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Procol Harum The Elusive 718

Procol Harum The Elusive det

 

USA: 1971/2

Pressed in larger quantities than the preceding three titles in WCF’s 700 series.

Source:  WPLJ-FM radio broadcast from the A&R Studios in New York, 12 April 1971 during their North American tour. The date confirms my placing of the 700 series in the months between mid-1971 to early 1972.

Unfortunately, this pressing did not come out well, only earning a “Gm” rating in HOTWACKS “with the exception of ‘Fare Thee Well’, which is very poor.”.  HOTWACKS continues that this is also available on CBM 718 “from original plates”. I have never seen the CBM copy and without having compared the matrices, I would not make this claim and suggestion that there was a relationship between the two labels (other than CBM copying several of WCF’s titles, as we have seen so far).  Previously, we saw another case of identical matrix numbers for their respective copies of Led Zeppelin’s Blueberry Hill.

The correct track list is:

1 Memorial Drive
2 Still There’ll be more
3 Nothing that I didn’t know
4 Simple Sister
5 Luskus Delph
6 Shine On Brightly
7 Whaling Stories
8 Broken Barricades
9 Juicy John Pink
10 A Salty Dog
11 Whisky Train
12 Power Failure

Gary Brooker (voice & piano)
Chris Copping (Hammond organ, bass)
Robin Trower (guitar, bass)
BJ Wilson (drums)

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TMOQ later released a significant quality upgrade of the first 10 tracks with the matrix # 1844 A/B. The four digit TMOQ titles are seen as Ken’s part of the output following his ouster from TMOQ by Dub and his father.

Procol Harum Shine On Live

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Beatles LIB - LIVE

Beatles LIB - LIVE b&w

 

 

Matrix: LB11-a / LB11-b

The insert is usually found in black & white, green or red. It also exists with blank white labels.

To be distinguished from the later Japan copy JL 1006(LB-1) with matrix ‘LB 11’:

 

USA: ca. 1970

WCF’s version was listed in HOTWACKS all these years but the rare original beatlegs this material was copied from passed under HW’s radar.

According to the beatlesource website, the second ever ‘beatleg’ (after Kum Back! ) was a now extremely rare album called O.P.D.. It presented the 2nd Glyn Johns compilation culled from the dozens of multi-track tapes recorded during the part of the Get Back sessions held at Savile Row and a first real attempt to shape the material into a commercial release.

This 2nd Glyn Johns compilation ended up being played on US radio station WKBW in Buffalo, NY from a reel to reel tape on September 20th, 1969 (the details as researched by John Winn, can be found in a series of articles starting with this installment). However, it appears that the two bootlegs now described in detail were not the result of someone taping the WKBW broadcast.

More details can be found here: http://www.beatlesource.com/bs/mains/audio/GetBack/gb2intro.html

 

O.P.D. 2

A: The 2nd Beatles bootleg containing the 2nd Get Back compilation; released January 1970 on the West Coast. Matrix: OW LIPSON A 12958 / OW LIPSON B

 

SIDE ONE

1. One After 909
2. Rocker-Save The Last Dance For Me-Don’t Let Me Down
3. Don’t Let Me Down
4. Dig A Pony
5. I’ve Got A Feeling
6. Get Back

SIDE TWO

1. For You Blue
2. Teddy Boy
3. Two Of Us-Maggie Mae
4. Dig It
5. Let It Be
6. Long and Winding Road
7. Get Back (Reprise)

This compilation contained two unique song differences that were preserved thanks to the bootlegs:

  • “Get Back” is the same take as the 45 version but without the coda and we can hear the song ending as it did in the studio plus we get to hear a few precious seconds of sounds and chat never included on any other source or version
  • “Dig It” is presented here in a unique edit lasting 4:57, a full minute more than on the more common third Glyn Johns compilation.

O.P.D.

O.P.D. b

 

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B: That same month on the East coast saw the release of the third beatleg: The “Silver Album”.

SAotWG 1

Matrix: JARRIS 0020 A/B

SAotWG matrix

C: Other/subsequent editions included first a full-size blank white label and then a printed label stating what appeared to be the album’s title.

SAotWG 1 pr lbl

The printed label version was likely already a copy produced by someone else. It replaced the official version of “Don’t Let Me Down” and “Two Of Us” with the versions from the first beatleg, Kum Back! – which was based on Glyn Johns 1st compilation, which used a unique version of the latter track not heard on compilations 2 to 4.

D: A final cover variation used blank white covers this time and the word “SILVER” stamped on:

SAotWG st

It appears that at this stage the insert appeared. The matrix for this version shown here was still JARRIS 0020 A/B

E: The insert combined with a silver or grey sleeve

Beatles LIB - LIVE grey 2

Beatles LIB - LIVE grey

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While LET IT BE LIVE used the same source tape as O.P.D., there were significant differences:

  • a number of tracks included on O.P.D. were left off
  • a higher tape generation had been used
  • “Get Back” on side 1 had been replaced by the official 45 version (US stereo single, collapsed to mono)
  • “Across The Universe” from an airing of the Nothing’s Gonna Change Our World WWF album version (just released in the UK on 12 December 1969) was tacked on at the end of side 2

 

SIDE ONE
1. Don’t Let Me Down (3:31) – single B-side
2. Dig A Pony (3:51)
3. Get Back (3:09) – single A-side
4. For You Blue (2:30)                                                                                                                                5. Two Of Us (3:18) 

SIDE TWO

1. Dig It (5:02)
2. Let It Be (3:59)
3. The Long and Winding Road (3:43)
4. One After 909 (2:43)
5. Across The Universe (3:17) – from WWF LP

 

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F: The WCF version with the printed labels shown at the start should be placed here. “Silver Greatest” then serves no other purpose than to point out that WCF had copied this album from someone else (since bootlegs were sold shrink-wrapped and the labels could not be used as a means of sales, pointing out to potential sellers that this was another version of the famous “Silver Album” they might have heard about). This also does not appear to be a reference that the band used be known as the Silver Beatles at one time.

 

G. Around 1974, WCF reissued this album with inserts printed in much brighter colors and in a (sometimes recycled) fold out sleeve using blank white labels:

Beatles LIB - LIVE RE gr

Beatles LIB - LIVE RE red

The matrix is now LB 11-A x  /  LB 11 B x    (these ‘added x’ matrices seem to have indicated a reprinted title)

I have found two auctions that state that the fold out sleeve was created by reversing a Berkeley 1974 Dylan printed cover of Dylan and the Band Return (# 2039/40). Here is a photo of what lurks behind the cover of the red insert copy shown above:

JPG + R In The 1970s

JPG + R In The 1970s b

USA: 2ns half of 1980

Another basically pirate release following the similar in concept Down And Out?

Side 1:

  • Interview / Bip Bop / Lucille (excerpts only) – Wings’ rehearsal before their first ever tour, Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, early February ’72. Taken from the Wings Over The World TV special, broadcast 16 March 1979
    Lucille is from the first Wings rehearsal at the Institute Of Contemporary Arts, London in February 1972.
  • Little Woman Love – B-side of Mary Had A Little Lamb
  • John Lennon interview about New York – ?
  • Angel Baby – from the withdrawn Roots album
  • Bangla Desh Press Conference / Speech / If Not For You (Rehearsal) – the first few minutes of the Concert For Bangla Desh film
  • Deep Blue – B-side of the Bangla Desh 45
  • Ringo interview about the Nashville recording sessions 1970
  • Coochy Coochy – B-side of the Beaucoups Of Blues 45
  • Interview Paul McCartney about touring Europe in 1972
  • The Mess – B-side of the My Love 45
  • “Good Bye Joel” – described as a “very weird montage of sounds (and pretty funny!)”, another Melvin message aimed at (“Paul-is-dead” theorist) Joel Glazier

Side 2:

  • Interview – Blow Away with George voice-over, discussing the Beatles
  • Miss O’Dell – B-side of the Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth) 45
  • Grammy Awards John Lennon, Andy Williams, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel on Grammy Awards Show, L.A., March 1, 1975  [finally something new (and not copied from an official or TV source!)]
  • Move Over Ms. L. – B-side of JL’s Stand By Me 45
  • Give Ireland Back To The Irish / Interview – rehearsal in the McCartney home filmed by ABC News, 7 March 1972. Excerpts from this were also used on a late night US TV special hosted by David Frost:  A Salute To The Beatles: Once Upon A Time – which aired May 21st, 1975, which became Melvin Records’ source.

  • Oh Woman, Oh Why – the promo version pirated (has crackle and some skips), despite what the back cover states, the amount of gun shots is exactly the same compared with the official version: seven.
  • Ringo interview about the Blindman movie
  • Blindman – B-side of the Back Off Boogaloo 45
  • Now Hear This – The third piano intro from Paul’s Brung To Ewe By promo LP for the Ram album
  • Zoo Gang – B-side of Band On The Run and theme of a British television show by the same name about a band of French resistance fighters, This track would not see an official US release until 1988.
  • John interview about a possible Beatles reunion – ?
  • Be My Baby – from the withdrawn Roots album

 

I do remember when I owned this album that side 2 ended with the sped up recording of Melvin Records denying they had anything with the Wings Over Wembley double album.

I have penciled in the following the labels for the future:

  • Melvin Records (as we have that wonderful background article and it’s never really been done before, I think, unlike for example Tobe Milo, which had a print article in THE 910 some years ago)
  • WCF and early Berkeley up to where the (boring) b&w covers started
  • TMOQ I & II – the most challenging of them all

 

Is there any other label you would like to see reviewed? No pure copy labels please (so, no LXXXIV, Full Tilt, Verzyl, etc.)

