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Quite rare. Printed cover or insert? The first image looks like the former and the second one like the latter. Does anyone have better images, also of the labels?

Attributed to Smilin’Ears as somewhere on the back or the labels of at least one pressing it says: “Smilin’ Ears Records, 70 Av. des Alpes, 8027 Zurich/Switzerland”. HOTWACKS lists it under “ESCARGOT RECORDS”.

Mitchell J Taylor J In Perfect HarmonyA copy or reissue

This recording is usually attributed as having been recorded at the Royal Albert Hall but is a John Peel session recorded live in front of a studio audience at the BBC’s Paris Theater in London.

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This one is a bit of a mystery to me. I have a DVD of James Taylor‘s appearance on BBC TV and I can tell you that the songs he sings solo on this recording are from the same recording as that DVD…exact same spoken intros, same improvised lyrics, etc. However, the DVD looks like it was recorded in a TV studio in front of a small audience, not in a venue the size of the Royal Albert Hall…

The title of this bootleg is misleading. While Joni Mitchell did indeed perform at the Royal Festival Hall, London in 1970 the tracks on this bootleg were actually recorded by the BBC at the Paris Theatre shortly after her appearance at The Isle Of Wight Music Festival. The concert, including James Taylor’s solo songs, was broadcast in December 1970 as John Peel’s Sunday Concert on BBC’s Radio One.

[BBC Broadcast Portion]
01. John Peel Intro > That Song About the Midway
02. The Gallery
03. Rainy Day Man
04. Steamroller
05. The Priest
06 Dialog (spoken)
07. Carey
08. Carolina On My Mind
09. California
10. For Free
11. Circle Game Intro (spoken)
12. The Cirlce Game
13. You Can Close Your Eyes

[Air-Check rehearsal tape, Not broadcast and not on the album]
14. The Good Samaritan
15. The River
16. My Old Man
17. A Case Of You
18. Dialog (un-edited)
19. Carey

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Side 1: Searchin’ (03:03) / Like Dreamers Do (02:38) / Three Cool Cats (02:25) / Hello Little Girl (01:46) / How Do You Do It? (02:00) / White Power (Get Off)  (00:37) [January 1969 Get Back sessions; not listed on the sleeve] / Crying, Waiting, Hoping (02:06) [rec. 16 July 1963 for "Pop Go the Beatles # 8", aired on 6 August 1963] / The Honeymoon Song  (01:43) [rec. on 16 July '63 for PGTB # 8] Listed on the sleeve as “Bound By Love” / Nothin’ Shakin’ (But The Leaves On The Trees) (02:58) [rec. 10 July 1963 for "PGTB" # 6, aired on 23 July 1963. Listed on the sleeve as "There's Nothing Shaking"]
Side 2: Love Of The Loved (01:56) / Memphis, Tennessee (02:22) / September In The Rain (02:04) / The Sheik Of Araby (01:50) / Revolution! (03:32) [from David Frost Show 4 September 1968] / Some Other Guy (02:04) [live at the Cavern, rec. 22 Aug 1962 for Granada TV "People and Places"] / So How Come (No One Loves Me) (02:02) [rec. 10 July 1963 for "PGTB # 6", aired on 23 July 1963; Listed as "Everyone Wants Someone"] / I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You) (02:00) [rec. 16 July 1963  for "PGTB # 8", aired on 6 August 1963] / A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues (02:20) [rec. 1 Aug 1963 for "PGTB # 11", aired on 27 August 1963]

Sources: Copying the first four Joe Pope’s  “Deccagone” colored PVC 45s (plus his very first 1976 release ‘How Do You Do It / Revolution!’) made for a good business sense. They were released between April and November 1977, which dates the LP to December 1977 at the earliest. Padded out with a few BBC recordings, copied from TMOQs Yellow Matter Custard to help suggest that all of these recordings might have come from the same recording sessions, when they were really recorded over 18 months apart. The inclusion of the excerpt from the ’69 Get Back sessions is quite puzzling. Perhaps, whoever compiled the master tape got it on there by accident or as an inside joke.

Matrix: S.E. 7804  Re-10-17  BeAtles A  /  S.E. 7804  BeAtles A  Re-10-17 



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Deccagone 45s

The story goes that Joe paid $5,000 for the tape containing the 15 Decca audition tracks. Had the tape professionally mastered and sold seven singles for $5 each.

