Wizardo 300 series

Has any band been more lucky when it came to touring Japan than Wings? Two sold out tours and not a single gig played! With now three cancelled Japan Tours to his name, Paul must hold the record.

Second place probably goes to the Animal’s Japan tour in November of 1968: “…after a few successful shows at major venues, the group was expected to put on two shows a night for Japanese gangsters for two weeks.  Eric and the band rebelled, and had to bribe their way out, so they abruptly left Japan without their equipment. ” []

Wings Japan Tour 75

Prior to the start of their Australian tour, arrangements had been made to film and record the first night in Melbourne on 16-track tape (show # 8 of the tour) at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl (that is is the complete name of the venue) – for use in TV- and radio specials.

The Australian FM broadcast was bootlegged in 1976 as disc one of the Wizardo bootleg FLY SOUTH minus the announcer’s comments.

Wings Fly South mcv

The material was also broadcast in Japan on JO2R but with several differences compared to the Australian version:

– Two extra songs, “Band on the Run” and “Hi Hi Hi” were included plus  the introduction to “Venus and Mars”

– However, the musical introduction (“Batman”) to “Band on the Run” can only be found on FLY SOUTH

– The Japanese broadcast was also treated to some post-production work via “audience reaction” bits meant to mask edit points. In the YT video at the bottom, listen to one of these very noticeable overdubs at 14:00 minutes.

MARC Records released the Japanese broadcast tape in 1976:

Side 1: Venus And Mars/ Rock Show/ Jet/ Let Me Roll It/ Maybe I’m Amazed/ I’ve Just Seen A Face/ Blackbird/ Yesterday
Side 2: Listen To What The Man Said/ Call Me Back Again/ Letting Go/ Band On The Run/ Hi Hi Hi/ Radio Announcement* Bluebird* (JO2R radio ad)

Matrix: TW-76011 A/B

Wings Rock Show '75 Jp

Wings Rock Show '75 Jp 2

Wings Rock Show '75 Jp b

Wings Rock Show '75 Jp lbl

Wings Rock Show '75 MARC


Later in 1976, when John Wizardo compiled his WINGS triple LP box {505}, he decided to include some of the Melbourne tracks and selected “Venus And Mars”, “Rock Show”, “Jet” and “I’ve Just Seen A Face” – but not from the source tape he had used before on FLY SOUTH but from the MARC LP.

In my opinion, what could have been a great box set – with all the ’76 source tapes only Wizardo had: Chicago, San Diego and San Francisco – was watered down by the inclusion of tracks that had been available before. Did he listen to Rock Show ’75 and realize this was the same performance as FLY SOUTH? Then why not include “Band on the Run” and “Hi Hi Hi”, the new tracks? Or did he find the audience enhancements and minor differences worthy enough to warrant inclusion?

The same goes for the UK 1973 tracks, which I assume came from Edinburgh, 23 May 1973 (2nd show), as released by Wizardo himself as one of his first titles in the 300 series in 1975: Paul McCartney in scotland (302) and by Contraband as scotland – 73 (Instant Analysis 1030). Unfortunately, the Eight Arms To Hold You  book does not comment on this.

Wings 505

This is the video special produced in Japan:

Beatles Renaissance Minstrels volume II mcv

Beatles Renaissance Minstrels II blablu

After having already posted all the Wizardo Renaissance Minstrels in the KO series, I decided to add this one as well and not wait until later. The blue & black edition with the red ‘Rare Old Stuff’ label seems to be one of the rarer Wizardo titles. Seven bidders drove the final sale price for a copy rated overall as “Excellent” up to $400 in January of 2013 [Matrix # side 1: MID 2022-1  A18559; side 2: MID 2022-2 A18559-X].


Now, this raises an interesting question: How many collectors are there in 2013 that would spend this kind of substantial money on a vinyl bootleg from the 1970s? How many own a complete collection of all Wizardo bootlegs? And taking it a step further: How many not only own every single title but every single label, insert and vinyl color variation, resulting in perhaps six or more variations of the same title?

[Another question is, which are the real valuable titles and for that, popsike is probably the main source. I am doing my best to list unusually high sale prices in this blog as I find them.]

10 Reasons for buying vinyl bootlegs

I would like to take this amateur analysis a little bit further and look at the reasons why people buy these:

– To add or complete a collection or archive (probably one of the main reasons)    

– For the actual content (I would say that this category saw a big drop since the 1970s) / for a (needle drop) project 

– To own a title coveted for a long time / for sentimental reasons

– For the artwork (there are a few I like just for that reason but in the end I tell myself that I would not frame them and put them up on my wall and I pass)

– Because one collects everything by a certain artist, regardless of what it is

– The price was right and/or you did not expect to find it in such a condition

– Rekindled interest / because you read about/saw it

– To wait for value appreciation / as an investment (quite risky due to the unpredictable market)

– To do an A/B comparison of the material with another vinyl boot (a specialty of a Japan bootleg blog I like very much; unfortunately almost everything gets lost in translation. I would like to offer that myself on this blog, if only the cost was reasonable)

– You need this title for some other reason

So, looking at my last bootleg purchase – the David Bowie Wizardo EP – why did I buy it:

– The price was right and I did not expect to find it in such a condition                                                           – Rekindled interest / because I read about it                                                                                                      – Needed the title to scan the label and add it to the blog                                                                                 – For the actual content / for a (needle drop) project

What are your reasons for still buying vinyl bootlegs? Leave a comment, please.


Now back to Renaissance Minstrels volume II

Beatles Renaissance Minstrels II number

with number above and without below:

Beatles Renaissance Minstrels II no #

The LP pictured above came on black wax and with dog & cat labels.

Regarding the content, this is simply a mono copy of the first Beatles bootleg Ken & Dub ever did: Homogenized Beatles  :

Beatles Homogenized B

with one side taken from Kum Back and the other comprised of pirated 45 (and one LP track):

Side 1:
– Across The Universe (copied from WWF LP “Across The Universe”)
– The Inner Light
– Let It Be
– Don’t Let Me Down
– Get Back
– I’m Down
– Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)

Side 2:
– The Walk
– Teddy Boy
– Two Of Us
– I’ve Got A Feeling
– The Long And Winding Road
– For You Blue
– Dig A Pony

Wings Laser Beams 2

These two images are from my personal collection. The insert was produced in different shades of blue plus at least in tan as well.

Wings Laser Beams lbl

Wings Laser Beams OG

Definitely a real Wizardo product but also the end of the ‘300’ series. Every release from # 383 to 408 either never happened or was a fake Wizardo.

Source: LA/Inglewood Form, 21 June 1976 (not the 23rd as stated in Hot Wacks). Wings’ first of three nights on their last tour stop on their triumphant 1976 North American Tour.

Side 1: Live And Let Die (4:42)/ Picasso’s Last Words (2:17)/ Richard Corey/ Bluebird (4:31)/ I’ve Just Seen A Face (2:34)/ Blackbird (2:57) / Star Spangled Banner (0:25) – Yesterday (1:58)       
Side 2:  Magneto And Titanium Man (4:06)/ Go Now/ Band On The Run (5:40)/ Hi Hi Hi (3:29)/ Sollie (5:29)

Quality rating: “Exm” (HW);”good audience recording” (Eight Arms To Hold You book); “Nice sound quality!” (collector review)


WRMB 383: Paul McCartney ‘US Tour 1976’ – as listed in the back of Hot Wacks, does not seem to exist.


Almost all of the rest of the tracks from the first night were released on Ken’s TKRWM label. The two missing tracks are ‘You Gave Me The Answer’ and ‘My Love’. Unfortunately, space was wasted where these songs could have been included by duplicating four tracks found here on Laser Beams (I do understand that Ken & John were probably not holding meetings to coordinate their efforts) but at least the Wizardo LP provides a slight quality upgrade for those shared tracks. All of these tracks are still core as no track from June 21st was selected for inclusion on the official triple live album.

Wings LA Forum detail

Wings LA Forum

Wings LA Forum pink


This footage includes backstage footage of Wings hanging out with Ringo, John Bonham and Harry Nilsson:


Beatles How Do You Do It 2

So, what is this? A “real fake” or a “fake fake” with Wizardo pretending to be Contraband for some reason?

Side 1:  Money/ How Do You Do It (1:55, RM from take 2 – 4 September 1962) / Misery/ Love Of The Loved/ Instrumental/ Slow Down/ Dizzy Miss Lizzy/ I Got A Woman

Side 2: Interviews (Seattle 1964)/ Revolution

The LP was mainly a vehicle to blow up just three new/upgraded tracks into a full album: The upgrade of ‘Love Of The Loved’ that had appeared in 1975 as a bootleg 45 (featuring the same track on both sides)  and the ‘How Do You Do It / Revolution’ bootleg 45 produced by Joe Pope (who ran Strawberry Fields Forever magazine) and sold at the 1976 Boston Beatles convention. The rest of side 1 was filled out with BBC performances.

The theory that the cheesy ‘How Do You Do It’ may have simply been taped off the air when it was played as part of the 15 hour RKO radio special From Liverpool To Legend – where it appears at the start of hour 3 – can be laid to rest as that series was only broadcast in 1977.


Beatles LotLoved 45

Beatles LotLoved 45 lbl


beatles-how-do-you-do-it 76 insert

This is post # 500 today. Good to see that I made it this far and kept at it, even when preparing a post can sometimes feel like a part-time job to the full time one I already have and I’d rather be lazy… so far the love for the music and the anticipation of what the next post will introduce me to has kept me going. Thanks for reading!

Oh, and by the way I’m open for guest submissions. If there is something you feel you can contribute, do let me know.


Wings Fly South Wdrlnd

Wings Fly South Wdrlnd b

Wings Fly South Wdrlnd lbl

Side 1:    Venus And Mars/ Rock Show/ Jet/ Let Me Roll It/ Maybe I’m Amazed/ I’ve Just Seen A Face     
Side 2:    Blackbird/ Waltzing Matilda – Yesterday/ Listen To What The Man Said/ Call Me Back Again/ Letting Go/ Batman Theme     

Source: Melbourne Myer Music Bowl, first show on Thursday, 13 November 1975    Professionally filmed and recorded on 16-track tape. The show was also broadcast on Australian radio. “This broadcast serves as the source of the first disc of the 2LP set Fly South , in an edited form to remove the announcer’s comments (i.e. the introduction to ‘Venus And Mars’).

The second broadcast is of Japanese origin (station JO2R) and served as the source of the scarce Japanese bootleg  Rock Show ’75 [images a little further down]. Although it utilized the same mix, it was subjected to some unusual post-production and contains two additional tracks, ‘Band On The Run’ and ‘Hi Hi Hi’, as well as some segments which were edited out of the Australian broadcast (i.e. the introduction of ‘Venus and Mars’). However, it does lack the brief bit of guitar noodling (aka “Batman”) that prefaces ‘Band On The Run’ (which is found on Fly South). The post-production could best be termed “audience reaction” and was dubbed onto the soundtrack to mask edits in the tape and at points in the performance deemed appropriate by the producer. This LP served as the source for the Melbourne material on the three-discset Wings [WRMB 505]. Presumably this material was broadcast in Japan in hopes of taking the sting out of the recently cancelled performances at the Budokan.   [Eight ArmsTo Hold You, Madinger/Easter, p. 212]
Side 3:   The Long And Winding Road/ Yesterday/ Band On The Run/ Hi Hi Hi                                    Side 4:   My Love/ Blackbird/ “Paul Talks After The Concert”/ Letting Go/ “Paul Talks About Beatles Break Up And Possible Reunion”

Source: Perth, Entertainment Center – Saturday, 1 November 1974 (opening night of what was supposed to be Wings’ Australasia Tour) “Highlights of the Perth concert (7 songs) and contemporary interview bites first appeared on disc two of the 2LP set Fly South taken from a radio broadcast (“Concert Replay”) on Melbourne’s 3XY. The broadcast used a very good audience recording for ‘The Long And Winding Road’ and ‘My Love’, while ‘Yesterday’, ‘Band On The Run’, ‘Hi Hi Hi’, ‘Blackbird’ and ‘Letting Go’ all come from an inline source. [Eight ArmsTo Hold You, Madinger/Easter, p. 211]

As the b&w cover design already indicates, it was Berkely Records, who had borrowed the classic pig logo and produced this content-wise very attractive set (for the period and the few chances fans had of acquiring non-official concert recordings) in early 1976. John Wizardo must have come across a copy not long after and seeing the short run times for disc two decided to release it as a single album, while keeping the title. “The single disc version of Fly South omits ‘Ýesterday’, ‘Blackbird’ and ‘Letting Go’, according to Madinger/Easter in EATHY.

Wings Fly South mcv

Wings Fly South mcv lbl

I believe this is the last colored pressing Wizardo ever did.

Wings Fly South Old Glory


Wings Rock Show '75 Jp

Wings Rock Show '75 Jp 2

Wings Rock Show '75 Jp b

Wings Rock Show '75 Jp lbl


Wings Budokan 75 ad

Sadly, the only letting go anyone had to do was by the ticket holders of actually seeing the shows happen.

1975: Oops. maybe next time. … 1980: Ok, maybe next time for sure!

Wings Perth venue

Perth, Entertainment Center

Wings melbourne 75 2

We’ll call it the “drenched Kimono” tapes. The full Melbourne show can easily be found on Youtube, along with material covering Wings’ stop in Perth.

Beatles Dr. Robert

Beatles Dr. Robert Old Glory

Beatles Dr. Robert mcv

More of a pirate recording than a bootleg. The relatively good audio quality and the then rarely heard tracks quickly made this into an LP people actually listened to more than a couple of times. The colored vinyl version used to bring relatively high prices in the last decade. Cover art lifted directly from the 1975 book The Beatles An Illustrated Record.

A1   I’m Only Sleeping         [3:00, true stereo mix from UK Revolver LP, compared to simulated stereo on Yesterday And Today]
A2   What’s The New Mary-Jane?         [3:12, probably RS2, better sounding than on TMoQ & CBM releases]
A3   The Inner Light         [2:36, RM4, a pirate of the B-side of the official 45]
A4   And Your Bird Can Sing         [2:00, true stereo mix from UK Revolver LP]
A5   Peace Of Mind         [3:14, not the Beatles but a quality upgrade]
A6   You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)         [4:15, edit of RM4 (fake stereo), a pirate of the B-side of the official 45]
B1   Doctor Robert         [2:13, true stereo mix from UK Revolver LP]
B2   Blue Jay Way         [3:51, mono mix]
B3   The L.S. Bumble Bee       [2:36, Peter Cook & Dudley Moore 1967 45]
B4   Penny Lane         [2:59, US mono mix RM11 for promo 45 w. trumpet ending]
B5   I’m Down         2:33, mono version from UK 45]
B6   Have You Heard The Word?    [4:31, The Fut 1969 45]



WRMB 379: Pink Floyd ‘LIBEST SPACEMENT MONITOR’ was added to an earlier ZAP post that included details about PF’s 1970 & 1971 BBC sessions. Re-visit it here

rolling stones the stones 2

A nice parody of Ken’s SODD/TAKRKL/ZAP labels and their output, especially Dylan, see the “discography” below. The text says:


“Ya know, I’d never hire anyone to work for me unless they had three years of college,” the Beard said while keeping his arse tight round his ahnk. What I answered, finding it hard to believe that the word “college” existed in the Beard’s vocabulary. “I’ll tell you something else,”the Beard continued. “My records are better than yours.” “Fuck Off” I said, then out loud I said “Oh really?” “Yeah, they look so much better. My covers are great and oh so very clever.”    “I don’t know…” I replied. Just then our conversation stopped; you see I had to take Linda surfin.


052  Bob Dylan “Another Rolling Thunder Album”053  Bob Dylan “Yet Another RT Review Album”
054  Bob Dylan “Almost the Very Last Rolling Thunder Album”                                                                055  Bob Dylan “The Last Rolling Thunder Album (unless I get a real good stereo tape)                 056  Bob Dylan  “I Got One”                                                                                                                             057  Bob Dylan  “Another One”


It’s at this stage that one is reminded that Wizardo never issued a single Dylan title.

Rolling Stones The Stones disc

Rolling Stones TS disc 2

Source: 16 September 1970 – Berlin Deutschlandhalle

Side 1:  Jumping Jack Flash/ Roll Over Beethoven/ Sympathy For The Devil/ Stray Cat Blues/ Prodigal Son         
Side 2:   Live With Me/ Let It Rock/ Little Queenie/ Honky Tonk Woman/ Street Fighting Man/ Memo From Turner (studio, Mick Jagger from movie Performance)       

Quality rating: “Fair mono”

RS Berlin 1970 ticket

Since then the complete show has appeared and in better quality (VG):

1. Jumping Jack Flash [03:26]
2. Roll Over Beethoven [02:27]
3. Sympathy For The Devil [06:32]
4. Stray Cat Blues [03:59]
5. Love In Vain [05:06]
6. Prodigal Son [03:22]
7. You Gotta Move [02:05]
8. Dead Flowers [04:02]
9. Live With Me [03:26]
10. Midnight Rambler [10:28]
11. Let It Rock [02:40]
12. Little Queenie [03:18]
13. Brown Sugar [03:59]
14. Honky Tonk Women [04:17]
15. Street Fighting Man [03:35]

The recording exists in different versions these days. here are the notes from a relatively recent remastering project:

“I actually bought this ‘For Fans Only’ release on the strength of the review posted on ‘HotWacks’, which said it was the best release of this show so far (& in stereo of course). Prior to this, I think the best version was definitely on disc 1 of VGP-261 (also called ‘Roll Over Beethoven’ just to confuse matters :-)). Listening to both ‘back-to-back’ the difference isn’t initially all that noticable & the VGP release seems to have more bass. But, the ‘FFO’ release IS in stereo & it becomes much more noticable on tracks like ‘Love In Vain’, where the seperation is great.
To cut a long story short, I think VGP probably released this tape in mono to get rid of hiss (there is a little on the new release, but not much), whereas the ‘FFO’ release probably just released a low generation tape ‘as is’. It IS very good though.”


Five years after their first show in the divided city ended in total chaos and venue destruction at Berlin’s version of the “Hollywood Bowl”, the outdoor Waldbuehne, the prodigal sons return.

RS Berlin65 stage invasion

Stage invasion at the Waldbuehne in ’65. Brian soldiers on  while Mick in checkered pants on the left is persuaded to stop the show and leave the stage.

RS 1970 Paris

The band on stage during their 1970 Europe tour. This fantastic shot is from one of the Paris shows, about a week later.


WRMB 371: Paul McCartney/Wings ‘1st LIVE SHOW SPRING 72’ – can be found here

WRMB 374: George Harrison ‘A DARK HOARSE IN ’74’ – previously featured here

WRMB 376: Patti Smith ‘TURN IT UP’ – included in this earlier post