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Japan: 1975

Source: Audience recording from the Budokan on 3 March, 1975

Set list:

Opening

Deal With The Preacher

Rock Steady

Little Miss Fortune

Ready For Love

Whiskey Bottle

Feel Like Makin’ Love

Shooting Star

Seagull / Intermission

Bad Company

Easy On My Soul

Movin’ On

Can’t Get Enough

The Stealer

Good Lovin’ Gone Bad

 

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Bad Company live in Japan RS

Also available in the US with a slightly different track order on side 1 on TAKRL # 1967

 

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WRMB 333: Jimi Hendrix ‘Live in Stockholm’ has been added to a previous TAKRL & Fruit End listing. Revisit it by clicking on the link above.

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Typical set list on the 1975 US Tour (this particular one is from the Winterland in San Francisco on the previous night). Songs in bold are on this LP:

01 DEAL WITH THE PREACHER
02 ROCK STEADY
03 LITTLE MISS FORTUNE
04 READY FOR LOVE
05 WILD FIRE WOMAN
06 FEEL LIKE MAKING LOVE
07 SHOOTING STAR
08 EASY ON MY SOUL
09 MOVIN` ON
10 GOOD LOVIN` GONE BAD
11 BAD COMPANY
12 CAN’T GET ENOUGH

The final song on side 2, “Alright Now” by Free is not listed on the cover and comes from a different and unknown source, as mentioned below.

“In the 1970s, Bad Company never recorded an official live album. So if you wanted a live recording by the band, bootlegs were the only place to go back then. Bad Company’s 1970s bootlegs varied in sound quality: some sounded terrible while others would have pleased an audiophile. A bootleg LP that surfaced in 1975, Shooting Star: Live at the L.A. Forum offers neither terrible sound nor great sound. The sound is okay, if a bit rough, on this record, which documents Bad Company’s June 20, 1975, show at the Inglewood Forum (also known as the L.A. Forum). With Paul Rodgers singing lead, the British rockers are pleasing on favorites from their first two albums, including “Shooting Star” and “Feel Like Makin’ Love” from Straight Shooter and Bad Company’s title song. The LP also contains a recording of Free (the band that Rodgers belonged to before Bad Company) performing “All Right Now” on stage. Unfortunately, Wizardo/WRMB doesn’t bother to tell you when or where Free’s performance was recorded. Despite such occasional carelessness, Wizardo/WRMB was among the top bootleggers of the 1970s, that is, until the FBI put the company out of business. And when Wizardo/WRMB ceased to exist, Shooting Star: Live at the L.A. Forum became extremely difficult to find.” (Allmusic.com review)

Best naked female depiction: 1934: Santana – FLAKO DE ’57 SPORTSHIRT
Best spiritual cover: 1933: PINK FLOYD – OHM SWEET OHM
Best comic cover: 2924: ELP THE 1972 AMERICAN TOUR
Best “weird” cover: 1922: BONZO DOG BAND – LOOSE CABOOSE
Best vintage cover: 1919: ROLLING STONES – THE JEAN CLARKE MAMMORIAL/MEMORIAL BARBEQUE
Best use of an illustration: 1910 MOODY BLUES – GRANDE TOURE
Best group shot: Tie: 1902 BLIND FAITH & 1951: BAD COMPANY – SCRAPBOOK
Best collage: 1952 BOB DYLAN – ARE YOU NOW OR HAVE YOU EVER BEEN?
Cutest cover: 1975 GENESIS – AWED MAN OUT

Best ‘title = cover’: 1968 KING CRIMSON – HERETIC
Best drawing & back cover: 2956 THE WHO -TOMMY LIVE AT THE RAINBOW

 

Honorable mentions:

1901: THE JEFF BECK GROUP – EUROPEAN TOUR
1915: DAVID BOWIE – SOFT IN THE MIDDLE

 

Please add your own nominees in the comments.

A Japanese bootleg LP called LIVE 1975 MARCH on the OG label (# 859) exists with a slightly changed song order and this may well be a copy of that album (see below).

Side 1: Shooting Star / Deal With The Preacher / Ready For Love / Feel Like Making Love

Side 2: Seagull / Can’t Get Enough of Your Love / The Stealer / Good Loving Gone Bad

The date was most likely March 3rd 1975 at the Budokan.

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BAD COMPANY
Title · LIVE 1975 MARCH
Jacket label · No Label
Record label · OG-859
Matrix · OG-859 A / B

SIDE A

Deal With The Preacher
Ready For Love
Feel Like Makin ‘Love
Shooting Star

SIDE B

Seagull
Can’t Get Enough
The Stealer
Good Loving Gone Bad

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allmusic.com has this to say about the TAKRL LP:

“The sound quality on Live in Japan is decent — not great, but decent — and Bad Company is in good form during a show that includes favorites from Straight Shooter (including “Feel Like Makin’ Love,” “Deal With the Preacher,” “Good Lovin’ Gone Bad,” and “Shooting Star”) and its self-titled debut album (most notably, “Can’t Get Enough” and “Ready for Love”). Even though Live in Japan isn’t the ideal document of Bad Company on stage in the 1970s, it’s an enjoyable bootleg that has more plusses than minuses.”

These following comments are from collectorsmusic.com and were made about the 2007 Tarantura CD “Boot Co” (Tarantura TCDBC-1-1, 2), complete with a re-designed TMOQ sticker:

Budokan, Tokyo, Japan – March 3rd, 1975

Disc 1 BAD:  Opening, Deal With The Preacher, Rock Steady, Little Miss Fortune, Ready For Love, Whiskey Bottle, Feel Like Makin’ Love, Shooting Star, Seagull

Disc 2 GOOD:  Intermission, Bad Company, Easy On My Soul, Movin’ On, Can’t Get Enough, The Stealer, Good Lovin’ Gone Bad

“Boot Co from Tarantura features a good somewhat distant audience source from Budokan in support of Bad Company’s second album, Straight Shooter. The upper frequencies are clear in the mix and guitar and vocals stand out in the recording but the tape catches a bit of the echo from the venue which affects mainly the clarity in Boz Burrell’s bass. There is also very little audience interference making the recording more enjoyable.”

Assuming that the above tape has the actual running order of the gig, the LP has been chopped up on Side 1, had the order changed and is missing almost half of the show [but then again, they were not going to make it a double LP and had to select what they felt would sell, I understand that]:

I believe that the following releases were made after TAKRL got busted and are therefore not listed in the catalog:

# 1961 – Bad Company – Boblingen [originally this was TMOQ-71085; the concert date was June 8, 1974 and it should be spelled “Boeblingen”, to be phonetically correct. I was unable to verify this as a true TAKRL release and have only found it as the original TMOQ cover.

… or this one with the Smoking Pig:]

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“It didn’t take bootleggers long to notice Bad Company. The British arena rockers only had one studio album out when, in 1974, Trademark of Quality released this bootleg LP, which documents a June 8, 1974, show in Boblingen, Germany. Boblingen is believed to be the first Bad Company bootleg, and even if it wasn’t really the very first, it was certainly among the first. Offering sound quality that is okay but not great, Boblingen boasts performances of mostly songs from Bad Company’s self-titled debut album, including “Rock Steady,” “Can’t Get Enough,” “Movin’ On,” and “Ready for Love.” Bad Company also performs Free’s “Easy on My Soul” and “Deal With the Preacher,” which wasn’t released commercially until Straight Shooter came out in 1975. So those who acquired this bootleg in 1974 had “Deal With the Preacher” on vinyl before the official studio version came out. Enjoyable but imperfect, Boblingen isn’t for casual listeners but is a bootleg that obsessive Bad Company aficionados were glad to obtain back in 1974.”

Boblingen was later re-issued on Ken’s Aftermath label, ca. 1975/6 as The Number One European Assault (Aftermath 5):

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# 1962 – Bob Dylan – Royal Albert Hall

#  1963 – Bob Dylan – Now your mouth cries wolf

# 2964 Led Zeppelin – Live in Seattle

“I have some questions on a Led Zeppelin double album “import or bootleg” I bought back in the early 1970s from a local record store here in Portland, Oregon.  It is titled Led Zeppelin Live in Seattle 73 Tour and it has the Trade Mark of Quality with the smoking pig and the numbers 2964.  The band is shown in black and white on the front cover with the Trade Mark of Quality and a number 2 is on the lower right. It has the songs from the 07/17/73 tour from Seattle and says Accept no imitations!! in the bottom right on the front cover.  It also has The Amazing Kornyfone Record Label who’s story takes up the whole back cover and says ask for it by name Accept no Substitute.  The records have white inserts and the albums only say which sides they are with one being white and the other yellow where it should have gave descriptions.  On the inside of side one it has the numbers 2820-A   TMQ 72019-A  2965-A  2964-A.  The numbers 2964 A-B-C-D are the only ones on each side that aren’t scratched over.  After doing some research I realize this is probably from the TMOQ 2 Label which re- issued many of the original TMOQ release when Dub and Ken had finally broken ties.  I can not seem to find any photos of this album or any other info but I still remember playing only the first song and it has been in storage with its plastic covering since the day I bought it.  Was Ken still using the TMOQ label and the smoking pig with his new TAKRL story on the back cover.”

# 1966 Led Zeppelin – Cellarful of noise ( with Live in Japan subtitle)

# 1967 Bad Company – Live in Japan

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Now, on with our regular program:

This bootleg was known under two different titles, “The Live Silk Degrees”, which seems to be identical with the above image:

“Although this LP would be later known as “Jump Street Jive Drive”, my copy is an advance pressing with a totally different insert. Printed on blue paper, it has a collage of Playboy cartoons. It just says “only good Boz songs” on the insert. The pressing was probably better also, which is why it sounded so quiet. “

And it’s most common title “Jump Street Jive Drive”

Venue: Los Angeles, The Roxy on April 7, 1976

Source: Soundboard or local FM broadcast, anyway this is a fantastic recording all around.

Let’s not forget, future Toto members Steve and Jeff Porcaro, David Paige & David Hungate play on this recording.

Setlist:

Lowdown
You Make It So Hard
What Can I Say
This Time
Jump Street
Slow Dancer
It’s Over
Lido Shuffle
Dinah Flo
Band Introductions
I Got Your Number

allmusic.com had this to say: “For serious collectors, it’s incredibly frustrating when a bootlegger fails to tell you when or where a recording was made. Unfortunately, TAKRL (one of the top bootleggers of the ’70s) doesn’t bother to provide that information for this Boz Scaggs LP. Perhaps the label didn’t know, but more than likely, TAKRL was simply being sloppy and careless. Nonetheless, Jump Street Jive Drive is probably the best Scaggs bootleg of the ’70s. The sound quality is excellent, and Scaggs is in fine form during a set that includes five gems from Silk Degrees (“Lowdown,” “Jump Street,” “Lido Shuffle,” “What Can I Say,” and “It’s Over”) as well as “Slow Dancer,” “You Make It So (Hard to Say No)” and “I Got Your Number.” We can safely assume that this bootleg was recorded sometime in 1976, although it would have been nice to know the venue, the city, and the exact recording date. Be that as it may, Jump Street Jive Drive is rewarding from start to finish.”

[Listen to the whole album via this YT link:]

Review on Allmusic: “Scrapbook is an appropriate title for this bootleg LP of 1975 because it doesn’t focus on any one concert exclusively and contains live and studio recordings from a variety of sources. Depending on the source, the sound quality can be either excellent or merely decent. The sound quality is first-rate on various studio rarities (including an outtake of “Little Miss Fortune” and a remake of Free‘s “Easy on My Soul”) as well as Bad Company‘s live performances of “Movin’ On,” “Ready for Love,” and “Can’t Get Enough” on the 1974 television program A Decade of Electricity. (Note: the Decade of Electricity material can also be heard on the Trademark of Quality bootleg In Concert, which is among the few bootleg EPs that came out in the 1970s; back in the days of vinyl, bootlegs were almost always LPs.) Meanwhile, the sound quality is merely decent on performances of “Good Lovin’ Gone Bad” and “Shooting Star” in Japan in 1975. Scrapbook isn’t recommended to casual listeners, but for hardcore fans, it is one of most pleasing Bad Company bootlegs of the 1970s.”

SIDE A
Can’t Get Enough
Movin’ On
(From”A Decade Of Electricity”TV Program)
Bad Company
Rock Steady
(Recorded Live In Germany 1974)
Little Miss Fortune
(Studio Outtakes)
SIDE B

Beady For Love
(From”A Decade Of Electricity”TV Program)
Shooting Star
Good Lovin’ Gone Bad
(Recorded Live In Japan 1975)
Whiskey Bottle
Easy On My Soul
(Studio Outtakes)