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Loggins and Messina

 

These labels were shown in my previous post of WCF’s copy of the early pre-TMOQ title John Birch Society Blues. It reminded me that I have seen these unique labels before – conveniently on another WCF/pre-Berkeley title. Perhaps they are more common to those who own a large collection but if you look around on the net, they are not easy to find. So, here we go (the images open up to full size when you click on them):

 

Released ca. 1973/4 as the 3rd version of this bootleg. You can see them all in previous post.

Matrix: 1975 – A / B

It turns out that this is a semi-pirate album, as the source for this was an FM broadcast based on a college radio station promo album:

Recorded 25 March, 1972 at the CBS 30th Street Studio in New York City, attended by “400 college radio programmers and D.J.’s.”  Included here are songs that would form part of their second album, to be released in October of ’72. “Lady Of My Heart” is misnamed on here but not on the bootleg slip sheet.

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Source: FM recording based on this Columbia Records radio station promo double album (Side 1 contained material by David Bromberg):

 

Recording date: March 25, 1972 at the CBS 30th Street Studio in New York City, attended by “400 college radio programmers and D.J.’s.” 

Notes from a vinyl to digital restoration project:

“Loggins And Messina – Mega-rare Restored Vinyl – “Your Mama Don’t Dance” –
[…] – FM Great recording and performance!

This is a fabulous sounding set from the early days of Loggins and Messina. This
is a brand-new transfer from an upgraded pressing of this show, and there is a
significant increase in the sound quality. The instrumentation is now sparkling
clear and up-front, and the reverb on the solo section is more in the forefront.
Please remember this is an FM recording from 35 years ago, and adjust your
sights accordingly!

Whenever I see another copy of a very rare album such as this one, I try to pick
it up. To my surprise, this pressing on R.S. Records (Highway-HiFi) turned out
to be the original, and the Phonygraf version used previously was a copy. There
is a sharp drop in surface noise, the insert glued to the front is a bit bigger,
and this pressing has the original labels.

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Bootleg Versions:

  1. R.S. Records version made by the HH label (matrix: HH – LM  SIDE I / 2  – or –  #1111 LM Side A / B):

Loggins&M vers 1

 

 

 

2. The Phonygraf version with a slightly smaller insert (matrix: P – 1386 A / B):

Loggins&M vers 2

Loggins&M Phony lbl

3. The WCF/pre-Berkeley label version in a folder-style cover with artist image on the back (matrix: 1975 – A / B):

 

 

In terms of release dates, working backwards, I still have the ‘WCF in folders’ releases dated 1973/4, possibly as late as early 1975. Phonygraf’s mainly in 1974, which would place the R.S. version in ’73.

The original bootleg obviously wanted to ride the coat tails of the hit single off of Loggins and Messina’s 2nd album – a # 4 on Billboard Pop Charts. The 45 was released in November of 1972 and reached its peak in early 1973.