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Matrix : 1973 A  /  1973 B

The first WCF release of their copy of disc two of the TMOQ double. Note how a xerox of TMOQ’s stamped title was used for WCF cut & paste art work (I have included the complete stamp as it appears on a TMOQ reissue). The track list missed “That’s The Way” which should be the 2nd song on the A-side.

Released in 1973, after TMOQ had reissued the title with a stamped cover.

WCF reissued this title as part of their folder reissues ca. 1974-5. A copy seen on eBay has the black generic Berkeley labels with the 1975 copyright date, so these types of covers were still in use after their re-branding as a bootleg label with a proper name in that year, The reprint was not kind to Jimmy’s photo on the front, robbing it of whatever little contrast it had left the first time around. On the other hand, he now occupied “prime real estate” on the back panel.

 

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The TMOQ originals:

  1. Folder cover, perhaps released in this form as early as (late) 1971 due to the evidence from the Neil Young video mentioned below.

The TMOQ wiki places this release – later numbered 72004 – in February of 1973 but that appears to be wrong (a buyer in the UK received his copy on Friday, the 19th of January 1973). We need a collector who wrote down when exactly they bought this particular version.

 

A pendant to this Crosby & Nash release (#72005, I read it was taped at L.A.’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on 10 October 1971 and not in Berkeley, as stated in a 2017 Tight But Loose article – is this correct? ), which can be seen in the film clip in which Neil Young discovers bootlegs in an L.A. record store, likely filmed in November or December of 1971 (a Rolling Stone magazine with a cover date of 09 Dec. ’71 can be spotted), YT title “Neil Young finds bootleg records of his own work in an LA store – 1971 ”

The theory supporting the late 1971 release date for the Led Zeppelin title will make the convincing point that both titles were released at the same time in their similar packaging.

 

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Above: Neil confronting the store clerk with the album.

The evidence chain used in the 2017 Tight But Loose article dating the album to late 1972 runs like this:

  • The same taper – not Dub – recorded these two shows at the Berkeley Community Theater in September and October of ’71.
  • It then took a few months for the tapes to reach Dub/TMOQ.
  • An ad from a UK bootleg mail order company advertising both releases as new is also shown as evidence.

AA NEW LZ + C.N.

  • However, the album(s) received after ordering is not the folder version but the stamped & sticker-ed (later) version and since the folder version clearly came earlier, the theory formulated in TBL fails at this point.

TMOQ trying folder style covers years before WCF did. It appears these were the only two titles receiving this treatment.

 

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With an alternate insert. As pointed out in the comment section by YesDays, the images used here come from 1975.

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With Stout designed insert, ca. mid-1973:

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Later versions:

 

There are many more pressings but I’ll just concentrate on the earlier ones.

 

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http://jimmypagemusic.blogspot.com/2015/09/on-this-day-13-september.html

http://www.rambleonzep.com/dates/1971-09-14.htm

The famous recording from Berkeley’s Community Theater, 2nd night, 14 September 1971. The master tape has never surfaced to the best of my knowledge and even the pressing plates may have ended up in the Pacific ocean around 1980 in an attack of paranoia by Ken’s associate Michael.

 

Master tape details: Immigrant Song >> Heartbreaker (<< Bouree..), [ cut ], Since I’ve Been Loving You [ cut ], [ cut ], Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< Back In The USA..) [ cut ], [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven, [ cut ], That’s The Way [ cut ], Going To California, [ cut ], Whole Lotta Love (<< Just A Little Bit, Boogie Chillun, Hello Mary Lou, My Baby Left Me, Mess O’ Blues, You Shook Me, The Lemon Song..)


Quality rating: Excellent, slightly top-heavy.   Length: 96 minutes, missing is the encore.
argenteumastrum states: Surprisingly clear recording taped much close to the stage without any distortion! All the instruments are perfectly balanced and almost no hiss here.

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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),

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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.

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

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

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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.

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The insert is usually brown/rust colored.

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

 

 

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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:

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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).

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

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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

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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.]

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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

 

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

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Peter Blake art work

 

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.” (argenteumastrum.com). 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: http://www.tightbutloose.co.uk/tbl-news/led-zeppelin-over-europe-1980-tbl-archive-special-rejuvenation-in-cologne-%E2%80%93-it-was-30-years-ago-today%E2%80%A6/

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Ticket stub with the originally scheduled date.

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

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Japan: 1977/78

Quality: Excellent mono from home video soundtrack.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rf2e4QPPxJY

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.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supershow