June 20, 2015 – 3:00 pm

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Killer Employee’s Pension [Tarantura TCDJUDAS-2, 2CD]

Live at the Shinjuku Koseinenkin Hall, Tokyo, Japan; February 9, 1979. Very good audience recording by Mr Peach.

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By the late 1970s Judas Priest had released four brilliant records that had the band honing their skills as a metal act and where starting to carve out what is considered the classic Priest image of Leather and Studs, a look that would represent what most all other acts of the genre would adopt in one form or another. The record the band would release that was the first with this look is the brilliant Killing Machine, aka Hell Bent For Leather. The record was released in October 1978 and would be created by the lineup of Halford, Hill, Downing, Tipton, and Binks, for this reviewer the classic line up of the band.

The band played a four-date tour of Japan in February 1979 from which was created the bands first live album, Unleashed In The East, culled from recordings made at two shows, February 10 and 15. The official live record was a single record and omitted several songs from the band’s live set. This new recording from Tarantura features the complete show from February 9 culled from the Mr Peach Archives. The recording itself is very good and boarders excellent, if anything it is not as bright as his Rainbow recordings I am so used to hearing but is a clear, well balanced and detailed recording of an excellent performance and sounds great when played loud.

What I like about this lineup is the superb drumming from Les Binks, his double bass drum set up set the standard for others who would occupy the drum stool. What else is interesting is that many people refer to the official live record as Unleashed in the Studio, a moniker that the band themselves would dispute saying very little touch up was done. I would agree with them as the band play an excellent and professional concert. Almost immediately they plow right into Running Wild from the Killing Machine record (I own the import version and not the American version so it is what I refer to), the song features some nice soloing by KK Downing who’s playing some Hendrix inspired notes.

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Thanks to Mika7240 for sharing the show at Dime.

Mika7240 noted:

I recently bought this Tarantura CD and I’m really happy to share this rare recording with other Priest fans on Dime. This is a great addition to the official “Unleashed In The East” which was recorded during the same tour. The band’s performance is tight, Rob’s voice is really good and he hits all the high notes. It’s hard to believe he had the flu (and a partial laryngitis) during that tour in Japan (which forced him to re-record his vocals for UITE) because he’s really good here. Now sit back, relax and enjoy a complete, great sounding show (and with no overdubs!!) from their early years. I just love the ’70s Priest!

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Disc 1
Track 101. Opening 1:31 (2.5MB)
Track 102. SE/Start 0:48 (1.3MB)
Track 103. Exciter 5:26 (9.1MB)
Track 104. Running Wild 2:48 (4.7MB)
Track 105. The Ripper 2:41 (4.5MB)
Track 106. Diamonds And Rust 3:35 (6.0MB)
Track 107. Rock Forever 3:34 (6.0MB)
Track 108. Beyond The Realms Of Death 7:24 (12.4MB)
Track 109. The Green Manalishi 3:31 (5.8MB)
Track 110. Delivering The Goods 4:29 (7.5MB)
Track 111. White Heat Red Hot 5:01 (8.4MB)
Track 112. Sinner 8:11 (13.8MB)
Track 113. Evil Fantasies 4:43 (7.9MB)
54 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Victim Of Changes 7:57 (13.4MB)
Track 202. Genocide 11:18 (19.0MB)
Track 203. Starbreaker 4:47 (8.0MB)
Track 204. Drum Solo 4:01 (6.8MB)
Track 205. Starbreaker 5:30 (9.2MB)
Track 206. Hell Bent For Leather 3:55 (6.6MB)
Track 207. Take On The World 3:02 (5.1MB)
Track 208. Tyrant 5:49 (9.8MB)
Track 209. Announcement 0:42 (1.2MB)
47 mins

Rob Halford - vocals
Glenn Tipton - guitar
KK Downing - guitar
Les Binks - drums
Ian Hill - bass

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  1. 9 Responses to “JUDAS PRIEST - TOKYO 1979”

  2. Fucking shite

    By Jordan Scott on Jun 20, 2015

  3. i checked, bigo, and i have the same venue but 1978. i have several shows from 1979. one of the best is seattle. les binks rules on drums. he was the best till scott travis joined. let me free up some space, and i’ll get this. mr. peach boots always sound good. he was like the mike millard and dan lampinsky of japan.


    By Ed Saad on Jun 20, 2015

  4. As a teen, I lived on this album everyday… on 8-track tape! Many memories and Priest carved the path to bring “new” metal to the masses… great stuff.

    By Woodstock on Jun 20, 2015

  5. Many thanks BigO! It’s a memory of my youth! I look forward to June 26, Judas Priest concert will be in Prague!

    By Josef (Czech republic) on Jun 21, 2015

  6. hey bigo, i am really not sure what is correct cause if you look at all the miles davis shows you’ve offered from the same venue, the spelling of the venue is kohseinenkin. that’s how i have their 1978 show tagged as so i don’t know. i always have difficulty tagging japan shows. as long as the city and date are correct, i guess, that’s what’s important.

    i freed up some space. i’ll get it.


    By Ed Saad on Jun 21, 2015

  7. Ed, understand your confusion on the venue name. The first syllable is actually a “long” Japanese kou (こう) so can be spelled “Kou” or “Koh” or (my personal choice) “Kō”. The full name of these halls (there were many) is “Kōsei Nenkin Kaikan” according to the Wikipedia.


    Big O, you never fail to please! Many thanks for this one!

    By golgo hakase on Jun 23, 2015

  8. thanks golgo!

    By Ed Saad on Jun 24, 2015

  9. BigO - thank you SO MUCH for sharing this gem :)

    I knew that audience recordings of these Japanese shows existed, years ago, but never came in contact with a copy.

    Then a couple of years ago, I found out that these higher quality Mr. Peach versions had been released on Tarantura, but nobody would share them online.

    I had given up hope of ever hearing one of these shows, but you made my year - thanks again :)

    Finally nice to hear the “missing” songs “white heat, red hot” and “take on the world” - the only two songs that have never been issued from those Japanese shows.

    Hope you guys at BigO have a kickass year in 2016. :)

    By Hob Ralford on Dec 31, 2015

  10. This is what the comments should look like, about the band and the show its refreshing to see here

    By analogkid6103 on Nov 11, 2018

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