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I have never seen this pressed in another color but black. There is also a copy with the matrix number HEN 5000 C/D, which looks almost identical to the original:

Hendrix WoaE HEN copy

Finally, a picture disc version was also released.

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USA: 1979

Source: Audience recording from Jimi’s last concert at Fehmarn Festival, Germany on 6 September 1970, 12 days before he passed away. Quite the attention-magnet and coup for such a small bootleg label, it must have been their biggest seller.

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An alternate and complete source with improved source was acquired by Dagger Records, the home of official Hendrix bootleg recordings and released as The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Live At The Isle Of Fehmarn in 2005. The label gave the following background information about its source: “Unbeknownst to Hendrix, the promoters captured the group’s entire performance by feeding two overhead stage microphones into a consumer grade Revox reel-to-reel tape machine located off to the side of the stage. The resulting document, rough hewn and unmixed, is clear and not unlike the amateur audience recording featured on the initial Dagger offering Live At The Oakland Coliseum.”

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It sounded like a great idea at the time, riding the coattails of the Woodstock movie and album, recreate the festival experience in Germany in an almost “weather-proof” location ‘Isle of Wight-style’ on an island. Three young guys with no prior experience got together and started organizing and bills were accumulated totaling 500,000 Marks while at the same time only 10,000 tickets at 28 Marks had been sold (in the end about 25,000 tickets were sold, falling well short of the expected 60,000 patrons).

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Friday, September 4th came and it was pouring with rain. The first bands struggled through their sets on stage or had to abandon it (Renaissance, for example), while some did not appear (Cactus never traveled to the festival site). The next day was drier but cold and windy. MC Alexis Korner had the unfortunate task to inform the crowd that Procol Harum and Ten Years After would not appear. At least, Mungo Jerry, Canned Heat and Sly & The Family Stone did. Jimi arrived that day from playing the Berlin Super Concert 70 and it was decided to move his performance to Sunday.

Sunday started sunny and clear if cool and Jimi finally took the stage just before 1PM to some booing from the audience for the delay, to which he replied along the lines of: “I don’t care if you boo, as long as you do it in tune”.

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Rain again during “Red House”:

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Hendrix WoaE Cox

signed by bass player Billy Cox

 

 

 

John E Live

HOTWACKS states: Made from the same plates as ‘Live E.Jay’ (Dittolino Discs).

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WABC-FM New York radio broadcast – 17 November ’70, officially released on 9 April 1971, possibly after several bootleg titles had already been spotted. This created a unique situation, where for the first time in the history a commercial release had to compete with bootlegs containing identical material, available in sufficient quantities to cause concern.

However, as I have written here before, I am somewhat doubtful of the claim found on wikipedia, taken from Heylin’s book, stating ” It has been said that the release by an eastern bootlegger of the whole 60-minute aircast rather than the 40 minutes selected by Dick James Music significantly cut into the US sales of the live album.”

None of the single LP releases, like radiocord or Keylo’s VERY ALIVE [really a TMOQ release] contained the complete broadcast. The double album shown here would be the only one that fits that description but it is quite hard to find, which is not what you’d expect from a significant seller, even 40+ years after the fact. I don’t doubt that all of these bootlegs combined put a modest dent into sales of the official album (I would be surprised if it was more than 25,000 although whether this was before or after the official release date would have to be looked at in detail), especially VERY ALIVE in its imitation brown leather cover is still easy to locate these days but that is the risk you take as a record company when you release a performance that was already broadcast to potentially hundreds of thousands of listeners several months earlier.

The original broadcast had consisted of:

I Need You To Turn To
Your Song
Country Comfort
Border Song
Indian Sunset
Amoreena
Bad Side Of The Moon
Take Me To The Pilot
Sixty Years On
Honky Tonk Women
Can I Put You On
Burn Down The Mission (including My Baby Left Me & Get Back)
My Father’s Gun (encore)

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KNOCKINEM DEAD – ALIVE / LIVE (E JAY) is the only bootleg that contains the whole show (but not in the original running order):

Side 1: I Need You To Turn To / Your Song / Bad Side Of The Moon / Country Comfort
Side 2: Can I Put You On / Border Song / Sixty Years On
Side 3: Indian Sunset / Honky Tonk Women / Amoreena / Take Me To The Pilot
Side 4: Burn Down The Mission (including My Baby Left Me & Get Back) / My Father’s Gun

 

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A similar situation to Deep Purple’s H Bomb, which was available with the same type of stamped cover, either with Dittolino or ‘title’ Kustom labels:

Deep Purple HB stamp KustDeep Purple HB Dittolini

This points to a rather close working relationship between Kustom and Dittolino Records. Both were mainly copy labels, with Kustom focusing on European releases, and both operated at the same time, from 1971 onwards, when this Elton John title taken from his radio broadcast was released. I do not think however, that Kustom was a side label run by the same people who did Dittolino Records.

 

Kustom Records Discography [Deep Purple, Beatles & Elton John titles also produced by Dittolino]:

 

– DEEP PURPLE H-Bomb   ASC-001, Matrix numbers on vinyl: side1: 2001-A; side 2: 2001-B

DeepPurple H Bomb K

Live in Aachen, Germany – 11 July 1970. Probably a copy of this 1970 Italian bootleg – possibly the first to be produced in Italy:

Deep Purple Space vol 1

– THE BEATLES – Live At SheaThe Only Live Recording  ASC-002,  Matrix: SHEA – 1/2 

Beatles LaShea Kustom

– THE BEATLES – Judy  ASC-003, Matrix : A/1 2002 – A / B/2 2002 – B [all pirated officially released tracks, with every song title changed by the bootleggers.]

Beatles JudyBeatles Judy b

– ASC-004 ?

 

– JIMI HENDRIX – Goodbye Jimi   Kustom 005

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A quality degenerated copy of the UK White Cover Folks bootleg # 723:

Hendrix Goodbye Jimi WCF 2

“[WCF’s] most successful title was a superb Hendrix collection, Goodbye Jimi, drawn from BBC Top Gear radio sessions, which apparently sold some 9,000 copies.” [Heylin, p. 148]

 Dittolino also issued this title as LIVE EXPERIENCE(S)

Hendrix Live Experiences

Hendrix Live Experiences insert

as did TMOQ did under this title in June of 1971 as JH-107 / 1841 / 71019:

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– ELTON JOHN – Goodbye Knockin’ Em Dead – Alive  006

034 assigned for the second time, someone lost track, it seems.

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More information found under this link.

 

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035:

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Source: London, Empire Pool (not Wembley Arena as stated on yessongs.nl/08-GFTO.html ) – 28 October 1977, night # 5 of a six night run

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First 68 minutes of the concert only, very good quality audience recording. The rest of the tape unfortunately never saw a release. The missing songs are “Flight Jam”, “Awaken”, “Starship Trooper” and “Roundabout”.

 

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036:

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Source: Isle of Wight Festival, East Afton Farm, Isle of Wight 30 August.1970

30:47 mins.

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Polydor released Isle Of Wight  in November of 1971 initially in the UK only. The album contained a selection of the songs performed that day:

Side 1.  Midnight Lightning 7:21 / Foxy Lady 8:40 / Lover Man  3:18
Side 2:  Freedom 4:21 / All Along the Watchtower 4:27 / In From the Storm 

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As we can see, the bootleg does not overlap with the official release.

Quality rated “Exs”

 

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037 (79-037 used on cover) 79 referring to the year 1979 perhaps.

There is some confusion around this one in Hot Wacks as well. In the appendix, it is called BBC CONCERT. In the Led Zeppelin section, it is listed under its correct name but as K&S 007, which had already been assigned to the Kinks repressing of  TMOQ’s LONG TALL SALLY. I am pretty confident that BBC BROADCAST was never pressed on red wax in a limited edition of 200 as claimed there.

 

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The same track list as Contraband’s BBC ZEP :

Led Zeppelin BBC Zep

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038:

Jethro Tull us tourJethro Tull us tour 2Another reissue of a Contraband title. Previously featured in this post

Notes from a JT bootleg discography:

Ticketron US Tour April 1972                  bootleg album  1972                                                                        
      Thick As A Brick                             
      Cross-Eyed Mary                              
      A New Day Yesterday                          
      Aqualung       

                              
   LP     Instant Analysis Records 3436
   LP     CBM 3586 (re-release with a title misprinting of { “Ticketro  US Tour April 1972”}
   LP     ??? 79–038 (Canadian; re-released as { US Tour})
There are two covers of this one.  One mentions “ticketron” and one mentions “Volume II”.  
The last three songs are also on {Baltimore and Around}.

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039:

Young N The 1973 Tour 2Young N The 1973 Tour

 

A very rare double LP from K&S only listed in the HW appendix. Gatefold cover back shows recycled artwork from the old Phonygraf/Wizardo (later Mushroom) release NEIL YOUNG WITH CRAZY HORSE shown here, which had already been used on K&S 030 BOULDER COLORADO:

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Same grey-ish labels as on the previous Jethro Tull album. I have found no information regarding actual content. If you know (or can provide better images), please leave a comment – thank you.

 

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040:

Rolling Stones Bright L Big C

Rolling Stones BLBC 2

Rolling Stones BLBCity disc 2

“200 pressed on MCV from TMOQ plates.” HW

 

The Montreux 1972 rehearsal tracks making up half of side two here have already been discussed here

The Youtube link below will not only enable you to listen to side 1 right now but also list the correct sources, as far as I can tell.

Side 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hr3681Eim_Q

 

011:

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Not on colored wax and not limited.  Reviewed in depth under this link.

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012:

Towshend TGoPT 012

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100 pressed from the TMoQ 71056 plates.

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013:

JIMI HENDRIX LIVE AT THE L.A. FORUM – 150 pressed on mcv from the TMoQ 72003 plates of their ALIVE title. Does not seem to turn up often.

Hendrix LA Forum 013Hendrix Alive red + blu

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014:

THE WHO FILLMORE EAST

150 pressed from TMoQ 71071 plates.

The Who Filmore East mcvThe Who Fillmore East discThe Who Filmore East mcv detail

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015:

YARDBIRDS GOLDEN EGGS

Only listed in the Hot Wacks appendix. Reissue of TMoQ pressing plate 61003; 150 copies as well? Matrix: YB-555-A/B

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016:

Another release of the ‘not limited – not on colored wax variety’

The Who live At Swansea

Previously included in context in this post

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017:

CLOSER TO QUEEN MARY – 150 copies pressed on blue PVC from TMoQ 71039 plates

Who Closer To QM

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018:

100 copies on green PVC for this reissue of TMoQ 71068 that presents a partial Let It Be movie soundtrack as an audience recording from a movie theater.

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019:

100 yellow discs made from the TMoQ 61002 plates

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020:

150 green and orange copies for this 2 for1 budget reissue formerly known as TMoQ 7506 and before that individually as 71059 (HOT RATS AT THE OLYMPIC) and 71010 (200 MOTELS).

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Zappa at Olympic

This title can still achieve significant auction results: $400+ for K&S, up to $400 for TMOQ colored or sealed and $1000+ for the clear splatter version shown here.

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Matrix: 404 A – D

My friend and main go-to person for bootleg research pointed out that this number looked like the 4xx series the 70s GLC label was using (GLC 411: Rolling Stones – All Meat Music ?; GLC 412: Neil Young – Young & Old; GLC 413: Elton John – B-B-B-Benny – Live in London; GLC 415: Crosby Stills Nash and Young “we waited 3 years for this”).

Sides A+B live at the London Rainbow on 20 February 1972 and sides C+D BBC Paris Theater 30 September 1971

floydboots.com states that the above was the first issue of this double LP with just 200 copies made on orange and light blue PVC, however not everyone agrees, see the list below.

A Vicki Vinyl/Ken co-production? The sub title hints that this might be a new pressing of TAKRL’s 1903 IN CELEBRATION OF THE COMET master, which was a copy of the German bootleg Best Of Tour 72

Pink Floyd best of Tour 72 combi

It should be noted that reissues of the TAKRL release and ECLIPSED both exist with Dessie Records and Verzyl paper labels. Two of the three tracks on the second disc had previously been available on yet another early TAKRL release: # 1913: NOCTURNAL SUBMISSION : ROBOT LOVE but Hot Wacks claims this was a copy of Contraband’s Floyds Of London

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floydboots states that this does exist with a deluxe cover in a rare variation. If anyone has a good image of this, do leave a comment. The matrix number changed later to ECL 1-4:

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I found the following list during my research but it clearly has to be taken with a pinch of salt. Unless you were there or one of the associates kept notes and they are available, it is very hard to say. which insert color was the genuine first issue.

1) 404 A-D. First pressing, big yellow insert cover, original yellow/white “Ruthless Rhymes” labels.

2) 404 A-D. First pressing, green (record 1) & blue (record 2) vinyl, 100 made, big red insert cover with stamp imprint, original yellow/white “Ruthless Rhymes” labels.

