526  LIVE Paris Olympia

528  Deep Purple SONIC ZOOM

529  Led Zeppelin MUDSLIDE

530  ABBEY ROAD REVISITED

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JL 526: The BEATLES – LIVE Paris Olympia

Beatles Live Paris Olympia Japan copy JL 526

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JL 528: DEEP PURPLE – SONIC ZOOM

Deep Purple SZ JL 528

Deep Purple SZ JL 528 detail

More reading on this most classic of DP bootlegs can be found here.

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JL 529: LED ZEPPELIN – MUDSLIDE

Led Zep Mudslide 529

Led Zep Mudslide 529 detail

Return of the Holy Grail Records labels after encountering them first on JL 1004: Beatles – ON STAGE IN JAPAN – The 1966 TOUR.    

Google has never heard of an official record with this title and if it ever existed it has either remained in total obscurity or was shelved at the last minute and the labels were lying around at an L.A. pressing plant. The third and most favored theory is that this is an invention/meant as a smoke screen and deterrent for closer scrutiny by the bootleggers (Ken?) who reissued (mostly double) TMOQ titles in California around 1975, reminiscient of the Von Grossenschuss paper label used on Wizardo re-issues I have blogged about before.  It seems that the JL crew liked this label so much, they decided to copy and use it as well.

 

Confirmed sightings so far:

Jimi Hendrix: ALIVE / L.A. FORUM – LIVE! / BROADCASTS MAUI    

Rolling Stones: GIMME SHELTER / AMERICAN TOUR 75 VOLUME 1, 2 / EUROPEAN TOUR 1973

The Beatles: LAST LIVE SHOW       

The Who: TALES FROM THE WHO


Hendrix Good Vibes DUL

Hendrix LAF-L DUL

Hendrix BR MAUI DUL

Rolling Stones American Tour DUCRolling Stones American Tour DUC 3Rolling Stones European Tour 1973 DUC

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JL 530:  The BEATLES – ABBEY ROAD REVISITED

Beatles Abbey Road Rev

Beatles Abbey Road Rev lbl

Quite a change from the original: The copied version of a WIZARDO REKORDS [sic] label.

This 1976 original (based on a 1973 CBM title) can be revisited here.

521 LIVE CONCERT ATLANTA

522 BATTLE (error, record matrix = 512)

523 FOREST HILLS TENNIS STADIUM

524 ?

525 SWEDEN 1963

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JL 521: THE BEATLES – LIVE CONCERT ATLANTA

Beatles Live Concert Atlanta JL 521Beatles Live Concert Atlanta JL 521 lbl

History:

In (early) 1970,  the second ever vinyl bootleg of a Beatles performance was created when someone came into possession of a radio broadcast reel to reel on the east coast and produced the ‘Great White Wonder equivalent’ of a Beatles concert recording.

ALIVE AT LAST

Matrix: 1001 A / B

Beatles AALBeatles AAL stamp 2Beatles AAL stampBeatles AAL lbl 1Beatles AAL lbl 2

 

IN CONCERT AT WHISKEY FLAT

Ken & Dub got a hold of the east coast release and quickly copied it. They were not shy in announcing who the artist was in their version of the title stamp. As there was no clue on the recording which concert this was, they just made up a name and location in jest.

” … July 1970 – plain white label, colored vinyl, OPD 19 / OPD 67 matrix – copy of an East Coast bootleg”. [TMOQ wiki on the record collectors guild website (now sadly removed)]

Beatles LF CO AT Whiskey Flat

Beatles ICaWFlat 3

As I have only seen this title with 1 / 2 labels and these weren’t introduced by (pre-)TMOQ until March/Spring 1971, I doubt the date given by the TMOQ wiki of July 1970.

Beatles ICaWFlat lbl 1

Much later, the recording was identified as probably coming from a broadcast by Philadelphia radio station WIBG-AM (known as “Wibbage”) but positively identified as the 02 September 1964 concert at Philadelphia’s Convention Hall.

Beatles Philly 64Beatles Philly 64 II https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjbCK5AO7HQ

 

On the West coast, the team that ended up becoming Berkeley Records and were in their early days known as White Cover Folks (WCF) also issued their own version and the first one with a slip sheet (with an image brazenly copied from the fan club Beatles’ Christmas Album) in 1971.

LIVE CONCERT AT WISKEY FLATS

Matrix: 510-A-X / 510-B-X

Beatles Live C Wiskey FlatsBeatles Live C Wiskey Flats lblBeatles LCaWF lbl bBeatles LCAtlanta blu lbl

Also exists with blank white labels and insert in different color shades (for example, red).

 

In the second half of 1972, Contraband then copied this release as CBM 3552 under a slightly changed title and brought it back to the East coast.

LIVE CONCERT ATLANTA

Beatles Live C Atlanta 3552 3Beatles Live C Atlanta 3552 o lbl

First editions (?) came with a unique ‘two-tone’ color design and wording – who are the Kyoto Klucks? – , unlike any other I have ever come across for CBM.

Beatles Live C Atlanta 3552Without Contraband symbol.

Alternative labels found with this title:

2013091114570000

2013091114570000

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA CBM green pirate lbl The label version copied by JL

In late 1975/early 1976, for a reissue on the King Kong sub-label, the folks at Contraband thought they knew the real location for this recording – someone may have pointed out that the Beatles did not play in Atlanta until 1965 – and in a rare move, they added a correction to the slip sheet (which was still incorrect):

LIVE CONCERT ATLANTA (which really is HOLLYWOOD BOWL SECOND SHOW)

Beatles Live C Atlanta 3552 detailBeatles Live C Atlanta 3552 detail 2Beatles Live C Atlanta 3552 KK

Matrix: RI-3552 A/B

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Another rare Japanese bootleg claiming to contain Atlanta material is this one. It appears that this was produced in the early 1980’s.

Beatles TPL-3032

From the auction text:  “BEATLES-LIVE (LP), JAPANESE PRESSING LP, INCLUDES 2 LIVE SHOW + BONUS, TPL-3032 SIDE A : LIVE IN ATLANTA” 1. TWIST AND SHOUT 2. YOU CAN’T DO THAT 3. ALL MY LOVING 4. SHE LOVES YOU 5. THINGS WE SAID TODAY 6. CAN’T BUY ME LOVE 7. IF I FELL 8. I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND 9 BOYS 

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JL 522: The ROLLING STONES / The BEATLES – BATTLE

B RS Battle 512

The matrix images can be found under the JL 512 entry.

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JL 523: The BEATLES – FOREST HILLS TENNIS STADIUM

Beatles Forest Hills TS 523Beatles Forest Hills TS 523 lbl

Copied J. Fish designed Instant Analysis labels.

The original Contraband title with explanation what was really on this album, was previously featured here.

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JL 524 is unknown at this time.

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JL 525: The BEATLES – SWEDEN 1963

Beatles Sweden 1963 JL 525Beatles Sweden JL 524 2v

A link to the notes on the original can be found here.

516 Last Live Show
JL 517 Get Back To Toronto  [I almost mixed this up with John Lennon Telecasts, which since the TMOQ days had the matrix # JL-517-A / B and for which a Japan copy – with an insert, however, and not looking like a typical JL release – exists as well.]
518 Various Artists – California Jammin’
JL 519 Paris Sports Palais
520 Led Zepppelin – BBC ZEP

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(JL) 516: THE BEATLES – LAST LIVE SHOW

A. “I had a repressing with printed b&w cover, black-silver labels and matrix no. JL 516 which was very badly pressed.” [bootleg section of http://tomwaits-vinyl.org%5D

Beatles LLShow JL 516The JL number is located bottom left.

B&W insert & silver on black label (copy of the original label design)

Beatles LLS lbl

B. Not a JL release: The ’10’ version with a purple label (matrix number wanted):

Beatles LLShow purp 1Beatles LLShow 10

Compare with an original shown here – not a big difference, I know, except that the copies above really have that ‘xeroxed’ look and feel.

Beatles Last Live S

Beatles LastLShow lbl B

Above: 7001 A / B matrix

Those with copied & colored/tinted inserts seem to have an 101 A / B matrix like the one shown here below:

Beatles LLShow 501 tint

Beatles Last Live Show lbl

ca. 1971 WCF version/copy with their typical 10″ ring from the converted record press.

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Beatles Last Live S red lblAbove: Red label U.S. version (producer unknown at this time) with added date below the title.

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The Beatles started 1966 on the 5th of January by ‘secretly’ (I really do not believe that there was an intentional effort to hide the fact that what you heard was not always the original field recording) gathering at CTS (Cine Tele Sound) Studios at 49-53 Kensington Gardens Square in Bayswater, London to salvage/improve the inline recording made at Shea Stadium in New York the previous summer for an upcoming BBC1 TV special.

In the 1960’s, CTS had mono and stereo three-track and two-track 7½, 15 and 30 IPS Philips tape machines. CTS was a scoring stage, so the film could be projected onto a large screen and musicians could play along to the selected scene. I assume the Beatles dis this when re-recording two of the songs (see further down) to match video and audio as best as they could.

I have looked far and wide about the recording equipment used to capture this landmark show but found nothing about it at all.

Peter Simon remembers watching the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show, and the following year, photographed their concert at Shea Stadium.

Beatles Shea 8beatles Shea 4Beatles Shea 2

John about to wreck their VOX Continental organ by playing it with his elbow (and making George laugh and lose his rhythm). It repaid him by malfunctioning at the next tour stop at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens and was replaced by the time they appeared in Atlanta. The organ would never be used on stage by anyone ever again and was sold in 2008 for $182,000.

It turned out that “I Feel Fine”  and “Help!” were considered “beyond help” and were re-recorded from scratch, with JPGR trying their best to make it sound and look live and synchronized, to be latter dubbed with audience noise – not from Shea but Hollywood Bowl ’65. The bass had suffered especially in the field recording and Paul overdubbed new bass lines onto “Dizzy Miss Lizzy”, “Can’t Buy Me Love”, “Baby’s In Black” and “I’m Down”. John also enhanced his organ part for the final song.It seems that it had already been decided at this point that “She’s A Woman” and “Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby” had to be cut due to time constraints. “They were, however, included in an early print which Epstein received from Sullivan Productions around 5 November 1965, which then ran to 54 minutes. By January, as it would be for the transmission, the film’s duration had been cut to just under 48 minutes.”

There were plans to enhance “Twist and Shout” as well but studio time had run out. Instead, the Capitol recording from their last Hollywood Bowl concert on 30 August 1965 was used. Now, here is a minor riddle regarding this. In John C. Winn’s book Way beyond Compare it says about the Capitol Hollywood Bowl three-track recordings: “Unlike in 1964, Capitol didn’t even bother to remix either of the 1965 concerts at the time, and they remained unheard until 1971, when the three-track masters were sent to Abbey Road.” So, what type of tape did they have to work with in early 1966?

“Act Naturally”, the experiment – as they were back to performing the old staple “I Wanna Be Your Man” by Atlanta was simply replaced by the official version, overdubbed with pure (looped?) audience pandemonium, not caring or noticing that vocals and image no longer matched in all places. I would imagine that the end of session time forced this as well and obviously no other professionally recorded live version existed. Alternatively, the Beatles and the producers just could not be bothered or they tried and failed to recreate a good enough facsimile.

“Documentation also suggests that John wished to record a new version of Ticket To Ride, and that it was done during this CTS session, but close study of the film indicates that the original Shea version was used (although perhaps a little instrumental overdubbing was effected).”

The Beatles At Shea Stadium was shown on BBC1 in the UK on 1 March 1966 but in the U.S. not until the following year.

CTS 67Nancy Sinatra and John Barry at CTS in ’67, recording session for the You Only Live Twice . No Beatles photo at CTS available, just imagine JPGR around that mic…

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Beatles Shea tapeSold at auction in December 2005 (for almost $9,000) and subsequently appeared on bootleg CD’s in 2007 (HMC, etc.): Three 7 1/2 ips pre-production tapes containing the raw Shea recording before edits and overdubbing. 28, 32 and 37 minutes long.

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JL 517: THE BEATLES – GET BACK TO TORONTO

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JL 518: Various Artists (Deep Purple, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Pink Floyd) – CALIFORNIA JAMMIN’

California Jammin 2California Jammin #

The original King Kong / Contraband release can be visited under this link.

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JL 519: THE BEATLES – PARIS SPORTS PALAIS

Beatles Paris JL 519Beatles Paris JL 519 2v

Detailed info regarding the original – another Contraband release – can be found here.

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JL 520: LED ZEPPELIN – BBC ZEP

Led Zep BBC Zep JL 520

Led Zep BBC Zep JL detail

And here is the detailed info link for this classic bootleg, released originally in late spring or mid-1973.

JL 511 Pink Floyd Europe 74
JL 512 Beatles / Rolling Stones BATTLE
JL 513 Paul McCartney James Paul McCartney
514 Beatles Live in Europe & US TV Casts
JL 515 Beatles Live in Vancouver Canada

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JL 511: PINK FLOYD EUROPE 74

Pink Floyd JL 511

This copy shown sold for 16,000+ Yen in Japan in April of 2015, confirming a trend we already saw in the OG PF copies.

This title helps us significantly in dating the whole JL series, as it can be traced back to the two previous originals. First, there was THE SCREAMING ABDAB , Wizardo’s first PF title, released in the fall of 1975.

Pink Floyd Screaming Abdab

Then, Contraband wasted little time and copied this LP relatively shortly afterwards as:

Pink Floyd Europe 74

This means that JL 511 was pressed in 1976 at the earliest.

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JL 512 (as the matrices say) orJL 522 (according to the cover #) The BEATLES / ROLLING STONES – BATTLE

B RS Battle 512

B RS Battle 512 lbl 1

B RS Battle 512 matrix

B RS Battle 512 lbl 2

B RS Battle 512 matrix b

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The original:

B RS Battle orig

B RS Battle orig lbl

Released in 1971. An early example of a “hybrid bootleg”. The track list on the insert is incorrect. While the excellent sounding Rolling Stones tracks are just in the wrong order, the Beatles side underwent a complete change that must have come too late for the “Art Department”.

Side 1: Looking Tired (2:15 – (06 September, 1965 at RCA Studios-Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA) / Tell Me Baby (1:54) (11 June 1964 + all following tracks: At Chess Studios, Chicago, IL) / Down in The Bottom (2:43) / Stewed And Keefed (4:09) / Hi-Heel Sneakers (2:59)

The Vg quality Beatles side lists the songs performed on their 1965 Ed Sullivan Show appearance from the 14 August ’65 but is actually a partial copy of side one of the LAST LIVE SHOW LP, starting with “Twist And Shout”.

Beatles Last Live S

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JL 513: PAUL McCARTNEY & WINGS – JAMES PAUL McCARTNEY

McCartney JPM JL 513

I had written previously in this post that this was a copy of the CBM version – I hope that this is really the case as the cover joins the TMOQ ‘smoking pig’ version from 1974 with the added CBM logo, and unless one listens to the actual JL version record, it is not confirmed (CBM simply copied TMOQ’s insert text, despite changing the track list).

McCartney JPM 513 2v

With and without ‘JL’ prefix.

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JL 514:  THE BEATLES – live in europe & us tv casts

Beatles LiEur USTV JL 514

Beatles LiEur USTV 2v

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JL 515: THE BEATLES – LIVE IN VANCOUVER CANADA

Beatles Live Vancouver Canada IA

It is easy to determine the start of this series based on the first title copied: Led zeppelin’s DETROIT JUST ABOUT BACK on Contraband, recorded 31 January 1975 and released around spring 1975 as CBM 1046 (sandwiched between the two George Harrison titles CHICAGO and MORE FROM THE TOUR ).

This would place this copy into the second half of 1975 or even early 1976.

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501 Led Zeppelin Detroit Just About Back
502 Led Zeppelin Live On Blueberry Hill
503 Santana Singing Winds Crying Beasts
504 King Crimson Texas Hall Arlington
505 Led Zeppelin Going to California
506 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Live At L.A. Forum 2 LP
507 Led Zeppelin Stairway To Heaven

510 Beatles Sunday Night At The Palladium 

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JL 501:

Led Zep Detroit 501

Led Zep Detroit 501 II

Led Zep Detroit 501 detail

The original had previously been featured in this post.

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JL 502:

Led Zep Blueberry Hill 502 lg

Led Zep Blueberry Hill 502 detail

Led Zep Blueberry Hill 502

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JL 503:

Santana LiveSantana Live bSantana Live b 2Santana Live J detailSantana Live innerSantana Live JL 503

It should be noted that the duo-colored insert version of this album is also a Japanese copy. You can see it, and the original, here.

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JL 504:

King Crimson Texas Hall JL504

Copied labels were not common as part of the Jl-5XX series.

King Crimson Texas Hall JL504 2

King Crimson Texas Hall JL504 detail

This title and all its variations was previously discussed in this post.

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JL 505:

Led Zep Going To California 505

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JL 506:

CSNY Live At L.A. Forum 506

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JL 507:

Led Zep Stairway TH 507

The ca. 1974 TMOQ ‘smoking pig’ original can be found here.

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JL 510:

Beatles SN LP 2The number is faintly visible bottom right.

 

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It looks like we are missing numbers 508 – 509 – does anyone know what they are?

Starting around 1974 and until about 1976/77 U.S. made bootlegs by mostly TMOQ and Contraband, with the occasional other label release thrown in, were issued in Japan looking like budget editions of the originals. Any further information is, as always welcome. Most of them had the letters “JL” added to the copy of the original artwork (with the exception of a few pictured in this first post). The following order is not meant to be chronological as I do not have that exact knowledge.

The originals of the titles shown here appeared between 1971 and 1974.

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JL 11 / 12: The BEATLES – YELLOW MATTER CUSTARD  [no JL #, textured cover]

Beatles YMC J 11 12

Beatles YMC J 11 12 detail

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[No matrix #? – 108 mentioned in an eBay ad] The only Japan copy I have found so far that was pressed on colored PVC:

Stewart R Plynth J copy

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The JL 100X Series:

Some have “JL” printed on the cover and some don’t; examples are shown below.

JL 1001  Kum Back  (WCF version)
JL 1002  Complete Christmas Collection  (TMOQ stamped/stickered)
JL 1003  In Atlanta Whiskey Flat
JL 1004  The Beatles On stage in Japan  (Pig’s Eye version)
JL 1005 Yellow Matter Custard  (CBM)
1006  Let It Be – Live  (Silver’s Greatest)
1007  Back in 1964 at the Hollywood Bowl  (Comic insert)

Thanks to Karl for the list and the two ‘side by side’ images from his huge collection.

JL 1001:

Beatles JL KB 1001Beatles KB 1001 lblMachine stamped matrices.

Beatles JL 1001 lbl 2

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JL 1002:

Beatles JL 1002

beatles JL 1002 2

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JL 1003:

Beatles JL 1003

Beatles JL 1003 detail

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JL 1004:

Beatles JL 1004

Beatles 1004 lblBeatles (JL) 1004

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JL 1005 Yellow Matter Custard  (CBM)

Beatles YMC 1005Beatles YMC 1005 bBeatles YMC 1005 lblBeatles (JL) 1005

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(JL) 1006:

Beatles Let it be Live 1006

Beatles Let It Be Live detail

Beatles Let It Be Live lbl detail

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(JL) 1007:

Beatles Bi64HoBo 1007Beatles Bi64HoBo 1007 det

Beatles Bi64HoBo 1007 lblAbove: The copied Shalom label vs an original below:

Shalom lbl

This is all I have found so far. Were there more in this series?

 

From “Operation Moonbeam” to the Moonmadness Tour – how fitting!

Camel Lunacy itmm

Camel Lunacy itmm detail 2

Camel Lunacy itmm detail

Camel Lunacy itmm lbl 1

Source: Fair to good audience recording from the Liverpool Empire on 2 April, 1976. The pink-camel.de website lists an FM recording for this date. The first – and only – Camel vinyl bootleg.

Side 1: Song Within A Song [07:31] / Excerpts From Snow Goose 1 [10:23] / Air Born [05:04] / Chord Change [06:37]
Side 2: Excerpts From The Snow Goose 2 [09:31] / Another Night [06:29] / Lady Fantasy [14:04]

MARC goes prog-rock – and not exactly out with a bang. Possibly the worst sounding recording in their catalog. Why did they stop here? I would love to know.

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