Jimi Hendrix ‘GOODBYE, JIMI’ (a WCF copy, # 723) plus the UK original receives bad press (pun intended) on both sides of the Atlantic

Hendrix Goodbye Jimi blu

Hendrix Goodbye Jimi lbl

Hendrix Goodbye Jimi gree

Also exists with red&white and b&w inserts.

Hendrix Goodbye Jimi gree wh lbl

USA: 2nd half of 1971 to early ’72

 

Sources:

Hendrix Goodbye Jimi det

The Infromthestorm site states: “BBC Sessions, London 1967 / […] / Atwood Hall, Clark University, Worcester, MA 15.03.68; 2nd Show / “Happening For Lulu”, BBC TV Centre, London 04.01.69″

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The Kustom Records US copy, # 005, released between late 1970 and April of ’71:

Hendrix Goodbye Jimi KR

 

Hendrix Goodbye Jimi lbl

Kustom Records still confuses me a bit. It’s almost as if they were active on both sides of the Atlantic simultaneously (A Jeffrey Collins can be seen in a BBC report from 1971, stating he imports the discs from the USA and sleeves are added in the UK).

This particular release looks like a US release to me, compared to their European ones, which had printed covers, and was only sold by US-based sellers on eBay.

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The UK original live experience 1967 – 68 (‘VOODOO CHILE’), matrix: JHBL A1 / JBHL B :

Hendrix LEX

 

Hendrix l e 67-68 lbl 1

It came with a leaflet that Kustom Records (and Berkeley) would use for their inserts.

 

This unauthorized UK release received quite a bit of flak in the mainstream press, likely helping prompt a good deal of financial concern and the BBC report shown below.

Hendrix Row

Above: Melody Maker, UK, 12/1970 – below: Billboard magazine, US, 26 November 1970:

Hendrix 67-68 Billboard

In April 1971, Billboard reports that 13,944 copies were pressed.

 

 

Finally, the (velvet) hammer came down – from Melody Maker, April 3rd, ’71:

crunch bootleggers

We know from the BBC report that Jeffrey Collins imported Kustom Records discs without covers from the US and it seems obvious that he passed Kustom a copy of the UK bootleg, which then ended up as their release # 005, shown above.

However, in the end it was all for naught:

Hendrix One bootleg LP

[thanks to jimihendrixcollector.com for some of these articles!]

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Also copied by TMOQ in the US and released around June of 1971 as 71019 (matrix: JH107A/B):

Hendrix Broadcasts purple disc I

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CBM copied part of Kustom’s insert for their first version of their RAINBOW BRIDGE release (# 3213) from 1972:

Hendrix Rainbow Bridge CBM

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Patti Smith and a copy of Goodbye, Jimi:

Patti Smith GB Jimi

 

 

 

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