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The first label I have seen that took all its releases from the same year – 1977 (with three exceptions). Actual release date may have been later.

Cartoon lbl 1

The number font looks like it was copied off of Contraband but is a bit different:

CBM A

Cartoon lbl 2

The artist who drew these cartoon figures has been identified as Tanioka Taiji.

The List:

V.A. – BRITISH SUPER SHOW ’69    recorded March 25/26 ’69      VM 1369

Brian Ferry – STING OF EL FERRANTI   Tokyo, June 9 ’77     SLPS 1767

Aerosmith – SPIRIT OF BOSTON    Tokyo, Jan 31 + Feb 9 ’77         VM 2637

Peter Gabriel – LIKE A POSSESSED 12-YEAR-OLD   London, April 30 ’77     3047

Pink Floyd – GIANT BARN DANCE    London, March 15 + 19 ’77     PF 3077
                    – 30 KW PA                                                                 PF 3077 C/D

King Crimson – GET THY BEARINGS    Two dates, UK 1969 + 1971     ILPS 6977

Eagles – PRAIRIE LIGHT FANTASIA    London, April 26 ’77       EB 7087

Deep Purple – NEVER BEFORE  various locations, 1970 – 1972  7967 (also found with fake Idle Mind labels)

KISS – MAMA, WE’RE ALL CRAZY NOW   Tokyo, April 1 ’77      KR 9047

 

The release numbers may have been randomly assigned but I have used them anyway to help sort this list.

The label may have had plans to call itself Vinyl Man Records – that name can be found on the back of the Aerosmith release and this and the BRITISH SUPER SHOW ’69 LP start with “VM”, however this idea seems to have been dropped soon after.

One of the characteristics of the Cartoon label is that while some bootleg labels included too little music sometimes, Cartoon often included as many songs as technically possible – and then some – on their single LP releases, with some LP sides stretching to over 33 minutes of music. Obviously, double albums or two volume single discs were not something they wanted to produce.

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Pardon my French, I think all the native English speakers still understood ‘Object of intense desire’ – although this now refers to times passed, when we in the west had no idea that a Mr. Peach existed.

Queen Zoom Q

Quite an interesting font

Queen Zoom

Queen Zoom Queen in

Queen Zoom lbl 1

Queen Zoom lbl 2

Queen Zoom lbl 3

Queen Zoom lbl 4

It seems that there are two versions: With matrix numbers and with matrix numbers scratched out. One source quoted the number as LLX 314. is this correct?

Year of release: 1977

It is easy to see the appeal of this album in the late 70’s to the eBay boom years: A complete early Japanese Queen recording in excellent quality at a time when this seemed to be the only item of its kind.

Source: Osaka Kosei Nenkin Kaikan, 29 March 1976, 2 PM show

SIDE A:  Intro: Bohemian Rhapsody (‘opera part’ taped) / Bohemian Rhapsody (end ‘rock’ part) / Ogre Battle / Sweet Lady / White Queen / Flick Of The Wrist
SIDE B:  Medley: Bohemian Rhapsody / Killer Queen / The March Of The Black Queen / Bohemian Rhapsody (end part)/ Bring Back That Leroy Brown / Brighton Rock / Son And Daughter (end part)
SIDE C: The Prophet’s Song / Stone Cold Crazy / Doing Alright / Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon / Keep Yourself Alive
SIDE D:  Liar / In The Lap Of The Gods….revisited / Now I’m Here/ Medley: Big Spender / Jailhouse Rock / Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On (improvisation) / Jailhouse Rock (reprise) / God Save The Queen….(tape)

Queen Zoom tl1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZvZC1M0wTY

In regards to this release, the same story is passed around from seller to seller: Originally 200 were pressed (collectorsmusicreviews.com says 400) but due to a police raid only between 20 – 50 copies got out.

What I find peculiar is that if the numberof surviving copies is really as low as 20/25, half of the copies seem to have made it out to western collectors and I would seriously question this. It was included in HOTWACKS, so it could not have been that ultra-rare then, considering how many titles never were. This really is not such a hard to find to find bootleg. In addition, I question the knowledge of non-Japanese speakers in regards to this specific bootleg raid, which tends to be repeated each time a copy is offered. Is there any confirmed source for this? If you search for certain Japanese vinyl bootlegs from the same period, they are even rarer than this album.