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For almost a decade SFF defined Beatle fandom. We were the first to hold a convention… the first to offer… the Decca Auditions… We even had what amounted to the world premieres of “Magical Mystery Tour” in its uncut form and “The Beatles in Tokyo.” If you were an SFF subscriber you were among the first people in the world to hear the “Royal Command Variety Show” in sound quality so crystal clear you felt you were on the front row! The list goes on and on….and on!… ” [Joe Pope in a letter dated Sept. 26th, 1987]


After the last Deccagone 45 “To Know Him Is To Love Him / Besame Mucho” was released in February of 1979, it took another nine months for an LP compilation of all the single tracks plus track # 15 “Take Good Care Of My Baby” to appear.

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Circuit Records LK4438-1 – available with red, green, blank white and the labels shown above and of course, as a picture disc.

These tracks were sourced from the second copy of the tapes that originated from Brian Epstein’s personal ten-inch reels, which were sold after his death. “Unfortunately, some of the tracks suffered from tape dropouts. Circuit chose to release the recordings in fake stereo and with the audio running too fast.” [ - from the link given above]

Joe Pope released his own LP version in a blank white cover probably shortly after the Circuit LP came out, ca. December of 1979:

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CX369A      PTS
CX369B      PTS states: “Several songs are clipped and the recording is dry, without the reverb present on latter versions.”

Beatles Deccagones LP

An owner ‘enhanced’ copy, using the title of the Smilin’ Ears bootleg but correctly noting the source of the recordings.



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Also found with white labels and on colored PVC. A European version with the matrix R 55/66 was also produced. The U.S. original has SE 7700-2

Original release country & date: USA, ca. 1977

I think out of all the bootlegs I ever bought, this was in the top 3 of greatest disappointments – because I had approached this from the ‘Beatles side’ and not the ‘Stones side’. To label this 1977 premier release on the Smilin’ Ears label “The Beatles And The Rolling Stones” based on hearsay and ‘hearing things – as in “I think I hear Ringo on drums”‘ was a bit much.

None of the Beatles are on “Sing This All Together”, nor are they on “Shades of Orange”:


Finally, Ringo is not the drummer on “Too Many Cooks” (it’s Jim Keltner) and “We Love You” is the instrumental version, if I remember correctly.

Plenty of side 3 had been released years before by TMOQ already. “Too Many Cooks” was first released on Vicky Vinyl’s Gravestones around late 1975. I am not enough of a Stones connoisseur to comment on when the tracks on side 4 were first released.


Who produced the Smilin’ Ears titles? Was it another of Vicky Vinyl’s stable of bootleg labels (Idle Mind, RSVP, Rodan/Blue Ribbon/Big Thumb Records …) or some one else?

See the comments for a lively discussion on this topic.

Actually, the $3,000+ club in this case. An auction I was watching for a while for these two Japanese Led Zeppelin bootleg acetates:

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This extremely rare acetate, probably never offered outside of Japan before, achieved an astounding high bid of GBP 2,130.00 and more than quadrupled its asking price with only four bids. I would date these as 1980’s releases and as with many of these acetates keep expectations regarding the sound quality low. Moreover, according to, this is just a worse sounding copy of another super rare Led Zeppelin acetate: “[...] first [...] surfaced on vinyl on the very rare acetate Hiroshima Parts 1 & 2 (Gell) and and copied on Hiroshima Live In Japan 1971 1&2 (Trade Mark Of Quality UFO) in poor quality. “


The companion piece, part 1, which had been listed in HOTWACKS, achieved only half of that at GBP 1,020.

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The following was adapted from


Source 1: Stairway To Heaven [ 9:11 - cut ], Celebration Day [4:50], That’s The Way [6:42], Going To California [7:51], Tangerine [3:51], What Is And What Should Never Be [4:22], Moby Dick [1:29 - cut].
Description: Incomplete good to very good 1st audience recording. 43 minutes.
Details: This source has been recorded closer to the stage and is more upfront and clear when compared with other two tapes. It suffers from some overloading and distortion though, especially during the louder songs. There’s also some fumbling going on with the recorder here and there too.

Found on bootleg vinyl: Led Zeppelin 71-72 (Digger)

After looking and looking, I finally realized that this is the famous set with the rubber stamped panties (also a very rare piece):

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“The first one hundred copies of [the CD] Love & Peace In Hiroshima come with two bonus cdrs in a clear plastic case. This is a copy of the rare vinyl boot 71-72 Digest on Digger records released in the mid eighties. This title is infamous for coming with a poster and rubber stamped panties with each copy. This contains the first incomplete thirty-seven minute audience recording from Hiroshima which has never appeared on compact disc before.

The recording is distant and disturbing and the loud vinyl surface noise makes it even more difficult to listen to. 71-72 Digest also contains selections from the October 2nd, 1972 Tokyo show and October 4th, 1972 Osaka concert. Again the tape sources are very poor sound quality and the vinyl is very noisy.”

Source 2: [supposedly not recorded: Announcements ] Immigrant Song [ 3:51 ] >> Heartbreaker (<< Bouree..) [ 7:30 ] , Since I’ve Been Loving You [ 7:30 ], [ cut ], Dazed And Confused [ 24:23 - cut ], [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven [ 10:03 ], Celebration Day [ 4:49 ], [ cut ], That’s The Way [ 6:42 ], Going To California [ 7:42 ], Tangerine [ 3:51 ], [ cut ], What Is And What Should Never Be [ 4:24 ], Moby Dick [ 19:07 - <i>cut</i> ], [ cut ], The Lady Is A Tramp Intro [ 0:38 - cut ] >> Whole Lotta Love (<< In The Light, Boogie Chillun, Let’s Have Fun, Be-Bop-A-Lula..) [ 18:13 ].
Description: Incomplete good to very good 2nd audience recording. Near 127 minutes.
Details: Fairly balanced recording but taped with some distance, lacking high end also. In quieter moments it rates clearer quality but for many parts there is noticeable overloading/distortion too.

Source 3: [supposedly not recorded: Announcements ] Immigrant Song [ 3:48 ] >> Heartbreaker (<< Bouree..) [ 7:29 ], Since I’ve Been Loving You [ 7:33 ], Out On The Tiles Intro [ 0:12 ] >> Black Dog [ 5:40 ], Dazed And Confused [ 18:24 - cut ], [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven [ 9:47 ], Celebration Day [ 4:49 ], That’s The Way [ 6:45 ], Going To California [ 7:39 ], Tangerine [ 3:48 ], What Is And What Should Never Be [ 4:30 ].
Description: Incomplete good 3rd audience recording. 87 minutes.
Details:  The tape is very hissy if not a bit overloaded at times and muffled, with minor tape issues here and there. It is also more distant than the previous source.

Found on bootleg LP’s/acetates: Hiroshima Part 1&2 (Geil) & Hiroshima Live In Japan (Trade Mark Of UFO)

Source 4: Band Announcements, Immigrant Song [ 3:48 ] >> Heartbreaker (<< Bouree..) [ 7:29 ], Since I’ve Been Loving You [ 1:39 - cut ], [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven [ 9:48 ], [ cut ], Tangerine [ 3:46 ], [ cut ], Instrumental Improvisation [ 0:48 ] >> Communication Breakdown [ 5:49 ].
Description: Incomplete poor to good 4th audience recording. 47 minutes.
Details: This could be a good source … but the level of overloading is so devastating that for the most part we can hear the wall of sound, with all the instruments mushed into a roar. Only the chatter is fairly listenable.

Description: Incomplete very good 5th audience recording. 147 minutes.
Details: Surprisingly, a very clear tape with only some amount of hiss and with small bass overloading. The band is captured in fair distance and recording is very enjoyable, best sounding in terms of quality and most complete of all five sources available.

“The band performed a charity concert benefit for the victims of the atomic bomb.  They presented the mayor of Hiroshima with a check for 7,000,000 yen – their earnings from the show – and in return received a peace medal.

Once again, the band were very well received by the appreciative audience and delivered another typically stellar performance.  The Whole Lotta Love medley was the shortest of the tour so far (18 minutes), but the band continued to incorporate rarities into the feature.  They performed Cliff Richard and The Shadow’s ‘Nine Times Out of Ten’ (the only known performance of this track) and Gene Vincent’s ‘Be-Bop-a-Lula’ (performed only once before – in Helsinki on February 23, 1970).

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You cannot help but notice that Jimmy must have felt so much love for his knitted top, he wore it at Hiroshima Peace Park, throughout the actual concert and at the reception in the mayor’s office too. Of course, one cannot rule out that maybe he brought a suitcase full of identical tops on tour.


