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Liner notes of the bootleg CD Collector’s Item: “Very few excellent quality audience tapes exist of the
1971 Who’s Next tour. The best were Chicago and Dayton. Unlike the Chicago tape, only part of the concert ever appeared, and that was on a rare LP that has been unavailable for over a quarter of a century. The tape never surfaced in any collectors circles, making the LP a true collectors item. ”

The Who [& Wishbone Ash]
13th August 1971
Hara Arena – Dayton, Ohio

A complete recording from a different recorder was eventually shared via a torrent site for live recordings in November of 2010:

Set list (bold tracks were released in the 1970’s on the vinyl albums):

01 – Love Ain’t For Keeping
02 – Pure and Easy
03 – My Wife
04 – I Can’t Explain
05 – Substitute
06 – Bargain
07 – Behind Blue Eyes
08 – Won’t Get Fooled Again
09 – Don’t Know Myself
10 – Baby Don’t You Do It
11 – Pinball Wizard
12 – See Me Feel Me
13 – My Generation
14 – Magic Bus (Fades Out)

Stage Banter by Tom Pratt.

Who Dayton OH

Notes:

The original taper sent this to me as is, with fades between each track. I believe the show, except for the end of Magic Bus, is complete, including all banter.

The note on the homemade jewel case insert provided by the trader says “Transfer to CD from original concert tape.”

Some notes from the taper:

“If I remember right we were about 6 rows off the floor just right of center that night. I had no luck on the floor trying to tape, it gets muffled and I had the tape player knocked from my hands plus a lot of noise from movement.”

“It has a small stereo condenser mic built in, but in the concert hall setting it doesn’t make much difference. I re-EQed it because the output from tape to CD was a low volume. Also the left side always recorded lower than the right (tape head alignment I imagine), so the right channel was panned slightly to the left to balance the image. This may have caused a little phase sound.”

“It wasn’t until a little over a year ago that I bought a audio CD recorder thinking that I should preserve the original concert tapes I have collected over the years. Being a musician I had a nice 4-track to play and manipulate the original tapes.”

“It wasn’t until I heard about John Entwistle’s death right before the kick off of the new tour that I thought about sharing the bootleg.”

Volume level drops for a couple seconds 3 minutes into WGFA. Tape glitch 30 seconds into PW.

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It would be nice to do a “Battle of the Bootleg Labels” for this one and find out who issued this first. Berkley Records issued this with three different cover designs (unless the last two b&w examples are merely front and back of the same release):

The original as mentioned in the reader’s message below (sold for $14.99 just recently, as it is a virtually unknown release):

Who LIVE! c.item

Who LIVE! c.item b

Who LIVE! c.item detail

Who LIVE! c.item lbl 1

Who LIVE! c.item lbl 2

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Berkeley 2299 ‘collector’s item’ / ‘LIVE!’ / THE WHO

The Who Collector's Item 2

The Who Collector's Item

The Who CI inner

The typical early Berkeley cover inner sleeve design

B&w deluxe cover version:

The Who

The Who Live!

back cover of the item above this one.

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And the the third label releasing this title is this one listed under the matrix # 79026 only:

Who Collector's Item v. 3

Who Collector's Item b

thewho.net writes: “This is apparently also available in stereo on a European version of this LP.”. This statement is probably based on the comment found in Hot Wacks but does this version actually exist?

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A reader sent in the following [many thanks!]:

The original version was in a blue laminated jacket with blue labels with printed track listings [as shown above].  There are allegedly 500 pressed by someone in the Cincinnati area shortly after the concert.  I saw both this and Neil Young & Crazy Horse Collector’s Item in a record store in Muncie, Indiana in late October of 1971.  The originals were of better quality than the numerous later copies.  Also, the complete tape now in circulation of the Who Dayton 1971 show was from a different audience recorder than the one that captured the one used for the boot LP.  The two recordings are of similar quality, but the complete tape lacks the crowd noise that the bootleg version has.  Obviously there were loud kids near the taper of the bootleg LP.

This is the Neil Young release mentioned above. Could there be a connection there?

Young N Collector's Item

When John Lennon stepped on stage at Madison Square Garden for the matinee performance on August 30th 1972, there was no shortage of recording devices capturing this historical event.  Multitrack tapes archived both shows, as well as several film cameras and amateur equipment in the audience. Despite all of this, several of the vinyl bootlegs reviewed here are still required to help us reconstruct both shows.

