Vicky Vinyl sub labels and contract pressings: Blue Ribbon and SLA (featuring Deep Purple, Queen and The Eagles)

Pressing run sizes of about 500 – 1000 for the BRR titles.

BRR 001: Bill (W)yman and the ROLLING STONES  was previously reviewed here – click the link

BRR 002: Paul McCartney – Live!  can be found here

BRR 003: ?

BRR 004

Led Zep Mudslide red

Looks like a rarer release that does not turn up very often

BRR 005: Suzi Quatro – Naked Under Leather  as featured in the previous post “Western Pop-Rock Acts Bootlegged In Japan 1975-76: …”

BRR & SLA 006: Queen – “STUNNING”  ditto

BRR 007: Led Zeppelin – BBC Broadcast 



BRR & SLA release numbers were often used interchangeably, it seems.


SLA 001: Queen – Geisha Boys  ditto

SLA 002

Deep Purple Unreasonably Loud

Deep Purple Unreasonably Loud b

Image caption reads: Richie Blackmore: “I yell and scream at home, too.”  The text below reads: “Loudest Pop Group. The amplification for Deep Purple on their 10,000 watt Marshall P.A. system attained 117 decibels. This was sufficient in the Rainbow Theatre, London,  in 1972, to render three members of their audience unconscious.”

Deep Purple Unreasonably Loud 2

Mostly found with blank labels in various colors; below a copy with a “Duck Hits!” label

Deep Purple Unreasonably Loud Duck

Matrix: SLA-00002A/B

Side 1: 01 Lucille (5:25) — probably 12 December 1970, Stuttgart, Germany
02 Mumblin’ thing blues (8:29) — Muelheim Sporthalle, Cologne, Germany, 4 April, 1970 (Progressive Pop Festival ’70)
03 Into the fire (4:16) — probably 12 December 1970, Stuttgart, Germany

Side 2:  Space truckin’ (19:02) — Sporthalle, Stuttgart-Boeblingen, Germany, 10 February, 1972

Source: A copy of of the second Edition of the European bootleg LP Back To The Rock

This has been confirmed by a torrent on dime, however, the only images I can find are for the (Dutch?) LP on the Altintas label, which has a different track list and sources, altogether. Can anyone shed some light on this?

OK, hand up! Who in the audience had the recorder?


SLA 003: Deep Purple – Made For Japan  as featured in the previous post “Western Pop-Rock Acts Bootlegged In Japan 1975-76: …”

SLA 007 

Vicky Vinyl obviously thought after

marx brothers a night at the opera movie poster 3


marx brothers a day at the races 2

the logical title for the next Queen (bootleg) album must be:


Queen duck-soup

Queen Duck Soup duck

Correct concert date stated. Found with blank, Idle Mind, Duck and Ruthless Rhymes labels dates this release to 1978. An insert, autographed by the band, sold for over $600 in February of 2012.

First 4 songs on side 1 play too slow. The master was originally taped on a Tandberg Model 11 recorder with Sony ECM-22P mics.

Tandberg model-11

Two other insert variations exist:

Queen StLove 2

Queen StLove

Incorrect information given regarding the recording equipment and pointing out the date error on P.N.W. (see below) plus a ‘cheeky finish’.


Queen Adm Tic

Looking at the set list shows how this was edited and mixed up:

01. Tie Your Mother Down
02. Ogre Battle    P1
03. White Queen    P2
04. Somebody To Love    D1
05. Killer Queen ->    P3
06. The Millionaire Waltz ->   P4
07. You’re My Best Friend ->    P5
08. Bring Back That Leroy Brown    P6
09. Brighton Rock ->    P7
10. Guitar Solo ->   P7
11. Brighton Rock (Reprise)    P7
12. ’39    D2
13. You Take My Breath Away    D3
14. White Man ->   P8
15. The Prophet’s Song   P9
16. Bohemian Rhapsody    D4
17. Stone Cold Crazy
18. Keep Yourself Alive
19. Liar
20. In The Lap Of The Gods…Revisited    D5
21. Now I’m Here (cuts in)   D6
22. Big Spender   D7
23. Jailhouse Rock Medley*   D7,8,9,10
* includes Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting, Stupid Cupid and Be Bop A Lula

D = Duck Soup + track number on that LP; P = P.N.W. + track number on that LP

Interesting notes from a remastering job of the above master:

A copy of this recording was released on LP bootlegs, this is the first time when the original complete recording comes out. Unfortunately this master copy sounds much worse then the LP bootleg, which is pretty unusual. The original master was really heavy in the bottom end, while the LPs sound really clean. …”

Queen Seattle 77

2 LP bootleg of the complete master tape, taken from the 2009 torrent; supposedly only 100 copies pressed – I wonder if they used the remaster. This copy sold for a respectable GBP 155 in June of 2013.

I personally prefer the audience recording from the Boston Garden from this tour that was shared on dime a couple of years ago. Some live recordings just have that extra special bit of ‘audio magic’ and that’s one of them.


The first release containing material from this show was on this LP, released as part of the ODD Wizardo sub label in 1977:

Queen P.N.W. SS

Still sealed copy above

Queen P.N.W.

Queen P.N.W. 2

Matrix: ODD THREE -A / B

Queen P.N.W. lbl

Does this exist with any other labels?

1980 reissue under this title (with a mismatched The Game Tour 1980 live shot):

Queen Mania

1996 copy/re-issue made in Germany on mcv:

Queen P.N.W. REQueen P.N.W. RE b


SLA 008

Eagles Motel Six bl lbl

Matrix: ·SLA 0008 A / B

The year is actually correct: Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert, Season 1, Episode 20 [broadcast?] April 13, 1974: The Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne

Regarding the location as stated on the back cover. The 46th St. Rock Palace in Brooklyn, NY became later known as ‘Bananafish Garden’ (now a furniture show & storage room) named after the J.D. Salinger short story. A few episodes of Rock Concert were filmed there but I could not confirm that this one was.

bananafish garden

“A TV show (Howard Stein’s I believe) later used the Rock Palace for some memorable shows with Jerry Lee Lewis, The Byrds, Hot Tuna, Wayne Cochran and the C.C. Riders, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Steve Stills, and God knows who else […]”

Eagles Motel Six dragonfly 2

Eagles Motel Six

Eagles Motel Six RR

Eagles Motel 6

Ca. 1983/4 reissue with GLC labels.


Coming up: A couple more Rodan Records titles.

  1. John said:

    something about the Queen’s again. PNW March, stands for Pacific North Western March.The designer used the word March not only as the ‘route’ but also as the month. That’s why the correct title of this fab record never get’s it credits. The Mania album,photo’s not the Jazz era but the US Game era…the same masters were used as for the PNW record. Personally i think that Duck Soup was the …( A very big one…) first release and PNW followed. Strange that there were 2 different master tapes used…but in one way or the other, some kind of partnership…as no songs of both records matches each other. PNW problaby came only with this kinda red label but the dept of red colours differs. The Mania labels were most ‘Modern Jazz records’ black printing on light red back ground. Sleeves for PNW differs slightly..some with no track listings, some with incomplete, and some complete and some with hometyped tracklistings.
    Again a fantastic original title for a bootleg record..’Duck Soup…!! 🙂 The blue inserted 2 record set..on the back of a moodboard of a personal computer…most likely is that recording taken from the Japanese Wardour cd release. The fine art of bootlegging is completely destroyed by this guy, who makes limited editions from Queen recordings and sell them for extra ordinairy high prices. Everybody is able today to press your own record.
    When i spoked before on a previous blog chapter about that guy who was involved into TMOQ, he told me that the pressings for the Duck Soup record were made in an alley near the Seattle Arena. as he told me that…i did remember that , before the internet,, ..i bought my boots fe from US retailers, the guy who sent me some Ducks.told me the same story.

    • Not sure if “March” is really part of the full title – could be. I changed the description of the Mania insert image – thanks. Again, I took the release dates from as the guy seems to be mostly spot on. Are you saying P.N.W. and Duck Soup do not come from the same source? I believe it was just J. Wizardo sharing another tape he hadn’t used fully, as we’ve now already documented a couple of times.

      • J said:

        the sound quality is so different so i really think it’s not from the same source. PNW march is much brighter for it’s sound!!

      • Even the same source tape can sound quite different when copied a few times and played back on an azimuth misaligned tape machine. I will also note which track appears on which of the bootleg vinyls on the set list – I believe there is no overlap between them (no proof but still a good indicator).

  2. John said:

    ok you’re the specialist… :-). no kidding…but why should the Duck Souper give away suche populair recording. Duck was one of the most widely distribured and sold Queen boot…!! we can only suggest and believe what we wanto believe…..only one of our heroes can tell the real story!!

    • Are you talking about the full master? The bootleggers weren’t (always) the tapers.

  3. Vickie Rock said:

    Re: The Eagles Motel Six

    Bananafish Garden [not Auditorium] was an old movie theater in Brooklyn. Circa 1973-1974, Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert and ABC-TV’s In Concert used the venue for concert shoots..

  4. Lou Ming said:

    Regarding Queen’s “Geisha Boys” boot. I had that one at one time, the Japanese flag at the bottom left front says: HU FLUNG DUNG FA.

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