Led Zeppelin ‘GOING TO CALIFORNIA’ (a WCF copy, # 1973) and the TMOQ original (# 72004)

 

 

Matrix : 1973 A  /  1973 B

The first WCF release of their copy of disc two of the TMOQ double. Note how a xerox of TMOQ’s stamped title was used for WCF cut & paste art work (I have included the complete stamp as it appears on a TMOQ reissue). The track list missed “That’s The Way” which should be the 2nd song on the A-side.

Released in 1973, after TMOQ had reissued the title with a stamped cover.

WCF reissued this title as part of their folder reissues ca. 1974-5. A copy seen on eBay has the black generic Berkeley labels with the 1975 copyright date, so these types of covers were still in use after their re-branding as a bootleg label with a proper name in that year, The reprint was not kind to Jimmy’s photo on the front, robbing it of whatever little contrast it had left the first time around. On the other hand, he now occupied “prime real estate” on the back panel.

 

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The TMOQ originals:

  1. Folder cover, perhaps released in this form as early as (late) 1971 due to the evidence from the Neil Young video mentioned below.

The TMOQ wiki places this release – later numbered 72004 – in February of 1973 but that appears to be wrong (a buyer in the UK received his copy on Friday, the 19th of January 1973). We need a collector who wrote down when exactly they bought this particular version.

 

A pendant to this Crosby & Nash release (#72005, I read it was taped at L.A.’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on 10 October 1971 and not in Berkeley, as stated in a 2017 Tight But Loose article – is this correct? ), which can be seen in the film clip in which Neil Young discovers bootlegs in an L.A. record store, likely filmed in November or December of 1971 (a Rolling Stone magazine with a cover date of 09 Dec. ’71 can be spotted), YT title “Neil Young finds bootleg records of his own work in an LA store – 1971 ”

The theory supporting the late 1971 release date for the Led Zeppelin title will make the convincing point that both titles were released at the same time in their similar packaging.

 

C&N VSE 2

Above: Neil confronting the store clerk with the album.

The evidence chain used in the 2017 Tight But Loose article dating the album to late 1972 runs like this:

  • The same taper – not Dub – recorded these two shows at the Berkeley Community Theater in September and October of ’71.
  • It then took a few months for the tapes to reach Dub/TMOQ.
  • An ad from a UK bootleg mail order company advertising both releases as new is also shown as evidence.

AA NEW LZ + C.N.

  • However, the album(s) received after ordering is not the folder version but the stamped & sticker-ed (later) version and since the folder version clearly came earlier, the theory formulated in TBL fails at this point.

TMOQ trying folder style covers years before WCF did. It appears these were the only two titles receiving this treatment.

 

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With an alternate insert. As pointed out in the comment section by YesDays, the images used here come from 1975.

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With Stout designed insert, ca. mid-1973:

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Later versions:

 

There are many more pressings but I’ll just concentrate on the earlier ones.

 

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http://jimmypagemusic.blogspot.com/2015/09/on-this-day-13-september.html

http://www.rambleonzep.com/dates/1971-09-14.htm

The famous recording from Berkeley’s Community Theater, 2nd night, 14 September 1971. The master tape has never surfaced to the best of my knowledge and even the pressing plates may have ended up in the Pacific ocean around 1980 in an attack of paranoia by Ken’s associate Michael.

 

Master tape details: Immigrant Song >> Heartbreaker (<< Bouree..), [ cut ], Since I’ve Been Loving You [ cut ], [ cut ], Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< Back In The USA..) [ cut ], [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven, [ cut ], That’s The Way [ cut ], Going To California, [ cut ], Whole Lotta Love (<< Just A Little Bit, Boogie Chillun, Hello Mary Lou, My Baby Left Me, Mess O’ Blues, You Shook Me, The Lemon Song..)


Quality rating: Excellent, slightly top-heavy.   Length: 96 minutes, missing is the encore.
argenteumastrum states: Surprisingly clear recording taped much close to the stage without any distortion! All the instruments are perfectly balanced and almost no hiss here.

LZ BCT ad '71 II

 

 

3 comments
  1. YesDays said:

    The “ …. alternate insert, ca. 1972 – homemade or by TMOQ?” version can’t possibly be from 1972. The image of Jimmy Page and Robert Plant on the insert cover is from a 1975 photo. However, the blue colored vinyl discs with large “1” and “2” labels certainly looks like TMOQ circa 1971-72.

    • Thank you for pointing that out. That is indeed a glaring contradiction.

  2. J said:

    amazing page to read….again….very very interesting…

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