Introducing Hoffman Avenue Records

The story is well known, a Cypress, CA school teacher becomes a huge Springsteen fan in 1974. Already buying bootlegs from Vicky Vinyl and Jim Washburn at record swap meets, he mentions one time too many that he’d really love to see a Springsteen bootleg and VV teaches him how to do it.  He names his label after the street he grew up on in Trenton, NJ: Hoffman Avenue Records.

 

Discography:

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN     THE JERSEY DEVIL  HAR 147 / later switched to HAR 161   – Pressed September 1975 (original price $4.00)

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN    THE ROXY aka THERE AIN’T NOBODY HERE FROM BILLBOARD TONIGHT    2 LP HAR 160 ($7.50 o.p.)   Pressed November 1975

BOB DYLAN / NEIL YOUNG    S.N.A.C.K.   HAR 163 (o. p. $4.50)

BOB DYLAN    BASICS IN G MINOR EP  [“TAKRL 1900 EP” on the cover; XXX 001 on the 2nd catalog] ($1.50 o.p.)

These four releases were available in the first ever mail order catalog, dated 31 January 1976. A second catalog from April or May 1976 lists the following titles:

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN    HOT COALS FROM THE FIERY FURNACE 2 LP  HAR 164   – Pressed February 1976

JONI MITCHELL    THE POSALL AND THE MOSALLM   HAR 165 [on Vibrator Records labels, catalog says “formerly titled “Sugar Mt. And Other High Spots”]

JACKSON BROWNE    RATED X   HAR 166  [called “YOU ONLY WANT MEAT (YOU ASSHOLE)” in it’s first catalog appearance, which also states “… planned for release in late May…”]

DAVID BOWIE – The title that ended up being WISH UPON A STAR and announced as two volumes is announced in the same catalog. The first HAR release containing material taped in 1976 (9 February).

NEIL YOUNG / STEVEN STILLS    FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH   HAR 167 (recorded late June – July ’76)

BOB DYLAN    HOLD THE FORT FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH   HAR 168 (recorded 16 May 1976)

PAUL McCARTNEY + WINGS    ORIENTAL NIGHTFISH  HAR 169 (contains a live recording from 16 June 1976)

JOHN LENNON   PLOP PLOP FIZZ FIZZ  HAR 170

GENESIS   2 DOWN, 3 LEFT  on Dancing Disc Records D1001 [Cleveland, OH 15 April 1976, from radio broadcast]

YES  MARK’S LP  2 LP on Dancing Disc Records  [6 June 1976; Roosevelt Stadium, NJ, from radio broadcast, matrix: HAR-151 A-D]

ROLLING STONES    HOSTS TUFF     [WAR 1001, 4 – 7 June 1976, Paris]

Post-bust:

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN    (THE BOSS) RESURRECTED    [Lonely Records, LR101 – 500 numbered copies]

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN    BOX O’ ROCKS     5 LP box set containing HAR 160-164-147: Jersey Devil, The Roxy + Hot Coals From A Fiery Furnace

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN     RAGAMUFFIN GUNNER     [Matrix: HAR 164, Copy of HOT COALS FROM A FIERY FURNACE]

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN     KING OF THE ALLEY      [Matrix: TMQ 5466 / HAR, copy of THE JERSEY DEVIL ]

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN     HARLEY IN HEAT                  [Matrix: TMQ 5467, copy of THE ROXY]

BEATLES     WHAT A SHAME MARY JANE HAD A PAI AT THE PARTY / L.S. BUMBLEBEE   Fab Four 101 – rare 7″

also:

NILS LOFGREN  LIVE (BACK IT UP) [pirate of live promo]

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Any comments + additions welcome, as always.

 

 

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6 comments
  1. John said:

    we can found an interesting story of mister HAR himself….in one of the hotwacks books…

    • The letter he wrote correct a few things he found wrong in Hot Wacks, as printed in Supplement I (if I’m not mistaken)?

  2. Bruceleg collector said:

    The following is a transcription of a reader’s post that is found on “In The Mail” section (a comment section from readers) of the number 21 issue (Summer 1987) of the Backstreets Magazine (a famous Springsteen fanzine). I’ve long believed that this post is made by Mr. HAR himself or one of his close associates.

    ==========================================
    Who’s on first?

    Dear Editor:

    The article by Danny Martins on “A History of Bruce Boots” (note: a featured article on the bootleg column in the previous issue of the magazine) contained so many errors I just had to write. Without going into all the details, here are a few facts, at least as I’ve seen them:

    1. The first Springsteen bootleg was “The Jersey Devil” on Hoffman Avenue Records. It was pressed in September of 1975 and fliers telling the fans how they could get it were distributed at the Roxy during Bruce’s October shows.

    2. The second Springsteen bootleg was “There Ain’t Nobody Here From Billboard Tonight,” also on Hoffman Avenue Records. It was pressed in November of 1975 and Vicky Vinyl’s only input was having “Catch me if you can” scratched into vinyl on one side of the sides and putting up half the money for the initial pressing. She never admired Bruce. She couldn’t stand him before he and CBS busted her, so you can imagine how she feels about today.

    3. The third Springsteen bootleg was “Live at the Bottom Line.” This was the one with the white cover and not the later release on Coral Records.

    4. The fourth Springsteen bootleg was “Hot Coals From Fiery Furnace” pressed in February of 1976 on Hoffman Avenue Records.

    5. The fifth Springsteen bootleg was the Coral Records “Bottom Line” LP.

    After that, greed took over and the thing got fucked up. There may be two or three people in Afghanistan who never took a tape to a pressing plant and had some Springsteen bootleg made, but that’s another story. You’ll have to wait ‘til the book is out.

    Posted by Eagle Eye, Trenton, New Jersey.
    ==========================================

    Note that “Eagle Eye” is credited as one of the producers and cover designers for the first ever Springsteen bootleg “The Jersey Devil”, and Trenton is where Mr. HAR was raised. I do not understand the sentence “There may be two or three people in Afghanistan who never took a tape to a pressing plant and had some Springsteen bootleg made, but that’s another story.” Can anyone explain it?

  3. John said:

    isn’t that the same story as in the HW…??…think he was upset about the wrong information and confusion which was floating around about his releases….Does he still now that theseadays his work is very interesting for collectors…hope he will once contact this great blog….the best blog on earth!!

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