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Beatles Ren Minst II 726

Many copies exist without the added ‘#726’ number on the insert.

 

Apparently, the original WCF pressing with printed labels (matrix:  GM 726 A / GM 726 B) is in stereo but the white label reissue (GM 726 B(crossed out) A / GM 726 B; alt. matrix for side B; GM R6 B) was reduced to mono, derived from the right channel of the earlier pressing. The reissue also runs slightly faster and the sides are reversed compared to the original, as indicated by the crossed out B.   

USA: End of 1971/early 1972

According to Beatlegmania Vol. 2, a copy of this pre-TMOQ release (and pendant to their Reedy River LP, sticker version):

Beatles Homogenized st

  • Matrix (Side A): Side-2-B  (starts with “The Walk”)
  • Matrix (Side B): Side 1-A  (starts with “Across The Universe”)

A collection of Get Back sessions stereo mixes taken from the various 1970 bootlegs, while side two is copy of officially released material (at least in the UK, when looking at the Wildlife benefit album version of “Across The Universe”).

Someone (Ken?) continued with volumes 3 & 4, which became 100% pirates copying solo-Beatles tracks. Even WCF/pre-Berkeley released their own copy of vol. 3 as 2033.

A later TMOQ-branded version was  produced in 1972 but this must be very rare:

Beatles Homogenized Beatles or

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Beatles Ren Minst 725

I have received the following information from a Japanese collector regarding this title:

725 BEATLES – RENAISSANCE MINSTRELS I (1st press RENAISSANCE RECORDS I labels)
Matrix ; 725 A / 725 B 

However, showing 729 on the label, as seen here. Why 729 when the previous WCF release (Leon Russell) was # 724? Someone obviously made a mistake.

Beatles RM I 729 lbl

 

*2nd press: Plain white label
Matrix : 728 SIDE I / 728 SIDE II

Beatles Ren Minst 725 lbl

Beatles Ren Minst 725 det

For the date, it all depends on who was the originator of this series, WCF or Dub & Ken.

The TMOQ wiki states:

71025 – Beatles – Renaissance Minstrels – September 1971 – Renaissance Records labels (“Homogenized Stereo”) – RR – 1002 (matrix)

What puzzles me a bit is that they had not done a title label since Blueberry Hill and now after almost one year they went back to creating one? On the other hand, Beatlegmania Vol. Two states that Renaissance Minstrels II (WCF # 726) was a copy of TMOQ’s Homogenized Beatles 71026 and the pressings differ in the tell-tale areas, so there is little doubt that is correct.

In addition, is “Homogenized Stereo” (I assume that’s what it is supposed to say on the original TMOQ label) really correct? Isn’t it supposed to be “Renaissance Live” as shown here?

But where is the TMOQ-typical ‘deep groove’ in the label area above? This does not look like a TMOQ pressing to me. I have looked at a lot of different versions of this title – and there were a ton – but apart from the large 1/2 label with outer border and the pig-branded later ones, I have found no labels that fit the description of the TMOQ wiki.

To complete the picture, here is the cover that came with the green label:

If you can answer these questions, please leave a comment, thanks.

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For some reason & pointing to compounded confusion at WCF during this time, this reissue of volume 1 used the matrix markings of 728 SIDE I  /  728 SIDE II

Beatles Ren Minst 728.jpg

 

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Here is the folder cover reissue with a blank white label, made ca. 1973/’74 – I currently do not know the matrix #’s:

Ren Mistr RE

Ren Minstr RE b

 

 

 

 

Speaking of Kustom Records (as mentioned in my previous post) … a holiday present to us all (thank you, Karl!).

 

I guess the transmission date is 8th of April’71, after all.

The concert Peter Grant’s talking about was Led Zeppelin’s appearance at Munich’s Circus Krone on 08 March 1970 (no recording has ever appeared of this concert).

It feels like we are watching the moment Pink Floyd’s hatred for bootlegs started.It’s quite remarkable that what is likely their first encounter with one of their bootlegs was the incredibly rare Pinky, pressed in a first pressing run of just 50 copies (matrix: DJ3003),

Pink Floyd Pinky

a UK copy of this Dutch release:

Pink Floyd Big Pink LIFE

 

Matrix: XA44332/YB44332 – first edition with the misspelling “LIFE” on both sides. Second & third corrections had “LIVE/LIFE” and finally “LIVE/LIVE” on front and back.

Pink Floyd Big Pink lbl 2

“Atom Heart Mother” on side 1 and “Embryo” and “Interstellar Overdrive” on side 2, recorded at the Audimax in Hamburg 1970-03-12

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Re. Kustom Records: This is the US cover for the Beatles pirate JUDY

Beatles Judy

Beatles Judy b

It’s preposterous to claim these tracks were copied directly from the original masters from the Abbey Road vault, as the BBC reporter sets up the story and Mr. Collins willingly indulges him (although the claim may of course originated with him).

I still believe that Kustom was mostly a US label and they were only to happy to sell Collins a few hundred records and he had his own b&w knock off covers printed based on the original designs.

Beatles LaShea Kustom

 

 

Beatles Live C Wiskey Flats

I’m quite fond of the bottle + glass drawing WCF must have cut out somewhere.

Beatles LCaWFl bla

Beatles LCaWF lbl b

They could spell it correctly on the label but not on the inserts…

The cover inspiration taken from the US fan club LP release of the fan club flexi discs. The release date for this was December of 1970.

Beatles X-Mas album 2

 

USA: 1971

Source: Soundboard recording from Convention Hall, Philadelphia, PA, likely recorded by radio station WIBG-AM

Beatles Philly 64 III

Although the books Way Beyond Compare and Beatlegmania Volume One and Two claim this WCF version with ‘Whiskey’ labels came first in 1970, this is not the case. In fact, this was already the third version (and second copy) of this recording. What is undisputed is that this was the first beatleg to feature a concert recording from the height of Beatlemania, thankfully the audio quality lived up to the occasion.

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Original version: ALIVE AT LAST, East Coast bootleg, released in the spring of 1970:

Matrix: 1001 A / B

Beatles AAL

Beatles AAL stamp

Beatles AAL lbl 1

Beatles AAL lbl 2

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First copy: IN CONCERT AT WHISKEY FLAT, pre-TMOQ West Coast bootleg, released ca. July 1970.

This means either Dub or Ken came up with the fictional “Whiskey Flat” location, WCF turned it into “Flats” and CBM (see below) decided to do away with all that nonsense and that this was really from Atlanta (although the Beatles had not performed there on their 1964 US Tour).

Matrix: OPD 19 70 – 417F  /  OPD 67-2 70418F

Beatles ICaWFlat 3

 

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Third copy: LIVE CONCERT ATLANTA by Contraband, offering a degraded insert with a failed guess regarding the source (on a later reissue) and the worst sound quality of the four versions. On the other hand, the only one with a personalized label (at least for the initial pressing run). Virginia, USA based bootleg label, first CBM release probably last quarter of 1972 or first of ’73.

Matrix: 3552

Beatles Live C Atlanta 3552 3

 

Beatles Live C Atlanta 3552 o lbl

Beatles Live C Atlanta 3552 detail

A later reissue on their King Kong sub-label, ca. 1975:

Beatles live - atlanta

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Fourth copy: JL 521 Japan copy, ca. 1976:

Beatles Live Concert Atlanta JL 521

Beatles Live Concert Atlanta JL 521 lbl

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Beatles Philly IV

 

 

 

Rolling Stones Stoned MSG corr.jpg

Insert with corrected track list. Whoever was behind the WCF releases, they certainly weren’t  informed Rolling Stones fans.

The correct track list for the A side is: Jumpin’ Jack Flash / Carol / Sympathy for the Devil / Under My Thumb – I’mFree (medley)

Rolling Stones Stoned MSG lbl A

and for the B-side: Midnight Rambler / Love In Vain / Satisfaction / Honky Tonk Women

Rolling Stones Stoned MSG lbl B

Also found with blank white labels:

Rolling Stones Stoned MSG bl lbl

Matrix: 102 A / B

USA: 1971

Source: Audience recording from Madison Square Garden, NYC on 27 November 1969. Two songs from this evening’s performance, the first and the last song on the bootleg, made it onto the official Get Yer-Ya Ya’s Out! live album (several more are on the 40th anniversary deluxe box set) and so “Stoned-M.S.G. provided the earliest look at the level of overdubbing that took place on Ya-Ya’s.

