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Japan: 1985

Source: Mining the Live Aid radio broadcast from July 13th ’85 for two double sets. Selected were the performances by David Bowie, Bryan Ferry with David Gilmour), the Wembley Finale, Paul McCartney, F.Mercury & B.May, the Power Station and Duran Duran.

ETS 2588 A: TVC 15 / Rebel Rebel / Modern Love / Heroes / Sensation / Boys and Girls / Slave To Love / Jealous Guy
ETS 2588 B: Do They Know It’s Christmas / Is This The World We Created?
ETS 2589 A: Let It Be / ? / ? / ? / Murderess / Get It On (Bang a Gong)
ETS 2589 B: A View to a Kill / Union of the Snake / Save A Prayer / The Reflex

[Not an accurate track list, I just tried to piece it together from various sources.]

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Volume 2 presents Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin (with Phil Collins), The Who, Black Sabbath, Mick Jagger (w. Hall&Oates, Eddie Kendricks, David Ruffin and Tina Turner), Bob Dylan (w. Keith Richards & Ronnie Wood) and the finale in Philadelphia.

ETS 2590 A: White Room / Rock & Roll / Whole Lotta Love / Stairway To Heaven
ETS 2590 B: My Generation / Love Reign On Me / Won’t Get Fooled Again / Paranoid
ETS 2591 A: Lonely At The Top / Just Another Night / Miss You / State of Shock / It’s Only Rock & Roll
ETS 2591 B: Ballad Of Hollis Brown / Ship Comes In / Blowing In The Wind / We Are The World

 

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Meanwhile, someone in Europe went “the whole hog”and issued everything on a 12 LP box (ca. late ’85/86):

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The above was offered on eBay as a “test pressing”. It certainly shows more effort than just an owner-produced replacement cover. If the image looks familiar, it was first used on TAKRL’s COMMAND PERFORMANCE in 1977.

Japan: 1985

Source: Osaka, Jo Hall, 15 May 1985; their last ever concert performance in Japan

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ETS 2582 A: Machines (tape) / Tear It Up / Tie Your Mother Down / Under Pressure / Somebody To Love / improv – Killer Queen / Seven Seas Of Rhye / Keep Yourself Alive / Liar
ETS 2582 B: Impromptu / It’s A Hard Life / Dragon Attack / Now I’m Here / Is This The World We Created? / Love Of My Life
ETS 2583 A: Medley: Stone Cold Crazy – Great King Rat – Keyboard – Brighton Rock (ending) / Another One Bites The Dust / Mustapha (intro) / Hammer To Fall / Crazy Little Thing Called Love / Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting / Bohemian Rhapsody
ETS 2583 B: Radio Ga Ga / I Want To Break Free / Jailhouse Rock / We Will Rock You / We Are The Champions / God Save The Queen [cut]

Quality: Excellent audience recording, one of the finest products by ETS. However, in 2003 an alternate source surfaced that sounds even better.

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Around 2010, a European bootlegger produced another vinyl version of this concert , called LAST CONCERT IN JAPAN (F185-515). The source used for this is unknown at the moment. If you know, please leave a comment.

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Japan: 1985

Source: Audience recording from the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham, UK on 01 September 1984 (2nd night of a three night run). This is confirmed information, so this is definitely not a Japan concert in disguise (for a change).

ETS 2563 A: Tear It Up/ Tie Your Mother Down / Under Pressure / Somebody To Love / Killer Queen / The Seven Seas Of Rhye / Keep Yourself Alive / Liar
ETS 2563 B: It’s A Hard Life / Staying Power / Dragon Attack / Now I’m Here / Is This The World We Created / Love Of My Life
ETS 2564 A: Stone Cold Crazy / Brian May Guitar Solo / Hammer To Fall / Another One Bites The Dust / Crazy Little Thing Called Love / Saturday Night’s All Right For Fighting
ETS 2564 B: Bohemian Rhapsody / Radio Ga Go / I Want To Break Free / Sheer Heart Attack / We Will Rock You / We Are The Champions / God Save The Queen

The recording runs a bit too slow. It’s A Hard Life and Freddie’s speech after that were cut due to a tape change; B+ rating. Three further sources exist for this night.

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Out of all the Japanese Queen bootlegs, this was one of the least desirable ones over the years, when looking at the popsike data. Someone just tried offering it at 150 and then at 250 Euros (yes, in that order) and it failed to sell each time.

