I have received the following information from a Japanese collector regarding this title:
725 BEATLES – RENAISSANCE MINSTRELS I (1st press RENAISSANCE RECORDS I labels)
Matrix ; 725 A / 725 B
However, showing 729 on the label, as seen here. Why 729 when the previous WCF release (Leon Russell) was # 724? Someone obviously made a mistake.
*2nd press: Plain white label
Matrix : 728 SIDE I / 728 SIDE II
For the date, it all depends on who was the originator of this series, WCF or Dub & Ken.
The TMOQ wiki states:
71025 – Beatles – Renaissance Minstrels – September 1971 – Renaissance Records labels (“Homogenized Stereo”) – RR – 1002 (matrix)
What puzzles me a bit is that they had not done a title label since Blueberry Hill and now after almost one year they went back to creating one? On the other hand, Beatlegmania Vol. Two states that Renaissance Minstrels II (WCF # 726) was a copy of TMOQ’s Homogenized Beatles 71026 and the pressings differ in the tell-tale areas, so there is little doubt that is correct.
In addition, is “Homogenized Stereo” (I assume that’s what it is supposed to say on the original TMOQ label) really correct? Isn’t it supposed to be “Renaissance Live” as shown here?
But where is the TMOQ-typical ‘deep groove’ in the label area above? This does not look like a TMOQ pressing to me. I have looked at a lot of different versions of this title – and there were a ton – but apart from the large 1/2 label with outer border and the pig-branded later ones, I have found no labels that fit the description of the TMOQ wiki.
To complete the picture, here is the cover that came with the green label:
If you can answer these questions, please leave a comment, thanks.
For some reason & pointing to compounded confusion at WCF during this time, this reissue of volume 1 used the matrix markings of 728 SIDE I / 728 SIDE II
Here is the folder cover reissue with a blank white label, made ca. 1973/’74 – I currently do not know the matrix #’s: