3969: PINK FLOYD CRACKERS

TAKRL says: “Our only triple album original edition contained poster of Dr.Terrence H.’Telly’ Fone. All threes.”

The poster:

From cover text: Recorded September 22, 1972 under a full moon and smiling skies at the Hollywood Bowl / Tape from the collection of Wren Aldo / Edited by Deek Kibard / The first track (Breathe) had to substituted from another performance due to unfortunate flaws in the original Hollybowl tape / Cover featuring the delightful Miss Goody atop ger good friend Jake, by Art Gnuvo / It’s in Stereo / Another bonus / TAKRL 3969

S1: BREATHE*/ON THE RUN/TIME/BREATHE (REPRISE)/THE GREAT GIG IN THE SKY
S2: MONEY/US AND THEM/ANY COLOUR YOU LIKE/BRAIN DAMAGE/ ECLIPSE
S3: ONE OF THESE DAYS/CAREFUL WITH THAT AXE EUGENE
S4: ECHOES
S5: A SAUCERFUL OF SECRETS
S6: SET THE CONTROLS FOR THE HEART OF THE SUN

SQ: EXCELLENT STEREO (FIRST PRESSING) SUBSEQUENT PRESSINGS ARE VERY GOOD STEREO.

COMMENTS: US BOOTLEG. FIRST PRESSING WITH PLAIN WHITE COVER AND PAPER INSERT. SECOND PRESSING (WITH DELUXE BLACK & WHITE COVER WITH GROUP SHOT ON BACK (RELEASED IN 1978) AND LATER ISSUED IN 1982 IN A PLAIN BLACK BOX WITH A DIFFERENT (PACKET OF CRACKERS) PAPER INSERT (MATRIX C3969A/F) – THE TRACK ‘ECLIPSE’ IS MORE COMPLETE ON THIS PRESSING. ONE LATER ISSUE CLAIMS TO BE QUADRAPHONIC, THIS ONE IS USUALLY OFFERED ON EBAY FOR AROUND $140 (ALWAYS SHRINK WRAPPED) IN A PLAIN SLEEVE WITH THE BOX SET INSERT AND AN EXTRA BACK INSERT – IT MAY WELL BE A CYNICAL REPACKAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BOX SET – SEE ‘ECLIPSED (SUEDE BOX)’. RE-ISSUED YET AGAIN WITH A NEW MATRIX NUMBER (VD 003 #3969-A/F L-29467) AND ‘OSCAR RECORDS’ LABELS. RECENTLY SOME COPIES HAVE APPEARED FOR SALE IN THE BLACK BOX WITH THE ORIGINAL JAPANESE GIRL INSERT INSTEAD OF THE ‘PACKET OF CRACKERS’ INSERT. THESE ARE NUMBERED (SUPPOSEDLY UP TO 250) AND MAY BE GENUINE BUT IF SO, THIS WOULD BE THE ONLY TIME THAT TAKRL EVER NUMBERED ANY OF THEIR ALBUMS – SO THIS IS UNLIKELY.
NOTES FROM TAKRL: ‘OUR ONLY TRIPLE ALBUM, ORIGINAL EDITION CONTAINED POSTER OF DR. TERENCE H. ‘TELLY’ PHONE. ALL THREES’.

RARITY RATING: *****(WITH POSTER) ****(FIRST) ***(SECOND) *(BOX SET) ?(QUAD)

SOURCE: HOLLYWOOD BOWL LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA 22.9.72 EXCEPT * RAINBOW THEATRE LONDON 20.2.72.

KNOWN LABEL VARIATIONS: PLAIN TAKRL – WORLDS RECORDS – SPINDIZZIE – MONIQUE D’OZO – VERZYL COMIC LABELS – OSCAR RECORDS – DESSIE RECORDS – PLAIN LABELS (VARIOUS COLOURS) – CARTOON DUCK – CARTOON DWARF WITH HAMMER – CARTOON MONSTER.

[As this set came out in 1976 it took three and a half years for the master tape to see a release. I would have loved to find out more about the story behind it but I found nothing so far. The Youtube link below has the full recording.]

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