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Another singer songwriter whose success led to a number of bootlegs in 1971 was James Taylor.

Taylor J Tailor Made A

Taylor J Tailor Made b

Compared with the label below, we can see a discrepancy that the insert claims “Steamroller Blues” was moved to the end of side A, yet the label doesn’t list it. This may just be a case of WCF not bothering to correct TMI’s running order. Please leave a comment if you can confirm the correct running order on the discs.

Taylor J Tailor Made lbl 734 A

Matrix / Runout: 734-A / B / C / D

Side A: Sweet Baby James (3:00) / I Feel Fine (3:08) / Hey Mister, That’s Me Up On The Juke Box (3:30) / Sunny Skies (2:46) / Chili Dog (1:51)
Side B: Riding On A Railroad (2:40) / Conversation (1:38) / Places In My Past (2:09) / You Can Close Your Eyes (2:25) / Soldiers (1:12) / Going To Carolina In My Mind (3:33) / Long Ago And Far Away (2:32)
Side C: Country Road (4:51) / Fire And Rain (3:46) / Sixteen Candles (1:46) / Love Has Brought Me Around (2:59) / Oh, Don’t You Know (2:42)
Side D: Steamroller Blues (5:08) / Come On Brother, Get On Up And Help Me Find The Screw (4:08) / The Promised Land (3:36) / Isn’t It Nice To Be Home Again (0:41) / “On Campus TV Special”: Fire and Rain; Country Road; Oh Susanna;  Sweet Baby James (9:30)

Track lengths, except for the very last item added to side D, which first appeared on the TMI Records version, are taken from “Isn’t it nice to be home again” and may not be accurate for the WCF copy.

Source: Live At The Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA, 21 March 1971; except for the On Campus special, Nashville Ryman Auditorium, broadcast 17 February, 1971.

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The Original by Rubber Dubber (71-014), likely the follow up to their famous Neil Young double and likely their final product. RD was raided in L.A. on September 9th & 14th ’71. This makes me wonder how fast their “recording to vinyl” cycle was; if it was fast, i.e. a release soon after the concert date, were there any other projects they did not get around to release or had they stopped for the time being? If it was slow, it would have meant that this had a street date closer to the summer of 1971.

In addition, unlike the earlier Rubber Dubber titles, no ‘white stamped cover’ version of this release seems to exist despite someone connected to the label claiming that those were always done first.

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Taylor J IINTBHA b 3

Taylor J inner L

Above: The inner gatefold right panel text. Below, the photo on the opposite side:

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HOTWACKS claims that Rubber Dubber also released this as TAILOR MADE but I believe they are mistaken.

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The first copy on this no label name outfit:

This was likely the first version moving the position of “Steamroller Blues” to the end of side A and adding the “On Campus” TV broadcast capture. WCF and CBM’s copy originate from this version (alternatively, CBM copied WCF’s copy).

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Taylor J TMI b

A nice gesture among bootleggers: TMI thanking Rubber Dubber on the back cover.

Matrix / Runout: TMI-A / B / C / D

This was a short lived 1971 bootleg label that emphasized the quality of their cover art, down to what looks like gold-foil stickers.

Taylor J Tailor Made st

Their only other titles I am aware of are Janis Joplin – GET IT WHILE YOU CAN (JJ-4)

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and Carole King – FIT FOR A KING (KK-1/2):

King Carol Fit For A King

This version is known as the “Sound Underground” version, due to the name used on the back and the labels. It’s the same recording as California Concert on Carnaby/CBM and HOTWACKS states: “Also available as Fit For A King (Sound Underground). On this label S1 is better quality [than on Carnaby/CBM].

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The CBM copy named IN DISNEYLAND (3272/3)

Taylor J In Disneyland

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CBM seems to have only done a limited run of this title in 1972 (number-wise, it preceded their version of Cat Stevens – CATNIP, which in contrast they must have pressed a few thousands of). popsike recorded just three past auctions for this title. That being said, while researching if I can find better images I came across a website offering a copy for an incredible $150).

It is a lot more common as this tripe set on their early sub label Carnaby Records. It combines the JT Anaheim 71-03-21 recording with Carole King’s CALIFORNIA CONCERT

Matrix: RI 3272/3

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The artwork uses elements of the IN DISNEYLAND and CALIFORNIA CONCERT inserts (or maybe it’s the other way around). Produced with Carnaby Records labels that are either half red & white or orange. Tries to pass itself off as a UK product with a Newcastle, England address but it was made in the US.

Below: The original version, the later reissue with pirate logo on the insert and labels is more common, of the Carole King album, showing the link between Carnaby Records and CBM:

King C California Concert 3

 

 

HOTWACKS claims a CBM version named LIVE AT THE ANAHEIM CONVENTION CENTER exists, apparently with an insert listing track lengths. Does this really exist or is it another HW mistake?

