I just noticed that the stamped cover has the plural ‘s’ title, while the insert version does not.
Dittolini’s version of UK’s ‘White Cover Folks’ best selling and widely copied release GOODBYE, JIMI
The Dead played two sets at the ‘Closing of the Fillmore West’ five day concert series. Their performance took place on July 2nd, lasting into the early hours of the 3rd.Same source as Dittolino’s Creedence Clearwater Revival release featured on this blog recently.
“This was an FM broadcast. I heard it live on KMET FM in Los Angeles. I was a lifeguard in Newport Beach at the time. My friends and I were all pumped up to hear this show since KMET was building it up all week long. We gathered around the stereo and listened, and I remember the NRPS show too. It was also broadcast. I remember wishing I had a recorder, but it was 1971, I was a poor just graduated high school kid and, oh well, hey, I just found the show again when I was 53. Not bad! This show was also available a few months later on a bootleg vinyl that I bought and wore out on the old phonograph device.”
“This is from the KSFX-FM broadcast the night of the show.KSAN in SF and KMET in LA also aired the live broadcast.”
1 Bill Graham Introduction 00:53
2 Bertha 06:01
3 Me And Bobby McGee 08:01
4 Next Time You See Me 05:13
5 China Cat Sunflower 07:25
6 I Know You Rider 06:01
7 Playing In The Band 09:00
8 Loser 10:12
9 Ain’t It Crazy (The Rub) 05:36
10 Me and My Uncle 04:16
11 Big Railroad Blues 03:49
12 Hard To Handle 08:03
13 Deal 07:20
14 Promised Land 03:20
15 Good Lovin’ 18:25
1 Sugar Magnolia 07:12
2 Sing Me Back Home 10:42
3 Mama Tried 04:01
4 Dedication to Owsley 00:54
5 Cryptical Envelopment 02:06
6 Drums 05:16
7 The Other One 16:18
8 Big Boss Man 06:14
9 Casey Jones 06:39
10 Not Fade Away 04:11
11 Goin’ Down The Road Feelin’ Bad 08:39
12 Not Fade Away 09:26
13 Johnny B. Goode 03:57
It seems that many of these performances made it onto the double set but I am not enough of an expert to confirm what is missing.
This auction from February of 2013 called the album mystery of the dead but this was most likely a made up title but this is obviously a copy of LIVE DEAD, visually enhanced by a former owner with the added photos.
“this is a mysterious looking album [...] on dittolino label, the cover has a picture of garcia on the front and the band on the back, i hav’nt seen the garcia picture before the back one looks like it may have come off historic dead? i do not know, the songlist side 1. 1. bertha 2. bobby mcgee 3. lied, cheated 4. china cat 5. i know you rider side 2. 1. playing in the band 2. loser 3. aint it crazy 4. me and my uncle 5. railroad blues 6. sunshine daydream side 3. 1. sing me back home 2. mama tried . casey jones 5. johnny b. goode side 4. 1. sugar magnolia 2.uncles john’s band 3 the other one, dedicated to owsley “in jail”, this is an album i have not seen before, i believe it to be very rare, this is a soundboard recording, live from somewhere, bill graham does an intro,”
This was a popular bootleg due to its excellent sound quality and was issued by many bootleggers. Who was first? I actually do not know in this case.
Referred to as a Dittolino release at auction, this version looks like an early Berkely release to me, presented by “Record Revolution”. Hopefully, nobody happened upon this cover art while under the influence of a bad LSD trip – I’d hate to have this crowd come to life and jump off the cover.
Matrix: HH Dead Fillmore
Strange labels on these colored releases with the smoking pig logo.
TMOQ 71014 – one of Ken’s releases and mentioned in the recordcollectorsguild.org TMOQ – 2 wiki but without a release date. I would pinpoint the year to 1973 as ‘smoking pig’ 72012 – Alice Cooper – You’re All Crazier Than I Am [to be distinguished from Dub's # 71012: The Beatles Vancouver 1964 ] was released in that year.
The TMOQ / mammary presentations MM 4 release recorded LIVE in concert – matrix: MEL (later editions with the printed Kama Sutra cover had DEAD-2/1), seems to derive from a radio broadcast from the Winterland in 1970 (October 4th?) and not from the last night at the Fillmore West as listed in HOTWACKS.
