Honoring a request I had. The flying Horses label out of Italy got started ca. 1980 and produced about 25 titles with b&w deluxe covers – often in gatefold covers, the majority US artists and several that were so far not represented in the world of bootlegs. Only a couple of their titles made it into HOTWACKS.

Their has never been a complete listing of their output before. This is what I have found so far, if you can fill the obvious gaps, please leave a comment:


DIRE STRAITS – On the road to Philadelphia FC 003  Source : Tower Theatre, Philadelphia USA 06.03.79


SAN FRANCISCO ALL STARS w/ JOHN CIPOLLINA – Amytiville Concert vol.1   FC005

JOHN HALL (featuring BONNIE RAITT) – Meltdown  FC 006

JOHNNY WINTER – The Blues Lives Here  FC 007

SEATRAIN – On The Wave Crest Again   FC 010

WILLIE NILE – A Rocker On The Road  Live At Bottom Line, NYC 4-26-1980  1981   FC 011


ROLLING STONES – 1962/1982 Never Too Old To Rock & Roll  FC 014

VAN MORRISON – The Mystic & his music: Live Vol.1.  Live at Winterland, San Francisco, 10/12/1979. FC 016

SPIRIT – Live In Boston  Recorded live at the Orpheum Theatre in Boston, May 15, 1970, FC 019

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN – The Boss was here  FC 021

LYNYRD SKYNYRD – In Loving Memory of a Free Bird   Live at Hammersmith Odeon London 12-20-1976 + 1 unreleased studio track from WND Studios 11-5-1973, Memphis, TN

The terms ‘boot’ and ‘leg’ have been joined ever since working boots that reached above the ankle, probably since the 1620’s.

The term found it’s way into public jargon, as evidenced by its appearance in newspaper articles around the late 19th century. As it was still relatively new, it was ‘tried out’ in different contexts:

bootleg coffee[from: Investigation of the state prisons and report thereon, New York (State). Prison Commission, The Commission, 1876]

Related to the above, the term “bootleg soup” survived to this day and stands for a concoction based on leftovers (sometimes of questionable origin?). That certainly gives us an idea what that coffee must have tasted like…


Ten years later and the term has now firmly acquired a negative meaning, probably due to stories from the Old West about weapons, such as a knife, hidden in the upper part of a boot. I doubt it came from bottles of ‘moonshine’ actually being transported in this manner, as has often been suggested.

In 1889, a definition linking the term to illicit trade can be found:

bootlegging[B. R. Porter, Probate Judge of Anderson County, Kansas, in The Economics of Prohibition, 1890, re-quoted from an 1889 report in The Voice]


The first case of linking the term to describe records/music that I have found, comes from a work of fiction: RENO FEVER by Dorothy Walworth Carman, published in 1932

Reno fever q

I wonder what the implied meaning, exactly.


10 years later, “the American Federation of Musicians, at the instigation of union president James Petrillo, started a strike against the major American recording companies because of disagreements over royalty payments. Beginning at midnight, July 31, no union musician could record for any record company.” [wikipedia]

Needless to say, someone saw a business opportunity and the term “bootleg” became linked with being a strike breaker.

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Finally, in the 1950’s, ‘bootleg records’ started to refer to ‘pirate/unauthorized records':

bootlegging RC article 12 51

[Record Changer magazine, December 1951 issue]


RECORD ‘PIRACY’ CHARGED IN SUIT; Columbia and Louis Armstrong Allege Paradox Bootlegged ‘Jolly Roger’ Series RECORD ‘PIRACY’ CHARGED IN SUIT


The first major blow against alleged “pirates” and “bootleggers” in the record industry was struck yesterday. Columbia Records, Inc., and Louis Armstrong, jazz musician, filed a complaint in New York Supreme Court against Paradox Industries, Inc., for the alleged re-recording of Columbia’s Armstrong “Jolly Roger” series and the sale of it under misleading brand labels. [...]
[The New York Times]
Finally, in 1969, the arrival of the rock bootleg:
dylan bootleg NY Times 69


Reinventing itself – the meaning in 2014:


I so far have not pursued the purchase of original magazines from the 1970’s but it has been on my mind for a while as many of the articles are not online or only as a paid subscription – like that copy of Circus magazine, to see if really mentions the first Pink Floyd bootleg.

There is, for example a longer story in Harper’s Monthly, January 1974 with a 4 page article called The bootleg blues by Ed Ward [viewing this article would otherwise require a $40 annual online subscription]. I have also been researching which issue of Esquire had the Scott Johnson interview (Rubber Dubber) in it and if I find that out, will put that on my list.

My suggestion would be if anyone wants to contribute and send me a couple of $s to my PayPal account, you would receive a scan of the article as well, as soon as I have obtained the magazine.

Our first target would be to raise $16.60 this week to buy a copy of Harper’s. A new copy of the October ’71 issue of Circus is also offered but I find it too expensive at almost $30. Funds received in excess of the target will be used for the next purchase.

Please leave a comment if you wish to participate and I will respond directly to your personal email address.

ROD STEWART WITH SMALL FACES – ‘NET WT. VERY HEAVY’  previously included in this post

JAMES TAYLOR – ‘FIRE + RAIN’ (TAILOR MADE)  now updated & included in this post

NEIL YOUNG – ‘NIEL’ LIVE  included in this post with a better image




And there you have all Dittolino Disc releases. We still don’t know who was behind this label but this series of posts were a lot more interesting than I had first expected.

Russel L Session

Russell L Session lbl

Image of the label found with the cover shown above.

Matrix: 111A / B

This show – Homewood Session, Vine Street Theatre, Hollywood, CA – was originally broadcast on December 5, 1970 (US TV, KCET Los Angeles). A note adds:

The Vine Street Theatre had a little studio in the back part of the building. The show is billed on the theatre marquee at the beginning as “The Vine Street Theatre presents Homewood”, but the on air host calls it “Session”. They actually shot six hours but only broadcast one hour. As Leon says in the opening intro from when it was rebroadcast, it was unscripted and unrehearsed. Leon also says that it was the first national broadcast of a “stereo” rock and roll performance but that would have required an FM simulcast, since American television was not stereo in 1970 or even in the 1980s when this was probably rebroadcast.

From the video:

00:00:00:00 chapter 1 Leon’s intro to KCET rebroadcast
00:00:26:17 chapter 2 original show intro
00:03:15:04 chapter 3 Will The Circle Be Unbroken?
00:06:36:00 chapter 4 Jim’s Thing
00:09:30:14 chapter 5 It Takes A Lot To Laugh It Takes A Train To Cry
00:14:50:17 chapter 6 Delta Lady [with false starts]
00:19:52:22 chapter 7 Song For You
00:25:12:08 chapter 8 Good Morning Jury [Furry Lewis solo]
00:27:56:15 chapter 9 John Henry [Furry Lewis solo]
00:30:38:21 chapter 10 Furry’s Blues [Furry Lewis with Leon and band]
00:33:12:25 chapter 11 Amos Burke
00:36:03:12 chapter 12 Honky Tonk Woman
00:39:29:04 chapter 13 Sweet Emily
00:42:54:26 chapter 14 Prince Of Peace
00:46:24:05 chapter 15 Girl From The North Country
00:49:14:07 chapter 16 Big Boss Man
00:52:15:03 chapter 17 Crystal Closet Queen
00:57:30:05 chapter 18 credits
00:58:52:25 end

From the closing credits: “Session – Leon Russell and Friends”:
Don Nix
Claudia Linnear
Kathi McDonald
Chuck Blackwell
Jim Horn
John Gallie
Furry Lewis
Don Preston
Joey Cooper
Carl Radle
One of the most copied bootlegs of 1971. It is not clear which bootleg label came out first with this (I doubt it was Dittolino). The main contenders are:


Russell MoSaTRussell MoSaT bRussell MoSaT lbl


SESSION on Bush Records:

Russell Session Bush lbl

Also available on Mother Records [JX-101 - is that the matrix?] with a slightly different cover:

Russel L & Friends Session red label


Dub & Ken’s first version on their short lived 1971 Keylo sub label:

Russell L RLfaEB yel lbl

Russell L RLfaEB insert

Russell L RLfaEB insert 2(Copied by WCF:

Russell L RLfaEB black)


Their second pressing, ca July 1972:

Russell L Sessions pink

And their third version:

Russel L & Friends SessionRussel L & F Session back

HOTWACKS quote: “The best (sounding version) is on an unnamed label. This copy can be identified by the DBW (cover) which lists the playing time as 46 minutes.”

A different opinion found on the net: “There was another release of the show: Recorded Live from an Earlier Broadcast. I found the Master of Space and Time release the most equilibrated [sic]. “

Russell L Session 3

A Contraband version is supposed to exist, according to HOTWACKS but i could not find a trace of it.


Comments from a needledrop done by – who else – Doinker:

“This superb show has unfortunately never been released. The source is supposedly an FM simulcast, but I don’t believe it as the sound quality is a bit better than FM. This is from one of the many early bootleg vinyl pressings that were put out at the time, but is not from the Zerocks Records release that is the most common. The sound quality on that release was not as good as the Bush Records vinyl, so the Bush Records vinyl was used instead.

The outro at the end of So Strange was taken from the Zerocks Records release, it doesn’t appear on the Bush version.

The Furry who sings Furry’s Blues is the same Furry who Joni Mitchell wrote a song about (Furry Sings The Blues). As the story goes, the old man gave his permission at first, then sued her when the song became more popular.”

“I still have the little frog flyer that I clipped out of the LA Times. The show was simulcast with KPPC FM from Pasadena.”

Russell L ad
This really is from a different time and place. There is an innocence and unscripted experimental willingness (here’s some air time, see what you can come up with) just in that image alone that is refreshing and which we have certainly lost.



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