MSG I

1 to 1 backstage

JL backstage 1 to 1 72

MSG 2

MSG 3

Photographed August 30 1972

Photographed August 30 1972

Photographed August 30 1972

The last 3 images were taken by John Skelson

The set list was:

01. Power To The People intro / New York City
02. It’s So Hard
03. Move on Fast
[# 5 in evening show]
04. Woman Is The Nigger Of The World
05. Sisters, O Sisters
[# 3 in evening show]
06. Well, Well, Well
07. Born In A Prison
[# 10 in evening show]
08. Instant Karma
[# 7 in evening show]
09. Mother [# 8 in evening show]
10. We’re All Water
[# 9 in evening show]
11. Come Together
12. Imagine
13. Open Your Box
14. Cold Turkey
15. Hound Dog
16. Don’t Worry Kyoko
[only performed at the matinee concert]
17. Give Peace A Chance
[only performed at the evening concert]

Although a website states that “The evening show featured fewer songs, with several sung by Yoko Ono omitted.”, the analysis based on the audience recordings shows that “Don’t Worry Kyoko” was the only Yoko song cut from the evening show.

The audience recording of the matinee show remained unreleased until Contraband released it on Hound Dog (5040) several years after the event.

The professional audio and video recording of 8 songs from the evening show (05., 08., 09., 11.- 15.) was broadcast in the U.S. on December 14th as part of an ABC TV “In Concert” special, with the soundtrack being in mono.

An FM simulcast was broadcast in many cities as well and from 1973 the King Biscuit Flower Hour live radio show produced a five song edit of highlights (09.+ 10. – 12. + 17.) from the evening performance, which was played on radio stations via a transcription LP (with Yoko’s song usually not being aired subsequent to its initial airing in 1972). This can be found on the wolfgangsvault website in complete form:

http://www.wolfgangsvault.com/john-lennon/concerts/madison-square-garden-august-30-1972.html

“Compared to the afternoon show, John seems more comfortable here and the band performances are stronger. One may wonder why the afternoon performances were favored for the officially released CD, when these may indeed be superior performances.” [wolfgangsvault.com]

“The most recent issuance of One To One material was the inclusion of three tracks and Geraldo Rivera’s introduction from the evening on Anthology. Although the performances are considered to be superior to those of the matinee, they were considered unusable at the time of Live In New York City’s release du to unacceptable noise levels. Advances in digital restoration software allowed their inclusion on Anthology.” [Madinger & Easter, p. 80]

In the vinyl age, the TKRWM bootleg Joshua Tree Tapes probably had the best sounding (incomplete) version of the KBFH broadcast.

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This 1973 Contraband LP was the first bootleg LP from the event:

Lennon one one

Lennon one one yel

Matrix #: WEC RI-3949-AX / WEC RI-3665-A

Side 1: Mother / We’re All Water (not listed) / Imagine / Come Together/ Give Peace A Chance    

The source was the very first KBFH broadcast, as this is the only bootleg LP to include “We’re All Water”. The quality only achieved a “Poor stereo” rating in Hot Wacks but a Japanese bootleg blog gave it a “relatively good mono” unless something got lost in translation.

Side 2 presents John & Yoko’s entire performance in Ann Arbor on December 10/11 1971 as part of the “John Sinclair Freedom Rally”: John Sinclair/Attica State/Oh Sisters/Luck Of The Irish  “The video feed, capture by Detroit television station WTVS (channel 56) was bootlegged in lo-fi on CBM’s Lennon-McCartney [which was a reissue of the side 2 master of this album as side 1] (the three John tracks were lifted from the CBM disc for release on Wizardo’s One – One Concert + More). ” [Eight Arms To Hold You, page 67]

Ann Arbor

Onstage at the Chrysler Arena in Ann Arbor

Lennon - McCartney

Here’s something new, dating a release by the cover image used. The John & Yoko image was taken in March of 1973, when they were on a house hunting trip to Greenwich, CT (more images are in Bob Gruen’s photo book John Lennon – The New York Years). This means that this LP was probably released in the second half of 1973 at the earliest.

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In 1975, Wizardo issued their own version of the show as their very first release but taken from an ABC TV “In Concert” video sound track:

Lennon One + One rs

Does not look like a fake to me but what is it – an advance pressing?

