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Lennon Come Back Johnny!

The cover and album title inspiration:

Trouser Press Come back J

Lennon Come Back Johnny! b

A real labor of love, right down to the photo labels, a Melvin Records first:

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USA: 1979

Side 1:

  • intro: a comment to a bleary-eyed Bob Dylan, 1965 (sic) – Excerpt from Dylan’s Eat The Document film. May 27 1966: A very hungover Dylan and a similarly uptight John trying to sound witty (and failing) while D.A. Pennebaker’s rolling film on them, as they are driven from John’s home back to London.
  • New York City – ‘One To One’ Benefit 30 August 1972, audience recording, from the matinee performance? Neither ABC nor KBFH broadcast the beginning of either performance.
  • It’s So Hard- same as above
  • Woman Is The Nigger Of The World- ditto
  • station break: Walls And Bridges Walls And Bridges radio spot, 1974 (spoken by Ringo)
  • (not listed) John doing the weather as WNEW guest DJ, 28 September 1974
  • Well Well Well – ‘One To One’ Benefit, 30 August 1972, audience recording, evening performance?
  • Instant Karma!- ‘One To One’ Benefit, 30 August 1972, from ABC broadcast, evening performance.
  • station break: Goodnight Vienna radio spot, 1974 (spoken by John)
  • WNEW radio guest DJ appearance John promoting Walls And Bridges on Dennis Elsas’ WNEW afternoon program, 28 September 1974

Side 2:

  • John on Monday Night Football with Howard Cosell, 9 December 1974
  • Mother – ‘One To One’ Benefit, 30 August 1972, evening performance, source: ABC outtake
  • Come Together- ‘One To One’ Benefit, 30 August 1972, evening performance, source: ABC broadcast
  • Cold Turkey- ‘One To One’ Benefit, 30 August 1972, evening performance, source: ABC broadcast
  • Hound Dog- ‘One To One’ Benefit, 30 August 1972, evening performance, source: ABC broadcast
  • Medley: Woman Is The Nigger Of The world / Baby Please Don’t Go / Rock Island Line / Maybe Baby / Peggy Sue – Hotel Miyako, San Francisco, August 1972. KGO-TV recording John & Yoko for Eyewitness News, as John strums a few tunes on his trusty Gibson Les Paul Jr.
  • Johnny B. Goode – Mike Douglas Show with Chuck Berry, recorded 20 January 1972, aired 16 February 1972, preceded by a short interview.
  • Imagine – Plastic Ono Band live at the Apollo Theater NYC, 17 December 1971
  • Lennon-McCartney feud Lennon ripping on Paul’s “Too Many People”

 

 

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Beatles vs Don Ho

Based on Vee-Jay records August 1964 cash in attempt (it didn’t really work as they ended up selling fewer than 20,000 copies):

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USA: 1979

Melvin holding on to their “hodgepodge” concept of dishing out rare Beatles tracks not connected by recording date or a common theme, reminiscent of early CBM and Wizardo Records Beatles titles.

Side one:

“…the disc itself opened with a tape of the bootlegger legitimately attempting (and failing) to give away a free copy of the LP over the phone.” (source: Reference Library: The History of Beatles Bootlegs)  1 min. 48 sec.

  • Too Much Monkey Business – Out of the four times that the Beatles recorded their cover of this Chuck Berry 1956 original for the BBC, only their last taping, recorded 3 September ’63 for Pop Go The Beatles # 13 had surfaced by ’79 on 1978’s YOUNGBLOOD Audifön release and was copied from there. 1:46
  • Red Hot – after MM04, the second time that Melvin included this short excerpt from the History Of The Beatles Earth Radio News ’78 series.  0:59
  • A Hard Day’s Night Promo Spot – radio ad  0:56
  • Sitar play and discussion wInterview withith George Harrison – George came to New York in November of 1971 to promote the film Raga and the upcoming Concert For Bangla Desh record release. This appearance on the David Frost show was filmed November 24 ’71 and broadcast on December 3rd.  2:58
  • Interview with John & Paul – supposedly from Los Angeles, August 1965  2:01
  • I’ll be On My Way – rec. 4th of April ’63 For true obscurity, nothing could top a rare one-sided single pressed late in 1973 which included “I’ll Be On My Way” as taped off the air from BBC Radio’s “Side By Side”. [in fact this is so rare I’ve never seen a copy, nor does a search bring up one] Contraband were the first to copy this on an LP on Soldier Of Love (CBM 1022) in the summer of 1974, followed by Wizardo in ’76 on # 345, known as Happy Birthday.   1:56
  • Help! Promo spot – see MM04  1:03
  • All You Need Is Love worldwide telecast – Our World broadcast, 25 June ’67. Previously available on Contraband’s 1973 release L.S. Bumble Bee (CBM 3626)  6:10
  • Beatles Christmas message –  1963  0:38
  • short Think For Yourself – from the Yellow Submarine film soundtrack  0:09
  • A Quick One While He’s Away –  the Beatles jamming on the riff of this Who number that was performed in The Rock’n Roll Circus unreleased TV project, which also featured John & Yoko. This follows George walking out on them, with nobody knowing if he’ll be back. A dramatic low point in the Get Back sessions, captured on January 10th ’69 at Twickenham studios and first released in May of 1977 on the Watching Rainbows album (where it’s almost a minute longer).  2:47
  • Beyond the Valley of A Day In The Life – San Francisco avant-garde band the Residents released 500 numbered copy of this montage, visualizing how the last Sgt. Pepper track could have continued, in August of 1977.  4:12

Residents 45

“Closing side one was a bit of “Strawberry Fields Forever” with somebody mumbling “I buried Joel” – a dig at “Paul-is-dead” theorist Joel Glazier.”   0:16

Side two:

  • Give Peace A Chance – rehearsal: John on solo acoustic guitar with some plaintive choral backing and featuring Murray The ‘K’. Recorded 31st of May 1969 in rooms 1738-1742 at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal. Finally, a Melvin Records Exclusive!  2:15
  • interview (not listed on cover) – John, Paul, George and Jimmy Nicol interviewed June 5 ’64 on Dutch TV, also taken from wrmb 501.  1:34
  • Twist And Shout – live from KB Hallen in Copenhagen, 4th of June ’64, taken from the 1976 Wizardo Records LP JOHN, PAUL, GEORGE AND JIMMY (wrmb 501)  3:20
  • Carol  2:36 and
  • Lend Me Your Comb – both recorded July 2 ’63 for Pop Go The Beatles # 5. Wrongly attributed here to a Radio Luxembourg broadcast and first released on Contraband’s Peace Of Mind LP (CBM 3670) in 1973.  1:46
  • Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby – recorded November 17 ’64 for BBC’s Top Gear.  Included on the BBC radio documentary The Beatles Story in 1972. The attribution to “BBC radio” on the Melvin cover indicates that this was not copied from 1978’s Dec. 63  LP (ODD 4), where the track was overdubbed with screaming to pretend this was a rare live recording.  3:04
  • Soldier of Love –  around since 1974 as a poor recording via Contraband’s soldier of love (CBM 1022), taken from a broadcast on Phoenix radio station KRIZ-AM.  1976 saw its appearance on wrmb 345, aka Happy Birthday  2:00
  • Mellotron Music (aka The Bus) – Magical Mystery Tour soundtrack  0:48
  • Interview with Ringo (not listed on cover) / Maxwell’s Silver Hammer –  taken from the Get Back sessions at Twickenham  2:15
  • Honey Don’t “vocal by John”-  recorded August 1 ’63 for Pop Go The Beatles # 12. First heard on TMOQ’s Outakes 2 (71049) in summer of 1972.  2:15
  • Talking Guitar Blues – taken from the documentary What’s Happening! The Beatles In The USA. It’s just George strumming an out of tune acoustic guitar at the Deauville Hotel in Miami on February 21 ’64.  1:04
  • I’m Down –  from their August 30 ’65 Hollywood Bowl performance. Good quality but obviously incomplete, taken from a radio broadcast with narration.  1:19
  • Tiny Bubbles (by Don Ho) – with additional sound effects by the Beatles. Not listed on cover.  2:15
  • Outro by Paul McCartney – not listed on cover  0:09

 

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I do remember this version titled Silver Lining being a lot more common around 1980 than the Melvin original. One explanation I found for this is this: “While the metal parts were at the pressing plant, they were used surreptitiously to press up extra copies, which were made with Midwest Music labels and a new cover and title.”

Silver L-1

Does it look familiar? It should.

Beatles Indian Rope Trick

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The back was copied from the 1964 US Tour book:

64 US tour book

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Move Omnibus

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The text says: “The Move were one of the most creative bands ever due especially to the songwriting prowess of Roy Wood and to the instrumental workouts and vocals provided by the various incarnations of the band. Live recordings by The Move are in short supply, unfortunately, so we here at Melvin Records feel it´s about time to make some available.
The personnel on side one is (front cover, left to right) Carl Wayne (vocals), Trevor Burton (bass, vocals), Bev Bevan (drums), Roy Wood (lead guitar, vocals), and Chris “Ace” Kefford (guitar, vocals). The sound quality is excellent as it came from a radio show. The first five tracks on side two make up the legendary “Something Else” EP presented for the first time on a long playing record. The personnel is the same as above but with the exclusion of Kefford. Open My Eyes was taken from the Move´s perilously short tour of the U.S. The quality of this track is considerably less than perfect but is well worth listening to as the band does a raucous seven minute version of the Nazz tune. Rick Price (bass, vocals) is added to the lineup on this cut replacing Burton.
Special Thanks to Deram, Regal Zonophone, A&M, Fly, Capitol, Harvest, and United Artist for putting the official stuff out in the first place.
This album is dedicated to Roy Wood who is still a genius even if fate does its best to make sure no one finds out. Hope you like the record.”
MELVIN RECORDS c/o HARRY WILSON 10 DOWNING STREET W2 LONDON, ENGLAND MANUFACTURED IN ANTARCTICA. MELVIN RECORDS a non-profit organization (but we didn’t plan it that way) 1979 OVERBY PRODUCTIONS MM07.

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The side two label references the band’s penchant for acts of destruction on stage early in their career, with TV sets often being targeted:

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USA: 1979

The only vinyl The Move bootleg I have ever seen.

Side A: Something Else / Flowers in the Rain / Why? / Hey Grandma / So You Want To Be A Rock ‘n’ Roll Star / I Can Hear The Grass Grow

Source: The Move recorded by Swedish radio, Radiohuset, Stockholm, 15 December 1967

Although not perfect in quality, they sound fantastic as one can check out in this YT clip:

 

Side B: So You Want To Be A Rock ‘n’ Roll Star / Stephanie Knows Who / Something Else / It’ll be me / Sunshine Help Me (pirate of the Something Else By The Move live EP, recorded at the Marquee in London on 27 February, 1968) / Open My Eyes (recorded at Fillmore West, San Francisco, 17 or 18 October 1969)

Move SEbyTM

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It would take 33 years for the complete Fillmore East tapes to be released:

http://www.brumbeat.net/revfillm.htm

 

“… When we arrived in New York, John” Upsy “Downing, who had been with Jimi Hendrix a handful of years in America, knew his surroundings and rented a truck and a Dodge.
We took the freeways to Detroit and did two nights at the Grandee Ballroom, opening for Iggy Pop and The Stooges. But our next date was in Los Angeles. Whoever it was who had organized this tour, had not studied a map in his life.
We had to cross the United States, sleeping a single night, since while we could not afford a plane, we had no choice.
But on this tour I had the feeling that I was going to have a lot of fun again; That camaraderie, that attitude of “the boys have returned to the city”, unconcerned, full of jokes and laughter. There was a cheerful atmosphere and an underlying feeling that nothing bad could happen if we were all together. And when we finally got to Los Angeles, we really were. Together in a room with two double beds and a sleeping bag for five at the Continental Hyatt House on Sunset Trip. It was the only way we could choose to stay in the hotel. That night we went out there and saw Jim Morrison being pulled out of a club with his feet in front, completely still. I thought to myself: “this is Hollywood, this is how to live”. But it was in central Texas, in the heart of Redneck Country, where we had problems. Woody got his hair up to his back and a ten-foot-long villager began pulling him.
“Hey, are you a boy or a girl?” “We do not want problems” we said “we are English”. We thought that this would end the conversation immediately. But it was not like that. We started backing up to the car when other locals started shouting, “fagots!” Upsy Downing then made his appearance: “what’s the problem?” He asked, “these guys are in a group and they’re with me.” Upsy was believed to be cement, but one of the locals, about half as tall as the old mandrel, but done like a brick building, gave Upsy a punch in the jaw. He was directly on the hood of the car, spinning and winding and landing on the dust on the other side, half unconscious. We had to drag him inside the car and leave the place, with the exalted locals screaming and shouting: “Hey! You pansies, come back here and fight. “ It was difficult to put Roy in a good mood because of this incident on our return to England … “

(Bev Bevan)

Beatles MM06

I have identified three different versions based on colors, the one shown above, then an all blue one:

Beatles MM06 blu

And a black  & white one with a tan label:

Beatles New 21 tan

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All of these images used on the back cover were shot by celebrated English portrait and fashion photographer Norman Parkinson while the Beatles recorded “Hold Me Tight” and “Don’t Bother Me” on the 12th of September 1963. Many of them were compiled into a magazine for the US Beatles fans, which was reissued in a smaller format in the second half of the ’70’s.

Norm Parkinson

USA: Late 1978

Eddie from Melvin Records likely assumed that very few Beatles collectors outside of South Carolina owned the early Melvin Records title, as many were reused for their sixth release. Although, would you not anticipate that many in your target group owned the Deccagone 45’s and “it-was-news-seven-years-ago” BBC tracks?

Side 1:

  • Three Cool Cats (Decca Audition, 01 January ’62. Previously included on MM04 ‘When It Says Beatles Beatles Beatles On The Label Label Label You Will Love It On Your Turntable Turntable Turntable’
  • How Do You Do It – taken from Joe Pope’s 45 first released in 1976 for the Boston Beatles convention. Although difficult to impossible to do, I love to trace back how a recording may have been ‘leaked’. As stated before on this blog, the theory that this track was played on RKO radio that year or prior and taped is incorrect, as the series in question – From Liverpool To Legend – was only broadcast in 1977. Another theory has John Lennon trade an acetate for (Contraband’s) Sweden 1963 LP. I doubt even John would give away his only hard copy for something even he knew to be a mass produced item but the final word on this is the fact that the source for the bootleg single was clearly not an acetate.
  • Like Dreamers Do – another Joe Pope Deccagone 45 copied by Melvin
  • Lucille – Eddie & Fred really seem to have taken to the BBC recording of this Little Richard number as this is the third time they have included one of the two available performances on a Melvin album.
  • Glad All Over – continuing with the original ’21’ (MM02) focus on BBC recordings, this track from Pop Go The Beatles # 10 (rec. 16 July ’63) makes its Melvin debut but had been available since TMOQ’s Yellow Matter Custard, which was heavily mined by Melvin.
  • Hello Little Girl – B-side of Deccagone single “Three Cool Cats”, already used on MM04.
  • Nothin’ Shakin (But The Leaves On The Trees) – Recorded for Pop Go The Beatles # 6 on 10 July ’63 and previously out on – you guessed it – Yellow Matter Custard.
  • Lonesome Tears In My Eyes – ditto
  • The Honeymoon Song – ditto, except taped for episode # 8 and the date was 16 July ’63
  • Spiritual Regeneration – see MM04, side 1, track 3
  • “The Abduction” – This is the music played over the end credits of their second movie Help!. Although Mozart wrote a piece with that title this is actually the overture form Rossini’s “Barber of Seville” with the Beatles hamming it up vocally but not adding any instruments.

Side 2:

  • Watching Rainbows – the Fab Four as a trio after George had walked out at Twickenham studios. John on electric piano and Paul on lead guitar, trying out a couple of John’s new compositions and this improvisation on 14 January, 1969. Available in poor quality since the summer of 1977 on Dragonfly’s Indian Rope Trick and then the multi-color EP of that same name.

  • Mama You’ve Been On My Mind – recorded 9 January ’69 at Twickenham during the Get Back sessions and brought to you first by Contraband on Sweet Apple Trax
  • “I’m ready” aka “Rocker” – (listed as Ready, Willing And Able (Instrumental) ) and
  • Save The Last Dance For Me- both recorded 22 January ’69 at Saville Row in their basement studios 

and only available on the multi-track tape shown here:

Glyn John’s third compilation attempt from May of ’69 created the definite version of the Get Back album and was slated for release no less than three times. It made use of this multi-track reel shown here. Both “I’m ready” and “Save The Last Dance For me” are very short.This third version had the same track listing as the second one but there are a few instances of different dialog and, more importantly, different edits of “Get Back” (now lacking the coda) and “Dig It” (cut by a minute). In addition, the third version was never broadcast on the radio.

Although it was not broadcast like the first two compilations, this compilation surfaced in the 1970s from both an acetate and, according to Doug Sulpy, a tape source. While the acetate and the tape source are the same compilation, there are two minor differences between the two. For reasons unknown, the tape source is missing the first second or two of “One After 909” and the chat heard at the end of “For You Blue”. This appears to be a banding oddity and not an actual compilation variant. I have been unable to determine exactly when the two individual sources first surfaced but this compilation has been a mainstay in The Beatles’ bootleg canon since it first appeared in the 1970s.” [source: http://www.beatlesource.com/bs/mains/audio/GetBack/comp3/comp3.html%5D

Now, where this was first released is where it gets complicated. The beatlesource website claims this was in 1974 on TMOQ’s Get Back Sessions and shows the mid-70’s reissue with the S-2xx added annotation on the insert. However, this album was first released in September of 1971 (matrix: BGB 111 A-R1 / BGB 111B-R1).

