Def Leppard / Osaka 1984 / 2CD

Def Leppard / Osaka 1984 / 2CD / Zodiac

Translated text:
Live at Koseinenkin Kaikan, Osaka, Japan 25th January 1984

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I visited Japan for the first time in 1984 when DEF LEPPARD and Japan first met. The best live album that vacuum packed the site is a permanent preservation press decision.
Their first visit to Japan was the beginning of the year in 1984. It was realized at the end of “PYROMANIA WORLD TOUR 1983-1984” which swept the world, sending new work to second place nationwide (1st place is “THRILLER” of Michael Jackson). Among them, “January 25, 1984: Osaka Kosei Pension Center” performance. It is a stock which made the new excavation original · master direct CD. First of all, let’s check the position of the show from the schedule of the first visit to Japan to commemorate.

· January 24: Shibuya Public Hall
· January 25: Osaka Health Pension Center 【this work】
· January 26: Nakano Sanguraza “TOKYO 1984 FINAL NIGHT”

All three performances above. It is a small scale compared to IRON MAIDEN and SAXON who came to Japan earlier than three years ago and it is unbelievable scale from the current biggest shipment. This work ‘s Osaka performance is its middle day. It was the only local performance.
This work which contained such precious show is a really wonderful audience sound. Although it is not a type to mistake as a sound board, its clearness is as good as a line recording. Direct feeling that makes distance feeling hardly felt is also wonderful, although the venue acoustics are felt, it also does not hide the detail. What’s even wonderful is the audience noise. Although the data of detailed recording position was lost, although the cheer spreads finely, the close customer has little clapping and there is no talk or screaming kind at all. Although it has a vivid spectacle, it is a name recording which does not disturb the performance and singing voice at all.
That was supposed to be, it was the super name recordingist who represented Japan. The height of this person was in the 1980’s, including Stones, Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck have recorded a large name battle board. If you are a metal type fan, it is also famous for DIO’s only Nippon Budokan album “DRAGON HEAD (Shades 230)”. This work is a treasure of such a masterpiece collection.
It is DEF LEPPARD of youth explosion that is drawn with such sound. After all, Joe Eliot at the time was 24 years old, Phil Colin was 26 years old. Rick Allen is just 20 years old. Especially Rick separately shatters a variety of Phils only before the accident, the power of the raw drum is also wonderful. In 1988, at the height of the peak it was making sound even on the live, but in this work the energy that was just like the “rock band” rolled out. Moreover, the site is their first Asia tour. Until then they knew only Europe / America, they began to be born, witnessed the black hair sea, hit their music. And, realizing the “success in the world” to the enthusiasm returned by one song is deepening joy and confidence … It is such a show.
In addition, a hot rock sweeps a set suitable for such a performance. Basically it is “HIGH ‘N’ DRY” + “PYROMANIA”, where the debut work “Rock Brigade” “Wasted”, and the fun cover “Travelin ‘Band / Rock And Roll” solidify the key points. Steve Clarke This tour is the one that I played “Rock Brigade” at the time of life, and “Billy’s Got A Gun” “Foolin ‘” makes me feel rich “80s!” Although it has been refined, it has not reached “HYSTERIA”. It is a live album that you can taste plenty of such exquisite and burning “1984”.
Especially great is the second half. It is a pity that there is a lack of tape change slightly in the second half of “Rock Of Ages”, but the subsequent rush is amazing. Phil Collin’s guitar solo from “Switch 625” following the impressive “Bringin ‘On The Heartbreak” is a guitar solo of Gary Moore, which is a successor and has a lot of hot playing, “Let It Go” and “Wasted” It folds the initial representative song. And in “Stagefright” Rick tows the band with stunning drumming, passion is shattered with “Travelin ‘Band / Rock And Roll” which is unique in the beginning. The powerful performance that the band has become a unit is overwhelming.

Valuable first visit to Japan with only three performances. Several Tokyo performances have been known so far, but the truth of Osaka finally appears. Moreover, the quality which is superior to the masterpiece recording which blows away such preciousness … …. Not to mention DEF LEPPARD fans, those who hold a special feeling in the words of “NWOBHM”, a masterpiece live album that all the people who love hard rock in the 80’s want to taste. Contained in permanent preservation press 2CD, it is born here.
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DEF LEPPARDと日本が初めて対面を果たした1984年の初来日。その現場を真空パックした極上ライヴアルバムが永久保存プレス決定です。
彼らが初来日を果たしたのは1984年の年始。新作を全米2位に送り込み(1位はマイケル・ジャクソンの『THRILLER』)、世界を席巻した“PYROMANIA WORLD TOUR 1983-1984”終盤に実現しました。本作に収められているのは、そのうち「1984年1月25日:大阪厚生年金会館」公演。新発掘オリジナル・マスターをダイレクトにCD化した銘品です。まずは、記念すべき初来日のスケジュールからショウのポジションを確認してみましょう。

・1月25日:大阪厚生年金会館 【本作】
・1月26日:中野サンプラザ 『TOKYO 1984 FINAL NIGHT』

以上、全3公演。3年前に先んじて来日を果たしたIRON MAIDENやSAXONと比べても小規模で、現在の大物ぶりからは信じられないようなスケールです。本作の大阪公演は、その中日。唯一の地方公演でした。
それもそのはず、本作をモノしたのは日本を代表する超名録音家。この人物の最盛期は80年代で、ストーンズを始め、エリック・クラプトンやジェフ・ベックの錚々たる大名盤を記録してきた。メタル系のファンならDIO唯一の日本武道館アルバム『DRAGON HEAD(Shades 230)』でも有名です。本作は、そんな名匠コレクションの秘蔵の1本なのです。
そんなサウンドで描かれるのは、若さ爆発のDEF LEPPARD。何しろ、当時のジョー・エリオットは24歳で、フィル・コリンは26歳。リック・アレンに至っては20歳になったばかりです。特にリックは事故前だけに多彩なフィルを細やかに叩き分け、生ドラムの迫力も素晴らしい。1988年の最盛期にはライヴでも音を作り込んでいましたが、本作では“ロック・バンド”然としたエネルギーが丸出し。しかも、現場は彼ら初めてのアジア・ツアー。それまでヨーロッパ/アメリカしか知らなかった彼らが生まれ始めて黒髪の海を目の当たりにし、自らの音楽をぶつける。そして、1曲1曲で返ってくる熱狂に“世界での成功”を実感しては喜びと自信を深めていく……そんなショウなのです。
さらに、セットもそんな熱演に相応しい熱いロックが渦巻く。基本的には『HIGH ‘N’ DRY』+『PYROMANIA』で、そこにデビュー作の「Rock Brigade」「Wasted」、それにお楽しみカバー「Travelin’ Band/Rock And Roll」が要所を固めるスタイル。スティーヴ・クラーク存命時に「Rock Brigade」を演奏したのはこのツアーまでですし、「Billy’s Got A Gun」「Foolin’」も“80年代!”を濃厚に感じさせてくれる。洗練されてきたけれど、『HYSTERIA』には至っていない。そんな絶妙で灼熱な“1984年”をたっぷりと味わえるライヴアルバムなのです。
特に素晴らしいのは後半。「Rock Of Ages」後半でわずかにテープチェンジの欠けがあるのは残念ですが、その後のラッシュが凄い。感動的な「Bringin’ On The Heartbreak」に続く「Switch 625」からのフィル・コリンのギターソロはゲイリー・ムーアの後継者と言われた熱い弾きっぷりを効かせ、「Let It Go」「Wasted」と初期の代表曲をたたみかける。そして「Stagefright」ではリックが見事なドラミングでバンドを牽引し、初期ならではの「Travelin’ Band/Rock And Roll」でパッションが振り切る。バンドが一丸となったパワフルな演奏が圧倒的なのです。

わずか3公演の貴重な初来日。これまで東京公演はいくつか知られてきましたが、大阪の真実が遂に登場です。しかも、そんな貴重度さえ吹き飛ばす名手録音の超絶なるクオリティ……。DEF LEPPARDファンの方はもちろんのこと、「NWOBHM」の言葉に特別な想いを抱く方、80年代ハードロックを愛するすべての方々に味わっていただきたい大傑作ライヴアルバム。永久保存プレス2CDに封じ込め、ここに誕生です。


Disc 1 (40:01)
1. Intro. 2. Rock Rock (Till You Drop) 3. Rock Brigade 4. High ‘N’ Dry (Saturday Night)
5. Another Hit And Run 6. Billy’s Got A Gun 7. Mirror, Mirror (Look Into My Eyes)
8. Foolin’ 9. Photograph

Disc 2 (43:41)
1. Rock Of Ages 2. Bringin’ On The Heartbreak 3. Switch 625 4. Phil Collen Guitar Solo
5. Let It Go 6. Steve Clark Guitar Solo 7. Wasted 8. Stagefright 9. Travelin’ Band/Rock And Roll

Joe Elliott – Lead Vocal Phil Collen – Guitar Steve Clark – Guitar
Rick Savage – Bass Rick Allen – Drums


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