Lennon 1+1 concert + more

The text at the bottom reads: CONCEPT & DESIGN: MAUD’S HOUSE ART DIRECTION: MAD JACK ILLUSTRATION: JOAN KING 5.1.75 ♂

Lennon 1+1 concert + more small insert

The last three songs on side two are studio recordings. The Wizardo LP makes the core list for the ABC broadcast versions of ‘Imagine’ and ‘Give Peace A Chance’.

The same Japanese blog hands the victory clearly to Wizardo on this one (“SIDE-A is overwhelming victory of 301. …very good to excellent,… For ONE TO ONE confrontation is 301 wins overwhelmingly. “), which is also reflected in the Hot Wacks ratings difference, giving this LP a very good mono.

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Lennon Hound Dog

Lennon HoundDog

Instant Analysis label, released in spring of 1974 – Matrix: JL 5040A / B

The infamous vinyl bootleg that was destroyed in Hot Wacks’ description: “Very poor. Worst bootleg ever!”.

Hot Wacks listsCold Turkey” beforeHound Dog” and this is the order in which they had been performed. This LP was the first time any of the audience recordings were released. It featured three songs  from the matinee show, and three of them are still part of the core collection to this day: “Move On Fast” can only be found on this album, as it has never been released in any form and a video of that performance was only broadcast once, on UK’s BBC 2’s The Old Grey Whistle Test on 30 January 1973 [source: The Solo Beatles Film & TV Chronicle 1971-1980].

Two others, “It’s So Hard” and “Woman Is The Nigger Of The World” are also necessary from this LP to get the full audience mix from the matinee performance (the rest are found on the Japanese CD release mentioned below).

“The complete matinee performance circulates among collectors as a poor audience recording, most of which was unbootlegged until the release of the three CD Japanese set One To One Concert. […] side two of the Instant Analysis release Hound Dog included four cuts from the unprocessed audience tape, some of which are more complete than the Japanese collection. They too are in abysmal quality, but due to their content must be considered as the suggested bootleg source.” [Madinger and Easter, p. 81]”

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Honorable mention goes to two later bootlegs:

Lennon Come Back Johnny!

This tastefully done Melvin Records release made the core list for the ABC broadcast versions of “Instant Karma”, “Come Together”, “Cold Turkey” and “Hound Dog” as well as “Mother”, which is called an “ABC Outtake” in Eight Arms….

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I should also mention the Hoffman Avenue Records title Plop Plop….Fizz Fizz (which can be found here) and their dissing of how other bootleggers presented this material, featured prominently on top of the back insert:

john_lennon_plop3

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Ono Y This Is Not Here detail

This 1990s Yoko Ono bootleg is a core release at least for the ABC broadcast version of “Sisters, O Sisters”.

This song was officially released on the Live In New York City where it was edited and features a single track lead vocal but it is unedited on the bootleg recording and due to some post-production for the ABC airing a second lead vocal has been dubbed. There are many more differences and explained edits for the available non-bootlegged versions, which are explained in detail in Eight Arms To Hold You or issue # 9 of the 1987 publication ‘Illegal Beatles‘.

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Willowbrook Aug 30 72 ticket

Lennon concert for willowbrook

Simon & Garfunkel McGovern BenefitSimon & Garfunkel McGovern Benefit lbl

Simon & Garfunkel McGovern Benefit KK

The text at the bottom reads: “Due to a faulty microphone there are several instances of fuzziness. This will,in no way effect your enjoyment of this genuinely historic recording.”

After separating in 1970 – pretty much at the top of their commercial success – Simon & Garfunkel had their first reunion at this benefit for presidential candidate George McGovern, who unfortunately did not win, prolonging the Viet Nam War and leading to Watergate and president Nixon’s resignation in 1974, the erosion of trust in US politics, etc. … but that’s another story.

Source: Madison Square Garden, NY on June 14, 1972

Side 1: Mrs Robinson / El Condor Pasa / The Boxer / Medley: Cecilia – Mother & Child Reunion – Bye Bye Love         
side 2: Scarborough Fair – Canticle / Feelin’ Groovy / America / Bridge Over Troubled Water

1972 mcgovern benefit color

1972-mcgovern-benefit

Led Zeppelin BBC Zep orig

Led Zeppelin BBC Zep orig 2

Led Zeppelin BBC Zep

Side 1: Communication Breakdown (Medley including: I Feel So Bad & Broke Down Engine Blues) (4:54) / Dazed And Confused (16:07)    
Side 2:  Going To California (3:42) / Stairway To Heaven (8:32) / What Is And What Should Never Be (2:43)

Recording: Excellent mono professional pre-FM soundboard radio recording, according to argenteumastrum.com.                                                                                                                              Source: In Concert, Paris Theatre, London, England Apr. 1 ’71. Comments: Song separation. Hot Wacks claims the source is a 1971 Royal Albert Hall concert but that is not the case.

The yellow sleeve BBC Transcription Services # CN 4194/S LPs are counterfeit product made in the 1980s.

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TMoQ also released this material in 1973 but offered one additional song at the end of side 2, “Whole Lotta Love/medley”.

Led Zeppelin BBC Broadcast

Led Zeppelin BBC Broadcast b

This was reissued many times due to the excellent sound quality but I will leave the research on this for now.

Pink Floyd Floyds of London v1

Pink Floyd Floyds of London v1 2

Pink Floyd Floyds of London v1 3

Floydboots.com calls this the “second issue” but I believe they have them mixed up. They also tend to miss the “striped” label used by CBM and seen above. The labels they list are:

Pink Floyd Floyds o L. title lbl

Indicating a first pressing.

Pink Floyd Floyds o L. lbl A

In addition, they show a blank white one.

The exact track list is not clear to me as discogs.com and floydboots.com contradict each other – and there are only three tracks!! Anyway, this is what a user listed on discogs:

A1         Fat Old Sun     14:23     
A2         One Of These Days     7:16     
B           Echoes     21:55    

floydboots says that the first track is “ONE OF THESE DAYS / FAT OLD SUN”

Source: London, BBC Paris Theatre – 30 September 1971                                                                  Quality: “Very Good Mono” (floydboots); “Exs” Hot Wacks

Pink Floyd Floyds of London

Cartoon back cover on some copies.

Known label variations:

From what we have seen so far, the pirate logo and the King Kong labels came after the disc logo labels seen above, so I am feeling pretty confident that this is a later issue.

 

And a copy job done by someone else:

Pink Floyd Floyds of London copy

Pink Floyd Floyds of London copy lbl

Beatles Outakes 2 b

Beatles Outakes 1 + 2

Beatles Outakes 1+2 discs

Beatles Outakes 1+2 RuRhy

In May of 1972, TMoQ released another batch of mid to late1963 BBC radio recordings but this time, with just three exceptions, all songs the Beatles had recorded for their official albums. 

Outakes 1: Side 1: Do You Want To Know A Secret / You Really Got A Hold On Me / Hippy Hippy Shake / Misery / Money / Till There Was You
Side 2: From Me To You / Roll Over Beethoven / Love Me Do / Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey / Long Tall Sally / Please Please Me

Outakes 2: Side 1:  She Loves You / Words Of Love / Devil In Her Heart / Anna / Money / There’s A Place
Side 2: Honey Don’t / Chains / I Saw Her Standing There / Sure To Fall / Lucille / Boys

Exactly one year later, Contraband released their own versions:

Beatles Studio Sessions Vol one

Beatles Studio Sessions 1 lbl

Beatles studio sessions 1 KK

Reissue on King Kong.

Beatles studio sessions 1 KK b

Beatles Studio Sessions Vol Two

Beatles Studio Sessions 2 lbl

Later re-pressings used the usual mix of generic bearing that did not give the album’s title. In late 1979 or early 1980, the Japanese label Black Discs released these records on matrix ZAP-1061 / 1062, using fake labels bearing a Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC) number :

Beatles Studio Sessions 2 black lbl

Beatles Studio Sessions 1 J ZAP

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Contraband re-packaged the material in 1975 (confirmed by the cover image “borrowed” from Roy Carr & Tony Tyler’s book) as this quite attractive looking package on Instant Analysis or King Kong:

Beatles Decca Aud Outtakes b

Beatles Decca Aud. Outtakes 4

Beatles Decca Aud Outtakes 2

Beatles Decca Aud. Outtakes 3

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In August of 1975, bootleg collector John Wizardo decided to fit 20 of these songs onto a single album: WRMB 326: WORDS OF LOVE – STUDIO OUTTAKE RECORDINGS 1962 -4

Audio quality was a notch or two below that of the TMoQ and CBM versions.