Two tracks – “Casey Jones” and “Johnny B. Goode” were officially released in 1972 on the 3 LP set Fillmore – The Last Days
HOTWACKS states: Made from the same plates as ‘Live E.Jay’ (Dittolino Discs).
WABC-FM New York radio broadcast – 17 November ’70, officially released on 9 April 1971, possibly after several bootleg titles had already been spotted. This created a unique situation, where for the first time in the history a commercial release had to compete with bootlegs containing identical material, available in sufficient quantities to cause concern.
However, as I have written here before, I am somewhat doubtful of the claim found on wikipedia, taken from Heylin’s book, stating ” It has been said that the release by an eastern bootlegger of the whole 60-minute aircast rather than the 40 minutes selected by Dick James Music significantly cut into the US sales of the live album.”
None of the single LP releases, like radiocord or Keylo’s VERY ALIVE [really a TMOQ release] contained the complete broadcast. The double album shown here would be the only one that fits that description but it is quite hard to find, which is not what you’d expect from a significant seller, even 40+ years after the fact. I don’t doubt that all of these bootlegs combined put a modest dent into sales of the official album (I would be surprised if it was more than 25,000 although whether this was before or after the official release date would have to be looked at in detail), especially VERY ALIVE in its imitation brown leather cover is still easy to locate these days but that is the risk you take as a record company when you release a performance that was already broadcast to potentially hundreds of thousands of listeners several months earlier.
The original broadcast had consisted of:
I Need You To Turn To
Bad Side Of The Moon
Take Me To The Pilot
Sixty Years On
Honky Tonk Women
Can I Put You On
Burn Down The Mission (including My Baby Left Me & Get Back)
My Father’s Gun (encore)
KNOCKIN‘ EM DEAD – ALIVE / LIVE (E JAY) is the only bootleg that contains the whole show (but not in the original running order):
Side 1: I Need You To Turn To / Your Song / Bad Side Of The Moon / Country Comfort
Side 2: Can I Put You On / Border Song / Sixty Years On
Side 3: Indian Sunset / Honky Tonk Women / Amoreena / Take Me To The Pilot
Side 4: Burn Down The Mission (including My Baby Left Me & Get Back) / My Father’s Gun
A similar situation to Deep Purple’s H Bomb, which was available with the same type of stamped cover, either with Dittolino or ‘title’ Kustom labels:
This points to a rather close working relationship between Kustom and Dittolino Records. Both were mainly copy labels, with Kustom focusing on European releases, and both operated at the same time, from 1971 onwards, when this Elton John title taken from his radio broadcast was released. I do not think however, that Kustom was a side label run by the same people who did Dittolino Records.
Kustom Records Discography [Deep Purple, Beatles & Elton John titles also produced by Dittolino]:
- DEEP PURPLE H-Bomb ASC-001, Matrix numbers on vinyl: side1: 2001-A; side 2: 2001-B
Live in Aachen, Germany – 11 July 1970. Probably a copy of this 1970 Italian bootleg – possibly the first to be produced in Italy:
- THE BEATLES – Live At Shea / The Only Live Recording ASC-002, Matrix: SHEA – 1/2
- THE BEATLES – Judy ASC-003, Matrix : A/1 2002 – A / B/2 2002 – B [all pirated officially released tracks, with every song title changed by the bootleggers.]
- ASC-004 ?
- JIMI HENDRIX – Goodbye Jimi Kustom 005
A quality degenerated copy of the UK White Cover Folks bootleg # 723:
“[WCF's] most successful title was a superb Hendrix collection, Goodbye Jimi, drawn from BBC Top Gear radio sessions, which apparently sold some 9,000 copies.” [Heylin, p. 148]
Dittolino also issued this title as LIVE EXPERIENCE(S)
as did TMOQ did under this title in June of 1971 as JH-107 / 1841 / 71019:
- ELTON JOHN – Goodbye Knockin’ Em Dead – Alive 006
1. Talkin’ Bear Picnic
A very rare item. It is not in HOTWACKS, not in the 1980 book The Great White Answers
And has not been added to the variations on bobsboots.com.
The title has been changed from Talkin’ Bear Mountain Massacre Picnic Blues (probably to allow Dittolino to use a smaller and cheaper stamp for the front cover) - the “great quality” 1971 TMOQ release containing Freewheelin’ session outtakes and one Witmark demo:
This rare version of the much copied Aachen 1970 soundboard tape was previously featured in this blog in this post* and likely taken from the Kustom Records title with the same name:
Other stamped Dittolino covers I found are:
Talkin’ Bear Picnic – more about this rare Bob Dylan title in the next post.
Jimi Hendrix – Live Experiences
It’s Jethro Tull
I am pretty sure these were never meant to come with an insert. The majority of these can also be found with insert (and then without a stamp). Were they early runs for each title? Were they made to copy TMOQ or late ones after the inserts had run out? It’s hard to say.
I did not expect a fully printed label for a Dittolini release. Hotwacks, however, states that these tracks were on side 2. They do make more sense on side 1 as these were performed in the first part of the performance.
The other side contains: Commotion / Lodi / Bad Moon Rising / Proud Mary / Up Around The Bend / Hey Tonight / Sweet Hitchhiker
As if I had planned it, Dittolino # 0005 was recorded on a July 4th at the closing night of the Fillmore West in San Francisco, as broadcast by KSAN-FM.
The master is now owned by wolfgangsvault:
1 Tuning 01:47
2 Born On The Bayou 05:22
3 Green River 03:55
4 It Came Out Of The Sky 03:31
5 Door To Door 03:25
6 Travelin’ Band 03:30
7 Fortunate Son 02:21
8 Commotion 04:13
9 Lodi 04:02
10 Bad Moon Rising 02:15
11 Proud Mary 04:08
12 Up Around The Bend 03:32
13 Hey Tonight 03:04
14 Sweet Hitchhiker 02:48
15 John Fogerty Speech 01:08
16 Keep On Chooglin’ 08:07
17.Bill Graham Outro / Introduction of Allen Ginsberg 02:32
The artwork on the blank white cardboard sleeve no doubt added by of one of the previous owners, note the amended spelling to “Dittowino”.
According to HOTWACKS, this was also released as Live In Concert on 5D Records by I have not found any trace or image of this item. Not many CCR bootlegs were made and those that were are not that easy to find. What I did find is the following LP, which likely contained the exact same songs as the Dittolini LP, according to this CCR bootleg page: http://riverising.tripod.com/members-robert/ccrfogertyboots.html
Based on what information we have, the Dittolino release was likely a copy of one of these two:
Matrix: HH CC 1/2
A late, and somewhat harder to find, addition to the family of HH releases.
Record Revolution CC 1/2
One might just have been a reissue of the other done from the same pressing plates. The art work was done by the same person as the Morrison / Hendrix / Winter Jam album:
In 1984, the material was re-released as part of the Box Top series, with the first 50 copies on clear PVC:
Part of the July 4, 1971 broadcast was pressed in the 1980s on a radio station live sampler as part of the Retrorock series together with selections from a recording made at Oakland Coliseum on January 31, 1970. The radio station broadcast or even an original LP was subsequently bootlegged in 1986 as Live in the USA 1971 (BR-13868-5):
Circa 1987 saw a final release of the Fillmore West material on side 2 of this release as part of the BBR / (fake) Instant Analysis series as BBR 09. Some sleeves (first editions?) are reported to have John’s last name spelled “Forerty “.
The Fillmore West in 1970.
Happy 4th of July to all that celebrate it.
Source: L.A. Forum September 4 1970
Side 1: What Is And What Should Never Be/ Moby Dick/ Medley: Communication Breakdown; Good Times Bad Times; For What It’s Worth (26:53)
Side 2: Since I’ve Been Loving You/ Organ Improv/ Thank You/ Out On The Tiles/ Blueberry Hill (27:00)
Matrix markings: ZEP-2/3 (S-2551-2)
Hotwacks just states this derives from sides 2 & 3 of a bootleg called Blueberry Hill, probably referring to TMOQ’s classic release Live On Blueberry Hill, shown below in a second pressing.
The internal Dittolini Records numbering would place this into the middle of 1971, which makes it one of the earlier copies of this title.
The most remarkable detail here is the chosen title. If this was released before November 8, 1971, which I think we can make a good argument for, it would predate the release of Led Zeppelin iV and the album track “Going To California”.
Would you rather have this or the Dittolino ‘half’? Still, the copy single LP shown at the start managed to sell at auction in June of 2014 for $60.
The Titanic Records 9001 2 LP release by the same name mentioned on argenteumastrum.com had a color cover and was issued around 1980. I doubt either one was derived from the other.