Phonygraf Label

Young Neil w. CH

Young Neil wCH 2

Source: Cleveland Music Hall on February 25 1970

“Young played six shows with Crazy Horse in February 1969 at The Bitter End in New York, but Cincinnati is the first show on the first proper tour with his band as he explains before “Broken Arrow”, “This is the first of a series of concerts with Crazy Horse, mostly in the east. Only one west coast gig.  Even though we live there we play here.”

They played ten shows over a month and this is one of the longest with sixteen different songs performed over an acoustic solo set at the beginning and a full band electric set in the second half.  “On The Way Home” opens the show and is followed by the Buffalo Springfield tune “Broken Arrow”, which Neil sings in a very shaky and out-of-tune voice.” 

The original set list was: (acoustic):  On The Way Home, Broken Arrow, I Am A Child, Helpless, Dance Dance Dance, Sugar Mountain, Don’t Let It Bring You Down, The Old Laughing Lady

(electric):  The Loner, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, Winterlong, Come On Baby Let’s Go Downtown, Wonderin’, It Might Have Been, Down By The River, Cinnamon Girl, Neil talking

Also available as CBM 3940. The quality rating is ‘Vgs’ while Phonygraf’s is ‘Vgm’ but due to the differences in the track listing, no label copied the other. Track list for the CBM LP:

Side 1: Down By The River/ Broken Arrow/ Loner
Side 2: Crazy Horse Int./ Downtown/ I’m Wonderin/ It Might Have Been/ Sugar Mountain (another version)/ Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere/ Winter Long

Young N & Crazy Horse

Mushroom then reissued the Phonygraf version on red and blue mcv:

Neil Young with Crazy Horse red

Croce Jim Dead Men Still Tell Tales

Isn’t that the alive & well Carlos Santana on the cover? Why, yes it is!


01 Operator
02 It Doesn’t Have To Be That Way – story
03 It Doesn’t Have To Be That Way
04 Roller Derby Queen – story
05 Roller Derby Queen
06 Box #10 – story
07 Box #10
08 I’ve Been Framed – story
09 I’ve Been Framed
10 I’ll Have TO Say I Love You In A Song
11 Speedball Tucker – story
12 Speedball Tucker
13 New York’s Not My Home
14 You Don’t Mess Around With Jim – story
15 You Don’t Mess Around With Jim

Jim Croce cover

Date and source is commonly given as 1972-11-15 Agora Ballroom, Cleveland OH – SBD but there is no independent confirmation of this as it gets repeated over and over. To complicate matters a bit I found this poster (which may or may not be genuine):

Jim Croce Agora

The album title indicates that this was released after the artists’ death on September 20th 1973 and further confirms the fall of 1974 as the earliest time for the start of the Phonygraf label.

America  Eagles On The Road

Source: ABC “In Concert”

Side 1: America: A Horse With No Name, Lonely People, I Need You, Ventura Highway, Green Monkey, Sandman

Broadcast on August 2, 1974 as part of 3 part series, possibly recorded at the Rainbow Theater in London (show # 38)

Side 2: Tequila Sunrise, Early Bird, Witchy Woman, Take It Easy* (The first three tracks were broadcast on August 3rd, 1973 in show # 13). * maybe from California Jam, as it was broadcast as the only Eagles’ track on May 10th 1974 in show # 32 ‘California Jam part one’. 

This determines the late summer/fall of 1974 as the earliest start of the Phonygraf label.

Detailed matrix information: “Written on the margin of Side 1 between the last groove of the record and the label is the following: “MEL AMERICAN SIDE-1 AMERICA I 1385 TPRGL 1101-A”.

The following above words are scratched out: MEL AMERICAN AMERICA I 1385

Written on the margin of Side 2 is the following: “EAGLES SIDE II MEL AMERICAN SIDE-2 1385 1105 1101-B”.

The following above words are scratched out: “EAGLES SIDE II AMERICAN 1385 1105″.”


America Eagles OTR lg

Eagles America Live

I’m guessing that this insert and pressing came later.

Let’s take a look at the Aftermath label. I wouldn’t be surprised if Ken was behind this one as well. It gets intriguing and confusing at the same time as 2924 is listed as the TAKRL release number for Celestial Doggie, yet this was released under Phonygraf and Part 2 in the Aftermath series has the matrix numbers TAKRL 2-A/B

ELP TotA 1

ELP TotA 1 tri-color

An early edition duo-colored insert.

ELP TotA 2

These first two volumes were a copy/re-issue of sides 1&2 and 3&4 of Phonygraf’s imaginatively titled Celestial Doggie: The Lobster Quadrille

Source: Long Beach Arena, July 28th 1972

Although based on the recording date alone, this could have been released as early as 1972, the fact that the first Phonygraf bootleg 1101 America / Eagles Live On The Road could only have appeared in late August 1974 at the very earliest, places this into 1975.

ELP Celestial Doggie

And if you stared at any of these covers long enough back in 1975/76 under the influence of LSD it… wrote: “Celestial Doggie:  The Lobster Quadrille is an excellent audience recording remarkable in its clarity and presence.  It also is one of the most popular ELP bootlegs seeing many releases in different formats over the years.  Two vinyl titles were produced in the seventies, 1972 America Tour (Pig’s Eye), the 3LP Tour Of The Americas Part 1 (An Aftermoth [sic] Record) and of course Celestial Doggie : The Lobster Quadrille.

[It should be noted that part 3 of Aftermath’s trilogy was not from this concert as it was a re-issue of the TAKRL 1911 title Callow, Crash And Idle Eyes. I could not find a cover image for the Aftermath version, so it will not receive an entry.]

Review from “This is one of the first bootleg albums to emerge after Emerson, Lake & Palmer began to get well known. Recorded from the audience during a concert in Long Beach, CA, this two-record set compares favorably to similar illegitimate releases of the era. The audience noise doesn’t drown out the music, the instruments are reasonably well balanced, and there aren’t breaks in the middle of songs, as on most bootlegs. However, the sound is somewhat muffled and does not begin to match that of any live commercial issue by ELP.

The program is an ambitious one including the entire “Tarkus” suite; the difficult and rarely heard medley of “Endless Enigma, Parts 1 & 2” with “Fugue” inserted in between; a version of “The Sheriff” in which Lake goofs up the order of the lyrics; the second half of their interpretation of Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition”; a rather conservative take of Aaron Copland‘s “Hoedown” (which is much faster on the commercial live versions); and an extended ferocious finale of Dave Brubeck‘s “Blue Rondo à la Turk,” which was a carryover from Emerson‘s days with the Nice. The playing of the trio is pretty consistent with any of their live releases, but since almost all of these tracks are available with far better sound from other concerts, only the fanatical collector of ELP will search high and low for this long unavailable set.”

ELP Celestial Doggie K&S colored

K&S re-issued the Phonygraf double on multicolored vinyl as # 042. [Note: Many bootleggers have a hard time spelling “American” for some reason – see the David Bowie category.]

ELP The 1972 AmT 2

Almost overlooked as it is listed in the Hot Wacks appendix only: The Pig’s Eye version. The question now is, which one came first?

Text from the eBay listing:


Super Rare …ages old Original first pressing on the legendary PIGS EYE label… a giant TWO-LP set featuring July 28th 1972 Long Beach Arena exclusive versions found only on this album. Essential progressive rock/ELP collectible…very, very hard to come by….

ELP took May off before resuming touring with dates in Europe in June and July. They played their first and only two concerts in Japan before returning to the states for their second month long tour. The first date was on July 27th in San Francisco with Long Beach being the second night. Here the collector will find the audio playback to be “excellent” remarkable in its clarity and presence.

It also is one of the best, most popular ELP albums in the genre…

Surprisingly beginning with “Tarkus” — They deliver an extremely aggressive and militaristic version of the fantasia and in “Aquatarkus” they get into the melody that would be used later for “Karn Evil 9 1st Impression Part 2.” The ending of the piece delves into a strange melody that sounds like a carnival organ set to military snare beat. Lake begins the song alone with his acoustic guitar but Emerson and Palmer follow him in to complete the song. “Take A Pebble” continues with Emerson’s frantic keyboards.

They follow the “Endless Enigma” with “The Sheriff,” something Emerson claimed they never tried out on stage before. The claim is untrue since they played it since their spring tour. “Take A Pebble” has the normal construction with Emerson’s piano fugue following the first verse. “It’s drastic” Lake jokes when he comes in to sing “Lucky Man.” Lake begins the song alone with his acoustic guitar but Emerson and Palmer follow him in to complete the song. “Take A Pebble” continues with Emerson’s frantic piano.

“Pictures At An Exhibition” is sixteen minutes long and “Hoedown” follows almost as an afterthought. The gig ends with a wired version of “Rondo.” There is a mechanized moog beginning before the steam train engine starts off the song. Emerson gets into the “Star Spangled Banner” before Palmer has his long drum solo in the middle. The song comes to a crashing halt twenty minutes later. It’s one of the most thrilling versions of a song that can sometimes be hard to take.


Tarkus: Eruption
Stone Of Years
Battlefield (inc Epitaph)


The Endless Enigma, pt.1
The Endless Enigma pt. 2
The Sherrif
Take A Pebble
Lucky Man


Take A Pebble (reprise)
Pictures At An Exibition
The Hut Of Baba Yaga
The Curse Of Baba Yaga
The Great Gates Of Kiev




This recording has now been officially released by the band themselves as part of the box set The Original Bootleg Series From The Manticore Vaults:  Vol. One (Sanctuary Records CMXBX309)

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.



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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.

Elton John – Closet Keepers 1974 [TAKRL 1380-RS LP] This is a copy of the [Wizardo ‘sister label’] PhonyGraf vinyl bootleg “Elton In Disguise With Glasses”. Live at LA Forum, Inglewood, CA, Oct 5, 1974 and described as “VG+ FM? stereo. Nice sound. Does not sound like an audience recording.” and “Not the best of sound”.

Date & venue: October 5th, 1974 – LA Forum

01 Grimsby
02 Rocket Man
03 Take Me To The Pilot
04 Bennie And The Jets
05 Grey Seal
06 Daniel
07 You’re So Static
08 Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
09 Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me
10 Honky Cat


John Elton Closet Keepers 2

And reissued as TAKRL 1380 with an Idle Mind Productions logo.


Reissue on Phonygraf:

TAKRL says:

“The second of the Phonograph-to-Kornyfone reclamations. This time we found two previously withheld outtakes to add on. The first Joni underground in its original form. HW’s information about this projects origins are entirely fictitious.”

Possibly a copy of this bootleg on Midnite Records:

Mitchell Joni For Free

Track list comparisons:

Midnite Records version: Side 1: Chelsea Morning (2:47)/ Cactus Tree (4:41)/ Night In The City (2:18)/ Marcie, Nathan La Franeer (7:47)/ Rainy Night House, Blue Boy (6:11)
Side 2: For Free (4:07)/ Get Together (3:40)/ The Fiddle And Drum (2:22)/ I Think I Understand (3:54)/ Both Sides Now (3:55)

TAKRL version: Side 1: For Free (4:07)/ Get Together (3:40)/ The Fiddle And Drum (2:22)/ I Think I Understand (3:54)/ Both Sides Now (3:55)
Side 2: Chelsea Morning (2:47)/ Cactus Tree (4:41)/ Night In The City (2:18)/ Marcie, Nathan La Franeer (7:47)/ Rainy Night House, Blue Boy (6:11)

Source is given as “NET TV broadcast from LA 1969”; I do not see any added outtakes.


Review from

“Early Joni Mitchell bootlegs are pretty thin on the ground; from the sounds of things, this one was recorded live around 1970. It’s not remarkably different from her studio takes, except that all of the songs are performed solo, on guitar and piano. A good cross-section of material from her early LPs, including “Chelsea Morning,” “Marcie,” “Night in the City,” and “Both Sides Now.” Almost an hour in length, too, neat bonuses including a cover of “Get Together,” and what sounds like a studio version of “Urge for Going,” probably her best-loved song that was not included, for whatever reason, on her first albums.”