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Neal Tanaka

Post#1 » Mon Jan 14, 2013 6:14 pm

When I first started collecting obscure metal records years ago, one of my inspirations came from the pictures of records covering Neal Tanaka’s walls in the Metalucifer albums. To this day, I still have not figured out what half of those albums are. I have seen attempts to do this on other forums but they never even got as far as I did by myself, so I figure it’s time to bring in the experts.

Here is the cover of Heavy Metal Hunter (2003 R.I.P. Records):
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I was able to identify most of the albums that are not obscured by Tanaka himself or the camera flash. However, I also found this picture which shows a much larger view of the wall:
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Here is what I have identified so far, starting with the first column of 12" records, from top to bottom:
Abraxas - Shattered By A Terrible Prediction / A2 / A3 / Samain - Vibrations Of Doom / Dark Haze - Five Years / Arrow - Heavy Metal Mania

2nd column (7"):
B1 / Torsten - King Of The Nest / Stainless Steel - The Warrior / B4 / B5 / Siren - Metro-Mercenary / Reflection - Sire Of The Storm / Acid - Hooked On Metal / Sacrifice - Street Fighter / Desolation Angels - Valhalla

3rd column (12"):
Hellion - Hellion / El Dragon - La Mascara De Hierro / Cristal Y Acero - Kuman / V/A - Detonation / Hermes - Hermes / Trial - Scream For Mercy

4th column (7"):
D1 / Ironcross - Let's Get Down To Business / D3 / D4 / D5 / D6 / D7 / D8 / D9 / D10

5th column (12"):
Turbo – Smak Ciszy / E2 / E3 / Azul Limao – Vinganca / V8 – No Se Rindan / E6

6th column (7"):
F1 / Spitfire - Blade Runner / Pride – You’re The Only One / F4 / Grave – Screaming From The Grave / F6 / Roquefire – The Island Of Marat / F8 / F8 / F9

7th column (12"):
Maniac - Maniac / Bloke – Demolicion / V/A – Metalmania ’87 / Cristal Y Acero - Espadas De Cristal / Malefice – Malefice / G6

8th column (7"):
H1 / Breeze Least – Breeze Least / Chrysis – Hard Rock / Lezlie Paice - Fighting Man / H5 / H6 / H7 / H8 / H9 / H10

9th column (12"):
Taipan - Breakout / Astaroth – Na Luz Da Conquista / Thor – El Pacto / I4 / Август
- Ответный Удар / I6

10th column (7"):
J1 / J2 / Belzebul - Dark Night / Rising - Metal Bird / Taipan - Taipan / J6 / J7 / J8 / J9 / J10

11th column (12"):
Stress - Flor Attomica / Luzbel – Otra Vez?! / Alvacast – Inocente… / K4 / Sye – Turn On The Fire / Waxface – The Graves Of God

12th column (7"):
L1 / Prowler – Back Fire / L3 / Genocide - The Coming Of Genocide / Steel Arrows - Loud Guitars / Reaction - Joy Ride / L7 / Nightreaper - Heroes Die Young / After Dark – Evil Woman / Soldier - Sheralee

13th column (12"):
Ария - Кровь за Кровь / Centurias – Ninja / Kamikaze – Kamikaze 3 / Iron Heart - Running Away / Blowin Free – Enemy / Iris - Iris I

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Heavy Metal Hunter (1996 Metal Proof Records/Evil Records) booklet:
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Heavy Metal Drill booklet:
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and a couple more pics I found of the same wall (click to enlarge):
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1st column:
Explorer - Exploding / Stormwitch - Magyarorszagon / Renegade - Total Armageddon / Excalibur - Generacion Maldita / Darxon - Killed In Action

2nd column:
Leviticus - The Strongest Power / Trilogy - Next In Line / Trouble - Warrior / Ritual - Ritual / Wise Man - First Warning

3rd column:
Robertinho De Recife - Metal Mania / Wraith - Naked Aggression / Black Knight - Master Of Disaster / C4 / C5

4th column:
Bronx - Welcome To The World / Crystal Knight - Crystal Knight / Mystique - Black Rider / Victim - Power Hungry / Evo - Animal De Ciudad

5th column:
Zen Venom - From Another Planet / Danger Zone - Victim Of Time / V/A - Heavy Metal Made In Italy / V/A - Sword / Triton - Triton

The Heavy Metal Drill booklet also shows the same wall, as does the Heavy Metal Drill tray but overlaid with the following 45s (I seem to have lost the picture):

Druid - Four Curses / Sacrifice - Street Fighter / ? / ?
Virtue - We Stand To Fight / Torsten - King Of The Nest / ? / ?
Taipan -Taipan / Odin - Caution! / Exciter - All Night In Red Light / Rex Vector - Breathe Fire

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Heavy Metal Hunter (1996 Metal Proof Records/Evil Records) tray:
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1st column (12"):
Goliath - Goliath / Demon Eyes - Out Of Control / A3 / Loretta - Loretta / Spitfire - First Attack / Metal Sword - Harder Than Steel

2nd column (12"):
H-Bomb - Coup De Metal / Karisma - Sweet Revenge / B3 / B4 / V/A - Metal Brigade Vol. 1 / Triton - Triton

3rd column (12"):
Ossian - Acélszív / Kraken - Kraken / V/A - Friday Afternoon III / C4 / Lions Breed - Damn The Night / Manilla Road - Metal

4th column (12"):
V/A - Metalmania '87 / Pokolgep - Totalis Metal / Hardline - Hardline / Blackmayne - Blackmayne / Satan Jokers - Les Fils Du Métal / V/A - Heavy Metal Eruption

5th column (12"):
Ironcross - Steel Warrior / Corina De Ferro - Temple Of The Darkness / Mystery - Mystery / Pokolgep - Ejszakai Bevetes / Crush - Kingdom Of The Kings / Banzai - Duro Y Potente

6th column (12"):
F1 / Conexiuni - Tot Ce-as Vrea Sa-ti Spun / Panzer - Al Pie Del Canon / V/A - Heavy Metal Sampler / Citron - Plni Energie / F6
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Re: Neal Tanaka

Post#2 » Mon Jan 14, 2013 6:24 pm

Keir wrote:When I first started collecting obscure metal records years ago, one of my inspirations came from the pictures of records covering Neal Tanaka’s walls in the Metalucifer albums. To this day, I still have not figured out what half of those albums are. I have seen attempts to do this on other forums but they never even got as far as I did by myself, so I figure it’s time to bring in the experts.

Here is the cover of Heavy Metal Hunter:
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I was able to identify most of the albums that are not obscured by Tanaka himself. However, I also found this picture which shows a much larger view of the wall:
Image

Here is what I have identified so far, starting with the first column of 12" records, from top to bottom:
? / ? / ? / Samain - Vibrations Of Doom / Dark Haze - Five Years / Arrow - Heavy Metal Mania

2nd column (7"):
? / Torsten / ? / ? / ? / Siren - Metro-Mercenary / Reflection-Sire of the Storm/ Acid - Hooked On Metal / Sacrifice (Sweden)/ Desolation Angels - Valhalla

3rd column (12"):
Hellion - Hellion / ? / ? / V/A - Detonation / ? / ? / Trial-Scream for Mercy

4th column (7"):
Iron Cross (?)/ ? / ? / ? / ? / ? / ? / ? / ? / ?

5th column (12"):
Turbo – Smak Ciszy / ? / ? / Azul Limao – Vinganca / V8 – No Se Rindan / ?

6th column (7"):
? / ? Pride – You’re The Only One / ? / Grave – Screaming From The Grave / ? / Roquefire – The Island Of Marat / ? / ? / ?

7th column (12"):
? / Bloke – Demolicion / V/A – Metalmania ’87 / ? / Malefice – Malefice / ?

8th column (7"):
? / Breeze Least – Breeze Least / Chrysis – Hard Rock / ? / ? / ? / ? / ? / ? / ?

9th column (12"):
? / Astaroth – Na Luz Da Conquista / Thor – El Pacto / ? / ? / ? / ? / ?

