CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL ‘LIVE AT FILLMORE EAST’ (a WCF original, # CC-714) – The first CCR bootleg? Plus, a discussion re. 5D Records

CCR LAFEast

USA: 1971/2 – another rarer WCF title together with JJ-713 and DD-715.

Source: Fillmore East, NY, NY – based on the set list from one of the concerts in March 1969; they played there March 21 + 22 (someone on YouTube claims on the 24th as well and that the concert was reviewed in the paper). The recording does not get high marks in the quality department but then again HOTWACKS had only heard the copy (see below).

FILLMORE EAST,
NEW YORK,NY.,USA
MARCH 21 OR 22,1969

1 – BAD MOON RISING
2 – PROUD MARY
3 – 99-1/2
4 – I PUT A SPELL ON YOU
5 – BORN ON THE BAYOU
6 – WALK ON THE WATER
7 – BOOTLEG
8 – LODI

The HOTWACKS listing is not for the WCF original but the Japanese copy on the OG label (KRV-568). Apparently, this must have been the first Western bootleg to get copied in Japan as the copy dates from around 1973.

CCR Fillmore East OG

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An eBay seller claims that the WCF original was the first ever CCR underground release. That could be the case but final certainty could only be achieved by knowing in which month it and close contender Revived on Dittolini Discs were released. That album contains a recording from the last night at the Fillmore West – July 4th, 1971 – and was released anytime after August of that year.

CCR Revived

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HOTWACKS tells us that the Dittolini title was also available as LIVE IN CONCERT on 5D Records. This is another rare title and the only image that exists on the internet is this one (if you have a better one, please leave a comment):

CCR LiConcert 5D

5D logo

Now, I always assumed that due to two TMOQ titles bearing the 5D logo – 71035 Buffalo Springfields – Bluebird Roots and 71036 Cat Stevens – Concert  from around January 1972, that 5D was a TMOQ sub label, just like Mammary Productions, for example (coincidentally, two  of the three TMOQ/Mammary titles immediately followed the 5D ones: 71037 Grateful Dead –   Live In Concert and 71038 Jefferson Airplane – Winterland 1970 / Tapes From the Mothership).

No 5D original seems to exist for the Cat Stevens title though, leading to the assumption that Dub just continued using that logo for one more of his own releases, at least for the first pressing. Shown below is a guaranteed TMOQ pressing.

Stevens Cat 5D gree det

However, 5D seems to have been a different label that released the Buffalo Springfield title first and TMOQ then copied it, right down to the logo (shown first is the label of the 5D original, then a TMOQ copy on red vinyl).

Buffalo Springfield Bluebird Roots 5D lbl

Buffalo Springfield Roots red.jpg

Now back to the CCR title LIVE IN CONCERT with the 5D logo:

Is this another original 5D release? Was it released around 1972 as well or later (the insert style seems to indicate it was later)?

I now believe it is not a “lost TMOQ title”, as my original thinking (“all 5D titles are TMOQ titles”) would have led me to assume.

 

If you now more and/or have other titles with a 5D logo, please leave a comment.

2 comments
  1. Erik T said:

    I had a Hot Wacks supplement from about 1989-90, in which a Creedence collector writes in and mentioned the Fillmore East record being the first Creedence boot.

    • I feel a bit strange writing ‘1971’ as the date for all these WCF’s – how many did they churn out that year? One a week? But these claims so far give me no other choice.

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