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Pressing run sizes of about 500 – 1000 for the BRR titles.

BRR 001: Bill (W)yman and the ROLLING STONES  was previously reviewed here – click the link

BRR 002: Paul McCartney – Live!  can be found here

BRR 003: ?

BRR 004

Led Zep Mudslide red

Looks like a rarer release that does not turn up very often

BRR 005: Suzi Quatro – Naked Under Leather  as featured in the previous post “Western Pop-Rock Acts Bootlegged In Japan 1975-76: …”

BRR & SLA 006: Queen – “STUNNING”  ditto

BRR 007: Led Zeppelin – BBC Broadcast 

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BRR & SLA release numbers were often used interchangeably, it seems.

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SLA 001: Queen – Geisha Boys  ditto

SLA 002

Deep Purple Unreasonably Loud

Deep Purple Unreasonably Loud b

Image caption reads: Richie Blackmore: “I yell and scream at home, too.”  The text below reads: “Loudest Pop Group. The amplification for Deep Purple on their 10,000 watt Marshall P.A. system attained 117 decibels. This was sufficient in the Rainbow Theatre, London,  in 1972, to render three members of their audience unconscious.”

Deep Purple Unreasonably Loud 2

Mostly found with blank labels in various colors; below a copy with a “Duck Hits!” label

Deep Purple Unreasonably Loud Duck

Matrix: SLA-00002A/B

Side 1: 01 Lucille (5:25) — probably 12 December 1970, Stuttgart, Germany
02 Mumblin’ thing blues (8:29) — Muelheim Sporthalle, Cologne, Germany, 4 April, 1970 (Progressive Pop Festival ’70)
03 Into the fire (4:16) — probably 12 December 1970, Stuttgart, Germany

Side 2:  Space truckin’ (19:02) — Sporthalle, Stuttgart-Boeblingen, Germany, 10 February, 1972

Source: A copy of of the second Edition of the European bootleg LP Back To The Rock

This has been confirmed by a torrent on dime, however, the only images I can find are for the (Dutch?) LP on the Altintas label, which has a different track list and sources, altogether. Can anyone shed some light on this?

OK, hand up! Who in the audience had the recorder?

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SLA 003: Deep Purple – Made For Japan  as featured in the previous post “Western Pop-Rock Acts Bootlegged In Japan 1975-76: …”

SLA 007 

Vicky Vinyl obviously thought after

marx brothers a night at the opera movie poster 3

and

marx brothers a day at the races 2

the logical title for the next Queen (bootleg) album must be:

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Queen duck-soup

Queen Duck Soup duck

Correct concert date stated. Found with blank, Idle Mind, Duck and Ruthless Rhymes labels

Queenlive.ca dates this release to 1978. An insert, autographed by the band, sold for over $600 in February of 2012.

First 4 songs on side 1 play too slow. The master was originally taped on a Tandberg Model 11 recorder with Sony ECM-22P mics.

Tandberg model-11

Two other insert variations exist:

Queen StLove 2

Queen StLove

Incorrect information given regarding the recording equipment and pointing out the date error on P.N.W. (see below) plus a ‘cheeky finish’.

and:

Queen Adm Tic

Looking at the set list shows how this was edited and mixed up:

01. Tie Your Mother Down
02. Ogre Battle    P1
03. White Queen    P2
04. Somebody To Love    D1
05. Killer Queen ->    P3
06. The Millionaire Waltz ->   P4
07. You’re My Best Friend ->    P5
08. Bring Back That Leroy Brown    P6
09. Brighton Rock ->    P7
10. Guitar Solo ->   P7
11. Brighton Rock (Reprise)    P7
12. ’39    D2
13. You Take My Breath Away    D3
14. White Man ->   P8
15. The Prophet’s Song   P9
16. Bohemian Rhapsody    D4
17. Stone Cold Crazy
18. Keep Yourself Alive
19. Liar
20. In The Lap Of The Gods…Revisited    D5
21. Now I’m Here (cuts in)   D6
22. Big Spender   D7
23. Jailhouse Rock Medley*   D7,8,9,10
* includes Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting, Stupid Cupid and Be Bop A Lula

D = Duck Soup + track number on that LP; P = P.N.W. + track number on that LP

Interesting notes from a remastering job of the above master:

“Remaster
A copy of this recording was released on LP bootlegs, this is the first time when the original complete recording comes out. Unfortunately this master copy sounds much worse then the LP bootleg, which is pretty unusual. The original master was really heavy in the bottom end, while the LPs sound really clean. …”

Queen Seattle 77

2 LP bootleg of the complete master tape, taken from the 2009 torrent; supposedly only 100 copies pressed – I wonder if they used the remaster. This copy sold for a respectable GBP 155 in June of 2013.

