Highway HiFi

Rolling Stones Lord Have Mercy

Rolling Stones lord have mercy yel lbl

Side 1: Mercy Mercy/ She Said Yeah/ Play With Fire/ Spider and the Fly/ I’m Alright/ Time Is On My Side/ *Roll Over Beethoven

L’Olympia, Paris, 29 March 1966, 2nd show. * European Tour 1970.

Side 2: + Memo From Turner/ – 2120 South Michigan Avenue/ ~ Ride On Baby/ ^ Bye Bye Johnny

+ Olympic Sound, November, 1968. – Chess Studios, June 10-11, 1964. ~ RCA Studios, December 6-10, 1965. ^ De Lane Lea Studios, London, November 14, 1963.

Comments from “Side 1 is a copy of the TMoQ LP “Play With Fire” Matrix: 2815-A/B [also Highway Hi Fi HHCER 108].

Rolling Stones PlayWithFire

Memo From Turner on Side 2 is a genuine outtake that would only resurface some twenty years later in better quality on “The Black Box” on the Yellow Dog label (disc 2 track 15).  2120 South Michigan Avenue is the long version that includes Keith’s guitar solo. Ride On Baby is a mono demo version that is missing additional instrumentation found in the released version. Bye Bye Johnny is the “More Hot Rocks” version. I checked twelve shows from the 1970 European Tour and I’m not able to place this version of Roll Over Beethoven! The “marker” for the song comes just before the instrumental break where Jagger says “Alright, yeah come-on baby”. It’s definitely not Paris, 1970 as some might have you believe.”

Wings Belgium 2

Actual city, venue and country: University of Hull, Hull, UK on February 11th, 1972

Side 1: Lucille/ Give Ireland Back To The Irish/ Blue Moon/ Some People Never Know
Side 2: The Mess I’m In/ Big Bop/ Say Darling/ Smile Away/ My Love  

HW quality rating: “Poor mono”

Complete Concert set list:

Lucille / Give Ireland Back To The Irish – “Your Wee Tobacco Box” / Blue Moon Of Kentucky / Seaside Woman – vocals: Linda / Help Me – vocals: Denny Laine/ Some People Never Know / The Mess / Bib Bop / Thank You Darling / Smile Away / My Love – The Old Grand Duke of York / Henry’s Blue – vocals: Henry McCullough / Wild Life / Give Ireland Back To The Irish / The Mess / Lucille

CBM were the first bootleg label to release excerpts from a tape of a very young and under rehearsed Wings in only their third ever live performance, CBM had been supplied with. It really is a pity that no later shows have turned up, so that their progress as performers could be followed. Why CBM sold this as a performance from Belgium, I would love to know. The band had actually played in Antwerp, Belgium in the meantime (August 22 ’72), perhaps that had something to do with it.

Although, the track list differs a little bit, Ken’s Highway Hi Fi label release Naturescapes [that I can’t find any image of] is a straight copy of CBM’s album.

Around 1976, Wizardo pressed what Madinger & Easter have described in the book Eight Arms To Hold You as a “different dub of the audience recording” for the release 1st Live Show Spring 72 on WRMB 370:

Wings 1st Live Show Spring 72

Wings First Live Show 370

The master was assigned the number 371 in error (which was kept by Hot Wacks in their listings), this matrix marking was then corrected by hand to read “370”.

The double LP exists on black vinyl and with green Wizardo labels as well, copies of the first cover variation seem to carry the TMOQ sign for some reason.

The actual track list is a bit hard to determine for this set, so I will go by the following torrent information as the CD used here is a direct copy of the WRMB title:

Paul McCartney & Wings – February 11, 1972
University of Hull (Hull University), Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England

Paul McCartney – vocals, bass, keyboards, guitar
Linda McCartney – vocals, keyboards
Denny Laine – vocals, guitar, bass, piano
Henry McCullough – guitar, vocals
Denny Seiwell – drums, percussion

Taper, & Taping Gear: ??Unknown??
Quality: vg
Length: 20 total tracks = 71:01 minutes

Set List:

01 – (fades in) Lucille
02 – Give Ireland Back To The Irish
03 – Your Wee Tobacco Box
04 – Blue Moon Of Kentucky
05 – (band introductions)
06 – Seaside Woman
07 – Help Me
08 – Some People Never Know
09 – The Mess
10 – Bip Bop
11 – Thank You Darling
12 – Smile Away
13 – My Love
14 – The Old Grand Duke Of York
15 – Henry’s Blues
16 – Wild Life
17 – Give Ireland Back To The Irish
18 – (ban BBC comment 0:23m)
19 – The Mess
20 – Lucille

HW rating: “Fair mono”

Now, you would think that this completely supersedes the CBM LP and has made it superfluous but that is not how things work in bootlegland, unfortunately. Madinger & Easter have found that the WRMB double album is in fact missing some in between song chat that is exclusive to Belgium 1972 and would be necessary in order to reconstruct the full set. They do not recommend any of the vinyl sources for the best audio quality but the tape source [which most of us do not have access to, though].


A comment on the value of vinyl/bootlegs in general. It is a bit hard to determine the value of a record if an auction ending on December 24th 2012 stops at $45 with one bid and one ending on January 23rd 2013 for this very item ends at $161 with 9 bidders. The descriptions and images did not differ much regarding the condition of the items (the $45 auction result was for the copy in the image shown here). Perhaps timing is indeed everything.

Dylan St. Valentine's Day Massacre

Dylan SVDM 1

Source: Second show at the Inglewood Forum, February 14th 1974 with the addition of ‘It’s all over now, Baby Blue’ from the first show (sides 1 – 3) and on side 4 soundtrack of the 1967 film ‘Festival’, the American documentary about the Newport Folk Festival 1963 – 1966, directed by Murray Lerner.


Side 1: Most likely you go your way / Lay Lady lay / Just like Tom thumb’s blues
Rainy Day Women No. 12 and 35 / It ain’t me, babe / Ballad of a thin Man
All along the watchtower (Not listed)
Side 2: She belongs to me / The Times / Just like a woman / Gates of Eden
Don’t think twice, it’s alright / It’s alright Ma (I’m only bleeding)
Side 3: Ballad of Hollis Brown / It’s all over now, Baby Blue *
Mr. tambourine Man / Knockin’ on heaven’s door / Forever young / Highway 61
Side 4: Like a rolling stone / Maggie’s farm / Blowin’ in the wind
All I really want to do / Maggie’s farm / Mr. tambourine Man

Matrix:   2201 A/B/C/D (+ HIGHWAY HI FI on side 4) – 5 stars on bobsboots


This turns out to be Ken’s 1975 working man version of Dub’s gorgeous 1974 box set TMOQ 63001 (with some differences in the track list):

Side 1: Most likely you go your way+ / Lay Lady lay / Just like Tom thumb’s blues
Rainy Day Women No. 12 and 35
Side 2: It ain’t me, babe+ / Ballad of a thin Man / All along the watchtower
Ballad of Hollis Brown
Side 3: She belongs to me / The Times / Just like a woman+ / Gates of Eden
Side 4: It’s all over now, Baby Blue * / Don’t think twice, it’s alright
It’s alright Ma (I’m only bleeding)+
Side 5: Mr. tambourine Man / Knockin’ on heaven’s door / Forever young
Highway 61+
Side 6:  Like a rolling stone / Maggie’s farm / Blowin’ in the wind

+ officially released on Before The Flood  * from first show

Matrix:  BD 553  A/B/C/D/E/F – 7 stars

Dylan SVDM cover

Dylan SVDM inner

Dylan SVDM stamp

Dylan SVDM LPs

A beautifully done box, limited to 200 copies with photos from the actual gig  – a rarity in those days – and detailed information on the back.

In 1975, sides 3 & 4 were repressed from the same plates as acoustic and the rest as the double album electric. I believe this version on multi-colored vinyl shown here is harder to find than the standard black vinyl version:

Dylan SVDM elec ac mcv


This closes our stroll through the compact Highway Hi Fi label catalog.

As Beatles expert John Winn wrote: “”False advertising” would be a good term to describe the EMI OUTTAKES album, which did begin with the only available EMI outtake at the time, “What’s The New Mary Jane” (making its stereo debut!), but quickly ran out of steam with common alternate mixes and gave up all together on side B (a rehash of the “Around The Beatles” TV show).”

Side 1: What A Shame Mary Jane Had A Pain At The Party (stereo edit of unreleased 45 mix) / Penny Lane (promo version with trumpet ending) / Blue Jay Way (mono mix) / All My Loving (“original uncut version” HW describes it as “only stereo version of this song” but quality only as good stereo) / Sie Liebt Dich (taken from 45)

Side 2: Twist and Shout / Roll Over Beethoven / I Wanna Be Your Man / Long Tall Sally / Medley: Please Please Me-From Me To You-She Loves You-I Want To Hold Your Hand / Can’t Buy Me Love

There are two commonly found cover variations for this album. 1. with Phonygraf sign (so was Ken Phonygraf as well?):

Beatles EMI OT Phony

2. Ken’s version # 1374 (see bottom left) – just without the signatures:

Beatles EMI Outakes signed Spindizzle

The album is most common with the blank white or yellow labels known from the TAKRL releases.



Listed in Hotwacks as a Phonygraf release and the comment: “Also available on Stein O Wisky Platers (1369)”. This must have been one of the earliest Elton John bootlegs in 1971 together with the influential radiochord from the New York FM broadcast and Live At The Anaheim Convention Center by Rubber Dubber.

Looking at the original on Stein O Wisky Platers (which I believe is the first one shown here),  I would not be surprised if Dub had recorded this show at San Bernardino’s Swing Auditorium that December 5th 1970 (often listed as Santa Monica on November 15th) and released this with a little help from Ken. The quality did turn out to be pretty good. It should be noted that during ‘Get Back’, EJ refers to the location as “LA”.

John E Country Comfort stamp

John Elton CC SoW P

John E Country Comfort 2

An unlisted version on TMOQ:

John Elton CC 5


wolfgangsvault has a recording from November 12th:

and November 26th from Cleveland:


Files shared on a torrent site:

Elton John
“Country Comfort”
Vinyl Bootleg
1970 (possibly Santa Monica, CA 1970-11-15)
Very Good Audience or SBD
I recently purchased this vinyl bootleg, and thought I would share it here. If my research is correct, the “Country Comfort” bootleg is from the Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, CA. The date commonly associated with this show is November 15, 1970, but that is not necessarily correct (per the “Cornflakes and Classics” website) as it has been confirmed he actually played the Fillmore West that night.

The Band:
Elton John- Piano/vocals
Dee Murray- Bass/vocals
Nigel Olsson- Drums/vocals

The Songs:

Your Song 3:53
Take Me To The Pilot 6:42
Country Comfort 5:02
Sixty Years On 6:58
Border Song 3:36
Honky Tonk Woman 4:31
Burn Down The Mission-Get Back-Give Peace A Chance-Shotgun 19:00


Elton John
Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica CA Nov 15 1970

disc one
I Need You to Turn To
Your Song
(intro & tech problems)
Bad Side of the Moon
Country Comfort
Sixty Years On
Border Song
Can I Put You On
Indian Summer

disc two
Honky Tonk Woman (Jagger / Richards)
Burn Down The Mission
Medley: My Baby Left Me (A. Crudup) / Get Back (Lennon / McCartney)
Take Me to the Pilot
Medley: Give Peace a Chance (Lennon)

? > reel > HD > cdr > eac > wav > shn

I received this reel in trade in the early 70s, and had friends convert it to
CDR a few years back. No other info is known. This may well be a 1st
generation copy from master, but I have no way of verifying this. Quality isn’t
superb […] but it is listenable and a very enjoyable show […].

ELP Calif Jam

April 6th, 1974, Ontario Motor Speedway

Cali Jam

“ELP’s California Jam performance was broadcast nationwide in the US and is often seen as the summit of the band’s career. It was at this festival that the famous footage of Keith Emerson playing a grand piano spinning end-over-end 50 feet above the ground was taken. The audio portion of the show was also broadcast in stereo on FM radio stations, an early example of simulcasting.”

Re-issued ca. 1983 as part of the LXXXIV series, # 11. 100 copies on colored vinyl:

ELP Calif Jam RE

44 minutes worth of this performance were officially released on the ELP DVD Beyond the Beginning in 2005:

01 Tocatta
02 Still You Turn Me On
03 Lucky Man
04 Piano improvisations
05 Take A Pebble
06 Karn Evil 9 1st impression part 2
07 Karn Evil 9 3rd impression
08 Spinning Piano
09 Great Gates of Kiev

*** Image needed ***

Mahavishnu Orch

This is the Phonygraf title Dance Of The Maya (TPGRL 1112), which is usually quoted as being an earlier release of this same material.

1. Dance of the Maya
2. Meeting of the Spirits
3. You Know You Know

Jerry Goodman – violin
Jan Hammer – keyboards
John McLaughlin – guitar
Rick Laird – bass guitar
Billy Cobham – drums

Source: BBC TVs “In Concert”, London, August 25 1972. Filmed by the great BBC producer Stanley Dorfman.

Beatles Top OT Pops

Nice try selling the first two songs of this California 1965 release on Tip Records as The Beatles. It might have worked for about 10 seconds. 

Side 1 continues with the airing of the Hey Jude and Revolution promo clips (live vocals over backing tracks) on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour TV show, some common BBC tracks and “Shout” from Around the Beatles and by now also quite common live ’64 material – supposedly from Philadelphia again.

Beatles LiveInAnytown

Birth of the Beatles’ live sampler series, Ken would then milk for all it was worth with his ZAP “Amendment” and Very Best Of The BEATLES’ RAREST on TKRWM series. Tracks taken from “Whiskey Flats” i.e. Philadelphia and Hollywood Bowl ’64 and Tokyo 1966.

The most interesting part of this album is the text in the lower left, which mentions fellow bootlegger Wizardo and a “Dr. Terrence”. Possibly a close friend of “Dr. Telly Phone”?