Tokyo 1978

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January 6, 2022 at 7:53 pm Quote #65085

ron
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Tokyo 1978
Van Halen
Released by Zip City
Cat: ZCCD114

1 On Fire 2:57
2 I’m the One 4:36
3 Running With the Devil 6:00
4 Atomic Punk 3:53
5 Little Dreamer 4:21
6 You’re No Good 4:53
7 Feel Your Love Tonight 4:06
8 Ain’t Talking About Love 8:08
9 Ice Cream Man 5:03
10 Somebody Get Me a Doctor 4:09
11 Eruption 3:52
12 D.O.A. 4:55
13 You Really Got Me 6:14
14 Bottoms Up 5:50

The Atomic Punks is an underground label that put over several Van Halen bootlegs in the late ’90s; the company takes its name from “Atomic Punk,” one of the gems on Van Halen’s self-titled debut album of 1978. The sound quality of the Atomic Punks’ Van Halen bootlegs varies; some have mediocre or inferior sound, but Tokyo Live 1978 boasts generally excellent sound and is obviously a soundboard recording. Recorded at Tokyo’s Shinjuk Hall on June 17, 1978, this CD contains Van Halen’s first live performance in Japan. Only a year earlier, the vast majority of Japanese metalheads had never heard of Van Halen (although the band had a devoted local following in Los Angeles in 1976 and 1977 and could easily fill Hollywood clubs like the Starwood and the Whiskey-a-Go-Go). But it didn’t take Van Halen’s superb debut album very long to earn the foursome a huge international following; from Toyko to Stockholm to Detroit, headbangers all over the world were exalting Van Halen as the best heavy metal/hard rock debut of 1978. Van Halen’s original lineup (David Lee Roth, Michael Anthony, and the Van Halen brothers) is passionate and inspired throughout this Tokyo set, which finds the foursome performing everything on its debut album except “Jamie’s Cryin’.” The L.A. residents also give the Japanese audience a preview of Van Halen II, providing explosive performances of “Bottoms Up!,” “Somebody Get Me a Doctor,” and “D.O.A.” There are quite a few bootleg recordings of Van Halen’s late-’70s concerts available on CD; unfortunately, many of them don’t have the generally excellent sound quality of Tokyo Live 1978, which is enthusiastically recommended to fans of Roth-era Van Halen if they’re able to track down a copy.


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January 7, 2022 at 4:56 pm Quote #65087

ron
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I guess I’m not sure what show this disc really is, as this text from a different web site, shows a different date.

EARLY TOKYO CONCERT FROM VAN HALEN’S FIRST WORLD TOUR

Formed in Pasadena, California in 1974 and credited with ‘restoring hard rock to the forefront of the music scene’, Van Halen was known for its energetic live shows and for the virtuosic talent of prodigy lead-guitarist, Eddie Van Halen. • From 1974 until 1985, Van Halen consisted of Eddie Van Halen; Eddie’s brother, drummer Alex Van Halen; energetic vocalist David Lee Roth; and bassist/vocalist Michael Anthony. Upon its release in 1978, the band’s self-titled debut album reached No. 19 on the Billboard pop music charts and would sell over 10 million copies in the U.S. Halen’s 1978 World Tour was the group’s first international jaunt, and covered mainly North America with 124 shows in the United States and two in Canada. They also played 39 gigs in Europe, and 9 in Japan. While they largely supported groups like Journey and Black Sabbath in the United States, in Japan they headlined, such was the band’s status by this early juncture in that territory. • Van Halen arrived in Japan on 17th June ’78 and stayed until 27th. Playing four nights in Tokyo to start – 2 each at the Cultural Hall and the Nakano Sun Plaza – their final show in the capital on 22nd June, is generally considered the finest show they played in Japan that year. Indeed, many fans still regard it as Van Halen’s best ever Japanese concert. Recorded for live radio broadcast, the entire event is now available on this new CD.


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January 7, 2022 at 9:56 pm Quote #65088

dand363
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The setlist seems to line up better with the 22nd than the 17th.


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January 25, 2022 at 8:33 am Quote #65107

ron
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dand363: The setlist seems to line up better with the 22nd than the 17th.


Release date is today, and the back cover confirms the 22nd. Still wonder about “You’re No Good” though….



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January 25, 2022 at 8:43 am Quote #65110

ron
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That text mentioning “Atomic Punks” appears to have come from here: https://www.allmusic.com/album/tokyo-live-1978-mw0000962680
But after googling around, I still don’t know what that “Tokyo Live 1978″ disc is. Anyone here have it?


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January 25, 2022 at 9:54 am Quote #65112

dand363
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I would say that “You’re No Good” on the Zip City disc is “Down In Flames”. The “Tokyo Live 1978″ title listed at Allmusic seems to be the “Live in Tokyo 1978″ show listed on your boots site (June 17th). The song times aren’t a perfect match but it’s very close.


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January 25, 2022 at 10:35 am Quote #65113

ron
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dand363: The “Tokyo Live 1978″ title listed at Allmusic seems to be the “Live in Tokyo 1978″ show listed on your boots site (June 17th). The song times aren’t a perfect match but it’s very close.


Ah yes, that looks right. I popped thru the CD versions on VHboots looking for “Atomic Punks” label, but didn’t look at the CD-R’s.
http://www.vhboots.com/liveintokyo78.html
Thanks!


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January 25, 2022 at 4:41 pm Quote #65120

ron
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January 25, 2022 at 9:46 pm Quote #65124

VOODOO
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So is this a new release with the wrong date or is it a legit new show/source? I haven’t been following.


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January 25, 2022 at 10:13 pm Quote #65125

dand363
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Based on the junoplayer sample above, this is a new release of the great audience recording we’ve all heard on Sonic Tokyo, Tokyo’s On Fire, etc. What gives it away is the specific audience cheers and singing along. This one also seems to run a little fast. Actually, the times line up within a second with all the tunes on Sonic Tokyo.


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January 25, 2022 at 10:19 pm Quote #65127

wjamflan
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The clips are definitely from the 22nd.


“This hamburger don’t need no helper.” – DLR 5/17/15


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February 16, 2022 at 11:43 am Quote #65182

ron
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Yep, I have the CD in hand and confirm that it’s from the 22nd. I can also confirm that “You’re No Good” on the artwork is indeed “Down In Flames”. Unfortunately I can also confirm that each track fades out, instead of being a seamless live show. (sigh)


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February 18, 2022 at 7:01 pm Quote #65185

eruption1962
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ron: Release date is today, and the back cover confirms the 22nd.Still wonder about “You’re No Good” though….

You’re No Good undoubtedly refers to Mike’s solo…as it contains a portion of the YNG intro


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February 18, 2022 at 11:12 pm Quote #65186

ron
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eruption1962: You’re No Good undoubtedly refers to Mike’s solo…as it contains a portion of the YNG intro


Mike’s solo is at the start of track 3 (RWTD).

I think it’s more that this is a copy of Sonic Tokyo (with added flaws) and since ST had that mistake, it’s copied here.
http://www.vhboots.com/sonictokyo.html


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