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Matrix:  UK -3 (ABCD)

Found with these red blank labels. Sold for around 8 GBP in the UK in 1979. Patti Smith and band played at the Rainbow in London on 1, 2, 4 April 1978 and this was likely recorded at one of those shows.

Side 1:  Privilege / Rock’N Roll Nigger  / Kimberly / Space Monkey
Side 2:  We Three / 25th Floor / It’s So Hard / Ghost Dance
Side 3:  Ain’t It Strange / Time Is On My Side / Because The Night / Pumping (My Heart)
Side 4:  Easter / Gloria / Be My Baby / My Generation

Alternate track list: 

Privilege (Set Me Free) / Babelogue/Rock n’ Roll Nigger / Kimberly / Space Monkey
Till Victory / We Three / 25th Floor / Running and Hiding / Ghost Dance
Ain’t It Strange / Time In On My Side / Because the Night, / Pumping (My Heart)
Easter / Gloria / Part I: In Excelsis Deo / Part II: Gloria / Be My Baby / My Generation

Comment “This very rare double bootleg is not listed in Hot Wacks XV. It is of a 1978 performance in London. Deluxe red cover. Sound quality is very good, performance is fair to good. ”  

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From Hot Wacks: First 200 copies rubber stamped “Advance Copy”. That seems quite high. Maybe the cover art got delayed.

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I dig the depth perception here – the owner really achieved a nice result in this angled shot. Photographing records is harder than it looks, I find.

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Matrix # PSG-44-A / PSG-44-B

Collector’s Comment: “Unlike most of her other bootlegs, which were taken from radio broadcasts, this one was recorded on the scene from within the audience. The sound quality is excellent, and the performance is good to very good.”

“Most of the Patti Smith bootlegs come from around 1976, during her first significant touring after the release of her debut album, Horses, in the fall of 1975. This one is notable as a chronicle of the spring 1978 tour promoting her third album, Easter. Here, appearing on May 12, 1978, at the Santa Monica Civic Center, Smith is a more polished, less-spontaneous performer, and a more ambivalent one. The LP’s second side is given over to a selection of Easter songs — “Rock n Roll Nigger,” “Till Victory,” “Space Monkey,” “25th Floor,” and “Because the Night” — but the first side is more interesting. It consists entirely of cover songs, performed by Smith in her inimitable style. After playing the Who’s “The Kids Are Alright” and the Ronettes’ “Be My Baby,” Smith introduces “Time Is on My Side” by reciting a brief bit of her own verse: “Memory is just hips that swing like a clock/ Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock/F*ck the clock!” the Who’s “My Generation,” meanwhile, gets new lyrics: “I don’t need that f*cking shit/Hope I die because of it.” After a surprise cover of John Lennon’s “It’s So Hard” comes an even more surprising choice from a woman who was just then experiencing her first and only singles hit. “Hi, we’re a Top 40 band, we’re the Patti Smith Group,” Smith says. “We’d like to do a little Top 40 for you.” And with that, she takes on Debbie Boone, doing a verse and chorus of “You Light up My Life.” Her mixed feelings about commercial success couldn’t be better expressed. This bootleg has only average sound, but it is one of the weirdest sets in the Patti Smith catalog. ” []


Complete set list:

01         Babelogue
02         Rock’n’Roll Nigger
03         Privilege (Set Me Free)
04         Kimberly
05         Till Victory
06         Redondo Beach
07         Space Monkey
08         25th Floor
09         The Kids Are All Right
10         Ghost Dance
11         Be My Baby
12         Time Is On My Side
13         It’s So Hard
14         Pumping (My Heart)
15         Because The Night
16         You Light Up My Life
17         Easter
18         Radio Ethiopia
19         Gloria
20         Ask The Angels
21         My Generation

“It offers an accurate glimpse of the artist circa 1978. Patti’s stage banter is hilarious and she is truly unique. There is virtually no hiss in this recording. You can hear the taper talk to his cohorts but only very rarely. Otherwise there is very little talking. No distortion, no speed problems, vocals are sometimes a little muffled. Parts of the recording are ex- in nature but I would call the rest of it vg to vg +, as always, IMHO. The show appears to be complete to me. It’s a wild performance with a lot of Patti/audience interchange and stage banter. “

Her live in concert rendition of the bootleg’s title track can be found here:

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“Love In Vain” and “Tumbling Dice” are actually in reverse order on side 3.

Label variation 1

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Rolling Stones SatisfGuar ECCAnd # 2 from a later reissue.

MATRIX: IMP 1023-A Re-1 / IMP 1123-B /C /D

IMP # 1123 would slot right in between Kiss – Destroys Anaheim Part 2 and Neil Young – Old Man’s Fancy in the Idle Mind discography.

“…first released as a classic 2 LP in 1978. The venues sampled on the original LP were: St. Louis July 11, 1978, Buffalo, N.Y., July 4, 1978, Greensboro, N.C., June 26, 1978, Oakland, CA, July 26, 1978, and Chicago IL., July 8, 1978. A really nice “best of” effort. The printed color LP jacket was exceptional at the time. The white and yellow record labels were “Ruthless Rhymes, Ltd.”. The most fantastic version of Beast of Burden was recorded on this LP, and it was from St. Louis […]. Note: The original vinyl release in each case is BETTER Quality than these audience source tapes! ” []

Beatles Get Back

Matrix: BGB-111 (a 1980’s reissue with POD labels is listed as having BGB 111 A/B – R1/2); ca. 1978. The matrix number traces back to the TMoQ ‘smoking pig’ reissue # 1801 of GET BACK SESSIONS (seen below), which has the following matrix markings: 

scratched) BGB 111 (/scratched) R1 – 1801



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Matrix number unknown at this time.


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Matrix: PA-77-A/B same as the Contraband release matrix.



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The RR does not come from “Ruthless Rhymes”, but from Renaissance Records. This traces back to the 1970 release HOMOGENIZED BEATLES – the first beatles title Ken & Dub ever did (one side taken from the first ever Beatleg Kum Back and the other comprised of pirated 45s and one LP track).

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Also available on black PVC. Released around 1978.   Matrix: LLS 101 A/B

This master was re-used when the record was re-released in the early 80’s with a wrap around insert on smoking pig labels and as part of the limited LXXXIV series with large font GLC labels:

Side 1: LLA 101 A (scratched) * 1800 A (scratched) * TMQ-71012-A
Side 2: LLA 101 B (scratched) * 1800 B (scratched) * TMQ-71012-B

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The existence of TMoQs THE COMPLETE CHRISTMAS COLLECTION with Ruthless Rhymes labels probably means that the copy I showed on the blog earlier with Dragonfly labels was not a case of ‘wrong disc in sleeve’.

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YELLOW MATTER CUSTARD supposedly exists on Ruthless Rhymes as well but I was not able to find any picture evidence for this.


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Matrix · 106 A / B handwritten

Finally, there is this. A 33 1/3 single with RR labels, apparently released without a sleeve, containing two of the Decca audition tracks: “Three Cool Cats” and “Hello Little Girl”.

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The Bob Dylan World Tour 1978’s first leg consisted of seven shows on seven consecutive nights at the Los Angeles Universal Amphitheater.

This double album presents 3 sides from the second show on 2 June and the last side from the end of the last night on 7 June. From “The labels are either Ruthless Rhymes, “Horweite Stereo” or blank.  The quality is good … the performance excellent.”

Two more labels to add:

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Audiofön – RZ 004

A1     Love Her With A Feeling     2:31     
A2     Stop Crying     5:05     
A3     Mr. Tambourine Man     4:53     
A4     Shelter From The Storm     4:41     
A5     Love Minus Zero (No Limit)     3:29     
B1     Tangled Up In Blue     7:06     
B2     Ballad Of A Thin Man     4:22     
B3     Maggie’s Farm     4:33     
B4     Like A Rolling Stone     6:00     
C1     I Shall Be Released     3:51     
C2     Another Cup Of Coffee     3:09     
C3     Blowin In The Wind     4:27     
C4     I Want You     2:36     
C5     Senor (Tales Of Yankee Power)     5:12     
C6     Just Like A Woman     5:07    

