First stamp (I am not sure which came first at this point):
plus slip sheet:
I have only seen this with a red insert.
Plus with the WCF-typical title label:
USA, California, ca. 1970
Matrix: LS-1 or: Microgroove / A Jeff Charles Production LS-1 or: Contraband LS1
I am not sure if this was the first release WCF ever did but it must have been one of the first. HOTWACKS alluded that this was from their famous Hollywood Bowl performance in July of 1970 by way of the CBM title/clone What’Cha want Mama! (see below) but this was recorded in Pasadena, CA, probably at the Civic Auditorium in July of 1969.
About the recording – notes by Doinker:
“The Band – Mega-rare restored vinyl “Live Band” Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena CA 1969
This is a great show! But hey…
Let’s get one thing straight here: The recording isn’t as bad as everyone makes it out to be. For one thing, the moment the tape starts you know you’re listening to a good recording rig. This wasn’t recorded with cheap equipment, and it shows. It isn’t distorted, just a bit distant. Also the pressing (in this case a first pressing) is almost immaculate and runs very quiet. Correcting the speed slightly has also helped quite a bit. Believe me, you’ve heard far worse.
The performance is simply great. And, that’s where it counts.”
Setlist (Runtime about 40 minutes 36 seconds):
This Wheel’s On Fire
Baby, Don’t You Do It
I Shall Be Released
King Harvest (Has Surely Come)
Don’t You Tell Henry
CBM on the East Coast also released this recording under the following title:
Also a very early Contraband title, one of only a handful of stamped titles they did.
I will stick my neck out and bet that this pressing sounds worse than the one done by WCF and that WCF’s came first.
Does the matrix “Contraband LS1” mentioned above, which I got from the http://theband.hiof.no/albums/bootlegs.html really come from a WCF copy and it was just a coincidence? I have never found a matrix # for the CBM release).