There were two different cover designs, the “Music From Big Purple” shown above with the two figures in the bottom right corner and one without:
Both versions can be found with “Duck Hits!”and Ruthless Rhymes labels. I did not find this with the blue 1970′s GLC labels shown previously with the Stones release and the Beatles Beatlemania but the Deep Purple LP can be found with the following matrix:
GLC-212-A re / GLC-212-B
- called the second pressing, which would support my theory that these releases date from around 1977.
This looks like a third cover variation.
Just as in the first example, I have found another one where the track list for side 2 is hidden or censored. Coincidentally, Hot Wacks states that only side 1 is from the California Jam Festival and side two contains pirated material from the official release In Concert.
The other vinyl bootleg to compare this with in term’s of sound quality would be PERKS AND TIT on TAKRL (also the one I would go to first, had this not since been officially released, as it has more California Jam material).
Set list taken from the 2003 official release:
Might Just Take Your Life (4:50)
Lay Down, Stay Down (4:46)
Smoke On The Water (8:56)
You Fool No One (19:09)
Space Truckin’ (25:10)
Yet another link between the Stones and the Deep Purple LP is that they have been listed with PQ numbers. In Hot Wacks rock out – cock out is listed as PQ211.
Just Might Take Your Life carries PQ 2004, which is also printed on the slip sheet.
I have now stumbled over another example, clearly produced by the same folks with a penchant for hallucinogenic cover art and an overall similar lay out: PQ 401
Not found with a GLC label but a plain white one:
which confirms my thesis that the 70s GLC label was used considerably later than 1974.
It is not hard to date DOUBLE DEAD , as it was a ‘Frankenstein’ creation born by combining Felt Forum 1971 and, more importantly for us, SILENT DEAD - TMoQ 73010. As ‘smoking pig’ releases 73008 (Dylan – Best of GWW) and 73018 (James Paul McCartney) have been confirmed as 1974 releases – the Dylan cover uses an image from his early 1974 tour – SILENT DEAD was released in the same year and DOUBLE DEAD subsequently after that.
If you know any further PQ releases, or have any other comments or additions, do let me know.
A little excursion:
Coming back to that “Deep Purple” and DYLAN & THE BAND 1974 title font – it rang a bell too:
Note how inserts with this font hawk the supposedly high fidelity of the recording.
…And there’s more!
Here is a copy/reissue of TAKRL’s # 2927: British Tour 1973 – Untitled
It appears that the 2 LP releases all had a front and a back insert like this one.
All of these releases can be found with black number labels as shown – however, they were clearly released much earlier than 1977, probably around 1974. So for the Deep Purple re-issue, this might just have been “font recycling”.
The ‘number labels’ & 70′s GLC connection is further cemented by this recent Bob Dylan ‘combo’ discovery that I did not find documented on bobsboots.com:
To summarize, the starting point was releases made by Vicki Vinyl on her Dragonfly/Duck Hits! label, including reissues.
This blog post traces similarities in the insert design between the two releases mentioned in the title and the rare Bob Dylan double set shown and the question: When was that Dylan double released? 1974 or 1977?
The font shared with the other bootlegs points to 1974 but the fact that it is only found with the early GLC (or Dragonfly) labels points to 1977. Perhaps there was a reissue of the Dylan title after all?
The font alive and kicking on Robert Plant’s 2014 tour poster, seen in December 2013.