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White Feathers Tour Betamax Japan

January 25, 2011

This is one of those fantastic items that exists out there but is rarely seen, this is certainly the first time I’ve seen one of these so it’s really great to see it on Betamax format.

This is the Japanese release of the White Feathers show at Hammersmith Odeon London on 31st May 1983.  This item was bought by the owner because the Japanese imported version works on US Betamax players.





This is such a brilliant item, huge thanks to Kelly for taking brilliant photos of this and sending it in, treasure this piece of history!

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15 Comments leave one →
  1. January 25, 2011 9:20 am

    1893! Time flies 🙂

    • January 25, 2011 11:20 am

      If this show was in 1893, they’d be wearing slightly different outfits! 🙂

  2. Kelly permalink
    January 25, 2011 3:15 pm

    Glad you liked the photos. I used to watch this tape so much, I’m surprised I didn’t wear it out! Sure wish there was a way I could have it converted to DVD so I could re-live those 80’s memories!

  3. TheRaggedTiger permalink
    January 25, 2011 4:07 pm

    A very nice item!

  4. January 25, 2011 4:13 pm

    It’s a fantastic thing, something about Betamax makes me really happy!! We’re working on a way of trying to get this show released on DVD finally, we’ll keep you posted on that. In the meantime, you know you have to go out and find a Betemax player again, that would be great!!

    • Kelly permalink
      January 25, 2011 4:47 pm

      If this show ever becomes available on DVD, then I will happily donate the Betamax tape to Kajafax!

      • January 25, 2011 4:56 pm

        That’s a very nice offer, you should treasure that tape forever though and enjoy it’s super cool Betamax goodness!! If I had that tape I’d just have to go out and buy a player!!

  5. Denny permalink
    January 25, 2011 8:36 pm

    I love Betamax tapes. They are so much smaller than VHS.
    Despite what people may tell you, there isn’t much difference in the quality of picture between VHS and Betamax.
    Also, it’s a common myth that the BBC were using Betamax tapes long after they became a defunct format.

  6. TheRaggedTiger permalink
    January 25, 2011 10:08 pm

    Strangely enough, Betamax is the only recordable format I have never owned. I never owned a CED player either.

    We have had Philips VCR format in the early 1980’s, followed by a Philips 2000, VHS by the late 80’s, LaserDisc and now DVD & Blu Ray.

    Anybody remember Nick Beggs’ joke about the Reunion tour paying for him to digitise his Betamax collection of dirty video’s to DVD? Well, I actually know a bloke who did that!


    Not that it’s relevant in this particular thread…..I just thought I would mention it…..

    • Denny permalink
      January 25, 2011 10:24 pm

      I have 4 betamax tapes containing most of the first 9hrs of Live Aid. I picked them up for £1 at a boot sale. I gave them a run through on a player with dodgy heads that I also got from a boot sale and at the end of one tape it has a porn film.

      I couldn’t get the tapes to play properly on that player and had to dump it.I would like to get one that plays perfectly………..not for the porn tho. LOL

      • TheRaggedTiger permalink
        January 25, 2011 10:36 pm

        lend it to Nick..he may want it for his collection!

        ha ha ha.

        I too would quite like a Beta machine, although they go for silly money on ebay so I doubt I ever will. I do like my retro gadgets.

        Good find for £1, Denny. Well spotted!

  7. January 26, 2011 1:51 pm

    Phillips 2000, goodness me! You like your rare formats don’t you Steve!

    I’m not such which is the result of the day Denny, finding those tapes for £1 or discovering the little bonus at the end!!!! 🙂

    • TheRaggedTiger permalink
      January 26, 2011 4:23 pm

      maybe we need another poll to settle this question 🙂

      As for the rare formats thing, my Dad was a TV and video engineer, and so anything we had at home was made to last for years! That’s why we had a Philips N1700 machine until well into the 1980’s and a Video 2022 until the late 1980’s!

      My Dad still uses VHS even now.

      It was funny because at the time, I hated it, as I couldn’t share tapes with my friends who were all on VHS or Beta, but now I think it’s really cool.

      We had a Philips VLP600 as well which is where I developed my liking of Laserdisc. Google that particular model number to see how ancient it looks! My current model is a 1997 Pioneer, much more up to date. 😉

      • Denny permalink
        January 26, 2011 11:35 pm

        When did you first get a video recorder?

  8. TheRaggedTiger permalink
    January 28, 2011 7:47 pm

    Hi Denny,

    We first got a video recorder in 1981, a Philips N1700. My dad’s firm had a load in the stockroom, brand new and still boxed from the 1970’s. They had become obsolete due to the introduction of Video 2000, Betamax, and VHS and my Dad bought one new from stock for £50 – a bargain compared to the hefty price tag carried by the new format machines.

    In ’82, Dad turned up with one of these – a laserdisc player – and 2 discs. ‘The Thing’, and ‘Star Trek 2 The Wrath of Khan’.

    About 3 or 4 years later, we moved on to a video 2000 – again from Dad’s company and again obsolete!

    We went VHS in around 1987/88 as I remember…..

    Some stuff I converted to VHS and then on to DVD. Other stuff just went, mores the pity!

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