IMP 2-19: Black Sabbath ‘Doomsday Recitation’ / ‘KILLING YO(U)RSELF TO DIE’ :STONED 4

Black Sabbath Doomsday Recitation

Black Sabbath Doomsday Recitation b

A copy of this mega-rare Euro bootleg on the Stoned Records label:

Black Sabbath KYTD

Above: First pressing, wrong spelling. I guess bootleggers tend to be dyslexic.

Black Sabbath KYTD 2nd

Second pressing with corrected spelling.

Black Sabbath KYTD outer

Black Sabbath KYTD inner

Black Sabbath KYTD lbls

Source: Audience recording from April 21, 1977 recorded at The Olympen in Lund, Sweden

A1         Symptom Of The Universe         
A2         Snowblind         
A3         War Pigs         
B1         Black Sabbath         
B2         Dirty Women / Rock ‘N Roll Doctor (Medley)         
C1         Electric Funeral / N. I. B. (Medley)         
D1         Gypsy         
D2         Paranoid         
D3         Children Of The Grave       

Black Sabbath Lund 77 ad

AC/DC opened, until they were reportedly kicked off the tour, however they did play in Lund and there was only one more show after that, so it was not a premature departure by any means: “On April 5th 1977, AC/DC would begin a tour of Europe in support of Black Sabbath, taking them through France, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and Sweden.

While in Sweden, Malcolm was involved in an altercation with Black Sabbath’s bass player, which led to AC/DC’s expulsion from the tour. Malcolm recalled the incident during an interview with UK music magazine Q in 2003 “We were staying in the same hotel, and Geezer was in the bar, crying in his beer, ’10 years I’ve been in this band, 10 years–wait till you guys have been around 10 years, you’ll feel like us.’ I said ‘I don’t think so.’ I was giving him no sympathy. He’d had many too many [drinks] and he pulled out this silly flick knife.” The last concert of the tour took place on April 22nd at the Scandinavium in Goteborg.”

05 April 1977 : Paris, France (Pavillon de Paris)
06 April 1977 : Colmar, France (Parc des Expositions)
07 April 1977 : Offenbach, Germany (Stadthalle)
09 April 1977 : Köln, Germany (Sporthalle)
10 April 1977 : Nurnberg, Germany (Messezentrum Halle)
11 April 1977 : Ludwigshafen, Germany (Friedrich-Ebert-Halle)
13 April 1977 : Geneva, Switzerland (Salle Des Fetes de Thonex)
14 April 1977 : Zurich, Switzerland (Volkshaus)
15 April 1977 : Odense, Denmark
16 April 1977 : Brussels, Belgium (Cirque Royal)
17 April 1977 : Amsterdam, Holland (De Nieuwe Rai Congrescentrum)
18 April 1977 : Hamburg, Germany (Ernst Merck Halle)
19 April 1977 : Copenhagen, Denmark (Falkoner Centret)
20 April 1977 : Stockholm, Sweden (Konserthuset)
21 April 1977 : Lund, Sweden (Olympen)
22 April 1977 : Göteborg, Sweden (Scandinavium)
23 April 1977 : Oslo, Norway (Njardhalle) [canceled]
24 April 1977 : Helsinki, Finland (Kulttuuritalo) [canceled]

A few comments from Sabbath collectors sites and an eBay listing, where this item usually goes for $100 – $200:

“The quality of this is good to very good the show it self is EX Ozzy and Sabbath at there best…”
“Sound: 9/10 (IMO)”

“Company and/or Label: Stoned Records, Schweden Catalogue-Number: STD 4 Comentarios: Excelente stereo in deluxe colour gatefold sleeve. Group shots, autographed on back by band. Available in two versions. First one has misprinting on front cover ‘Killing Yorself To Die’ while the second one is showing the correct title. One of the best Sabbath boots and also one of the most expensives. I did receive an e-mail from a guy who was involved in that bootleg. He said that the number of all bootleg-lps printed by Stone Records including Sabbath and Hendrix as well as others were 16.000! The ladder [sic] were the best selling. So you can judge yo(u)rself how many copies of “Killing Yo(u)rself To Die” were made!” [As they only ever produced six titles – and reportedly just under 1000 were pressed of the Queen title Invite You For A Night At The Warehouse – that still leaves more than 2500 copies per release on average. Not that rare really.]

“Black Sabbath: “Killing Yourself To Die” (2 LP) 1977, Sweden/Stoned 4.  Holy grail of Black Sabbath LPs, when this turns up it’s always a counterfeit edition with blurry label art or a colored vinyl re-press, this is a genuine first edition. Killer sounding document of the band’s appearance at The Olympen in Lund, Sweden in 1977. Long considered the best Sabbath live LP and the hardest one to get, this is the sh*t!

4 comments
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  1. Erik T said:

    Glad “Grindlpol” isn’t totally obsolete. I was glad to get a cheap copy, I used to see very few Sabbath boots, usually variations of the Hammersmith 78 broadcast… killing Yourself To Die is amazing of course. I used to see Love In Chicago, but not for years, even though I used to come across the red cover and the Berkeley editions every year or 3… The Frenchman who made the Floyd boots Waters Gate and 67-69 also made a Sabbath record from Paris early 1973, muddy audience tape but I have certainly heard worse.
    One more Sabbath boot recollection- decades ago I borrowed a friend’s copies of Darker Than Blue, the Deep Purple zine, and they had great boot info… Dunno if old issues are online. One tidbit was the arrest in Europe somewhere of the guy who made “Bitch” – an 83 Ian Gillan Sabbath recording from Sweden if memory serves – anyhow, there were allegedly thousands of copies of only a coupe of titles seized in this one raid which made/ makes me think some boots were pressed in much greater numbers than suspected, but they stay rare because nobody ever likes to part with their copies… Just an idea… Might any Sabbath product show up during the current recap of old Japanese bootlegs? I don’t think they made it to Japan until the Dio era in 1980 but I know recordings were made and at least one record pressed…

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