Released by Vicki Vinyl in late 1977 or 1978 – Matrix: K 1322 A/B
Later reissued as part of the 3 LP KISS KARTON box set.
Cover image by Bob Gruen, taken on the band’s off day following their Kyoto show 1977/03/27 at Ryozen Kannon – a war memorial commemorating the War dead of the Pacific War, featuring a statue of Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara (Kannon). I doubt the band knew it at the time but “The shrine beneath the statue contains […] images of the god of wind and god of thunder. ”
The first appearance of the London ’76 tape had been on her FRIED ALIVE (IMP 1113) title, when ‘Rock’n Roll all Night (Party Everyday)’ was tacked on to the end of side 2 and misidentified as being from San Diego. The track would not be included again on any of the versions of BLITZ LONDON.
Available in the 1970s with Dragonfly and Ruthless Rhymes labels and in the ’80s with GLC ones.
“Copyright 1981 Great Live Concerts (GlC) Produced by Clarence White 6012-4299.” [This particular version used to sell in the $200 – $300+ range ]
and with Hot Tub Records custom labels ‘borrowed’ from the Rolling Stones San Diego 1981 double Light Up The Town.
Quality rated as Vg minus “…source is a very good audience recording that is clear and very enjoyable with a good balance of instruments and vocals. There are some sound fluctuations through out but does not distract from the listening experience.”
KISS BLITZ LONDON
A Japanese issue with fake Idle Mind labels, an I.M.P. number borrowed from the original Kiss Destroys Anaheim release (IMP 1120) and a wrap-around style insert was released ca. 1978 and includes the introduction as well as the first song, “Deuce”.
“… this comes from the Japanese vinyl bootleg which is far better than the other vinyls. The common vinyl versions called Blitz London runs too slow and does not include Deuce, whereas the Japanese version called KISS Blitz London has the intro, Deuce and a normal pitch.
The show is not complete, missing Gene’s solo / 100,000 years / Peter’s solo right before Black Diamond, and also missing Rock and roll all nite and Let me go rock’n roll (if the last one was played). Here’s a smashing piece of info some of you old vinylcollectors might not have thought of then. On the vinylboot called Fried Alive there’s a track supposedly recorded in “San Diego 1976″, the track is Rock and roll all nite. To my ears it’s the exact same recording as this London-show, which in all probability means we really DO have Rock and roll all nite from Lonon as well. The sound, the ambience and the audience noise sounds exactly like London. It’s most certainly NOT San Diego in any case, as KISS didn’t play there in 1976 :)”
01. -tuning up-
04. Flaming youth
05. Hotter than hell
07. She / Ace – solo
08. Nothin� to lose
09. Shout it out loud
10. Black diamond
11. Detroit rock city
The back cover ad up close:
Another reissue (described as Japanese in two auctions I found but that may be incorrect) going for big $$$ in the past – this is known as Lesco R K 1322
And on and on… the title is still sold today as a vinyl bootleg as a picture disc, on colored PVC, …
UK Tour ads
16 May at the Hammersmith Odeon, their last performance in the UK
The original release probably sounded worse than what you can hear on this YT clip:
Sides 1- 3: Very good audience recording from one or more of the three shows performed at the L.A. Forum on 26/27/28 August 1977, as part of the Love Gun Tour, that were recorded and released as Alive II .
Quality: “The audience recording was issued early on vinyl as Sneak Attack on such labels as Ruthless Rhymes, Dragonfly Records and GLC and as KISS My Axe on Canyon Records.
The audience source is very good bordering on excellent, there is a nice mix of audience noise present that captures the party atmosphere perfectly.” (collectormusic.com)
The double set was also re-issued in 1984 on GLC labels and colored PVC as part of the LXXXVI resissue series (# 07 and limited to around 100 copies) and also with Full Tilt labels:
This title is also still in production to this day but it tends to sell for modest prices over the years (with the exception of the colored copies, of course). with the fact that the official live album was culled from these shows having an effect.
How do you spell L.A. again? The poster and the Tee currently on eBay with minimum asking prices of close to $1000
See the full LA Times review here: http://documents.latimes.com/music-review-kiss-and-cheap-trick-forum/
Another review can be found here: http://hearrockcity.blogspot.de/2012_01_01_archive.html
Finally, combined and hawked as a box set. I don’t know which release came first. Blitz London and Sneak Attack may still have come out in 1977 and the box in the following year.
Also available on Ruthless Rhymes, GLC and Canyon Records.