TV, Video and Bootlegs

This document is organised into the following sections.

TV/Video Appearances

Other Compilations Appearances

Bootlegs

TV/Video Appearances

Known Promotional Videos

This Time Girl

Can’t See The Angels

Only The Children Cry

Borderline

Letting Go

Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark

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Japan TV Special

Track list

  1. The Horn (Instrumental)
  2. Children Of The Earth (Chris Troy Vocal – Cut short for Adverts)
  3. Lovers To The Grave (Chris Troy Vocal)
  4. Flirting With Suicide (Tino Troy Vocal – Cut short for Adverts)
  5. This Time Girl (Dougie White Vocal)
  6. She’s Hot (Dougie White Vocal)
  7. Turn The Tables (Dougie White Vocal)
  8. Still Want You (Dougie White Vocal)
  9. Time Slipping Away (Dougie White Vocal)

The Band

  • Chris Troy, Bass guitar, Vocals
  • Dennis Stratton, Guitars, Vocals
  • Tino Troy, Guitars, Vocals
  • Bruce Bisland, Drums
  • Dougie White, Guest Lead Vocals
  • Jem Davis, Keyboards

General Notes

Recorded at Club Citta, Kawasaki, Japan 27th June 1991. Shown on
Super Channel in Japan

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Japan TV Interview Special with Neal Kay

Track list

Interview with the band and

  1. Children Of The Earth (Chris Troy Vocal – Full version)
  2. Time Slipping Away (Dougie White Vocal)
  3. Can’t See The Angels (Dougie White Vocal)

Also some footage of Neal Kay’s Disco

The Band

  • Chris Troy, Bass guitar, Vocals
  • Dennis Stratton, Guitars, Vocals
  • Tino Troy, Guitars, Vocals
  • Bruce Bisland, Drums
  • Dougie White, Guest Lead Vocals
  • Jem Davis, Keyboards

General Notes

Recorded at Club Citta, Kawasaki, Japan 27th June 1991.

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Interview in Metal XS Video Magazine 3

Track list

Interview with the some band members

General Notes

FotoDisk used to release a video Magazine. Number 3 contained in interview
about the All Stars project. Mantis is mentioned.
Transcript here

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Mutoma World (26th? May 1993)

Track list

  1. Dream On (Chris Troy Vocal)
  2. A Moment In Life (Dennis Troy Vocal)

The Band

  • Chris Troy, Vocals
  • Dennis Stratton, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
  • Tino Troy, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals

General Notes

A 20 Minute chat including an Acoustic performance of Two songs

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Mutoma World (1st Dec 1993)

Track list

  1. A Moment In Life

The Band

  • Mark Thomson Smith, Lead Vocals
  • Chris Troy, Vocals
  • Dennis Stratton, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
  • Tino Troy, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals

General Notes

An Acoustic performance of “A Moment In Life”

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Other Compilations Appearances

Satoshi Nakashima tells me
‘Captured City” Appears on The Bible Of Hard Rock [part of NWOBHM] (TOCP-6092)

And already mentioned “Praying Mantis” & +”High Roller” – NWOBHM Metal
Rarities Volume 1 CD (CD Metal 2)

Running for tomorrow on ‘Steel Crazy’ Abstract AABT 200 (1982)

Johnny Cool (session) on ‘Metal Explosion’ BBC REH 397 (1980)

Children of the earth on ‘Hammer’ Ariola 203 989 (1981)

Top of the Mountain (Stratus) on ‘The Best of British’ Zebra ZEB 5 (1985)

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Bootlegs

Live and Singles (Bootleg CD-010)

Track list

READING FESTIVAL 1982 (From the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show?)

  1. Nightmare (never officially released)
  2. Time Slipping Away (released 1991 on Predators In Disguise)
  3. Tell Me The Nightmares Wrong
  4. Enough Is Enough (released 1985 on Throwing Shapes)
  5. Turn The Tables
  6. Flirting With Suicide

Bernie Shaw on Vocals

SOUNDHOUSE TAPES

  1. Captured City
  2. Johnny Cool
  3. The Ripper

PRAYING MANTIS

  1. Praying Mantis
  2. High Roller

CHEATED

  1. 30 Pieces Of Silver
  2. Flirting With Suicide
  3. Panic In Streets

TURN THE TABLES

  1. Turn The Tables
  2. Tell Me Nightmares Wrong
  3. A Question Of Time

Bernie Shaw on Vocals

General Notes

Sound quality is good but it is copied from vinyl but you can hear some
crackles

The Album cover is of a 6 Piece Mantis

The Band are from left to right, Jon Bavin, Steve Carroll, Tino Troy, Bernie
Shaw, Dave Potts, and Chris Troy.

Cheated (Bootleg CD MANTI 7982)

compilation of singles, “The Soundhouse Tapes Part 2”, “Metal For Muthas”,

“Cheated” and “Turn The Tables”

Track list

The Soundhouse Tapes Part 2

  1. Captured City
  2. Johnny Cool

Metal For Muthas

  1. Captured City

Cheated

  1. Cheated
  2. Thirty Pieces Of Silver
  3. Flirting With Suicide (live)
  4. Panic In The Streets (live)

Turn The Tables

  1. Turn The Tables
  2. Tell Me The Nightmare Wrong
  3. A Question Of Time

General Notes

It has been suggested that this boot is a waste of time. You are better of
with Live and Singles. It has the Metal for Muthas track on it though. I have
heard of someone making a boot of Metal for Muthas so even that is of limited
value.

Marquee ’79(Bootleg CD NOVA NV-16)

Track list

Live At Marquee 1979

  1. Rich City Kids
  2. Lovers To The Grave
  3. Rock ‘n’ Roll Fever
  4. Johnny Cool
  5. Praying Mantis

Reading Festival 1982

  1. Nightmare
  2. Time Slipping Away
  3. Tell Me The Nightmares Wrong
  4. Enough Is Enough
  5. Turn The Tables
  6. Flirting With Suicide

General Notes

I have not heard this boot but I have heard the Marque stuff. This I suspect
is a crowd recording and IMO is poor quality (This has now been confirmed to
me). It’s OK but only for the Curious. Reading is reported to be better quality
than on Live and Singles which is a radio broadcast.

Play In The East(Bootleg CD Excalibur EC-02)

Front Cover

Back Cover

Track list

  1. Can’t See The Angels (Dougie White Vocal)
  2. Time Slipping Away (Dougie White Vocal)
  3. Children Of The Earth (Chris Troy Vocal)
  4. Flirting With Suicide (Dougie White Vocal)
  5. Captured City ’91 (Dougie White Vocal)
  6. Change Of Heart (Dennis Stratton Vocal)
  7. One Good Reason (Dennis Stratton Vocal)
  8. Dream On (Mark Thompson-Smith Vocal)
  9. Dangerous (Mark Thompson-Smith Vocal)
  10. Lettin’ Go (Mark Thompson-Smith Vocal)
  11. Journey Man (Mark Thompson-Smith Vocal)
  12. Johnny B.Good (Dennis Stratton Vocal)

General Notes

I have had the following report “1991 tracks(1-5) are excellent soundboard
recording. 1990 tracks(6,7) and track 12 are very good audience recording. 1993
tracks(8-11)are good audience recording.” I wouldn’t be prepared to disagree. It
is all very listenable.

Tracks 2 and 3 are as the TV special except that Children of the Earth is
complete. Flirting With Suicide and Johnny B.Good are from the Encore on I
suspect the TV special night of 27th June 1991. Can’t See The Angels
is as the TV interview with Praying Mantis and Neal Kay

About

I have been a Praying Mantis fan since I first heard "Captured City" on Metal for Muthas. Time Tells No Lies has always been on of my favourite albums and I was overjoyed when I first discovered it was out on CD. I didn't know what had happened after the first album until in about 1994 I discovered "A Cry For The New World". I was worried about getting it as I thought it had to be a disappointment but I was wrong. I loved it and have followed the band and maintained this website ever since.

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6 comments on “TV, Video and Bootlegs
  1. Live and Singles Bootleg by
    Richard Gillyon

    After receiving my Live+Singles bootleg a few weeks ago, I thought people might
    benefit/be mildly annoyed by my review. So here goes:

    Packaging: this is a boot, so packaging is a bit basic. Look for the front cover
    (an impossible band photo) on Jon's website; inside cover shows the covers of
    four singles: Cheated, Praying Mantis, Soundhouse Tapes, and the original Turn
    The Tables. I said it was basic… 🙂

    The tunes: we start with six songs from the Reading Festival '82, with Bernie
    Shaw on vocals. This is some of the best stuff Mantis have ever done IMO, with
    songs like I Know It (later renamed Time Slipping Away), Enough Is Enough (later
    recorded by Stratus) and Turn The Tables, it is hard to go wrong. At this point
    I think the Troys were at the height of their songwriting talent.

    Bernie's style may not be to everyone's taste, but he is very proficient, and
    the band are tighter than a very tight thing. I've had a tape of this for 15
    years and it never becomes boring. Superb stuff. Next up are three songs from
    Soundhouse Tapes and two from the Praying Mantis single. Captured City reminds
    me of early Def Leppard…the bad production, the young, unaccomplished voices,
    the tinny guitar sound. When The Ripper started I thought it was Rocks Off, and
    other tracks I was reminded of were Answer To The Master and Overture. I know,
    weird…

    The songs off Soundhouse Tapes are very enjoyable, if a little basic, and
    Praying Mantis fits right in there, with the vocal harmonies a little more
    developed. Unfortunately High Roller, the B-side, is very poor, redolent of a
    '50s rock'n'roll song. Yuk…

    The next three are from the Cheated 7". Needless to say the boys had learned
    their trade by this time, and if you don't have these tracks, get the boot.

    The final three are from the Turn The Tables 7". Once again Shaw on vocals, a
    great version of TTT despite the overbearing keyboards. Tell Me The Nightmare's
    Wrong is a syrupy ballad, with the crackles from the vinyl a bit obvious in the
    intro. A bit *too* sugary, but still a reasonable song. We close with an
    excellent instrumental, A Question Of Time, enjoyable once again *despite* the
    excessive keyboards.

    In summary, this CD is worth buying if you are missing the singles or the
    Reading Live stuff. If you don't have either, its a bargain! Only one poor song
    and intriguing stomp through PM's history.

    The address for Lost Horizons, a trustworthy source of this CD, is on Jon's
    website. What are you waiting for?!

  2. Ian, South Africa says:

    Is there any chance of getting a copy??? The ’82 concert was awesome and some **** stole it from me years ago. Never been able to replace it 🙁

  3. Jaime says:

    im also in SA and want album so bad dude! 😀

  4. Friday, April 10, 2009
    Live at Reading 1982 + Singles

    This bootleg compilation is awesome.
    It has:
    -Cheated single. Just ok, 2 live versions, good, plus 30 pieces of silver.
    01. Cheated
    02. 30 Pieces Of Silver
    03. Flirting With Suicide (Live)
    04. Panic In The Streets (Live)
    -Turn the tables single. Awesome. The title song, plus the soft perfect ballad and an instrumental, which will make next record PID
    01. Turn The Tables
    02. Tell Me Nightmare’s Wrong
    03. A Question Of Time
    -Praying Mantis single. Ok.
    01. Praying Mantis
    02. High Roller
    -Captured City single. Great song. Still fresh today. 🙂
    01. Captured City 02. Johnny Cool
    and
    Live at Reading 1982 (Bernie Shaw’s on vocals), just awesome all of it:
    01.Nightmares
    02.I Know It
    03.Tell Me The Nightmare’s Wrong
    04.Enough Is Enough
    05.Turn The Tables
    06.Flirtin’ With Suicide

    Definitively a great buy, raw sound, full of power and melody

    10/10 brilliant

  5. Saec Torin says:

    Do somebody know the Marquee’ 79 lineup?

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