Springsteen, Bruce

Springsteen B FIRE 3

Springsteen Fire

Springsteen Fire b 2

Below: Stamp variation, “FIRE VINYL”

Springsteen B FIRE

Springsteen Fire b

Springsteen Fire disc

USA: 1979

Source: FM broadcast from San Francisco’s Winterland on 15 December 1978 but with only half the concert presented here.

“Superb vinyl. No labels (look at the photo to know what I mean). Red/yellow insert as cover. Repressed in normal coloured vinyl with labels (custom). Since the material recorded on the discs is fairly common, the repress is absolutely less attractive.” [source:]

The question at this point is, if this came out before or after Slipped Disc’s LIVE IN THE PROMISED LAND box.

If it came out later, this would mark the first time that the 78/79-1XX label had issued something already out on another label. For some reason, their standard matrix markings of 79-1XX M were left off this release.




Japan: 1985

The bootleg website seems to agree that this was recorded at L.A.’s Sports Arena on 4 November 1984 – the last of a seven night residency at this venue playing to over 111000 people. Springsteen performed in Japan in April of 1985 and it can be assumed that this bootleg was released fairly soon after that.

1601 A:    Born in the USA / Prove it all night / Out in the street / Atlantic City / Nebraska     
1601 B:    Darlington county / Glory days / The promised land / Badlands / Pink cadillac  
1602 A:    Cover me / Dancing in the dark / Hungry heart / No surrender / Bobby Jean 
1602 B:    I’m on fire / Born to run / Detroit Medley / Twist and shout / Santa Claus is comin’ to town

Total Time: 1:41:45

“This is an incomplete Japanese release. Tracks are out of order and the sound is terrible.” Compare this with a HOTWACKS rating of”Exs”.
Shiro from XL Records obviously only wanted to produce a double album (as Springsteen bootlegs were at this point not well established in Japan and no guaranteed sellers) and had to leave out quite a few songs due to Bruce’s marathon concert lengths.


set list:



“Johnny Bye-Bye” includes the “Mystery Train” outro. “Shut Out The Light” dedicated to Born On The Fourth Of July author and anti-war activist Ron Kovic who is in the audience. Another fine show, and the last night of a seven night stand at the Sports Arena in Los Angeles.

Audience tape on CDR ‘Los Angeles 84 Last Night’ and also available from Mark Persic’s master recording and titled ‘Hearts Of Fire Grown Cold’ (Ev2). The video footage for the “Born In The U.S.A.” music video is shot at the stadium.

Springsteen Bosswashere 1

Springsteen Bosswashere 2Springsteen Bosswashere insideSpringsteen Bosswashere 3

1/1    Summertime Blues     Cleveland,OH The Agora  09-Aug-1978
1/2    Spirit in the night                ”    –    –
1/3    Because the night               ”    –    –
1/4    Ramrod     Paris, Palais des Sports  18-Apr-1981
2/1    The river                          ”    –    –
2/2    Independence day           ”    –    –
2/3    Who’ll stop the rain?        ”    –    –
3/1    She’s the one     Cleveland,OH The Agora  09-Aug-1978
3/2    Raise your hand                            ”    –    –
3/3    Darkness on the edge of town       ”    –    –
4/1    Can’t help falling in love     Paris, Palais des Sports  18-Apr-1981
4/2    Born to run                                     ”    –    –
4/3    Detroit Medley                                ”    –    –
4/4    Twist and shout     Cleveland,OH The Agora  09-Aug-1978


There is the typical Flying Horses mis-attribution of sources and venues; sides 1 & 2 are listed as being from the Royal Albert Hall in April of 1981. This was the first release of any material from the Paris 1981 concert.


Springsteen Resurrected

Springsteen Resurrected b

Back of the album, should have waited for the stamp ink to dry before stacking them.

Springsteen Resurrected 096

Name of the artist for those “in the know” only. There are numbered and unnumbered copies with two different sizes for the big stamp found as well. Supposedly 500 numbered copies exist (plus non-numbered ones?).

Springsteen Resurrected 2

Insert found with some copies.

Springsteen Resurrected 3Springsteen Resurrected lbl

Matrix: LR101

The first two tracks come from the earliest Child/Steel Mill audio in circulation and were taken from an audience recording taped at the Free University “The Center” in Richmond, VA on 20 September 1969. [Too bad they did not include ‘KT88’ because that instrumental really rocked.]

‘Bright Lights, Big City’ closes side 1 and is from an unknown source; ‘Bishop Danced’ was recorded live at Max’s Kansas City in NYC on 31 January 1973. We are back in Richmond, VA for ‘You Mean So Much To Me’ recorded at a radio session at The Alpha Sound Studio on 31 May 1973 and broadcast on WGOE-FM.

The final two songs are from 1973 as well: ‘The Fever’ came from a session at The Record Plant on 16 May and ‘Zero And Blind Terry’ was recorded on Halloween that year at The Main Point, Bryn Mawr, PA.


Three reissues, all credited to THE JERSEY DEVIL + an album (sub)title, all with the same simple look and aimed at fooling the FBI that this was a TMOQ job.


5466: King Of The Alley

Springsteen Jersey Devil HH 3

Single LP, does include ‘Thunder Road’; Matrix: TMQ 5466 / some with HAR matrix numbers claims This is the master and artwork that K&S reissued in 1979 on red PVC as # 060 in a limited edition.

Text says: ” The first song is from the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles as performed at Columbia Records Annual Convention in 1973. The last one is from the Main Point in Philadelphia on February 9, 1975. Everything else is from the Main Point on April 24, 1973.

TMQ 5466 – By the people – For the people “

Springsteen TJD KotAlley


5467: A Harley In Heat

Springsteen Harley in Heat 2

Springsteen Harley in Heat

Matrix: TMQ 5467; 2 LPs on black vinyl

A reissue of The Roxy / “Ain’t nobody here from the billboard tonight” [HA 160 / IMP 1105] – previously reviewed here


5468: Ragamuffin Gunner

Springsteen Ragamuffin Gunner 4

Springsteen Ragamuffin Gunner 3

Version 1:

A reissue of Hot Coals From The Fiery Furnace  from the same Hofmann Avenue Records 164 plates. 
Matrix is HAR164 A-B – the TMOQ # can only be found on the slip sheet. No other markings in the run out groove this time, so no dedications and the writing is different.

This seems to be the only of the three Jersey Devil reissues that was also pressed on colored PVC:


Springsteen Jersey Devil 146

Springsteen Jersey D


Springsteen Ragamuffin Gunner creamSpringsteen Ragamuffin Gunner J copy

Above: I first thought this might be a Japanese copy but apparently that is not the case after all. label is looks like a homemade typed-and-then-cut-into-lable-shape job.


Version 2 (not produced by Lou Cohan):

Springsteen Ragamuffin Gunner v 2

Springsteen Ragamuffin Gunner v 2 b

The (much) later picture disc release copied the same artwork:

Springsteen Ragamuffin Gunner pic disc


All five discs were also available in a box set called Box O’Rocks.   I do not know if the individual TMQ branded sets came first or the box did – I am leaning towards the second case, purely based on the striped PVC used in pressing the first run but this may be wrong.


1. 100 copies on color vinyl with black stripes, cover was a tan colored insert:

Springsteen Box O Rocks striped A

It seems that the first issue boxes were numbered as this one was offered as # 88/100 on eBay (and sold for $602 in February of 2014):

Springsteen Box O Rocks # 88

1.a. Apparently, the first pressing discs are not just found with the tan/gold insert color:

Springsteen Box O Rocks striped 1

2. 100 copies on red, yellow, clear, and m/c PVC. White insert:

Springsteen Box O Rocks col.