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The Dittolino Discs single album version “FIRE & RAIN” with incorrect track list for side two

Apparently, the B-side does not have the five songs originally on side 3 of the double albums but the side two tracks (starting with “Riding On A Railroad”).

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Taylor J Tailor Made Fire Rain

Matrix: TM-1-A / B

“Steamroller Blues” closing side A pointing back to the deluxe cover versions with TMI matrix.

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As always, any confirmations, corrections and general comments are welcome.

 

 

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4033:

Taylor J L NY 72 4033 Sweet 2

Taylor J L NY 72 4033

Taylor J L NY 72 4033 alt

Above, the alternate insert version.

The “Volume 1/2” designation found in the HOTWAX listings apparently added by them as it’s not found anywhere on these inserts.

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4044:

Taylor J L NY 72 bTaylor J L NY 72 4044 lbl

Taylor J L NY 72 4044 alt

Year: 1973

Source: November 3 or 4, 1972 – Radio City Music Hall, NY 0 audience recording,                                         “I’ve got a lot to be happy for tonight,” announced an elated James Taylor at his Radio City Music Hall concert on Nov. 3, 1972. Earlier that evening, the 24-year-old troubadour had wed balladeer Carly Simon, 27, at her Manhattan apartment. No matter that the bride’s first hit had been the marriage-skeptical ”That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be” — the audience roared its approval when Simon joined her ”steamroller” on stage. ” [If that’s not on this album, than it’s probably from the 4th.]

Label: From the producers that would eventually bring you Berkley Records. Mostly found as two single LP’s and as it was produced during a time when this outfit produced relatively low runs, not impossible but also not that easy to find.

4044 runs at the incorrect speed.

Notes from a collector: “My copy comes in a double gatefold sleeve with two inserts…. The labels are blank, but the dead wax area of the first record has 4033-A and -B, and the second has 4044-A and -B engraved by hand.

 

101 Sweet Baby James
102 Makin' Whoopee
103 Riding On A Railroad
104 Long Ago And Far Away
105 Lo And Behold
106 Anywhere Like Heaven
107 Brighten Your Night With My Day
108 Something In The Way She Moves
109 Highway Song
110 Sunny Skies
111 Carolina In My Mind
112 Rainy Day Man
113 Instrumental
114 Hymn
115 Fanfare

201 Nobody But You
202 You've Got A Friend
203 Chili Dog
204 New Tune
205 Back On My Feet Again
206 Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
207 Country Road
208 One Man Parade
209 Steamroller Blues
210 Fire And Rain
-- Encore
211 (You Can) Close Your Eyes


James Taylor
Danny Kortchmar (guitar), 
Leland Sklar (bass), 
Craig Doerge (keyboards) 
and Russ Kunkel (drums).

Just presented as a needledrop on dime a few years ago.

 

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Carly-Simon-James-Taylor

3 November 1972

Mitchell J Taylor J In Perfect Harmony 4

Mitchell J Taylor J In Perfect Harmony 3I cannot see any spine writing but copies exist where it says: SE-7703 James Taylor & Joni Mitchell: Takes Two To Tango   1977 Smilin’ Ears Switzerland

HOTWACKS separates this release into IN PERFECT HARMONY on Escargot Records and TAKES TWO TO TANGO on Smilin’ Ears. I assume they went by the spine writing for the Smilin’ Ears version. It does seem as if several producers might have had their finger in the pie here and produced several different versions, based on the variations I managed to locate (with help, t.y, Karl), I am still looking for more images (printed spine, back, label variations, upgrades).

Released late 1977 / early 1978

 

Mitchell J Taylor J In Perfect Harmony 4 one lblMitchell J Taylor J In Perfect Harmony 4 two lbl

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Reissues / copies:

Mitchell J Taylor J In Perfect Harmony

Mitchell J Taylor In P Har BerkelyMitchell J Taylor In P Har Berkely b

 

Mitchell Taylor inPHarm

 

This recording is usually attributed as having been recorded at the Royal Albert Hall but is a John Peel session recorded live in front of a studio audience at the BBC’s Paris Theater in London.

Comments from guitars101.com:

This one is a bit of a mystery to me. I have a DVD of James Taylor‘s appearance on BBC TV and I can tell you that the songs he sings solo on this recording are from the same recording as that DVD…exact same spoken intros, same improvised lyrics, etc. However, the DVD looks like it was recorded in a TV studio in front of a small audience, not in a venue the size of the Royal Albert Hall…

The title of this bootleg is misleading. While Joni Mitchell did indeed perform at the Royal Festival Hall, London in 1970 the tracks on this bootleg were actually recorded by the BBC at the Paris Theatre shortly after her appearance at The Isle Of Wight Music Festival. The concert, including James Taylor’s solo songs, was broadcast in December 1970 as John Peel’s Sunday Concert on BBC’s Radio One.

