UD Label Japan

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Japan: 1980/1 – it’s safe to say that this was issued by the same producers of the UD label.

Matrix: W Z53 A IG  (‘A’ changing to B/C/D for the other sides)

Side 1: Come On / You’n Me / Walking In The Shadow Of The Blues / Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City     
Side 2: Mickey’s Solo / Love Hunter / Mistreated / Soldier Of Fortune     
Side 3: Jon Lord’s Solo / Shuffle / Might Just Take Your Life / Lie Down     
Side 4: Take Me With You / Rock Me Baby / Breakdown / Whitesnake Boogie

No location mentioned but most likely recorded during Whitesnake’s first Japan Tour in April of 1980, most likely at one of the Tokyo dates on the 11th, 14th or 15th.

HOTWACKS quality rating: “Vgs”


Whitesnake J Tour 80

April 11 – Tokyo Yūbin Chokin Kaikan, 1582 seats. Other acts that played here: Judas Priest, Robert Plant, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Devo, Motörhead and Hall & Oates

April 14 + 15: Nakano Sun Plaza Hall, Tokyo




Rainbow End of a Rainbow

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There is also a European (British copy) which looks identical to the above but has matrix number RB-816-A / B / C / D

Japan: Fall of 1980 (first issue) – another early UD label release, later even reissued on XL

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Quality rating: “Vgs” in HOTWACKS

From Darker Than Blue – DP fan club magazine, June 1981:
“As for the vinyl, the foreign collectors items continued to appear in ever greater numbers thanks to the success the bands were having abroad. Rainbow turned up on the Castle Donnington collection, albeit only a part of their set. If you wanted the full gig the Japanese obliged with a double bootleg LP audience recording of the show (with a jet plane ruining the start of one song!). If you weren’t careful, you risked getting stung by a home made UK bootleg which appeared at the same time, and which comprised the 25 minutes of the set aired on UK TV, complete with the sound of the microphone being moved in front of the TV speakers… .”

I can remember seeing a one-sided bootleg in a plain white cover with a small sticker  at a London flea market in ’81. That must be the “home made UK bootleg” mentioned above. Very limited pressing, never made it into HOTWACKS, the matrix is BLACKMORE No. 1.

Rainbow MM cover 1980


In 1983, the follow up label to UD, XL, reissued this title with a colorized cover, more in line with their current cover designs:

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These look like XL label designs to me.

Then there was a second run with a changed color scheme:

Rainbow End ofa Rainbow 1st

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Those with keen eyes will have noticed the number on the front, lower right:

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Which we have seen before on this Ozzy XL release (LIVE! Long Beach Arena 1981, XL 1531/2) and the reason why I would file the ‘pink border’ version under XL as well):

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For discussion regarding which tracks were officially released:

AC DC Live At LA Forum Feb 82

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Japan: Late summer 1982

Although the back cover claims this was recorded at the L.A. Forum, where the band did play three shows that months, this final UD release is another “hidden source” title, actually recorded at Osaka’s Expo Hall, 7 (?) June 1982 – their second visit to Japan as part of their For Those About To Rock Tour.

Selling for as much as $560 in 2007, this title can now be had for less than half.

HOTWACKS quality rating: “Vgs”


AC DC Osaka 82 pass

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ToTo La Forum 82 UD 6586 II

ToTo La Forum 82 UD 6586.discs

Japan: Summer of 1982.

TOTO had just finished their second tour of Japan in May of ’82. This was the first TOTO bootleg (unless the European 99 came first, which I doubt).

Source: Audience recording from the Forum in Inglewood, CA (L.A.), 28 May, 1982

6586 -A: Girl Goodbye (6:16) / Child’s Anthem (2:25) / I’ll Supply The Love (3:46) / Live For Today (3:54)
6586 -B: A Million Miles Away (4:32) / Georgy Porgy (5:18) / Good For You (4:17) / Africa (5:19)
6587 -A: Keyboard Solo – End of Africa (8.22) / Hydra (8:09) / 99 (4:16)
6587 -B: Goodbye Elenore (5.11) – Guitar Solo (6.49) / Gift With A Golden Gun (4.32)
6588 -A: Make Believe (5:17) / Rosanna (7:17) / English Eyes (6:54)
6589 -B: Band introduction – Afraid Of Love – Lovers In The Night (9:28) / Hold The Line – introduction (3:58) / Runaway (4:32)


The XL label version:

TOTO LA Forum May 1982

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TOTO IV World Tour
May 7th 1982 – Shimin Taiikukan – Kurashiki – Japan
May 8th 1982 – Kyuden Kinen Taiikunan – Fukuoka – Japan
May 10th 1982 – Furitsu Taiikukan – Osaka – Japan
May 11th 1982 – Furitsu Taiikukan – Osaka – Japan
May 13th 1982 – Teiho Country Club – Nagoya – Japan
May 17th 1982 – Budokan – Tokyo – Japan
May 18th 1982 – Budokan – Tokyo – Japan
May 19th 1982 – Shi Taiikukan – Niigata – Japan
May 21st 1982 – Budokan – Tokyo – Japan
May 28th 1982 – L.A. Forum – Los Angeles – California – USA
June 26th 1982 – Coliseum Stadium – Oakland – California – USA
(Day on the Green with Toto, Santana, Journey, Tubes, Gamma etc.)
July 18th 1982 – Zoo Amphitheater – Oklahoma City – Oklahoma – USA
July 19th 1982 – Assembly Center – Tulsa – Oklahoma – USA
August 19th 1982 – Poplar Creek Music Theatre – Hofman Estates – Illinois – USA
August 20th 1982 – Morris Civic Auditorium – South Bend – Indiana – USA
September 13th 1982 – Palasport – Reggio Emilia – Italy
September 14th 1982 – Palasport – Torino – Italy
September 15th 1982 – Velodrome San Siro – Milano – Italy
September 16th 1982 – Vigorelli Stadium – Milano – Italy
September 18th 1982 – Rosengarten Mozartsaal – Mannheim – Germany
September 24th 1982 – Hippodrome de Pantin – Paris – France
September 26th 1982 – Vredenburg – Utrecht – The Netherlands
September 27th 1982 – Congrescentrum – Den Haag – The Netherlands
September 29th 1982 – Roskilde – Copenhagen – Denmark
October 1st 1982 – Spektrum – Oslo – Norway
October 1st 1982 – Johanneshovs Isstadion – Stockholm – Sweden
October 4th 1982 – Hammersmith Odeon – London – UK
November 3rd 1982 – Budokan – Tokyo – Japan
November 5th 1982 – Budokan – Tokyo – Japan

Rolling Stones Never Too Old To RnR

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Japan: 1982 – dbboots has this as 1986 but when looking at the UD releases in sequence, this cannot be correct.

Source: Very good stereo audience recording from the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum shows. “Although there are several bigmouths by the recorder who plague this tape making moronic statements and singing out-of-tune, it’s balanced out by the benefits of hearing the reaction entire audience.  Almost like a wave, there is a liveliness that sometimes rises from the back of the crowd which can send chills down one’s spine.  ” []

8583A:  Intro: Take the A Train    [01:28] / Under My Thumb [03:50] / When The Whip Comes Down [05:17] / Let’s Spend the Night Together [03:52] / Shattered [05:34]
8583B:  Neighbours [03:56] / Black Limousine [03:52] / Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me) [06:19] / Twenty Flight Rock [02:08] / Let Me Go [03:53]
8584A:  Time Is on My Side [03:42] / Beast of Burden [06:42] / Waiting On A Friend [04:08] / Let It Bleed [06:39]
8584B: You Can’t Always Get What You Want [07:53] / Band intro [00:58] / Little T&A [02:50] / Tumbling Dice [03:50] / All Down The Line [03:44] / Hang Fire [02:42]
8485A:  Star Star [03:39] / Miss You [05:35] / Start Me Up [04:40] / (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction [06:38] / Honky Tonk Women [03:43] / Brown Sugar [03:32]
8485A: Jumping Jack Flash [07:30] / Street Fighting Man [05:24]


The set list is in order and complete, with the exception of ‘She’s So Cold’, which was played between ‘Tumbling Dice’ and ‘All Down the Line’. dbboots states that ‘Start Me Up’ comes from the second show on the 11th but reading collectorsmusicreviews description of the CD version of The Rolling Stones Live At LA Memorial Coliseum ’81 (no label) indicates that ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ was from the 11th.


A while later, perhaps as late as September 1985, as listed in dbboots. someone in Japan mixed up the tracks in random order and reissued the same material spread across a double and a single album on these ‘no label’ titles.

The double LP:

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I have found no matrix # for this release.

LP 1:
Side A: Under My Thumb [03:58] / When The Whip Comes Down [05:33] / Neighbours [04:03] / Black Limousine [03:43]
Side B: Hang Fire [03:00] / Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me) [06:27] / Twenty Flight Rock [02:14] / Time Is on My Side [03:46] / Beast of Burden [06:53] / Waiting On A Friend [04:17]
LP 2:
Side C: Let It Bleed [06:59] / You Can’t Always Get What You Want [07:37] / Band intro [00:55] / Little T&A [03:59] / Start Me Up [04:44]
Side D: Miss You [05:57] / Street Fighting Man [05:45] / (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction [06:56]


The single LP:

Rolling Stones LA 81 digest

Matrix: A-A / B-C

Side A:  Intro: Take the A Train    [00:15] /Shattered [04:09] / Let Me Go [03:57] / Tumbling Dice [03:59] / All Down The Line [03:46] / Star Star [03:48]
Side B:  Let’s Spend the Night Together [04:30] / Start Me Up [04:27] / Honky Tonk Women    [03:49] / Brown Sugar [03:36] /Jumping Jack Flash [07:44] 


Finally, what appears to be created out of the need to accommodate left over discs, this insert cover title was created (I assume insert releases were the exception and seen as less desirable).  

Rolling Stones boimitation

Japan: ca. 1985/6

Matrix: A-A / B-C

Combining the single disc LIVE IN LA DIGEST ’81 and LP 2 of LIVE AT LA MEMORIAL COLISEUM ’81 

A soundboard recording appeared later on CD.

“All of the 1981 soundboards are very good, but the audience tapes capture the weight of the events and the interactions between band and audience.  Although there are several bigmouths by the recorder who plague this tape making moronic statements and singing out-of-tune, it’s balanced out by the benefits of hearing the reaction entire audience.  Almost like a wave, there is a liveliness that sometimes rises from the back of the crowd which can send chills down one’s spine.

Bill Graham introduces the band before “Under My Thumb.”  The guitars cut out twice during the second number “When The Whip Comes Down” (“Los Angeles, it’s beautiful to be here even if we have no electricity. I have electricity in my brain” Jagger ad-libs during the track) “Can you keep the electricity on, Showco?’ he asked afterwards. The volume in the microphone becomes lower and Mick asks if he can be heard before “Shattered”.

He also gives the first of several exhortations for the front of the crowd to move back. “Los Angeles, city of the shoes” he says, an obvious reference to the July 24th, 1978 Anaheim show when the band were inundated with footwear of various kinds.  “Please don’t throw bottles at me because they hurt when they hit me” he says before “Black Limousine.”

“Time Is On My Side” is introduced as some “sweetness” and seems to calm the crowd down a bit and is followed by several more relatively more mellow songs “Beast Of Burden”, “Waiting On A Friend”, “Let It Bleed” and “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”.

The versions of the latter track by this point in the tour were terrific with Ernie Watts’ saxophone solo replacing Ron Wood’s guitar solo from previous tours. He had just joined the band the previous show in San Diego and plays a great jazzy riff which is unfortunately buried too far in the mix to be enjoyed. The show picks up again with “Little T & A” and someone actually throws a gift to Mick on stage. “What’s this? Grass, pills, acid, my goodness everything in one package” before “Tumbling Dice”.

Afterwards Mick is ready for “Hang Fire” but the band launch into “She’s So Cold” instead, a moment of either pure spontaneity or miscommunication. Again Mick wants “Hang Fire” but gets “All Down The Line” instead. “Starfucker” contains amended lyrics with Jagger singing: “Jimmy Page, not quite her age / I never knew the reason why” (which might be a reference to Page’s girlfriend Lori Maddox).

“Miss You” is for some reason very sloppy on this tour and this show is no exception. “Start Me Up” was the big hit at this time and is played flawlessly. The band is able to finish the set with the classics without further incidents.

Like the original vinyl, the October 11th encore “Satisfaction” is included as a bonus track.  It was played that night in lieu of “Street Fighting Man” and offers a bit more comprehensive record of The Stones’ visit to Los Angeles. “


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Ozzy O Long Beach Japan

The UD version above and XL 1523/4 shown below (this is probably more of a red than an orange, similar to the XL version). I believe it’s fair to say that this makes a strong case for both labels being run by the same people. This was the 8th title released by XL and already the 2nd Ozzy one.




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XL 1531/2 – the blue reissue:

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The blue version with mysterious number on the back – although some copies have it on the front cover:

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Japan: 1982 -Randy Rhodes died 19 March 1982 and I believe that these bootlegs were released after that date. Ozzy first toured Japan in July of 1982 during the Diary Of A Madman tour, further explaining the sudden surge in Japanese bootleg product (look for the upcoming ‘Ozzy-heavy’ XL label discography).

Source: Audience recording from Long Beach Arena on 27 June 1981. Ozzy on the second U.S. leg of his very successful first tour as a solo artist, following the release of his first (and future) platinum album Blizzard Of Ozz. Motörhead opened.

6581A: “O Fortuna” (Carl Orff) / I Don’t Know / Crazy Train / Believer     
6581B: Mr Crowley / Flying High Again / Revelation (Mother Earth)     
6582A: Steal Away (The Night) / Tommy Adridge drum solo / Suicide Solution / Randy Rhoads solo
6582B: Iron Man / Children Of The Grave / Paranoid


Fan rating: “I have heard all the shows with Randy Rhoads that were recorded. This is in my top 5.”

Milwaukee, Jan 22, 1982
London, Ontario July 24, 1981
Long Beach, June 27, 1981
Chelmsford, Oct 22, 1980
Providence, RI, Aug 7, 1981


Ozzy LB poster



Genesis Kebab 2

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Japan: 1982

Genesis first played in Japan at the end of their …and then there were three… tour in November/December of 1978. With prog-rock falling somewhat out of favor there as the 70’s turned into the 80’s, the band only returned one more time after Invisible Touch had catapulted them to massive mainstream stardom in March of 1987.

Source: Audience recording from Wembley Arena, London, 19 December 1981.  Genesis started their abacab Tour at the Plaza de Toros Monumental in Barcelona on September 25th and ended it with seven UK shows late December, spread between Wembley Arena and the National Exhibition Center in Birmingham. I have to admit it took me the longest time to realize that ‘Kebab’ is supposed to be a word play on the official album title.

6578A: Behind the Lines / Duches / The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
6578B: Do Do / Abacab / The Carpet Crawlers
6579A: Me And Sarah Jane / Misunderstanding / No Reply At All / Cindy Louise (unreleased)
6579B: Deep In The Motherlode / Man On The Corner / Who Dunnit
6580A: In The Cage / Keep On Turning (unreleased) / Aftergrow / Turn It On Again
6580B: Dance On A Volcano / Los Endos

translating into:

01 Behind The Lines  05:14
02 Duchess     06:04
03 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway    05:08
04 Dodo / Lurker  08:17
05 Abacab  08:38
06 The Carpet Crawlers  06:18
07 Me And Sarah Jane  06:53
08 Misunderstanding  05:14
09 No Reply At All     04:49
10 Phil Talking  04:37
11 Firth Of Fifth    09:38
12 Man On The Corner  06:25
13 Who Dunnit?  03:17
14 In The Cage / The Cinema Show / The Colony Of Slippermen  12:15
15 Afterglow  04:11
16 Turn It On Again  05:00
17 Dance On A Volcano  04:34
18 Drum Duet / Los Endos  08:10
Total Running Time:  1:54:42; quality rated as B+

The two tracks marked as ‘unreleased’ on sides 3 and 5 are a bit puzzling and I have found no trace of these being actual studio recordings.


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