THE WHO ‘INSTANT PARTY’ (# 736, WCF copy of a pirate) + M-171

Who Instant Party

Who Instant Party det

I have only found this with this red slip sheet.


USA: 1971

A copy of the first Who underground/pirate release (not a bootleg as usually stated, as all tracks were taken from officially released UK 7″‘s) from 1971, the M-171 version of INSTANT PARTY:

Creating cover art by simply gluing two labels on, quite primitive but also quite intriguing, giving it an instant ‘test pressing’ look.

WHO Instant Party orig. lbl

It does remind me of the April 1970 STONED AGAIN (RS-121 or 722 or 727) album I had shown in this previous post.

Track list:

A 1. I Can’t Explain & a 2. Bald Headed Woman: Likely taken from the US DECCA 45 from 1965
A 3. I’m A Man: Album track taken from My Generation
A 4. Daddy Rolling Stone: B-side to Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere in several countries but unreleased in the US in 1971
A 5. Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere: Likely taken from the US 1965 7″
A 6. Shout And Shimmy: B-side to My Generation 45 in several countries but not the US
A 7. Waltz For A Pig (instr.) credited to “The Who Orchestra” but none of them play on it, which becomes very apparent once played. Supposed to be Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce and Dick Heckstall-Smith: B-side to Substitute on the US ATCO 45 (also in other countries)

B 1. Substitute: A-side to A 7.
B 2, Instant Party (Circles): The original B-side of Substitute, which had its title changed and was then withdrawn due to their legal issues when the band broke their contract with Shel Talmy. does not list a US release for this despite what the song’s wikipedia page claims.
B 3. Heat Wave; Album track from A Quick One
B 4. & B 5. The Last Time & Under My Thumb: This 1967 45 did not see a US release until many years later.
B 6. & B 7. Batman & Barbara Ann: From the Ready Steady Who EP – released in Canada but not the US – (which was probably also the source for Instant Party (Circles)).
B 8. Dogs: June ’68 single, not released in the US (perhaps due it only reaching # 25 in the UK


A large number of these tracks repeat on the other Who pirate WCF did: THE WHO UNRELEASED (27)


  1. Erik T said:

    This and the Stones WCF pirate are among the most common boots I see these days. Is there a WCF Beatles one too from the era?
    Despite the big vinyl comeback, not too many people seem to want these particular albums in their lives. I wonder how they sound? I imagine crackles and static. I’m also surprised the first Who boot was such an uninteresting release. Surely there were tapes of the Tommy tour floating around by 1970 -71?
    The only good thing about these titles these days is to use as a barometer for whether a vendor knows what they are selling, or if they price all their boot albums the same.

    • Erik, to answer your first question, side two of Beatles ‘RENAISSANCE MINSTRELS volume II’ (a WCF copy, # 726) was the Beatles equivalent of these two pirate releases.
      Instant Party received an A- rating on while the WCF copy just gets a ‘Gm’ on HW.
      I don’t think it was a boring release from a 1971 point of view. The double Gather Your Wits and Collector’s Item couldn’t have been that far behind Instant Party, so there were definitely live tapes floating around.

  2. YesDays said:

    Thanks Erik T. Well, technically speaking this is not a “bootleg” but rather a true pirate release, since all tracks were from officially released records. I’m not sure I would fully agree with the “uninteresting” characterization, particularly within the context of its release time frame. Many Who fans may have found this quite interesting, with recordings that may have been very hard to come by at the time.

  3. Erik T said:

    Hi guys!
    I would have thought the die hard fans seeing out boots would have more likely already accumulated soe of the obscure tracks on Instant Party. Definitely willing to accept I might be wrong about that!
    Thinking now, one of the January 1970 Champs Élysées shows was broadcast on AM radio – I wonder why that wasn’t bootlegged?
    I’ve seen Gather Your Wits, sealed actually, and for some reason I thought this was a copy of another boot, and the cover reminded me of later 70s productions, but I could be wrong. That’s from Dallas 70 I think, not 69.
    The Ohio boot label that released the Neil and Who “Collectors Item” Ohio – sourced recordings was around in 1971, we think? I wonder if Closer to Queen Mary beat Collectors Item to the record stores selling these albums. I thought about it a moment, and there really aren’t so many Who boot lp’s from different shows in the early 70’s. tons of tapes exist, but few made it to vinyl.

    • YesDays said:

      Thanks Erik T. One source I know of states “Closer to Queen Mary” on TMOQ was originally released in April 1972. I agree with you about the tapes, and how few made it to bootleg vinyl in the first years of the “industry”, for all artists. Over the past 40 years, so many tapes have surfaced, and there have been explosions of releases with the advent of compact discs, and now torrents on the internet. In the early 70’s, the bootlegging that is the subject of this blog was in its infancy and just getting off the ground.

    • Hi Erik,
      I’d love to go back in time and ask buyers why they had bought this and what they thought they were getting for their money in case of the pirate releases, since the slip sheets often gave no further info at all.

      I mentioned the album as “Gather Your Wits” but really meant the original release Tommy on Decade Records.

      I’m pretty sure that “Collectors Item” was out months before “Closer To Queen Mary”. When I had written about CI in an earlier post, I had included this quote originally left as a comment:
      The original version was in a blue laminated jacket with blue labels with printed track listings. There are allegedly 500 pressed by someone in the Cincinnati area shortly after the concert. I saw both this and Neil Young & Crazy Horse Collector’s Item in a record store in Muncie, Indiana in late October of 1971. The originals were of better quality than the numerous later copies. Also, the complete tape now in circulation of the Who Dayton 1971 show was from a different audience recorder than the one that captured the one used for the boot LP. The two recordings are of similar quality, but the complete tape lacks the crowd noise that the bootleg version has.

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