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Queen Free In The Park

Queen FITPark b

The above image shows the back insert and also gives it away as a non-ZAP release as this was very un-ZAP-like, nor would the label list the number of the LP as it does here. This is in fact the second pressing of a Japanese bootleg.  Which would also explain why this title goes for considerably more than the usual ZAP title at auction (the pictured copy sold for $180 in October 2012).

Also available in red:

Queen FITP red 2nd

Track list:

Bohemian Rhapsody (tape & rock part), Sweet Lady, You’re My Best Friend, Bohemian Rhapsody (verses), Killer Queen, The March Of The Black Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody (reprise), Bring Back That Leroy Brown, Brighton Rock, Son And Daughter, ’39, You Take My Breath Away, The Prophet’s Song, Stone Cold Crazy [cut], Liar, In The Lap Of The Gods…Revisited

Not included: Ogre Battle, White Queen, Flick Of The Wrist, and Keep Yourself Alive

Quality described as “not too great / B ” due to some distortion and the distance from the stage it was recorded from but still an improvement over the video soundtrack due to better vocal balancing.

First pressing had a grey cover:

Queen FITP grey 1st

Queen FITP grey 1st back

Ronstadt Take 2 before bedtime

The source is a bit of a mystery. This matches what was uploaded to EZT in 2006 as:

Linda Ronstadt
The Filmore
Sept. 21,1975

As promised here is another Linda Ronstadt torrent. The info I have with this is
that it was recorded at the Filmore West. I know someone will tell me that the
Filmore West closed in 1971 I have checked with several data bases and they all
refer to the venue as the Fimore West so thats what I will go with. This is an
audience recording and I would rate it as a “B” as far as quality goes, if you
want a studio quality show don’t waste your time downloading this. If on the
other hand you enjoy just listening to the Lindas’ music this is for you.

1) Colorado
2) Silver Threads and Golden Needles
3) I Can’t Help it if I’m Still in Love With You
4) Desperado
5) When Will I Be Loved
6) Long Long Time
7) You’re No Good
8) Heatwave
9) Heart Like A Wheel
10) It Doesn’t Matter Anymore
11) Hey Good Looking

On the other hand, wolfgangsvault lists a show at the Greek on that day but the tracks do not match:

01 That’ll Be The Day (Partial) 0:59
02 Love Has No Pride 4:26
03 Silver Threads And Golden Needles 2:36
04 Willin’ 3:36
05 It Doesn’t Matter Anymore 5:15
06 Hey Mister, That’s Me Up On the Jukebox 4:21
07 When Will I Be Loved? 2:53
08 Lose Again 3:51
09 Faithless Love 3:31
10 I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still In Love With… 3:41
11 Desperado 3:29
12Love Is A Rose 3:16

I have also seen this listed as Linda Ronstadt-1975-04-13-Berkeley Community Theater but the tracks do not match either:

Tracklist:
01-03 KBFH intro & commercials
04-Colorado
05-Silver Threads & Golden Needles
06-I Can’t Help It If I’m Still In Love With You
07-Desperado
08-When Will I Be Loved
09-Long Long Time
Scotch tapes commercial
10-You’re No Good
11-Heatwave
12-Heart Like A Wheel

A collector rates this LP as having “excellent sound quality”, so that would point towards the source being a radio broadcast.

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I can’t help but think that one of Ken’s kids designed this cover.

Side A
Imagine
Mother
Come Together
Give Peace a Chance

Source: Madison Square Garden, NY – KBFH broadcast of selected songs from the evening show.

Side B
Yer Blues          (‘Rock’n Roll Circus’ Outtake)
John Sinclair    (‘the david frost show’, recorded December 16, 1971)
It’s So Hard       (‘the mike douglas show’ rec. January 14, 1972)
The Luck of the Irish  (‘the mike douglas show’, rec. January 28, 1972)
Johnny B. Goode  (‘the mike douglas show’, rec. January 20, 1972)

Lenno J  JTT

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After CBM, Wizardo and Dub had already had a stab at this material in releases that varied from absolutely dreadful to pretty good in audio quality (Houndog CBM 5040, Lennon/McCartney CBM 3665, One To One & More WRMB 301 and Telecasts TMOQ 71046 & CBM 3711) Ken put out his own version as well.

I guess know we know where U2 got that album title inspiration from… <just kidding>

Released ca. 1976; ’75 Ken Regan photo of Dylan in the studio; 5 – 6 stars on bobsboots.com

Municipal Auditorium
Bangor, Maine
November 27th 1975

Very Good plus Incomplete Audience Recording

SIDE ONE:  
01. IT AIN’T ME, BABE  
02. HARD RAIN  
03. ROMANCE IN DURANGO  
04. MAMA YOU BEEN ON MY MIND*  
05. I SHALL BE RELEASED*  

SIDE TWO:  
06. I DON’T BELIEVE YOU **
07. SIMPLE TWIST OF FATE **
08. ONE MORE CUP OF COFFEE  
09. SARA  
10. JUST LIKE A WOMAN  
11. KNOCKIN’ ON HEAVEN’S DOOR

  * Duet with Baez
** Acoustic

collectorsmusic.com says: “Hammersmith Odeon, London, England – December 24th, 1975 “Brighton Rock,” “Son And Daughter,” “Keep Yourself Alive” and “Liar” appear on Tokyo Rampage (TKRWM 1801)

Side 1 consists of: Intro: Procession (taped)  / Father To Son / Ogre Battle / Son And Daughter / Modern Times Rock’n Roll is from the Rainbow Theatre, London, March 31st. ’74

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Bad quality inserts on almost every copy showing Queen as a trio. At least the music sounded good (unless you already owned Command Performance or Royal Rock Us and Sheetkickers and felt duped for getting parts of what you already had).

Side A:

    Highway Star (from “Made In Japan”)
    Smoke On The Water (from “Machine Head”)
    When A Blind Man Cries (from B-side “Never Before”)
    Help (from “Shades Of Deep Purple”)

Side B:

    Woman From Tokyo (from Single WB 7672)
    Black Night (from Single HAR 5020)
    River Deep, Mountain High (from “The Book Of Taliesyn”)
    We Can Work It Out (from “The Book Of Taliesyn”)
    Strange Kind Of Woman (from “Fireball”)

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Quite a disappointing start of yet another Ken label with a 100% pirate content release.

HIAWATHA EXPRESS
ZE ANONYM PLATTENSPIELER ZAP 7980
Side 1: Heartbreaker medley incl. Bouree* / Thank You* / Minnesota Blues** / The Lemon Song** (24:25)
Side 2: Stairway To Heaven** / Travelling Riverside Blues*** / Whole Lotta Love* (18:06)
Recording: (*)Excellent mono professional FM broadcast; (**)Excellent stereo professional pre-FM soundboard radio recording; (***)Excellent mono professional pre-FM soundboard radio recording. Source: (*)Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, Canada Mar. 21 ’70; (**)In Concert, Paris Theatre, London, England Apr. 1 ’71; (***)Maida Vale Studio 4 (BBC – Top Gear with John Peel), London, England June 24 ’69.

allmusic.com review (I cut their usual hand wringing that no sources are listed on the cover): “Hiawatha Express boasts generally excellent sound quality, and Zep is in fine form on favorites that include “Whole Lotta Love,” “Heartbreaker,” and the great, if overexposed, “Stairway to Heaven.” So even though vinyl collectors were, in 1975, cursing ZAP for not giving any recording dates, they applauded the sound quality and the performances. Although not for casual listeners, Hiawatha Express is a bootleg that hardcore collectors were glad to get their hands on in the 1970s — regardless of how much the lack of recording dates infuriated them.”

ABSENCE
TOASTED RECORDS 2S921
Side 1 & 2: A rerelease of ON STAGE IN EUROPE 1975 (Ze Anonym Plattenspieler ZAP 7867).
Side 3 & 4: A rerelease of HIAWATHA EXPRESS (Ze Anonym Plattenspieler ZAP 7980).
Comments: US bootleg. Deluxe black & white front. Deluxe color back. 

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Very nice ZAP cover idea and execution. Regarding the Toasted release, I understand that “Absence” is a wordplay on Led Zep’s seventh studio album title but i.m.h.o. this should have exchanged titles with the Beatles Toasted LP “Renaissance”. Makes you wonder, did all Toasted titles end in “…nce”?

And that was it for the ZAP label. Next up: TKRWM