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The 13th Anniversary Show - Live In Japan (also released as The Eyeball Show) is a live album released by The Residents in 1986.  

Background

Following the release of The Residents' 14th Studio Album, The Big Bubble, the band became somewhat popular in Japan. Wanting to cash in on this popularity, Wave Records, their Japanese distributor, organised a mini-tour of 4 dates in Japan. The performance was called The Eyeball Show, and was the group's second ever tour. Unlike their first tour, which focused entirely on Mark of The Mole and The Tunes of Two Cities, this would be a celebration of the groups entire discography, performing material from their first album to their latest.

The show proved so popular, that following the Japanese tour, a three month long US tour, re-titled 'The 13th Anniversary Show, was booked by Ralph Records.

This album was mixed at Different Fur Studios and was released in Japan by Wave Records in February of 1986. The LP would cut down the hour long show into 13 tracks, a specific request of The Residents. In order to get the 13 number, several tracks had to be combined into one, most of which featured as unaccredited instrumentals. Following the Japanese release, the album was released on Cassette in Australia, on LP in the Netherlands by Torso, in Greece by Virgin, and finally, in the US by Ralph Records. Following the Ralph Records release, the Australian LP was released. All released but the Japanese one were titled The 13th Anniversary Show Live In Japan

In June of 1986 an extended cassette version of the album was released, containing three additional tracks. In 1999 Bomba Records, the groups then Japanese distributor released an expanded edition of the album, featuring the entire concert as it was performed. This CD was entitled The 13th Anniversary Show: Live in Toyko, and was released in the US by East Side Digital.

Compared to the later 13th Anniversary Show live albums, Live In Japan offers the best sound quality, and perhaps the best performance, but, showcases the show at a developmental stage, with many pieces in shortened forms, and others songs featured in the later albums missing, such as 'I Got Rhythm', 'The Big Bubble', 'Hop A Little', 'Festival of Death', 'Kaw-Liga', 'Kamikaze Lady' & 'Diskomo'

Track Listing

Side One (21:55)

  1. Jailhouse Rock (Leiber/Stoller) (3:00)
  2. Where Is She? / Earth Vs. The Flying Saucers [Uncredited] (2:20)
  3. Picnic In The Jungle (Residents/Snakefinger) (5:30)
  4. Monkey & Bunny (Residents/Renaldo/Loaf) (4:05)
  5. Theme From An American TV Show [Uncredited] / This Is A Man's Man's Man's World (Brown) (7:00)

Side Two (21:00)

  1. Smelly Tongues (2:30)
  2. Eloise / The Ship's A'Goin' Down [Uncredited, excerpt] (1:00)
  3. Easter Woman (1:30)
  4. Amber (1:30)
  5. Red Rider (1:30)
  6. Die In Terror (1:00)
  7. Coming Of The Crow / Eva's Warning (Residents/Snakefinger) (6:00)
  8. Cry For The Fire (6:00)

Extended Cassette Edition (1986)

Side One

  1. Jailhouse Rock (Leiber/Stroller)
  2. Where Is She?
  3. Picnic In The Jungle (Residents/Snakefinger)
  4. Passing The Bottle
  5. Monkey And Bunny (Residents/Renaldo/Loaf)
  6. It's A Man's Man's Man's World (Brown)

Side Two

  1. Smelly Tongues
  2. Eloise
  3. Ship's A Going Down
  4. Tourniquet Of Roses
  5. Easter Woman
  6. Amber
  7. Red Rider
  8. Die In Terror
  9. Coming Of The Crow / Eva's Warning (Residents/Snakefinger)
  10. Cry For The Fire

Extended CD Edition (1999)

  1. Lizard Lady (2:26)
  2. Semolina (3:56)
  3. Hello Skinny / Constantinople (5:12)
  4. Jailhouse Rock (Leiber/ Stoller) (2:58)
  5. Where Is She? / Earth Vs. The Flying Saucers [Uncredited] (2:24)
  6. Picnic In The Jungle (Residents/Snakefinger) (5:41)
  7. Smelly Tongues (2:17)
  8. Eloise (1:12)
  9. The Ship's A'Goin' Down (2:42)
  10. The New Machine (1:22)
  11. Tourniquet Of Roses (2:35)
  12. Passing The Bottle (1:30)
  13. Monkey And Bunny (Residents/Renaldo/Loaf) (4:23)
  14. Theme From An American TV Show (1:20)
  15. Man's World (Brown) (4:58)
  16. Walter Westinghouse (8:29)
  17. Easter Woman (2:11)
  18. Amber (1:41)
  19. Red Rider (1:27)
  20. Die In Terror (1:25)
  21. The Coming Of The Crow / Eva's Warning (Residents/Snakefinger) (4:08)
  22. Cry For The Fire (6:18)

2011 Birdsong / Hayabusa Landings CD

  1. Jailhouse Rock (Leiber/Stoller)
  2. Where Is She? / Earth Vs. The Flying Saucers [Uncredited]
  3. Picnic In The Jungle (Residents/Snakefinger)
  4. Monkey & Bunny (Residents/Renaldo/Loaf)
  5. Theme From An American TV Show [Uncredited] / This Is A Man's Man's Man's World (Brown)
  6. Smelly Tongues
  7. Eloise / The Ship's A'Goin' Down [Uncredited, excerpt]
  8. Easter Woman
  9. Amber
  10. Red Rider
  11. Die In Terror
  12. Coming Of The Crow / Eva's Warning (Residents/Snakefinger)
  13. Cry For The Fire
  14. Lizard Lady
  15. Semolina
  16. Hello Skinny / Constantinople
  17. The Ship's A'Goin' Down
  18. The New Machine
  19. Tourniquet Of Roses
  20. Passing The Bottle
  21. Theme From An American TV Show
  22. Walter Westinghouse

Credits

  • Engineer: Howard Johnston
  • Assistant: Mark Slagle
  • Cover Illustration: Tiger Tateishi
  • Design: Milky Isobe
  • Liner Notes: Shuhei Hosokawa

Releases

Year Label Format Region Notes
1986 Wave LP Japan Titled 'The Eyeball Show'. Different artwork.
AIM Cass Australia Titled '13th Anniversary Show: Live In Japan'.
Torso LP Netherlands
Virgin Greece
Ralph Records USA
AIM Australia
1987 Ginger Music Spain
LP/Cass Cassette is half 13th Anniversary Show, half Stars & Hank.
1999 Bomba Records CD Japan Titled '13th Anniversary Show: Live In Tokyo'.

Full concert, different artwork.

East Side Digital USA
2011 Birdsong/Hayabusa Landings Japan Recreation of Wave release, + bonus tracks from Bomba.
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