Grateful Dead: Live (Fillmore West) (a WCF copy, 2001/2); ‘SAN FRANCISCO 1’ (TMOQ1: 71058 / TMOQ2: 2805)

 

I believe the WCF 2001 – 58 series was the first time the label used the folder-type covers and all the reissued titles that had them came later. Based on two contemporary recordings among the first 10 titles – 2006/07 Led Zeppelin – Bonzo’s Birthday Party and 2011/12 Allman Brothers – Watkins Glen July 28/73 – the second half of 1973 appears as the most likely release date/ start of the series.

Matrix: 2001 A / B and 2002 A / B

It is relatively easy to distinguish the WCF copy from the Record Revolution original:

  • Pink cover vs. a rather muted red and blue as seen below;
  • Back cover design changed by incorporating cover art from the HH version (see below) providing a track list;
  • Blank white labels vs. printed red or blue ones;
  • Logo removed from the inside of the folder, lower left.

 

 

The original Record Revolution version. It must have been released fairly soon after the broadcast and became the first Dead recording enjoying wide circulation (“Since the album appears to have been made in 1971, the song titles are just guesses (“Had To Move,” “My Uncle” and “No Chance Of Losing” for example.” quote found in the first link posted below). The matrix was GD-R 1/2/3/4

Source: KSAN/KSFX & KMET FM broadcast, closing of the Fillmore West, 02 July 1971

http://lostlivedead.blogspot.com/2014/09/july-2-1971-fillmore-west-san-francisco.html

The blue double lp that I had was regularly seen in Bay Area used record stores for the next several years–it was about as near to a “regional hit” as a bootleg could ever be considered. It’s not surprising. A local show, broadcast locally, pressed somehow, and quietly distributed to sufficiently cool stores. That was, in fact, pretty common on the East Coast and less so in the Bay Area...”

Opinions on how well the Dead played that night seem to differ quite quite a bit:

https://archive.org/details/gd71-07-02.sbd.backus.11798.sbeok.shnf/gd1971-07-02d3t03.shn

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Towards the end of 1972, TMOQ1 released their own version of this recording (matrix: GD – 527 – A / B). Does the added ‘1’ meant that this might have been planned as a two volume release?

 

Regarding the purple pressing, which sold for $236 in 2012, the seller wrote the following:

“…but the real rarity of this fabulous copy is the color. Look up this album on Popsike.com and you won’t see any that have sold that are of Purple Vinyl! What few copies of this that do exist are seen in the more typical colors of Yellow, Green, Red or Black. This may be the only copy known to exist in purple…”

While it’s probably not the only purple copy ever made, it sure is very rare.

  • Reissues:

Ken”s TMOQ2 matrix: 2805 A-D

Ken’s smoking pig-branded insert has also been found on copies with the original red & blue printed labels but in a black cardboard cover (matrix: GD-R 1-4)  and even on WCF copies.

  • HH DEAD FILLMORE 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 matrix versions:

One of these has the same insert art work but no smoking pig. I suspect Ken nicked the art work from this version and not the other way around but please correct me if this is wrong. As for the copy with classic pig labels, smoking pig branded insert and the HH matrix, I have no explanation at this time. I do believe the seller was not mixed up when posting the matrix #.

 

  • Reissues, pt.2: S-204/K&S versions:

Almost identical appearance but not manufactured at the same time perhaps: The regular S-204 reissue and the K&S destined pressing with the deletion hole and yellow insert, as described in HW.

100 pressed and most were busted and destroyed in 1980 upon re-entry into Canada as “deletes” with punched covers. Those not destroyed were returned (due to a lack of laws making bootlegs illegal). This copy was “rescued” from the returned survivors. From the same shipment as the Flamin’ Groovies of which only 19 copies survived.”

 

 

 

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10 comments
  1. I had this post ready to go except for the TMOQ part when I made my decision to discontinue the blog and decided to twist my own arm into finishing it and not letting it go to waste. Apologies for the confusion.

  2. Exeter said:

    Thanks for this final treat.

  3. chris said:

    pleeeeaaase…..don´t go !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.your blog is a sight for sore eyes !!!!.You are going to let hundreds of orphans absolutely lost. there ain´t nothing on the internet like your blog. Please…reconsider your decision

    • I tried one more post: The Dead again, Live At The Hollywood Palladium single & Out West double. It’s just too much work and blogging on TMOQ needs someone with a big collection to do it.

  4. Moptop said:

    Whilst I think I have a good working knowledge of Beatles Bootlegs, I would never profess to know very much about many other artists or labels releases, primarily using them as dating aid to Beatles releases. Talking about SLT/WCF/Berkeley + releases just adds an additional complication in identification I am unable to confirm or deny whether this was the first title to have a ‘gate’ cover, unusually it is a ‘gate-trough’ most are ‘gate-folders’.

    However I have managed to identify seventeen, there are more, of the Recycled WCF ‘plain’ labels, I even spotted a new one today and can confirm that the right-hand label of the inner image of the ‘gate-trough’ issue is a recycled label of the 1974 Lu Jun Records release Let’s Talk (Instrumental) by Ray Alexander Techniques . This label was also used for reissues of Let It Be – Live (WCF), Renaissance Minstrels II (WCF), Yellow Matter Custard (Yellow). So I would place this GF version as a reissue, unfortunately, I can not see enough detail on the other images to make a comment either way.

    • What is a “gate-through” cover? Your comment “…most are ‘gate-folders’ throws me as I understand the latter to be a standard four panel album cover that folds in the middle.

      I have compared them and just I can”t see the official label you mentioned mirrored in the above WCF label.

      P.S. I miss your old Beatles bootlegs site.

  5. Moptop said:

    A gate-trough sleeve is where there is only a fold over on the bottom edge cover, similar to CBM’s Bye Bye Bye or Supertracks 2., compared with WCF’s 2000 series with foldovers top and bottom.

    I have a ‘recycled labels’ crib page showing the original printed labels and when you put them alongside a recycled label with its mirrored impression, you would be surprised sometimes how even the faintest impression can be identified. The main task is finding just one that is identifiable to locate an original. Here is the Lu Jun record label

    Hopefully, you can now see that it is a match.

    I tend to make databases and then look for either patterns or the chronology of releases. My guide page for CBM Beatles related labels currently has over 50 label/ pressing variations and I am currently creating a database for publishing. As I create web pages fo reach release I am using the guide to determine which label variations should exist and currently it is only Copper Black font labels that I am struggling to add, mainly because I have seen so few copies.

    Please PM me if you would like a link to the page.

    With regards to might site, the problem is that it looks very old these days with old formatting, but with over 17,000 images and taking more than 1GB of storage creates all sorts of difficulties.

    • Thanks, almost all WCF/pre-Berkeley covers that folded have been ‘gate-through’s.

      The image here on this blog entry is just too small and not clear enough for me to see the similarity between pos./neg. of that 45 label.

      Email sent.

      • YesDays said:

        I believe Moptop is using the term “gate-trough” … not “gate through”. Trough referring to a narrow channel, tunnel or conduit. It’s a fitting description of the pockets inside the gate-fold covers that hold the records. Thanks.

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