3. 150 copies two blue, two yellow and a red disc. White insert:

Springsteen Box O Rocks yel


4. Copied on QUICK Q RECORDS with a new b/w insert. Opportunity Records labels:

Springsteen Box O Rocks RE

Springsteen Box O Rocks Opp label

Springsteen HCftFF red gre

For his third Springsteen release, Lou created another hodgepodge of live recordings from 1973 -75, taken from audience recordings this time and one of the few titles getting a detailed review in Heylin’s book: “… the sound was not on par with its predecessors but performances like the twenty minute ‘E Street Shuffle’, a heart stopping ‘Lost in the Flood’ and a fourth side of non-stop knock-’em dead covers – ‘Wear My Ring Around Your Neck’, ‘It’s My Life’, ‘Sha La La’, ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’, ‘It’s Gonna Work Out Fine’ and ‘Up on the Roof’ – made it perhaps the most authentic Springsteen boot yet produced.” [Bootleg, Heylin, p. 118]

If anyone has a close up of the back flap insert text, please leave a comment.

Matrix messages this time around:  not one of us is free   Until all of us are free  / To Karen innocent lover   Vivacious and kissable

Pink, orange or yellow inserts. The pink ones may have been the first ones, used on a pressing run limited to 300. Above is a first pressing with picture labels, also with two red mcv discs, as seen here below:

Springsteen HCftFF red red

and blue:

Springsteen HCFAFF blu disc

The following seems to be an example of the second pressing, described as “later issue, again by HAR … on red/yellow- black or red/blue- black vinyl with custom labels” on, which also states “Repressed also with TMQ 5468 labels (and matrix) in black vinyl (some coloured) and blank labels.“.

Springsteen Hot Coals red

Below, third pressing on plain red and yellow PVC:

Springsteen HCftFF red ora cl

And on black PVC:

Springsteen Hot Coals bl

Another label variation found via popsike:

Springsteen HCFAFF Storytime lbl



Mitchell J PAM 2

Mitchell J PaM

Lou rolls out another Vibrator Records title. Made in The Ukraine! Of all places… I have only ever seen this in multicolor blue and it may only have been pressed once. Technically, this should make it one of the rarer H.A.R. titles but this has not translated into higher prices. Not an easy to research title, popsike does not know it at all.

“For the sake of history let me clear up a few inaccuracies. I was the guy who interviewed Joni in the late 60s and it was my folk radio show (and some live performances from the Second Fret in Philly) that were bootlegged. The interviews from 1967 were recorded on my Sunday night radio shows on WHAT-FM (96.5) in Philadelphia (the station is now WWDB) My assistant, Ed Sciaky who was doing a show on his college radio station (WRTI at Temple) taped my interviews with Joni and then took his WRTI recorder to the Fret to get her in concert. Theses historic taped shows were first aired on WHAT-FM and WRTI-FM and played years later on WMMR when both Ed and I were DJs there. That’s when they were bootlegged.
During the first interview Joni’s husband Chuck was in the studio—they did “Circle Game” together, but the quality of that tape was bad and I rarely repeated it. Also during one interview she sang “Sugar Mountain” and told the story of how a friend of her’s in Toronto was unable to get into this folkie coffeehouse when he reached age 20  so he wrote this song to bemoan  loosing his teen status, and entre to the club. She said his name was Neil Young , but never went on to tell me that she wrote “Circle
Game” in response to “Sugar Mountain”. I heard her relate that story years later in the BBC radio concert she did with James Taylor.  Interesting stuff eh?
Just thought I’d set the record straight. On the back of one LP the bootleggers thanked the people at WMMR for playing the tapes they ripped off. They didn’t know the true origin of the tapes. Meanwhile that’s my voice on those snippets of interviews.
Gene Shay/ WXPN, WHYY, Philadelphia (Still doing Sunday folk shows after all these years!)”

These comments also apply to the WINTERLADY release on Ken’s Flat Records label, previously featured in this post.


Mitchell J PaM disc


Browne J rated X 3

Pressed on mcv orange, green and blue PVC.

A reminder why you should not (have) tape(d) the slip sheet onto the plain white cover if you removed the shrink wrap, a definite value reducer in most cases as the tape deteriorates and turns very dark:

Browne J rated X blu

Inserts came in yellow and white:

Browne J rated X b&w

Browne J rated X detail

It seems that there was another pressing on plain red PVC, which is not often seen:

Browne J rated X red

And on black vinyl and with a Dragonfly label:

Browne J rated X black


Jackson Browne live at the Main Point in Bryn Mawr, PA, on 07 September 1975, as broadcast by WMMR. Part of this broadcast was also released on TAKRL 1993 THE RETURN OF THE COMMON MAN and in full on the Impossible Recordworks double IMP 2-14: Live At The Main Point  (follow the link)



Detailed information about he next in line release – David Bowie WISH UPON A STAR – can be found by clicking here.