Coming up soon, coincidentally: My long prepared series on Japanese bootlegs

Coming up next: Smilin’Ears releases

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Italian LP, released ca. 1982, hard to find

Supposedly from the Hammersmith Odeon in London on 20 December 1976, but the set list given for the corresponding tour, the One More from the Road Tour does not match (I also wonder if that single European tour date entry on wikipedia was based on this bootleg alone) and I would bet that this is the KBFH recording from Cardiff, Wales from their short European tour in November of 1975, previously bootlegged on TKRWM 1814:  cardiff peaches .

Side 1: Double Trouble / I Ain’t the One / The Needle and the Spoon / Saturday Night Special / Gimme Three Steps                                                                                                                                                             Side 2: Woman in Mind (listed as “WND Studios 11-5-1973, Memphis, TN with Al Kooper on piano) correct information: Woman of Mine (their first ever radio performance, recorded at Ardent Studios in Memphis & broadcast on WMC FM, produced by Al Kooper – 30 October 1973 (since officially released on their Collectybles compilation released in 2000)) / Sweet Home Alabama / Free Bird



And that must have been the end of Flying Horses Records, no further releases were ever found that used this name and corresponding FC numbering system.

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1/1    Summertime Blues     Cleveland,OH The Agora  09-Aug-1978
1/2    Spirit in the night                ”    –    -
1/3    Because the night               ”    –    -
1/4    Ramrod     Paris, Palais des Sports  18-Apr-1981
2/1    The river                          ”    –    -
2/2    Independence day           ”    –    -
2/3    Who’ll stop the rain?        ”    –    -
3/1    She’s the one     Cleveland,OH The Agora  09-Aug-1978
3/2    Raise your hand                            ”    –    -
3/3    Darkness on the edge of town       ”    –    -
4/1    Can’t help falling in love     Paris, Palais des Sports  18-Apr-1981
4/2    Born to run                                     ”    –    -
4/3    Detroit Medley                                ”    –    -
4/4    Twist and shout     Cleveland,OH The Agora  09-Aug-1978


There is the typical Flying Horses mis-attribution of sources and venues; sides 1 & 2 are listed as being from the Royal Albert Hall in April of 1981. This was the first release of any material from the Paris 1981 concert.


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Rodding Stones-back detailItalian release, ca 1982

Do not judge a boot by its cover - this certainly applies here. True, Rod Stewart, Ron Wood and Keith Richards are on this recording, that much is true.

The date and venue given as 15 March 1975 and the Royal Albert Hall is really 13 or 14 July 1974 at the Kilburn Gaumont State Theatre in London.

Bill Wyman did not perform, it’s Willie Weeks (just a few months prior to being drafted into George Harrison’s North American Tour back up band). Charlie Watts did not play drums either, Andy Newmark did (hired to play drums for John Lennon’s final album sessions six years later). Kenny Jones did not participate and it’s not Ian Stewart nor Billy Preston nor Nicky Hopkins on piano but Ian McLagan.


13th July: RON WOOD & BAND. London, Kilburn Gaumont State Theatre
(Instrumental / Am I Grooving You / Cancel Everything / If You Gotta Make A Fool Of
Somebody / Mystifies Me /Take A Look At The Guy / Act Together / Shirley/Forever /
Sure The One You Need / I Can’t Stand The Rain / Crotch Music / I Can Feel The Fire)
Note: The whole show was professionally filmed.

14th July: RON WOOD & BAND. London, Kilburn Gaumont State Theatre
(Instrumental /Am I Grooving You / Cancel Everything / If You Gotta Make A Fool Of
Somebody / Mystifies Me / Take A Look At The Guy / Act Together / Shirley-Monkey
Man / Forever / Sure The One You Need / I Can’t Stand The Rain / Crotch Music / I Can
Feel The Fire)
Line-up: KR (gtr, voc, p)/RW (gtr, voc)/Ian McLagan (p, org)/Willie Weeks (bass)/
Andy Newmark (dr)/Rod Stewart (voc, tamb)
Notes: Rod Stewart shares lead vocals on If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody,
Mystifies Me and Take A Look At The Guy.
The whole show was professionally filmed.


Another Euro boot, Look At The Guy released in the late 1980’s delivered seven tracks with correct liner notes:

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200 numbered copies on brown PVC and 33 on mcv. Came with a Ron Wood drawing. Issued as a picture disc as well.

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12 tracks were released officially on CD & DVD in 2007 as The First Barbarians: Live from Kilburn

Plenty of videos found on Youtube.


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