Rolling Stones 1969-11-27

Stoned-M.S.G. is a very good recording for the time, and I would go as far as to say that it is the work of the infamous Trade Mark of Quality (TMoQ), under one their many aliases [ my comment: This is not correct based what we know today: TMOQ and WCF were run by different people]. There is virtually no audience noise which leads me to believe that it was recorded with the same “shotgun” microphone that was used by TMoQ for the West Coast shows [ “They recorded the Los Angeles, San Diego, Oakland and Phoenix shows.” Source: Ken’s blog, episode: “It Coulda Happened this Way — LiveR Than You’ll Ever Be” It has never been reported that Dub traveled to the East Coast to record further shows.]. ” (rollingstonesnet.info)  The fact that some of these tracks appeared years later on a couple of  Ken’s ‘smoking pig’ Stones releases as filler – Mick’s Birthday Party 2LP (72017), Gimme Shelter 2LP (73009) and Play With Fire (HHCER 108) does not provide further proof (to complete this list, four tracks can also be found on the LP THE BEST OF THE ROLLING STONES LIVE IN CONCERT (BRS 775)).

Regarding the sound quality, while HOTWACKS grades the album only as “Gm”, it does appear to sound significantly better than this. Stones bootleg specialist site dbboots even assigned an excellent stereo rating.

Further cover and insert variations:

Rolling Stones Stoned MSG gree

Rolling Stones Stoned MSG

Rolling Stones Stoned MSG red

I was not able to find a reissued ‘folder-cover’ version for this title.

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Rolling Stones NYC MSG '69

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Beatles YMC wcf 2

A 1967 photo to go with tracks that almost everyone would have guessed were recorded years earlier? Perhaps the folks at WCF weren’t Beatles fans either.

Beatles YMC wcf lbl 1

Beatles YMC wcf lbl 2

Matrix: YML – 102 – A / – B

Why it says “YML” is probably anyone’s guess. This was changed for the reissue (see last entry in this post).

USA: 1971

Was it copied from TMOQ’s original by the same name (matrix BBL – 513)? I am pretty confident that WCF’s version along with the other records in their 100 series was produced in 1971 but the TMOQ record wiki originally stated that TMOQ did not release it until January of 1972.

We know that John Lennon himself was presented with a copy of Yellow Matter Custard and in exchange gave a signed album cover with the date “Dec. 7th 71.”. I had always assumed that this had been a copy of the TMOQ version but maybe that is not correct anymore?

On the other hand, the fact that WCF got all the song titles correct (misspellings on the insert aside: “I Got A Women“, “Trying, Waiting, Hoping“, see below ) tells me that they copied all of this from someone else, that this ‘someone’ could only have been TMOQ and the original version must have been released at least a couple of months earlier than January 1972, likely in September of 1971.

 

In anyway, WCF (and TMOQ) churned this album out by the hundreds, if not thousands – a lot more copies than the Stoned – M.S.G. album – as the Beatles title turned out to be a good seller and they were joined in this by another label, which (again) ripped off WCF’s insert design:

CBM/Shalom/King Kong # 3316, adding the subtitle “AS SWEET AS YOU ARE”, the CBM logo and the statement “with two bonus tracks”, which, if they meant as opposed to the versions by WCF and TMOQ, are nowhere to be found:

Beatles YMC CBM

Matrix: CBM2 C1 RI 3316 C  /  CBM2 D1 RI 3316 D

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Yellow Matter Custard was reissued in WCF’s folder-cover series ca. ’73/’74 and the matrix had now changed to YMC – 102 A/B

Beatles YMC folder

 

Beatles YMC folder 2 det

The job of putting Beatles names after each track was supposed to indicate who sang on it, plus in some cases who sang lead; it looks like John singing lead on Ray Charles’ “I Got A Woman” stymied them. At least someone at WCF listened to the songs – A for effort.