3) 404 A-D. First pressing, blue (record 1) and orange (record 2) vinyl, 200 made, big red insert cover with stamp imprint, original yellow/white “Ruthless Rhymes” labels.

4) 404 A-D. First pressing, big white/brown insert cover, record 1 with white label, record 2 with green label.

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5) ECL 1-4. Second pressing, little yellow insert cover, white label.

6) ECL 1-4. Multicoloured vinyl, 50 made, little yellow insert cover with sticker, black/white cartoon labels. This also exists on black PVC.

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7) RUTHLESS RHYMES GLC 404 A-D. Third pressing, green/blue vinyl, 100 numbered edition, big brown insert cover, silver/red “GLC” labels.

8) RUTHLESS RHYMES GLC 404 A-D. “Raring Record” labels.

9) LXXXIV Series #54, reissue of the “Ruthless Rhymes” edition, green/blue vinyl, 100 numbered edition copies.

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Missing from the above list are pressings made with Slipped Disc, yellow RECORD 1/2 and Dessie Records labels – “RE-ISSUED AGAIN ON THE ‘DESSIE RECORDS’ LABEL USING NEW PLATES (MATRIX NUMBER – DESSIE A/D GR L-29708).”:

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Auction results for this title vary quite a bit, with the colored Ruthless Rhymes and LXXXIV versions selling for as much as $500 and the MCV/Verzyl versions even close to $1200 but all other versions hovering around the $50+ mark.

This release has been copied in Europe several times with deluxe covers (copying the tree lady art work on the back) and box sets referred to by a color.

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Jimi Hendrix ‘BROADCASTS – Maui

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Reissue of this classic TMoQ combo 7502 and about the third incarnation and also the third on colored wax. Also exists in red & green and with blank labels.

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ditto ‘LIVE AT THE L.A. FORUM 4-26-70‘ “SCUSE ME…” version

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Back in the day, many bootleggers issued this title, Rubber Dubber, Munia, TMoQ, … it was even available as a series of four 7″ records. The insert originally showed an image of Jimi’s head but a dark spot appeared on the Hen and TMOQ versions and more rounds of copying the copy transformed it into something looking like an expressionist art piece.

 

Hendrix Live LA Forum clear insertHendrix Live LA Forum mcvThe splatter/mcv discs are usually found with Mushroom label designated packages but not in this case.

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Jethro Tull ‘MESS

Jethro Tull Flute Cake mcvJethro Tull MessTwo different reissues of this early TMoQ title recorded by Dub Taylor shortly after Led Zeppelin’s Blueberry Hill performance.

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ROLLING STONES ‘(in exotic) “HONOLULU“‘

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A reissue of Pig’s Eye # 09

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ditto ‘SUMMER RERUNS’

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Rolling Stones Summer Reruns red blu RR CECV

Originally out as TMoQ 72011

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Frank Zappa ‘METAL MAN HAS HORNETS WINGS’

Originally on Wizardo Records – WRMB 365

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And two example of stamps with different fonts (the second example may not even be a stamp and may have been produced significantly later):

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Zappa 200 Motels stamp

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I’m probably missing a few. If you know of any others, do leave a comment.

1. Bob Dylan – Hold the Fort for What It’s Worth

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First released by Hoffman Avenue Records #168 in 1976

Mediocre audience recording from Fort Worth,TX, 16 May , 1976 plus one track from New Haven, CT 13 November 1975 and two from Hartford, CT 24 November, 1975.  This show appeared later from a soundboard source and is now seen as the essential Rolling Thunder Tour recording.

This was the fourth issue of this release after: 1. black & white mcv  2. black & clear splatter.  3. red & orange mcv

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2. A number of Hendrix titles

Besides the Mushroom title Good Vibes also appearing with Dragonfly labels, there was:

a. SKY HIGH! aka ‘Woke Up This Morning And Found Myself Dead’ aka ‘Jam’

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1968 Scene club, NY jam, featuring Jim Morrison and others, taken from personal tapes stolen after his death. “Although it presents a unique setting, critics and biographers have generally found fault with the sound quality and Morrison’s performance.” states wikipedia.

“Uncertainty has for a long time surrounded both the exact date for the Scene Club recordings and the personnel featured on them. Most sources lean towards 07.03.68 as the most likely date, and personnel is believed to be Jimi Hendrix (guitar / vocals), Jim Morrison (vocals) and Lester Chambers (harp) plus two unknown guitarists, unknown bass and unknown drums. Some of these may or may not have been members of The McCoys or The Young Rascals, but neither Johnny Winter nor Rick Derringer were among them.”

