WCF # 39 should be their first copy of Ken & Dub’s Bob Dylan STEALIN’ release based on the matrix number but someone goofed and the number ’37’ was re-used in error on the label.


Dylan GWW WCF 4

Dylan GWW WCF 5



USA: 1971/2

This WCF copy is not mentioned in HOTWACKS or bobsboots (and based on that in Roques’ book Great White Answers?) with the Contraband copy being singled out instead. In addition, the timeline in bobsboots is incorrect. There, just as in HW, they place Contraband’s version first and date it 1970:


  • I believe the blog has already shown convincingly that Contraband tended to copy WCF and its cover designs and not the other way around and that the catch phrase “compatable (sic) for STEREO” was WCF’s. The matrix numbering system originated with WCF as well and not the other way around as described in bobsboots. Overlooking WCF’s first version has led to this error.
  • I believe the correct year for this CBM copy is around 1972

bobsboots then makes a connection between the CBM copy and the next GWW release by WCF in a folder-type cover:

Dylan GWW outer


Dylan GWW inner

The comment on bobsboots is (my corrections in [ ]: ” In 1971 [ca. 1973/4], the U.S. Label ‘ Berkeley ‘ released one of the first bootlegs to have a full-printed cover. (a cover that was actually printed on the cardboard stock rather than being simply an insert. [bootlegs have had printed covers, even using color since 1970, see The Beatles – Shea The Good Old Days, for example ) (gwa 1Ae). It is a wraparound folder type cover. The front is a photo from the Isle of Wight 1969 . The back has four pictures from 1966 . It was pressed on black vinyl with white or various colored labels. The song titles on the back were reproduced from the ‘Contraband’ cover [incorrect, this had always been WCF’s track list], and the album itself was copied from this previous version [CBM copied from WCF]. (Pressed from the same master plates; or is possibly, in fact, the same album [a reference to the identical matrices, as they had been copied by CBM as well. It is correct that this is a repressing using the same plates of the original WCF 40 A/B, 41 A/B release) The sound quality is the same. ”

Dylan GWW b

Dylan GWW



  1. YesDays said:

    I agree with your very well researched comments. As an additional note, Dennis R. Liff in “Raging Glory” notes that the Berkeley folder-style cover had at least some issues with plain white labels that were “TPB”. This represents “Trace, printed backwards” and means a label with a trace of some unrelated print which is reversed, and usually barely visible. In this case involving “Great White Wonder”, the barely visible print reads “The Meters”.

    • If we knew which Meters album or single it was we could narrow down the date. I wonder if the TPB labels were rejects meant to be thrown out that the bootleggers didn’t mind “getting stuck with”.

      Plant clerk: “And what kind of labels do you want us to use?”
      bootlegger: “Just blank white ones.”
      Plant clerk: “Mind if some of them look like these (shows a TPB one). We won’t charge you for it.”
      bootlegger: “Sure, slap ’em on.”

  2. YesDays said:

    That’s funny, … and sounds quite plausible. All the Dennis Liff book states is, “The Meters”. Actually, the image you have posted on the blog of the Berkeley folder cover version above, seems like the image of the records are TPB. I feel like I can see some faint print under the white labels.

    • Yes, I see it too – next to the writing by an ex-owner. I’ve had those type of labels on the blog before but I can’t think of in which post. The fact that these labels are quite common on early 70’s bootlegs and that most customers of legal product would have been horrified had they been used made me come up with that imaginary scenario.

  3. Erik T said:

    This is the version I have of this classic album. I have seen it once or twice since, so I don’t think it’s rare, by boot standards. An expert I used to know once placed this as one of the earliest copies of GWW. I can double check, but I think this is a proper gatefold sleeve, not the folder style that came later. Nothing inside the gatefold, though. Reminds me of a legit lp, a live Ike & Tina Turner album, with a solid red interior- what a waste of gatefold technology, as it were..! If my mem’ry serves, this is a decent pressing, as opposed to some CBM’s I have come across.

    • Yes, the early 1971 WCF double albums with inserts used real blank gatefold covers and this was likely the first US made copy of GWW.

  4. I recently made contact with Ken, and am writing an article for Goldmine about the origins of the Great White Wonder. Please let me know GWW-only related questions you might have for him.

    • Hi Larry, if you do fb at all, I’d recommend that you join this group: “Great White Wonders: Studies of the early TMOQ Dylan Bootleg Records”

      • Larry jaffee said:

        Thanks for the Tip. My request to join is pending.

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