Jethro Tull DarkHaiti

Below, a copy without a stamp, or perhaps it’s on the back.

Jethro Tull DarkHaiti n st

And a black vinyl copy, so they do exist:

Jethro Tuull Dark Haiti bl

USA: 1979 – this was the start of a trilogy where they released three double albums recorded at the same venue within six or eight days; this one, Van Halen and Supertramp; the only bootleg label I have come across to have done this.

Source: Audience recording from the Seattle Coliseum, April 10th 1979. One of the last concerts featuring bass player John Glascock, who would take his final bow at the end of this leg on 1 May 1979, in San Antonio, TX.

Regarding the album’s title, was it an insider joke or an honest mistake? When introducing “Dark Ages” from the then still unreleased new Tull album STORMWATCH, Ian Anderson would draw out the pronunciation, so that it did sound like “Dark Haiti” but when listening to the song, it becomes clear that it’s “ages” (by the way, does Ian have the best on stage pronunciation or what? I could listen to him all day long). I do not suppose that the person(s) behind the 78/79-1XX label were Tull fans.At least, as all the first second generation bootleg labels had been put out of business and could no longer cover the latest Tull tour, as they had done so well in ’72, ’73 and after, at least these guys filled that gap quite nicely.

This used to be one of the most sought after & valuable titles by this label in the last decade, reaching a staggering $670 in 2008 for a lucky seller. Prices have more than halved since then though.

Side 1: One Brown Mouse / Heavy Horses / My God (including God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Kelpie and Bourée)
Side 2: Dark Ages  
Side 3: Cross-eyed Mary / Thick As A Brick  
Side 4: Quatrain, Aqualung (medley) / Locomotive Breath, The Dambusters’ March and Aqualung (medley)

 

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Jethro Tull otra

Jethro Tull Seattle 79

Jethro Tull 79 Tour poster

1979 tour poster

Presley E rockin'TV 1956

Presley E rockin'TV 1956 b

USA: 1979

This is a rarely seen bootleg that used to bring $90 – 130+ at auction. If vinyl or stamper versions exist is not known at this time.

Source: Video soundtracks of the Elvis’ performances on the Dorsey Brothers, Milton Berle and the Ed Sullivan shows in 1956.

Side 1; intro-Money Honey (DB, 24 March ’56)/ Shake Rattle & Roll / I Got A Woman (DB, both 28 January ’56) / Blue Suede Shoes / Heartbreak Hotel (DB, both 11 February ’56) / Tutti Frutti (DB, 18 February ’56)
Side 2: Hound Dog (long version, MB, 5 June 1956) / Don’t Be Cruel / Love Me Tender / Ready Teddy / Hound Dog (E.S., 9 September ’56) / Don’t Be Cruel / Hound Dog (E.S., 28 October ’56)

Not sure why they bothered with such fan-focused quality bootlegs such as THE KING GOES WILD (E.P. RECORDS PRP 207), ca 1974/5:

Elvis GW.jpg

Elvis GW b

DORSEY SHOWS (Golden Archives 100), released September 1976;

Elvis Dorsey Shows

Elvis Dorsey S b

FROM THE WAIST UP (G.A, 150), rel. 1977:

Elvis FTWU

Elvis FTWU b

THE ROCKIN’ REBEL (G.A. 250), rel. 1978:

Elvis RnR

and THE ROCKIN’REBEL VOL. 3 (G.A. 350), rel. 1979:

Elvis RnR V 3

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Milton Berle Show rehearsal:

E MB 5 June

Talking Heads Art School

Talking Heads Art School b

I have only found this on colored vinyl and stamp-less. Do other variations exist?

USA: 1979

Source: Incomplete FM broadcast of the Warner brothers promo album TALKING HEADS LIVE ON TOUR, which had been recorded at the Agora in Cleveland, OH on 18 December 1978. The promo album, needless to say beats the boots hands down.

More information regarding the legitimate first and second pressing and the counterfeit version can be found here: http://www.diegocuoghi.com/thlive/index.html

Talking Heads Agora 78

The original master tapes can be viewed in this article: http://recordmecca.com/item-archives/talking-heads-master-tape-for-1978-promo-wb-live-album-with-unreleased-tracktalking-heads-live-agora-wbms-1978-master-tape/

 

The same recording was also released with all tracks present in 1979 as ELECTRICITY , the double album on Ken’s EXCITABLE RECORDWORKS label (# 2R-69, also known by the fake pseudo-German label name KÜNSTLER RECORDS created just for this release), spread over the first three sides.

Talking Heads Electricity

Talking Heads Electricity b

Talking Heads Electricity lbl

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A final bootleg vinyl issue came in the 80’s on what may have been an Italian release:

Talking Heads Live Heads

Talking heads Live Heads d

Talking Heads Live Heads b