The Beatles ‘LET IT BE – LIVE’ (LB-1-A/B / WCF copy) plus the rare first Beatlegs ‘O.P.D.’ and the “Silver Album”

Beatles LIB - LIVE

Beatles LIB - LIVE b&w

 

 

Matrix: LB11-a / LB11-b

The insert is usually found in black & white, green or red. It also exists with blank white labels.

To be distinguished from the later Japan copy JL 1006(LB-1) with matrix ‘LB 11’:

 

USA: ca. 1970

WCF’s version was listed in HOTWACKS all these years but the rare original beatlegs this material was copied from passed under HW’s radar.

According to the beatlesource website, the second ever ‘beatleg’ (after Kum Back! ) was a now extremely rare album called O.P.D.. It presented the 2nd Glyn Johns compilation culled from the dozens of multi-track tapes recorded during the part of the Get Back sessions held at Savile Row and a first real attempt to shape the material into a commercial release.

This 2nd Glyn Johns compilation ended up being played on US radio station WKBW in Buffalo, NY from a reel to reel tape on September 20th, 1969 (the details as researched by John Winn, can be found in a series of articles starting with this installment). However, it appears that the two bootlegs now described in detail were not the result of someone taping the WKBW broadcast.

More details can be found here: http://www.beatlesource.com/bs/mains/audio/GetBack/gb2intro.html

 

O.P.D. 2

A: The 2nd Beatles bootleg containing the 2nd Get Back compilation; released January 1970 on the West Coast. Matrix: OW LIPSON A 12958 / OW LIPSON B

 

SIDE ONE

1. One After 909
2. Rocker-Save The Last Dance For Me-Don’t Let Me Down
3. Don’t Let Me Down
4. Dig A Pony
5. I’ve Got A Feeling
6. Get Back

SIDE TWO

1. For You Blue
2. Teddy Boy
3. Two Of Us-Maggie Mae
4. Dig It
5. Let It Be
6. Long and Winding Road
7. Get Back (Reprise)

This compilation contained two unique song differences that were preserved thanks to the bootlegs:

  • “Get Back” is the same take as the 45 version but without the coda and we can hear the song ending as it did in the studio plus we get to hear a few precious seconds of sounds and chat never included on any other source or version
  • “Dig It” is presented here in a unique edit lasting 4:57, a full minute more than on the more common third Glyn Johns compilation.

O.P.D.

O.P.D. b

 

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B: That same month on the East coast saw the release of the third beatleg: The “Silver Album”.

SAotWG 1

Matrix: JARRIS 0020 A/B

SAotWG matrix

C: Other/subsequent editions included first a full-size blank white label and then a printed label stating what appeared to be the album’s title.

SAotWG 1 pr lbl

The printed label version was likely already a copy produced by someone else. It replaced the official version of “Don’t Let Me Down” and “Two Of Us” with the versions from the first beatleg, Kum Back! – which was based on Glyn Johns 1st compilation, which used a unique version of the latter track not heard on compilations 2 to 4.

D: A final cover variation used blank white covers this time and the word “SILVER” stamped on:

SAotWG st

It appears that at this stage the insert appeared. The matrix for this version shown here was still JARRIS 0020 A/B

E: The insert combined with a silver or grey sleeve

Beatles LIB - LIVE grey 2

Beatles LIB - LIVE grey

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While LET IT BE LIVE used the same source tape as O.P.D., there were significant differences:

  • a number of tracks included on O.P.D. were left off
  • a higher tape generation had been used
  • “Don’t let Me Down” and “Get Back”on side 1 had been replaced by the official 45 versions
  • “Across The Universe” from an airing of the Nothing’s Gonna Change Our World WWF album version (just released in the UK on 12 December 1969) was tacked on at the end of side 2

 

SIDE ONE
1. Don’t Let Me Down (3:31) – single B-side
2. Dig A Pony (3:51)
3. Get Back (3:09) – single A-side
4. For You Blue (2:30)                                                                                                                                       5. Two Of Us (3:18) 

SIDE TWO

1. Dig It (5:02)
2. Let It Be (3:59)
3. The Long and Winding Road (3:43)
4. One After 909 (2:43)
5. Across The Universe (3:17) – from WWF LP

 

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F: The WCF version with the printed labels shown at the start should be placed here. “Silver Greatest” then serves no other purpose than to point out that WCF had copied this album from someone else (since bootlegs were sold shrink-wrapped and the labels could not be used as a means of sales, pointing out to potential sellers that this was another version of the famous “Silver Album” they might have heard about). This also does not appear to be a reference that the band used be known as the Silver Beatles at one time.

 

G. Around 1974, WCF reissued this album with inserts printed in much brighter colors and in a (sometimes recycled) fold out sleeve using blank white labels:

Beatles LIB - LIVE RE gr

Beatles LIB - LIVE RE red

The matrix is now LB 11-A x  /  LB 11 B x    (these ‘added x’ matrices seem to have indicated a reprinted title)

I have found two auctions that state that the fold out sleeve was created by reversing a Berkeley 1974 Dylan printed cover of Dylan and the Band Return (# 2039/40). Here is a photo of what lurks behind the cover of the red insert copy shown above:

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