[BBC Broadcast Portion]
01. John Peel Intro > That Song About the Midway
02. The Gallery
03. Rainy Day Man
04. Steamroller
05. The Priest
06 Dialog (spoken)
07. Carey
08. Carolina On My Mind
09. California
10. For Free
11. Circle Game Intro (spoken)
12. The Cirlce Game
13. You Can Close Your Eyes

[Air-Check rehearsal tape, Not broadcast and not on the album]
14. The Good Samaritan
15. The River
16. My Old Man
17. A Case Of You
18. Dialog (un-edited)
19. Carey

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Excerpts from this broadcast were first bootlegged ca. 1976 on the TAKRL (1949) release (Kept On) By Her Own Devices

Mitchell J BHOD

ROD STEWART WITH SMALL FACES – ‘NET WT. VERY HEAVY’  previously included in this post

JAMES TAYLOR – ‘FIRE + RAIN’ (TAILOR MADE)  now updated & included in this post

NEIL YOUNG – ‘NIEL’ LIVE  included in this post with a better image

 

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And there you have all Dittolino Disc releases. We still don’t know who was behind this label but this series of posts were a lot more interesting than I had first expected.

Taylor J In Disneyland

Side 1: Sweet Baby James (3:00)/ I Feel Fine (3:08) / Hey Mister, That’s Me Up On the Jukebox (3:30) / Sunny Skies (2:46) / Chili Dog (1:51) / Steamroller Blues (5:03)

Side 2: Riding On a Railroad (2:40) / Conversation (JT speaking to audience) (1:38) / Places
In My Past (2:09) / You Can Close Your Eyes (2:25) / Soldiers (1:12) / Carolina In My Mind (3:33) / Long Ago And Far Away (2:32)

Side 3: Country Road (4:51) / Fire and Rain (3:46) / Sixteen Candles (1:46) / Love Has Brought Me Around (2:59) / Oh, Don’t You Know (2:42)

Side 4: Come On Brother, Get On Up and Help Me Find the Screw (4:08) / The Promised Land (3:36) / Isn’t It Nice To Be Home Again (0:41) / ‘On Campus’ TV Special – 4 songs (9:30)                  HW rates this “Exs”

From an eBay seller not used to early 70s audience recordings: “1971 mediocre recording from the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA on March 21, 1971. The band included Carole King (piano), Danny Kortchmar (guitar), Leland Sklar (bass), and Russel Kunkel (drums). This recording was re-released later (slightly reshuffled) as Live at the Anaheim Convention Center and Tailor Made.

From allmusic.com:  “On February 17, 1971, Johnny Cash presented a special episode of his television program in which he traveled to Vanderbilt University to film a few scenes in which he talked with students, who also comprised the audience for him and other musicians in the performance scenes filmed in Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. It’s sometimes forgotten that Cash featured a good number of rock acts on his show, and perhaps because of the “campus” theme,
his guests on this particular episode were from the folk-country-rock worlds rather than pure country circles. This bootleg DVD, On Campus, contains the episode, which features not only Cash but also James Taylor, Neil Young, Linda Ronstadt, Tony Joe White, and (doing comedy) a young Albert Brooks. […] it’s an interesting opportunity to see rarely screened footage of both Cash and the others. Neil Young is captured just at the time he was rising to solo superstardom, performing unaccompanied versions (on guitar) of “The Needle and the Damage Done” and (on piano) “Journey Through the Past.” Linda Ronstadt isn’t a big star yet, and is seen here doing a pretty good cover of Emitt Rhodes’ “You’re a Very Lovely Woman,” the lyrics changed to reflect a woman’s point of view. Cash also does a few numbers, including his first public airing of “Man in Black,” […].”

The Rubber Dubber issue had a different song line up (“Steamroller Blues” moved to side 2 and the ‘On Campus’ special is not mentioned).

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Regarding the gatefold inside, a variant exists that has the text on the left and the photo on the right,

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Although Hot Wacks states that the 2LP set TAILOR MADE is a Rubber Dubber release, this is actually not true. TMI Records may also have also been behind Janis Joplin – Get It While You Can and Carole King’s Fit For A King (and others).

Taylor J Tailor Made

Taylor J Tailor Made b

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Dittolino Records copy (right down to the label) of sides 1 and 2 of the double albums only (the insert track list is incorrect here as it lists the side three songs of the Rubber Dubber and TMI versions):

Taylor J Tailor Made Fire Rain

Matrix: TM-1-A / B

Side 1: Sweet Baby James (3:00)/ I Feel Fine (3:08)/ Hey Mister That’s Me Up On The Jukebox (3:30)/ Sunny Skies (2:46)/ Chili Dog (1:51)/ Conversation (1:38)
Side 2 (actual songs): Riding On A Railroad (2:40)/ Fire & Rain (3:46)/ Sixteen Places In My Past (2:09)/ You Can Close Your Eyes (2:25)/ Soldiers (1:12) / Going To Carolina In My Mind (3:33) / Long Ago And Far Away (2:32) [times probably copied from the HW listing for the CBM album – may not be accurate]

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I have revisited these releases in an updated post; click on this text to be taken there.