Matrix : 1806 A / 1806 B
Matrix: 1807 – A / 1807 – B
WCF did some of the worst ever “song title mangling” bootleggers sometimes committed as they were not familiar with an artist’s repertoire, on the blue volume: “Moonoge Dyelseom”, “Gene Genie” and “Luffragete City”.
I do believe WCF made this first available in the form of single albums (just like TMOQ did) only to be distinguished by their color but a double version also appears to have been made:
Year of release: 1973, perhaps late spring or middle of the year
Reissued ca. 1974/5 with a redesigned cover:
Source: KMET-FM’s broadcast of Bowie’s first of two shows at the Santa Monica Civic Center on 20 October, 1972. RCA also recorded the performance on multi-track tapes (and then left them in the vault for 22 years while the bootlegs from this show gained a reputation for their un-bootleg-like excellent sound quality and Bowie’s A-game performance that would even eclipse the official David Live a couple of years later.
Now, coming back to the red & blue first releases, these are referred to as the very first Bowie bootlegs. While I agree with him on the release date being 1973, he is off on dating the TMOQ titles IN PERSON & IN AMERICA as only having been released in 1974. Using the TMOQ RecordWiki (that used to be posted under the recordcollectorsguild.org) as I have done throughout the blog, as the dates have so far been the most detailed and only one error could so far been found by a major bootleg collector, IN PERSON would date around January of 1973 (#71054, matrix: DB – 528) and IN AMERICA (#71062, matrix DB – 531) from around April of ’73.
Regarding the order of the TMOQ releases, Bassman is also incorrect when describing the first version, “The first and original discs came in a so called TMQ Production cover, and they all have labels with the songs listed on one side and the TMQ pig on the other.” I have shown these versions below. The cartoon cover edition was not the first but came after the generic farm pig label editions on colored vinyl and in stamped and sticker-ed covers.
So, Ziggy in concert. was not the first David Bowie bootleg but IN PERSON was.
There are also differences in content & quality between both labels:
- TMOQ edited the the DJ talk out, WCF left it in.
- TMOQ had the edge when it came to the sound quality.
I came across this CBM copy presenting the second half of the show, likely taken from IN AMERICA, and winning the award for Most Minimalist Cover Art. It appears that this is the only Bowie title they ever put out. I did not find any evidence that they had copied IN PERSON as well.
Released around 1974.
Matrix: 2810-C / 2810-D
Curiously, it shares its matrix number with Ken”s issue of the In Person / In America material, which he released as a double album: