LIVE IN TOKYO
Company: OG Records
Matrix Number: OG-545-A 1B / OG-545-B 1B (printed)
Release date: late 1971 or early 1972
1. guitar riffs ROCK AND ROLL MUSIC 1:31
2. SHE'S A WOMAN 2:44
3. Paul intro IF I NEEDED SOMEONE 2:25
4. John intro DAY TRIPPER 3:00
5. BABY'S IN BLACK 2:21
6. George intro I FEEL FINE 2:11
7. George intro YESTERDAY 2:04
8. Paul intro I WANNA BE YOUR MAN 2:06
9. John intro NOWHERE MAN 2:07
10. Paul intro PAPERBACK WRITER 2:05
11. Paul intro I'M DOWN 2:23
Sound Quality: EX-mono
1 to 11: Tokyo, Budo-Kan Hall, June 30, 1966
A very famous Beatles concert, often wrongly dated July 2, 1966. This japanese bootleg was probably the first release of the show, that originated an incredible number of further records.
The original japanese version had several releases between late 1971 and 1974.
According to a japanese collector, LIVE IN TOKYO was produced in 1971 by the Beatles Cine Club from a stolen tape. The bootlegger sold it out of his record shop. He sent copies to American bootleggers, who later released their versions. Several pressings are reported. The company used to cut new masters for each if its repressings.
1. Matrix number OG-545. Late 1971. The very first pressing was said to have blank label, and the records were sold without any cover. They had a small number on the label, handwritten in pencil so it could be erased later. This was done to avoid paying a 15% tax: with the blank label, the records were considered samples and the tax was only 5%.
Other sources report that all the records came with the red label and the insert as described in #2. However, it cannot be excluded that only a few pre-release copies were sold at the record shop, and that then the regular pressing with red label and insert (#2 here) was produced.
2a. Matrix number OG-545. Early 1972 (photo below the title). Soon after the first pressing, the records were distributed with a red label with track listing and had a white jacket with an insert with shots from their visit to Japan, and track listings. Machine-inscribed matrix is OG-545-A 1B / OG-545-B 1B
2b. Some copies were released with a different insert, with track listing folded over the back part of the sleeve. Same red label as #2a.
3. Matrix number OG-569. 1972. White blank label and insert as #2.
4. Matrix number OG-640. 1973. White blank label and insert as #2.
5. Matrix number OG-733. 1980. Black label, limited edition of 150 copies. This also featured All you need is love (from the "Our world" TV broadcast) as track 12 and also had the complete announcements by E.H. Eric. Its sound quality is be excellent. This was not released by the original OG producer. Machine-inscribed matrix is OG 733 A 1N / OG 733 B 1N.
INTEREST. This is one of the most interesting records for the collectors, for its absolute historical interest. The first pressing here indicated, if existing, is of course impossible to find (*****plus), but also the subsequent releases are very rare, also in Japan. ***** (#2), **** (#3, #4), *** (#5)
Another japanese issue was pressed by “The Official Beatles Fan Club” in the mid seventies, titled LIVE IN JAPAN, red vinyl, no label, matrix S 3005 A 1W / S 3005 B 1W.
INTEREST. Another very rare record. ***
A further japanese issue was released probably in the mid seventies,machine-inscribed matrix ASA 002A 1L / ASA 002B 1L. It has an insert printed on greenish paper titled TOKYO LIVE, red labels with title and track listing.
INTEREST. This is probably the rarest among the japanese releases of this concert. *****