March 28, 2013 – 4:19 am

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Not The Rollers’ Maniac! [Tarantura, 2CD]

Live at the Koseinenkin Kaikan, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan; November 3, 1977 (Evening Show). Very good audience recording - Mr Peach.

Thanks to keijinitta for sharing these tracks on Dime. Not The Rollers’ Maniac! [Tarantura TCDRG-2-1/2] is a four-CD set, featuring both the afternoon and evening shows. However, keijinitta only shared the eveningshow.

As an aside, between October 25 and November 5, 1977, Rory and his band played seven gigs in Japan in venues at Nagoya, Hiroshima, Tokyo, and Osaka. Shortly after the band’s final concert at the Nakano Sun-Plaza Hall in Tokyo on November 5, 1977, the band flew to LA to record a new album which remained unreleased until 2011. The album was eventually called Notes From San Francisco.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Introduction/Monitor Check (1.2MB)
Track 102. Moonchild (9.9MB)
Track 103. Bought And Sold (8.7MB)
Track 104. Band Introduction (479k)
Track 105. Tattoo’d Lady (11.1MB)
Track 106. Calling Card (10.8MB)
Track 107. Secret Agent (10.3MB)
Track 108. A Million Miles Away (11.6MB)
Track 109. Do You Read Me (9.1MB)
Track 110. Out On The Western Plain (8.8MB)
Track 111. Too Mauch Alcohol (7.0MB)
Track 112. Barley And Grope Rag (Pistol Slapper Blues) (7.0MB)
Track 113. Going To My Hometown (8.3MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. I Take What I Want (9.5MB)
Track 202. Walk On Hot Coals (10.0MB)
Track 203. Garbage Man (10.6MB)
Track 204. Souped Up Ford (14.3MB)
Track 205. Bullfrog Blues (4.5MB)
Track 206. Bass Solo (1.1MB)
Track 207. Drum Solo (1.4MB)
Track 208. Bullfrog Blues (4.7MB)
Track 209. UDO’s Announcement (4.8MB)
Track 210. Country Mile (5.3MB)
Track 211. Boogie (8.8MB)
Track 212. Announcement (848k)

Band Lineup:
Rory Gallagher: Guitar, Vocals
Gerry McAvoy: Bass
Rod de’Ath: Drums
Lou Martin: Keyboards

The 1977 Japan gigs were to promote the Calling Card album, which was released in 1976. Click here to order the album.

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  1. 36 Responses to “RORY GALLAGHER - TOKYO 1977”

  2. hey bigo, thanks! this looks like a good one. i got every rory show you offered and the one taste show from basel. been almost a year on cleveland. i have others i found on various blogs.

    i’ll tell you these japanese venues confuse me. i think kaikan just means hall. then i’ve seen it spelled kohseinenkin and koseinenkin with no h before the s. i have no idea which is correct. this appears to be the same venue miles davis played at in 1975 and jethro tull on the pile of bricks show you offered so i’ll put that to be consistent or shinjuku kohseinenkin hall, tokyo, japan date (evening show). more info than anybody needs, i know, but, as i said, it’s confusing, and i like to be accurate.


    By Ed Saad on Mar 28, 2013

  3. Rory never played the same set list twice, and never turned in a bad show. Prime stuff here, thank you so much Mssers keijinitta and BigO.

    By kingpossum on Mar 28, 2013

  4. @Ed Saad:

    Maybe that’s why all those live albums came out as “At Budokan”…it was code for, “Recorded in Japan but we aren’t sure what the proper name of the venue is”.

    By kingpossum on Mar 28, 2013

  5. hey kingpossum, you made me laugh. however, even budokan is confusing cause sometimes it’s budokan, other times it’s budokan hall, and i’ve even seen nippon budokan.

    i’m thinking i’ll just put what big lists to be even more confused, but put a dash in between so then it looks like my rainbow osaka tags.


    By Ed Saad on Mar 28, 2013

  6. The beginning of 107 almost sounds like it was going to be a sendup of Johnny River’s Secret Agent Man. Another great concert from Rory.