The folder version’s back cover design, they were going to stick with 1967 photos and nothing could persuade them otherwise, it seems:

Beatles YMC folder b.jpg

 

 

 

When- and wherever the BBC TV production The Beatles At Shea was broadcast, Beatles fans readied their home recording devices and and rigged them so they would pick up the best possible sound from the likely tinny sounding TV speakers, overwhelmed by the recorded screams of the 50,000+.

Beatles Live

 

USA: early 1971, the absence of any “STEREO/ Compatable for  STEREO” phrase on the insert of this LP and those of # 102-04 makes me think that these may have been released before the WCF # 23 – 41 titles.

Matrix number variations: 101 A/B; 101 A / 7001 B; 7001 A/B

The only early WCF title to list a release number on the slip sheet, too bad it doesn’t match the matrix and confuses things. As ‘101’ appears in the matrix, we don’t have another contender for a # 101 WCF release but we do for # 501 (Elton John – SUPER STAR – LIVE), I will assign it # 101.

The TMOQ record wiki that used to be up at the record collectors guild UK website claims that the TMOQ bootleg by the same name copied this album and I won’t disagree:

Beatles Last Live Show red

“71012 – Beatles – Last Live Show – May 1971 – 1 / 2 labels, colored vinyl, LLS – 101 A / LLS 101 B matrix – copy of an East Coast bootleg of the same title. Note: the 100 matrix titles seem to indicate that these issues are copies or pirates of other label’s earlier releases, not always using the same title “

[Keep in mind that the Dittolino title of the same name contains the 1964 Hollywood Bowl recording.]

beatles Last Live Show red B

Back to the WCF release:

Beatles Last Live Show 2

 

There is plenty wrong with the execution here: The recording contained here was of course not their last live show, the cover picture shows them at Shea Stadium but in the wrong year, 1966, and the labels have the sides reversed.

Apart from WCF & TMOQ pressing up run after run despite its mediocre quality, making them easy to find to this day, especially for the WCF pressing, the following versions copies:

 

  • Different label with added “(Aug. – 1966)” below title, likely not a WCF product due to the missing 10″ label groove (matrix number needed):

Beatles Last Live S red lbl

  • Covers with a number “10” stamped top left and a distinctive purple label, these also exist without the stamp (matrix number needed):

Beatles LLShow purp 1

Beatles LLShow 10

Beatles LLShow 10 lbl

  • WCF’s own folder cover reissue ca. 1974 (matrix number needed):

Beatles Last Live Show f

Beatles Last Live Show fold

Beatles Last Live Show f b

If this back cover image looks familiar to you, then you are a true Beatles bootleg vinyl expert; it was created by enlarging the center part of Contraband/Shalom’s first pressing for LIVE Paris Olympia (# 3688), originally released around July of 1973. Finally, WCF was able to pay them back for CBM’s repeated rip off’s of WCF’s releases.

Beatles Paris Olympia Jan 1964

  • and finally the JL Japan copy # 516 from around 1976:

Beatles LLShow JL 516

USA: 1971

Side 1 matrix:  ← RP 24-A →

It appears that for the Beatles side two different versions may exist: Copies with a “24 X X” matrix seem play the 1965 Ed Sullivan show as listed on the label while “RP-24-B” copies play songs from their 1965 Shea Stadium soundtrack instead: Twist And Shout / I Feel Fine / Dizzy Miss Lizzy / Ticket To Ride

It appears that a mistake was made and the RP-24-B version came first after the art work and label for the six Ed Sullivan tracks had already been printed, causing a discrepancy.

On the Rolling Stones side one, the track list contains many mistakes. Track 1 is “Looking Tired” from the 6 September 1965 RCA Studio Hollywood sessions an four tracks from their Chess Studio Chicago session, 11 June 1964: Tell Me Baby / Down In The Bottom / Stewed And Keefed / Hi-Heel Sneakers

The quality is excellent. Most collectors know this material from TMOQ’s Bright Lights Big City album, which was still years away at this time (released: July 1973).

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discogs shows this alternate, though rather untypical for a WCF release, cover, which does not look home-made to me. The matrices are ← RP 24-A → and RP 24 B for side 2.

B RS Battle alt

 

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This title was copied as part of Japan’s ‘JL’ series around 1976-7 as JL 512: