Live in Tokyo (Public Image Limited album)

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Live in Tokyo
Live in Tokyo (Public Image Limited album).jpg
Live album by Public Image Ltd
Released August 1983 (Japan)
26 September 1983 (UK)
14 July 1986 (USA)[1]
Recorded 1–2 July 1983
Venue Nakano Sun Plaza Hall, Nakano, Nakano, Tokyo
Genre Post-punk
Length 45:50
Label Columbia
Producer Public Image Ltd
Public Image Ltd chronology
The Flowers of Romance
(1981)The Flowers of Romance1981
Live in Tokyo
This Is What You Want... This Is What You Get
(1984)This Is What You Want... This Is What You Get1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau C[3]

Live in Tokyo is a 1983 live album released by Public Image Ltd as a 2-EP 45 RPM set. It was issued by Columbia Records in Japan and later reissued by Virgin Records in the UK and reached #28 on the British charts. A single-LP 33 RPM edition was later issued by Elektra Records in the US.

A 35-minute live videocassette from the same series of concerts was also issued by Columbia Records in Japan under the title Live '83.

Live in Tokyo was the world's first digitally recorded live album according to Martin Atkins and the band recorded the concerts specifically to use the new Japanese digital technology [4]

Track listing[edit]

Side One

  1. "Annalisa" – 5:17
  2. "Religion" – 5:49

Side Two

  1. "Low Life" – 2:47
  2. "Solitaire" – 3:59
  3. "Flowers of Romance" – 4:46

Side Three

  1. "This Is Not a Love Song" – 6:27
  2. "Death Disco" – 5:06

Side Four

  1. "Bad Life" – 4:44
  2. "Banging the Door" – 4:55
  3. "Under the House" – 1:56


  • John Lydon - vocals
  • Joseph Guida - guitar
  • Louis Bernardi - bass
  • Tommy Zvoncheck - keyboards
  • Martin Atkins - drums



  • “Live in Tokyo” entered the UK Albums Chart, where it stayed for 6 weeks and reached #28 on 8 October 1983.[5]


  • When the album was released in the USA in 1986, “Live in Tokyo” did not enter the Billboard 200 albums chart.[6]


  1. ^ United States Copyright Office website
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Robert Christgau. "Robert Christgau: CG: Public Image Ltd". Retrieved 9 September 2013. 
  4. ^ Heylin, Clinton (1989). Public Image Rise/Fall. Omnibus Press. p. 72. ISBN 0-7119-1684-5
  5. ^ website
  6. ^ website