10th column (7"):
? / ? / ? / ? / ? / ? / ? / ? / ? / ?

11th column (12"):
? / Luzbel – Otra Vez?! / Alvacast – Inocente… / ? / Sye – Turn On The Fire / Waxface – The Graves Of God

12th column (7"):
? / Prowler – Back Fire / ? / ? / ? / ? / ? / ? / After Dark – Evil Woman / Soldier - Sheralee

13th column (12"):
? / Centurias – Ninja / Kamikaze – Kamikaze 3 / ? / Blowin Free – Enemy / ?
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Post#3 » Mon Jan 14, 2013 6:27 pm

Thanks for the quick response! I'm having some trouble getting the pics to show roperly. I'll have to try to fix that later (and hopefully get a better quality pic of the album cover up).

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Post#4 » Mon Jan 14, 2013 6:56 pm

3rd column (12"):
Hellion - Hellion / ? / CRYSTAL Y ACERO - Kuman / V/A - Detonation / ? / ? / Trial-Scream for Mercy

10th column (7"):
? / ? / ? /RISING - Metal bird /TAIPAN - Taipan / ? / ? / ? / ? / ?

11th column (12"):
STRESS - Flor attomica / Luzbel – Otra Vez?! / Alvacast – Inocente… / ? / Sye – Turn On The Fire / Waxface – The Graves Of God

12th column (7"):
? / Prowler – Back Fire / ? / GENOCIDE - The coming of Genocide / ? / ? / ? / ? / After Dark – Evil Woman / Soldier - Sheralee

13th column (12"):
? / Centurias – Ninja / Kamikaze – Kamikaze 3 / IRON HEART - Running away / Blowin Free – Enemy / ?
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Post#5 » Mon Jan 14, 2013 7:38 pm

7th column Maniac S/T
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Post#6 » Mon Jan 14, 2013 7:56 pm

i have a feeling if you run through old luc torfs lists you will recognise them all-i am sure he bought his listed LPs almost wholesale-like
I am so true my mp3 player's screen has slight ringwear

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Re: Neal Tanaka

Post#7 » Mon Jan 14, 2013 8:18 pm

some missing pieces:

STAINLESS STEEL - The Warror 7"
HELLION (Arg) - s/t LP
HERMES (Mex) - s/t EP
BELZEBUL 7" Flexi
REACTION - Joy Ride 7"
NIGHTREAPER - Heroes Die Young 7"
IRIS - Iris I LP
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Post#8 » Mon Jan 14, 2013 8:31 pm

Great band pictures. :)
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Post#9 » Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:07 am

Thanks guys! A few of these I'm surprised I didn't recognize, but others I never would have figured out.
MassOfKthulu wrote:i have a feeling if you run through old luc torfs lists you will recognise them all-i am sure he bought his listed LPs almost wholesale-like
No, I don't think I'll do that. I might get depressed seeing how inexpensive some of these were back then!

EDIT: Updated the list in the first post.

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Post#10 » Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:54 am

I think this is the one in the upper left corner:
Abraxas - Shattered By A Terrible Prediction MLP
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Post#11 » Tue Jan 15, 2013 12:57 pm

8th column: Below the Chrysis - Hard Rock is Lezlie Paice - Fighting Man
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Post#12 » Tue Jan 15, 2013 2:20 pm

Cool! I figured out a couple more too, though they are hard to see in the pictures I posted: just above the Pride 7" is Spitfire - Blade Runner and (you'll have to trust me on this) 2 albums below Thor is Август
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Post#13 » Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:55 pm

Having a hard time making out much from that image, but at a quick glance at least the first record of column 9 is Taipan's "Breakout" EP...
Are you the tyrant, who cast them to the sea?
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Post#14 » Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:23 pm

13th column top looks like Aria's "Blood For Blood"...
Are you the tyrant, who cast them to the sea?
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Post#15 » Tue Jan 15, 2013 6:55 pm

Haha, we're not the only ones dissecting Mr. Tanaka's wall of records.

http://www.metal-archives.com/board/vie ... =1&t=79128
Laugh at you in ecstasy, wallow in the gore.
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