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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Bay City Rollers - The Complete Japanese Singles Discography 1972 - 2004

According to most so-called rock encyclopedias and on-line BCR bios, by December 1976 Rollermania had pretty much run its course.  Not so in Japan, because when the Rollers finally arrived there on December the 13th 1976, it was Beatlemania-all-over-again-time at Tokyo's Narita airport!
The mutual Rollers/Japan love-affair, though, had actually begun some months before, when "Saturday Night" had hit the collective Japanese nerve - although, curiously enough, KISS' surprisingly soft-rock of "Hard Luck Woman" (now largely forgotten) had beaten it to the punch as the most successful foreign single of 1976 in Japan.
Nonetheless, Rollermania had hit Japan big-time in the previous months.  Remarkably, counting various compilations and everything, no less than 10 Rollers albums had been issued in Japan in mere 13 months (from August 1975 to October 1976).  Truly, surely a world, err, record.
And, to make a long story short, this alleged love affair continues to this day; the Japanese have always loved the Rollers and the Rollers - to the best of my knowledge - have always loved Japan.
So, yet another relic of The Bay City Rollers Discography Page re-emerges - albeit revised and updated; ALL 32 (in 32 years) Bay City Rollers Japanese Single Releases known to man (or me).  In comparism, in their native U.K. the singles count a "mere" 23.
And although classics like "Remember", "All of Me Loves All of You" and "Manana" were never issued as singles in Japan, the almighty "Saturday Night" has been released there SIX times!
And then there are the songs which were only ever issued as singles in Japan, nowhere else: "My Teenage Heart" and "Don't Let the Music Die" in the '70s, and "Piece of the Action" and "When You Find Out" in the '80s. 

"Keep On Dancing"/"Alright"(03/'72) (CBS/Sony BLPA-1)

"Shang-A-Lang"/"Are You Ready For That Rock & Roll"(09/'74)
(CBS/Sony BLPB 236)

"Bye Bye Baby"/"Hey! Beautiful Dreamer"(07/'75) (CBS/Sony BLPB 245-AR)

"My Teenage Heart"/"Let's Go"(10/'75) (CBS/Sony BLPB 250-AR)

"Saturday Night"/"Shang-A-Lang"(12/'75) (CBS/Sony BLPB 251-AR)

"Money Honey"/"Maryanne"(03/'76) (Toshiba/EMI IER 10924)

"Saturday Night"/"Bye Bye Baby"(03/'76) (Toshiba/EMI IER 10935)
A slight sleeve variation (same cat. #):

...And its first re-release:
 
Via Japanese teen mag MYOJO, this was probably given away as a contest prize, or something to that effect.  Probably "released" around December 1976 - the time of the Rollers' first visit to Japan.  (Thanks to Jim Wilson for the info and the scan).

 
"Rock & Roll Love Letter"/"Shanghai'd In Love"(06/'76)
(Toshiba/EMI IER 20022)
1st pressing came with a poster.

 
"Love Me Like I Love You"/"Mama Li"(08/'76) (Toshiba/EMI IER 20015)
1st pressing came with a poster (Thanks, Jim Wilson!)
 

"I Only Want To Be With You"/"Write a Letter"(10/'76)
(Toshiba/EMI IER 20104)
1st pressing came with a poster.


"Yesterday's Hero"/"Rock N' Roller"(12/'76) (Toshiba/EMI IER 20150)

"Dedication"/"You're A Woman"(04/'77) (Toshiba/EMI IER 20190)

"It's a Game"/"Dance Dance Dance"(05/'77) (Toshiba/EMI IER 20270)

"You Made Me Believe In Magic"/"Sweet Virginia"(08/'77)
(Toshiba/EMI IER 20300)
 
"Saturday Night"/"Bye Bye Baby"(Late '77)  A reissue of IER 10935
(Toshiba/EMI IER 20309)
Came with 6 "Photographic Greeting Cards", bearing New Years greetings for 1978.
Thanks to Jim Wilson for drawing my attention to this great re-issue.
 

"Don't Let the Music Die"/"The Way I Feel Tonight"(12/'77)
(Toshiba/EMI IER 20360)

"Summerlove Sensation"/"Give A Little Love"(01/'78)
(Toshiba/EMI IER 20414)

 "Where Will I Be Now"/"If You Were My Woman"(09/'78)
(Toshiba/EMI IER 20485)

"Another Rainy Day in New York City"/"Shoorah Shoorah For Hollywood"
(12/'78) (Toshiba/EMI IER 20512)

"Another Rainy Day..." was re-issued on Nippon Phonogram as 6RS-7  (Thank you again Jim Wilson, for the scan)
IF YOU HAPPEN TO HAVE AN EXTRA COPY, E-MAIL ME.

"Love Me Like I Love You"/"Mama Li" (early '79) (Nippon Phonogram 6RS-8)
GOT AN EXTRA COPY THAT'S BURDENING YOU?  DROP ME A LINE...

"Bye Bye Baby"/"It's For You" (early '79) (Nippon Phonogram 6RS-9)

              "Money Honey"/"Maryanne" (early '79) (Nippon Phonogram 6RS-10)   
IF ANYONE SHOULD HAVE AN EXTRA COPY OF THIS ONE, E-MAIL ME ;-)

"Rock And Roll Love Letter"/"Shanghai'd In Love"(02/'79).
(Nippon Phonogram 6RS-11)
SAME GOES FOR THIS ONE: IF YOU GOT AN EXTRA COPY...

"Saturday Night"/"Hey! C.B."(03/'79) (Nippon Phonogram 6RS-12)
Issued in TWO different sleeves (Same cat. # though).  IF ANYONE HAPPENS TO HAVE AN EXTRA COPY OF THE UPPER/DORKIER ONE, PLEASE DROP ME A LINE...   

"Turn On the Radio"/"Washington's Birthday"(08/'79)
(Nippon Phonogram 6RS-28)
As THE ROLLERS.

"Elevator"/"Tomorrow's Just a Day Away"(12/'79)
(Nippon Phonogram 6RS-38)
As THE ROLLERS.

"God Save Rock & Roll"/"Soho"(05/'80) (Nippon Phonogram 6RS-67)
As THE ROLLERS.

 "Piece of The Action"/"Seen This Movie"(07/'83)
(Overseas/Teichiku YE-22-V)

"When You Find Out"/"The Whip"(08/'85) (Polydor/London SO7P-1067)

"Saturday Night"/"Shang-A-Lang"(1989)
(BMG Japan - PROMO ONLY!) (PRTD-3023)

"Saturday Night"/"Shang-A-Lang"(03/'89) 3" CD Single (BMG A10D-118)

"I Only Wanna Be With You"/"Bye Bye Baby"(1989)
(BMG Japan - PROMO ONLY!) (PRTD-3055)

I Only Want to Be With You”/”Dedication” (Single Version) (2001)
5” CD Single (Arista BMG Funhouse BVCM 39902)

Saturday Night” (2004) 1 track 3” CD Single
(BMG Funhouse CDD-2157)

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