Rhino Celebrates The Trio’s 50th Anniversary With A 24-Song Collection Of Rare And Unreleased Live Performances Recorded In Tokyo And Kyoto. By 1967, Peter, Paul and Mary’s inspiring performances and memorable hits had earned Peter Yarrow, Noel Paul Stookey and Mary Travers fans all over the world, Japan in particular. In January of that year, the group returned to the island-nation for a tour marked by a string of emotionally stirring performances. Tapes were rolling during shows at Tokyo and Kyoto (January 16 and 17), recording music that would later appear on Deluxe: Live in Japan, an LP that was only available in Japan.
The latest Survivor release on the market is a Japanese CD version of a laser disc Live in Japan 1985. The recording was never released on CD at the time, but more recently appeared as a budget release in the USA titled Extended Versions. However, this release was incomplete - it dropped 2 tracks. Now the set has been restored with fresh Sony 2009 mastering and is now available in Japan.
Despite existing only for a brief period during the early 70s and being largely obscure throughout that period, it's undoubtable that Comus was one of the most interesting bands to emerge from the folk-prog scene. It could be said that they're a far more deranged and experimental version of Jethro Tull, although to say this wouldn't quite do them justice. Their songs often go from beautiful mellow passages to strange, tribal chanting, their lyrics often being brutal and graphic (just look at "Drip Drip" from their debut album!). Live recording in Tokyo 2012.
George Harrison returned to the stage for the first time in years in 1991; that Japanese tour is documented on the fine double-disc set Live in Japan. Backed by a stellar supporting band led by Eric Clapton, Harrison turns in surprisingly strong versions of his best solo material; it easily surpasses Paul McCartney's double-disc Tripping the Live Fantastic or Paul Is Live…
This ten-track budget-priced collection, excerpted and resequenced from a longer version released in Japan, presents Laura Nyro at the piano along with a female vocal trio, performing a combination of the hit songs she penned, some 1950s and '60s hits of others she loved, and some of her newer material of the early 1990s. Four rock & roll oldies, the Shirelles' "Dedicated to the One I Love," the Miracles' "Ooh Baby Baby," Dionne Warwick's "Walk On By," and the Everly Brothers' "Let It Be Me," are interrupted by three of Nyro's own oldies, "And When I Die," "Save the Country," and "Wedding Bell Blues." This abbreviated version of the set then concludes with three then-recent songs, "Light a Flame (The Animal Rights Song)," "Louise's Church," and "Woman of the World," songs that continue to seem more preachy and less personal than her earlier work. But in this intimate context, with the singer and her piano presenting each song directly and with a calm confidence, the material holds together well.