Bowie Wish Upon A Star 2

Springsteen Jersey Devil

Springsteen Jersey Devil b


Matrix writing: HAR 147 and either THIS SIDE IS FOR CHAR – THIS SIDE IS FOR CAROL

Springsteen Jersey Devil lbl

Lou had two cassettes of live recordings taped back East (not all songs complete) and he turned this into the world’s first Springsteen bootleg. Here are the sources for tracks 2 – 8:
“The FM version circulated on boot vinyl in the 70’s: you can tell it’s broadcast cuz the station edited Bruce’s rap before #6 (deleted reference to the alcoholic and other odd characters); I believe other raps were also snipped, either for legal reasons or for time constraints.

Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band
The Main Point
Bryn Mawr, PA US
April 24, 1973

Bold tracks are on the LP

1. New York City Song aka New York City Seranade aka Jazzman
2. Circus Song aka Wild Billy’s Circus Song
3. Sprit in the Night
4. Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?
5. Hey Santa Anna aka Contessa aka Santa Anna
6. Tokyo aka And Then The Band Played aka And The Band Played
7. Thundercrack

The last track on side 2 comes from a WMMR broadcast from the same venue on 5 February 1975 with the beginning taken from the official Born To Run album, since the taper missed the start of ‘Thunder Road’.


Originals have this silver label, listing the titles for both sides – later pressings left out ‘Thunder Road’ – the other side usually had a blank label or an Idle Mind logo label. claimed these were pressed on black, red and multi-color PVC but all the red ones I have seen where red and multicolored:

Springsteen Jersey Devil red mcv

Inserts / mini-catalogs further help date copies by what dates and releases are mentioned. The Italian Springsteen website has four of them. Here is the second earliest insert as a significant upgrade:

HAR catalogue


From eBay auction texts:



“bruce springsteen the roxy imp1105

this is by far the rarest bruce spring steen item even more than ain’t nobody here multicolor wax and box o’ rocks 1st edition.

also as idle mind production ths is by far the rarest even more than led zeppelin my brain huts on green vinyl

both cover(insert not glued)and vinyl are near mint, label is the same [as] my brain hurts(white label without any imp logo)

the H.A.R version is on black or multicolor vinyl with yellow H.A.R label the I.M.P. VERSION IS ON BLUE AND YELLOW  WAX AND IS THEREFORE DOUBT VERY,VERY RARE”

Springsteen The Roxy ora blu


Bruce Springsteen & The E street Band
1975-10-17a (early Show)
The Roxy Theater, Hollywood, CA
Radio Broadcast

A release where Lou felt he had to set the record straight in a latter to Kurt Glemser in regards to Vicky Vinyl’s actual involvement. The “cut up a poster that would now be worth $500” for the artwork – insert.

Also, with HAR labels. Matrix has the following phrases: 1: “Bruce I Want Your Billboard”; Side 2: “This Side For Melinda”; Side 3: “This Side For Sean & Mark”; Side 4: “Catch Me If You Can -V.V.”

Some inserts have “IMP 1005” added under the dangling shoes.

Springsteen 160 TANHFBT IMP lbl

Springsteen 160 TANHFBT green. ora

Springsteen 160 TANHFBT

Also in red & orange and two different greens:

Springsteen 160 green x 2****

Dylan Young Snack

Dylan Snack b2

Dylan Young Snack disc

Dylan Snack or discSo far I have found these two colored and label versions shown above. Re-pressings were on black wax.

