The Beatles on Dittolini Disc + ‘SHEA THE GOOD OLD DAYS’ / ‘LAST LIVE SHOW’: Dittolini # 0009 – A Deeper Excursion Into The Beatles’ Hollywood Bowl 1964 Recording

It seems that the early versions of Dittolino titles were stamped and never had slip sheets to start with.

Beatles 14 Unreleased BC

In late 1971, Dittolini released this album, better known as As Sweet As You Are / Yellow Matter Custard

Matrix: D1 A/B

Beatles 14 US ASAYA

Second version and first version of the insert.

Beatles ASAYA

Third version.

The origins of the master tape start with a slightly different source tape compared to the one used by TMOQ. This was originally issued – also under the title Yellow Matter Custard – with “Yellow Records” labels and then copied by Dittolino.

Beatles ASAYA yellow 1Beatles YMC y lbl

Matrix for this release:

Side 1: YMC 101 A (There’s a lonely X far away from the matrix)
Side 2: YMC 102 B

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Matrix: X-10069 (S-2131)

 

Beatles Get Back Session

Was the red insert color a ‘Dittolino special’?

 

Beatles Get Back Session Lemon

Original on Lemon Records with matrix number X-10069. This title is most often found with the 30 January 1969 rooftop image insert.

“Most of the earliest Beatlegs stemmed from the same sources: tapes of two acetates prepared by Glyn Johns, containing rough mixes of material from the “Get Back” sessions at Apple. Copies of the tapes were circulating during the last few months of 1969, particularly after broadcasts on several US “underground FM” radio stations in September. … A couple of months later, Lemon Records came out with Get Back, an LP combining material from both acetates.” [http://beatlechat.blogspot.de/2012/03/stolen-beatles-aka-studio-recording.html]

 

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Beatles Hollywood Bowl 64 signBeatles Hollywood Bowl 64 IVBeatles Hollywood Bowl 64 B Day

Beatles Hollywood Bowl 64 III

The American Federation of Musician granted Capitol Records permission to record the Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl for their first appearance there in August of 1964 after having denied this at the beginning of the year when Capitol had intended to tape the Carnegie Hall concerts in New York.  John, Paul, George and Ringo rose to the occasion, especially when compared to the previous day’s shaky performance in Vancouver – preserved for us thanks to the radio broadcast released first on TMOQ.  From a technical point of view, the result was a disaster due to guitar leakage onto the vocal track because the stage set up of the Vox amps was not altered for this live recording session and they fed right into the vocal mics.

Four days after the concert, Capitol mixed the recording into stereo and by that time the press and the Beatles themselves had already given the result the thumbs down wit the press stating that a release was “considered unlikely” as the tapes were found to be “ruined” (by the screaming) and the Beatles calling it “a souvenir… not for general release”.  At least one mono acetate was produced in September of 1964 and sent to Brian Epstein.

Beatles Hollywood Bowl m acetateBeatles Hollywood Bowl m ace lbl

Clearly visible: Capitol’s assigned project number 4877
From the auction text: “This is IT! The full length ORIGINAL live recording of the Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl on 23 August 1964. This is a two sided, 33rpm original Capitol Mono B acetate, that was originally owned by no other than Beatles manager Brian Epstein! It came to the collector world via the legendary Beatles expert and author (“How they became the Beatles“) Gareth Pawlowski, who bought the acetate collection of the late Brian Epstein from Brian’s mother Queenie Epstein.

Most of these acetates featured released versions, but there were two exceptions: The acetates of the legendary Hollywood Bowl 1964 concert, one the original mono mix from September 1964, the other a stereo remix from 1966. When Gareth Pawlowski died in 1994, the most important pieces of his collection where auctioned off by LA specialist store Rockaway Records.”  The acetate sold for $6,500.00 in December of 2003. The stereo remix mentioned above was produced on 30 September 1966.

 

Beatles Hollywood Bowl  64 master

The master tape – seen here – was then sent to E.M.I.’s storage facility in the summer of 1969, as evidenced by the assigned reel number, E 94024 (to compare E 94246 was recorded on 30 July 1969 and contained “Polythene Pam/She Came In Through The Bathroom Window (8T-8T TK39) (TK40) and You Never Give Me Your Money (8T-8T TK30) (TK37-TK42) (TK40) B)” as described in the John Barrett notes.

“Note the notation “AR1453″. This would appear to reference another reel of tape. John Barrett logs reel AR1454 as the original 27 August 1964 stereo mix and it is commonly believed that the available mono copies are simply the stereo mix folded to mono.” [beatlesource.com]  In 1970,  taken from an acetate of the ‘folded into mono’ stereo mix mentioned here, the first bootleg LP appeared. I would love to be able to pinpoint when this leaked to bootleggers but that is hard to tell as more acetates exist(ed):

 

Beatles Hollywood Bowl Apple acetate

Label type used until mid-1969. It is unclear if this is the 1964 or 1965 date.

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The first bootleg release has been pinpointed to Shea The Good Old Days in 1970 (although a Japanese bootleg blog claims that Kustom Records ASC-002 was the first ever release of the acetate).

A common link to many of the bootlegs is a skip at the start of “Can’t Buy me Love” that occurred when the acetate was transferred. This released was reissued and probably copied many times in the 1970’s.

I currently do not know which of the following was the genuine first issue:

 

A. Pine Tree Records version – Matrix SHEA-1/S-2531  and SHEA-2/S-2532:

Beatles Shea TGOD Pine TreeBeatles Shea TGOD Pine Tree lbl

B. Big & small number labels – Matrix side 1: None, damage to inner groove; Side 2: SHEA 2 A * S-2532

First cover:

Beatles Shea TGOD yel bluBeatles Shea TGOD yel blu 1

Second cover – obviously inspired by the Kustom Records labels:

Beatles Shea TGOD

 

B.1 Japan copy with ‘J 4’ machine stamped matrix:

Beatles Shea TGOD track L

Beatles Shea The Good Old Days J lbl

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C. A Contraband copy pasted on J. Fish designed generic card stock [WEC-2315].

Beatles Shea TGOD CBM

Beatles Shea TGOD CBM b

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D. An unknown version/reissue with unique labels:

Beatles Shea TGOD red 1

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E. Finally on Dittolino, (# 0009):

 

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Beatles SheaTGOD matrix

Vinylegs lists it with a S-2532 matrix.

And re-titled after adding the logo and given # 0009:

Beatles Last Live Show S-2532 II

F. The album was also issued by Wizardo as part of his KO series as KO-406, sometimes found with an ‘Old Glory’ label (ca 1976).

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On Kustom Records ASC-002, sometimes referred to as a UK produced title [is this correct?] – Matrix side 1: SHEA-1
side 2: SHEA-2/S-2532

Version 1:

Beatles Only Live Rec Kustom

Beatles Only Live Rec Kustom CC

Beatles Only Live Rec Kustom lbl 1Beatles Shea TGOD Kustom label

Version 2:

 

Beatles LaShea Kustom

Beatles LaShea Kustom b

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Why was this album called “SHEA The Good Old Days” when it contained the Hollywood Bowl recording?

I have the following two theories at this time:

1. Upon hearing whatever source tape the bootlegger had been given, they misremembered this as being the televised Shea stadium concert.

2. Someone thought they were reissuing/copying the following album, which had also been released in 1970, which did contain the 1965 Shea stadium recording:

Beatles Shea TGOD contra b

Please note that although the cover says “contra band”, this was not a release by that famous East Coast bootlegger. Matrix: Side 1: 1234-A * S-2315; Side 2: 1234-B * S-2316

If the matrix looks familiar to some of those quoted for the ‘Hollywood Bowl’ Shea The Good Old Days albums, your hunch is correct: “In fact, the matrix indicates that this was pressed at the same Los Angeles plant, if not by the same people, as the other Shea The Good Old Days, as well as Get Back To Toronto. ” [Beatlegmania – Volume Two, p. 6, Winn]

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