Due to other commitments, the blog will pause until the beginning of March.
Many copies exist without the added ‘#726’ number on the insert.
Apparently, the original WCF pressing with printed labels (matrix: GM 726 A / GM 726 B) is in stereo but the white label reissue (GM 726 B(crossed out) A / GM 726 B; alt. matrix for side B; GM R6 B) was reduced to mono, derived from the right channel of the earlier pressing. The reissue also runs slightly faster and the sides are reversed compared to the original, as indicated by the crossed out B.
USA: End of 1971/early 1972
According to Beatlegmania Vol. 2, a copy of this pre-TMOQ release (and pendant to their Reedy River LP, sticker version):
- Matrix (Side A): Side-2-B (starts with “The Walk”)
- Matrix (Side B): Side 1-A (starts with “Across The Universe”)
A collection of Get Back sessions stereo mixes taken from the various 1970 bootlegs, while side two is copy of officially released material (at least in the UK, when looking at the Wildlife benefit album version of “Across The Universe”).
Someone (Ken?) continued with volumes 3 & 4, which became 100% pirates copying solo-Beatles tracks. Even WCF/pre-Berkeley released their own copy of vol. 3 as 2033.
A later TMOQ-branded version was produced in 1972 but this must be very rare:
I have received the following information from a Japanese collector regarding this title:
725 BEATLES – RENAISSANCE MINSTRELS I (1st press RENAISSANCE RECORDS I labels)
Matrix ; 725 A / 725 B
However, showing 729 on the label, as seen here. Why 729 when the previous WCF release (Leon Russell) was # 724? Someone obviously made a mistake.
*2nd press: Plain white label
Matrix : 728 SIDE I / 728 SIDE II
For the date, it all depends on who was the originator of this series, WCF or Dub & Ken.
The TMOQ wiki states:
71025 – Beatles – Renaissance Minstrels – September 1971 – Renaissance Records labels (“Homogenized Stereo”) – RR – 1002 (matrix)
What puzzles me a bit is that they had not done a title label since Blueberry Hill and now after almost one year they went back to creating one? On the other hand, Beatlegmania Vol. Two states that Renaissance Minstrels II (WCF # 726) was a copy of TMOQ’s Homogenized Beatles 71026 and the pressings differ in the tell-tale areas, so there is little doubt that is correct.
In addition, is “Homogenized Stereo” (I assume that’s what it is supposed to say on the original TMOQ label) really correct? Isn’t it supposed to be “Renaissance Live” as shown here?
But where is the TMOQ-typical ‘deep groove’ in the label area above? This does not look like a TMOQ pressing to me. I have looked at a lot of different versions of this title – and there were a ton – but apart from the large 1/2 label with outer border and the pig-branded later ones, I have found no labels that fit the description of the TMOQ wiki.
To complete the picture, here is the cover that came with the green label:
If you can answer these questions, please leave a comment, thanks.
For some reason & pointing to compounded confusion at WCF during this time, this reissue of volume 1 used the matrix markings of 728 SIDE I / 728 SIDE II
Here is the folder cover reissue with a blank white label, made ca. 1973/’74 – I currently do not know the matrix #’s:
I don’t recall too many bootleg inserts/covers showing an official release – in this case his May 1971 release Leon Russell And The Shelter People but they obviously did not want to put a hole in this beautiful image they had selected.
Matrix: 725A / 725 B X
USA: Last quarter of 1971 / 1972
A copy of sides 3 & 4 of Rubber Dubber’s at anaheim 12-11-70 (70-010) with its pop art cover design:
Inside of the gatefold
‘TMOQ mk2’, i.e. Ken (due to the 4-digit matrix, here 1859 A/B) would later release their own version as well, making it the fourth title “borrowed” from a Rubber Dubber original, following their copies of the Rolling Stones – European Tour 1970, Jimi Hendrix – Live At the Los Angeles Forum and Neil Young – Los Angeles Music Center – June 1971 :
Shown here in what appears to be a first pressing, ca. 2nd half of 1972. It exists in many different cardboard & vinyl color and label variations.
WCF’s earliest ‘wrap-around’ insert?
Also exists with the following rarer insert:
For comparison, this is the label of the original Zerocks Records 1971 release:
USA: Last quarter of 1971 or 1972 (for the WCF copy)
And the Keylo/TMOQ original label:
USA: 1972 (again, for the WCF copy not the Keylo original, I wish I had an approximate release date for that one though like I have for the ‘TMOQ mk 1’ releases)
Did the fine folks at WCF know and/or care that both originals contained the same material (where they overlapped)?
Source: Leon Russell & Session – Homewood Session, Vine Street Theatre, Hollywood, CA – was originally broadcast on December 5, 1970 on KCET TV Los Angeles
One of 1971’s bootleg favorite, review it here <—- link, including the full broadcast for your viewing pleasure.
Speaking of Kustom Records (as mentioned in my previous post) … a holiday present to us all (thank you, Karl!).
I guess the transmission date is 8th of April’71, after all.
The concert Peter Grant’s talking about was Led Zeppelin’s appearance at Munich’s Circus Krone on 08 March 1970 (no recording has ever appeared of this concert).
It feels like we are watching the moment Pink Floyd’s hatred for bootlegs started.It’s quite remarkable that what is likely their first encounter with one of their bootlegs was the incredibly rare Pinky, pressed in a first pressing run of just 50 copies (matrix: DJ3003),
a UK copy of this Dutch release:
Matrix: XA44332/YB44332 – first edition with the misspelling “LIFE” on both sides. Second & third corrections had “LIVE/LIFE” and finally “LIVE/LIVE” on front and back.
“Atom Heart Mother” on side 1 and “Embryo” and “Interstellar Overdrive” on side 2, recorded at the Audimax in Hamburg 1970-03-12
Re. Kustom Records: This is the US cover for the Beatles pirate JUDY
It’s preposterous to claim these tracks were copied directly from the original masters from the Abbey Road vault, as the BBC reporter sets up the story and Mr. Collins willingly indulges him (although the claim may of course originated with him).
I still believe that Kustom was mostly a US label and they were only to happy to sell Collins a few hundred records and he had his own b&w knock off covers printed based on the original designs.
Also exists with red&white and b&w inserts.
USA: 2nd half of 1971 to early ’72
The Infromthestorm site states: “BBC Sessions, London 1967 / […] / Atwood Hall, Clark University, Worcester, MA 15.03.68; 2nd Show / “Happening For Lulu”, BBC TV Centre, London 04.01.69″
The Kustom Records US copy, # 005, released between late 1970 and April of ’71:
Kustom Records still confuses me a bit. It’s almost as if they were active on both sides of the Atlantic simultaneously (A Jeffrey Collins can be seen in a BBC report from 1971, stating he imports the discs from the USA and sleeves are added in the UK).
This particular release looks like a US release to me, compared to their European ones, which had printed covers, and was only sold by US-based sellers on eBay.
The UK original live experience 1967 – 68 (‘VOODOO CHILE’), matrix: JHBL A1 / JBHL B :
It came with a leaflet that Kustom Records (and Berkeley) would use for their inserts.
This unauthorized UK release received quite a bit of flak in the mainstream press, likely helping prompt a good deal of financial concern and the BBC report shown below.
Above: Melody Maker, UK, 12/1970 – below: Billboard magazine, US, 26 November 1970:
In April 1971, Billboard reports that 13,944 copies were pressed.
Finally, the (velvet) hammer came down – from Melody Maker, April 3rd, ’71:
We know from the BBC report that Jeffrey Collins imported Kustom Records discs without covers from the US and it seems obvious that he passed Kustom a copy of the UK bootleg, which then ended up as their release # 005, shown above.
However, in the end it was all for naught:
[thanks to jimihendrixcollector.com for some of these articles!]
Also copied by TMOQ in the US and released around June of 1971 as 71019 (matrix: JH107A/B):
CBM copied part of Kustom’s insert for their first version of their RAINBOW BRIDGE release (# 3213) from 1972:
Patti Smith and a copy of Goodbye, Jimi: