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Led Zep BH

The insert is usually brown/rust colored.

Usually found with blue or yellow “LED” or blank white labels:

 

 

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discogs gives the impression that two different pressings can be found for copies with yellow labels. Those with RP 30 A/B 31 A/B matrices and those reading S-2549, S-2550, S-2551, S-2552. However, this may simply be a case of images and listing not matching. I suspect the S-25XX versions were not produced by WCF.

Shown here is a copy with confirmed S-25XX matrix, listed in HOTWACKS as Zeppelin Records version:

Led Zep BH S-25XX

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USA: 1971/2

HOTWACKS states: “WCF – recording runs into the labels on S3 and 4”

One of the many copies of this famous early TMOQ release. The insert copied straight from an early TMOQ reissue (1,2,3,4 labels with printed double ring/borders – version).

Led Zep BH 1st red bl b sm

 

Contraband would later copy this insert (before adding their logo) plus their matrix numbers were the same (30 and 31 A/B):

Led Zep Blueberry H 30 31 II

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Around 1974, Berkeley Records reissued this title in their folder cover series, which featured images of the artist(s) on the back panel. The matrix numbers were unchanged: 30 A-/30 B, 31 B-/31 A

Led Zep LOBH

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USA: 1971

A pirate release collecting officially released but deleted/unavailable in the US tracks, with the UK only EP READY STEADY WHO supplying almost all tracks for side two. This title must have been quite popular, popsike shows versions with inserts in many colors (except red). A number of these were also produced in green cardboard covers.

Side 1:

  1. Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere – released May 1965 (UK: Brunswick 05935; US: Decca 31801
  2. Daddy Rolling Stone (B-side of the UK single mentioned above)
  3. The Last Time – rel. June 1967 (UK only: Track 604006)
  4. Under My Thumb (B-side to above Track 45)
  5. Heat Wave – rel. December 1966 on the UK version of A QUICK ONE (replaced on the US album by “Happy Jack”)

Side 2:

  1. Disguises – rel. November 1966 on the UK only EP READY STEADY WHO
  2. Circles – same as above
  3. Batman – ditto
  4. Bucket T – ditto
  5. Barbara Ann – ditto

Quality rating: “Exm”

 

 

WCF got its start in 1970 in a Northern US state and was very active from 1970 – 1974. Clinton Heylin attributes WCF to an Ian Sippen based in the UK but this must have been a misunderstanding. They did not give themselves a name until 1975 when they chose Berkeley Records.

This is an attempt at classifying the earliest WCF titles based on matrix numbers, labels and slip sheet characteristics and is a work. A large number of these early WCF titles are quite scarce and must not have been pressed in large numbers as WCF was busy churning out release after release. Some of these were repressed around 1973/4 in fold-out covers that had a picture of the artist on the back panel.

Presentation-wise, their development progressed like this: (1970) A few stamped covers – (1971) inserts (double albums in gatefold covers with blank white inner panels) – adding their trademark “Compatable (sic) For Stereo)” slogan – (1971) dropping the slogan – wrap around inserts – (1973/4) folder style covers, either with inserts or printed ones, at times these were recycled from other releases) – 1975: Berkeley uses deluxe b&w covers only.

Each title will be presented in detail. While many were “copy jobs” this series will help determine exactly how many.

If you have any further information, please leave a comment.

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Part 1: Single ‘non-fold-out’ covers

a. stamped covers

LS-1  THE BAND – LIVE BAND # ONE (+ insert, later issues?)
(NRV-6  CHICAGO – THE WINDY CITY NOVEMBER 26 1970) – previously shown here

103  BOB DYLAN – MOTORCYCLE (released in 1971)

 

b. “Stereo/Compatible For Stereo” (+/or Customized Labels) Series

Labels were produced in a number of bright colors with silver writing, often using a title that related to the artist in some direct or indirect way. This led to the editors of the HOTWACKS book to christen the label with the ill-fitting name “White Cover Folks”; they were obviously not the only ones using blank white covers at this time and in fact were the first label to produce a b&w printed one. The slip sheets followed a similar color scheme.

LB-1  BEATLES – LET IT BE LIVE

KUM BACK #1 – WCF  BEATLES – KUM BACK!
RP-23  BEATLES – GET BACK TO TORONTO
RP-24  BEATLES & ROLLING STONES – BATTLE
25/26  CSNY – LIVE AT L.A. FORUM 2 LP (rec. 26 June ’70)
27  THE WHO – UNRELEASED (pirate)
28/29  JIMI HENDRIX – LIVE AT THE FORUM 2LP’s (rec. 25 April ’70)
30/31  LED ZEPPELIN – BLUEBERRY HILL 2 LP
32/33  ROLLING STONES – EUROPEAN TOUR – 1970 – LIVE (rec. 7 October 1970)
34/35  THE BAND – LIVE IN CALIFORNIA # 2 (rec. 10 July ’70)
36  SLY & THE FAMILY STONE – GREATEST HITS LIVE (rec. September 1970, WCF orig.)
37 (39)  BOB DYLAN – STEALIN’ / JIMI HENDRIX – HENDRIX LIVE HAWAII Hen 37
38  MOODY BLUES – LIVE ON A TUESDAY AFTERNOON (rec. Dec. 1970, US Tour, WCF orig.)
40/41  BOB DYLAN – GREAT WHITE WONDER 2 LP

 

101  BEATLES – LAST LIVE SHOW
102  ROLLING STONES – STONED – M.S.G. (WCF orig.) / BEATLES – YELLOW MATTER CUSTARD
103  BOB DYLAN – MOTORCYCLE (no insert exists)
104  V.A. – FILLMORE EAST FINAL CONCERT  (3304 matrix as a reissue in a folder-style cover)

 

c. 500 series

501  ELTON JOHN – SUPER STAR – LIVE 
502  BYRDS – LIVE AT BUDDY’S IN ENGLAND (WCF orig.)
503/504  BOB DYLAN – THE VILLAGER 2 LP’s (WCF orig.)
505  ELTON JOHN – GULLIVER’S GONE (pirate)
506  CSNY – OHIO
507  BOB DYLAN – KINDEST CUT

509  BOB DYLAN – ISLE OF WIGHT 
510  BEATLES – LIVE CONCERT AT WHISKEY FLATS

ROLLING STONES – GIMME SHELTER

 

d. 700 series

707  JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE  CLAPTON – MAYALL  BAKER – BRUCE

JJ-713  JANIS JOPLIN – WICKED WOMAN (WCF orig.)
CC-714  CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL – LIVE AT THE FILLMORE EAST (WCF orig.)
DD-715  DONOVAN – LIVE AT THE REEDY RIVER JUNCTION

717  ROLLING STONES – STONED AGAIN
718  PROCOL HARUM – THE ELUSIVE PROCOL HARUM
719  KINKS – RARE
720  YARDBIRDS – ON DOWN

723  JIMI HENDRIX – GOODBYE JIMI
724  LEON RUSSELL – THE MASTER OF SPACE AND TIME 
725  LEON RUSSELL – LIVE AT ANAHEIM CALIF  /  725  BEATLES – RENAISSANCE MINSTRELS
726  BEATLES – RENAISSANCE MINSTRELS 2
727  CAT STEVENS – CATNIP
728  BEATLES – RENAISSANCE MINSTRELS 2

730  LEON RUSSELL – Recorded Live From An Earlier Broadcast
731/732  NEIL YOUNG – I’m Happy That Y’all Came Down  2 LP’s
731  NEIL YOUNG – Live on Sugar Mountain 1
732  NEIL YOUNG – Live on Sugar Mountain 2 or Live on Sugar Mountain February 1, 1971
734/735  JAMES TAYLOR – Tailor Made
736  THE WHO – Instant Party
737  EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER – 21st Century Schizoid Rock
738  V.A. – Woodstock Nation
739  GRATEFUL DEAD – Live Dead Spring Tour 1971
740/1  JANIS JOPLIN – Get It While You Can  2 LP’s

743  GRATEFUL DEAD – Ain’t It Crazy
744  BOB DYLAN – Looking Back 1
745  BOB DYLAN – Looking Back 2

750  JEFFERSON AIRPLANE – UP AGAINST THE WALL MOTHER

 

e. 4-digit series

1010 NEW RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE – s/t

4011  ROLLING STONES – BEAUTIFUL DELILAH
4022  V.A. – BANGLA DESH
4033  JAMES TAYLOR – NOVEMBER ’72
4042  HARRISON / DYLAN – BANGLA DESH
4044  JAMES TAYLOR – LIVE NEW YORK – NOV. 1972
4045  ROLLING STONES – LIVER THAN YOU’LL EVER BE
4046  SANTANA – LIVE
4047  SANTANA – COLLECTOR’S ITEM

BD 002  BOB DYLAN – VISIONS OF JOHANNA
BD 509  BOB DYLAN – JOHN BIRCH

 

f. Miscellaneous

Beatles – Live from Germany
CSNY  – Wooden Nickel  XYZ 123 / Dittolino matrix ?
CSNY – Lid?
Bob Dylan – Looking Back 2 blank white / Down Home
Bob Dylan – Million Dollar Bash
J. Geils Band – Live from Germany  Geils 777  [pirate of their official LIVE FULL HOUSE album (rel. 26 September 1972)]
Paul Simon – Solo
Youngbloods – Youngbloods Hit The Live Trail  Blood Records
31 W-A/B HM-PART – 1/2 BOB DYLAN – ISLE OF WIGHT (add. matrix; ‘BEAVER REC. 104701/2’ ‘MOTION’)

 

 

 

CCR Fillmore East OG

CCR Cosmo OG label 1CCR Cosmo OG label 2

Japan: ca. 1973

[CCR toured Japan in February of 1972]

Collector’s comment for the this re-issue: “My copy has number 348 on it, limited edition. It’s a fair stereo copy from an audience tape. Pretty rare I guess”

HOT WACKS rated it “Fair stereo”. It does surprise me a bit that this bootleg was selected to be copied by OG. Only songs from their first three albums up to and including Willy and the Poor Boys are present, so 1969 does seem to be the year this concert was recorded and in fact we have a likely exact date:

FILLMORE EAST,
NEW YORK,NY.,USA
MARCH 21 OR 22,1969

1 – BAD MOON RISING
2 – PROUD MARY
3 – 99-1/2
4 – I PUT A SPELL ON YOU
5 – BORN ON THE BAYOU
6 – WALK ON THE WATER
7 – BOOTLEG
8 – LODI

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The original:

California Northern USA, ca. 1971/2

Their official album Cosmo’s Factory which inspired the label name, was released in July of 1970. 

CC-714-A/B 

CCR LAFEast

CCR LAFEast 1

CCR LAFEast 2

 

 

4033:

Taylor J L NY 72 4033 Sweet 2

Taylor J L NY 72 4033

Taylor J L NY 72 4033 alt

Above, the alternate insert version.

The “Volume 1/2” designation found in the HOTWAX listings apparently added by them as it’s not found anywhere on these inserts.

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4044:

Taylor J L NY 72 bTaylor J L NY 72 4044 lbl

Taylor J L NY 72 4044 alt

Year: 1973

Source: November 3 or 4, 1972 – Radio City Music Hall, NY 0 audience recording,                                         “I’ve got a lot to be happy for tonight,” announced an elated James Taylor at his Radio City Music Hall concert on Nov. 3, 1972. Earlier that evening, the 24-year-old troubadour had wed balladeer Carly Simon, 27, at her Manhattan apartment. No matter that the bride’s first hit had been the marriage-skeptical ”That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be” — the audience roared its approval when Simon joined her ”steamroller” on stage. ” [If that’s not on this album, than it’s probably from the 4th.]

Label: From the producers that would eventually bring you Berkley Records. Mostly found as two single LP’s and as it was produced during a time when this outfit produced relatively low runs, not impossible but also not that easy to find.

4044 runs at the incorrect speed.

Notes from a collector: “My copy comes in a double gatefold sleeve with two inserts…. The labels are blank, but the dead wax area of the first record has 4033-A and -B, and the second has 4044-A and -B engraved by hand.

 

101 Sweet Baby James
102 Makin' Whoopee
103 Riding On A Railroad
104 Long Ago And Far Away
105 Lo And Behold
106 Anywhere Like Heaven
107 Brighten Your Night With My Day
108 Something In The Way She Moves
109 Highway Song
110 Sunny Skies
111 Carolina In My Mind
112 Rainy Day Man
113 Instrumental
114 Hymn
115 Fanfare

201 Nobody But You
202 You've Got A Friend
203 Chili Dog
204 New Tune
205 Back On My Feet Again
206 Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
207 Country Road
208 One Man Parade
209 Steamroller Blues
210 Fire And Rain
-- Encore
211 (You Can) Close Your Eyes


James Taylor
Danny Kortchmar (guitar), 
Leland Sklar (bass), 
Craig Doerge (keyboards) 
and Russ Kunkel (drums).

Just presented as a needledrop on dime a few years ago.

 

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Carly-Simon-James-Taylor

3 November 1972

1. Talkin’ Bear Picnic

Dylan Talking Bear Picnic

A very rare item. It is not in HOTWACKS, nor in the 1980 book The Great White Answers

 

Dylan GW Answers

And has not been added to the variations on bobsboots.com.

The title has been changed from Talkin’ Bear Mountain Massacre Picnic Blues (perhaps to allow Dittolino to use a smaller and cheaper stamp for the front cover?) –  the “great quality” 1971 TMOQ release containing Freewheelin’ session outtakes and one Witmark demo:

 

Dylan Talkin'Bear Mt. Massacre Picnic Blues

“Early inserts included the text ” Cover Design Made For “Trade Mark of Quality” by PoPo Productions”
and were mainly exclusive to Dylan issues. PoPo Productions started as a small time bootlegger and in short order became aligned with TMQ. Dub probably recruited Mr. PoPo to design Dylan inserts much like he later recruited William Stout for TMQ’s cover art designs. Unlike Stout though Mr. PoPo was also involved in the bootlegging vinyl side of the business. His contribution to the TMQ Dylan catalogue included two titles “Let Me Die In My Footsteps” and “Blind Boy Grunt”. PoPo Productions is often referred to as TMQ’s sister label.
bob-dylan- Freewheelin
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2. Looking Back
Dylan B Looking Back 2
Dylan B Looking Back
# 0008 
Issued in 1971 by Dittolino, when they would still number their releases in their early days. Copied from the 1970 Zerocks double LP of the same name, that premiered the “Royal Albert Hall 1966” (in reality, Manchester Free Trade Hall) material in the U.S. This material would subsequently be issued in different formats/compilations and by several different bootleg labels as it remained very popular.
Dylan Looking Back Zerocks
Dylan Looking Back b Zerocks
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3. Blind Boy Grunt
Dylan BB Grunt
Dylan B BB Grunt 1
“This LP was repackaged with various combinations of blank white, 1&2 , Dittolino Discs, and full printed labels.” [bobsboots.com]
Released by Dittolino ca. 1972/3, either copied from the BBG original or the TMOQ – PoPo title shown below. 
More info on the contents found here: http://www.punkhart.com/dylan/tapes/61-dec22.html
‘Linealogy’ for this release:
1971:  BBG LP Kindest Cut , matrix: RI 3145 / FIWN
Most of the time when this LP is described or pictured, there is only a title sticker on the front and a track list sticker for the back:
Dylan Kindest Cut sticker
Dylan Kindest Cut tlist
Dylan Kindest Cut lbl 2
However, I have since come across this image and it seems that the LP may have been subtitled Blind Boy Grunt from the start but either: a. this insert was only available for a limited time, b. most people lost it over time or c. this is a fake (however, as BBG is an abbreviation for the title in question we can probably rule that out):
Dylan Kindest Cut BBG
Dylan recorded under the pseudonym “Blind Boy Grunt” in sessions for Broadside magazine in 1962/3.
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September 1972: TMOQ + PoPo Productions issued this as Blind Boy Grunt – copied from the BBG release; Matrix: Blind Boy g    A / B [the lowercase ‘g’ easily mistaken for a ‘9’]
Dylan BB Grunt
Dittolini’s copy was just one of many, including this one by WCF/pre-Berkeley label, ca. 1971/2:
Dylan Kindest Cut
Dylan Kindest Cut lbl B wh
Above: Printed label of the WCF LP

 

This is post # 500 today. Good to see that I made it this far and kept at it, even when preparing a post can sometimes feel like a part-time job to the full time one I already have and I’d rather be lazy… so far the love for the music and the anticipation of what the next post will introduce me to has kept me going. Thanks for reading!

Oh, and by the way I’m open for guest submissions. If there is something you feel you can contribute, do let me know.

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Wings Fly South Wdrlnd

Wings Fly South Wdrlnd b

Wings Fly South Wdrlnd lbl

Side 1:    Venus And Mars/ Rock Show/ Jet/ Let Me Roll It/ Maybe I’m Amazed/ I’ve Just Seen A Face     
Side 2:    Blackbird/ Waltzing Matilda – Yesterday/ Listen To What The Man Said/ Call Me Back Again/ Letting Go/ Batman Theme     

Source: Melbourne Myer Music Bowl, first show on Thursday, 13 November 1975    Professionally filmed and recorded on 16-track tape. The show was also broadcast on Australian radio. “This broadcast serves as the source of the first disc of the 2LP set Fly South , in an edited form to remove the announcer’s comments (i.e. the introduction to ‘Venus And Mars’).

The second broadcast is of Japanese origin (station JO2R) and served as the source of the scarce Japanese bootleg  Rock Show ’75 [images a little further down]. Although it utilized the same mix, it was subjected to some unusual post-production and contains two additional tracks, ‘Band On The Run’ and ‘Hi Hi Hi’, as well as some segments which were edited out of the Australian broadcast (i.e. the introduction of ‘Venus and Mars’). However, it does lack the brief bit of guitar noodling (aka “Batman”) that prefaces ‘Band On The Run’ (which is found on Fly South). The post-production could best be termed “audience reaction” and was dubbed onto the soundtrack to mask edits in the tape and at points in the performance deemed appropriate by the producer. This LP served as the source for the Melbourne material on the three-discset Wings [WRMB 505]. Presumably this material was broadcast in Japan in hopes of taking the sting out of the recently cancelled performances at the Budokan.   [Eight ArmsTo Hold You, Madinger/Easter, p. 212]
Side 3:   The Long And Winding Road/ Yesterday/ Band On The Run/ Hi Hi Hi                                    Side 4:   My Love/ Blackbird/ “Paul Talks After The Concert”/ Letting Go/ “Paul Talks About Beatles Break Up And Possible Reunion”

Source: Perth, Entertainment Center – Saturday, 1 November 1974 (opening night of what was supposed to be Wings’ Australasia Tour) “Highlights of the Perth concert (7 songs) and contemporary interview bites first appeared on disc two of the 2LP set Fly South taken from a radio broadcast (“Concert Replay”) on Melbourne’s 3XY. The broadcast used a very good audience recording for ‘The Long And Winding Road’ and ‘My Love’, while ‘Yesterday’, ‘Band On The Run’, ‘Hi Hi Hi’, ‘Blackbird’ and ‘Letting Go’ all come from an inline source. [Eight ArmsTo Hold You, Madinger/Easter, p. 211]

As the b&w cover design already indicates, it was Berkely Records, who had borrowed the classic pig logo and produced this content-wise very attractive set (for the period and the few chances fans had of acquiring non-official concert recordings) in early 1976. John Wizardo must have come across a copy not long after and seeing the short run times for disc two decided to release it as a single album, while keeping the title. “The single disc version of Fly South omits ‘Ýesterday’, ‘Blackbird’ and ‘Letting Go’, according to Madinger/Easter in EATHY.

Wings Fly South mcv

Wings Fly South mcv lbl

I believe this is the last colored pressing Wizardo ever did.

Wings Fly South Old Glory

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Wings Rock Show '75 Jp

Wings Rock Show '75 Jp 2

Wings Rock Show '75 Jp b

Wings Rock Show '75 Jp lbl

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Wings Budokan 75 ad

Sadly, the only letting go anyone had to do was by the ticket holders of actually seeing the shows happen.

1975: Oops. maybe next time. … 1980: Ok, maybe next time for sure!

Wings Perth venue

Perth, Entertainment Center

Wings melbourne 75 2

We’ll call it the “drenched Kimono” tapes. The full Melbourne show can easily be found on Youtube, along with material covering Wings’ stop in Perth.