John Lennon & YELLOW MATTER CUSTARD & another CBM obvious copy job 4

In the summer and fall of 1963 a Beatles fan in the UK taped several episodes of the BBC “Pop Go The Beatles” radio series and held on to the tapes. By 1971 a copy of these recordings has made its way to California where Dub and his dad acquired and pressed it into what became known as Yellow Matter Custard. What made it most desirable was that 13 out of these 14 songs would never be recorded again in a studio setting and never become commercially available. Subsequently, when John Lennon was presented with a copy of Yellow Matter Custard on December 7th 1971 – likely the first non-Get Back acetate derived Beatles bootleg he ever heard and became genuinely excited about. After not believing that it was the Beatles, he misidentified it as the tape of their Decca test performance from January 1st, 1962, seemingly having forgotten all about the many BBC radio shows he had recorded.

The trade. That:

Beatles YMCustard

For this:

signed Butcher front

Signed Butcher cover slick

It made a nice Christmas gift for Paul and Linda as well:

John bootleg

[From Hunter Davies’ book The John Lennon Letters]

01. I Got A Woman*  (Charles/Richards)  2:32        Recorded July 16. 1963 – Broadcast on August 13 1963

02. Glad All Over*  (Schroeder/Tepper/Bennett)  1:51    Recorded July 16. 1963 – Broadcast August 20 1963

03. I Just Don’t Understand*  (Wilkin/Westberry)  2:48     Recorded July 16, 1963 – Broadcast August 20 1963

04. Slow Down*  (Williams)  2:34     Recorded July 16, 1963 – Broadcast August 20 1963

05. Don’t Ever Change*  (Goffin/King) 2:06     Recorded August 1. 1963 – Broadcast August 27 1963

06. A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues*  (Thompson)  2:18      Recorded August 1, 1963 – Broadcast August 27, 1963

07. Sure To Fall (In Love With You) (Perkins/Claunch/Cantrell)  2:21    Recorded September 3, 1963 – Broadcast September 24, 1963

08. Nothin’ Shakin’ (But The Leaves On The Trees)* (Colacrai/Fontaine/Lampert/Cleveland)  2:57  Recorded July 10, 1963 – Broadcast July 23, 1963

09. Lonesome Tears In My Eyes*   (Burnette/Burnette/Burlison/Mortimer)  2:33   Recorded July 10, 1963 – Broadcast July 10, 1963

10. So How Come (No One Loves Me)*   (Bryant/Bryant) 1:52        Recorded July 10, 1963 – Broadcast July 23rd 1963

11. I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You)*    (Thomas/Biggs)  1:59    Recorded July 16, 1963 – Broadcast August 6, 1963

12. Crying, Waiting, Hoping*  (Holly)  2:08     Recorded July 16, 1963 – Broadcast August 6, 1963 

13. To Know Her Is To Love Her*   (Spector)  2:46     Recorded July 16, 1963 – Broadcast August 6, 1963

14. The Honeymoon Song*   (Theodorakis/Sansom)  1:39    Recorded July 16, 1963 – Broadcast on August 6 1963

* officially released on Live at the BBC

It would be easy to amass 25 different versions of YMC, here are three different CBM version:

Beatles YMC

On Instant Analysis:

Beatles YMC IA

And on King Kong:

Beatles YMC KK

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Beatles YMC J 11 12

Beatles YMC J 11 12 detail

The Japan copy as part of the JL series (# 11/12) used a unique textured cover.

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6 comments
  1. dave said:

    …..i gave John the ALBUM not a tape of any kind….if I HAD TAPED IT TO FOOL HIM, we would have been able to play it at Record Plant….but we didn’t…thats WHY THERE HAS NEVER BEEN ANY COMMENTS from John on his reaction to hearing it WITH ME….he took the VINYL home.

  2. dave said:

    Thank You….noticed it was off on your YouTube post too….

    • Done, Dave. Now, granted English isn’t my first language but that our friend Keith (he & I are friends on Facebook) takes offense in the words “chased down” is pretty funny. There was no negative meaning implied.

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