Quiet Riot – Quiet Riot Japan-only test pressing LP with Randy Rhoads


Free U.S. shipping!  An original test pressing of the 1978 Japan-only LP Quiet Riot, by Quiet Riot, featuring Randy Rhoads on guitar.

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Offered for sale is a rare original advance promotional test pressing of the Japan-only 1978 LP Quiet Riot by Quiet Riot, featuring Randy Rhoads on guitar.

This album, the debut album by the band, was released only in Japan.

As an advance test pressing, this is an astonishingly rare item; even the stock copies of the completed album are rare.  We’ve only seen the finished album twice in the 40+ years since its original release.

About this copy: This copy of Quiet Riot is an original Japanese test pressing, issued as an “advance” promotional copy before the production of the final album cover was complete.

This disc comes in a plain white cover with a photocopy insert listing the album title, the band members, a scheduled release date, and the songs on the LP, rather than a finished cover.

Also included is a color photograph of the band.  This is the same photo that was ultimately used for the album cover, though the album cover version removed the blue background.  It appears that the photo was at one time attached to the insert with cellophane tape, but over time, the tape has come off.

The cover is VG++, with faint wear.  The insert is VG++ and is attached to the cover with (yellowed) cellophane tape.  There are two small stains on the insert where the tape that held the color photo to the insert used to be.

The color photo is VG+, with a small tear on one edge.  We’ve repaired that with removable tape.

As this was a test pressing and not the commercial release, this LP was issued without an obi.

The disc is M- and looks like it may have been played once. 

A beautiful copy of a rare Randy Rhoads item and the only copy we ever expect to see.

Background: Before joining Ozzy Osbourne’s band, Randy Rhoads was a founding member of Quiet Riot.  The band landed a recording contract with CBS in 1977, but for some reason, the label chose to release the group’s first two albums only in Japan.

Rhoads left shortly after the second album came out to join Ozzy Osbourne’s band and Quiet Riot broke up.  They reformed a few years later with a new guitarist and became somewhat famous in the 1980s.  Rhoads died in an unfortunate accident involving a bus and and an airplane in 1982.

While both Japanese Quiet Riot albums are rare, the first one is considerably harder to find than the second and rarely turns up complete.

Allmusic.com gave Quiet Riot this review:

Few people are aware that, prior to their amazing chart-topping success in 1983/1984, Quiet Riot had already released two albums in the late ’70s through CBS Japan — and featuring guitar god in training Randy Rhoads, no less. In fact, like many hard rock bands feeling ostracized by record companies during the disco era (Cheap Trick, Van Halen, etc.), Quiet Riot found a welcoming audience in the land of the rising sun, where fans’ obsession with ’70s album rock was just now coming to a head. Sure, none of Quiet Riot’s efforts could even compare to the aforementioned bands in popularity (or quality), but they would at least plant the seeds for Radny’s eventual stardom with Ozzy. Launched by a humongous Rhoads guitar riff, album-opener “It’s Not So Funny” is a promising start, but …His playing here is uniformly dull and uninventive, so collectors and blind worshipers should beware.

You can listen to “It’s Not So Funny” here:


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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: CBS/Sony
Catalog Number:
25 AP 880
Year of Release: 1978
Format: Stereo
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Weight 10 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in