    By 4yrsnojob on Mar 28, 2013

  7. kingpossum, I doubt it happened very often but i do have a rory show that is pretty sad due to his [take your pick] excessive alcohol intake that day or a medical problem.
    you can actually hear the people in the audience yelling for Donal [rory`s brother] to get him offstage.
    I don`t know the particulars about that day and recieved this show in a trade years ago but it is BAD.

    By sluggo on Mar 28, 2013

  8. @sluggo:

    Really sorry to hear that. I count 63 shows in my collection and not a bad one among them. But the most recent is ‘91 and since the guy gigged incessantly it would be expected that near the end things would slide as you describe.

    As in all such situations, I’ll fondly retain the blistering shows and great albums in my recollection of the guy and his music.

    Thanks for the post,

    By kingpossum on Mar 28, 2013

  9. kingpossum, i also cut rory some slack because he was basically a humanitarian, played many benefits and hell we all have our off days and one show out of, thousands maybe, is a pretty damn good record.
    There is probably info about this particular show somewhere..have to see what comes up because I have heard conflicting stories ie
    alcohol versus medical issue.

    By sluggo on Mar 28, 2013

  10. The beginning of 107 almost sounds like it was going to be a sendup of Johnny River’s Secret Agent Man.

    not trying to be disruptive but its more like a james bond theme, the johnny rivers song is not at all like that intro.

    By sluggo on Mar 28, 2013

  11. bootleg princess would say “same three chords for 50 years”. but i am still in love with that irish blues man.

    By fruchtas on Mar 29, 2013

  12. she`d be wrong, rory oftens strays from the 12 bar blues three chord format.

    By sluggo on Mar 29, 2013

  13. Thank you Big O Amigos. I had never heard any of Mr. G.’s music before, though I had read about him and his friendship with members of LZ. Thank you for posting his music, I wish I had heard it decades before. This will be fine road music for the trip between Saturday Easter egg hunts, microbrewery lunches and a birthday party visit in Babylon. Very fine tunes indeed, thank you again, sunsets.

    By James on Mar 29, 2013

  14. @James:

    Being new to Mr. Gallagher, you might want to brace for an onslaught of album and show recommendations from the BigO readers! Rory fans tend to be a bit ravenous (I like to believe because of the love and purity the guy the put out there) so be warned.

    I personally would say start with the Against the Grain (studio) and Stagestruck (live) albums. But there’s a wealth more if you choose to take it further.

    Enjoy your trip,

    By kingpossum on Mar 29, 2013

  15. TASTE !

    By sluggo on Mar 29, 2013

  16. Great. Thanks. What a player, what a player. Fabulous.

    By Canute on Mar 29, 2013

  17. Hello BigO-Team,
    a Rory-concert is always welcome, and this one is great! I and a bunch of my friends still miss him, they don`t make guys like him nowadays, R.I.P my dear friend
    Thank you for this item!

    By johnny82853 on Mar 30, 2013

  18. Thank you very much as always for your fine work here. Rory was awesome and I’ve seen everybody.

    By opahking on Mar 30, 2013

  19. Canute! It’s been awhile. Good to see a post from you.

    By 4yrsnojob on Mar 30, 2013

  20. there are currently 27 rory’s on tube. there are 5 taste’s. thats a combination of audio’s and video’s. if u want to fill in your collection or start one head there. of course sugarmegs isnt a bad place to go either. there are over 300 items under rory’s name alone. rory is one of the most incredibly well represented musicians ever. its not like the dead or phish or dylan or the stones etc. but there is enough out there to keep anyone happy for years and years. i have about 22 official albums by him and probably between 250 and 300 unreleased ones. i have everything sugarmegs had in their collection 5 yrs ago. it was about 30000 items.
    rory is fun to collect for sure. and fun to watch on dvd/vhs etc. btw.. youtube has a lot of stuff on him. including full sets and old footage that can be compiled to form a collection that can be made into a dvd.

    By darth on Mar 30, 2013

  21. go away

    By there is no darth on Mar 30, 2013

  22. While stationed in Japan Got the chance to catch another act (Dream Theater) at the Koseinenkin (unsure of exact spelling) hall in Shinjuku. It was a medium sized hall able to accomodate a medium size crowd, and not as big as the Budokan.

