Released ca. early 1973, unless WCF’s 40XX series, which includes recordings taped in the fall of 1972, was issued with month-long gaps between them.
From the description on bobsboots.com, we know that WCF reissued this album as part of their folder-type cover series ca. 1974 but I have yet to find an image of this: “It has a folder type wrap-around sleeve with a black and green, or green and white cartoon insert of Harrison.”
The material is identical with the FRT BRK 1001 version. Considering how WCF was mainly a copy label, I feel it’s justified to claim that this version shown here came first.
HOT WACKS has contradicted itself for year in these two listings saying Bang Records 4022 contains excerpts from the second (evening) show) while claiming FRT BRK1001 is from the “afternoon concert, not evening from which Apple LP’s were made.”
Eight Arms To Hold You confirms that this and The Greatest Show On Earth (Share Records GH-6699), later copied by CBM (or the other way around) as Madison Square Garden August 1, 1971 and issued in several different variations – stamped cover, insert, with Carnaby, Instant Analysis or blank labels (matrix: SAD 1 / 2) – do indeed come from the evening show.
All performances on the official double album were taken from the evening show, with the exception of “Wah Wah” (compiled from afternoon & evening show), “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and Leon Russell’s medley, which were entirely taken from the afternoon multi-track tapes. That means The Greatest Show On Earth and the CBM issues remain core for WMGGW, while FRT BRK 1001 and the WCF copy are core for Leon Russell’s medley as well.
However, sine the audio quality for both masters seems to be rather challenging – “Satisfactory mono, a lot of crowd noise”and “Poor mono” for FRT BRK 1001/WCF 4022, this is for hardcore collectors only.
Track list for the two versions:
FRT BRK 1001 & WCF 4022 A/B:
A1 My Sweet Lord
A2 It Ain’t Easy
A3 Beware Of Darkness
A4 While My Guitar Gently Weeps
A5 Jumpin’ Jack Flash Medley
B1 That’s The Way God Planned It
B2 Mr Tambourine Man
B3 Just Like A Woman
B5 Bangla Desh
The Greatest Show On Earth & CBM issues:
A1 My Sweet Lord 4:12
A2 Beware Of Darkness 3:22
A3 While My Guitar Gently Weeps 4:20
A4 Here Comes The Sun 2:38
A5 Something 2:58
A6 Bangla Desh 4:14
B1 A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall 5:27
B2 It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry 2:58
B3 Blowin’ In The Wind 3:38
B4 Mr. Tambourine Man 4:07
B5 Just Like A Woman 4:38