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Yes ... Indeed

Source: Yes live in Tampa, FL – Curtis Hixon Hall on 21 April 1973

Yes Tampa 73 stub

Side 1: Roundabout/ Starship Trooper
Side 2: Close To The Edge/ Wakeman Solo

Quality: “the recording was very good.” – Comment on a torrent site. “Gs”: Hot Wacks rating.      Another Contraband exclusive. The rest of the show has never surfaced.

Complete set list was:

Firebird Suite
Siberian Khatru
I’ve Seen All Good People
Mood For A Day
Heart Of The Sunrise
And You And I
Close To The Edge
Wakeman Solo
Yours Is No Disgrace
Starship Trooper

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Concert goer comment: “This was my second time seeing the band (after the DeLand Fla show 11/21/71). The concert was sold out. We had not purchased advanced tickets. We managed to buy 3 from scalpers. We paid $8.00 for one $10.00 for the other two. Scalpers were extremely scarce. The rumor floating around by showtime was that one person had paid $55.00 for a single ticket (a fortune in 1973). Poco, the opening act, was an unexpected treat. The Yes show, besides being great, was the LOUDEST rock show I’ve ever attended. My ears rang for a full day after seeing them that evening.”

Listener comment: “Last Night I listened to the Starship Trooper from this show. Just amazing, better than Yessongs.”

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Side 1: Some Other Guy (see description)/ Lucille / Boys (BBC recordings)/ Instant Karma (Top of the Pops, 11 February 1970 – live vocal over backing track)/ Act Naturally  (Ringo Starr & Cilla Black; 6 February 1968, ‘Cilla’ TV show)/ Tony Barrow discusses the Butcher Cover recall (telephone interview)
Side 2: From Us To You (BBC recording)/ Shout (Around the Beatles TV Show, 28 April 1964)/  What’s The New Mary Jane (not faded out as on CBM’s Mary Jane)/ Hop On The Bus (dialogue from Magical Mystery Tour film)/ Across The Universe (No One’s Gonna Change Our World charity LP, released in UK on 12 December 1969)/ Twist & Shout  – Roll Over Beethoven – I Wanna Be Your Man – Long Tall Sally (more Around The Beatles songs)
I tried to retrace how the audio part of the Beatles performing “Some Other Guy” live at the Cavern (isn’t it surprising how precious few ‘live at the Cavern’ minutes exist?) on 22 August 1962 ended up on this bootleg but it is not possible. It is probably an off air TV sourced recording made when the clip was first aired on 6 November 1963.

This was such a milestone in Beatles history (that the rest of the country did not get to see until Beatlemania had taken a firm hold) the last piece of the puzzle in place, caught just four days after Ringo had joined. In a parallel universe, a Beatles Live At The Cavern EP would have been recorded and released and “Some Other Guy” would have been on it. This showcases the band’s appeal so much more than their first single. Although, not a strong enough cover in my opinion, to be included on any of the first two albums, it served its purpose very well in this live setting. The Beatles were at the start of the runway with their engines ramping up – they just didn’t know it yet.


Beatles Some Other Guy

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Dylan Gaslight Tapes + Alias

Above: A complete early package with the Alias EP, a very rare find these days and worth about four to six times as much as the average CBM release.

The EP is shown here with a white label and no cover, as opposed to what is described on The following is supposed to be the first issue EP cover:

Bob Dylan Alias 2

Dylan Alias EP label

Dylan Alias EP Mogul

“Later it became individually available with a slightly different sleeve (the one shown above).”

Dylan Alias v 3Above: A third version (?), shown inserted into the back of The Gaslight Tapes LP


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Side 1: BILLY 1/ INSTRUMENTAL / BILLY 2 / BILLY 3                                                                                  Side 2: KNOCKING ON HEAVEN’S DOOR / RIVER THEME / FINAL THEME / BILLY 4

From “First released along with The Gaslight Tapes, this EP was then to be found alone, with a white cover and a slightly different insert. This EP is a selection of music from the “Real” soundtrack of the film “Pat Garrett and Billy the kid”.  It is not very well known that the Columbia soundtrack is entirely (even if slightly) different from the music used for the screen.  This is quite remarkable and seems to indicate that Dylan wished to re-record most of the tracks for the record.  The last “Billy” ( No. 4) is complete and features Dylan almost alone on guitar.  All other tracks are partial or incomplete (like in the film mostly).  Also “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” is from the film, and different from the album.  Quality is medium or fairly good.” D. Roques

The accompanying album:

Dylan Gaslight Tapes

In every single image I have found, the Contraband disc symbol on the top left is slightly clipped, even on the large slip sheet shown on the very first image at the start.

Descriptions from

“The dust jackets were black print on white sleeves.  The labels were full printed blue with red type. The Gaslight LP insert that was included with this release is slightly smaller than the one that is with the single release LP [the one shown above actually looks like the largest insert found].

This contraband album, undertitled “Visions through a window”, was first released together with the alias EP.  It was then released alone, with the same cover. It was reissued in 1976 with various record labels including ‘Instant analysis’. One version of this re-release has a brown sleeve with a white CBM insert. (Pressed from original master plates). A second version has a white sleeve with a CBM insert and cartoon on back. Blank labels. Several different labels were used on this issue. “

Dylan Gaslight Tapes 2

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Side 1: Blowin’ in the Wind  / Rocks and Gravel  / Quit your Lowdown  / Instrumental  / He was a friend of mine  / Hiram Hubbard                                                                                                                Source: Finjan Club, Montreal, June 1962

Side 2: Hard rain  / Don’t think twice  / Black Cross  / No more auction block  / Rocks and Gravel  / Moonshiner                                                                                                                                                 Source: Gaslight Cafe, NY, October ’62

LP matrix: WEC-3814

“…fairly good quality, except “Hard rain” (very Poor).  All tracks are much better on (the 1974 TAKRL 1912 LP)“Ode for Barbara Allen”.”  “Exm” rating in Hot Wacks.

“These Gaslight recordings have circulated among Dylan collectors for many years. They made their first appearance on bootleg LPs no later than 1973 [probably on this very CBM LP], and have appeared, in various forms, on several bootleg LPs and CDs and on many Dylan fan CDR projects. The full set of recordings, including 17 tracks, is usually referred to by Dylan collectors as the “Second Gaslight Tape,” but some refer to the recordings as a compilation of the “Second” and “Third Gaslight Tape,” believing them to be compiled from two different sets at the Gaslight. The source recording is not continuous, and its exact provenance has not been firmly established.” (Wikipedia)

Beatles Sweden 1963 large

Released in July of 1973

Beatles Sweden 1963

Beatles Sweden 1963 orig lbl

Also available with colored pirate logo and white labels (the latter need to be differentiated from the Japan copy seen below).

Beatles Sweden 1963 JL 525

Japan copy JL 525


Another bootleg vinyl world premiere, brought to you by Contraband Records: The Beatles on Swedish radio (and excerpts from their BBC radio program From Us To You # 2), as recorded on 24 October at Karlaplansstudio in Stockholm for a radio program known as Pop ’63. It would take until 1981’s Airtime before an upgrade would become available. It should be noted that this tape contains the only ‘live before an audience’ version of “You Really Got A Hold On Me” as well as the group playing through Fender amps, instead of Vox’s [their equipment was late].

Karlaplan Studio

The interior of Karlaplan studio a few years prior to the Beatles’ performance (no image of them recording the program exists).

Beatles Pop '63 SWE radio

Listing of the Beatles broadcast on 11 November 1963 from Röster i Radio-TV, the former Swedish Broadcasting Corporation’s weekly television and radio program magazine.

Side 2: From Us To You # 2, recorded on 28 February 1964 at BBC Piccadilly Studios in London. another “Bank Holiday Beatles Special”, this time hosted by Alan Freeman. Early 1964 saw them move away from treating these BBC radio performances as mini live concerts with unrecorded songs as a bonus. Now overdubs were added and gone were the cover songs – unless they had been recorded. Parts of this program were archived by the BBC on a one sided 12″ record (Kevin Howlett who wrote The Beatles At The BBC, claims it was the only program to survive on a vinyl disc). Page 168 of my first edition of Way Beyond Compare states that the songs from that session included here as tracks 3 – 6 “were bootlegged in very good quality on the LP Mary Jane [in 1973].” I believe, this is an error and the correct statement should read “…on the LP Sweden 1963“.


Beatles Holland Sweden Beatles Holland Sweden SH

King Kong/Shalom 8430/3795A

Side 1 is actually “Sweden” – a re-release of side 1 of WEC-3795, incorrectly attributed to their performance on the Swedish TV show Drop In on 30 October ’63 – side 2 looks like a misidentified 1964 US Tour concert excerpt. The track list for that side is: She Loves You / All My loving / Twist & Shout / Roll Over Beethoven / Long Tall Sally / Can’t Buy Me Love   [the Sweden radio performance in excellent quality]

“This is an item rare enough that it is not listed in the Hot Wacks bible. It features a rare insert cover with a printed jacket credited to the same artist J. Fish. The labels are on Instant Analysis which means the vinyl quality is of a much higher quality than on subsequent CBM releases [I would love to substantiate the claim made here about the vinyl quality. The CBM releases came first, of course, this is the subsequent re-release]. The LPs contain  the same material as “Live May 1973” 3796 and “Ticketron” 3436. ” [eBay seller description]


Released around 1975 and flying under HOT WACKS’ radar, Contraband reissued these Live May 1973 and ticketron as this rare double album on their King Kong reissue label but apparently using Instant Analysis paper labels as well.

Matrix #: 3795 A/B (A Passion Play sides) and 3436 A/B

Disc 1: (both sides): A Passion Play        [Hampton, VA, Coliseum – 17 May 1973]                       
Disc 2: Thick As A Brick                             
              Cross-Eyed Mary                              
              A New Day Yesterday                          
              Aqualung         [all tracks: Norfolk, VA, The Scope – 22 April 1972]

The discogs listing has track times and may be more reliable to this:

A1 Thick As A Brick 17:06
A2 Wind Up 6:14
B1 Cross-eyed Mary 3:35
B2 A New Day Yesterday 11:20
B3 Aqualung
C & D A Passion Play 38:48

I have seen this title listed under 3795 and 3796.

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Jethro Tull Live May 1973

Jethro Tull Live May 1973 II

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The seller of the above version wrote: “This is a variation on the CBM release pressed on flex vinyl similar to mid 70s RCA Records. It does not have the pits and other defects inherent in CBM pressings. It also has a different matrix, this one being WEC 3796 A&B.”

Jethro Tull Live May 1973 yellow

Source: Hampton, VA – Hampton Roads Coliseum, 17 May, 1973. “Thought to have been at Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY., but an audience member and newspaper report prove otherwise.”

1 Passion Play (part 1) 22:01
2 Passion Play (part 2) 16:46
3 Phone Call 0:32

Quality quoted as “Very good (stereo)”

One Tull newsgroup claimed “This album has also appeared as It’s For You. ” but I have found no trace of such an album.

Rolling Stones Hyde Park July 1969

This album was brought to you by Wisconsin Cheese Records – It’s the Cheese! Brian Jones makes a ghost-like appearance on the cover on the left.

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Rolling Stones Hyde Park later

Rolling Stones Hype Park small insert

Rolling Stones Hyde Park 2

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Side 1: Eulogy for Brian Jones (from Shelly’s “Adonias”)/ I’m Yours and I’m Hers (listed as Lemon Squeezer)/ Jumpin’ Jack Flash / Mercy Mercy / Stray Cat Blues / No Expectations

Side 2: I’m Free / Down Home Girl / Love In Vain / Loving Cup (listed as Give Me a Drink (Loving Cup))/ Honky Tonk Women

Matrix: WC 3689-A / WC 3689-B

The following comments are from “Audience (not Granada TV source) of the Hyde Park free concert, July 5, 1969. This is the original issue of this performance released sometime between 1973 and 1975 [1973 seems to be the year it first appeared]. One of the Top Three WORST sounding bootlegs of all time [Hot Wacks gave it a “Gm”, so this may be an exaggeration]. Rates with “Eight By Five” LP which is the audience source of Honolulu, 1966, and every recording you can find of The Hague, April 15, 1967 including VGP’s “Groovin’ Around”!

Note: There are versions of this LP that circulate the with incorrect artist on the LP. The artist is an obscure psychedelic/hard rock band from Baltimore called “The Orange Wedge”. “

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Beatles Live Paris Olympia Japan copy JL 526

Above: Made in Japan copy JL-526


Shalom Records 3688, rated as “Satisfactory mono” in Hot Wacks and “good quality” in Way Beyond Compare.

In 1973, this was the first release of the evening show and of any material from these two performances on 20 June 1965. Not only did France’s Europe 1 radio station air the show live  ((9.00-11.00 pm) titled “Les Beatles (en direct du Palais des Sports)”), French TV channel 2 videotaped the whole show. It was eventually shown on 31 October1965 from 7.30 – 8.00 pm in a program simple titled “Les Beatles”. As that broadcast presented the concert in a re-sequenced and edited form, the bootleg was obviously derived from the video soundtrack.

The original song order at both shows and throughout the 1965 European Tour was:

Twist And Shout
She’s A Woman                                                                                                                                                    I’m A Loser                                                                                                                                                          Can’t Buy Me Love                                                                                                                                             Baby’s In Black                                                                                                                                                          I Wanna Be Your Man                                                                                                                                              A Hard Day’s Night                                                                                                                                     Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby                                                                                                                     Rock And Roll Music
I Feel Fine
Ticket To Ride
Long Tall Sally


In 1974, Contraband were the first lable to issued the afternoon show from 20 June ’65 but misidentified it as the late show:

Beatles Paris SP

Also available with red pirate and King Kong labels. Cover photo shows the Beatles on stage at the Winter Gardens in Margate, UK, in July of 1963.

Beatles Paris SP detail

The first show had also been recorded by Europe 1 and broadcast on 27 June (1.00-2.00 pm) in the series Musicorama. Someone in France managed to hold on to their off-air tape copy into the early 70s and it eventually ended up in the hands of Contraband.

This old vinyl bootleg is still the only source for the complete song introductions, as apparently, the Europe 1 master tapes are unavailable . Fair/satisfactory quality overall, “marred by high-frequency interference”.


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‘ITALY / PARIS’ is a release on the King Kong sub label from ca. 1975, with the matrix numbers 4178A / 3688 A and is described as “S1: S1 of  ‘Paris’  [late show]  S2: S1 of ‘ITALY’


Beatles Paris SP JL 519

Japan copy JL-519 ( see number in bottom right corner)


In 1976, Wizardo copied this title twice as WRMB 335. First, as a straight copy of CBM LPPA 77:

Beatles Paris 335

Then, a second version under a slightly changed title (and with photos from Munich 1966) by combining most of both shows on one discs:

Beatles Paris '65

Side 1: Twist And Shout / She’s A Woman / Ticket To Ride / Can’t Buy Me Love / I’m A Loser / A Hard Day’s Night / Baby’s In Black / Rock And Roll Music / Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby / Long Tall Sally

Side 2: Twist And Shout / She’s A Woman / I’m A Loser / I Wanna Be Your Man / A Hard Day’s Night / Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby / Rock And Roll Music / I Feel Fine / Ticket To Ride / Long Tall Sally

Of the available material, side 1 left out “I Wanna Be Your Man” (the broadcast only included the very end of “I Feel Fine”, so it could never be listed as a full song), while Side 2 left out “Can’t Buy Me Love” and “Baby’s In Black”.

This album was available on black or multicolored vinyl and with the standard blue or the green “El’ Wizardo” Mexico label:

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green Mexico lbl


Around 1979 or soon after, Ruthless Rhymes re-issued this material from the same sources for the last time:

Beatles Paris Sports Palais

It would then take until 1986, before most of this material was upgraded from new sources significantly closer to the masters on the fantastic A Paris double album.


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Beatles live in palais des sport '65

The evening show.

The Beatles European Tour

Backstage in Lyon on the 22nd


Link to scans from Melody Maker, 26 June 1965 edition with a review of the Paris shows:

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Original printed labels; this might have been the first appearance of the Shalom sub-label.

Matrix: Side 1: wec * (scratched out) -3687-A
            Side 2: wec * 1 (scratched out) 3687-B

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Beatles SNatLP CBM lbl

Side 1: I Want To Hold Your Hand / This Boy / All My Loving / Money (That’s What I Want) / Twist And Shout

Source: [All sources given in Hot Wacks for this title referred to as London are incorrect but that might be how they are described on the cover – I can only make out the song titles and the words “Shalom” and Blackpool Night Out” (which was filmed in July of 1964)] The Beatles’ second appearance on the ATV show Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium on 12 January 1964. “Money” and “Twist And Shout” were shortened to accommodate all five songs in the allotted time slot. Fair quality recording. The tape source did not appear on CD until 1999 (where it ran slightly too fast).

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At the rehearsal.

Side 2: Please Mr. Postman / All My Loving / I Wanna Be Your Man / Till There Was You / Please Mr. Postman / I Want To Hold Your Hand

Source: Big Night Out TV show, recorded 23 February 1964. Contraband managed to obtain a good quality off-line recording from a US re-broacast. Parts of it ended up in the Anthology documentary.

Beatles Big Night Out 1964

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While other tracks put forward to the bootleg buying public as Beatles outtakes, like “Have You Heard The Word”, “L.S. Bumble Bee” and “People Say/I’m Walking” could finally be traced back to their original singles, the same cannot be said for “Peace Of Mind” (aka “The Candle Burns”). There are those who to this day believe they hear “them”.

From a discussion of this recording on the Steve Hoffman forum:

“Peace Of Mind. What an eerie tune. I don’t think it Beatle-worthy material. I thought that I read once that Pink Floyd (Barrett) was considered the writer/originator of the clip.”

“It still does sound a lot like The Beatles to me….especially the part “we’ll build things never built before, we’ll do things never done”….sounds like Macca and John harmonizing.”

“Not even a stoned out of their minds Lennon and McCartney would write or sing such an unmelodic piece of garbage like Peace of Mind. Even when you look at Lennon’s albums with Yoko, his actual music (Beatle and solo) was kept strictly separate from his avant garde “experiments” (i.e. there is no mistaking one for the other).

One thing about the music of the Beatles, no matter how psychedelic or experimental it was, you always knew, without a doubt, it was the Beatles.

While we’re on this subject, it puzzles me to no end how some fans still believe that the versions of “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” and “I Need You” on the bootleg Rough Notes are sung by Paul and John, respectively. The singer on I Want You sounds nothing like Macca and the drumming is certainly not Ringo but some Ginger Baker wannabe. And as for I Need You, it sounds like an bad outtake from a Bread album. If anyone believes John could actually compose and sing such a song in 1969 while writing material such as Cold Turkey, Come Together and (the real) I Want You during the same time period is delusional.”

“I believe the first bootleg to feature this song was “Backtrax”, which came out in 1973. John was available to fans during his “lost weekend” late 1973-early 1975, to the point of trading bootlegs (he collected them). It’s been reported that he had no idea where this song came from.Apple insiders report that the Beatles spent only a few days listening to the mountain of tapes that came to Apple, and just chucked them into a back room that was eventually filled to capacity.
John also contributed a few tracks to bootleggers at this time: his acetate of “How Do You Do It” and the 45 edit of “What A Shame Mary Jane”.”

“We were listening to “The Candle Burns” around 1973 (used to have night parties at my high-school girlfriend’s cousin’s pad), but I don’t think it was earlier. I think the very first one I had was Bye Bye Bye Supertracks on CBM with a wraparound cover.  It didn’t fade out at the end, it devolved back into multi tracked (backwards?) vocals. Most later versions faded except Wizardos MMT soundtrack lp w/bonus tracks which used the original full-length version. Some later faded Candle Burns’s were cleaned up, particularly the relatively hi-fi Dr Robert lp [this is correct, it does sound cleaner on this Wizardo LP].
BBBS also debut’d Have You Heard The Word (TinTin?? whoever) and LS Bumble Bee (Cook & Moore), which nods towards the hoax. Early underground lp catalogs claimed POM was found in an Apple trash bin in 1970. This isn’t to prove it’s the Fabs (it wasn’t “leaked”), but it suggests to me that it MAY have been from the thousands of tapes, manuscripts, etc solicited by Apple to find new talent, then binned when A Klein came onboard. Jim Berkenstadt & Belmo interviewed the guy responsible for booting Sweet Apple Trax and POM CBM releases. He got all his Beatle source tapes from one collector (SAT was his crowning boot acheivement), and even he still wonders about the origins of POM. ”

” “Peace Of Mind” first appeared on the bootleg of the same name (CBM 3670) in spring 1973. “Bye Bye Bye/Supertracks” (CBM 3922) came out a few months later.

In applying logic to this, my reasoning is that “Peace Of Mind” has never turned up in any direct capacity related to The Beatles. It’s nowhere in the EMI vaults. It’s not copyrighted under any Beatle’s name. It’s nowhere on the hundreds of Nagra reels. No Beatle has ever mentioned, quoted from, or referred to such a song (except when asked about the bootleg track, and it’s never rung a bell with anyone). No lyric sheet has turned up in any Beatle’s handwriting.

In fact, the ONLY thing connecting it to the Beatles is the fact that someone put it on a Beatles bootleg back in 1973. ”

– John

Someone named John Roberts wrote the following to The 910 a few years ago:

“I recorded “Piece Of Mind” off-the-air in October or November, 1969 from WUSF-FM (stereo), the radio station for the University of South Florida, where it was broadcast on their “Underground Railroad” show (Beatles’ special). The recording quality of the radio broadcast and stereo separation is very good. However, the quality of “Piece Of Mind” itself is quite poor, due to the quality of the DJ’s tape…

The DJ at WUSF who claimed ownership of the tape states the tape of “POM” was given to him around the time of the release of “Strawberry Fields Forever” (1967). He also states that he had been playing this tape at WUSF at every Beatles special since that time.

Other data from the DJ –

– Tape was labeled “Piece Of Mind” rather than the commonly stated “Peace”.
– Original source of the tape told the DJ that it was a “basement” track recorded by The Beatles (or at least John and Paul) while tripping on acid.”


Meanwhile, on Youtube, someone named “Walton Jones” has posted the same text under several clips of the song: “It’s title is really “Piece of Mind.” I know because I wrote it and played it in 1970-71. All overdubs of myself, on an old Wollensak tape deck. Someone got ahold of the tape and sold it to someone in 1972 or 1973 claiming it to be a rare Beatles tune. It isn’t. It’s me. Sorry to disappoint. I suppose a voice print could prove it.”

Side 1: Peace Of Mind / Lend Me Your Comb / Carol [Pop Go The Beatles # 5, BBC radio, broadcast 16 July 1963] / Rip It Up – Shake Rattle And Roll / Kansas City – Miss Ann – Lawdy Miss Clawdy [Rock’n Roll medley from Let It Be soundtrack, one excellent and the other one in poor quality]                                                                                                                                                                 Side 2: I Feel Fine / I’m Down / Act Naturally / Ticket To Ride / Yesterday / Help! [Ed Sullivan Show, recorded 14 August 1965 and broadcast 12 September ’65]

The two BBC tracks (“horrible quality”) and the 1965 Ed Sullivan Show (“mediocre quality”) also made their bootleg debut on this album.

“In late spring 1973, CBM distributed another album, titled PEACE OF MIND, matrix WEC Rl-3670, which, among various material, also included a few songs taken from the BBC sessions, in low quality. Its first pressing had generic labels with side indications. In late 1974, this was copied by Amazon Etcetera records.” From ‘A COMPREHENSIVE BEATLES HISTORY of THE BEATLES’ BBC Bootleg Releases.’


I have only ever seen this album with two kinds of labels:

Beatles PoM blue ss

Yellow with large letter font

Beatles PoM purple

Or blank labels in different colors.


Beatles Peace of Mind

As Berkeley release # 2009

Beatles POM

A re-issue, also with 2009 matrix numbers.