JAMES TAYLOR ‘TAILOR MADE’ (WCF copy, # 733/4) + TMI version; “Isn’t it nice to be home again” (Rubber Dubber) plus ‘a KING and two JAMES’ (RI 3273)

Another singer songwriter whose success led to a number of bootlegs in 1971 was James Taylor.

Taylor J Tailor Made A

Taylor J Tailor Made b

Compared with the label below, we can see a discrepancy that the insert claims “Steamroller Blues” was moved to the end of side A, yet the label doesn’t list it. This may just be a case of WCF not bothering to correct TMI’s running order. Please leave a comment if you can confirm the correct running order on the discs.

Taylor J Tailor Made lbl 734 A

Matrix / Runout: 734-A / B / C / D

Side A: Sweet Baby James (3:00) / I Feel Fine (3:08) / Hey Mister, That’s Me Up On The Juke Box (3:30) / Sunny Skies (2:46) / Chili Dog (1:51)
Side B: Riding On A Railroad (2:40) / Conversation (1:38) / Places In My Past (2:09) / You Can Close Your Eyes (2:25) / Soldiers (1:12) / Going To Carolina In My Mind (3:33) / Long Ago And Far Away (2:32)
Side C: Country Road (4:51) / Fire And Rain (3:46) / Sixteen Candles (1:46) / Love Has Brought Me Around (2:59) / Oh, Don’t You Know (2:42)
Side D: Steamroller Blues (5:08) / Come On Brother, Get On Up And Help Me Find The Screw (4:08) / The Promised Land (3:36) / Isn’t It Nice To Be Home Again (0:41) / “On Campus TV Special”: Fire and Rain; Country Road; Oh Susanna;  Sweet Baby James (9:30)

Track lengths, except for the very last item added to side D, which first appeared on the TMI Records version, are taken from “Isn’t it nice to be home again” and may not be accurate for the WCF copy.

Source: Live At The Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA, 21 March 1971; except for the On Campus special, Nashville Ryman Auditorium, broadcast 17 February, 1971.

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The Original by Rubber Dubber (71-014), likely the follow up to their famous Neil Young double and likely their final product. RD was raided in L.A. on September 9th & 14th ’71. This makes me wonder how fast their “recording to vinyl” cycle was; if it was fast, i.e. a release soon after the concert date, were there any other projects they did not get around to release or had they stopped for the time being? If it was slow, it would have meant that this had a street date closer to the summer of 1971.

In addition, unlike the earlier Rubber Dubber titles, no ‘white stamped cover’ version of this release seems to exist despite someone connected to the label claiming that those were always done first.

Taylor J IINTBHA 3

Taylor J IINTBHA b 3

Taylor J inner L

Above: The inner gatefold right panel text. Below, the photo on the opposite side:

Taylor J inner R

 

 

HOTWACKS claims that Rubber Dubber also released this as TAILOR MADE but I believe they are mistaken.

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The first copy on this no label name outfit:

This was likely the first version moving the position of “Steamroller Blues” to the end of side A and adding the “On Campus” TV broadcast capture. WCF and CBM’s copy originate from this version (alternatively, CBM copied WCF’s copy).

Taylor J TMI

Taylor J TMI b

A nice gesture among bootleggers: TMI thanking Rubber Dubber on the back cover.

Matrix / Runout: TMI-A / B / C / D

This was a short lived 1971 bootleg label that emphasized the quality of their cover art, down to what looks like gold-foil stickers.

Taylor J Tailor Made st

Their only other titles I am aware of are Janis Joplin – GET IT WHILE YOU CAN (JJ-4)

Joplin J Get it While You Can purple cover 2

and Carole King – FIT FOR A KING (KK-1/2):

King Carol Fit For A King

This version is known as the “Sound Underground” version, due to the name used on the back and the labels. It’s the same recording as California Concert on Carnaby/CBM and HOTWACKS states: “Also available as Fit For A King (Sound Underground). On this label S1 is better quality [than on Carnaby/CBM].

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The CBM copy named IN DISNEYLAND (3272/3)

Taylor J In Disneyland

Taylor J In Disneyland lbl

CBM seems to have only done a limited run of this title in 1972 (number-wise, it preceded their version of Cat Stevens – CATNIP, which in contrast they must have pressed a few thousands of). popsike recorded just three past auctions for this title. That being said, while researching if I can find better images I came across a website offering a copy for an incredible $150).

It is a lot more common as this tripe set on their early sub label Carnaby Records. It combines the JT Anaheim 71-03-21 recording with Carole King’s CALIFORNIA CONCERT

Matrix: RI 3272/3

Taylor J AKATJ

The artwork uses elements of the IN DISNEYLAND and CALIFORNIA CONCERT inserts (or maybe it’s the other way around). Produced with Carnaby Records labels that are either half red & white or orange. Tries to pass itself off as a UK product with a Newcastle, England address but it was made in the US.

Below: The original version, the later reissue with pirate logo on the insert and labels is more common, of the Carole King album, showing the link between Carnaby Records and CBM:

King C California Concert 3

 

 

HOTWACKS claims a CBM version named LIVE AT THE ANAHEIM CONVENTION CENTER exists, apparently with an insert listing track lengths. Does this really exist or is it another HW mistake?

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The Dittolino Discs single album version “FIRE & RAIN” with incorrect track list for side two

Apparently, the B-side does not have the five songs originally on side 3 of the double albums but the side two tracks (starting with “Riding On A Railroad”).

Taylor J Tailor Made Fire Rain 2

Taylor J Tailor Made Fire Rain

Matrix: TM-1-A / B

“Steamroller Blues” closing side A pointing back to the deluxe cover versions with TMI matrix.

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Taylor J_1971-03-15-71

As always, any confirmations, corrections and general comments are welcome.

 

 

5 comments
  1. J said:

    btw..is the rubber still in jail,? should be easy for the folks of this greatest blog on earth to track him down and give him a good interv…

    • Maybe Karl knows. Tracking people, esp. with such a common name, is very difficult. BTW, by “folks of this greatest blog” you must have included the readers as well because the blog has always been a one man operation. Thank you for the praise though.

  2. YesDays said:

    J: What is your source of information that Scott Johnson is in jail? I’m not sure if he’s even still alive.

    Speaking of Rubber Dubber, there was a very interesting post on Reddit about 2 years ago. A guy who claims his father was “in the same business” with Johnson, and now that his Father has passed away, he has a bunch of masters/stampers/mothers from Rubber Dubber and he wants to sell them or get an idea of their value.

  3. J said:

    true..sjew…..and did you bid? or his adress?
    rubber was in jail in new mexico, killing someone..how ironic….

  4. Sativa Meadows said:

    My copy has Steamroller Blues on side 2 but is listed as being on side 1

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