Scorpions – Tokyo Tapes (1978)
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About the Album
Tokyo Tapes is the first live album by German hard rock band Scorpions and their final album released by RCA Records.
Tokyo Tapes includes songs from all Scorpions’ albums released before 1978, which were recorded at Nakano Sun Plaza (Tokyo’s Nakano Ward, Japan) on 24 and 27 April, during the band’s Japanese tour in 1978. These shows were guitarist Uli Jon Roth’s last performances with the band, who had announced his departure after the release of the studio album Taken by Force.
The songs “Hell-Cat”, “Catch Your Train”and the Japanese national anthem (“Kimi ga yo”) were also performed during these shows but were not included in the official album. On the 2001 EMI re-mastered CD, “Polar Nights”was omitted so as to fit a single CD, although it was included on the re-mastered version of Taken by Force. The earlier two-CD release, however, is the original album in its entirety. The original release was in August 1978 in Japan only with cover artwork of an embossed platinum Scorpion on a rose as opposed to a live shot of the band when it was eventually released in Europe in late 1978. It was released in January 1979 in the U.S.A..