Annalisa / Religion / Low Life / Solitaire / Flowers of Romance
/ This is Not a Love Song / Death Disco / Bad Life / Banging The
Door / Under The House
Re-issued (8/94) (1/12)
Label & Catalogue
Virgin. VGCD 3508
Vox - John Lydon
Guitar - Joseph Guida
Bass - Louie Bernardi
Keyboards - Tom Zvoncheck
Drums - Martin Atkins
CD re-issue of 'Live in Tokyo' LP. 4 page booklet featuring track
The front cover and inner
booklet uses poor quality reproductions of the original LP sleeve.
The 2012 re-issue is mastered from the 2011 Japanese re-issue.
Same tracks as LP version
All tracks recorded live at Tokyo, Nakano Sun Plaza, Japan between
1st & 2nd of July 1983. The 1st July show was also released as a
All tracks Written by Public Image Ltd
Published by Warner Chappell Music Ltd / Copyright Control / EMI
Virgin Music Ltd & Secret Music © 1983 Virgin Records Ltd
'Live in Tokyo' was one of the first PiL albums to be re-issued
on CD in 1986, along with 'Second Edition' & 'First Issue'.
With Keith Levene &
Pete Jones' departure, PiL found themselves without a band for the
upcoming Japanese tour. As a panic measure musicians were hired
from auditions by Bob Miller and Martin Atkins. The line-up of Louis
Bernardi (bass), Joseph Guida (guitar) & Tommy Zvoncheck (keyboards)
– often dubbed the "Cabaret Band" – had
no real experience outside the New Jersey bar scene. Atkins is so
concerned with the new band's image he persuades them to wear cabaret
The band encored the
tour with 'Anarchy in the UK' but it is not included on the album.
'Live in Tokyo' was one
of the first digital live albums ever recorded (if not the first).
The gigs were recorded on a Mitsubishi X-800 32ch tape recorder.
At the time there were only three in existence and the cutting edge
of musical technology.
Produced by 'Public Image Ltd'
Engineered by Bob Miller
Recorded live by Tamco Recording Mobil
Mixed at Nippon Columbia Studios, Japan
Original Sleeve Design:
A.D. Grafik Design
I did say in interviews at the time, "Don't buy it!" 'Live
in Tokyo' was made because we were promised such and such amount
of dollars if we'd let them record with their brand-new Mitsubishi
digital recording unit. So, yes, I took the money, because I needed
- John Lydon, Q Magazine 1992
Pete Jones bailed around
the same time as Keith Levene, so PiL ended up just me and John.
Three weeks away from a Japanese tour. We had a period of panic
because we had these shows that we were committed to doing. With
Bob Miller we auditioned a bunch of guys, bass players, guitarists,
keyboard players. It turned out, much later, that the three guys
Bob suggested were old friends of his...
- Martin Atkins, Fodderstompf 2001
Flowers of Romance
This is What You Want...
Mirror, October 1983 (LP)