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Rainbow Stone Cold

Cover image is a straight copy (front and back) of the official Stone Cold / Rock Fever 45/33

Rainbow Stone Cold III.jpg

Rainbow Stone Cold b

Rainbow Stone Cold det

Japan: 1983

XL 1517 A: The Land of Hope And Glory / Over the Rainbow / Spotlight Kid / Miss Mistreated
XL 1517 B: I Surrender / Can’t Happen Here / Tearin’ Out My Heart
XL 1518 A: Lazy / Woman from Tokyo / All Night Long / Stone Cold / Power
XL 1518 B: Blues / Difficult to Cure part 1 / David Rosenthal / Difficult to Cure part 2
XL 1519 A: Blackmore & Rondinelli / Bob Rondinelli part 1 / Bob Rondinelli part 2 / Long Live Rock’n Roll part 1
XL 1519 B: Hey Joe / Long Live Rock’n Roll pt 2 / Maybe Next Time / Smoke on the Water / Over the Rainbow

Source: (IF the back cover can be trusted this time) Madison Square Garden, NY, 19 June 1982 on the Straight Between The Eyes US Tour


There is another later, also Japanese single LP bootleg with the same title on Phonedoll Records containing seven tracks recorded in Harriesburg, PA on 21 June 1981:

Rainbow Stone Cold Phdo


Rainbow progr MSG 82

Rainbow MSG 1982

Rolling Stones Chantilly Lace XL

Rolling Stones Chantilly Lace XL b

My guess is that it’s called Chantilly Lace on the spine, as we’ve seen before (with UD) where that was the only place the title was mentioned.


Japan: 1983

XL 1514 A: Under My Thumb [03:26]* / Going to a Go-Go [03:19]** /You Can’t Always Get What You Want [01:45] ** / When The Whip Comes Down [04:55] / Let’s Spend the Night Together [04:24]
XL 1514 B: Shattered [04:42] / Neighbours [04:24] / Black Limousine [04:09]  
XL 1515 A: Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me) [08:39] / Twenty Flight Rock [02:04] / Going to a Go-Go [03:37] / Chantilly Lace [04:02]
XL 1515 B: Time Is on My Side [03:28] / Beast of Burden    [07:01] / Let It Bleed [06:08]  
XL 1516 A: You Can’t Always Get What You Want [09:20] / Band intro [00:12] / She’s So Cold [03:25] / Hang Fire [03:15]
XL 1516 B:  Miss You [07:21] / Honky Tonk Women [03:11] / Brown Sugar [03:17] / Start Me Up [03:59] 

Sources: Disc 1, track 1 (*): Wembley Stadium, 25 June 1982; disc 1, tracks 2 and 3 (**): Hampton Roads Coliseum, Hampton, VA, 18 December 1981. All the rest: Berlin Waldbühne, 8 June 1982, incomplete very good stereo audience recording.

Matrix: XL 1514 A/B , XL 1515 A/B, XL 1516 A/B 111 * W

A copy recently sold for just 17 UK Pounds/23 Euros or just over $25.


Rolling Stones Berlin 82 ticket

Rolling Stones Berlin 82


Naming your band “Asia” or “Japan” was certainly not a hindrance to becoming big in Japan in the early 1980’s. Asia perfected the craft of commercializing prog-rock. However, these days, the band has not only been largely forgotten by the masses (except in Japan where they still tour, as recently as 2014) but this is the kind of bootleg you almost cannot give away.

Asia OTWT b

Japan: Second half of 1982/early 1983

XL 1511 A: Time Again / On Step Closer / Without You     
XL 1511 B: Steve Howe / Midnight Sun (Unreleased)     
XL 1512 A: Only Time Will Tell / The Smile (Unreleased)     
XL 1512 B: Cutting It Fine / Wildest Dreams     
XL 1513 A: Here Comes The Feeling / Carl Palmer / Karn Evil No. 9     
XL 1513 B: Sole Survivor / Heat Of The Moment

Source is stated as Philadelphia Spectrum on 22 June 1982 during the tour for their first self-titled album – “the world’s biggest selling album of 1982”, as it says on John Wetton’s website.

HOTWACKS quality rating: “Exs”


Asia Philly 82 ticket



or “RAINBÖW” as they are called here – who says bootleggers don’t have a sense of humor?


Rainbow A Paris detail

Rainbow A Paris lbl 08 A

Japan: Second half of 1982, XL’s first triple set. Rainbow performed in Japan in August of 1981 and the artwork was ‘borrowed’ from the official tour book.

Rainbow Japan Tour 81 a


1508 A: Land Of Hope And Glory > Over The Rainbow / Spotlight Kid / Love’s No Friend / I Surrender        1508 B: Man On The Silver Mountain / Catch The Rainbow / 16th Century Greensleeves                              1509 A: Can’t Happen Here / Don Airey (keyboard solo) / Lost In Hollywood / R. Blackmore                             1509 B: Difficult To Cure / Bob Rondinelli (drum solo) / Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll                                             1510 A: Maybe Next Time / All Night Long / Woman From Tokyo (Excerpt) / Since You’ve Been Gone / Let Me Stay (Unreleased)                                         1510 B: All Night Long / Smoke On The Water / Maybe Next Time / Since You’ve Been Gone (Short version) / Since You’ve Been Away (Unreleased)


However, a popsike auction text calls the given sources into question:

“Sleeve lists Tracks from Paris and Lille but is incorrect.

FIRST Hammersmith Show!

London, 26.07.1981, Hammersmith Odeon and Japan 1981.”

As the audience recording from that night is a match and the one from Paris is not, I will go with London as well:

(CD) Title: Difficult To Reappear
Dates: July 26, 1981
Venue: Hammersmith Odeon, London, England.

Source: Ex Audience Recording

01: Over The Rainbow
02: Spotlight Kid
03: Love’s No Friend
04: I Surrender
05: Man On The Silver Mountain
06: Catch The Rainbow
07: Can’t Happen Here
08: Keyboards Solo
09: Lost In Hollywood ~ Difficult To Cure
10: Drum Solo
11: Long Live Rock’n Roll
12: Maybe Next Time
13: All Night Long
14: Woman From Tokyo Riff ~ Rule Britannia ~ Since You Been Gone ~ Fire ~ Over The Rainbow

Interesting quote here (plus samples): “Original cassette series of Kinney recording…” as this was the name of the Tokyo record store where UD and XL titles were sold – and then the second confirmation: “Its Kinney recording that was recorded live, the 3-Disc LP “A PARIS 1981 (XL 1508/1510)” the legendary ones […] (title is Paris, it is really Hammersmith).”

Now we just need to find the correct source for side six. Makes me wonder if the cover up happened to hide the real Japanese (if this was really recorded at a concert in Japan) source for the last side.


For comparison purposes:

Boulogne (near Paris), France
June 11th, 1981

Sources : complete show from combination of 2nd gen VG- audience and master VG+ AM radio recordings.

All tracks AM broadcast except (*) : AUD tape.

Part 1 (51:13)
101.Land Of Hope And Glory > Over The Rainbow (*)
102.Spotlight Kid (*)
103.Love’s No Friend
104.I Surrender
105.Man On The Silver Mountain (*)
106.Catch The Rainbow / 16th Century Greensleeves
107.Can’t Happen Here

Part 2 (40:02)
201.Keyboard Solo (*)
202.Lost In Hollywood (*)
203.Ritchie’s Solo (*)
204.Difficult To Cure (*)
205.Drum Solo (*)
206.Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll
207.All Night Long

Total time : 1:31:14


Rainbow Difficult To Cure – Europe 1981:

Rainbow 81 EU Tour

Rainbow Hammersmith 81 III

Rainbow Hammersmith 81 II

Ozzy Death Or Glory

The first issue – XL 1506/7 with b&w labels

Ozzy Death Or Glory 1st b

Ozzy Death Or Glory lbl A

Japan: Second half of 1982

Source: ? The back cover states “Long Beach Arena” and June of ’82 (a YT video tries to correct this to July) but none of the Diary Of A Madman Tour legs played in Long Beach, according to wikipedia.

XL 1506 A: Diary Of A Madman / Over the Mountain / Mr. Crowley / Crazy Train / Revelation (Mother Earth)   XL 1506 B: Steal Away (the Night) / Suicide Solution / Brad Gillis (solo) / Tommy Aldridge (solo)                        XL 1507 A: Don Airey (solo) / Goodbye to Romance / I Don’t Know / No Bone Movies (listed as ‘No More Movies’)  XL 1507 B: Believer / Flying High Again / Iron man / Children of the Grave / Paranoid



Second Issue, Japan 1983:

Osbourne Death or Glory 82 XL 1534

Osbourne Death or Glory 82 XL 1534 lblOsbourne Death or Glory 82 1534 b

The back cover with the by now familiar ‘second issue’ number, lower right.


Scorpions Tail of the

Scorpions Tail of the b


Japan: Mid to late 1982

Source: Sides 1-4 feature an outstanding audience recording from the Hammersmith Odeon on 23 April 1982 during their Blackout Tour. Sides 5 + 6 play the soundboard recording – or FM broadcast – from their appearance at the 1979 Reading Festival (1979-08-25), where they were a last minute addition to replace headliners Thin Lizzy.

If I am not mistaken, this was the second Scorpions bootleg following GLC’s LIVE IN LONDON (D-544). They were probably smart in satisfying demand for a live album early on in their career with Tokyo Tapes and as a result were late to the (bootleg) party.

One criticism of this XL release is that it duplicates four titles unnecessarily (if they had access to a complete Reading recording). Another vinyl bootleg, LONDON 1982 on Queen Records (SCORQ6), exists but is supposed to be from the next night on 24 April. It is slightly ironic that all the early bootlegged performances by this German band feature recordings made in the UK.


XL 1503 A: Blackout / Don’t Make No Promises / Loving You Sunday Morning                  XL 1503 B: Make It Real / We’ll Burn The Sky (listed as ‘Want You Back Again’) / Instrumental (? – this is most likely ‘Coast To Coast’)
XL 1504 A: Lovedrive / Always Somewhere / Holiday
XL 1504 B: Can’t Live Without You / She’s A Woman (= He’s A Woman – She’s A Man) / Another Piece Of Meat / DynamiteXL 1505 A: Backstage Queen / We’ll Burn The Sky (listed again as ‘Want You Back Again’)   XL 1505 B: Loving You Sunday Morning / Lovedrive / Always Somewhere

HOTWACKS quality rating: “Exs”

Circulating sources for comparison:

Scorpions – Reading Festival, England, 25-08-1979
Source: FM Broadcast

1. Pictured Life
2. Backstage Queen
3. We’ll Burn the Sky
4. Loving You Sunday Morning
5. Lovedrive
6. Always Somewhere
7. He’s a Woman – She’s a Man
8. Another Piece of Meat
9. Top of the Bill
10. Drum Solo
11. Robot Man
12. Steamrock Fever


1982-apr-23-hammersmith Scorp

Hammersmith Odeon, London, England. April 23rd 1982
Sound Quality: A+
Time: 72:46
Notes: Analog master.

1. Blackout (4:56)
2. Don’t Make No Promises (Your Body Can’t Keep) (3:30)
3. Loving You Sunday Morning (5:04)
4. Make It Real (3:50)
5. We’ll Burn The Sky (7:19)
6. Coast To Coast (4:17)
7. Lovedrive (4:44)
8. Always Somewhere (4:13)
9. Holiday (6:19)
10. Can’t Live Without You (4:07)
11. He’s A Woman – She’s A Man (3:22)
12. Another Piece Of Meat (3:27)
13. Dynamite (5:47)
14. The Zoo (6:03)


The other titles mentioned in this post:

Scorpions London 1982


Scorpions Live in London

An incorrect period image was used as the image for the slip sheet, as Mathias Jabs (shown here center) replaced Uli Roth in August of 1978 and it was Roth who can be heard on this album. GLC likely neither knew nor cared.

As it turns out, it is questionable if this concert took place in London at all and Bolton, Lancashire seems to be the correct city (another suggestion I found: ‘Lancastershire’ simply does not exist).

The release date is usually given as 1981, as this is the date stated on the GLC labels. In this case that might even be correct. This title was reissued with Raring Records labels.

From a live torrents site:

Bolton Institute, London, UK
April 30,1977

Source: audience
Quality: Vg++

Part One

01-All Night Long
02-Pictured Life
03-Backstage Queen
04-They Need A Million
05-Polar Nights
06-In Trance
07-Fly To The Rainbow

Part Two

01-Let The Good Times Roll / Rock n Roll Queen
02-Catch Your Train
03-Top Of The Bill (Incl. Drum Solo)
04-Hound Dog / Long Tall Sally
06-Dark Lady
07-Robot Man

Comments: This is a cassette I received in trade from a collector in the U.K.
This show had made it to a boot vinyl LP called LIVE IN LONDON (which I own a copy of),and me thinking I’d never find a bona-fide tape source that made the vinyl, actually did.
The quality sounds low-gen and recorded with decent equipment, very close to the stage. The quirk the recording has is that the speed pitch varies and wavers depending on different parts of the performance. Generally, this dub runs somewhat on the fast side but is quite listenable.


Here is a review:


A one disc reissue of only sides 1 & 2 – that’s why the track list for disc 2 has been blacked out – was done around 1983 on colored PVC. This was a very limited reissue and is very hard to find. I believe this is the first time an image of it has appeared online.