Wizardo trying the Contraband recipe of selling vaguely psychedelic fab four-ish sounding tracks with BBC recordings + more. “Have You heard The Word” (HOTWACKS quality rating: satisfactory) by the Fut had first appeared on the Contraband LP with the same title. Next, Wizardo added the B-side “Futting Around” (very good; the two word title was used on the pirate copy of the single that was produced in 1973, the UK original just says “Futting” – see below) as well, so who says they didn’t deliver anything new? … “Don’t Let Me Down” & “Those Were The Days” (satisfactory; 29 March 1969 Amsterdam Hilton “Bed In”, from a VPRO radio interview with Wim Noordhoek & Jan Donkers) was already familiar from TMOQ’s Spicy Beatles Songs and CBM’s Abbey Road Revisited as is the next track, John’s short improvised version of “Cottonfields” (very good) from the 5 June ’68 The Kenny Everett Show. I suspect that “Twist and Shout” (good) and “Dizzy Miss Lizzy” (satisfactory) are the same recordings also found on Spicy Beatles Songs : Swedish radio, Karlaplanstudio Stockholm, 24 Oct ’63 for the former and the last ever Beatles BBC radio show “The Beatles (Invite You To Take A Ticket To Ride)”, recorded 26 May 1965 and aired: 7 June 1965, for the latter. “You Really Got A Hold On Me” (good) is likely from the Swedish radio broadcast as well, especially if it is live, as no other live performance exists.
The last track on side 1: “Roll Over Beethoven” (good) and the first two on side 2: “All My Loving” & “I Wanna Be Your Man” (both good) likely are identical with side 2 of CBM’s Sweden 1963 (wrongly attributed as having first appeared on CBM’s Mary Jane in the book Way Beyond Compare): From Us To You # 2, recorded on 28 February ’64 at BBC Piccadilly Studios in London and broadcast on 30 March ’64 (track 7, “From Us To You” (poor) might come from the same source as well). The next three songs, “Long Tall Sally” (satisfactory), “A Hard Day’s Night” (very good) and “Things We Said Today” (good) plus the interview are obviously from the summer of 1964 and are most likely from the Beatles’ Top of the Pops appearances (as HOTWACKS states). A promo video of “Long Tall Sally” had been shown on 1 & 8 July ’64; “A Hard Days Night” played from the disc, on 8, 15 and 22 of July & 5 August and “Things We Said Today” on 29 July ’64. See below for thoughts on an alternative source. If “It’s Now or Never” (poor; full title “By George! It’s The David Frost Theme/It’s Now Or Never”) from their appearance on UK TV’s Frost on Sunday is really on here then the book That Magic Feeling missed its first appearance on this bootleg. The following version of “Hey Jude” (good) is likely take 2 as aired in the UK version.
The pirate from 1973. “One of the earliest Beatle (then thought) Bootlegs on 45 rpm.” states 45cat.com
The 1970 UK original.
The alternative explanation, which has been debunked (but I am keeping it as part of this entry as I like finding an early bootleg that is not listed anywhere) is that Jon Wizardo did get his hands on the rare 1971 bootleg The Beatles Last Album (matrix: 0171 – 01 1971 – the month/year it was produced or just a coincidence?), which preserved a little over half of their appearance on BBC radio’s Top Gear # 1 show as recorded 14 July ’64 and broadcast on July 16. It featured a sequence of Long Tall Sally/Things We Said Today/intro/A Hard Day’s Night/outro.
The cover inspiration (anyone ever seen this poster before/can tell us what the writing in the lower right says?):
This not often seen early bootleg LP features the first appearance of the People Say (Love Is Blind)/ I’m Walkin (All Alone) 45 – an unknown group recording under the alias “John & Paul” and guaranteed with zero involvement by any of the ex-Beatles –
before Contraband featured it on their late ’72 release MARY JANE (and Wizardo did it also on the 2nd hodgepodge disc of their 1975 MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR double album (WRMB 310).
Another officially released 45 is the German version of She Loves You plus three Christmas tracks, likely copied from the US Christmas Album LP.
LAST ALBUM also saw the first ever bootleg inclusion of their Frost on Sunday (UK) / The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour September/October ’68 live lead vocal appearance of Hey Jude and Revolution. I assume that just as its 1972 inclusion on CBM’s Europe & TV Casts, this is the US broadcast version where Hey Jude was edited from takes 1 and 3 (in the UK, the complete take 2 was aired).
And finally, another first on bootleg vinyl: Shout! from the Around The Beatles TV special, as well as the partial aforementioned Top Gear # 1 BBC radio episode from 16 July 1964: Long Tall Sally, Things We Said Today, the intro to A Hard Day’s Night plus the song itself and and a bit of the outro. This was taken from a 1968 rebroadcast of the Top Of The Pops transcription discs, which included this much from the Top Gear performance.
with Brian Matthews, the DJ on Top Gear # 1