Finally, we come across this release, which differs from the others.
- All previous XL matrix numbers followed the same formula: XL 15XX/XX A/B 111 + I – but not this one, which has 99K A/B/C/D
- This is the first XL release also found with blank white labels.
- This is the first Japanese bootleg since David Bowie’s Don’t Touch That Dial that was copied abroad (at least partially in this case) under the grammatically more correct title EGOS AT STAKE (unless I’m wrong and a different tape was used but there-use of the the title and the quality degradation of the copies speaks against this).
First pressing label – Japan: 1984. Japan was in the middle of a KISS drought that would last exactly 10 years. It appears that demand for KISS remained strong as XL would release another KISS title soon after this one (World Tour 1984) and yet another a bit later (Kissing In The Pink).
The source listed here is actually correct for a change: London, Wembley Arena – 2nd night on 9 September 1980
I do believe that these worse sounding single LP copies with wrap around (five different variations as seen on http://www.kissbootlegged.com/bootlegs1979_1980.html ) or single sheet paper inserts were produced in Europe. I will show a variation that cannot be seen on kissbootlegged:
In 2012, bootleggers went back to the Japanese original but with their own simplified version of an XL label and pressed 300-500 copies on black and four different vinyl colors (yellow, a dirty yellow that I have seen described as “beer-colored” and 1 green + 1 blue disc):