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(Thanks to Vinny for the images of his copy)

7 FEBRUARY 1975 – MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY, NY (FRIDAY, 8pm)

Side 1: Rock And Roll [ 3:31 – cut ] >> Sick Again [ 4:36 ], Over The Hills And Far Away [ 6:08 ], In My Time Of Dying [ 9:39 ]      Side 2: The Song Remains The Same [ 5:12 ] >> The Rain Song [ 7:36 ], Kashmir [ 7:52 ], [ cut ], Trampled Underfoot [ 5:57 – cut ]  Side 3: Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..) [ 25:25 – cut ]  Side 4: Stairway To Heaven [ 9:59 – cut ], [ cut ], Whole Lotta Love [ 1:04 – cut ] >> Out On The Tiles Intro [ 0:10 ] >> Black Dog      [ 5:06 ], [ cut ], Heartbreaker [ 6:09 ]

argenteumastrum.com states that this is the same source as used on Wizardo’s Plant Waves (WRMB 337) for the four New York ’75 tracks “In My Time Of Dying”, “Trampled Under Foot”, “Whole Lotta Love/ Out On The Tiles Intro-Black Dog” and “Heartbreaker“.

They continue their review with: “Incomplete good to very good 1st audience recording. 107 minutes.
The recording itself lacks dynamics a bit, with all the instruments clearly recognizable, and sounds very similar to the video fragment. What’s more interesting, the recording is not distorted or overloaded; the issue is hiss, which is very prominent.

Robert Godwin – The Illustrated Collector’s Guide (Revised) 1987 p. 391 – 393
Deluxe blue & black cover, Cream of The Crop labels, Good Stereo, Matrix LZ 1-4, “This is very rare” “Not really too bad a recording”

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Extremely rare, although if you must have a copy, you are in luck one is currently offered for 1000 Euros on the internet.

I corresponded with the label boss and he claimed 1000 copies were pressed. This turns up so rarely that I would say only a few hundred were ever released.

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Side 1: Cops & Robbers (3:38) (recorded 19 March 1964 for the BBC, taken from a rebroadcast in “The Rolling Stones Story”, BBC Radio 1, April, 1973 which served as the source for many other vinyl boots from the era as well                                                                                                                       Memphis Tennessee (2:18)  (recorded for BBC’s “SATURDAY CLUB”, taken from same rebroadcast date)                                                                                                                                                    Roll Over Beethoven (2:12)  (same as above)                                                                                          Fanny Mae (2:06)  (^ recorded 20 August 1965 for the BBC, taken from a rebroadcast in “The Rolling Stones Story”, BBC Radio 21, April, 1973)                                                                                           Let It Rock (2:32)                                                                                                                                                       Love In Vain (5:52)  
Side 2: Till The Next Time (4:34)/ It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (3:24)/ Ain’t Too Proud To Beg (3:45) (soundtrack for promo films shown on “Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert”, 19 October, 1974, suffering from audible hiss)                                                                                                                              All Down The Line (4:00)/ Bye Bye Johnny (2:55)

Sound quality is listed as good and satisfactory stereo in Hot Wacks.

I would like to continue by presenting some rarer releases. First up, a look at the ‘Cream of the Crop’ label.

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Cream of the Crop Records were run out of Chapel Hill, NC, also home of the Pied Piper catalogue many of us remember:

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I only found three bootleg releases for Cream of the Crop, I differentiate between bootleg and official releases here, as they released at least one official album as well, an album called Store Bought by The Blazers that came out in 1977 (# 7956).

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Dylan Nashville Sunset + pbl

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Image shot at 1974 Chicago Stadium show

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Year of release: 1975  – Matrix:   BD #1 / BD #2  340

Source: Dylan/Cash sessions from 16 & 17 February 1969 at CBS studios, Nashville. This was the first release of this material. LP is rated as “a very rare piece” on bobsboots.com, as well as “7 stars” for quality.

However, it would be improved upon by the better sounding Dutch bootleg The Dylan Cash Session just a few weeks later (“pressed from a very clean sounding tape source. It includes the track ‘Blue Yodel # 4’ not found on the former, but deletes ‘T for Texas’ “).

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Originals have a laminated cover and blank labels.

In 1977, Vicki Vinyl copied the Cream of the Crop LP and reissued it on her Dragonfly label, with the cover of the Dutch original (causing a track list/LP content mismatch due to the two track difference described above). It also exists with Ruthless Rhymes labels, as many Dragonfly labeled releases do.

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bobsboots.com comments on the Dragonfly version: “The sound quality is inferior to the original. It uses the same basic cover, however, as the original Dutch version of the same name. The only cover difference is that the image on this front cover is slightly larger and much darker than the original.”

When this title was reissued again “from the press of GLC and TMOQ” the Dutch LP was used again as the original “pressed on all new master plates.”:

1979: On black and white floral design labels with a ‘I’ & ‘II’ designating each corresponding side.

1983: With a 10×12 insert and a purple smoking pig label.

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1984: As LXXXIV Series # 34. The cover is a plain white jacket with a 10×12 insert of a photo of Dylan backstage in 1964 and the smoking pig logo. The back is stamped “ltd-100” with an individual number 1-100. The virgin vinyl is translucent green, pink, or splatter vinyl.

Dylan Cash Session

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From wikipedia: “Sometime during that session, country legend Johnny Cash stopped by to visit. A friend and label-mate of Dylan’s as well as an early supporter of his music, Cash had been recording next door with his own band. The two wound up recording a series of duets, covering Dylan’s “One Too Many Mornings” and “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” as well as Cash’s own “I Still Miss Someone”. None of these were deemed usable, but Cash returned the following day to record more duets.

The session on February 18 was devoted exclusively to duet covers with Cash. “One Too Many Mornings” and “I Still Miss Someone” were revisited, and rejected yet again. “Matchbox”, “That’s All Right Mama”, “Mystery Train”, “Big River”, “I Walk the Line”, and “Guess Things Happen That Way” — all made famous by celebrated Sun recordings performed by Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, and Cash himself — were all attempted on February 18, but none of these were deemed usable. Covers of Jimmie Rodgers’ “Blue Yodel #1” and “#5” [missing on the Cream of The Crop LP], Cash’s “Ring of Fire” (written by his wife, June Carter, as well as Merle Kilgore), “You Are My Sunshine”, “Good Old Mountain Dew”, the traditional ballad “Careless Love”, the traditional hymn “Just a Closer Walk with Thee”, “Five Feet High and Rising”, and “Wanted Man” (a song written by Dylan specifically for Cash) were also attempted, but all were rejected. There was little enthusiasm for any of these tracks, but one duet of Dylan’s, “Girl from the North Country” (which originally appeared on The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan), was ultimately sequenced as the album’s opener.”