 

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The “10th Anniversary” theme is repeated on the labels, which state this as well.

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Japan: 1983 – a 2006 auction claimed 400 copies were pressed.

Matrix: ETS 2511 A / B, ETS 2512 A / B, ETS 2513 A / B

ETS 2511 A: Flash (Tape intro) / Rock It (Prime Jive) / We Will Rock You (Fast) / Action This Day / Somebody To Love / Calling All Girls
ETS 2511 B: Now I’m Here / Put Out The Fire / Dragon Attack / Now I’m Here (Reprise) / Love Of My Life / Save Me
ETS 2512 A: Get Down Make Love / Guitar Solo / Body Language / Back Chat / Under Pressure
ETS 2512 B: Fat Bottomed Girls / Crazy Little Thing Called Love / Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting / Bohemian Rhapsody / Tie Your Mother Down
ETS 2513 A: Another One Bites The Dust / We Will Rock You / We Are The Champions / God Save The Queen [Cut] (103 minutes total length of this recording) / Staying Power+ / Under Pressure+ / Sheer Heart Attack+

Source: Audience recording from one of the two nights played at Fukuoka Kyu-den at the start of their Japan leg of the Game World Tour, usually attributed to the first night on 19 October 1982 – ‘+’ marked tracks come from an inferior sounding audience recording taped at National Bowl, Milton Keynes, UK on 5 June 1982. The Fukuoka tracks on the first five and the following sixth side have been intentionally misrepresented as having been recorded at the Los Angeles Forum on the 14th and 15th of September ’82 (two correct concert dates), going as far as editing the source tapes and removing all references to the band performing in Japan. This was standard practice for the UD / XL label as well as other Japanese vinyl bootlegs, as the interpretation of the law meant that while concert recordings from other countries could be pressed as records and sold in Japan, those derived from Japanese concert performances could not. Thankfully (for later identifying purposes), the Japanese bootlegger overlooked that Love of My Life had not been performed at any of the US concerts and Back Chat had been dropped after the first US show.

Quality: Quote from queenlive.ca: “the original LP remains the best version.” (for all the Fukuoka tracks).

ETS 2513 B: Flash (tape intro) / The Hero / We Will Rock You (Fast) / Play The Game / Calling All Girls / Body Language / Under Pressure / Bohemian Rhapsody

Source: Identified as coming from a different/second night at Fukuoka, 20 October 1982

 

Quality: While deserving of its ‘Ëxs’ rating, even better is the recording from Hankyu Nishinomiya Stadium (outside of Osaka, 24 October ’82) as pressed onto vinyl and released as GET DOWN (made in Italy would be my guess, first released in 1983 as well). There are big differences within each rating class after all.

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This is the only Japanese bootleg I ever remember actually holding in my hands at a record fair in my country in the early 80’s. Being a poor university student, I was shocked by the large sum asked for this rarity and was reduced to lusting after it in suffered silence (which is definitely the reason I now have so many Queen live recordings on my hard drives).

Unfortunately, a copy of this title also fell into the hands of the worst CD bootleg label ever, Imtrat Records of Southern Germany, home of the abominable LIVE AND ALIVE/LIVE USA CD releases, flooding the music departments of department stores by the dozens with this cheaply produced crap. Ïmtrat produced about 250 titles from 1991 – 1993 under the interpretation of the copyright laws that these were legal, as long as the source tapes were recorded in the USA. “The anomaly in German law, that allowed absolute protection against unauthorized live performance CDs of a German artist but only protected foreign artists for performances in Germany…” [Bootleg, C. Heylin, p. 352]

I believe that Japan had the same copyright law and this is the explanation for the large number of Japanese concert recordings actively mislabeled as recorded abroad on the vinyl boots I have presented since early 2016.

The fate of European bootleg CD labels such as Imtrat, Swingin’ Pig, Oh Boy!, Living Legend, Perfect Beat, etc. was finally severely impacted after Phil Collins and Warner Brothers (Warner over a Prince title on Imtrat) sued and the European Court Of Justice in Luxembourg decided to extend copyright extension to all EC artists as already applied in the rest of Europe and even a recording of a US artist made in America could now be illegal if one of the musicians performing was European.

 

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Japan: 1980

Somebody in Japan decided to end the drought of Queen bootlegs (see below) and manufacture this double album out of a tape they managed to acquire – unfortunately, a tape many generations removed from the master.  The finished product received a “vgs” rating in HOTWACKS.

Source: Hammersmith Odeon, London, 26 December 1979 as part of the Concert For Kampuchea benefit concert series

For space reasons, the segment between ‘ ’39’ and ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’ containing ‘Keep Yourself Alive / Guitar Solo (with Silent Night)’ and ‘Brighton Rock’ was not included.

Complete set list:

00 – Intro
01 – Jailhouse Rock
02 – We Will Rock You (fast)
03 – Let Me Entertain You
04 – Somebody To Love
05 – If You can’t Beat Them
06 – Mustapha
07 – Death On Two Legs
08 – Killer Queen
09 – I’m In Love With My Car
10 – Get Down Make Love
11 – You’re My Best Friend
12 – Save Me
13 – Now I’m Here
14 – Don’t Stop me Now
15 – Spread Your Wings
16 – Love Of My Life
17 – ’39
18 – Keep Yourself Alive
19 – Guitar Solo (with Silent Night)
20 – Brighton Rock
21 – Crazy Little Thing Called Love
00 – Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Audience singing)
22 – Bohemian Rhapsody
23 – Tie Your Mother Down
24 – Sheer Heart Attack
25 – We Will Rock You
26 – We Are The Champions
27 – God Save The Queen

Fan comment regarding the master tape: “There are 2 existing sources for the Queen gig from December 26. The first one is this audience recording. It has really excellent sound quality and it’s virtually complete (there are a few cuts between songs, but musically it’s complete)
The main problem is that it was recorded from a distance, so most of the time you can hear the audience much louder than the band. The speed is also fluctuating, it’s nothing major as 99.99% of the people wouldn’t notice it. The only reason why “I” noticed the speed issues is that I synced it to the “other” source 🙂 . “

The second source is the video source.

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1978 – 1982: Just Press Copy – Drought Years for Queen Bootlegs

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If the comment on queenlive.ca is correct – and I have no reason to doubt it – this was the first ever Queen bootleg, released around May of 1975 on Japan’s OG label (OG-860, Aprilfool label version).

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Wizardo 307 was the first U.S. manufactured Queen bootleg, released around June/July of 1975.

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Another Japanese bootleg, the black/white label pressing of LIVE IN KOVE (sic) was probably the third.

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This TAKRL release (“1957) was the second U.S. release and sold from early 1976 onwards. An analysis of the other TAKRL titles and the dates of the material they featured indicates that this probably did not come out in 1975, TAKRL 1951: Bad Company’s SCRAPBOOK featured tracks from their March ’75 Japan tour, which likely came out in mid-1975. Then, there were six more TAKRL titles until SHEETKICKERS. Further clues are provided by the recording dates of two immediately following titles: 10 CC’s GOING PINK ON PURPOSE (late November 1975) and Steve Miller THE MIDNIGHT TOKER (7 May 1976).

The rest of 1976 and 1977 then saw a lot of activity. In Japan, MARC records and an unknown producer put out four titles from their second Japan Tour, with two of them getting copied several times in the U.S. and Europe.

FREE IN THE PARK came out in the last quarter of 1976 in Japan.

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COMMAND PERFORMANCE, containing the London Christmas Eve 1975 broadcast, ended up being one of the final regular TAKRL titles (#1997) in 1977.

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1978 saw the release of CROWNING GLORY, a copy of LAZING ON A SUNDAY EVENING

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In 1979 Vicky Vinyl released several copies of earlier Japan titles: MERCURY POISONING, a copy of the Japanese MARC title INVITE YOU TO A NIGHT AT THE BUDO KAN and GEISHA BOYS, yet another copy of LAZING ON A SUNDAY EVENING

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U.S. bootleggers had skipped Queen’s North American leg of their ’76 A Night At The Opera tour. After the next U.S. tour, an excellent quality tape of the first night in Seattle, recorded on a Tandberg Model 11 R2R deck with a Sony ECM-22P mic made it’s way into the hands of those responsible for the ODD label (John Wizardo and Vicky Vinyl). The taper had previously recorded a number of other artists in the Seattle area from the summer of 1972 – 1979. 

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The first part of this concert was released as P.N.W.  {odd-3} slightly mis-identified as coming from the second night on the 14th of March and listing titles that weren’t even on the record.

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Side A:  Ogre Battle / White Queen / Medley: Killer Queen – The Millionaire Waltz – You’re My Best Friend – Bring Back That Leroy Brown
Side B:  Brighton Rock / White Man / The Prophet’s Song

A second part was issued in 1978 as Duck Soup – continuing the Marx Brothers movie titles series started with Queen’s official albums – on Vicky Vinyl’s Rodan Records.

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Side A:  Somebody To Love / ’39 / You Take My Breath Away /  [cut] Bohemian Rhapsody / [cut] In The Lap Of The Gods…Revisited
Side B:  Now I’m Here / Big Spender / Medley: Jailhouse Rock – Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting / Liar

The first four tracks run too slow on this release. In anyway, combining both releases would not result in the complete show.

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

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And that was it – although in a way, Queen were just getting started and toured North America again in 1878, 1980 and 1982, this was the last U.S. produced bootleg of a North American Queen concert performance. The early 1980’s would see European and Japanese releases fill the void.

One major contributing factor is certainly that the first generation bootleggers who would either record shows themselves like Dub from TMOQ and Contraband had already gone out of business and the second were about to (Wizardo, Vickie Vinyl, Hoffman Avenue Records). The second reason might have been that none of these operators were big fans of the band and they were content re-issuing older titles well into 1979.

The situation was even more dramatic in Japan when, unlike their first two tours, their extensive third tour in April of 1979 and their fourth tour in February of 1981 did not produce a single vinyl title. As stated elsewhere on this blog, I suspect that Japan having signed the Phonogram Protection Convention in 1978, which made bootlegs finally illegal in Japan, was too blame and led to a generally quiet period until the third wave of bootleggers started from around 1982. Queen’s 1982 fall Japanese tour enjoyed pre-1977 “bootleg attention” again with three releases in total; as if a switch had been flipped.

Even in Europe, as far as Queen were concerned, there seems to have been a gap following the famous Invite You To A Night At The Warehouse double and 1981/2 releases, such as Flash Alive (London, 8 December ’80) and The Falklands Are Rocking.

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The blog threw a little party to celebrate 750 posts, sorry your invitations got lost in the mail…

How many posts will there be? 500 more? If we are lucky. I am confident, the blog will see 2017. That by itself would be quite an achievement.

MARC Records release of the July 1st Budokan show was previously featured here, along with the Wizardo copy. – Title labels were back for this occasion.

MARC’s final Queen release from their second Japan tour can be found here. – MARC’s first color cover.

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The end of the tan MARC title labels had come, it seems. Check the next posts for the labels.

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By the middle of 1976, MARC had caught up with the band’s second Japan tour and released their second Queen title much closer to the concert date. Another end of tour performance – respectable but not reaching Queen’s brilliance of their final tour performance.  The recording is slightly distant but still more than decent.

Side 1:  Bohemian Rhapsody (tape & rock part) / Ogre Battle / Sweet Lady / White Queen / Bohemian Rhapsody (verses) – Killer Queen  – The March Of The Black Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody (reprise) / Bring Back That Leroy Brown

Side 2: The Prophet’s Song / Stone Cold Crazy / Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon / Liar / In The Lap Of The Gods…Revisited 

The likely set list that evening:

Bohemian Rhapsody (tape & rock part)
Ogre Battle
Sweet Lady
White Queen
Flick Of The Wrist
– Bohemian Rhapsody (verses)
– Killer Queen
– The March Of The Black Queen
– Bohemian Rhapsody (reprise)
Bring Back That Leroy Brown
Brighton Rock
Son And Daughter
The Prophet’s Song
Stone Cold Crazy
Doing All Right
Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon
Keep Yourself Alive
Liar
In The Lap Of The Gods…Revisited
Now I’m Here
Big Spender
Jailhouse Rock
God Save The Queen

This is the only available source for this night. “A second audience source from this show exists, reportedly the complete show, but it has been said that it will never leave the taper’s hands. ” [queenlive.ca]  That, of course, is rather sad.

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COPIES:

Ken came out with the first copy on his Flat Records label, ca.1977/8:

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Vicky Vinyl released it as the first title of her SLA / Rodan sub-label in 1979:

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In 1981, someone from the UK made their own version under the same title and even copied the font & track list of the SLA version on the back of their new creation:

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Finally, three songs and half the medley were included on the 1982 European 500 copies only release CARDIAC ARREST: “Ogre Battle, Sweet Lady, White Queen, The March Of The Black Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody (reprise)”.

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