Earlier releases include (the year is unconfirmed):

Sky High ! (Sky Dog SGSH 2017378 / 1972 / 1LP) [Black & White “Pirate Skull” wraparound cover]
Sky High ! (Sky Dog SGSH 2017378 / 1972 / 1LP) [Black & White “Pirate Skull” cover]
Sky High ! (Kustom Rekords SPJH 1[matrix: SPJH+1 (the letters ‘SP’ have been hand etched and the ‘JH+1+A/B’ have been stamped)] / 1972 / 1LP)
Sky High ! ([White label] [matrix: SPJH+1] / 1972 / 1LP)

Supposedly also exists as TMoQ 73031 but I have found no evidence for this beyond the quoted Hot Wacks entry.

From an eBay ad: “i have compared this album with the ‘woke up this morning and found myself dead’ album and have found the ‘sky high’ album to be far better sound quality much louder and clearer, with no editing, there are also things on this album that won`t be heard on the ‘woke up this morning’ album. there is one song on the woke up this morning’ album where it fades out, but on ‘sky high’ there are a few more seconds with the guitar volume being turned up and down giving it a delay affect on finishing. another track on the ‘woke up this morning’ album has a fade in and the ‘sky high’ album breaks straight into it and plays for a few seconds longer.”

Matrix A/1: SP JH + 1 + A
Matrix B/2: SP JH + 1 + B  

Also available as Jam:

Seller description:

A1 Red House  (Unlike other versions of Red House Hendrix used a guitar figure  similar to Cream’s Crossroads”.
B1 People People, People
B2 Tomorrow Never Knows
B3 Sunshine Of Your Love

Run Out Groove Side 1: HH Jam Side 1
Run Out Groove Side 2: HH Jam – 2

“Based on the matrix it appears that this album is from by independent,  Herbie Howard out of Los Angeles. It is in the TMOQ style with the album cover is a flimsy gatefold typical of the bootleg and is in good condition having been stored in a plastic sleeve for the last  40 years. The track listing, recording info & pictures consists of nothing more than a photocopy and is an insert that has been taped to the front of the album cover.

Hendrix Jam RE

The LP descried above, obviously a re-issue, below is the original with b&w cover (I have also seen it with a color cover but am not sure if that is an original):

Hendrix Jam

For more information: http://rockonvinyl.blogspot.de/2010/05/jimi-hendrix-with-john-mclaughlin.html


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b. SMASHING AMPS

Hendrix Smashing Amps 2

Hendrix Smashing Amps

Originally, the third ever Hendrix release on the classic TMoQ label as # 1813/ 71028:

Hendrix SAmps gree

This copy, listed as being in “superb condition (barely played)” sold for $260 in November of 2013. It should be noted that an orange copy listed as “VG” only made it to $35 two months prior, so condition is of vital importance.

Hendrix S Amps red

I do wonder who made this rare variation?

Source is the soundtrack of the concert movie Experience filmed at The Royal Albert Hall in London at the first – and “appalling” (according to Mitch Mitchell) – show (the second one was one week later but of course, that one was not filmed).

A great analysis of what is available from these shows is here: http://www.angelfire.com/hi/moku/rah.html  [Beware: pop-ups]

Hendrix RAH 69 stub

Hendrix RAH 69

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Young Charlie Weber stage invading at the show. Charlie has earned a place in Rolling Stones history as he and his brother Jake were used to carry “special presents taped to their bodies” for Mick’s 1971 wedding the South of France.

Charlie’s comment on the photo: “This is incredible. Of course I remember it but it was only because we’d met Jimi backstage and he’d picked me up, cool as could be and carried me around on his shoulders, so he was like a friend to a little boy, me. I don’t remember if I said anything. I think he was a little surprised at coming on the stage and he just said ‘Cool, groovy Charley’.

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Charlie (right) hanging out with Keith in the early 70s.

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3. ZAPPA & BEEFHEART – Metal Man Has Hornet’s Wings

Zappa metal man

Originally released as CONFIDENTIAL on Wizardo Records 385 and previously discussed on this blog “en detail”.

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4. Miscellaneous

I am sure there were more that I am currently overlooking – if you know of any, do leave a comment. There are probably also some false reports, like this TMoQ reissue Beatles LP, which was listed as having Dragonfly labels but I suspect it was a case of wrong disc in sleeve:

Beatles CCC