Source: Audience recording from the Taiikukan Aichi in Nagoya as part of the The World Rock Festival on 05 August, 1975
Quality rating in HOTWACKS: “Exs”
Volume 2 – still from Nagoya ’75. with a very different matrix (XLL-3120) and a deluxe black cover. Rarely seen and perhaps released significantly later:
VOL 2 has: SIDE A: Cause We Ended As Lovers / Freezer (Power) – SIDE B: Scatterbrain / Thelonius / You Know What I Mean
Jeff Beck’s first tour of Japan as a solo artist was part of the “World Rock Festival” in August, 1975. Organized by Yuya Uchida, who was best know for performing as a supporting act for the Beatles in 1966, the event lasted three days (August 3rd in Sapporo, August 5th in Nagoya and August 7th in Tokyo). All three sets were taped. The New York Dolls were also part of the line up, making for an interesting pairing. Jeff Beck visited Japan after a lengthy trip around North America in support of Blow By Blow, his most successful album to date. He would play three more shows later in the year before taking a break to record Wired.
“This is a strange pairing, the proto-punk and glam band with the guitar virtuoso at the beginning of his jazz fusion period. It’s more a celebration of the eclecticism of mid-seventies rock at the event and serves as a good snapshot of the times.
The New York Dolls set included: Introduction, Looking For A Kiss, Daddy Rolling Stone, Puss ‘N’ Boots, Trash, Bad Detective, Stranded In The Jungle, Unknown, Girls, Frankenstein, Teenage News
New York Dolls were at at point of transition at this point in their career. Founding members Johnny Thunders and Jerry Nolan left the band while on tour in Florida in April. The remaining members, David Johansen, Sylvain Sylvain and Peter Jordan were joined by keyboardist Chris Robison and their tour manager Tony Machine on drums for the trip to Japan. They were also released from their contract to Mercury Records during this tour.
Their set on August 7th in Tokyo was recorded and released on the Tokyo Dolls – Live album with a set list quite similar to this show. They start off with “Looking For A Kiss” and “Daddy Rolling Stone” to please the crowd.
“Stranded In The Jungle” is one of the show’s highlights. “Frankenstein” begins with a recitation of a poem in Japanese before a radically reworked arrangement of the song from their first album. The set ends with “Teenage News” and a thunderous applause from the audience.
Jeff Beck set list: Introduction, Constipated Duck, She’s A Woman, Freeway Jam, Definitely Maybe, Superstition, Air Blower, Keyboard Solo, ‘Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers, Power, Got The Feeling, You Know What I Mean
There is an emphasis upon the faster numbers in the first half beginning with “Constipated Duck” (the only original composition), the clever Beatles cover “She’s A Woman” and “Freeway Jam” preserving its jazz roots. The largest applause is reserved for the Stevie Wonder cover “Superstition” in which Beck plays through the voice box to startling effect.
“Air Blower” is another heavy excursion where Beck makes his guitar sing in the middle improvisation. Max Middleton plays a short keyboard solo before the slower paced “Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers.” Bassist Wilber Bascomb starts off “Power” with the heavy funk beat, leading the band into a number that adroitly mixes funk with seventies metal.
The improvisational centerpiece of the set and the final number is a ten minute instrumental version of “Got The Feeling” from the Jeff Beck Group’s Rough & Ready album. Beck plays both light and shade and even gets into a duel with drummer Bernard Purdie by the song’s end. The encores include a quick “Thelonius,” the first song on Blow By Blow “You Know What I Mean” and a quick reprise of “Superstition” (this time with normal vocals).” (collectorsmusicreviews.com)
Beck photographed by Bob Gruen, Japan, August 1975
From the same tour and the first day in Sapporo comes this rare Japan J. Beck bootleg classic:
This copy sold for $200 in January of 2016.
Japan: ? (1976-78 would be my guess) I would not be surprised if there was a connection to another supposedly ‘Made on Hokkaido’ bootleg: Rainbow’s 1977 Catch The Rainbow, which I had previously shown here.
Source: Audience recording from Okunai Kyogijo,Makomanai, Sapporo, 03 August 1975
Side 1: Intro / She’s A Woman / Freeway Jam / Definitely Maybe Side 2: Superstition / Air Blower / ‘Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers / You Know What I Mean
Apparently a total length of 45:53 but side 1 is only 17 minutes long.
Reissued on CD just last year due its great quality. It seems that the master tape is unavailable or lost.