WCF does JETHRO TULL pt. 1: ‘U.S. Tour April 1972 Volume II’ (a WCF copy, # 901)

I was not able to find an image for # 2235 JIM HENDRIX – ‘SCUSE ME WHILE I KISS THE SKY so that one will have to be skipped for now.

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Three Tull copies, likely released by WCF in the 2nd half of 1972 – early 1973.

  1. U.S. TOUR  APRIL  1972   VOLUME II

Jethro Tull US Tour April 1972

 

The cover art “borrowed” from CBM down to a ‘T’.

WCF’s detailed album track list:

A1 Wind Up / instrumental by Martin Barre
A2 Locomotive Breath / Hard-Headed English General / Wind-Up Reprise
B1 Thick As A Brick pt. 1
B2 Thick AS A Brick pt. 1 (cont.)

Source: The Scope in Norfolk, VA on April 22, 1972.

Below, the CBM original with matrix markings 3426 for Side 1, which is identical to Á1+2 on the WCF album above but Side 2 is different, playing Cross-Eyed Mary / A New Day Yesterday / Aqualung – and the matrix is ‘3436-B JTB Scope’.

 

 

The two segments of “Thick As A Brick” on WCF’s Side 2 appear to be identical to plate ‘3436-A JTA Scope’ as released on CBM’s ticketron.

Jethro Tull ticketron RE

CBM created two plates for “Cross-Eyed Mary / A New Day Yesterday / Aqualung”: ‘3436-B JTB Scope’ – used for the titles ticketron & U.S. TOUR APRIL 1972 VOLUME II and ‘JTB 3420 3436B’ also used on Side 2 of BALTIMORE AND AROUND NOVEMBER 1972

Jethro Tull Baltimore And Around detail
Around 1975, CBM created yet another master plate as they needed to pair down the Norfolk material to two album sides for the rare double album RETROROC, combining it with LIVE MAY 1973. Just over six minutes of “Wind Up” were extracted and tacked on to “Thick As A Brick” and issued with the matrix number 3436 A (side 2 had the usual C-E M/A N D Y/AQ).

Jethro Tull RTRC

 

This is one of the most popular recordings from the “Thick as a Brick” tour and deservedly so: it’s a blistering and highly energetic performance captured on a great sounding audience tape.”Ticketron” was first issued with an edited version of part one of “Thick as a Brick” on side A and the “Wind-Up” encore section on side B. After a while, a second version of the LP with the same side A but with “Cross-Eyed Mary”, “A New Day Yesterday” and “Aqualung” on side B was pressed, liberating 25 minutes more from the show. ” (notes from a restoration project)

Track list:

01 Introduction
02 Thick as a Brick, Pt. 1 [cut during organ solo]
03 Jeffrey speaks
04 Cross-Eyed Mary
05 A New Day Yesterday
06 Aqualung
07 Ian speaks
08 Wind-Up [cuts in, piano intro edited out]
09 Instrumental by Martin Barre
10 Locomotive Breath
11 Hard Headed English General
12 Wind-Up (reprise)

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The Norfolk concert and the Baltimore concert were both recorded by one of the earliest practitioners: R (who was from Baltimore).  Somehow he fell in with the people from the CBM (Contraband Music) label, which was the original issue of this material.  Sadly and most unfortunately R sent the master tape of Norfolk to them and did not make a copy.  He also sent them other shows.  He never got any of those tapes back.  Word has it they destroyed the masters when done, presumably to keep them “rare” or exclusive, which was misguided since other labels with better distribution soon repressed the material and sold a lot more records than they did.  TMOQ got to this one very quickly but it wasn’t their source and is unlikely they actually had a tape as labels did not cooperate with each other (if they do have tape someone should rescue the Norfolk one).  CBM unfortunately used cheaper noisier vinyl than some of the others so the only remaining sources of some of R’s material are those records (hopefully a lightly played one).  

R did keep the master of the Baltimore show and sent CBM a copy (that hometown show was much closer to his heart).

Other early Baltimore shows that hit vinyl (and some that didn’t) were his recordings as well.  He did get good sound for the day but he was just using built in mics on an old semi-portable cassette deck. “

 

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While I believe that the WCF version with the blue title/number labels comes in a single sleeve with a slip sheet, there was also this ca. 1973 reissue in a folder but without an artist image on the back yet, likely a transitional phase between the insert and the deluxe folder covers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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