Beatles WOL 326

Beatles WOL large

Beatles Words Of Love detail

The colored wax/PVC version listed in vinylegs.com (and what a fantastic resource it is for Beatles vinyl bootlegs!) for this title is likely the later repressing in the center hole cut out sleeve on Strawberry Records Inc. and not of an original Wizardo (first) pressing.

Beatles WOL cv

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In September of 1976, another release of this material appeared, purporting to be on the Wizardo label as well but looking quite dubious on black World Records labels (a confirmed Ken job): WRMB 392: THE LAST BEETLE RECORD

Beatles Last Beetle Record

Side 1:  Do You Want To Know A Secret  / You Really Got A Hold On Me / Hippy Hippy Shake / Misery / Money  / Till There Was You / From Me To You / Roll Over Beethoven / Love Me Do / Kansas City
Side 2:  Long Tall Sally  / Please Please Me / Honey Don’t / Chains / I Saw Her Standing There  / I’m Sure To Fall / Lucille / Boys / She Loves You / Words Of Love

Beatles L.S. BB

Beatles L.S. BB red

Beatles L.S. BB 1st ed 2

Beatles L.S. BB 1st ed

Release date: 1973

Contraband’s companion piece to Have You Heard The Word, with most of the tracks originating from the Let It Be soundtrack. This marked the debut of a Beatles Decca audition track on any medium, illegal or not. One theory put forward about how this song might have been obtained is that it came from a tape of eight of the Decca audition songs the Beatles had given to Astrid Kirchherr around 11 April of 1962 upon their return to Hamburg, the day after Stuart Sutcliff’s passing. Kirchherr gave the tape to a friend of hers a year later.

Side 1: L.S. Bumble Bee (original 45 by Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, 1967) / Don’t Let Me Down; Maxwell s Silver Hammer; Two Of Us (fast version); I’ve Got A Feeling; Oh Darling; Too Bad About Sorrows; One After 909; Across The Universe; I Dig A Pony 

Side 2: Save The Last Dance For Me; Don’t Let Me Down / Suzie Parker / Yesterday (Ed Sullivan Show September 12 1965, taped August 14 1965) / Love Of The Loved (extended edit, Decca audition, January 1 1962, satisfactory mono) / Hey Jude Rehearsal (‘Experiment in TV 1968) / All You Need Is Love (worldwide telecast of ‘Our World’ June 25 1967)

Rated “Exm” in Hot Wacks.

Beatles L.S. BB disc lbl

Beatles L.S. BB blank lbl

Beatles L.S. BB stripe lbl

Additional versions include blank labels in different colors, labels with pirate logo and inserts in photocopied appearance.

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Beatles Bumble Words SSS 3

The later reissue on King Kong/Instant Analysis.

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L.S. Bumble Bee

The actual record. The flip side was a track called “The Bee side”…

Dudley Moore wrote a letter on 15th December 1981 in which he said:

“Regarding “The L.S. Bumble Bee”, Peter Cook and I recorded that song about the time when there was so much fuss about L.S.D., and when everybody thought that “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” was a reference to drugs. The exciting alternative offered to the world was L.S.B.!, and I wrote the music to, in some ways, satirize the Beach Boys rather than the Beatles. But I’m grateful if some small part of the world thinks that it may have been them, rather than us !”

Lennon + Peter Cook 66

Peter Cook and John Lennon appearing in “Not Only… But Also”, 28 November 1966

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9yxRFV1Ka0

Beatles last photo session 1Beatles last photo session 2

From the Beatles last photo session on 22 August 1969 at Tittenhurst Park.

We will interrupt our regular programming due to breaking news…

Next month will see the re-issue of the Wings Over America set and the fans willing to dig deep will be thrown a bone here: “Fans and hardcore devotees alike will be especially thrilled with the stunning four-book, four-disc (3CD, 1DVD) Deluxe Edition Box Set. The box set’s superior audio and video include the two-disc ‘Wings over America’ album remastered at Abbey Road, a bonus audio disc recorded live at San Francisco’s Cow Palace…”

The rumored track list for the bonus CD is:

CD3 (Deluxe box only, recorded live at the Cow Palace in San Francisco)
1. Let Me Roll It
2. Maybe I’m Amazed
3. Lady Madonna
4. Live And Let Die
5. Picasso’s Last Words
6. Bluebird
7. Blackbird
8. Yesterday

It would have been a fan’s dream to get a complete show from the same gig, start to finish, warts and all, but we know it is too much too hope for. I do wonder why they picked this recording out of all the complete shows they captured on tape (all 31 of them). And the question is – as Wings played two shows at the Cow Palace in Daly City, which show do these tracks come from or are they a mix of both nights?

June 13 1976:

Wings 505

The first night at te Cow Palace exists as a “very good audience tape”. Extracts could be heard for the first time on this 3 LP box set. However, only four songs were included as Wizardo chose to present parts of seven Wings concerts spanning the years 1973 – 76: Let Me Roll It, Maybe I’m Amazed, Silly Love Songs and Soily. The complete concert has been released on a bootleg 2CD set since then.

Wings box

The second night exists as a “good audience recording” and Wizardo decided to forgo the better sounding source and release 9 tracks on the single album Wings Over Frisco:

Side 1:  My Love / Letting Go  / Silly Love Songs  / Time To Hide  / You Gave Me The Answer         
Side 2:  Let Em In / Listen To What The Man Said / Beware My Love / Hi Hi Hi / Interview    

When comparing with the order in which the songs had actually been played, there was a bit of reshuffling:

Venus And Mars
Rock Show
Jet
Let Me Roll It
Spirits Of Ancient Egypt
Medicine Jar
Maybe I’m Amazed
Call Me Back Again
Lady Madonna
The Long And Winding Road
Live And Let Die
Picasso’s Last Words (Drink To Me)
Richard Cory
Bluebird
I’ve Just Seen A Face
Blackbird
Yesterday
You Gave Me The Answer
Magneto And Titanium Man
Go Now
My Love
Listen To What The Man Said
Let ‘Em In
Time To Hide
Silly Love Songs
Beware My Love
Letting Go
Band On The Run
Hi Hi Hi

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As a result: Wings Over Frisco remains still core and we may get an official release for two songs on the Wings box set (Let Me Roll It & Maybe I’m Amazed)- or we may not. Whatever the case may be, it will remain core anyway for the San Diego and Chicago recordings that can only be found there. The WRMB 500 series were one of the final titles produced, were not re-issued many times like the Idle Mind Wings From The Wings box was, were not copied by others (to the best of my knowledge) and are quite rare these days.

I just hope that the bonus audio CD will not share its title with the bootleg, as only out of town folks call it “Frisco”. For those that live there – or used to, like myself – it is simply “the city”.

Wings Over Frisco

Wings Over Frisco lbl

Wings-Wings-OA-Cow Palace

Young N Coming Home

Young N Coming Home 3

The things people do to their bootleg covers… cut out for the picture label.

 

Young N Coming Home 2

Neil Young with the Stray Gators                                                                                                                   Source: The Scope, Norfolk, VA – 29 January 1973

Side 1: On The Way Home / Here We Are In The Years / After The Goldrush / Out On The Weekend
Side 2: Harvest / Old Man / Heart Of Gold / Time Fades Away / Lookout Joe                                                    R: Exm

One of CBM’s finest releases. Hot Wacks commented: “Probably the quickest produced bootleg. It was available from CBM within two weeks of the concerts.”

Review from allmusic.com:

“Anyone listening to Time Fades Away, the collection of all-new songs recorded on Neil Young’s first-quarter 1973 tour of North America, would believe the legend that this was a tour overshadowed by the death of Crazy Horse guitarist Danny Whitten on which Young sang off-key and he and his band played raggedly, if fervently. But a listen to Coming Home, drawn from performances at JFK Center in Washington, D.C., on January 28 and Scope in Norfolk, VA, on January 29, reveals a very different tour. Mostly filled with familiar acoustic-based material that had appeared on Young’s popular After the Gold Rush and Harvest albums, it suggests just the sort of show Young might have been expected to put on in the wake of those hit records. He is a tentative, self-deprecating, but winning frontman, finding it difficult to muster the false showmanship needed to introduce his backup band — “Can’t get this MC trip together,” he confesses. The album does end with the frantic rocker “Time Fades Away” and “Look Out Joe” (later included on Tonight’s the Night, but more timely here, as its coming-home-from-Vietnam theme is keyed to the “end” of the war that had just been announced and was to take effect on the first of the show dates), but the focus is on smooth performances of Harvest songs like “Out on the Weekend” and “Heart of Gold,” which have been neglected on Young’s legitimate live records. “

 

Young N 19730125

Coliseum, New Haven, CT – 25 January ’73

Young N C. Home 2

That image does look familiar… Ken, knowing a good thing when he hears it.

