Joplin, Janis

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Another cover nicked from the “ratpack ink.” version (JJ-4). The track list nicked from yet another version, the one with the yellow cover and PVC color, supposed to be the original version:

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Mid-western USA: Mid-1971 to early 1972

Source: Soundboard recorded at the Honolulu International Center Arena on 6 July, 1970.

A recording of this caliber was exactly what bootleggers needed following the surge of interest in Janis’ charisma as a live performer following her untimely passing.

At least four other different versions of this recording were released around this time on bootleg vinyl and have been discussed previously in this post.



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Usually found with a green insert and only with olive green labels.

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Actual set list:

Tell Mama
Half Moon
Mercedes Benz
My Baby
Untitled Instrumental (Full Tilt?)

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Comment from the bootlegzone entry: “Judging by the reference number (713) and the titles, this LP was probably released in 1971, at least before the release of Pearl, since the tracks that were on that posthumous release have been given quite wildly guessed names here.”

Regarding equating the number with the release year, the method was incorrect but the conclusion was right. Now, PEARL was released January 11th, 1971 and that would contradict the previous statement, as without a doubt this was not released in the first 10 days of 1971. The real reason is, as always, that bootleggers were rarely fans of every single artist and recording they put out and so busy bootlegging they tended not to spend much time on research, even that as simple as checking song titles on an aquaintaince’ copy of the official album.

USA: 1971/2

This should have been WCF’s biggest coup but it seems they themselves didn’t even know what they had here – a partial recording of Janis’s last ever live performance at Harvard Stadium, Boston, MA on August 12th, 1970 as part of the Schaefer Music Festival that year.

Unfortunately, the audio quality – never rated in my copies of HOTWACKS – is rough. Was that the reason that this was never copied, not even by CBM? At least I have never come across a copy of this. Another reason was a likely limited pressing run and no reissue by WCF themselves.



The City of Boston’s “Summer thing” arts festival and the Shaeffer Brewing Company are jointly sponsoring a series of 18 concerts at the Stadium. Those appearing in concert include. The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, and the Supremes.
Though there have been occasional concerts in Harvard Stadium in past years, this is the first summer the University has lent the stadium for a full-fledged concert series.
While all went smoothly at the first concert last Monday, after Wednesday’s concert, some members of the crowd rushed into Harvard Square, snatching purses, and roughing up passers-by.
Wednesday’s post-concert action has stirred some criticism of the concerts among City officials. Those sponsoring the concerts had agreed to provide their own security; no police were stationed in the stadium during the concert.
Cambridge Police Chief James F. Regan and officials of “Summerthing” are now conferring to determine what stops should be taken to prevent a recurrence of Wednesday’s incidents. The Cambridge City Council may also take up the issue at its meeting tonight.
The Shaeffer Co. is underwriting the concerts to the amount of $360.000, “Summerthing”- established by the City of Boston two years ago to “cool off” the City during the summer- will receive a share of the proceeds. The share will probably be in excess of $30.000.
Though Harvard Stadium seats more than 35.000, tickets for the concerts are restricted to 10.000 seats, to allow all present a better sound. All tickets cost $2. The schedule of the remaining concerts is as follows:
June 29 – B. B. King. Butterfield Blues Band; James Cotton Blues Band.
July 01 – Ten Years After- Matt The Hoople.
July 06 – The Four Seasons.
July 08 – Miles Davis Buddy Miles, Big Band; Seatrain.
July 13 – The Grateful Dead. John Hammond.
July 15 – Ike and Tina Turner, Voices of East Harlem.
July 20 – John Sebastian. Delaney and Bonnie and Friends, Manhattan Transfer.
July 22 – Van Morrison, Great Speckled Bird with lan and Sylvia, Tom Paxton.
July 27 – Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Ramsey Lewis, Carla Thomas, Lean Thomas. Percy Mayfield.
July 29 – Jose Feliciano.
August 3 – The Johnny Mathis Show.
August 10 – The Supremes.
August 12 – Janis Joplin.
August 17 – Tom Rush, Melanie.

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Look closely, we will meet these labels again (purple cover with gold sticker version further down).


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I do like HOTWACKS very much as a resource – I sometimes leaf through it just for fun – but it is not without its errors. This entry is a good example for that, as the master release they list by JANIS REC. is not the original and the quality rating of “Gm” is not deserved. The statement “Also available on Dittoline [sic’Records JJ4 (Vgs) already hints at that.”

The original, on yellow vinyl and much better in quality than “Gm”, pressed in a significant number of copies following her death in October of 1970, as it can still be found today without much effort:

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Wayne Harada of Billboard magazine (July 25, 1970):

H.I.C. Arena, Honolulu Hawaii: Janis Joplin wailed her way to two standing ovations in her Hawaii debut July 8th before a crowd of 7,000 at the Honolulu International Center Arena. The Columbia Records artist dazzled the audience with her eclectic song-bag and her style of dress. Besides her riveting hits (“Piece of My Heart” “Try (Just A Little Bit Harder)” “Kozmic Blues” and “Maybe”) she brought along a wild stage costume consisting of sequined pants outfit, a dozen bracelets, a number of necklaces, and orange feathers or her stringy hair.

“Summertime” was an unusual inclusion in her sock-rock repertoire. It had a baroque feel, and Miss Joplin often resembled Bessie Smith – haunting, creative and expertly polished. Day Blindness, a group from San Francisco, were her supporting act. While they must’ve had something to say lyrically, their sound system was up too high.


Doinker noted:

What you have in your hot little hands is the original edition of “Get It While You Can”, which was pressed on yellow vinyl a very long time ago. I have the more recent reissue which runs a poor second on quality, and does nothing for listener. You have a great sounding Janis at top form to listen to, a rowdy audience, PLUS Mr. Asshole Announcer (who hasn’t a clue of how to deal with them). It’s simply great. This is a raw soundboard, you can feel the room shake if you turn it up loud enough.


One of the lesser sounding copies:

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Here are those labels again.


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I suspect that the Carole King release Fit For A King, done in a similar cover art style and also with a sticker, may have been produced by the same outfit.

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Also this James Taylor release. Of course, the gold sticker was in general popular with bootleggers – for example the second generation of pig stickers used on TMOQ product:

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And on other titles:


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And another version, with labels saying “Linda/Rich”, making it the 4th for the unedited show spread over 2 LPs. One eBay seller claimed this was in fact the original release and the one on yellow PVC came out as many as 10 years later. That is incorrect, the yellow vinyl version was the original one. This version here is credited to WCF.

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Matrix: 740 A / B + 741 A / B

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Various releases exist:
Memory JJ1234 2LP
Dittolono Discs JJ4 2LP
TMOQ 71023 as ‘Infinity Blues’ 2LP   [I am pretty certain that this is a mistake and was never produced]
TMOQ T1023  JJ – 110 as ‘Infinity Blues’ Single LP


In late spring 1971, Dub & Ken picked up a copy and while listening to it realized that there was quite a bit of dead air present on the unedited recording: Stage banter, pauses, tuning, crowd issues, etc. They decided to edit all of these out in order to issue this as a single LP, which they did in June of 1971 and under a different title.


“The 2-record set has the same 8 tunes as “Infinity Blues” but a whole lot more stage chatter, including some confused talk and noodling around while the sound system is being adjusted.
The TMQ bootleggers took the 2-Lp set and edited it down to the one-disc “Infinity Blues,” which is a more common boot. For years it was listed as a May 1970 concert in San Rafael (which would seem to be the infamous Hells Angels gig), but sometime in the 80s, when it was a commonly traded collectors tape, it had been attributed to Hawaii. I’ve never seen the proof either way, although from the audience sounds and the very straight, uptight emcee who introduces Janis, it can’t be a Hells Angels event. The performances sound a lot like Festival Express, so it’s early in the Full Tilt summer. I treasured this boot when I first had it, because until ’82 and “Farewell Song” it was the only audio source for “Tell Mama” (which, unfortunately, is also the only track that has a sound glitch — whoever taped it lost a second or two of volume as Janis got into the song.) I’ve always wondered if there wasn’t more to the show — even the 2-record set isn’t much longer than an hour and they were playing “Cry Baby” by the time this was recorded.”


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A first/early edition, based on sticker color and label design.