Led Zeppelin

Speaking of Kustom Records (as mentioned in my previous post) … a holiday present to us all (thank you, Karl!).


I guess the transmission date is 8th of April’71, after all.

The concert Peter Grant’s talking about was Led Zeppelin’s appearance at Munich’s Circus Krone on 08 March 1970 (no recording has ever appeared of this concert).

It feels like we are watching the moment Pink Floyd’s hatred for bootlegs started.It’s quite remarkable that what is likely their first encounter with one of their bootlegs was the incredibly rare Pinky, pressed in a first pressing run of just 50 copies (matrix: DJ3003),

Pink Floyd Pinky

a UK copy of this Dutch release:

Pink Floyd Big Pink LIFE


Matrix: XA44332/YB44332 – first edition with the misspelling “LIFE” on both sides. Second & third corrections had “LIVE/LIFE” and finally “LIVE/LIVE” on front and back.

Pink Floyd Big Pink lbl 2

“Atom Heart Mother” on side 1 and “Embryo” and “Interstellar Overdrive” on side 2, recorded at the Audimax in Hamburg 1970-03-12


Re. Kustom Records: This is the US cover for the Beatles pirate JUDY

Beatles Judy

Beatles Judy b

It’s preposterous to claim these tracks were copied directly from the original masters from the Abbey Road vault, as the BBC reporter sets up the story and Mr. Collins willingly indulges him (although the claim may of course originated with him).

I still believe that Kustom was mostly a US label and they were only to happy to sell Collins a few hundred records and he had his own b&w knock off covers printed based on the original designs.

Beatles LaShea Kustom


Led Zep BH

The insert is usually brown/rust colored.

Usually found with blue or yellow “LED” or blank white labels:




discogs gives the impression that two different pressings can be found for copies with yellow labels. Those with RP 30 A/B 31 A/B matrices and those reading S-2549, S-2550, S-2551, S-2552. However, this may simply be a case of images and listing not matching. I suspect the S-25XX versions were not produced by WCF.

Shown here is a copy with confirmed S-25XX matrix, listed in HOTWACKS as Zeppelin Records version:

Led Zep BH S-25XX


USA: 1971/2

HOTWACKS states: “WCF – recording runs into the labels on S3 and 4”

One of the many copies of this famous early TMOQ release. The insert copied straight from an early TMOQ reissue (1,2,3,4 labels with printed double ring/borders – version).

Led Zep BH 1st red bl b sm


Contraband would later copy this insert (before adding their logo) plus their matrix numbers were the same (30 and 31 A/B):

Led Zep Blueberry H 30 31 II


Around 1974, Berkeley Records reissued this title in their folder cover series, which featured images of the artist(s) on the back panel. The matrix numbers were unchanged: 30 A-/30 B, 31 B-/31 A

Led Zep LOBH



Japan: 1985

Source: Mining the Live Aid radio broadcast from July 13th ’85 for two double sets. Selected were the performances by David Bowie, Bryan Ferry with David Gilmour), the Wembley Finale, Paul McCartney, F.Mercury & B.May, the Power Station and Duran Duran.

ETS 2588 A: TVC 15 / Rebel Rebel / Modern Love / Heroes / Sensation / Boys and Girls / Slave To Love / Jealous Guy
ETS 2588 B: Do They Know It’s Christmas / Is This The World We Created?
ETS 2589 A: Let It Be / ? / ? / ? / Murderess / Get It On (Bang a Gong)
ETS 2589 B: A View to a Kill / Union of the Snake / Save A Prayer / The Reflex

[Not an accurate track list, I just tried to piece it together from various sources.]


Volume 2 presents Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin (with Phil Collins), The Who, Black Sabbath, Mick Jagger (w. Hall&Oates, Eddie Kendricks, David Ruffin and Tina Turner), Bob Dylan (w. Keith Richards & Ronnie Wood) and the finale in Philadelphia.

ETS 2590 A: White Room / Rock & Roll / Whole Lotta Love / Stairway To Heaven
ETS 2590 B: My Generation / Love Reign On Me / Won’t Get Fooled Again / Paranoid
ETS 2591 A: Lonely At The Top / Just Another Night / Miss You / State of Shock / It’s Only Rock & Roll
ETS 2591 B: Ballad Of Hollis Brown / Ship Comes In / Blowing In The Wind / We Are The World




Meanwhile, someone in Europe went “the whole hog”and issued everything on a 12 LP box (ca. late ’85/86):






Peter Blake art work



I tried hard to find the date of this German Yellow Press article but it’s just not possible. We do know that Jimmy Page had  legal issues due to drugs in 1981 (December “apprehended near the Swan Song Offices in Fulham and found to be in the possession of 198 milligrams of cocaine in his coat pocket”) and 1984 (“September 6, 1984 Jimmy was cited again for cocaine possession, this time by a suspicious bobby at a London train station”). However, the article above talks about Led Zeppelin disbanding in “summer of last year” (a date disputed by other sources but then again this is the yellow press, so don’t expect accuracy) and this lead me to the conclusion that this is an article from 1981 or ’82.







Japan: 1984

Sides 1 & 2: Audience recording; Vgm HOTWACKS rating

I looked all over but apart from the set list and this bootleg, this gig has left few traces on the internet.



44 minutes, 29 seconds; rated as ‘Gm’, except for Dazed And Confused; Black Mountain Side and Kashmir, which make up all of side 2 and are rated ‘Vgm’.

The final sides are a copy of this late-1970’s European bootleg:









Japan: 1983

Source: Audience recording from the second performance of Led Zeppelin’s last ever tour, recorded at Sporthalle, Cologne, 18 June 1980

Quality rating: Vgm “The recording is fairly close to the stage and has an expansive sound to it. The vocals push the audience tape to the edge of distortion but the tape holds.” ( The recording lasts for 107 minutes, which captures almost the complete show. A soundboard recording from this night, 103 minutes in length, appeared on CD in 1991.

1538 A: The Train Kept A Rollin’ [ 2:54 ] / Nobody’s Fault But Mine [ 4:48 ] / Out On The Tiles Intro [ 0:11 ] >> Black Dog [ 4:22 ]
1538 B: In The Evening [ 7:05 ] / The Rain Song [ 6:53 ]
1539 A: Hot Dog [ 3:06 ][ cut ] / All My Love [ 5:09 ] / Trampled Underfoot [ 7:12 ]
1539 B: Since I’ve Been Loving You [ 8:37 ]/ Achilles Last Stand [ 9:23 ]
1540 A: White Summer (<< Black Mountain Side..) [ 7:19 ] >> Kashmir [ 8:57 ]
1540 B: Stairway To Heaven [ 10:37 ] [ cut ] / Rock And Roll [ 3:17 ] [ cut ], Communication Breakdown [ 2:22 ]



In depth concert review:



Ticket stub with the originally scheduled date.


Which one was the first bootleg released from Led Zeppelin’s Over Europe ’80 tour? Was it Zoso ’80 (Mannheim, 1st night]?


VA Br Su Show 69

VA Br Su Show 69 b

VA Br Su Show 69 detail

Japan: 1977/78

Quality: Excellent mono from home video soundtrack.

In the spirit of the Rock’n Roll Circus TV, the attempt to create a blues, jazz and rock meeting of the masters and some new kids on the block like Led Zeppelin. Jimi Hendrix was apparently scheduled but had to miss the filming as his flight was late.

526  LIVE Paris Olympia

528  Deep Purple SONIC ZOOM

529  Led Zeppelin MUDSLIDE



JL 526: The BEATLES – LIVE Paris Olympia

Beatles Live Paris Olympia Japan copy JL 526



Deep Purple SZ JL 528

Deep Purple SZ JL 528 detail

More reading on this most classic of DP bootlegs can be found here.


Led Zep Mudslide 529

Led Zep Mudslide 529 detail

Return of the Holy Grail Records labels after encountering them first on JL 1004: Beatles – ON STAGE IN JAPAN – The 1966 TOUR.    

Google has never heard of an official record with this title and if it ever existed it has either remained in total obscurity or was shelved at the last minute and the labels were lying around at an L.A. pressing plant. The third and most favored theory is that this is an invention/meant as a smoke screen and deterrent for closer scrutiny by the bootleggers (Ken?) who reissued (mostly double) TMOQ titles in California around the second half of 1976 / early 1977, reminiscent of the Von Grossenschuss paper label used on Wizardo re-issues I have blogged about before. 

It seems that the JL crew liked this label so much, they decided to copy and use it as well. This allows us to date JL 1004 and JL 529 to 1977.


Confirmed sightings so far:

Led Zeppelin: On Blueberry Hill

Matrix: EV-666-A-1
Matrix: EV-666-B-2
Matrix: EV-664-A-3
Matrix: EV-664-B-4


Rolling Stones: GIMME SHELTER / AMERICAN TOUR 75 VOLUME 1, 2 (single volumes of the last bootleg Dub ever released: L.A. FOG (TMOQ 8207/8 – ca. 2nd half of 1976)) / EUROPEAN TOUR 1973

The Beatles: LAST LIVE SHOW       


[There are probably more out there]


Above: White version of the label found on the Zep Blueberry Hill double

Hendrix Good Vibes DUL

Hendrix LAF-L DUL


Rolling Stones American Tour DUCHoly Grail lblRolling Stones European Tour 1973 DUC

Were there any brown U.S. originals? I have yet to see one.



Beatles Abbey Road Rev

Beatles Abbey Road Rev lbl

Quite a change from the original: The copied version of a WIZARDO REKORDS [sic] label.

This 1976 original (based on a 1973 CBM title) can be revisited here.