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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

 

 

 

 

Ramones Blitzkrieg Bop

Ramones Blitzkrieg Bop b2

Ramones Blitzkrieg Bop bla

The reissue on black & label-free – or is this a black paper label? – PVC.

USA: Early ’79? The question is if the first two numbers refer to the year in which the bootleggers released this or when they thought the material was actually recorded?

Source: ? – input needed as I currently have no idea. The fact that this starts with an interview suggests another radio broadcast. The first side could potentially be from the Rock Tavern in Aberdeen, WA, recorded 5 March 1977, as the songs match – but not side two. The Aberdeen recording had first appeared on sides 3 & 4 of the Dragonfly title At Your Birthday Party

Rundgren tdornr

Rundgren tdornr det

Rundgren tdornr b

Could “You Tried Love” be “You cried wolf” and other song titles also misheard by the bootleggers? The song selection otherwise does look as if it could come from his 1978 tour.

Rundgren tdornr disc

USA: Ca. late ’78 or early ’79

Source: ? Please leave a comment if you know. This LP was completely unknown to me before I had looked at this label and the real source(s) still is.

Costello E Live c v

Wide stamp

Costello E WAAC cv

narrow stamp

Costello E WAAC

or no stamp at all (black PVC? HOTWACKS mentions this reissue). This title is usually found on clear vinyl:

Costello E Live c v disc

USA: Late ’78 or early ’79

Source: KISW FM broadcast from the Paramount Theater in Seattle on 10 February 1978, missing the last five songs. Despite the cover claim, the recording is in mono here.

The EC wiki states “Same as Elvis Costello Live! and Unknown Places…”. Elvis Costello Live! is just another name for this very same 78 – 163/4 release and I was not able to confirm that an EC vinyl bootleg called Unknown Places exists.

Quality comment: “The sound though is excellent, maybe a little “muddled / muffled” at times. 7-out of-10.”

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Notes from the original broadcast:

February 10, 1978
Paramount Northwest Theater
Seattle, Washington, U.S.

Source: KISW FM broadcast

01. [2:25] Mystery Dance
02. [4:40] Waiting For The End Of The World
03. [2:31] Night Rally
04. [2:13] No Action
05. [3:46] Less Than Zero (Dallas Version)
06. [3:37] The Beat
07. [4:58] (I Don’t Want To Go To) Chelsea
08. [4:18] This Year’s Girl
09. [3:24] Little Triggers
10. [2:29] Radio, Radio
11. [2:08] You Belong To Me
12. [6:18] Lipstick Vogue
13. [6:32] Watching The Detectives
14. [3:33] Pump It Up

52:59

Notes:
Very good FM recording of EC & Attractions on the eleventh date (of 27) on their second US tour.

1978-02-10_Seattle_ticket_2

A concert review is here: http://www.elviscostello.info/wiki/index.php/Snot_Rag,_March_10,_1978