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Beatles MM06

I have identified three different versions based on colors, the one shown above, then an all blue one:

Beatles MM06 blu

And a black  & white one with a tan label:

Beatles New 21 tan

Beatles The New 21 b

All of these images used on the back cover were shot by celebrated English portrait and fashion photographer Norman Parkinson while the Beatles recorded “Hold Me Tight” and “Don’t Bother Me” on the 12th of September 1963. Many of them were compiled into a magazine for the US Beatles fans, which was reissued in a smaller format in the second half of the ’70’s.

Norm Parkinson

USA: Late 1978

Eddie from Melvin Records likely assumed that very few Beatles collectors outside of South Carolina owned the early Melvin Records title, as many were reused for their sixth release. Although, would you not anticipate that many in your target group owned the Deccagone 45’s and “it-was-news-seven-years-ago” BBC tracks?

Side 1:

  • Three Cool Cats (Decca Audition, 01 January ’62. Previously included on MM04 ‘When It Says Beatles Beatles Beatles On The Label Label Label You Will Love It On Your Turntable Turntable Turntable’
  • How Do You Do It – taken from Joe Pope’s 45 first released in 1976 for the Boston Beatles convention. Although difficult to impossible to do, I love to trace back how a recording may have been ‘leaked’. As stated before on this blog, the theory that this track was played on RKO radio that year or prior and taped is incorrect, as the series in question – From Liverpool To Legend – was only broadcast in 1977. Another theory has John Lennon trade an acetate for (Contraband’s) Sweden 1963 LP. I doubt even John would give away his only hard copy for something even he knew to be a mass produced item but the final word on this is the fact that the source for the bootleg single was clearly not an acetate.
  • Like Dreamers Do – another Joe Pope Deccagone 45 copied by Melvin
  • Lucille – Eddie & Fred really seem to have taken to the BBC recording of this Little Richard number as this is the third time they have included one of the two available performances on a Melvin album.
  • Glad All Over – continuing with the original ’21’ (MM02) focus on BBC recordings, this track from Pop Go The Beatles # 10 (rec. 16 July ’63) makes its Melvin debut but had been available since TMOQ’s Yellow Matter Custard, which was heavily mined by Melvin.
  • Hello Little Girl – B-side of Deccagone single “Three Cool Cats”, already used on MM04.
  • Nothin’ Shakin (But The Leaves On The Trees) – Recorded for Pop Go The Beatles # 6 on 10 July ’63 and previously out on – you guessed it – Yellow Matter Custard.
  • Lonesome Tears In My Eyes – ditto
  • The Honeymoon Song – ditto, except taped for episode # 8 and the date was 16 July ’63
  • Spiritual Regeneration – see MM04, side 1, track 3
  • “The Abduction” – This is the music played over the end credits of their second movie Help!. Although Mozart wrote a piece with that title this is actually the overture form Rossini’s “Barber of Seville” with the Beatles hamming it up vocally but not adding any instruments.

Side 2:

  • Watching Rainbows – the Fab Four as a trio after George had walked out at Twickenham studios. John on electric piano and Paul on lead guitar, trying out a couple of John’s new compositions and this improvisation on 14 January, 1969. Available in poor quality since the summer of 1977 on Dragonfly’s Indian Rope Trick and then the multi-color EP of that same name.

  • Mama You’ve Been On My Mind – recorded 9 January ’69 at Twickenham during the Get Back sessions and brought to you first by Contraband on Sweet Apple Trax
  • “I’m ready” aka “Rocker” – (listed as Ready, Willing And Able (Instrumental) ) and
  • Save The Last Dance For Me- both recorded 22 January ’69 at Saville Row in their basement studios 

and only available on the multi-track tape shown here:

Glyn John’s third compilation attempt from May of ’69 created the definite version of the Get Back album and was slated for release no less than three times. It made use of this multi-track reel shown here. Both “I’m ready” and “Save The Last Dance For me” are very short.This third version had the same track listing as the second one but there are a few instances of different dialog and, more importantly, different edits of “Get Back” (now lacking the coda) and “Dig It” (cut by a minute). In addition, the third version was never broadcast on the radio.

Although it was not broadcast like the first two compilations, this compilation surfaced in the 1970s from both an acetate and, according to Doug Sulpy, a tape source. While the acetate and the tape source are the same compilation, there are two minor differences between the two. For reasons unknown, the tape source is missing the first second or two of “One After 909” and the chat heard at the end of “For You Blue”. This appears to be a banding oddity and not an actual compilation variant. I have been unable to determine exactly when the two individual sources first surfaced but this compilation has been a mainstay in The Beatles’ bootleg canon since it first appeared in the 1970s.” [source: http://www.beatlesource.com/bs/mains/audio/GetBack/comp3/comp3.html%5D

Now, where this was first released is where it gets complicated. The beatlesource website claims this was in 1974 on TMOQ’s Get Back Sessions and shows the mid-70’s reissue with the S-2xx added annotation on the insert. However, this album was first released in September of 1971 (matrix: BGB 111 A-R1 / BGB 111B-R1).

Back to the third compilation, it can also be found in slightly edited form with “One After 909” shifted to the end of side 1, likely done by the bootleggers who must have felt it flowed better this way (on Wizardo’s WRMB 315 versions, ca. late ’75/early ’76):

Plus also on the 2LP version of this  confusing Wizardo release:

Beatles Get Back Sessions 320 2LP v

The auction text for this 2 LP version read:

“Beatles Get Back Sessions, WIZARDO 2 LP, WRMB 320

The Beatles, Get Back Sessions, Studio Out-takes.

Believed circa 1975 Wizardo double LP set, both LPs on black vinyl. One LP has a red label with deep groove similar to that used on early USA Blue Note and UK Decca pressings. The other LP has a blue label and features a much less indented groove in the same area.

Dead wax/run-off markings red label: WRMB 352 A / WRMB 352 B; blue label: WRMB 315 A / WRMB 315 B. These are all etched and not stamped.

Note that the numbers on the LP differ from that on the cover slick, although both LPs appear to contain the tracks from the Get Back/Let It Be sessions, and so this set is possibly a repackage or coupling of two earlier separate LPs.”

For the single LP copies, we have the following confirmation: “# wrmb 320, vinyl matrix #352” and a different set list:

Side A: One after 909 / The walk / Don’t let me down / Dig a pony / I’ve got a feeling / Get back

Side B: For you blue / Teddy boy / Two of us / Dig it / Let it be

Apparently, the quality is rather poor.

Several months later, this reappeared on no less than three of Ken’s labels. ZAP 7866:

the surprisingly hard to find TKRWM 1995 – according to beatlesource.com, sourced directly from the acetate:

plus also as one LP of the double set Renaissance on Toasted Records (# 2S911).

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  • Shake, Rattle And Roll – recorded 26 January ’69, as the band broke up rehearsing “Let it be”over and over and slide into an inspired medley of rock’n roll 50’s & 60’s standards. Part of this was used in the Let It Be film (taken from the Nagra reels) and first appeared on bootleg on Contraband’s Peace Of Mind (CBM 3670) in the late spring of 1973 and in the following year again as part of their first volume of the Cinelogue series (CBM 4020).

A 24 minute one sided acetate containing much of the medley and sourced from Glyn John’s multi-track compilation numbered E69742 has appeared and been sold at auction but I doubt any bootlegger had access to this:

I’ve Got A Feeling
Dig It
Shake Rattle and Roll
Kansas City,Miss Ann, Lawdy Miss Clawdy
Blue Suede Shoes
You Really Got A Hold On Me

Many of us looking for Beatles bootlegs in the 1980’s also remember this song from the File Under bootleg, which, despite the mediocre sound was a real “greater than the sum of its parts” experience.

  • The Walk – recorded 27 January ’69. Sandwiched between takes of “I’ve Got a Feeling”, they launched into this song originally written and recorded by Jimmy McCracklin in 1957:

51 seconds of the Beatles’ version of “The Walk” ended up being selected for the reference mixes Glyn Johns compiled starting on January 27th with acetates cut on January 30th.

Tape copies of these acetates were played on US radio stations in the summer and fall of 1969, leading to the first ever Beatles bootleg appearing in January of 1970:

  • “Commonwealth” – recorded at Twickenham on 9 January ’69 and first heard on Contraband’s Sweet Apple Trax volumes
  • “Enoch Powell” / “Get Off” (listed here as “Whitepower Promenade (Parts 1 And 2)”) – ditto
  • Honey Hush (Joe Turner) – ditto
  • Youngblood (Leiber / Stoller, originally recorded by the Coasters in 1957) – MM06 ends with another BBC recording. The Beatles’ only recording from 1st of June 1963 had just made its debut in 1978 on the Audifön bootleg of the same name, unfortunately incomplete and sounding poor. It probably did not sound any better here.

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Hard work

I must admit, I did not expect the Melvin label to be so tough going but there is a lot to look up for all these different sources! This title may just be the most work intensive one ever or at least in the top 3. On top of that, my ISP cut my line last week – not because I hadn’t paid the bill but because of left hand/right hand, and I only had emergency internet for five solid days.

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. ” [http://www.chickenonaunicycle.com/Eric%20Burdon.htm]

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

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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].

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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.

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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)

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

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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

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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.

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Beatles LotLoved 45

Beatles LotLoved 45 lbl

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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.

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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

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Wings Rock Show '75 Jp

Wings Rock Show '75 Jp 2

Wings Rock Show '75 Jp b

Wings Rock Show '75 Jp lbl

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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]

 

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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