November 29, 2012 – 1:11 pm

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Tokyo 1979 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan; March 2 and 3, 1979. Very good to excellent FM broadcast.

Thanks to mjk5510 for sharing these tracks on Dime.

This is what mjk5510 noted:

This show has circulated under the following dates: January 27, February 27, February 28, February 1979 and March 1979.

This transfer comes from my 1st generation cassette I traded for in the early-mid ’80s via a Japanese trader. The date written on the tape sent to me was 1979-03-02, 03-03.

I have found the following dates for the Japanese leg of the 1979 tour:
2/27/79 Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan
3/1/79 Kanagawa-Kenmin Hall, Kanagawa, Japan
3/2/79 Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan
3/3/79 Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan
3/5/79 Festival Hall, Osaka, Japan

I have a CDR copy of the show I traded for at some point dated February 28 but it has a small amount of dialogue edited out and has some very hard/sloppy edits as well as an overall harshness to the sound.

It appears to be unconfirmed if this show came from only the March 3 show or the March 2 and 3 shows. I have listed it as March 2 and 3 due to the tape I received from the master.

There appear to be multiple versions circulating so hopefully this verified lineage version will be an upgrade for some or a first copy for others who may have missed any past versions. I have not heard all versions circulating but this is excellent quality with just a small touch of hiss between songs, it has a well balanced rich sound.

Transfer: 1st generation > Nakamichi CR 5A (Azimuth Adjusted) > MacBook Pro >
Audacity 1.3.11 > Peak Pro XT 5.2 (volume smoothing/edit) > xACT 1.71 > Flac

Thanks to MikeDreams for the artwork links.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Lose Again (6.5MB)
Track 102. That’ll Be The Day (4.5MB)
Track 103. Blue Bayou (7.3MB)
Track 104. When Will I Be In Loved (3.9MB)
Track 105. It Doesn’t Matter Anymore (6.9MB)
Track 106. Willin’ (6.0MB)
Track 107. Alison (5.3MB)
Track 108. All That You Dream (6.4MB)
Track 109. Love Me Tender (4.4MB)
Track 110. Just One Look (5.6MB)
Track 111. Desperado (6.2MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Mohammed’s Radio (8.0MB)
Track 202. It’s So Easy (4.5MB)
Track 203. Someone To Lay Down Beside Me (15.5MB)
Track 204. My Blue Tears/Poor Poor Pitiful Me (9.6MB)
Track 205. Tumbling Dice (6.6MB)
Track 206. You’re No Good (12.9MB)
Track 207. Sorrow Lives Here (7.0MB)
Track 208. Back In The USA (5.1MB)

Linda Ronstadt - vocals
Waddy Wachtel - guitar, background vocals
Dan Dugmore - guitar, pedal steel guitar
Don Grolnick - keyboards
Kenny Edwards - bass, harmonica, background vocals
Russ Kunkel - drums

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  1. 10 Responses to “LINDA RONSTADT - TOKYO 1979”

  2. Wow, thanks. Holly, Everly, Orbison, Lil’ Feat, Elvis C. and Elvis P., Eagles, Zevon, Stones, Berry…
    Great band with Wachtel and Kunkel. Great sound. Doesn’t get much better!

    By jackfan on Nov 29, 2012

  3. thanks!!!! looking forward to more of these..
    Linda is the great female vocalist of our time… her music turned me on to sooo many great songwriters.. from Elvis C. to Warren Z. - Lowell George. JD Souther!

    By Jimmie T on Nov 29, 2012

  4. I love to hear Linda sing any Little Feat song. this is good..very good..
    all that you dream sounds awesome , thanks big o.

    By sluggo on Nov 30, 2012

  5. have to laugh at the synth drums in Blue Bayou.
    They are almost as annoying as today`s vocoders and auto tuners.

    By sluggo on Nov 30, 2012

  6. Really good show. Thanks

    By madbaddad on Nov 30, 2012

  7. I first saw Linda as an opening act for Tom Rush in 1974, then again headlining during the “Get Close” tour (The Busboys opened). Both concerts were phenomenal, and her sheer talent blew me out of my seat. Thanks for posting Linda’s concerts, and keeping her music available not just to us old fans, but hopefully to a whole new generation of them.

    By Randy on Nov 30, 2012

  8. Track 104 should be “When Will I Be Loved”. In before Ed! :) Kidding, of course…

    A great show and many thanks to the Big O staff for sharing! I so enjoying coming to this site after a few days off to discover such gems as this. All the best to you and wishing you happy holidays!

    By golgo hakase on Dec 1, 2012

  9. Hello golgo hakase

    Thanks for the feedback. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Dec 1, 2012

  10. That’s right, sluggo, Linda is just awesome! And very very sexy. Cheers Tony

    By Tony Lauber on Dec 1, 2012

  11. And a tip of the hat to the lovely Karla Bonoff (Lose Again, Someone to Lay Down Beside Me, Hasten Down the Wind…). Never got the recognition that Linda did, but she has some sweet pipes of her own. Saw her open for
    Jackson Brown on the “Running on Empty” tour. Pure bliss.
    Thanks Big-O for the stocking stuffers!

    By fortwaldron on Dec 12, 2012

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