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This is how “bad” it has become. When you enter “Dittolino Discs” into Google you get 20 hits ** every single one of them pointing back at this blog**!! How can I do research this way? OK, there may only have been less than 50 people since the invention of the internet and search engines to enter that label name but that is beside the point. Well, here we go then, adding THE Dittolini Disc master posts then. have always maintained that: “Whilst together Dub & Ken also released albums on….  Dittolino Discs”


Dittolini lbl

Where it gets really interesting when you look up the entries for the sole Dittolino Pink Floyd title – LIVE :


Pink Floyd Live 3

and the one it is based on, according to them: TMOQ’s ‘missing in Hot Wacks’ double, LIVE (2804):




[In regards to the finding that two sources exist for this Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 23 October 1970, recording, the experts do seem to be in agreement that what can be found on the vinyl bootlegs ‘TMOQ 2804’ and LIVE (Dittolino)  and the 1980s reissue CYMBALINE (TMOQ) all came from the same source tape – see]


So, if we decide to follow the logic that ‘2804’ was Ken’s work, could we then also infer that Dittolini Discs was all Ken? This label was pressed in the Southern California as well, I would venture a guess, so that is another link.

What speaks against this is that Ken has never mentioned having been behind the Dittolino titles (not that there were that many). Any opinions on this?

Springsteen Resurrected

Springsteen Resurrected b

Back of the album, should have waited for the stamp ink to dry before stacking them.

Springsteen Resurrected 096

Name of the artist for those “in the know” only. There are numbered and unnumbered copies with two different sizes for the big stamp found as well. Supposedly 500 numbered copies exist (plus non-numbered ones?).

Springsteen Resurrected 2

Insert found with some copies.

Springsteen Resurrected 3Springsteen Resurrected lbl

Matrix: LR101

The first two tracks come from the earliest Child/Steel Mill audio in circulation and were taken from an audience recording taped at the Free University “The Center” in Richmond, VA on 20 September 1969. [Too bad they did not include ‘KT88’ because that instrumental really rocked.]

‘Bright Lights, Big City’ closes side 1 and is from an unknown source; ‘Bishop Danced’ was recorded live at Max’s Kansas City in NYC on 31 January 1973. We are back in Richmond, VA for ‘You Mean So Much To Me’ recorded at a radio session at The Alpha Sound Studio on 31 May 1973 and broadcast on WGOE-FM.

The final two songs are from 1973 as well: ‘The Fever’ came from a session at The Record Plant on 16 May and ‘Zero And Blind Terry’ was recorded on Halloween that year at The Main Point, Bryn Mawr, PA.


Three reissues, all credited to THE JERSEY DEVIL + an album (sub)title, all with the same simple look and aimed at fooling the FBI that this was a TMOQ job.


5466: King Of The Alley

Springsteen Jersey Devil HH 3

Single LP, does include ‘Thunder Road’; Matrix: TMQ 5466 / some with HAR matrix numbers claims This is the master and artwork that K&S reissued in 1979 on red PVC as # 060 in a limited edition.

Text says: ” The first song is from the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles as performed at Columbia Records Annual Convention in 1973. The last one is from the Main Point in Philadelphia on February 9, 1975. Everything else is from the Main Point on April 24, 1973.

TMQ 5466 – By the people – For the people “

Springsteen TJD KotAlley


5467: A Harley In Heat

Springsteen Harley in Heat 2

Springsteen Harley in Heat

Matrix: TMQ 5467; 2 LPs on black vinyl

A reissue of The Roxy / “Ain’t nobody here from the billboard tonight” [HA 160 / IMP 1105] – previously reviewed here


5468: Ragamuffin Gunner

Springsteen Ragamuffin Gunner 4

Springsteen Ragamuffin Gunner 3

Version 1:

A reissue of Hot Coals From The Fiery Furnace  from the same Hofmann Avenue Records 164 plates. 
Matrix is HAR164 A-B – the TMOQ # can only be found on the slip sheet. No other markings in the run out groove this time, so no dedications and the writing is different.

This seems to be the only of the three Jersey Devil reissues that was also pressed on colored PVC:


Springsteen Jersey Devil 146

Springsteen Jersey D


Springsteen Ragamuffin Gunner creamSpringsteen Ragamuffin Gunner J copy

Above: I first thought this might be a Japanese copy but apparently that is not the case after all. label is looks like a homemade typed-and-then-cut-into-lable-shape job.


Version 2 (not produced by Lou Cohan):

Springsteen Ragamuffin Gunner v 2

Springsteen Ragamuffin Gunner v 2 b

The (much) later picture disc release copied the same artwork:

Springsteen Ragamuffin Gunner pic disc


All five discs were also available in a box set called Box O’Rocks.   I do not know if the individual TMQ branded sets came first or the box did – I am leaning towards the second case, purely based on the striped PVC used in pressing the first run but this may be wrong.


1. 100 copies on color vinyl with black stripes, cover was a tan colored insert:

Springsteen Box O Rocks striped A

It seems that the first issue boxes were numbered as this one was offered as # 88/100 on eBay (and sold for $602 in February of 2014):

Springsteen Box O Rocks # 88

1.a. Apparently, the first pressing discs are not just found with the tan/gold insert color:

Springsteen Box O Rocks striped 1

2. 100 copies on red, yellow, clear, and m/c PVC. White insert:

Springsteen Box O Rocks col.


