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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.

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

King Crimson Texas Hall SH

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

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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.

 

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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 bobsboots.com 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.

 

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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.

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The re-painted (it used to be ‘Fireglo’ red; http://www.rickenbacker.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=397 ) 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: http://www.thecanteen.com/harrison5.html

 

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

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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.

 

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

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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’.

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Exists with yellow or green labels.

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And was later reissued by Contraband with Instant Analysis labels and their bare bones slip sheet design:

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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.”

The same track list can be found on this album, which also the suggested source:

Greatest Show On Earth

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More from the evening show can be found on the following release:

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From bobsboots.com: “BANG Records released this LP in 1971 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 labels are either plain eggshell white or are full printed silver and blue ‘BANG’ labels. Matrix  4022 A/B  “

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Original edition labels.

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bobsboots.com: “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.

LPs with the BRK 1001 A1/B1 stamper also exist with a slightly smaller copy of the Contraband slip sheet shown as the first release (on green or yellow paper). The labels are blank yellow stamped with ‘side A/B’, or are yellow full printed Bangla Labels.

BRK 1001 copy

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New York Harrison Concert 1971

With Klaus Voormann, Jesse Ed Davies and Eric Clapton.

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

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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.

 

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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

It was not easy producing a reasonably good sounding audience recording in the cavernous sports arenas of 1970s North America – built for anything but fine acoustics. And with 1970s equipment to boot (pun fully intended)! On this tour, one person succeeded:

George Harrison 1974-11-22 Tarrant County Convention Center- Fort Worth, TX

Notes from the taper: “I’m the guy who recorded this show. I have the original analog cassette tapes of it. Over the years I have traded analog tape copies but until now have never done a digital transfer of it. This is the first and only time it has been digitally transferred from the original analog cassette tapes. There are many bootlegs that exist of this show which were made from analog copies that I sent out in trade.”

Mics: (2) Sony ECM 19B
Recorder: Sony TC-152
Tape: Sony CRO-90 – these are  the original analog cassette tapes >

01. (applause)
02. Hari’s On Tour (Express)
03. While My Guitar Gently Smiles
04. Something
05. Will It Go ‘Round In Circles
06. Sue Me Sue You Blues
07. Zoom, Zoom, Zoom
08. Naderdani
09. Vachaspati
10. Anurag (Love, Romance)
11. I Am Missing You
12. (band introductions)
13. Dispute and Violence
14. (applause / tuneup)
15. For You Blue
16. (more band introductions)
17. Give Me Love
18. Soundstage Of Mine
19. In My Life
20. Tom Cat
21. Maya Love
22. Dark Horse
23. Nothing From Nothing
24. Outa-Space
25. What Is Life
26. (applause)
27. My Sweet Lord

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Harrison More From The Tour 5

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Year of release: 1975

Side 1: Instrumental / While My Guitar Gently Smiles / Something / Sue Me Sue You Blues / For You Blue
Side 2: Give Me Love / Soundstage Of Mind / In My Life / Dark Horse                                                   HW rates this: “Gm”

Matrix: GH1048 4184A / VINYL B: GH1048 4184B

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The Eight Arms To Hold You Book claims that some Ft. Worth tracks appear on the 2 LP set EXCERPTS FROM THREE MAJOR CONCERTS on Instant Analysis as well but between Long Beach, Atlanta and New York, all tracks seem to be accounted for.

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I could not find a trace that the DALLAS recording exists or exists under that title. Hot Wacks appears confident that this was the LP that Wizardo copied A Dark Hoarse In ’74 from but they have no further information, except that it is supposed to be on IA. HW misspells the WRMB title and the fact that the only other source to mention the DALLAS LP – the Eight Arms To Hold You book – uses the same misspelling (all the inserts I have ever seen spell it “HOARSE” as that was the big pun), makes me doubt that anyone has actually seen a copy of the mysterious DALLAS LP.

As A Dark Hoarse in ’74 has the same tracks as more from the tour – RECORDED IN THE SOUTHWESTERN UNITED STATES, perhaps that was the LP Hot Wacks meant and the Wizardo album was copied from?

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Harrison A Dark Hoarse In '74

Side 1: Opening Jam / While My Guitar Gently Smiles / Something / Sue Me Sue You Blues / For You Blue
Side 2: Give Me Love / Soundstage of Mind (listed as “Soundstage 1974”) / In My Life / Dark Horse    

Hot Wacks rates this album “Vgm”

As many releases in WRMB’s 300 series, this one was available on colored wax as well:

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Harrison A Dark Hoarse In '74 disc

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It’s a bit disappointing that months after the tour, the labels’ ‘Art Department’ could not have come up with something better than this.

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All they could find for the cover is a five year old picture from the Get Back sessions?

I’d love to know, which was the first bootleg from the first solo Beatle tour ever but I really have no idea. As we learned in the post about George’s Vancouver concert bootlegs, the extremely rare Baby Moon release Cry For A Shadow did not appear until eight and a half months later (and the SODD double LP in 1976). You always hear about bootlegs hitting the streets within weeks of concerts in those days but in most cases I have looked at it has been years later so far.

A CBM original, released in 1975. From the afternoon show at Chicago Stadium, the date given on the cover is correct.

Side 1: While My Guitar Gently Weeps / Something / Sue Me, Sue You Blues / For You Blue / Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)                                                                                                                      Side 2: In My Life / Dark Horse / What Is Life / My Sweet Lord    

Hot Wacks called the quality “Poor stereo”, more detailed descriptions state: “Sound is extremely hissy, not very enjoyable.” and “I’ve heard worse recordings, but it is quite poor. Low sound levels and quite distant. The show sounds like a good one though, with George in good humour, chatting a little and making jokes.”

Notes from the master:

01. Hari’s on Tour (Express) (6:15)*
02. While my Guitar gently weeps (6:03)
03. Something (4:08)
04. Will it go round in Circles (4:41)
05. Sue me sue you Blues (5:07)
06. For you Blue (5:11)
07. Band Introductions (1:40)
08. Give me Love (Give me Peace on Earth) (4:03)
09. In my Life (6:02)
10. Tom Cat (4:18)
11. Maya Love (5:03)
12. Dark Horse (4:16)
13. Nothing from Nothing  (4:06)
14. Outta Space (4:05)
15. What is Life (6:48)
16. My Sweet Lord (8:28)

Total time 80:14

* Show identifier – George greets the audience with a “Guten Abend, Chicago!” at the 2:03 mark of track 1, and gives a more unambiguous “Thank you, Good Afternoon!” at 6:00.

Line-up:
George Harrison (Guitar)
Robben Ford (Guitar)
Willie Weeks (Bass Guitar)
Andy Newmark (Drums)
Billy Preston (Keyboards, vocals)
Emil Richards (Percussion)
Tom Scott (Horns)
Chuck Findley (Trumpet)
Jim Horn (Saxophone) plus Ravi Shankar and his band

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Chicago Stadium images, before and after the Indian set/ George’s stage clothes change.

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In 2007, a mastercassette for the evening show, stowed away for over 30 years was released on CD in Japan. I usually do not talk about CDs here but this is such a nice package, including original newspaper articles – if only we could have gotten something done with such care in 1975:

Harrison Tarantura 1

Quite the ‘Monty Pythonesque’ headline… it wasn’t intentional though, as George’s appearance on Rutland Weekend Television, ripping into the “Pirate Song” was not broadcast until Boxing Day 1975.

Harrison Tarantura 2

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I received this email, which deserves to be added to the post:

I was a senior in high school and it was announced that George Harrison was touring.  My friend got tickets for the Chicago Stadium show, but I was booked to play a paid gig with my high school dance band so I did not attend the show.  I sent my friend with my Superscope CS200 stereo cassette recorder with built-in mics.  I’d taped a few bands in 1974, including Frank Zappa at Notre Dame, the bootleg of which became part of Rhino’s Beat the Boots series, and Kiss at the Morris Civic, which has since also been bootlegged.
 
My friend taped the Harrison show with my deck.  It wasn’t bad, a bit distant, but quite listenable.  I’d bought bootleg LPs mail order since 1971 and started tape trading shortly after.  I mentioned this tape during a phone conversation with <name removed>, a friend and trading partner who was also a mail-order bootleg LP vendor under the name of “Rock & Roll University.”   <name removed> even advertised in Rolling Stone.  He asked me to mail a reel copy of the Harrison Chicago show to his friend in Minnesota, who was affiliated with CBM Records, having moved there from either Virginia or North Carolina.  Someone with CBM at the time also had a mail order business called either Rare Records, Still Rare Records or Pied Piper Records.  Anyway, I mailed the reel, and maybe 2-3 weeks later I received the Harrison Chicago CBM LP.  It was terrible. It was as if my tape was played on decks that had never been cleaned and/or very cheap tape was used for the transfer.  The fidelity was severely compromised.
 
At that time, “instant” souvenirs of major concert tours were bootlegger gold.  The CBM LP of Jethro Tull’s Ticketron was out a couple weeks after the show, sold well and remains the best sounding recording of their lengthy Thick as a Brick tours.  And 1974 was full of major tours: Dylan’s first since 1966, Clapton and CSNY in the summer, Harrison in the fall.  It was the Dylan tour that got me into tape trading.  My mother didn’t allow me to bus to Ann Arbor to accompany a taper friend in Detroit to see the tour, so instead I traded tapes.  It was amazing to get cassettes of a concert that was recorded that week, and hooked me for life on tape trading and bootlegs in general.
 
A year or so later, my friend <name removed> got busted.  He was set up to sell a videotape of a Saturday Night Live show to someone who was later revealed to be a fed.  Seems absurd now with boot download boards everywhere and MP3 piracy a much bigger issue, but that’s how it was. 
 
Through all of my moves and travels, at some point I lost the Harrison master Maxell UD cassettes and had no copies.  I have since contacted my surviving trading partners of that time period, and no one has it.  One may exist with someone who retired from the hobby.  I’m trying to get him to check.
 
My views on CBM are mixed.  I wish I still had the 100 or so CBM/Pig’s Eye et al titles I had back then, along with my TMQ/TAKRL/Rubber Dubber/etc. LPs.  The CBM LPs mail-ordered for $3 pre LP then, and postage was very cheap.  Some CBM releases were indeed horrible, like The Beatles’ Some Other Guy: a cut-and-paste terrible quality piece of badly pressed junk.  But besides the fine Tull release I mentioned earlier, they also put out Harrison’s Lord Buddha (from Long Beach Arena), which stands as the finest audience recording of that tour–that and the Fort Worth show that was taped by my friend and old tape trading partner best known as “T,” who had nothing to do with the boot.