Clapton/Winwood/Beck/Page ‘THE SUN’ ETS 2542-4 and JIMMY PAGE WITH PAUL RODGRS [sic] ‘ARMS BENEFIT’


Green cover version


…and blue. I am not sure what the exact title is, as I have no image of the spine writing or back cover (perhaps it is ROCK GALA? HOTWACKS has always listed it as THE SUN but obviously that comes from the newspaper clipping used for the front cover and may not have been Shiro’s intended title).

Japan: 1984

Source: Soundboard/FM broadcast of the first night at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 20 September 1983. HOTWACKS says this comes from an FM broadcast and maybe that is correct. There was also an official VHS release but this can be ruled out as the source as songs appear on the bootleg that never appeared on the video.

2542 A: Everybody Ought To Make A Change / Lay Down Sally / Have You Ever Loved A Woman
2542 B: Blowin Off The Way (this might be Rambling On My Mind) / Cocaine / Women Smile (likely Man Smart, Woman Smarter / Some Comes Across The River / Road Runner
2543 A: Slowdown Sundown / There’s A River (correct title: Take Me To The River) / Gimme Some Lovin / Star Cycle
2543 B: Pump (The Pump) / Beck’s Bolero / People Get Ready / Hi Ho Silver Lining
2544 A: Prelude / who’s To Blame / City Sirens / Stairway To Heaven
2544 B: Wee Wee Baby / Layla / Goodnight Irene

The complete set list:

Various Artists – ARMS Benefit Concert –
Date: September 20, 1983
Venue: Royal Albert Hall, London, England.

Source: Ex+ Stereo Soundboard Recording
01: Introduction
02: Everybody Ought To Make A Change
03: Lay Down Sally
04: Wonderful Tonight
05: Ramblin’ On My Mind / Have You Ever Loved A Woman
06: Rita Mae
07: Cocaine
08: Man Smart Woman Smarter
09: Road Runner
10: Slowdown Sundown
11: Take Me To The River
12: Gimme Some Lovin’
13: Opening
14: Star Cycle
15: The Purmp
16: Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
17: Led Boots
18: People Get Ready
19: Hi Ho Silver Lining
20: Prelude
21: Who’s To Blame
22: City Sirens
23: Stairway To Heaven
24: Tulsa Time
25: Wee Wee Baby
26: Layla
27: Bombers Moon
28: Good Night Irene

Band lineup
Eric Clapton: Guitar, Vocals
Jeff Beck: Guitar, Vocals
Jimmy Page: Guitar
Andy Fairweather Low: Guitar, Vocals
Steve Winwood: Keyboards, Vocals
Charlie Watts: Drums
Simon Phillips: Drums
Kenny Jones: Drums
Bill Wyman: Bass
Fernando Saunders: Bass
Ray Cooper: Percussion
Chris Stainton: Keyboards
James Hooker: Keyboards
Tony Hymas: Keyboards
Ronnie Lane: Vocals





Below, different back cover design with (stickered?) number missing from above:



Japan: ?

Matrix: JIMMY-1 1M / JIMMY-2 1M (stamped)

Source: Cow Palace, Daly City, CA (near San Francisco). Cover states this is from the 3rd of December ’83. A pro-shot video exists for the 02 December performance.

“The ARMS charity concert proved so popular with both the audience and the musicians that the decision was taken to perform a further nine concerts in the USA. The US dates included Joe Cocker, who notably sang lead vocals on “With a Little Help from My Friends”, and Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page each shared lead guitar duties on the “Stairway to Heaven” instrumental. While Ronnie Lane appeared in New York, he did not appear at all of the US dates. They played in San Francisco at the Cow Palace December 1 through 3, 1983 for three sold out shows. Also, Steve Winwood was unable to do the American shows and Paul Rodgers was now playing in Page’s set. (They later formed The Firm together.)” [source: Wikipedia]

The short US tour started in Dallas on 28 November ’83 for two nights at Reunion Arena, than San Francisco and two nights each at the L.A. Forum and New York’s Madison Square Garden.


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