3. 150 copies two blue, two yellow and a red disc. White insert:

Springsteen Box O Rocks yel


4. Copied on QUICK Q RECORDS with a new b/w insert. Opportunity Records labels:

Springsteen Box O Rocks RE

Springsteen Box O Rocks Opp label

If you have any information about these planned future topics, please leave a comment:

1. Dittolino Discs label – I can put together a discography but that’s the extent of my knowledge on them.

2. TMOQ – how to identify pressing/year based on label and other characteristics.

3. First bootlegs in Japan – a largely unknown topic in the West. I wonder if Gold magazine ever had any articles on this?

What is the first vinyl bootleg ever produced in Japan? In the running are Led Zeppelin Super-Star! double [recently sold for $1500 and topic of a post]:

Led Zeppelin Super-Stars! 2 sm

A Japanese copy of Deep Purple’s H-Bomb on Kustom Records, now titled Live In Concert  on the cover sticker, which is a European bootleg from 1971:


Deep Purple Live In Concert II

Or the lowest numbered OG records release – the lowest one I found so far is ROLLING STONES LIVE AT HIDEPARK  (OG-504) – but I suspect this was not the first one they ever did.

Or a completely different title.

” … and two miserable Genesis and Yes titles were produced for no reason save financial gain – his was a small time operation run largely for the love of the form.” [Bootleg, Heylin, p. 119]

DD 1001:


Genesis 2 Down 3 Left

[label shown here was a custom enhancement job by a previous owner]


Mediocre taped copy of the radio station LP [with all non-Genesis parts edited out] mentioned below, originally recorded by WMMS at the Music Hall in Cleveland, OH on 15 April 1976

“Before the rebroadcast, bootlegs of the Genesis Cleveland recording were limited to a 60 minute show made by the commercial transcription company “Rock Around The World”. An early bootleg LP made from a radio broadcast called “Two Down Three Left” [Dancin’ Disc DD 1101 – LP] surfaced (though the sound quality on the bootleg is not great compared to the RATW LP [Rock Around The World “Genesis Through the Looking Glass” [show #107, 22-28. August 76 – LP] ] and is said to have been the subject of an FBI investigation! ” Supposedly only 300 copies of the radio station LP – label seen below – were originally pressed.

Genesis RATW

1.1    Radio Intro / Commentary 02:30
1.2    The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway    04:14
1.3    Fly On A Windshield    02:44
1.4    The Carpet Crawlers    04:57
1.5    Commercial Break    01:03
1.6    The Cinema Show    11:35
1.7    Station Break    00:57
1.8    Robbery, Assault & Battery    06:18
1.9    I Know What I Like    05:13
1.10    Los Endos    07:43
1.11    It / Watcher Of The Skies    05:58
1.12    Station Out / Next Show Preview    02:43




DD 1002:


Yes Mark's LP bl

The incredibly rare mark’s lp This copy sold for $355 in April of 2013

From eBay descriptions:

“Considered rare even at the time of its issue in 1976, this is one of the few copies we’ve seen of this seldom offered must for the Yes collector. From the net – Sources: 06 June 1976; Roosevelt Stadium, NJ, USA

Tracks: Siberian Khatru Sound Chaser I’ve Seen All Good People The Gates of Delirium Long Distance Runaround Clap Sunhillow Heart of the Sunrise Band: Jon Anderson Steve Howe Chris Squire Patrick Moraz Alan White Quality: Ex stereo  Matrix: HAR-151 A-D “

“Yes Mark’s LP  HAR 151

Genuine   HAR  Hoffman Ave. Rec.  records (Dancin’ Disc Records on insert)  press #  DD 1002 ;

from Roosevelt Stadium NJ  June 17 , 1976;
very few pressed and sold in late ’76 around L.A. area only.”

“I got my holy grail of records,Yes, Mark’s LP. A bootleg so rare that after 20 years of searching I began to believe it was only a legend. Then alas, it showed up on E bay. Cost me $240.00 (looks like I wasn’t the only one searching for it) A picture of another copy showed up on the program for the last Yes tour. They had an article on Yes bootlegs and a complete discography. So after 25 years of collecting Yes records I have one of only two copies of this record that I know exist. ” [Holy Grails of Record Collecting thread on the Steve Hoffman Forum, 2005]

mark’s lp is pictured here in the second column from the left, 4th one down [very nice idea to do a “Bootology”, btw – I guess they don’t hate them but can put them into perspective looking back (?)]. If someone can provide a better image for this page from their 2004 Tour Book, please leave a comment, thanks.

Yes mark's LP tb i


Yes mark's lp 2

The slip sheet text reads:

This double album (that means it contains two discs, folks! )  was recorded by Yes’ own engineers along the 1976 Tour.   Of  course that means these songs – the highlights of the tour-  are line recordings and the sound quality is the best you’re likely to hear on an album of this type [er,what type is that, Harry!  ]   Anyway, we wish we could list the song titles for you, but that wasn’t in the contract.  Take our word for it, it’s all in the grooves.   And thanks to the late Marco Polo for the tape.


Lou Cohan has later revealed that he named this release after the supplier of the tape, Mark Matig, owner of Bridge Street Records in New Hope, PA. Mark passed away before the final product was finished.


Many detailed concert memories and more can be found here: