Here’s the surprise, a rather non-WCF looking label without a number:
Copies with white labels also exist.
Matrix of the original pre-TMOQ release: X 4172 4328 / IX 241 X 14237
Label of the original release:
Someone was clearly trying to get as close to the original as far as the disc and label was concerned.
The surprises do not end here:
The cover is also stamped underneath the insert, only the third case found with WCF releases so far after The Band – Live Band # One (stamped “LIVE Band”) and The Beatles – Let It Be Live (stamped “SILVER”).
One of only a couple of WCF titles found with a slightly smaller ‘negative image’ insert.
USA: 1971 Although rollingstonesnet.com places the WCF version right on top with the earliest releases of LiveR on their page analyzing the famous Oakland ’69 bootleg, I would place it significantly later.
Source: One of the many copies of LiveR Than You’ll Ever Be, only the fourth release by what would become the TMOQ label and the first ever bootleg containing a contemporary live recording. 1969-11-09, second show that night at the Oakland Coliseum.
WCF also reissued this in one of their folder style covers ca. 1974, showing a large image of the artist(s) on the back panel. I only found the back so far:
According to an eBay seller the matrix for this version is:
X-4172 X 14328 III I // IX 241 X 14327 I
Needless to say, Contraband again copied WCF’s cover design 1:1 and it’s this version that’s featured in HOTWACKS and on dbboots.com under the Gimme Shelter entry.
Matrix: X-241-1 // X-241-2
Also issued with this distinct tan CBM label:
Looking through my image collection, both label times can be found with these CBM releases:
The Band – What’cha Want Mama; The Beatles – Live Concert Atlanta (# 3552) (both WCF copies), Beatles – the never released MARY JANE (# 3585, shown here);
Bob Dylan – GWW II (single disc version, # 616/7) & Help (# 3587, bobsboots lists this as a 1975 release but these are clearly much earlier labels), the CBM copy of Jethro Tull’s My God, the Moody Blues – October and Santana – Collectors Item (I’m sure there are likely more examples). All of these releases date from 1971 to 1972. This means that the WCF version of Gimme Shelter likely dates from 1971, in line with the year they produced the “Compatable For Stereo” insert designs) and the CBM copy from 1971/2.