I personally prefer the audience recording from the Boston Garden from this tour that was shared on dime a couple of years ago. Some live recordings just have that extra special bit of ‘audio magic’ and that’s one of them.

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The first release containing material from this show was on this LP, released as part of the ODD Wizardo sub label in 1977:

Queen P.N.W. SS

Still sealed copy above

Queen P.N.W.

Queen P.N.W. 2

Matrix: ODD THREE -A / B

Queen P.N.W. lbl

Does this exist with any other labels?

1980 reissue under this title (with a mismatched The Game Tour 1980 live shot):

Queen Mania

1996 copy/re-issue made in Germany on mcv:

Queen P.N.W. REQueen P.N.W. RE b

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SLA 008

Eagles Motel Six bl lbl

Matrix: ·SLA 0008 A / B

The year is actually correct: Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert, Season 1, Episode 20 [broadcast?] April 13, 1974: The Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne

Regarding the location as stated on the back cover. The 46th St. Rock Palace in Brooklyn, NY became later known as ‘Bananafish Garden’ (now a furniture show & storage room) named after the J.D. Salinger short story. A few episodes of Rock Concert were filmed there but I could not confirm that this one was.

bananafish garden

“A TV show (Howard Stein’s I believe) later used the Rock Palace for some memorable shows with Jerry Lee Lewis, The Byrds, Hot Tuna, Wayne Cochran and the C.C. Riders, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Steve Stills, and God knows who else […]”

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Eagles Motel Six

Eagles Motel Six RR

Eagles Motel 6

Ca. 1983/4 reissue with GLC labels.

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Coming up: A couple more Rodan Records titles.

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This post ties in with the following, so bear with me. 1975 was the year when bootlegging in Japan really took off and Queen’s first tour in that year was a major catalyst with almost every concert captured and up to six known sources per show. Queen arrived at the right time and elicited enough desires to produce a memento of the performance with the aid of progress made in Japanese home consumer recording technology. As a result, bootlegging really took off in Japan and formed the basis for a couple of choice copies made in the West.

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QUEEN – Budokan, Tokyo – 19 April 1975 (1st night of the tour) OG label Japan: OG-860 (“Aprilfool” version) & OG-877 (“Now I’m here” version; OG would issue all its re-releases under a new number); released in 1975, called LIVE in Hot Wacks.

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Queen Aprilfool OG 860

Queen Now I'm here OG-877

This version has a wrap around insert with an additional photo on the back insert. Total duration: 49:41

Too rare to be copied in the West by the likes of Vicki Vinyl: “Less than 100 copies of the “Aprilfool” version exist, and under 30 copies of the “Now I’m Here” version exist.”

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QUEEN – Kokusai Kaikan, Kobe – 23 April 1975 (3rd night of the tour); QUEEN/”Live in Kove” LLX 2622; released ca. 1975, copied in the Netherlands in 1992 in very small numbers with many reportedly being confiscated in a raid.

Queen Live Kove orig

Queen Live Kove 2

Queen Live Kove RE

One of the Dutch reissues. Apparently, a white label on one of the sides is the clearest indicator that you are looking at a Japanese original. Despite the poor artwork, the sound quality beats the OG release considerably.

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QUEEN – Budokan, Tokyo – 1 May 1975 (7th show and last night of the tour). KIMONO MY PLACE LIVE! –  MARC Records label Japan # 75122, released in 1976.

Queen Kimono 4

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Queen Kimono b

“Six audience sources exist from this show, and five of them have been bootlegged. This short recording was the first source to come out, in 1976.  The track listed as “Shag Out” is just the last segment of Hangman (although Freddie shouted those words later in the show, during his vocal exchange with the audience in Liar). The uncut tape of this source has never seen the light of day.
This was the best-sounding recording of the show available for decades, until the Tarantura bootleg [CD FOUR YOUNG NOBLES OF ROCK taken from an even better recording by the tapers known as “Song Brothers] was released in 2007.” queenlive.ca

Copied by Vicky Vinyl as “STUNNING” on the Blue Ribbon Records (# 006) and Rodan Records side labels between 1977 – ’79.

Queen Stunning Rodan

With Idle Mind labels. deluxe cover version here and below. Despite what is written in Hot Wacks, the deluxe version may have come first.

Queen Stunning b

Queen Stunning BRR 3

With added BRR Cobra logo. Obviously, VV didn’t try very hard to make a big distinction between BRR, SLA & Rodan Records, using and adding label logos as she pleased.

Queen Stunning RR

queen-bohemian-rhapsody J 45

Things continued in a similar vein for Queen’s second Japan tour in 1976.The following titles were presented on this blog for and more in detail reviews can be found via the Search function at top right. Hence, now in short form:

QUEEN – Budokan, Tokyo – 31 March & 1 April 1976

MARC’s 76059: Invite You To A Night At The Budokan  LP

Queen InvYTANATBudokan

was copied by VV on her Idle Mind label:

Queen Merc Pois Dragonfly

MARC’s release # 76042: Lazing On A Sunday Evening

Queen Lazing On A Sunday Evening Marc

was copied by Ken:

Queen Crowning Glory

AND by VV – to become the first release on her side label SLA:

Queen Geisha Boys IMP

Queen Geisha Boys bl lbl

Also available with Ruthless Rhymes labels.

Queen Geisha Boys

I tried to decipher what it says inside the Japanese flag but was not able to.

Queen Geisha Boys b

Queen Geisha Boys details

The text used on the back insert part was taken from the 1976 paperback Queen – An Official Biography plus their recent U.S. Royal Tour. Larry Pryce, Star Books. There is however one crucial change as the sentence “…‘arriving on the heels of their ‘A Night At The Opera’ album, the group was greeted with almost universal acclaim.” was altered to “…‘arriving on the heels of their ‘American Tour 1975′ album, … .” substituting the Wizardo bootleg ROYAL AMERICAN TOUR  for the official studio album (thanks to John for pointing this out).

Queen book 76

This bootleg is sometimes called “very rare/limited” and “Japanese” when offered but it is neither.

Queen Geisha Boys RE

The version with the brown cover and strange Japanese drawing of the two figures (I always thought it was a Sumo wrestler whose fundoshi had come undone but it is actually a white female (?) figure clinging to a crawling male – this type of Japanese erotic art is called “Shunga” – who says you don’t learn anything on this blog?) was produced 1981 in the UK.

Too bad that the incredibly rare ZOOM QUEEN (LLX 314) double LP from the 1976 Osaka afternoon performance never made its way into the hands of any of our bootlegging heroes as the quality is quite amazing for a 1976 audience recording. However, with only 20 original copies circulating (how do you tell the forgeries from the originals?) that would have been an amazing feat of synchronicity. One of the most valuable bootlegs ever, although due to digital copies circulating these days, prices have come down in the last 10 years. … Plus, the also excellent sounding evening performance with a slightly inebriated Freddy has surfaced and is even more fun to listen to.

Queen Zoom

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SUZI QUATRO – Shibuya Public Hall, Tokyo – 19 October 1975; MARC Records 75111 (the very first MARC records release late 1975/early 1976)

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Total duration: 43:28

Copied on Blue Ribbon/SLA with a thank you to J. Wizardo

Quatro NUL yel

Quatro S Naked Under Leather blue

Exists in red as well. Matrix: sla-000005

Quatro S NUL b

The very first Hot Wacks book I ever bought had this cover reproduced, maybe not what I should have been looking at at 15… Needless to say. I’ve been wanting to listen to this ever since. I can report back that the mic used in the recording device reaches its limits sometimes and this is not in the same league as the Queen Song Brothers or a “Mr. Peach” recording; verdict: Vg+

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DEEP PURPLE at the Budo Kan – 15 December 1975

Deep P 75 Budokan

Set list:

Burn
Lady Luck
Love Child
Getting Tired
Smoke On The Water / Georgia On My Mind / Smoke On The Water
Tommy Bolin Introduction
Wild Dogs   
I Need Love
Soldier Of Fortune
Jon Lord Keyboard Solo
Woman From Tokyo
Toccata And Fugue In D Minor/ BWV 565:I. Toccata / For Elise
Lazy/Ian Paice Drum Solo / Lazy
This Time Around
Owed To “G” / Jon Lord Keyboard Solo
Tommy Bolin Guitar Solo
Drifter
You Keep On Moving
Stormbringer

Encore: Highway Star  

MARC Records # 76045:

Deep Purple Get It While It TastesDeep Purple Get It While It Tastes b

Deep Purple Get It While It Tastes lbl a

Also exists with alternate picture labels

Deep Purple Get It While It Tastes lbl b

The official Last Concert in Japan LP was released as a Japan only live album in March of 1977.  Vicky Vinyl copied the MARC Records LP around the same time as SLA 003.

Deep Purple Made For Japan red

Deep Purple Made For Japan red b

Deep Purple Made for Japan yel

Deep Purple Made for Japan blue

Most copies are on black PVC – clear similarities to the Suzi Quatro release. These two seem to be the only ones in the BRR/SLA series for which colored vinyl was used.

Sound quality listed as “Gm” only.

Deep Purple Made for Japan SM Pig

In 2001, the complete show was officially reissued from an improved master on This Time Around: Live in Tokyo

Famous Japanese taper “Mr. Peach” attended this show as well and produced a much better recording than what MARC/SLA had to work with. This was released on the Tarantura CD bootleg label as Made In Tokyo in 2010.

“In a 1995 interview, Glenn Hughes calls Last Concert in Japan an “awful record,” and says that it “should never have been released” because “Tommy couldn’t play.” “

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THE SWEET – Nakano Sun Plaza Hall, Tokyo – 19 August 1976

BYBLOS 37, earning just a “Gs” rating.

Sweet Aimes Vous LYN

Sweet AVLYN

The long forgotten Sweet. Their music was everywhere when I grew up but I never really liked them. The big rivalry back then was Sweet vs. Bay City Rollers…

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BAY CITY ROLLERS – Budokan, Tokyo – 14 & 15 December 1976

Another “Gs” recording. The Sweet and this title were never copied and accordingly incredibly rare and expensive if sighted in Europe.

Bay City Rollers Ka Ga Ya Ke! 2

Bay City Rollers Ka Ga Ya Ke!

Japan Rollermania

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In a way, this post also shows the aspect of growing commercialization that followed progress; clearly this was no longer about releasing a rare tape by a visionary artist that spoke to a generation of counter culture individuals.

Rolling Stones Bill Wyman's green

If anyone has an image of the complete insert and/or another color this was pressed on, do get in touch – thanks.

Rolling Stones Bill Wyman's

A re-release of the first Blue Ribbon Records title from the original plates. Although HW only mentions blue discs for the Idle Mind version, this is obviously not the case.

Matrix: BR00-I-I HH SIDE I STEREO / BR001 – SIDE 2 MONO

Not the most exciting RS title ever and a bit of a pirate, with 3 officially released songs plus 3 BBC tracks coupled with the first half of the San Diego ’69 show ( first released on TMoQ’s Stoneaged ).

‘Seven title-run’ Blue Ribbon Records being a sister label to K&S out of Canada. They never did another Stones title on BRR, so part two of San Diego never followed.

Bill yman a t RS 001

Bill yman a t RS 001 b

Rated “Exm/s”

Bill yman a t RS 001 lbl

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Bill yman a t RS 001 stamp large

Bill yman a t RS red stamp

The red wax version was limited to 150 copies, according to Hot Wacks. It seems that all black PVC versions have the spelling mistake (or joke?) on the insert (“yman”), while the colored vinyl run had it corrected.