With a story like this, the album would sometimes sell for a low four figure sum. here are confirmed auction results with reported item condition:

Queen – ZOOM QUEEN (2lp) ULTRA RARE only 25 copies left ! MINT !!!     2013-05-26  779 GBP  (1202 USD)     mint
        
Queen Zoom 2 LP                                                                                                  2011-06-07 1750 EUR  (1997 USD)     Mint!
        
QUEEN ZOOM QUEEN 2LP EXTREMELY RARE only 50 pressing                2009-10-29  510 GBP  (787 USD)     EX++/EX++
        
QUEEN,ZOOM,2LP,LAMINATED GATEFOLD SLEEVE, RARE LIVE                2008-06-18  845 USD         VG+,VG+
        
ZOOM QUEEN/LIVE IN OSAKA JAPAN ORIGINAL LP no reserve!!              2004-10-05  449 USD         Exc, thin scratch
        
Queen Zoom Queen rare live vinyl 2 LP NEW&OOP                                    2004-08-19  1299 GBP  (2005 USD) Mint, unplayed

Reports that there is a counterfeit issue could not be confirmed but the following image certainly does make you wonder:

Queen Zoom tri

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1976-03-29a

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This title reminds me of another Osaka sourced Eric Clapton Japan 1977 double LP, I had previously written about, that looks remarkably similar in design:

Clapton E On Tour

Clapton E On Tour innerClapton E On Tour b

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There is also this Osaka 1975 Japan triple box but I am less sure that it was produced by the same outfit:

Clapton Tour 75

More information about this and the previous title can be found by clicking here.

531 Beatles THE E.M.I. OUTTAKES
532 Paul McCartney in scotland
533 Beatles RENAISSANCE MINSTRELS volume 1
534 Beatles Cinelogue: LET IT BE
535 Led Zeppelin CELLARFUL OF NOISE
536 Led Zeppelin ON STAGE IN EUROPE 1975
537 Deep Purple LIVE IN LONDON
538 Deep Purple PERKS AND TIT
539 Queen ROYAL AMERICAN TOUR

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JL 531: The BEATLES – THE EMI OUTTAKES

Beatles EMI Outtakes JL 531EMI Outtakes lblCopied World Records label above.

Original U.S. ZAP Records label below (the fake track list never changed):

Harrison Clapton Dead Stick lbl

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JL 532: PAUL McCARTNEY – in scotland

 

Wings Live i Scotl JLWings LiScot lblCopy vs. original Wizardo label

Beatles Orig. Audition Tape ca 1962 lbl

For more information regarding the original release, click here.

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JL 533 The BEATLES – RENAISSANCE MINSTRELS

Beatle Renaissance M v 1Beatle Renaissance M v 1 lbl

 

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JL 534: The BEATLES: CINELOGUE I: LET IT BE

 

Beatles Cinelogue 1 J 534

Beatles Cinelogue I fake dragon

Above: The JL copy of a King Kong label

Below: An original version:

beatles Cinelogue I real dragon

For more information regarding the original release, click here.

 

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JL 535 LED ZEPPELIN – CELLARFUL OF NOISE

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JL 536: LED ZEPPELIN – ON STAGE IN EUROPE 1975

Led Zep JL 536

For more information regarding the original release, click here.

 

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JL 537: Deep Purple – LIVE IN LONDON

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JL 538: Deep Purple – PERKS AND TIT

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JL 539: Queen – ROYAL AMERICAN TOUR

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526  LIVE Paris Olympia

528  Deep Purple SONIC ZOOM

529  Led Zeppelin MUDSLIDE

530  ABBEY ROAD REVISITED

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JL 526: The BEATLES – LIVE Paris Olympia

Beatles Live Paris Olympia Japan copy JL 526

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JL 528: DEEP PURPLE – SONIC ZOOM

Deep Purple SZ JL 528

Deep Purple SZ JL 528 detail

More reading on this most classic of DP bootlegs can be found here.

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JL 529: LED ZEPPELIN – MUDSLIDE

Led Zep Mudslide 529

Led Zep Mudslide 529 detail

Return of the Holy Grail Records labels after encountering them first on JL 1004: Beatles – ON STAGE IN JAPAN – The 1966 TOUR.    

Google has never heard of an official record with this title and if it ever existed it has either remained in total obscurity or was shelved at the last minute and the labels were lying around at an L.A. pressing plant. The third and most favored theory is that this is an invention/meant as a smoke screen and deterrent for closer scrutiny by the bootleggers (Ken?) who reissued (mostly double) TMOQ titles in California around the second half of 1976 / early 1977, reminiscent of the Von Grossenschuss paper label used on Wizardo re-issues I have blogged about before. 

It seems that the JL crew liked this label so much, they decided to copy and use it as well. This allows us to date JL 1004 and JL 529 to 1977.

 

Confirmed sightings so far:

Led Zeppelin: On Blueberry Hill

Matrix: EV-666-A-1
Matrix: EV-666-B-2
Matrix: EV-664-A-3
Matrix: EV-664-B-4

Jimi Hendrix: ALIVE / L.A. FORUM – LIVE! / BROADCASTS MAUI    

Rolling Stones: GIMME SHELTER / AMERICAN TOUR 75 VOLUME 1, 2 (single volumes of the last bootleg Dub ever released: L.A. FOG (TMOQ 8207/8 – ca. 2nd half of 1976)) / EUROPEAN TOUR 1973

The Beatles: LAST LIVE SHOW       

The Who: TALES FROM THE WHO

[There are probably more out there]

 

Above: White version of the label found on the Zep Blueberry Hill double

Hendrix Good Vibes DUL

Hendrix LAF-L DUL

Hendrix BR MAUI DUL

Rolling Stones American Tour DUCHoly Grail lblRolling Stones European Tour 1973 DUC

Were there any brown U.S. originals? I have yet to see one.

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JL 530:  The BEATLES – ABBEY ROAD REVISITED

Beatles Abbey Road Rev

Beatles Abbey Road Rev lbl

Quite a change from the original: The copied version of a WIZARDO REKORDS [sic] label.

This 1976 original (based on a 1973 CBM title) can be revisited here.

521 LIVE CONCERT ATLANTA

522 BATTLE (error, record matrix = 512)

523 FOREST HILLS TENNIS STADIUM

524 ?

525 SWEDEN 1963

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JL 521: THE BEATLES – LIVE CONCERT ATLANTA

Beatles Live Concert Atlanta JL 521Beatles Live Concert Atlanta JL 521 lbl

History:

In (early) 1970,  the second ever vinyl bootleg of a Beatles performance was created when someone came into possession of a radio broadcast reel to reel on the east coast and produced the ‘Great White Wonder equivalent’ of a Beatles concert recording.

ALIVE AT LAST

Matrix: 1001 A / B

Beatles AALBeatles AAL stamp 2Beatles AAL stampBeatles AAL lbl 1Beatles AAL lbl 2

 

IN CONCERT AT WHISKEY FLAT

Ken & Dub got a hold of the east coast release and quickly copied it. They were not shy in announcing who the artist was in their version of the title stamp. As there was no clue on the recording which concert this was, they just made up a name and location in jest.

” … July 1970 – plain white label, colored vinyl, OPD 19 / OPD 67 matrix – copy of an East Coast bootleg”. [TMOQ wiki on the record collectors guild website (now sadly removed)]

Beatles LF CO AT Whiskey Flat

Beatles ICaWFlat 3

As I have only seen this title with 1 / 2 labels and these weren’t introduced by (pre-)TMOQ until March/Spring 1971, I doubt the date given by the TMOQ wiki of July 1970.

Beatles ICaWFlat lbl 1

Much later, the recording was identified as probably coming from a broadcast by Philadelphia radio station WIBG-AM (known as “Wibbage”) but positively identified as the 02 September 1964 concert at Philadelphia’s Convention Hall.

Beatles Philly 64Beatles Philly 64 II https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjbCK5AO7HQ

 

On the West coast, the team that ended up becoming Berkeley Records and were in their early days known as White Cover Folks (WCF) also issued their own version and the first one with a slip sheet (with an image brazenly copied from the fan club Beatles’ Christmas Album) in 1971.

LIVE CONCERT AT WISKEY FLATS

Matrix: 510-A-X / 510-B-X

Beatles Live C Wiskey FlatsBeatles Live C Wiskey Flats lblBeatles LCaWF lbl bBeatles LCAtlanta blu lbl

Also exists with blank white labels and insert in different color shades (for example, red).

 

In the second half of 1972, Contraband then copied this release as CBM 3552 under a slightly changed title and brought it back to the East coast.

LIVE CONCERT ATLANTA

Beatles Live C Atlanta 3552 3Beatles Live C Atlanta 3552 o lbl

First editions (?) came with a unique ‘two-tone’ color design and wording – who are the Kyoto Klucks? – , unlike any other I have ever come across for CBM.

Beatles Live C Atlanta 3552Without Contraband symbol.

Alternative labels found with this title:

2013091114570000

2013091114570000

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA CBM green pirate lbl The label version copied by JL

In late 1975/early 1976, for a reissue on the King Kong sub-label, the folks at Contraband thought they knew the real location for this recording – someone may have pointed out that the Beatles did not play in Atlanta until 1965 – and in a rare move, they added a correction to the slip sheet (which was still incorrect):

LIVE CONCERT ATLANTA (which really is HOLLYWOOD BOWL SECOND SHOW)

Beatles Live C Atlanta 3552 detailBeatles Live C Atlanta 3552 detail 2Beatles Live C Atlanta 3552 KK

Matrix: RI-3552 A/B

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THE BEATLES LIVE (TPL 3032 A/B)

Another rare Japanese bootleg claiming to contain Atlanta material is this one. This was produced around 1975, based on the one other release found by this label (see below).

Beatles TPL-3032beatles-tpl-3032

From the auction text:  “BEATLES-LIVE (LP), JAPANESE PRESSING LP, INCLUDES 2 LIVE SHOW + BONUS, TPL-3032 SIDE A : LIVE IN ATLANTA” 1. TWIST AND SHOUT 2. YOU CAN’T DO THAT 3. ALL MY LOVING 4. SHE LOVES YOU 5. THINGS WE SAID TODAY 6. CAN’T BUY ME LOVE 7. IF I FELL 8. I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND 9 BOYS 

The other TPL release: The rarest Japanese Pink Floyd bootleg titled LIVE as well, matrix: TPL3003 A/B

Dated as a 1975 release on floydboots.com and containing five performances from their June 1971 Hakone appearance in excellent quality.

pink-floyd-live-tpl

pink-floyd-live-tpl-3003

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JL 522: The ROLLING STONES / The BEATLES – BATTLE

B RS Battle 512

The matrix images can be found under the JL 512 entry.

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JL 523: The BEATLES – FOREST HILLS TENNIS STADIUM

Beatles Forest Hills TS 523Beatles Forest Hills TS 523 lbl

Copied J. Fish designed Instant Analysis labels.

The original Contraband title with explanation what was really on this album, was previously featured here.

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JL 524 is unknown at this time.

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JL 525: The BEATLES – SWEDEN 1963

Beatles Sweden 1963 JL 525Beatles Sweden JL 524 2v

A link to the notes on the original can be found here.

516 Last Live Show
JL 517 Get Back To Toronto  [I almost mixed this up with John Lennon Telecasts, which since the TMOQ days had the matrix # JL-517-A / B and for which a Japan copy – with an insert, however, and not looking like a typical JL release – exists as well.]
518 Various Artists – California Jammin’
JL 519 Paris Sports Palais
520 Led Zepppelin – BBC ZEP

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(JL) 516: THE BEATLES – LAST LIVE SHOW

A. “I had a repressing with printed b&w cover, black-silver labels and matrix no. JL 516 which was very badly pressed.” [bootleg section of http://tomwaits-vinyl.org%5D

Beatles LLShow JL 516The JL number is located bottom left.

B&W insert & silver on black label (copy of the original label design)

Beatles LLS lbl

B. Not a JL release: The ’10’ version with a purple label (matrix number wanted):

Beatles LLShow purp 1Beatles LLShow 10

Compare with an original shown here – not a big difference, I know, except that the copies above really have that ‘xeroxed’ look and feel.

Beatles Last Live S

Beatles LastLShow lbl B

Above: 7001 A / B matrix

Those with copied & colored/tinted inserts seem to have an 101 A / B matrix like the one shown here below:

Beatles LLShow 501 tint

Beatles Last Live Show lbl

ca. 1971 WCF version/copy with their typical 10″ ring from the converted record press.

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Beatles Last Live S red lblAbove: Red label U.S. version (producer unknown at this time) with added date below the title.

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The Beatles started 1966 on the 5th of January by ‘secretly’ (I really do not believe that there was an intentional effort to hide the fact that what you heard was not always the original field recording) gathering at CTS (Cine Tele Sound) Studios at 49-53 Kensington Gardens Square in Bayswater, London to salvage/improve the inline recording made at Shea Stadium in New York the previous summer for an upcoming BBC1 TV special.

In the 1960’s, CTS had mono and stereo three-track and two-track 7½, 15 and 30 IPS Philips tape machines. CTS was a scoring stage, so the film could be projected onto a large screen and musicians could play along to the selected scene. I assume the Beatles dis this when re-recording two of the songs (see further down) to match video and audio as best as they could.

I have looked far and wide about the recording equipment used to capture this landmark show but found nothing about it at all.

Peter Simon remembers watching the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show, and the following year, photographed their concert at Shea Stadium.

Beatles Shea 8beatles Shea 4Beatles Shea 2

John about to wreck their VOX Continental organ by playing it with his elbow (and making George laugh and lose his rhythm). It repaid him by malfunctioning at the next tour stop at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens and was replaced by the time they appeared in Atlanta. The organ would never be used on stage by anyone ever again and was sold in 2008 for $182,000.

It turned out that “I Feel Fine”  and “Help!” were considered “beyond help” and were re-recorded from scratch, with JPGR trying their best to make it sound and look live and synchronized, to be latter dubbed with audience noise – not from Shea but Hollywood Bowl ’65. The bass had suffered especially in the field recording and Paul overdubbed new bass lines onto “Dizzy Miss Lizzy”, “Can’t Buy Me Love”, “Baby’s In Black” and “I’m Down”. John also enhanced his organ part for the final song.It seems that it had already been decided at this point that “She’s A Woman” and “Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby” had to be cut due to time constraints. “They were, however, included in an early print which Epstein received from Sullivan Productions around 5 November 1965, which then ran to 54 minutes. By January, as it would be for the transmission, the film’s duration had been cut to just under 48 minutes.”

There were plans to enhance “Twist and Shout” as well but studio time had run out. Instead, the Capitol recording from their last Hollywood Bowl concert on 30 August 1965 was used. Now, here is a minor riddle regarding this. In John C. Winn’s book Way beyond Compare it says about the Capitol Hollywood Bowl three-track recordings: “Unlike in 1964, Capitol didn’t even bother to remix either of the 1965 concerts at the time, and they remained unheard until 1971, when the three-track masters were sent to Abbey Road.” So, what type of tape did they have to work with in early 1966?

“Act Naturally”, the experiment – as they were back to performing the old staple “I Wanna Be Your Man” by Atlanta was simply replaced by the official version, overdubbed with pure (looped?) audience pandemonium, not caring or noticing that vocals and image no longer matched in all places. I would imagine that the end of session time forced this as well and obviously no other professionally recorded live version existed. Alternatively, the Beatles and the producers just could not be bothered or they tried and failed to recreate a good enough facsimile.

“Documentation also suggests that John wished to record a new version of Ticket To Ride, and that it was done during this CTS session, but close study of the film indicates that the original Shea version was used (although perhaps a little instrumental overdubbing was effected).”

The Beatles At Shea Stadium was shown on BBC1 in the UK on 1 March 1966 but in the U.S. not until the following year.

CTS 67Nancy Sinatra and John Barry at CTS in ’67, recording session for the You Only Live Twice . No Beatles photo at CTS available, just imagine JPGR around that mic…

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Beatles Shea tapeSold at auction in December 2005 (for almost $9,000) and subsequently appeared on bootleg CD’s in 2007 (HMC, etc.): Three 7 1/2 ips pre-production tapes containing the raw Shea recording before edits and overdubbing. 28, 32 and 37 minutes long.

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JL 517: THE BEATLES – GET BACK TO TORONTO

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JL 518: Various Artists (Deep Purple, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Pink Floyd) – CALIFORNIA JAMMIN’

California Jammin 2California Jammin #

The original King Kong / Contraband release can be visited under this link.

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JL 519: THE BEATLES – PARIS SPORTS PALAIS

Beatles Paris JL 519Beatles Paris JL 519 2v

Detailed info regarding the original – another Contraband release – can be found here.

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JL 520: LED ZEPPELIN – BBC ZEP

Led Zep BBC Zep JL 520

Led Zep BBC Zep JL detail

And here is the detailed info link for this classic bootleg, released originally in late spring or mid-1973.