cover images were ripped off from the booklet included in The Kids Are Alright soundtrack double LP, seen here in its Japanese version:



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The back cover was taken from an ad for the “Come On Everybody” 45

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It appears that there are two versions for the cover. Above, showing a standard LP album sleeve and below, a sort of one-panel gatefold open to top + bottom sleeve that wraps around another sleeve in the center:

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Other tall tale signs for this version are the the clear plastic sleeve needed to keep it all together:

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As well as the white line at the bottom where outside sleeve and inside cover meet:

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I do not know at this time which version came first.

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Japan: mid-1980. The art department must have gotten confused, stating “UD-6535” correctly on the label but “6336” on the cover.

Source: Audience recording from MAX’S KANSAS CITY, NY., recorded 9 September 1978 (early show). “7th:  Sid performs a gig under the banner ‘Music Industry Casualties’ at Max’s Kansas City (the famous New York City rock’n’roll club) – there’s a couple of the Dead Boys playing too; Sid has enlisted The Idols: bassist Arthur Kane & drummer Jerry Nolan from the New York Dolls, and guitarist Steve Dior, later of the London Cowboys.  The Clash’s Mick Jones guests on guitar.”

This was only the second Sid Vicious bootleg ever. The first one being the USA release Sid Vicious Live (Creative Artistry Inc. JSR 21;  rel. early 1980), which presented the very same material. The UD release supposedly has the sonic edge over the U.S. title..

Side 1: Search and destroy / I wanna be your dog / No lip / Something else/ Belsen was a gas

Side 2: Steppin’ stone / Chinese Rocks / My way / Take a chance with me (listed as “Take a chance on me”)

The following track listing and times come from the Sid Vicious Live LP:

Side A
101 intro 1:26
102 Search and Destroy [Iggy Pop] 2:01
103 Now I Wanna Be Your Dog [Iggy Pop] 2:32
104 stage announcement 0:44
105 No Lip [Dave Berry] 3:03
106 Something Else [Eddie Cochrane] 1:47
107 intro 0:52
108 Belsen Was a Gas [Jones-Cook-Rotten-Vicious]] 2:27

Side B
109 (I’m Not Your) Stepping Stone [Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart] 3:16
110 Chinese Rock [Richard Hell and Dee Dee Ramone] 2:55
111 My Way [Paul Anka, Claude Francois and Jaques Revaux] 3:03
112 encore break 1:50
113 Take a Chance With Me [Walter Lure and Jerry Nolan] 3:06

Nothing from this date was included on the official Sid Sings LP.

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A 1980’s U.S. poor quality reissue with white labels. Probably a reissue of the Live LP shown above due to the matrix # (JSR 21).

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The second pressing of the reissue, no mentioning of Innocent Records on the insert.


The idea of the “Viicious Burger” came from the Pistol’s art director Jamie Reid – probably inspired by a photo of Sid eating, Bob Gruen took during their U.S. tour; first used in June 1979 for the ‘CMon Everybody’ Sex Pistols 45.

Jamie Reid’s is most famous for jis cut-and-paste ransom note designs.  Influenced by radical politics he was exposed to while at art college in Croydon, he took to the ideas of the avant-garde political group, the Situationist International. One of his fellow students happened to be none other than Malcolm McLaren – and the rest is history.


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Buttons, T-shirts and coffee mugs with this logo exist as well – punk had gone ‘full commercial’.

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The Hotel Chelsea in 1978 – oh look, a record store…

Whenever I’m in New York and I walk by this ‘Goth castle’ on 23rd St. , I don’t think of Bod Dylan or Dylan Thomas or Thomas Wolfe (or … ) I think of the ‘king and queen of self destruction’: Sid & Nancy in room 100 on the “junkie floor”. The room was removed/converted soon after the tragic incident, after mourners and fans sneaked into the building and left flowers at the door step and owner Stanley Bard apparently was not keen on having a punk rock shrine inside the hotel.



Whenever I seek out Bank St., however, I think of John & Yoko in # 105 during one of John’s most creative periods of his solo career – and not of Sid (who passed away in # 63).






Japan: 1980/1 – one of the first Iron Maiden bootlegs, certainly the first in Japan. They toured japan for the first time in May of 1981.

Location is given as “London 1980”, nobody seems to know more and as the set list has certainly been edited, it is near impossible to tell.

“Sound quality is pretty bad.” Despite this, $700+ were achieved in past auctions, almost $500 still in 2014.

Side A:  Prelude / Sanctuary / Prowler / Remember Tomorrow / Truth / Another Way

Side B:  Running Free / Transylvania / Strange World / Charlotte The Harlot / Phantom Of The Opera / Iron Maiden

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Label says “D Wing Demo”

Japan: 1981

A rather unusual release. First of all, it includes all studio recordings. Second, it is by an unknown group and the supposed producer – John Lydon, former Sex Pistols member now in P.I.L.  – is almost the main attraction here.Third, two of the tracks are by a completely different band (Killing Joke). The existence of this bootleg is probably more of a testament to the commercial pull of anything related to the Sex Pistols in Japan from 1978 onward.

To get the answer to that question out of the way: It is a definite ‘maybe’ As P.I.L. specialist website reports: “Apparently it features studio recordings almost certainly recorded in mid 1980 when the band recorded the ‘Frustration’ single. Therefore it’s possible it features John Lydon in some shape or form; possible…” while writing earlier: “The 4″ Be 2″ claimed John Lydon produced most of their material. However, as far as we know his only involvement, apart from socializing, was to possibly produce their first two singles. Though he later denied working with them at all! Claiming it was just a Jock McDonald cash in… Probably the most infamous John Lydon / 4″Be 2” “collaboration” is the trip to Dublin in 1980, where John ended up in Mountjoy Prison after being beaten up by a barman.

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By Autumn 1981 the 4″Be 2″ broke up and Jimmy retired into marriage, the rest of the band – with McDonald on vocals – had already released two 12″singles in 1980 and 1981 under the name The Bollock Brothers. Many of the Bollock Brothers (and related) releases had a habit of stating that “J. Lydon”, appeared on, or produced them. However, this easily could have been Jimmy and not John Lydon. “

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Matrix: UD 6533 A S 1 1 1 .I. : / UD 6533 B U 1 1 1 .I. :

We are lucky that someone went through the trouble of analyzing the content of this bootleg in depth on discogs and I will just link to that entry as I have nothing to add:

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Japan: 1980

Source: Audience recording from the Budokan in Tokyo on 25 June 1973

Side 1:   Lazy / Child In Time / Highway Star  – Length: 31’42” 

Side 2:   Space Truckin’   – Length: 26’35” 

Notes: ‘Lazy’ edited onto the ending of ‘The Mule’. very good quality recording.

“Well, whatever energy and inspiration the band displayed in Europe and North America was fading fast when they reached Japan. Unlike the show in Osaka on the 27th, where the band is just going through the motions, they seem to tap into that magical resevoir for the last time here. This is a very professional sounding show, with everyone doing exactly what they need to do, when they need to do it. There’s just not as much passion or emotion in the songs as the earlier legs of the tour. It’s almost a “paint-by-number” performance. Apparently the audience felt the same way, because when the band didn’t re-appear after Space Truckin’, the crowd went berserk. The title is an apt description of what transpired. For whatever reasons, the band played a very short show, then refused to return for an encore. Chaos ensued and the rest is history. Probably the best sounding of the 1973 tour boots. “

Set list:
01 Introduction
02 Highway Star
03 Smoke On The Water
04 Strange Kind Of Woman
05 Child In Time
06 Lazy (Intro: America)
07 The Mule
08 Space Truckin’ (Intro: Also Sprach Zarathustra)
09 End of concert announcement


The crowd was rather unhappy not to get an encore and photographer Didi Zill documented the aftermath of the audience’s reaction:

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This article talks from German Bravo magazine about DP Mark II’s last gig in Osaka using an image from the Budokan aftermath.

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The band has since used this incident to boost their legendary status. The “Woman From Tokyo” video uses quite a bit of the existing footage and their now out of print LISTEN LEARN READ ON CD box set takes its cover image from one of Zill’s photos.

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DP – Japan Tour 1973:

23 June 1973 Hiroshima, Shiei Taikukan  [Shi Kokaido (City Hall), was a tiny venue, with a capacity of less than 1,500.]
24 June 1973 Nagoya, Shikokaido
25 June 1973 Tokyo, Budokan

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26 June 1973 Tokyo, Budokan  *** forced cancellation ***

27 June 1973 Osaka, Koseinenkin Hall

29 June 1973 Osaka, Koseinenkin Hall   (some sources claim two shows were played on the 29th)]