Harrison, George



Released ca. early 1973, unless WCF’s 40XX series, which includes recordings taped in the fall of 1972, was issued with month-long gaps between them.

From the description on, we know that WCF reissued this album as part of their folder-type cover series ca. 1974 but I have yet to find an image of this: “It has a folder type wrap-around sleeve with a black and green, or green and white cartoon insert of Harrison.”

The material is identical with the FRT BRK 1001 version. Considering how WCF was mainly a copy label, I feel it’s justified to claim that this version shown here came first.



HOT WACKS has contradicted itself for year in these two listings saying Bang Records 4022 contains excerpts from the second (evening) show) while claiming FRT BRK1001 is from the “afternoon concert, not evening from which Apple LP’s were made.”

Eight Arms To Hold You  confirms that this and The Greatest Show On Earth (Share Records GH-6699), later copied by CBM (or the other way around) as Madison Square Garden August 1, 1971 and issued in several different variations – stamped cover, insert, with Carnaby, Instant Analysis or blank labels (matrix: SAD 1 / 2) – do indeed come from the evening show.


All performances on the official double album were taken from the evening show, with the exception of “Wah Wah” (compiled from afternoon & evening show), “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and Leon Russell’s medley, which were entirely taken from the afternoon multi-track tapes. That means The Greatest Show On Earth and the CBM issues remain core for WMGGW, while FRT BRK 1001 and the WCF copy are core for Leon Russell’s medley as well.

However, sine the audio quality for both masters seems to be rather challenging – “Satisfactory mono, a lot of crowd noise”and “Poor mono” for FRT BRK 1001/WCF 4022, this is for hardcore collectors only.

Track list for the two versions:

FRT BRK 1001 & WCF 4022 A/B:

A1 My Sweet Lord
A2 It Ain’t Easy
A3 Beware Of Darkness
A4 While My Guitar Gently Weeps
A5 Jumpin’ Jack Flash Medley
B1 That’s The Way God Planned It
B2 Mr Tambourine Man
B3 Just Like A Woman
B4 Something
B5 Bangla Desh

The Greatest Show On Earth & CBM issues:

A1 My Sweet Lord  4:12
A2 Beware Of Darkness  3:22
A3 While My Guitar Gently Weeps  4:20
A4 Here Comes The Sun  2:38
A5 Something  2:58
A6 Bangla Desh  4:14
B1 A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall  5:27
B2 It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry  2:58
B3 Blowin’ In The Wind  3:38
B4 Mr. Tambourine Man  4:07
B5 Just Like A Woman  4:38


JPG + R In The 1970s

JPG + R In The 1970s b

USA: 2ns half of 1980

Another basically pirate release following the similar in concept Down And Out?

Side 1:

  • Interview / Bip Bop / Lucille (excerpts only) – Wings’ rehearsal before their first ever tour, Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, early February ’72. Taken from the Wings Over The World TV special, broadcast 16 March 1979
    Lucille is from the first Wings rehearsal at the Institute Of Contemporary Arts, London in February 1972.
  • Little Woman Love – B-side of Mary Had A Little Lamb
  • John Lennon interview about New York – ?
  • Angel Baby – from the withdrawn Roots album
  • Bangla Desh Press Conference / Speech / If Not For You (Rehearsal) – the first few minutes of the Concert For Bangla Desh film
  • Deep Blue – B-side of the Bangla Desh 45
  • Ringo interview about the Nashville recording sessions 1970
  • Coochy Coochy – B-side of the Beaucoups Of Blues 45
  • Interview Paul McCartney about touring Europe in 1972
  • The Mess – B-side of the My Love 45
  • “Good Bye Joel” – described as a “very weird montage of sounds (and pretty funny!)”, another Melvin message aimed at (“Paul-is-dead” theorist) Joel Glazier

Side 2:

  • Interview – Blow Away with George voice-over, discussing the Beatles
  • Miss O’Dell – B-side of the Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth) 45
  • Grammy Awards John Lennon, Andy Williams, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel on Grammy Awards Show, L.A., March 1, 1975  [finally something new (and not copied from an official or TV source!)]
  • Move Over Ms. L. – B-side of JL’s Stand By Me 45
  • Give Ireland Back To The Irish / Interview – rehearsal in the McCartney home filmed by ABC News, 7 March 1972. Excerpts from this were also used on a late night US TV special hosted by David Frost:  A Salute To The Beatles: Once Upon A Time – which aired May 21st, 1975, which became Melvin Records’ source.

  • Oh Woman, Oh Why – the promo version pirated (has crackle and some skips), despite what the back cover states, the amount of gun shots is exactly the same compared with the official version: seven.
  • Ringo interview about the Blindman movie
  • Blindman – B-side of the Back Off Boogaloo 45
  • Now Hear This – The third piano intro from Paul’s Brung To Ewe By promo LP for the Ram album
  • Zoo Gang – B-side of Band On The Run and theme of a British television show by the same name about a band of French resistance fighters, This track would not see an official US release until 1988.
  • John interview about a possible Beatles reunion – ?
  • Be My Baby – from the withdrawn Roots album


I do remember when I owned this album that side 2 ended with the sped up recording of Melvin Records denying they had anything with the Wings Over Wembley double album.



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.


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

King Crimson Texas Hall SH


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



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.

The auction takes place on 17 May at Julien’s Auctions.

Dylan 75 Toronto reel“A Super 8mm color film with magnetic sound, featuring Bob Dylan performing live on stage at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto on December 1, 1975. Also includes 24 vintage color photographs taken during a concert at the same venue on October 29, 1981, as well as an original ticket stub for the event and audio recordings of the same 1981 performance recorded on two vintage “Realistic Gold-90” cassette tapes, accompanied by digitized versions of the audio recordings on CD.

NOTE: The consignor is transferring all copyrights connected with this material. While the seller confirms that this property is sold with copyright, Julien’s cannot accept liability in relation to any matters arising as a result of any imperfection in copyright given.”

I am pretty sure Dylan’s legal team would have no problems challenging any commercial use of this material. Minimum bid is $1,500.




Dylan Toronto 78 tapes

These don’t look like quality tapes to me. On the other hand, the seller has already done the transfer to digital. However, not knowing what equipment was used, I would prefer to do my own.

Dylan Toronto 78 package

“A Super 8mm film with magnetic sound, featuring Bob Dylan performing on stage live at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, October 12, 1978. Also includes 10 vintage color photographs taken during the same show, as well as audio recordings of the concert recorded on two vintage Realistic C-90 cassette tapes, accompanied by digitized versions of the audio recordings on CD. ” Plus same copyright notice.

Minimum bid is a staggering $2,500 and one bid has already been submitted. In 1990, this concert was bootlegged on the CD I Was Young When I Left Home and had this to say: “This audience recording captures the entire show in proper order. Bob puts a lot of effort and passion into the performance. Some tunes have been altered. The 8 minute version of Tangled Up In Blue is dream-like magic. The Street Legal material is fresh and powerful. On the other hand, the sound quality is only “good” … not great. While the vocals/music mix is fairly good, it has a very ‘mid-range’ overall sound that some find annoying. If you enjoy the ’78 material, this piece is highly recommended, as it is performed so well. If you can only enjoy the best soundboard quality… stay away.  

Perhaps the tape offered here is an alternate source and an upgrade but I certainly wouldn’t put any money on that. Both items sold by the person from Ontario or thereabouts, is my obvious guess.



Off topic [and I have to admit, for me any excuse will do to feature a couple of rarely seen images of the Beatles performing]:

The most amazing item offered as part of this auction is George’s 1962 Rickenbacker 425 (serial number BH 439), purchased for $400 when he visited his sister in Illinois in September of 1963. Minimum bid: $400,000 and four bids already in.


The guitar, possibly photographed on stage for the first time, at Pavillion Gardens in Buxton on 19 October ’63 … look how close the audience is – just asking for a stage invasion.

Beatles Sheffield 63

Beatles George Rickky

Beatles George Rickky 2

The re-painted (it used to be ‘Fireglo’ red; ) Rickenbacker in action during the Beatles’s Swedish tour, late October 1963. It may have been retired as a concert guitar right after this as all photos show George playing his walnut finish 1962 Gretsch 6122 Country Gentleman. Update – February ’17: It was not retired after all: A clip has appeared on YouTube, titled The Beatles at The Regent Theatre in Ipswich., UK on Halloween 1964 and John (!) can clearly be seen playing it.


Beatles Ricky 63

Read all about this guitar here:


*** UPDATE: The guitar achieved a high bid of $657,000 ***



Last sealed copy on the planet, I’d say. Sealed in 1975 1976 – this is a second pressing – but looks surprisingly fresh.

Seller wrote: “Background on this album – we found two of these in a collection of about 18k records – most from the 60’s thru 80’s – of my wife’s uncle.  We live in the Vancouver area and believe both albums belonged to my wife’s Uncles. We know as brother’s (one 23 the other 17 – both hippies) with two friends they traveled to Seattle to watch George live.” So, both brothers found and bought the bootleg in 1975 after attending the concert and then kept them sealed among their ever growing collection.

I need to update the original listing for this. We know there were two versions, the 1 LP version, which only has some of the Seattle tracks and this one. The first 100 were numbered on the back, as shown here below:

Harrison 1974 detail

Harrison 1974 1 LP

The 1 LP version that sold for $1225 in September. I guess the seller already owned the double album. No back insert (did they have any?) and in VG+ shape around the edges.

It also seems that the “producers” were unsure what to call the album, as “Cry For A Shadow” appears prominently on the cover of the single LP version but only on the back insert of the second pressing.


Harrison bootleg collection

The 2 LP version as part of a Japanese Harrison bootleg vinyl collection.


I have a few questions here (with updates from March of 2015):

Were the single disc and the double LP released at the same time? – Answered: Apparently no. The numbered double LP came first (with no mention of “Cry For A Shadow”) followed by unnumbered version of a Seattle only single LP and a repressing of the double with that new sub-title.

Was there a run of 100 first pressings for the single LPs as well?- Answered: Apparently no.

And was there a second pressing for the single LP version as well? – Answered: There seems to have only been one pressing for the single LP, produced for the first West Coast Beatles Convention in July of 1976.

Hot Wacks wrote that the “second pressing of this double set was only 100 copies”, yet these do not seem to be numbered. Did they mix that up with the first pressing?

What are the total numbers in existence?

Were there only two pressings? – Answered: The answer seems to be ‘yes’.

  1. Master # 1: A. Contraband label version titled MADISON SQUARE GARDEN AUGUST 1, 1971:

USA: East Coast, ca. 1972, identical master to The Greatest Show On Earth (Share Records GH 6699), I do not know which version came first.

Variations shown:

  • Stamped cover, no insert
  • inserts in various colors
  • back stamp track list found on one of the insert versions
  • Carnaby Records, yellow CBM & blank white labels

Later reissued ca. 1974/5 with Instant Analysis labels and their bare bones slip sheet design:

Harrison bangla desh

Source: Evening performance at Madison Square Garden on 1 August 1971; Matrix  SAD 1/2 

Side 1: My Sweet Lord/ Beware of Darkness/ My Guitar Gently Weeps/ Here Comes The Sun/ Something/ Bangla Desh

Side 2: A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall/ It Takes A Lot To Laugh/ Blowin’ In The Wind/ Mr. Tambourine Man/ Just Like A Woman

Quality Comments: “Satisfactory mono, a lot of crowd noise.”; “It is a mediocre audience recording.”


2. Master # 1: B. The Share Records version:

Greatest Show On Earth

Greatest Show On Earth lbl


3. Master # 2: A. The FRT BRK 1001 Release


Copies with yellow labels exist as well: “This ‘version two’ Bangla Desh concert LP was issued in 1971 by FRT Records. The plain white sleeve carried a black on white insert with small, unflattering cartoon drawings of the artists. Black vinyl. The labels are either blank blue (some were stamped “SIDE A”, “SIDE B” and/or “33 1/3 RPM”.) or are the generic GLC labels.
This is basically the same LP released by  BANG records [shown above], but was pressed from a different master plate. Matrix  BRK 1001 A1/B1 “

Hot Wacks claims that the FRT BRK 1001 album contains excerpts from the afternoon show. It also states that Bangla Desh (BANG Records 4022) contains the same material. That LP is then listed in Eight Arms To Hold You as the suggested source for three tracks from the evening concert.


4. Master # 2: B. The WCF copy titled BANGLA DESH

From “BANG Records [WCF] released this LP in 1971 [1973 is more likely when looking at the WCF 40XX series] shortly after the concert. It was pressed from its own unique master plates, but it’s basically the same LP that was released by FRT records at about the same time [see below]. It has a folder type wrap-around sleeve with a black and green, or green and white cartoon insert of Harrison [The folder type cover is a ca. 1974 reissue w. blank white labels and not the simple insert version shown here]. The labels are either plain eggshell white or are full printed silver and blue ‘BANG’ labels. Matrix  4022 A/B  “

I have since created a follow up post focusing on the WCF album. You can visit it by clicking on this text.

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New York Harrison Concert 1971

With Klaus Voormann, Jesse Ed Davies and Eric Clapton.

CfBd 4

With Don Preston and Eric –  the mad axe-men of altruism.

CfBd 2

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Harrison EF3Major Concerts inserts

Harrison EF3MC b insert

Harrison Ef3MC generic back

An updated generic back cover image from J. Fish for 1975.

A1         While My Guitar Gently Weeps         
A2         Something         
A3         Sue Me Sue You Blues         
B1         For You Blue         
B2         Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)     [Side A & side B, tracks 1 & 2: Long Beach Arena, 10 November ’74]
B3         Something         
B4         Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)
B5         Dark Horse   [B3 – 5: Live At The Omni, Atlanta, 28th November 1974 – evening show]      
C1         In My Life         
C2         Maya Love         
C3         Nothing From Nothing         
C4         My Sweet Lord         [Side C: Long Beach Arena, 10 November ’74]
D1         While My Guitar Gently Weeps         
D2         What Is Life         
D3         My Sweet Lord        [Side D: Madison Square Garden, 20 December ’74 – evening show]

Matrix: GH2044

The Long Beach tracks were copied from Let’s Hear One For Lord Budda [sic]                             The Atlanta source tape is described as ‘average sounding’                                                                The New York tracks come from the second ‘very good sounding’ but incomplete source tape.



The following releases have already been covered:

4162        Beatles            Live In Melbourne
4163        Pink Floyd       Live At Pompeii
4164        Beatles            Live In Vancouver

4178        Beatles            Live In Italy
4178        Beatles            Italy  IA
4178/3688A    Beatles            Italy/Paris SH
4178        Beatles            Back in ’64 At The Hollywood Bowl     *No cover image found but title exists*

4181        Beatles            Sweet Apple Trax Vol. 2 IA
4182        Beatles            Sweet Apple Trax Vol. 1 IA