 

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Young N a bit more

Young N a bit more 3
Young N a bit more 4

Young N a bit more 5

Young N a bit more 6

Reissue on Instant Analysis

 

Electric/Part 2 of the Norfolk, VA concert [I found no evidence that the albums include material from other shows, as HW claims].

Side 1: ‘the war is over’ / Southern Man / The Loner / Alabama / New Mama / Don’t Be Denied
Side 2: Cinnamon Girl / Are You Ready For The Country?

R: Vgm

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Notes from an analog to digital project: “Coming Home/A Bit More – Complete Set – Missing some of the in between tune chatter, but not much I think. This is a fresh version that I put together from a mint copy of the vinyl bootleg “Coming Home” (acoustic half of the show), and a decent copy of the vinyl bootleg “A Bit More” (electric half of the show).

Young N 19730221

Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, TX – 21 February ’73

Neil Young w/ The Stray Gators
29 January 1973
Scope Arena, Norfolk, VA

Bootleg LPs (Coming Home/A Bit More) > WAV > Adobe Audition > FLAC

1:15:26 minutes

“Coming Home”
01. On The Way Home
02. Here We Are In The Years
03. After The Goldrush
04. Out On The Weekend
05. Harvest
06. Old Man
07. Heart Of Gold
08. Time Fades Away
09. Lookout Joe

“A Bit More”
10. ‘the war is over’
11. Southern Man
12. The Loner
13. Alabama
14. New Mama
15. Don’t Be Denied
16. Cinnamon Girl
17. Are You Ready For The Country?

Notes: The second bootleg was pressed on very bad vinyl, and that’s noticeable in
this recording (especially during Alabama and New Mama).

Young N 19730227poster

“Over three months, Neil Young planned to visit 65 cities and stop for a break at the end of March. The Time Fades Away Tour would resume in August and shift to Europe in November, playing seven shows in the UK. Then back to America to play the final dates in New York, Boston, two shows in Ohio, Chicago and finally in Berkeley.

The Stray Gators lasted only till end March and were replaced by the Santa Monica Flyers for the rest of the tour. It is also well-documented that by March, Young’s voice was shot and he asked Linda Ronstadt, David Crosby and Graham Nash to join him to offer vocal support.

This is also the famous tour where the band asked and received a hefty salary increase. Harvest had become a multi-million seller and the money was rolling in. Young was furious but paid them anyway. Perhaps he felt guilty about the way he had dismissed the late Danny Whitten, with $50 and a plane ticket. Whitten used the money, scored heroin and died of an overdose.

Young had figured correctly. He opened with an acoustic set, playing the ballads from After The Goldrush and Harvest, winning the audience completely and setting the stage for his electric set with the Stray Gators. By then, the crowd was waiting for rock ‘n’ roll and Young delivered some new songs [Time Fades Away, Look Out Joe, New Mama, Don’t Be Denied] with some of his well-loved rockers The Loner, Southern Man and Cinnamon Girl. Everybody went home happy. The critics praised his shows. The only unhappy man was Neil Young – at his band, at his voice and at the audience. According to David Downing’s A Dreamer Of Pictures, Young “found the audiences too loud during his acoustic set, too quiet in the electric portion of the show. He started screaming at them to wake up.” Young was obviously stressed out.

Everything came crashing down at the final show in Oakland, March 31 [The final show of this tour was actually on April 3rd in Salt Lake City]. If you downloaded the Citizen Kane Junior Blues show, you can listen to Young explain how it all ended:

“I was singing away – Southern Man, better keep your head, don’t forget what the good book said – and this guy in the front row, he was about as far away as you are from me, he jumped up and yelled, ‘Right on, right on, I love it!’ He felt really good, I could tell. And all of a sudden, you know, this black cop just walked up to him, you know, and it just was the scene the way he looked at him, and he just crunched him.