Matrix (Side A: VIBE #160-A): “Dedicated To These Few People Who Truly Understand Me”
Matrix (Side B: VIBE #160-B): “For Love And Dave”

“Although the snack concert was a broadcast event, Dylan’s microphone was having problems and he is not as loud as he needs to be. ” []



Matrix: 1900 EP SIDE 1 DYLAN FOR PRES IN 76
Matrix: 1900 EP SIDE 2 NEIL FOR VP

bobsboots states originally released on red PVC:

Dylan Bigm red

Each side features 2 excerpts from  the Mary Travers interview 3 October 1975. In another continuation (after the typical matrix messages) the songs are from the 1964 Philharmonic Hall Helloween Show. The last track is not by Bob Dylan but taken from an official 45 by The Family Frog: 

Family Frog Help

The story is well known, a Cypress, CA school teacher becomes a huge Springsteen fan in 1974. Already buying bootlegs from Vicky Vinyl and Jim Washburn at record swap meets, he mentions one time too many that he’d really love to see a Springsteen bootleg and VV teaches him how to do it.  He names his label after the street he grew up on in Trenton, NJ: Hoffman Avenue Records.



BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN     THE JERSEY DEVIL  HAR 147 / later switched to HAR 161   – Pressed September 1975 (original price $4.00)


BOB DYLAN / NEIL YOUNG    S.N.A.C.K.   HAR 163 (o. p. $4.50)

BOB DYLAN    BASICS IN G MINOR EP  [“TAKRL 1900 EP” on the cover; XXX 001 on the 2nd catalog] ($1.50 o.p.)

These four releases were available in the first ever mail order catalog, dated 31 January 1976. A second catalog from April or May 1976 lists the following titles:


JONI MITCHELL    THE POSALL AND THE MOSALLM   HAR 165 [on Vibrator Records labels, catalog says “formerly titled “Sugar Mt. And Other High Spots”]

JACKSON BROWNE    RATED X   HAR 166  [called “YOU ONLY WANT MEAT (YOU ASSHOLE)” in it’s first catalog appearance, which also states “… planned for release in late May…”]

DAVID BOWIE – The title that ended up being WISH UPON A STAR and announced as two volumes is announced in the same catalog. The first HAR release containing material taped in 1976 (9 February).

NEIL YOUNG / STEVEN STILLS    FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH   HAR 167 (recorded late June – July ’76)

BOB DYLAN    HOLD THE FORT FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH   HAR 168 (recorded 16 May 1976)

PAUL McCARTNEY + WINGS    ORIENTAL NIGHTFISH  HAR 169 (contains a live recording from 16 June 1976)


GENESIS   2 DOWN, 3 LEFT  on Dancing Disc Records D1001 [Cleveland, OH 15 April 1976, from radio broadcast]

YES  MARK’S LP  2 LP on Dancing Disc Records  [6 June 1976; Roosevelt Stadium, NJ, from radio broadcast, matrix: HAR-151 A-D]

ROLLING STONES    HOSTS TUFF     [WAR 1001, 4 – 7 June 1976, Paris]


BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN    (THE BOSS) RESURRECTED    [Lonely Records, LR101 – 500 numbered copies]

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN    BOX O’ ROCKS     5 LP box set containing HAR 160-164-147: Jersey Devil, The Roxy + Hot Coals From A Fiery Furnace



BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN     HARLEY IN HEAT                  [Matrix: TMQ 5467, copy of THE ROXY]



NILS LOFGREN  LIVE (BACK IT UP) [pirate of live promo]


Any comments + additions welcome, as always.



Vicky Vinyl had bounced back from her initial bust and kept making bootlegs. By 1978 she reissued older and pressed new releases on the Slipped Disc – Piste records, claiming to come out of France.

Slipped Disc lbl


“One of the reasons [Bruce Springsteen’s] 1978 Tour is so well-remembered, and often viewed as the peak of Springsteen and the E Street Band in concert, is that several complete shows were broadcast live on progressive rock and album-oriented rock radio stations. These included the July 7 show at West Hollywood’s The Roxy, broadcast on KMET, the August 9 show at Cleveland’s Agora Ballroom, broadcast on WMMS, the September 19 show at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey, broadcast on WNEW-FM, the September 30 show from the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, broadcast on about 20 Southeastern stations, and the December 15 show from the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, broadcast on KSAN-FM. These broadcasts were mixed by Jimmy Iovine and of high audio quality, and were listened to at the time by a larger audience than attended the concerts. ” [wikipedia – Darkness Tour]

[Springsteen] had already aired ‘Point Blank’, ‘Independance Day’, ‘The Ties That Bind’ and ‘Sherry Darling’ in widely taped radio broadcasts, which even now were being pressed to bootleg disc: something, which as of July 1978, Springsteen had insisted ‘doesn’t really bother me.’ His introduction to ‘Sandy’ [actually, it was his introduction to ‘Racing In The Street] at the December 15 Winterland show, suggesting the Jersey girls would get to hear this particularly fine version ‘through the magic of bootlegging’, rather implied he still didn’t. But by 1979 he was no longer so keen on these clandestine copyists. Or more accurately, perhaps Jon Landau on behalf of Bruce Springsteen was less keen on them. ” [Heylin in E Street Shuffle: The Glory Days of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band]

It was only logical that bootleggers were going to take Springsteen at his word and provide the magic he had spoken about at the Winterland show, full knowing all of America that cared would get to hear it. Vicky Vinyl and partner Jim Washburn started with 450 numbered copies of a 3 LP box set called LIVE IN THE PROMISED LAND, containing the complete broadcast.

Springsteen Pr Land

First edition identified by four digit numbering not going over 450, Slipped Disc labels and matrix numbers of BS2978.

Springsteen LitPLand

Surplus records from the first pressing were then issued in the beautiful gatefold sleeve with the stunning inner photo and the front saying “Winterland. 1978”.

“Actually, it is not clear if the box edition is a sort of limited edition or a cheaper package of advanced / early copies. The gatefold foldout edition is in fact more attractive than the box edition, and I guess there can be not much more than 450 around, maybe even less. So, they are both ‘originals’ in my opinion, even if for some strange reason, the box edition is considered much rarer….” []

Springsteen LitPLand inner

Springsteen Winterland 1978 2

Re-pressings include

Box set with insert, photo from gatefold edition

Springsteen LitPLand b

– Raring Records – Matrix BS2925, with yellow / green insert wrap and custom RR or GLC labels, black vinyl

FULL TILT or KING TOOT labels, some on red vinyl

gold / yellow vinyl with blank labels

Springsteen LitpL gold red

Springsteen Winterland copy box

Picture disc of sides 5/6, 450 copies


As the package obviously sold well, they then booted the Passaic, NJ recording as another triple box:

Springsteen PdRSpringsteen PdR sealed 2

Original version is a box set with a five digit numbered slip sheet with Slipped Disc labels and the matrix marking SPRING A – F. Limited to 2000 copies, so number must be up to that only.  Numbers are either stamped or found on a round or square sticker. Likely, the first copies # 1 – 200 had the numbered stickers and from then on a stamped number was used.

Springsteen PdR detail

Later edition with a higher number in a four digit format.


Springsteen PdR numbered box

Springsteen PdR TMoQ

Different insert. Copied inserts exist as well. Among the label variations the following exist: ‘Blockhead’, blank, Full Tilt, Side 1-6 #, the above TMOQ ‘smoking pig’ ones and more. Later re=pressings are often reported to have slight sound deterioration.

Springsteen PdR Blockhead lbl

Springsteen PdR FT lbl

These two box sets caused CBS Inc. to file charges claiming “infringements of copyrights in 43 cases, unfair competition, unjust enrichment, unauthorized use of name and likeness and interference with economic advantage” in July of 1979. The suit additionally accused Waters of producing the bootlegs Fire, “E” Ticket and Cheap Trick’s California Man 78

While Vicky Vinyl/Andrea Waters “had no time for Springsteen’s music” to quote Heylin and these box sets were just a means for her to finance more Rolling Stones releases, things were quite different for Jim Washburn, the store manager of Beggar’s Banquet – her Anaheim record store. He was a Springsteen fan and had been with Lou Cohen when Springsteen was presented with a copy of THE JERSEY DEVIL after the Santa Barbara gym concert on 1 November 1975, observing ‘The Boss’ enthusiastic reaction to having been bootlegged for the first time.

Washburn: “Throughout the course of the [1979] lawsuit, I couldn’t believe that Springsteen was behind it. He must be uninformed, this guy who was going on stage and talking … about how lawyers shouldn’t run the world. I wrote him a letter – wrapped in a rare Ronettes picture sleeve – in which I asked to meet with him, and if he still thought I’d wronged him after explaining our side, I offered to do anything I could to make it up to him. I delivered it to the desk of the Sunset Marquis in Hollywood when he was staying there, and it was promptly turned over to his attorneys, who were not terribly nice about it. Having slept on sidewalks to get Springsteen tickets and all that … I still couldn’t believe Mr. Populist Rocker had gone corporate. As the suit was winding to a close, Springsteen was again in town for a series of concerts [Springsteen played four shows at the L.A. Sports Arena, 30 October to 3 November 1980 ]. I spent all the money I had getting a room at the Sunset Marquis in the hopes of talking to him. Which I did when he showed up poolside, and he made it clear that that’s what he had lawyers for, and to leave him alone.” [Heylin, E Street Shuffle: The Glory Days of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band]

In 1981, finally nailed down on the issue in an interview by Creem magazine, Springsteen said:

“Dave Dimartino: Why did you change your opinion about bootlegs?

Bruce Springsteen: I felt that there was a point there where, when it first started, a lot of bootlegs were made by fans, there was more of a connection. But it became, there was a point where there were just so many. Just so many that it was big business. It was made by people who, you know, they didn’t care what the quality was. It just got to the point where I’d walk in and see a price tag of $30 on a record of mine that, to me, really sounded bad, and I just thought it was a rip. I thought I was getting ripped, I wrote the music, the songs – it all came out of me! And I felt it was a rip, and the people who were doing it had warehouses full of records and were just sitting back, getting fat, rushing and putting out anything and getting 30 fucking dollars for it. And I just got really mad about it at one point. “

In the end – December 1980, Waters pleaded guilty to one count of copyright infringement and was fined $5,000 for that. Awarded to Springsteen in the civil suit were 43 times $50,000 for each violated music copyright, adding up to $2,150,000 and CBS received $1,500 and court costs of $105,573. However, neither party could collect on the judgement as Waters and Washburn had already declared bankruptcy, aided by the relatively long time span between the FBI bust and CBS’ filing their civil suit for damages.

As described in Heylin’s BOOTLEG book, the FBI had had been given Water’s name several months prior already, when a Canadian retailer, Michael Mess decided to name her, Ken, Kurt Glemser and John Wizardo as the real people behind “a Long Beach bootleg ring”. A Malcolm Moore was identified as responsible for pressing the K&S titles. On 22 February 1980, the FBI and RCMP raided 150 people in the same day, from Georgia to California to Ontario, Canada, trying one and for all to stamp out this bootleg business. While some players were stopped, we know today that it did little to stem the tide. As Heylin puts it: “… the FBI failed to severe the cord between manufacturer and punter.”, and producers abroad, especially Europe and Japan were just getting started. However the bust of 1980 wiped out most of the second generation labels/producers, with the exception of Ken, who had moved to Spain by that time.

HW 7 police stamp

Canadian police evidence number stamp applied following the raid and confiscation at the Hot Wacks Press office in 1980. Item later purchased from Kurt Glemser after he received it all back.

Jim Washburn later pointed out in OC Weekly that, “despite the headlines about the $2.1 million ruling, the glut of other bootleggers’ Bruce boots was just beginning.”


I was sent this list for the UL, dated May 1980 and the question is, could Andrea ‘Enthal’ be an alias used by Vicky Vinyl?


Andrea letter

056 + 057:

Led Zep Knebworth V 1

Side 1: Communication Breakdown/I Can’t Quit You Baby/Dazed & Confused/What Is And What Should Never Be/Communication Breakdown (22:10)

Side 2: Traveling Riverside Blues medley incl. The Lemon Song/Whole Lotta Love/I Can’t Quit You Baby* (19:20)

Side 3: White Summer medley incl. Black Mountain Side*/The Song Remains The Same/Celebration Day (22:05)

Side 4: Out On The Tiles Intro-Black Dog/Nobody’s Fault But Mine/Over The Hills And Far Away/Misty Mountain Hop (23:40)

Source: Side 1 & 2 Playhouse Theatre (BBC – Top Gear with John Peel), London, 3 March 1969 & Maida Vale Studio 4 (BBC – Top Gear with John Peel)  London, 24 June ’69;

Side 3 & 4 Knebworth Festival, Stevenage, England, 4 August  1979, except first track (*) Montreux Casino, Switzerland 7 March 1970.

Led Zep Knebworth Fair V 1 2

Led Zep Knebworth Fair V 2

Also came with Phonygraf and TMOQ smoking pig labels.

Side 1: Since I’ve Been Loving You/The Rain Song/Sick Again (23:40)

Side 2: White Summer medley incl. Black Mountain Side/Kashmir/Trampled Underfoot (24:00)

Side 3: Guitar And Drum Solo/In The Evening/Stairway To Heaven (26:30)

Side 4: Rock & Roll/Whole Lotta Love medley incl. Woman You Need Love/Heartbreaker (19:20)

Source: Knebworth Festival, Stevenage, England. 4 August  ’79.


Released ca. late fall/early winter of 1979, K&S beat the competition when their source tape trumped the offerings on Raven [ LIVE AT KNEBWORTH AUG. 4/79 PART 1 &2 ] and Ken’s Phoenix [ KNEBWORTH 79 ]

Led Zep Knebworth sm


and the Raven label [ KNEBWORTH II ] released around the mid-80s:

Led Zep Knebworth II sma

Although the material would have fit on a 3 LP set, it was padded out unnecessarily with BBC ’69 and Montreux 1970 material.



BLONDIE ‘GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDIE’ – all copies seized by the FBI ca. February 1980



Costello E Hate You Live

Costello E Hate You Live b

Costello E Hate You Live detail

Side one Live, side two studio 45’s: cover, labels and trail off reports “EC9000” as catalogue and matrix #. This run was mainly seized by FBI in the same raid with Blondie K&S 058 “Gentlemen prefer Blondie” and Elvis Presley K&S 070 “Elvis Presley 7lp set” both all seized. Only few handful of copies survived the raid. Black vinyl only

According to Going Through The Motions, side one is from February 13, 1979, Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA. Side two is a bunch of pirated B-sides and give-aways (before Taking Liberties this was worth something. “Neat Neat Neat” was the only one not to appear on that album).

Collector’s comment: “The live recording has the frequency response of a telephone. The pirated stuff sounds okay.”

Costello LB 79 2

A concert review for the 14 February show appeared in the 5 April ’79 issue of Rolling Stone – # 288.

Some dealers have decided that this is one of the world’s most valuable bootleg – see Mamma/GMV Records on musicstack/gemm – asking 5K Euros for it and claiming only 5 copies made it out [which I doubt]. Reality check: In its newest eBay auction, a copy sold forjust $57 in January of 2014.


Text found on gemm:
-Elvis Costello:Hate You Live, ULTRAMEGARARE! Totally withdrawn live vinyl LP on K&S lbl, this release was totally sequestred & destroyed by FBI before LPs arrives in the Shop, the rarest K&S lbl live LP, not more than 5 copies exist!!!, still pristine copy in its own full deluxe p/s-If you collect K&S lbl this is the ‘holy graal’!!!(K&S EC 9000)-€.4999.99



Springsteen Jersey Devil K&S

Springsteen JD KotAlley red

Pressed on red PVC from “original plates” which I assume to be Hoffman Avenue Records / Idle Mind plates.


More information can be found here:

Although, there are two mistakes here: The title is slightly misspelled and it’s not a double set.

The Jersey Devil / King Of The Alley (Matrix: TMOQ 5466) is a “stealth” repressing Lou Cohan did in 1977 (after getting busted in late ’76) of his own Hoffman Avenue Records title # 147 and either the first or second Springsteen bootleg ever, released in September of 1975:

Springsteen Jersey Devil sm

As a footnote and to confuse things a bit more, the original album was referred to in later issues as # 161:

HAR list

Refer to the upcoming Hoffman Avenue Records post found here for more information