    There are lots of smaller clubs in the Tokyo/Kawasaki/Yokohama area that book fairly big acts.

    By Kevin on Mar 30, 2013

  23. Thanks, Big O! Sounds really good! You keep coming with more gems from the excellent Mr Peach. (^_^)

    Ed and others, converting Japanese into Romaji (English characters) can be a bit confusing, especially as English has no way to indicate a longer vowel sound. “Koh” could also be spelled “Kou” and mean the same thing: a long o sound (time-wise, not pronunciation-wise). You may even see it written “Ko” with a line over the o (my usual preference). “Koh” vs. “Kou” seems to be more personal preference than anything else. Given a choice of the two, I usually go with “Koh”. Your mileage may vary.

    Oh yeah, per the Nihon Budokan, I’d say that “Budokan Hall” would be the least correct because “Kan” means hall, so you’d be saying “Hall Hall”. Ha ha…

    Yours in accuracy,


    By golgo hakase on Apr 2, 2013

  24. Had to smile when I saw some more Rory up here….had to smile when I saw ‘Barley and Grope rag’ too …well, we’ve all had a quick grope in our time !! The G man is one of the best musicians to have ever graced the planet and I feel so privileged to have been able to see him when I did and could….and BigO…as far as the greatest goes , you’re up there too…a million thanks for this !

    By grunt59 on Apr 2, 2013

  25. @sluggo

    Caught his last London show at the (what was then) Town & Country Club, Kentish Town. He couldn’t play more than three chords. Started a handful of songs but fell apart in each one. Even got verbally nasty with the audience, which was unlike him. Eventually he got taken off. Very very sad.

    By mollers on Apr 3, 2013

  26. some rory here from don kirshner tv shows..

    By dropkicj sarge on Apr 7, 2013

  27. damn new keyboard..the j stuck on me..made me look like dropkicj ?

    good to be back.seems quiet.

    By dropkick sarge on Apr 7, 2013

  28. saw Rory at the famous old Glasgow Apollo in 1975 then got to hang out with him later as he was banging my half Japanese sister Wanga. Rory told me on the sly that he once was a choir boy and was once 5 minutes away from joining the ministry but the good ol devil intervened and a deal was done at the crossroads etc. Dont know if he was telling the truth or not but Wanga liked his Irish brogue.

    By BUMSTEER on Apr 7, 2013

  29. saw Rory at the famous old Glasgow Apollo in 1975 then got to hang out with him later as he was banging my half Japanese sister Wanga.

    and you know who will say he has pictures.

    By dropkick sarge on Apr 7, 2013

  30. got the pix-but it was a 3 way and you know who else was involved

    By space cadet darth on Apr 9, 2013

  31. Thank you very much. I see it is the evening show. Is there a chance to download the afternoon show?

    Thanx Penny.

    By Penny Cilin on Apr 24, 2013

  32. kingpossum.
    Thanks for the insight. The music is good and I will eventually follow your recommendations. First I want to listen to Paris Theatre, 1973 Paris Theatre London which I found on another site. It will be part of a what could turn into rainy weekend in Thompson.
    Thanks again and be well.

    By James on Apr 26, 2013

  33. although ive read much and heard amazing things about the man’s playing and his tragic end through my guitar mags, at 45, as of dec 18th, this will be my first listen and downoad of the man. THANK YOU.

    By Anthony on Dec 28, 2013

  34. that above posting isnt mine either. i dont mind bagpipes but i would never ever say that i prefer them over guitar. especially on a rory gallagher performance. i also wouldnt have used a capital ‘i’ in the comment.

    By darth on Apr 26, 2014


    By darth on Aug 3, 2014

  36. Hi Bro,

    Links down, please help

    Thanks so much
    [email protected]

    By LUIS ALBERTO PALMA on Feb 21, 2021

  37. Hey, LUIS ALBERTO PALMA, you’ve got two hopes: Bob or NO!!

    By DD on Feb 21, 2021

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