“I just took my guitar out and put it on the ground and got in the car and went home…”

Rock ‘n’ roll was not making him happy and Young felt disconnected from his fans. This unhappy period is documented on Time Fades Away, the album. No doubt it remains unreleased because Young wants to forget. It would take the successful 1976 tour with Crazy Horse to lift his spirits and set him in a new direction as a rock ‘n’ roll survivor.

Of all the shows from the ’73 tour, this is one of the best in sound quality. The vocals are upfront and Young sings well. There’s also the rare Here We Are In The Years. The drums and guitars are properly balanced and offer a solid backing to the singing. So is this a professional recording?

This show was taken from a torrent site. According to the seeder, it was copied from a vinyl bootleg, The 1973 Tour, re-pitched and remastered. The sound is excellent for the acoustic portion but is a bit muddy during the electric set. You can hear the clicks and pops here. Quite hissy at loud volumes. Never officially released.”
– Professor Red

Beatles Have You Heard The Word

Release date: February 1973

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Berkeley version with Alpha Omega back cover (note: missing CBM logo). Contraband versions had blank backs or the generic cartoon cover, as this confirmed blank label copy shows:Beatles Have You htw blank b

” “HAVE YOU HEARD THE WORD”, by CBM, featured 3 tracks which had been broadcast on the BBC programme “The Beatles Story” [it was actually six], transmitted in 1972; it was distributed in February 1973 and its first pressing had a label with a printed title and a red insert; matrix is WEC-3624.”

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Something tells me that this was quite a popular album. TOMoQ’s Spicy Beatles song would later that year offer an “abridged” version of the title track.

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Written by Steve Kipner and Steve Groves. And Christina Aguilera’s “Genie in a Bottle” was just around (a very long) corner…   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Kipner

After having heard “What’s The New Mary Jane”, Contraband – in my opinion – should be excused for including “Have You Heard The Word” on this album… , plus out of the fake Beatles songs offered in those days (“People Say / I’m Walking”, “The Candle Burns”, L.S. Bumble Bee and this one) HYHTW sounds like the best imitation of a Lennon nonsense song, ca. 1968.

Side 1:  Have You Heard The Word (the Fut) (3:23) /  You Really Got A Hold On Me ()3:34 / Long And Winding Road (0:40) / Maxwell’s Silver Hammer (1:33) / Jazz Piano Song (0:59) / Besame Mucho (1:53) / Octopus’s Garden (1:28) /I Me MIne (2:36) / Don’t Let Me Down (3:19) (from track 2 onwards: Let It Be soundtrack)       
Side 2:  I Forgot To Remember To Forget You (1:04) (1 May ’64 – From Us To You #3) / Twist And Shout (2:47) / Roll Over Beethoven (1:59) (last two tracks: 24th October 1963 – Swedish radio broadcast) / Long Tall Sally (1:52) (faked live version) / Dizzy Miss Lizzy (2:36) (26 May ’65 – live BBC) / Lucille (1:00) (7 September ’63 – Saturday Club)

Source for side 2: The BBC radio documentary The Beatles Story, first broadcast in 1972. These tracks made their debut on this bootleg and must have been quite a highlight.

Quality: A solid ‘VG’ rating for all tracks, except the final one on side 2

“‘The Beatles’ Story was the first extensive BBC Radio documentary on The Beatles and was assembled in the winter of 1971-1972. Produced by Johnny Beerling and hosted by Brian Matthew it was aired on BBC Radio One on Sunday nights at 5pm from May through August 1972. A further two episodes where later added when the series was repeated in 1973. It covers the ‘ Birth Of The Liverpool Sound’ through till the Beatles solo work after they split up.  Later in 1972, the series was sold to the U.S. for syndication [and had its US debut on the July 4th weekend of 1972 in selected markets]. The U.S. version trimmed each episode to make room for commercials. The original BBC broadcasts were 55 minutes but the U.S. episodes were just 46 minutes long. ” [the WogBlog]

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Brian Mathew at a Beatles BBC recording session.

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Sydney Herald article from January 1972

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Cover of Radio Times supplement, week of May 20 – 26, 1972

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TBS-Pittsburgh Article

Article from a Pittsburgh newspaper, early 1973

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Contraband got promptly copied within the same year. Who could resist taking “the last Beatles recording” home?

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Who was responsible for this one?

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In 1979, Vicky Vinyl’s Slipped Disc label re-released this material with this tabloid like cover – from the original plates.

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