I believe the WCF 2001 – 58 series was the first time the label used the folder-type covers and all the reissued titles that had them came later. Based on two contemporary recordings among the first 10 titles – 2006/07 Led Zeppelin – Bonzo’s Birthday Party and 2011/12 Allman Brothers – Watkins Glen July 28/73 – the second half of 1973 appears as the most likely release date/ start of the series.

Matrix: 2001 A / B and 2002 A / B

It is relatively easy to distinguish the WCF copy from the Record Revolution original:

  • Pink cover vs. a rather muted red and blue as seen below;
  • Back cover design changed by incorporating cover art from the HH version (see below) providing a track list;
  • Blank white labels vs. printed red or blue ones;
  • Logo removed from the inside of the folder, lower left.

 

 

The original Record Revolution version. It must have been released fairly soon after the broadcast and became the first Dead recording enjoying wide circulation (“Since the album appears to have been made in 1971, the song titles are just guesses (“Had To Move,” “My Uncle” and “No Chance Of Losing” for example.” quote found in the first link posted below). The matrix was GD-R 1/2/3/4

Source: KSAN/KSFX & KMET FM broadcast, closing of the Fillmore West, 02 July 1971

http://lostlivedead.blogspot.com/2014/09/july-2-1971-fillmore-west-san-francisco.html

The blue double lp that I had was regularly seen in Bay Area used record stores for the next several years–it was about as near to a “regional hit” as a bootleg could ever be considered. It’s not surprising. A local show, broadcast locally, pressed somehow, and quietly distributed to sufficiently cool stores. That was, in fact, pretty common on the East Coast and less so in the Bay Area...”

Opinions on how well the Dead played that night seem to differ quite quite a bit:

https://archive.org/details/gd71-07-02.sbd.backus.11798.sbeok.shnf/gd1971-07-02d3t03.shn

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Towards the end of 1972, TMOQ1 released their own version of this recording (matrix: GD – 527 – A / B). Does the added ‘1’ meant that this might have been planned as a two volume release?

 

Regarding the purple pressing, which sold for $236 in 2012, the seller wrote the following:

“…but the real rarity of this fabulous copy is the color. Look up this album on Popsike.com and you won’t see any that have sold that are of Purple Vinyl! What few copies of this that do exist are seen in the more typical colors of Yellow, Green, Red or Black. This may be the only copy known to exist in purple…”

While it’s probably not the only purple copy ever made, it sure is very rare.

  • Reissues:

Ken”s TMOQ2 matrix: 2805 A-D

Ken’s smoking pig-branded insert has also been found on copies with the original red & blue printed labels but in a black cardboard cover (matrix: GD-R 1-4)  and even on WCF copies.

  • HH DEAD FILLMORE 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 matrix versions:

One of these has the same insert art work but no smoking pig. I suspect Ken nicked the art work from this version and not the other way around but please correct me if this is wrong. As for the copy with classic pig labels, smoking pig branded insert and the HH matrix, I have no explanation at this time. I do believe the seller was not mixed up when posting the matrix #.

 

  • Reissues, pt.2: S-204/K&S versions:

Almost identical appearance but not manufactured at the same time perhaps: The regular S-204 reissue and the K&S destined pressing with the deletion hole and yellow insert, as described in HW.

100 pressed and most were busted and destroyed in 1980 upon re-entry into Canada as “deletes” with punched covers. Those not destroyed were returned (due to a lack of laws making bootlegs illegal). This copy was “rescued” from the returned survivors. From the same shipment as the Flamin’ Groovies of which only 19 copies survived.”

 

 

 

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My life has changed so much in the last two years that I simply don’t have time for the blog anymore and there are more changes coming. Also, truth be told I’ve lost some of the enthusiasm & motivation that have pushed me to keep looking for better images and spend yet another hour doing research. While I wanted to continue with WCF 2001/2 – 2058, which is not the most exciting bootleg label in the first place, I can see from the blog stats that hardly anyone’s interested in Grateful Dead boots in 2018 (and WCF happens to be the Dead bootleg label: Another 5 Dead titles would have been in that next batch), I can clearly feel I just don’t have it in me. So, this is the honest moment where I say it’s curtain time.

A deep heartfelt thanks to those who have supported the blog and all who enjoyed reading the posts.

I considered asking if anyone wanted to continue it but they are probably better served starting from scratch and 100% according to their own vision.

In the words of John Lennon: I hope I passed the audition.

 

 

2299 THE WHO – collector’s item -> this can now be found in updated form as part of this collector’s item label summary post

2235 JIM HENDRIX – ‘SCUSE ME WHILE I KISS THE SKY -> I was not able to find an image for this. If you have one, please leave a comment.

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Matrix: 6969 A/B (the included Donovan label was only included to show where the mirror image on the Dead label originated from)

The insert cover version above and the folder cover reissue from around 1974/5 below:

 

 

Source: Soundboard, recorded on 02 May, 1970 at Harpur College in Binghampton, NY, on half track 7½ ips analog tapes. “In a 1993 poll of Grateful Dead tape traders, the 5/2/70 show was ranked #6 on the list of all-time favorite Dead concert tapes.” The complete show, including the second and third sets (in mono) was officially released as Dick’s Picks Volume 8 in June of 1997 as a 3-CD set.

https://archive.org/details/gd1970-05-02.138227.sbd.miller.flac1648

 

Above: Other versions/later reissues:

  • Nepalese Productions / Har-Glo Records JCS-7001 version advertising the “Crateful Dead”
  • Black Gold Concerts was the new label name Berkeley Records used in the second half of the 1970’s (BG 6969)
  • (not shown) Version with “Karma City” labels
  • Side 1 of Ken’s SILENT DEAD – (smoking pig) TMOQ 73010 used four tracks from this date.

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More material from this date appeared on this title, shown here with all three slip sheet variations (black & red; orange and b&w):

Although the 803-A/B matrix looks like a WCF release not much else does. The insert design has none of the WCF-typical features and the record label has an inner ring, never seen with WCF pressings. On the other hand, there is also a gatefold reissue that does look very much like it may be part of their 1974 reissue series that placed an image or drawing of (one of) the artist(s) on the back panel.

If you know more about this release, please leave a comment.

 

Matrix: SGTJ-A / B

Based on the label I would date this to 1973 but it may exist with other labels and in different insert/cover variations.

I could not list this one when I tried to cover all of the Contraband releases, as it’s one of the rarer ones and I only had a small image of it taken from a sales list of the Warehouse record store in Tokyo (now closed in that location).

This is mostly a pirate release.

Track list (taken from HW, so likely incorrect in places):

S1: Not Yet / She’s Gone (But Morning Lives On) / Tear Jerker / Teenage Fool / High School Dance Instrumental / Dancing Wild
S2: Pretty Boy / Two Teenagers / Please Answer / High School Dance Instrumental 2 / 59th St. Bridge Song* / Feeling Groovy* / Cloudy*

The first 10 tracks were supposedly recorded by Simon & Garfunkel in the second half of the 1950’s when they called themselves Tom & Jerry. I looked hard and was only able to confirm three of the titles on compilations released decades later. The tracks marked ‘* ‘ were taken from their appearances on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour TV show in 1967 (in season 1, episode 14 – taped in May – and season two, episode 107, taped in October ’67).

Likely a copy of this early, ca. 1971, Contraband release (the use of “Microgroove” gives it away) that I had not been aware of so far. HW didn’t mention it (on the other hand, they mention a version called Solo ’65 that I cannot confirm exists):

 A further clue is HW’s quality rating for the WCF album: “Vgs, hissing”. Clearly, this was a couple of generations removed from the original.

In a past eBay auction this CBM album was mis-identified as an advance pressing of the official album due to the stamped title. A rare but funny misunderstanding (for those hip to the world of bootlegs).

For comparison purposes, here is another CBM title released around the same time:

Hendrix Munia yel

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The official release from August 1965:

Apparently, the story goes that Simon spent a lot of time in London in the summer of ’65 and as his album with Garfunkel, Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. had not been released in the UK (yet), he decided to record his own solo album, which would get a limited release in the Commonwealth countries (UK, CAN, AUS, NZ) only. By the time rock bootlegs had been invented this made the album attractive for those in the US not minding to get involved in a bit of piracy, despite the flagrant copyright violation.

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Even TMOQ could not resist and released their own re-sequenced version around May of 1971.

A1  Kathy’s Song
A2  He Was My Brother
A3  Flowers Never Bend with the Rainfall
A4  The Side of a Hill
A5  A Simple Desultory Philippic
A6  Patterns
B1  A Most Peculiar Man
B2  I Am a Rock
B3  A Church Is Burning
B4  April Come She Will
B5  Leaves That Are Green
B6  The Sound of Silence

Here are early versions from ’71/2:

And later ones:

 

I have never seen an insert for this nor a smoking pig label version. Do they exist?

 

Matrix: GD-2222 A  /  GD-2222 B

Known as Turn On Your Lovelight as that’s the first and only song on side one of the track list. WCF were not inclined to come up with album titles  around this time (1972?).

Source: I found this comment on audiokarma: “Grateful Dead,” #GD-2222. No notation of date or venue, but I seem to have written my own note next to the side one track listing for Love Light (the entire side) that it was recorded in Boston on 12-2-71. “

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Matrix: GD-2233 A  /  GD-2233 B

A1 “Recorded June; 1969 Central Park” (10:32) – 1969/06/22 performance in Central Park and song on set list confirmed, audience recording.
A2 “Recorded Nov; 1970 Action House L.I.” (08:08) – Two shows attributed to this venue on Nov. 9+10 ’70; “Saint Stephen” not on those set lists though.
B1 “Recorded May; 1970 Bill Graham’s Fillmore East” (02:50) – The Dead were regular visitors to the Fillmore East throughout 1970.
B2 “Recorded Nov; 1970 Action House L.I.” (15:02) – see comment above.

Action-House

 

Released around 1974 with a white label, here in a recycled folder cover originally printed for WCF’s copy of the Loggins And Messina release and in its correct cover:

 

 

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Matrix: GD-2244 A  /  GD-2244 B

I have found no further recording details regarding this release. If you know morw, please leave a comment.