D1     Simple Twist Of Fate     4:35     
D2     Oh Sister     3:28     
D3     All Along The Watchtower     3:42     
D4     All I Really Want To Do     2:58     
D5     Forever Young     5:10    

Set list:

June 2 ’78:

A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall (instrumental) / Love Her With A Feeling / Baby Stop Crying / Mr. Tambourine Man / Shelter From The Storm / Love Minus Zero – No Limit / Tangled Up In Blue / Ballad Of A Thin Man / Maggie’s Farm / I Don’t Believe You / Like A Rolling Stone / I Shall Be Released / Going, Going, Gone / Rainy Day Women # 12 & 35 (instrumental) / One Of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later) / You’re A Big Girl Now / One More Cup Of Coffee (Valley Below) / Blowin’ In The Wind / I Want You / Señor (Tales Of Yankee Power) / Masters Of War / Just Like A Woman /

June 7 ’78:

Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right / Simple Twist Of Fate / Oh, Sister (Bob Dylan–Jacques Levy/Bob Dylan) / All Along The Watchtower / All I Really Want To Do / It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) / Forever Young / The Times They Are A-Changin’

Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar), Billy Cross (lead guitar), Alan Pasqua (keyboards), Steven Soles (rhythm guitar, backup vocals), David Mansfield (violin & mandolin), Steve Douglas (horns), Jerry Scheff (bass), Bobbye Hall (percussion), Ian Wallace (drums), Helena Springs, Jo Ann Harris, Carolyn Dennis (background vocals).

Bob Chat:

June 2 ’78:

“Thank you. Thank you very much. This is a song off our new Columbia Records album, Street-Legal. Soon to be released.” (before Baby, Stop Crying)

“Thank you. This song’s the story of my life.” (before Tangled Up In Blue)

“Thank you all right. All right thank you. Thank you very much. This is a song I recorded with The Band while we were hanging around up in Woodstock.” (before I Shall Be Released)

“Thank you. We’ll play another song and take a break now, eat something. This is another song that I recorded with The Band a few years back.” (before Going, Going, Gone)

“Thank you. This is another song from the forthcoming album, ha ha, Street-Legal. Remember that! This one’s called Tales Of Yankee Power.”

June 7 ’78:

“Thank you. Well, like Jerry Garcia would say. We’re gonna beat it on down the line. Well, we hope you had a good time. We think these songs do mean some thing to you. So, have a real safe trip home. We’re gonna be out of the country for awhile, though we’ll be back from far distant lands, so I hope we see each other again sometime.” (before Forever Young).

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Re-pressed in 1982 from the same plates and under a new title with the large font GLC labels:

Dylan Tales of YankPow


Photo taken at the Majestic Ballroom in Birkenhead on 10 April 1963 

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Beatles Youngblood altThe rare alternate front cover. Photo taken in Liverpool near the Albert Docks in late September 1962 by Peter Kaye

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The 1970s release was issued on blank, yellow Audifön (pictured), green ‘hörweite stereophonie’ and Ruthless Rhymes labels.

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Release date: June 1978; Matrix BVP-005-RE

01.  Too Much Monkey Business (Berry) – YOUNGBLOOD’s first issue used a fair and incomplete tape taken from Pop Go The Beatles #13, recorded 3rd of September 1963.

02.  The Hippy Hippy Shake (Romero) – same as above

03.  Sweet Little Sixteen (Berry) (incomplete) – Pop Go The Beatles #06; recorded 10 July 1963; Presenter: Rodney Burke; Broadcast on 23 July 1963

04.  (There’s A) Devil In Her Heart (Drapkin) – Pop Go The Beatles #10; recorded 16 July 1963; Presenter: Rodney Burke; Broadcast on 20 August 1963

05.  A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues (Thompson) (incomplete) – Pop Go The Beatles #03; recorded 1 June 1963; Presenter: Lee Peters; Broadcast on 18 June 1963

06.  Memphis, Tennessee (Berry) – Pop Go The Beatles #03; recorded 1 June 1963

07.  Sure To Fall (In Love With You) (Perkins/Claunch/Cantrell) – Pop Go The Beatles #03

08.  Youngblood (Leiber/Stoller/Pomus) (incomplete) – Pop Go The Beatles #02
Recorded 1 June 1963; Presenter: Lee Peters; Broadcast on 11 June 1963

09.  Crying, Waiting, Hoping (Holly) – Pop Go The Beatles #08
Recorded 16 July 1963; Presenter: Rodney Burke; Broadcast on 6 August 1963

10.  Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey  (Leiber/Stoller/Penniman) – Pop Go The Beatles #08, recorded 16 July 1963; Presenter: Rodney Burke; Broadcast on 6 August 1963

11.  I Forgot To Remember To Forget (Kesler/Feathers) – From Us To You #3
Recorded 1 May 1964; Presenter: Alan Freeman; Broadcast on 18 May 1964

Quality is fair to poor throughout


In the 1980’s, a reissue with matrix BVP-005 and labels pictured here used the same cover art but changed the master for side 1 as follows:

Tracks 01. + 02. were replaced with earlier versions, possibly from Saturday Club, 16th of March ’63

Track 03. used an upgrade copied from the bootleg Beautiful Dreamer

Tracks 06. + 07.  were changed to the 1st of January ’62 Decca audition versions

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The Liverpool Empire 7 December 1963 concert, as broadcast by BBC TV later that evening on “It’s The Beatles!“, survived as a recording taped from a TV speaker (including the occasional cough from a person in the room) and made its debut on Youngblood.

A few months later it was also issued on the LP DEC. 1963 on the ODD label. The final song, an unlisted “From Me To You (reprise)/Harry Lime (Third Man Theme)” is a bit more complete here.

The last four tracks on side 2 are:

  • Rock And Roll Music – Saturday Club # 325, rec. 25 November 1964; broadcast 26 December ’64
  • Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby and I’ll Follow The Sun – both from Top Gear #20, recorded 17 November 1964, broadcast 26 November ’64                 
  • Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey Hey Hey! – also from Saturday Club # 325                      

All of these tracks were altered by overdubbing here with audience screaming either by the Audifön/Ruthless Rhymes producers or someone along the tape supply chain. Original versions would appear in 1980 & ’81 on Broadcasts and Air Time as significant upgrades.

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This Youtube clip shows all the surviving video with inline sound. “Backstage, [the Beatles] watched in disappointed amazement [at the poor audio and visual presentations the BBC came up with] on a TV set brought over from the NEMS department store.” [quote from Way Beyond Compare, p. 107]


ODD reissued the master one more time under this misleading title (also attributed to Modern Jazz Records):



While Youngblood was not spared another life on Rat-o Cat-o Records:

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Matrix: ODD-Four-A & ODD-Five (erased) Four-B

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These are by no means all color but all found label variations (save blank white ones) for this release. Range of colors included a multi-color run plus similar colors as used for John Lennon’s 10″ “A guitar’s all right John but…”.

Date of release: May 1978

Matrix LMW 28 IF, later copied on matrix 10 A/B

Beatles FUTY stamper 1Bootleg stampers for this title. What is interesting is that the writing on the envelopes for this US pressed release is in German.

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This was the first new BBC material since Contraband’s Stockholm LP presented tracks from the Easy Beat show of July 21, 1963, “in dreadful quality” in December of 1974. Obviously, a copy of a rehearsal tape had survived as this material was never broadcast in this form. More from the raw tape has surfaced on the digital release Unsurpassed Broadcasts – Volume Nine and there is extra material to extend the length of the available material from 24:40 to 27:00.

BBC Paris Studios London, recorded 17 July 1964 (aired: Monday 3 August 1964) – “From Us To You” 4th edition recording session

Track 01     From Us To You (Version 1) (John sings “From me…”)     0:53    
Track 02     Kansas City     2:28
Track 03     Long Tall Sally (Beginning & Solo incomplete)     1:56
Track 04     If I Fell     2:03
Track 05     Boys     1:58
Track 06     I’m Happy Just To Dance With You (Instrumental)     1:52
Track 07     I’m Happy Just To Dance With You     1:46
Side 2
Track 01     I Should Have Known Better (False start)     –
Track 02     I Should Have Known Better (w/o Harmonica)     2:34
Track 03     I Should Have Known Better (w/Harmonica)     2:31
Track 04     Things We Said Today     2:23
Track 05     A Hard Days Night     2:27
Track 06     From Us To You (Version 2)     0:50

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Lennon AGAJ insertThe insert that was included with the first edition only.

Lennon AGAJ r gree lblAvailable also in red, blue, clear and orange (I will believe Hot Wacks in this case). These JL labels were also used on the reissues, plus blank and Ruthless Rhymes labels.

As a reissue, available in a range of colors, including a white based multi-color.

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When I first bought this, I remember being disappointed by the audio quality of the Madison Square Garden recording and that the tracks were faded out (is this true or is my memory playing tricks on me?). Then, when I bought it a second time many years later, I found that the official recording had been substituted – can someone confirm this as well?

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Side 2 is a bit of a let down. “Slippin’ And Slidin’ ” and “Stand By Me” come from the Old Grey Whistle Test broadcast on 18 March 1975.

“Oh My Love” is not John at all, although with the extra noise added on the bootleg vinyl and due to the faithful reproduction by the performers, you could think it is. This is a Canadian band called The Wackers (their 1972 LP was called Hot Wacks of all names).

hotwacksthe-wackers-70s-oh-my-love-mono-elektra“Lady Marmalade” is John ad-libbing what he remembers from Labelle’s song, which was a number 1 hit in the U.S. just before John was interviewed for French TV on 7 April 1975.

“Working Class Hero” is apparently another outfake/Frankenstein creation and “Day Tripper” is just the Jimi Hendrix Experience live on the BBC on 15 December of 1967 with no Lennon involvement at all – we remember Contraband trying to squeeze a whole album out of the assumed collaboration on DAYTRIPPER JAM around the same time.

The first edition has John looking at us from the right and Stuart Sutcliff standing on the left. This was reversed for later reissues but the original photos show that this is how these photos were taken in November of 1960 at the site of the tri-annual funfair in Hamburg on a square called Heiligengeistfeld. Their German friend Astrid Kirchherr had taken them there to shoot a number of photos:

John HH Dom 60Photo session “outtake”

John HH Dom 60And another. For me, these early Hamburg pictures taken by Astrid have always been the best way to bring that era to as much life as possible and show some kind of a foreboding of what was about to start in only a few years.

Paul HH Dom 60“A bass is all right Paul but…”

John Lanz 60Can we read any ‘Paul is dead’ clue into this license plate?

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If the release date is somewhat accurate, this would make it a candidate for one of the first Japanese bootleg records ever.

This auction is still active and ends on Wednesday, 22 January ’14. The current high bid stands at $1,105.00.

UPDATE: The auction ended at an even $1,500.00


Seller description:


“Here it is at last!
Ultra rare vintage Japanese pressing double live set from their first Japan tour, 24th September 1971 Tokyo Budokan show!
Without any doubt, this is THE rarest Led Zep live LP ever released. Pressed in Japan at end of  ’71 in micro quantities, most collector don’t know it even exist’s!!
Very few, heavy collector knows about this obscure double live set.

Original insert(printed on thin, thermal paper in ’71…) is still loose and great condition, very slight discoloration on back. Plain beige cover is also nice, Ex condition.
Both disc has some strange surface mark but plays nice with light surface noise.
Plain white, deep groove label on heavy vinyl.
Sound qualities are not great as late ’70s – early ’80s  live LPs, but this is real artifact from early ’70s rock history…
Low(yes, I think low…) starting price and this is once in a lifetime chance to own this gem….

songs are:
(cut in)Immigrant Song (1:57)
Heartbreaker (7:51)
Since I’ve Been Loving You (8:14)
Out On The Tiles / Black Dog (5:46)
What Is And What Should Never Be (4:30)
Dazed And Confused (24:27)
Celebration Day (6:27)
That’s The Way (8:16)
Going To California (7:43)
Tangerine (3:42)
Whole Lotta Love medley(27:14)

**** lists no less than 10 audience sources for the first night and six or more for the second night.

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