Filling Some WCF Gaps 2: White Cover Pirates

There are still some gaps in the WCF discography and thanks to Doinker, we have managed to fill one of them. For example, there used to be this gap here:

JJ-713 Janis JOPLIN – Wicked Woman
CC-714 CCR – LIVE AT FILLMORE EAST
DD-715 DONOVAN – LIVE AT THE REEDY RIVER JUNCTION

717 Rolling Stones – Stoned Again (pirate)
718 PROCOL HARUM – THE ELUSIVE PH

Well, not anymore:

B&G b&w

The font used for the track list should look familiar.

B&G BG-716 B

If not, the label clinches the deal: Clearly, this was issued by WCF and fits right into the gap above, right down to starting the number with a two letter pre-fix derived from the artist(s)’ name.

An alternate blank label below, similar to what we have seen on other WCF releases:

B&G or bl lbl

And alternate inserts:

 

Obviously, this is not a bootleg but what is it? It’s a pirate of this 1962 novelty record (plus four additional tracks), making a lot of use of a technique later known as “sampling”, here using snippets of popular 50’s pop tunes spliced together and interspersed with dialog in the form of a radio show or an interview.

B&G orig

This seems to be an updated version of “War Of The Worlds”, with the back cover making some interesting claims:

B&G orig b2

Apparently, the original 1956 45 did reach # 3 on Billboard.

An interesting, if not coincidental connection is a CD compilation of 50’s and 60’s “novelty” hits compiled by one of Goodman’s sons, Jon, and includes a couple of Dickie Goodman’s hits, including the The Flying Saucer song. The CD is available on the Varese Sarabande music label, a record company founded by (TMOQ’s) Dub Taylor and Chris Kuchler.” Thanks to YesDays for providing this piece of background information.

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Since the folks behind WCF were partial to pirating, it seems possible that other gaps in the WCF 700 series (719 -22; 729, 737; 745 – 749) were originally filled by similar non-bootleg releases.

 

16 comments
  1. YesDays said:

    Truly delighted that the blog has returned. I really wonder what the motivation was behind this release. Did they even break even on the production investment? I guess after raking in the cash on their popular artist releases, they indulged in a personal, self-interest title, even if it lost money.

    • I’m happy to be back as well.
      This find does add a new dimension to this label, I feel. I’d like to think they cared at least about some of their releases and this was a record from their youth that they wanted to reissue – and damn the torpedoes, or cost – as they say. The fact that this does exist in several variations might mean that it sold relatively well and their gamble paid off.

  2. YesDays said:

    Yes, I agree this must have been something they wanted to release, and something personal like a record they recalled with nostalgia. I can see these guys approaching their various distributors, local record stores and head shops: “Yeah, we got a couple of Stones titles, some Hendrix, a new Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, oh, and this….”

  3. chris said:

    Thank God you´re back !!!…I was starting to cold turkey……shakin´all over !!!!!!

  4. Stephen Evans said:

    Agree with Chris! Despair was setting in ; ) Thank you for being back and all the great work

  5. Erik T said:

    I’m also delighted to see this blog back and running again…

  6. YesDays said:

    The story of Dickie Goodman’s career is interesting. An interesting, if not coincidental connection is a CD compilation of 50’s and 60’s “novelty” hits compiled by one of Goodman’s sons, Jon, and includes a couple of Dickie Goodman’s hits, including the The Flying Saucer song. The CD is available on the Varese Sarabande music label, a record company founded by Dub Taylor and Chris Kuchler.

  7. YesDays said:

    Yes, the TMOQ Dub Taylor …not the goofy American TV and movie actor. Taylor founded Varese International with Kuchler, and even released his own record. See “Lumiere” which is just experimental synthesized sounds.Taylor and Kuchler merged with Tom Null’s Sarabande label in 1978, creating the Varese Sarabande label. I’m not sure, but Taylor may still be involved today, maybe in an ownership interest or something. Thanks.

  8. YesDays said:

    Thank you. Yes, I’m not sure but believe that may be one reason why Dub fell off the bootleg world radar in the mid-70’s. He moved into the legitimate, legal record business.

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