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Four years ago, when I compiled the CBM master lists, John Winn had sent me a list of missing titles and among them this entry, which left me puzzled, as I had never seen this even mentioned anywhere:

4450 – Falkoner Center, Copenhagen (Wings)

So, now that secret can be revealed. While this bootleg may have been issued in early 1976 and Wings did indeed play at the Falkoner Center in Copenhagen, Denmark that March, this is actually a Delaney and Bonnie concert from 10 December 1969 taken from a broadcast on Danish TV. It’s quite sneaky how Harrison’s and Clapton’s names dominate the art work here. At least Clapton sings one of the songs, George can be more ‘felt than heard’.

Matrix: WEC S-4450-A 8420

The auction closed at $83.

 

The following CBM titles were all produced around this time, as can easily be seen and what they have in common is that they are very rare indeed.

king-crimson-sympho-s

Collector’s comment: “How much rare? I’ve seen two copies in 34 years…

King Crimson Texas Hall SH

king-crimson-sympho-session

Collector’s comment: “…this item is absolutely an extreme rarity in KC bootlegraphy.”

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pink-floyd-copenhagen-l

Pink Floyd Intl Transmission

 

Both of these Pink Floyd releases have 5 stars for rarity on floydboots

CBM must have cut back to producing only 100 – 200 copies of each of these, even the new releases. I wonder if they “felt the heat” from the FBI during this time and decided to keep a low profile for a while by producing only very small runs. Anyone have any other ideas, please leave a comment.

Santana Live ColItem IISantana Live ColItemSantana Live ColItem III

Santana Live ColItem lbl

I believe this label might belong to the Japanese copy of this album shown here. It certainly differs from the clearer and stronger print in the image above it. Easily spotted is the difference between a laminated cover on the original and the wraparound large insert used on the copy.

Santana Live 104Santana Live 104 bSantana Live 104 detail

The artwork states: “This two-record set was professionally recorded at one of the finest concert halls in the nation. Eight microphones were utilized by the sound crew on stage to achieve the flawless quality of sound that is evident throughout the entire album. It captures the peaks of excitement and emotion that accompany a live Santana concert.”

Source: Soundboard recording recorded live at the Winterland, San Francisco, CA from one of these nights: December 18-21/1969

Santana Winterland 69

Side 1: Conquistadore Rides Again (5:40) / You Just Don’t Care (5:26) / Fried Neckbones And Some Home Fries (7:10)
Side 2: Waiting (6:14) / Treat (9:16) / Gumbo (4:25)
Side 3: Evil Ways (4:31) / Shades Of Time>Savor Jingo (14:50)
Side 4: Persuasion (3:00) / Soul Sacrifice PT 1 / Shrieve Solo / Soul Sacrifice PT 2 (15:24)

The back of the album mentions the song “Singing Winds, Crying Beasts”, which is not present here and would not come out until September of 1970 (on their second album Abraxas), which helps us date this bootleg to ca. 1971.

 

Owner review:

“The Side One and Two record in this two-LP had dozens of small pimples on the surfaces, and if you saw what the record looks like, you’d be amazed that it plays this well, though there are occasional low-pitched thumps due to the pressing imperfections.

“Fortunately, Side Three and Four are free from this problem, and you get a scorching soundboard by the Santana lineup heard on their debut album. The group plays the entirety of their first album, plus three unreleased selections (Instrumental Introduction, Gumbo and Fried Neckbones).”

 

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Selections were copied by CBM as # 3553 in 1972:

Santana Collectors Item 7

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A European bootleg on blue PVC under the title Singing Winds, Crying Beasts (KURLY 5006/7) is also supposed to exist. Does anyone have an image of it? I have found no trace of it – neither have I of Volume 2 that is supposed to exist for the CBM copy.

 

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Young N Collector's Item

Probably the first release of the Music hall Cincinnati, 25 February 1970 soundboard tape that I have already mentioned twice on this blog.

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Again, selections were copied by CBM as a single album in 1973 (as # 3940):

Young N & Crazy Horse 3

and from there onto GLC’s ‘YOUNG & OLD’ ca late 1974/early 1975: 

Young & Old 2

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Who LIVE! c.itemWho LIVE! c.item bWho LIVE! c.item detail

A very good audience recording of the middle of the set list at their show in Dayton, Ohio – 13 August 1971. As previously featured here.

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The Who Collector's Item 2The Who Collector's Item 3

Copied in early 1973 by CBM as # 3669 – and the most obvious copy of them all, right down to the original art work.

Due to the very good recording quality, the recording was copied again by Berkeley – first in their fold-out cover design – designing new covers in red and green but keeping the font – and later with a b&w deluxe cover.

The Who Collector's Item

K&S released it again in 1979.

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The original version was in a blue laminated jacket with blue labels with printed track listings [as shown above].  There are allegedly 500 pressed by someone in the Cincinnati area shortly after the concert.  I saw both this and Neil Young & Crazy Horse Collector’s Item in a record store in Muncie, Indiana in late October of 1971.  The originals were of better quality than the numerous later copies. ”

 

Were there any other releases by this “label”? I have never seen any. It would be nice to find out who was behind this ambitious project with an eye on quality releases in matching cover art.

I don’t think I have posted these yet. First released by Dub on TMOQ in February of 1973 late 1971 – as a companion piece to Crosby Nash’s “A VERY STONEY EVENING” – and subsequently copied by CBM on the East Coast after that.



The original:

Led Zep G T Cali 1stCrosby-Nash Stoney Evening 2

The copies:

Led Zep GTC 2

Led Zep G 2 Cali CBM 3713

Led Zep GTC

From http://www.argenteumastrum.com:

GOING TO CALIFORNIA
TRADE MARK OF QUALITY TMOQ 72004

Side 1: Immigrant Song (3:53)/ Heartbreaker medley incl. Bouree (7:38)/ Since I’ve Been Loving You (6:46)/ Out On The Tiles Intro-Black Dog (5:29)
Side 2: Dazed And Confused medley (20:58) incl. Back In The USA
Side 3: Stairway To Heaven (8:59)/ That’s The Way (6:06)/ Going To California (5:09)
Side 4: Whole Lotta Love medley (24:13) incl. Just A Little Bit, Boogie Chillun, Hello Mary Lou, My Baby Left Me, Mess O’ Blues, You Shook Me, The Lemon Song


Recording: Very good stereo audience. Source: Berkeley Community Theatre, Berkeley, California Sept. 14 ’71. Comments: US bootleg. Not from LA Forum. Available on colored vinyl with numbered labels. Also available on following US labels: Contraband Music CBM 3713, Raring and Mammary Productions. At last there are also another two TMOQ pressings. One with deluxe cover with depicting band on a flying pig and another with insert and colored vinyl. Rereleased on US label Box Top on colored vinyl. Part of THE FINAL OPTION and TRADE MARK OF QUALITY YEARS box sets.

 

We will revisit this recording when the blog takes on the TMOQ output – I have excellent images for the variations of this title.

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ZAP 7885: Archipelago / SIN CITY SOCIAL : K&S 001 – Updated ZAP image

Vicky Vinyl’s Mushroom Records Reissue Series – Part 1 – 3 images added for Led Zep’s Blueberry Hill + 1 for Neil Young

ZAP 7867: LED ZEPPELIN  ‘On Stage In Europe 1975’ / ‘EARLS COURT’ :LZL 19775 + I.M.P. 1107 – 3 images added

So far, Contraband is the only major bootleg label I have seen used recycled official album covers for packaging. They must have gotten these two – and only these two – for free/next to nothing and decided to use them for these reissues ca. 1975/6.

Two different covers can be identified. A cover with a male portrait shot wearing a Paisley pattern shirt or jacket, most likely by a Hispanic artist, listing an address in Spanish in Puerto Rico and one in Philadelphia; the word “Borincanas” appears in the lower part of the front cover – a nickname for a person from Puerto Rico:

Led Zep oBHLed Zep oBH bLed Zep oBH b detail

Pink Floyd Europe 74 RE

 

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Led Zep G to Cali re

Beatles First US Performance 80s

Update: 29 April 2016: I was in a local small record store today and given access to a “secret back room” with higher priced originals and bootlegs, after expressing interest in first pressings. Well, among other things, here is what I came upon:

CBM cover up 004

Almost always, the insert has been glued on and cannot be removed without damage but as luck would have it, this one was loose and here is the cover CBM used in all its unobstructed glory:

CBM cover up 001

 

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The second cover:

Beatles Supertrax one KK 2

Beatles Supertrax one KK

Beatles Studio Sessions Two

Beatles liE&us tv re

Beatles liE&us tv re b

Santana Collectors Item 7Allman Brothers SB Blues

Allman Brothers S Blues

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After some research I was able to identify this album. due to the fact that just like the method used for identifying a pasted over Beatles Butcher Cover – there was ‘bleed through’ of a large black ink surface, in this case even letters spelling out the name of the artist – Jackpot!

This is a 1960’s LP called Bobby King Presents Stars In Revue

Bobby King

Trower Robin Denver 2

Side 1: The Fool And Me/ Twice Removed From Yesterday/ I Can’t wait Much Longer/ Daydream

Side 2: Man Of The World/ I Can’t Stand It/ Little Bit Of Sympathy

Supposedly from an FM broadcast from Denver, CO, yet only achieving a “satisfactory mono” sound rating. The only 1973 radio broadcasts I have found (and judging by the set list the year is correct; Robin touring following the release of his first solo album Twice Removed from Yesterday) are the following two:

Robin Trower
1973
Record Plant
Sausalito, CA
KSAN FM

1- The Fool and Me
2- Twice Removed From Yesterday
3- Lady Love
4- Daydream
5- Day of the Eagle
6- I Can’t Wait Much Longer
7- Man of the World
8- Sinner’s Song
9- A Little Bit of Sympathy
10- Tom Donohue Outro>KSAN commercial……

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ROBIN TROWER
1973-11-02
Richard’s Niteclub
Atlanta, Georgia

Incomplete FM Broadcast; Setlist

1. THE FOOL AND ME
2. TWICE REMOVED FROM YESTERDAY
3. LADY LOVE
4. DAYDREAM
5. ANOTHER DAY ANOTHER NIGHT
6. I CAN’T WAIT MUCH LONGER
7. MAN OF THE WORLD
8. SINNER’S SONG
9. A LITTLE BIT OF SYMPATHY
10. ROCK ME BABY(cuts off)

Musicians;

ROBIN TROWER- Guitars
JAMES DEWAR- Bass/Vocals
REG ISADORE- Drums

I wanted to end this series by pointing out the good stuff we are left with, thanks to CBM. So, here we go:

– Producing a superior sounding version of “The Great Rock’n Roll Circus” tracks (compared to TMoQ) on ‘BRITISH BLUE JAM’ CBM 3426

– First release of the Rolling Stones in Charlotte, NC and Norfolk, VA 1972 audience sources (Norfolk: “generally considered to be the best audience recording of the Rolling Stones 1972 US Tour“: ‘GOIN’ BACK TO THE ROOTS’ AMERICAN TOUR – JULY 1972′ ); as well as recordings made in North Carolina by Elton John and Jethro Tull (‘ticketro/n)

Excellent 1971 Neil Young show on ‘rocky mountain review’

mccartney & WINGS ‘BELGIUM 1972′ still core for some of the in-between song stage banter

– CBM were the first to release the Beatles Melbourne 17 June 1964; 6:00 pm show, sourced from a radio broadcast; core release until 1996 (see ‘LIVE IN MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA JULY 16, 1964′)

I have to include the legendary PINK FLOYD ‘LIVE AT POMPEII’ 1/2 LPs double here

Original release of Led Zeppelin in Detroit 1975 on ‘DETROIT – JUST ABOUT BACK’

First to release the best sounding source from George Harrison’s 1974 dates – Ft Worth – on more from the tour, as well as the only release to find three tracks from the Atlanta show and first release of material from the final performance of the tour in NY (EXCERPTS FROM THREE MAJOR CONCERTS)

PINK FLOYD ‘TAMPA’ (1973)

Upgrading their Beatles live in Washington ’64 recording from audience recording at a film screening to copy of kinescope soundtrack (see THE BEATLES ‘FIRST UNITED STATES PERFORMANCE’ / ‘LIVE IN WASHINGTON D.C.’ / ‘On Stage in Melbourne Australia and Washington D.C.’ WRMB 314 / ‘FIRST U.S. PERFORMANCE’ :WRMB 360)

Releasing a superior version of Wings’ 1973 Edinburgh concert – see PAUL McCARTNEY (and WINGS) ‘scotland – 73′ :IA 1030 / ‘in scotland’

– “among the very best King Crimson audience tapes(Arlington, TX 1973) released across several titles (and winning silver for sound quality, sandwiched between Flat Records (gold) & Wizardo) – see ‘Arlington Texas’ / ‘Live In Texas’ / ‘Texas Hall’ / ‘SYMPHO SESSION’ vs. ‘Groon’ :WRMB 338 vs ‘SENABULAR’ :Flat 8221 8

First to release an unreleased Beatles song in November of 1972 on ‘the never released MARY JANE’, followed up by the debut of the (fake) Beatles outtake “PEACE OF MIND” on the bootleg with the same title in spring of 1973

Releasing some BBC tracks from the Beatles Story 1972 radio series for the first time on titles such as ‘HAVE YOU HEARD THE WORD’

– First to release from off air recordings of the Beatles’ 1964 UK TV appearances on Val Parnell’s Sunday Sunday Night At The London Palladium, Big Night Out (‘SUNDAY NIGHT AT THE LONDON PALLADIUM’), Around The Beatles (on ‘CINELOGUE SIX’) and 1965’s Blackpool Night Out (on ‘STOCKHOLM’, which also has four songs from their 1963 Drop In TV appearance, “one of their most exciting television performances”)

First to release the Beatles’ Paris 1965 afternoon and evening shows from the video soundtrack (on Paris Sports Palais* & LIVE Paris Olympia – see The Beatles at the Paris Palais des Sports – 1965). * still the only source for the complete song introductions

The same goes for the inclusion of the Beatles on Swedish radio in 1963 tape on ‘SWEDEN 1963′, often cited as John Lennon’s favorite Beatles live recording (this bootleg also deserves mention for the first release of the Beatles From Us To You # 2 BBC radio special – the only program to survive on a transcription disc)

First release of Dylan’s ‘THE GASLIGHT TAPES’  & his first appearance on a concert stage in 1962 (the latter on friends of chile (Forest Hills 1965))

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s Denver 1974 show from their reunion tour can only be found on CBM’s 2 LP ‘Reunion Concert – July 25, 1974′

First release of the Rolling Stones Hyde Park 1969 audience source on ‘HYDE PARK JULY 1969′

– The excellent ‘COMING HOME’ and ‘a bit more’ Neil Young live in 1973 companion LPs (another recording made at The Scope in Norfolk, VA)

A very fine “BBC ZEP” release

Presenting Duane Allmann’s last live performance with the Allman Brothers on ‘statesboro blues’

First to release tapes of John Lennon’s benefit appearances in Ann Arbor, MI in 1971 and at Madison Square Gardens in NY a year later on one / one in 1973 (see John Lennon – One To One Concerts at Madison Square Garden, New York)

Original release of Yes live in Tampa, FL in 1973 on ‘YES … INDEED’

Bettering TMoQs version of the ‘JAMES PAUL McCARTNEY’ TV special with their own version

Presenting a complete Bob Dylan / The Band live 1974 show over 6 album sides on BOB DYLAN/THE BAND / the band ‘down south’

Excellent sounding release of Wings’ first 1976 North American appearance on ‘FIRST AMERICAN CONCERT’ 2LP + ‘FORT WORTH SEATTLE’

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In the course of listing all Contraband releases (or at least most of them), I did find out who was the main person behind the label, a fact not widely known even today; it turns out he really did go to law school while producing bootlegs.

 

 

Pink Floyd, recorded at Musikhalle Hamburg on Thursday, 25 February 1971

Sources 1: German original bootleg – M-502 copy – CBM release a. (Hamburger) – CBM reissue (Music Halle)

Pink Floyd Music Halle

Pink Floyd Music Halle 2

Pink Floyd Arab cover

Pink Floyd Live In Germany red stamp

The “Arab Family” insert. Extremely rare double LP, part of the 2LP reissues that Contraband is known for. A copy sold for over $1000 in 2004. Only ever seen with red pirate labels. This release has many ”ancestors” that I will try to add one by one.

Matrix: PF47094 A/D

Side 1: Green is the Color/ Careful with that Axe, Eugene/ Cymbaline                                                  Side 2: Embryo/ Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun                                                                        Side 3: A Saucerful of Secrets                                                                                                                              Side 4: Atom Heart Mother suite

Quality rating: Good stereo on floydboots.com, where it says “A re-release of Hamburger from the same plates”, which is an “Excellent stereo” rated title.

Pink Floyd Live in Germany 1970

Pink Floyd Live in Germany 1970 2

Below: Rare alternate insert

Pink Floyd live in germany

Matrix: PF-47094 A/D

Other label variations:

A copy of:

Pink Floyd M-502

Matrix / Runout: -M-502-1-
    Matrix / Runout: -M-50 2-2-
    Matrix / Runout: -M-502-3-
    Matrix / Runout: -M-502-4-

German copy of original release. Much easier to locate than an original copy, so that “M-502” has been adopted as the name for the original 2 LP set.

Can be recognized by:  – Cover not laminated; front cover says “Pink Floyd” or “Pink Floyd Live”, lesser print & audio quality (distortion in louder passages); back cover may have track list using two different types of fonts.

First up, the more common version:

Pink Floyd M 502 b a

This is the rarer version:

Pink Floyd M 502 b b

Used label variations – the yellow one is most common – missing is white with silver text:

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The mega-rare original:

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Pink Floyd 1,2,3,4

Pink Floyd 1,2,3,4 inner

Matrix: The numbers 1 to 4 on each side

Can be recognized by:  – Laminated cover; no writing on front or back; track listing on inside panels; thin paper quality.

Found labels (some copies had none):

Pink Floyd 1,2,3,4 lbl a

Pink Floyd 1,2,3,4 lbl b

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US/UK TMoQ copies: 1. Embrwo

Pink Floyd Embrwo 1

Pink Floyd Embrwo 2

Pink Floyd Embrwo 4

Pink Floyd Embrwo 3

The story behind this release goes like this: In late 1972 a copy of “M-502” had found its way to Britain and a bootleg dealer/distributor, who would leave his mark on the insert of a UK produced version of the TMoQ Rolling Stones bootleg Beautiful Delilah : Freddy Stomper “The Marked Hand”. Freddy did not only want to sell albums made by others, he wanted to sell his own product.

Shown here: A UK “Freddie” pressing of a Rolling Stones title:

Rolling Stones Beaut. D Freddy St UK

However, finding a pressing plant that would accept a ‘vinyl for cash’ after hours job with no questions asked and information passed on proved basically impossible back then, so Freddy decided to use his contacts in California, have the records pressed there and imported without covers, so customs would not be tipped off right away.

The discs carried the 1 to 4 large number labels TMoQ were using at that time and came in green, blue and bright red. The cardboard used on these is significantly thinner than the common US plain white sleeves. Freddy also ordered his own title stamps and I believe that this title ended up with the misspelling as his handwriting on the stamp order form must have been less than perfect. A small pink insert was pasted onto the rear as shown above. On this insert, the double LP is called “Embryo”, showing that the misspelling had not been made on purpose.

All known copies were bought in the UK. Not many were made and many of them were confiscated by the British Phonographic Industry when Richard Branson’s Virgin Records store at 24 Oxford Street in London was raided for selling bootlegs in March of 1973. 

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Next up: “Wizardo Rekords” is born and learns the art of recycling.

“Some interesting facts for you about this release. I personally had something to do with the original American vinyl release of this show (as 2 LPs: Take Linda Surfin’ and The Miracle Muffler). This show was originally released in Germany, and the CD cover art that comes with this torrent is copied from the original German release, which had a fold-out double-LP cover. It was pressed with high quality vinyl, and was an excellent product all around.

At the time a group of us were heavy bootleg collectors in Los Angeles. We met a distributor who often imported European bootlegs. He said he had some original metal stampers for an unknown Pink Floyd bootleg which he offered to sell us. He was evasive about where he’d gotten them. He had no idea which Pink Floyd show it was, only that it was Pink Floyd. As a diehard Floyd fan, I bought them.

The stampers were very heavy-duty. Whereas American-made stampers were fairly thin and could be bent in your hands, these German ones were solid stainless steel and weighed several pounds each [These might have been the Embrwo stampers, I am not sold that they were the German M-502 stampers, see the matrix comparison below proving this].

Then we (I won’t disclose who the other people were) found a pressing plant in LA, Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs, which specialized in, among other things, making reference copies of LPs (i.e. the very highest quality pressings) [from Mofi’s website: “In 1977, he founded the renowned audiophile label Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab.” Obviously, these bootlegs were made around 1972, early 1973 at the latest, so this person is mistaken]. They were not a known bootleg maker, which was one reason we chose them. Had we gone to pressing plants in west LA which were known for making bootlegs, it was likely our stampers would have been stolen or “broken” by the established bootleggers. This had happened to a friend of ours.

We decided to go all out and make the highest quality pressing, to distinguish our product from the lower-quality vinyl on the market (all that colored vinyl stuff looked nice, but didn’t stand up to wear). We paid a premium to use the highest quality vinyl that was used for reference discs [I doubt that MoFi used multicolored vinyl]. We told the pressing plant that it was our band. They were suspicious, and asked us what kind of music it was. We fudged it and made up some stories. Remember, we didn’t even know which concert this was, whether it was AHM or something earlier.

When we showed up to pick up the discs, the managers took us aside in another room and said “Are you telling the truth that this is your band?” We confirmed that it was. Luckily these guys were obviously not into trippy psyched-out English bands, because they told us they’d all listened to the records to determine whether we were making bootlegs. None of them recognized the music! So we got away with it. This was around 1972. “Meddle” had recently come out, so it was pre-Dark Side and thus Pink Floyd was still somewhat lesser-known in America.

Of course I figured out the setlists, but we still didn’t know the actual source of the show. We hadn’t put 2 and 2 together regarding the German bootleg. When we asked the guy who’d sold us the stampers, he said he thought the show was from London. So that’s what we put on the covers [only TLS says “London concert” (see below), MM mentions “Hamburg, Germany” – so does this mean that TLS came out first?]. A graphic artist friend of ours designed the covers. It was another bootlegger who pointed out to us a couple years later about our mistake. When we compared the matrix numbers, we knew he was right.

Pink Floyd Take Linda Surfing fold over insert

Above: The “folded over” insert part for Take Linda Surfin’ mentioning “London concert” in the line above the track listing

Pink Floyd Miracle Muffler b

Above: Equivalent part of the insert flap for Miracle Muffler

Thus, Take Linda Surfin and The Miracle Muffler are from the identical stampers as the original European release. We later sold the stampers to another large-scale bootlegger. Wish I’d kept them as souvenirs.

It’s no wonder that the later CD remasters of these shows have no surface noise. The European pressings were good quality vinyl, while ours were the best quality available anywhere. Even after dozens of playings, it was rare to hear a pop on our versions. [I do not believe that these US versions sound better than the original German 1, 2, 3, 4 version. floydboots.com does not even rate them on the same level as “M-502” ]

As an aside, we put huge effort through our connections throughout the bootleg community around the world to find the maker of the German original, mainly because we wanted to find out if he had any other tapes. We couldn’t trace him. As far as I know, no one has ever discovered the original source tapes of this show.

I sold my entire bootleg vinyl collection years ago, and forgot to keep even a single copy of the original Take Linda Surfin and Miracle Muffler. So it’s cool, and nostalgic, to hear this again. Still my favorite Pink Floyd boot of all time.” [post made on a torrent site for live recordings]

Matrix comparison of side 3 of the double sets / side 1 on TLS:

Original “open legs” 2 LP: ‘3’

M-502 copy:                          -M-502-3-

Embrwo:                               PF RECORD – 3

Take Linda Surfin’:             PF RECORD – 3

Pink Floyd Take Linda Surfing mcv 2

Printed labels that look hand drawn, a specialty Wizardo would retain for their ‘dog & cat’ and ‘Old Glory’ labels.

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Pink Floyd Take Linda Surfing mcv 3

Pink Floyd Take Linda Surfing mcv

Has any LP ever resembled a pizza more (in this case “Hawaii”)?

Hot Wacks wrote:First pressing consisted of only 300 copies. Second on black only. Third & fourth on CV.” So, what color was the first pressing? 

Jan & Dean Take Linda Surfin'

Wizardo’s album title inspiration.

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Pink Floyd Miracle Muffler red 1

Pink Floyd Miracle Muffler lbl 1

Pink Floyd Miracle Muffler red 2

Pink Floyd Miracle Muffler lbl 2

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The “Atom Heart Mother” Tour started in the summer of 1970 with festival appearances in Europe (Kralingen and Aachen), before starting the tour proper in North America in late September. Beginning of November saw the band start the European leg of their tour with gigs in Holland, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, Germany, France and the UK.

pink floyd Hannover 1970

Pink Floyd had already played to 4,000 at the barn-like Ernst-Merck Halle on 14 November ’70, nevertheless another return to the city by the North Sea was booked for 25 February, during leg two of the Europe tour. First planned for the Hamburger Staatsoper but had to be moved to the Musikhalle “proven ground for pop shows” as the equipment set up time could not be guaranteed at the opera house. Tickets were rather expensive as the band reportedly asked for a fee “close to DM 50,000”. A local concert promoter was quoted as stating rather bluntly “I don’t understand why this has to be so idiotically expensive”.

1971-02-25-Hamburg

Pink Floyd Hamburg 71 d

Pink Floyd Hamburg 71 c

1971-02-26_Offenbach

Ticket for next day’s show in Offenbach, note the price difference.