Back to the third compilation, it can also be found in slightly edited form with “One After 909” shifted to the end of side 1, likely done by the bootleggers who must have felt it flowed better this way (on Wizardo’s WRMB 315 versions, ca. late ’75/early ’76):

Plus also on the 2LP version of this  confusing Wizardo release:

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The auction text for this 2 LP version read:

“Beatles Get Back Sessions, WIZARDO 2 LP, WRMB 320

The Beatles, Get Back Sessions, Studio Out-takes.

Believed circa 1975 Wizardo double LP set, both LPs on black vinyl. One LP has a red label with deep groove similar to that used on early USA Blue Note and UK Decca pressings. The other LP has a blue label and features a much less indented groove in the same area.

Dead wax/run-off markings red label: WRMB 352 A / WRMB 352 B; blue label: WRMB 315 A / WRMB 315 B. These are all etched and not stamped.

Note that the numbers on the LP differ from that on the cover slick, although both LPs appear to contain the tracks from the Get Back/Let It Be sessions, and so this set is possibly a repackage or coupling of two earlier separate LPs.”

For the single LP copies, we have the following confirmation: “# wrmb 320, vinyl matrix #352” and a different set list:

Side A: One after 909 / The walk / Don’t let me down / Dig a pony / I’ve got a feeling / Get back

Side B: For you blue / Teddy boy / Two of us / Dig it / Let it be

Apparently, the quality is rather poor.

Several months later, this reappeared on no less than three of Ken’s labels. ZAP 7866:

the surprisingly hard to find TKRWM 1995 – according to beatlesource.com, sourced directly from the acetate:

plus also as one LP of the double set Renaissance on Toasted Records (# 2S911).

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  • Shake, Rattle And Roll – recorded 26 January ’69, as the band broke up rehearsing “Let it be”over and over and slide into an inspired medley of rock’n roll 50’s & 60’s standards. Part of this was used in the Let It Be film (taken from the Nagra reels) and first appeared on bootleg on Contraband’s Peace Of Mind (CBM 3670) in the late spring of 1973 and in the following year again as part of their first volume of the Cinelogue series (CBM 4020).

A 24 minute one sided acetate containing much of the medley and sourced from Glyn John’s multi-track compilation numbered E69742 has appeared and been sold at auction but I doubt any bootlegger had access to this:

I’ve Got A Feeling
Dig It
Shake Rattle and Roll
Kansas City,Miss Ann, Lawdy Miss Clawdy
Blue Suede Shoes
You Really Got A Hold On Me

Many of us looking for Beatles bootlegs in the 1980’s also remember this song from the File Under bootleg, which, despite the mediocre sound was a real “greater than the sum of its parts” experience.

  • The Walk – recorded 27 January ’69. Sandwiched between takes of “I’ve Got a Feeling”, they launched into this song originally written and recorded by Jimmy McCracklin in 1957:

51 seconds of the Beatles’ version of “The Walk” ended up being selected for the reference mixes Glyn Johns compiled starting on January 27th with acetates cut on January 30th.

Tape copies of these acetates were played on US radio stations in the summer and fall of 1969, leading to the first ever Beatles bootleg appearing in January of 1970:

  • “Commonwealth” – recorded at Twickenham on 9 January ’69 and first heard on Contraband’s Sweet Apple Trax volumes
  • “Enoch Powell” / “Get Off” (listed here as “Whitepower Promenade (Parts 1 And 2)”) – ditto
  • Honey Hush (Joe Turner) – ditto
  • Youngblood (Leiber / Stoller, originally recorded by the Coasters in 1957) – MM06 ends with another BBC recording. The Beatles’ only recording from 1st of June 1963 had just made its debut in 1978 on the Audifön bootleg of the same name, unfortunately incomplete and sounding poor. It probably did not sound any better here.

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Hard work

I must admit, I did not expect the Melvin label to be so tough going but there is a lot to look up for all these different sources! This title may just be the most work intensive one ever or at least in the top 3. On top of that, my ISP cut my line last week – not because I hadn’t paid the bill but because of left hand/right hand, and I only had emergency internet for five solid days.