Using the font first seen on 1983’s the principle of moments – confirming a likely release year of 1984
Japan: 1985 (?) – the sole official EP by the Honeydrippers was released 12 November 1984. I am not sure if that helps us date the release date of this bootleg. In addition Robert Plant toured Japan in February of 1984.
Led Zeppelin officially announced the forced end of their active career on December 4th, 1980. “On March 9, 1981 he jumped into a mini-bus with a bunch of local blues players, and traveled to a wine bar in Stourbridge and performed live for the first time since Led Zeppelin’s final show some seven months previously. This ad hoc pick-up band was dubbed by Plant The Honeydrippers, after an old blues instrumental ‘Honeydripper’ by Joe Liggins, and the old blues pianist Rooosevelt Sykes who called himself The Honeydripper. The players included long-term Midlands friends Andy Silvester, Ricky Cool and Robbie Blunt. The music was strictly non-Led Zeppelin, and a return to the R&B leanings of his formative years. […] More gigs followed in tiny venues such as the Nottingham Boat Club, Pontypridd Polytechnic and the Retford Porterhouse.” [Led Zeppelin – A Celebration; Lewis, D., p. 70]
Source: Live at Blue Note Club, Derby, April 13, 1981
1559 A: Little Sister / Hey Mae / Lotta Lovin’ / Your True Love
1559 B: Deep In The Heat Of Texas / Honky Tonk / How Many More Years
1560 A: Crosscut Saw / Bring It On Home / I Can’t Be Satisfied / What Can I Do
1560 B: Tell me how / Queen of the Hop / She She Little Sheila / Got My Mojo Working
HOTWACKS quality rating: ‘Exm’
Rock Solid’s version, definitely released after the official EP (probably in 1985), as it cut up its art work in a rather crude attempt at cover art:
As long as you did not expect any of the four tracks from the EP to actually be heard on the bootleg, you were fine.
Matrix: RSR-104-A / B
Same date & location as above
Side A: Little Sister / Hey Mae / Deep In The Heart Of Texas / How Many More Years / Cross Cut Soul (XL got it right, it really is called “Crosscut Saw”, or “Cross Cut Saw Blues”)
Side 2: Bring It On Home / Born Under A Bad Sign / Keep On Loving Me Babe / Tell Me How / Queen Of The Hop / Treat Me Right
HOTWACKS rating: ‘Exs’
11 vs 15 songs on the XL double album. I don’t know if these are both from the same source and how to account for the difference in included song titles.