Japan: 1983 for the first edition (2527/8 A/B matrix): Black vinyl + title labels (as shown after the copied cover image). HOTWACKS and vhboots.com are incorrect here in calling these the alternate labels/reissue.
“The front and back artwork looks the same at first glance, but closer examination reveals that the artwork is compressed so that more of the image(s) appear at the edges of the sleeve. The “Van Halen” banner also looks more purple.” = this is actually a description of the cover for the first & second Japan releases. Compare the shrunk version from the red vinyl edition here:
2527B label leaving out Dance The Night Away in the # 2 position
A second pressing with blank white labels (random numbering on one side -see below) was done in Japan, ca. 1984. The matrix # was now VH-619 A/B/C/D:
A third pressing on red vinyl was done in Europe, also ca. 1984. My claims are based on auction results showing the blank white copies being mainly offered from Japan and the red ones never from Japan but always from Europe. Any further info is welcome as always.
I have also come across these previously undocumented labels, which misidentify this as a performance from London while keeping the same cover design:
Quality rating and identifying clues: “Overall sound quality would rate about a B. It’s an audience recording, and the band sounds clear but there’s a “spacious” arena-quality to it.
Because the show was in LA, the boys were probably partying hard and it shows in a few songs; Dave doesn’t sing the entire second verse of “So This Is Love”. In the same song, Eddie plays part of the second solo during the FIRST solo. Also, Dave “makes up” lyrics in the second verse of “Unchained”. (just like “Romeo Delight” in the US Festival show). ” (Source: vhboots.com)
Los Angeles Sports Arena
Los Angeles, CA, USA
June 19, 1981
Source: AUD, VG+
Bootleg Title: “Home Ground” (no label, vinyl bootleg)
1. On Fire 3:50
2. Sinner’s Swing! 3:40
3. Drum Solo 2:24
4. Hear About It Later 4:51
5. Dave Raps 2:35
6. So This Is Love? 3:25
7. Jamie’s Cryin’ 3:37
8. Bass Solo 3:43
9. Runnin’ With The Devil 3:17
10. Dance The Night Away 3:18
11. Sunday Afternoon In The Park 3:18
12. Romeo Delight 4:43
13. Everybody Wants Some!! 9:04
Total Time: 51:49
1. Sounds of Summertime 4:02
2. Ice Cream Man 5:45
3. Mean Street 5:16
4. Guitar Solo 6:57
5. Feel Your Love Tonight 2:56
6. You Really Got Me 4:37
7. Unchained 5:27
8. Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love 5:43
Total Time: 40:46
Lou’s notes: “I think the quality is more like a B+/A- myself.
The transfer is superior, as good a transfer as you’ll ever hear of this show. Hardly sounds like a vinyl to my ears. Exceptionally clean, so kudos to whoever transferred this. This copy should be the standard for this boot in trading circles.
I did not pull the track listing from vhboots.com, this is my own listing. The track listing on vhboots.com does not correspond to the vinyl>CD transfer.
Volume dips down a little bit in the beginning of “On Fire” but rebounds shortly.
There are I think 3 or 4 cuts between songs, nothing major. They just cut out audience cheering; no music is lost.
This is my personal favorite show from the Fair Warning tour and my favorite Van Halen bootleg period.
Dean’s notes: I could shed some light on the identity of the taper…but I just can’t! It sounds like mine did…but the gaps of missing audience…not my style. I know I traded this to a few people…Gregg was one. I also sold a bunch of them out of the back of Rolling Stone and Circus back in the 80s. Some of my closer acquaintances know a fire devastated the vast majority of my tapes. I’m lucky to have saved what I did. But for those who remember trading or buying from me…”