July 2, 2013 – 4:52 am

The Japan market.

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Tokyo 1973 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Tokyo Imperial Theatre, Tokyo, Japan; April 27, 1973. VG+ SBD stereo. Raw live mix soundboard.

The Jackson 5 toured Japan from April 27 to May 2 in 1973. Of the five shows, two of them have circulated. The most famous show was on April 30 at Koseinenkin Hall in Osaka. The band were pleased with the results and the show was released ONLY in Japan on vinyl on Oct 31, 1973. It was finally released in the U.S. through Hip-O Select in 2004 as Live In Japan. It was limited to 5,000 copies and is currently out-of-print.

Another show was recorded, the April 27 concert at Tokyo Imperial Theatre. This has surfaced and circulates among fans. It has an identical setlist and is often confused with the official set.

They were so “sweet and innocent” back then with their routines and onstage humour. No talk then of killer concert promoters, just “medicine” to help Michael hit the “high” notes. Back then, American and British acts were only trying to break into the prosperous Japanese market. It was de rigueur to make a live album in Japan, per the Beatles, Deep Purple and others.

It left a lasting impression. Japan became a leader in cassette recorders and other recording devices. Those “cats” sure knew how to copy. The language barrier made it impossible for them to compete as rock stars.

Thanks to caverluke for sharing at DIME.
- The Little Chicken

caverluke noted: “Date of concert and venue was wrong. Actual date is April 27, 1973 and venue is correct.” [The show had been wrongly dated as April 22, 1973.]

Artwork posted at rockrarecollectionfetish.blogspot (modified slightly here) - Thanks!

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. We’re Gonna Have A Good Time (6.2MB)
Track 02. Looking Through The Window (7.6MB)
Track 03. Got To Be There (5.1MB)
Track 04. Medley: I Want You Back/ABC/The Love You Save (3.0MB)
Track 05. I Want You Back (1.9MB)
Track 06. Daddy’s Home (9.4MB)
Track 07. Superstition (4.7MB)
Track 08. Ben (7.2MB)
Track 09. Papa Was A Rolling Stone (5.2MB)
Track 10. That’s How Love Goes (8.3MB)
Track 11. Never Can Say Goodbye (4.0MB)
Track 12. Ain’t That Peculiar (9.1MB)
Track 13. I Wanna Be Where You Are (11.3MB)

Want more? In 2010, Hip-O Select dug through Motown’s vaults and assembled a two-CD set of classic Jackson 5 performances from June 1970 and August 1972. The boys performed all their hits and, as with the Japan concert, Michael was already struggling to hit the high notes. This album can still be purchased at

In Japan, released in 2004 and limited to 5,000 copies is asking for collector’s prices. This is the show in Osaka on April 30, 1973. New copies are priced at around US$100. If you are rich, buy it here.

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  1. 8 Responses to “YOUNGBLOOD”

  2. i think i`m gonna puke.

    By dropkick sarge on Jul 3, 2013

  3. Don’t like, don’t get, Sarge. Simple as that.

    Thanks for keeping your justifiably famous unpredictability intact, Big O. Keep up the good work!

    By golgo hakase on Jul 3, 2013

  4. hey golgo, you misunderstood me , I was commenting on the fact that I ate some bad tuna melt. other folks here offer unconnected tidbits of info on a daily basis i thought everyone would be interested in my illness.

    By dropkick sarge on Jul 3, 2013

  5. If you’re going to listen Michael Jackson, this is a very good era!

    By NumbNuts on Jul 4, 2013

  6. Sarge - HAR!

    By golgo hakase on Jul 5, 2013

  7. golgo- glad you were concerned. feelin` much better now

    By dropkick sarge on Jul 5, 2013

  8. Thanks for sharing BigO. Nice bit of history here…

    By DanC on Jul 8, 2013

  9. The most PERFECT afros evah!

    By Elvislives on Jul 11, 2013

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