VAN HALEN ‘SPECIAL OFFER’ UD-6540-1 and ‘THE GOOD, THE BAD & VAN HALLEN(sic)’

Van Halen Special Offer J

Van Halen Special Offer J b

Van Halen Special Offer detail

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

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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:

Van Halen TGTBaVH

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

Van Halen TGTBaVH.b

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

Van Halen TGTBaVH lbl

From an auction description:

“RECORDING:
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.

LABELS:
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.

JACKET:
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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4 comments
  1. Mike K said:

    The Good the bad and Van Halen was first

    • And there goes my theory! Many thanks though for the correction. Do you know by any chance which was the first VH vinyl bootleg?

      • Roger said:

        My best guess would be
        Van Halen “Rocks” or
        “Die Laughing”.
        Maybe Mike can chime in.

  2. Love Van Halen.
    I’ve been collecting their Bootleg vinyl for almost 45 years!

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