Matrix writing: HAR 147 and either THIS SIDE IS FOR CHAR – THIS SIDE IS FOR CAROL
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
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. brucespringsteen.it claimed these were pressed on black, red and multi-color PVC but all the red ones I have seen where red and multicolored:
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:
From eBay auction texts:
“BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN THE ROXY 75 2LP FANTASTIC CONDITION(INSERT IS LOOSE)THIS IS THE RAREST AND MOST SOUGHT AFTER IDLE MIND PRODUCTION TITLE AND COMES COMPLETE WITH CATALOG.200 COPIES .ONLY VERSSION OR FORM BY IDLE MIND(YOU SEE THE DIFFERNECE IN THE LABEL AND IN THE INSERT PHOTO(THE DIFFERENCE IS THAT IN THE HAR EDITION NI IMP 1105 WAS STATED IN THE BOTTOM RIGHT OF THE INSERT).VERY RARE
REMARKS:THIS IS ONE OF THE 4-5 RAREST LIVE ABOUT THE BOSS IN THIS FROM”
“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”
Bruce Springsteen & The E street Band
1975-10-17a (early Show)
The Roxy Theater, Hollywood, CA
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.
Also in red & orange and two different greens:
So 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. ” [bobsboots.com]
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:
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: