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Wizardo 500 series

Ramones 516 XL

Source: The Roxy, L.A. – 12 August 1976. The show was recorded for a radio broadcast and probably derives from a copy taped off the air. The whole concert has been officially released on the 2001 expanded CD version of Leave Home

Side 1: Loud Mouth/ Beat On The Brat/ Blitzkrieg Bop/ I Remember You/ Glad To See You Go/ Chainsaw/ 53rd And 3rd
Side 2: I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend/ Havanna Affair/ Listen To My Feet/ Hang Ten/ Judy Is A Punk/ I Don’t Wanna Walk Around With You/ Let’s Dance

Review from Allmusic.com:

“When this bootleg LP was recorded live at the Roxy Theater — a nightclub on West Hollywood’s famous Sunset Strip — on August 12, 1976, the Ramones weren’t ready to headline the Hollywood Palladium and were still concentrating on small clubs. But the Queens residents did have one self-titled album out on Sire and had acquired a following that was small but extremely enthusiastic — even then, they were regarded as one of New York’s most important punk bands. The sound quality on this vinyl LP isn’t fantastic, but it’s decent, and the album definitely captures the freshness and sense of reckless fun that characterized the Ramones in 1976. When the Ramones tear into “Beat on the Brat,” “Blitzkrieg Bop,” “53rd and 3rd,” “Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue” and other irreverent classics, you’re reminded just how vital and exciting early punk could be. A few years after Live at the Roxy 1976 came out, the contents of this LP became half of the two-LP bootleg At Your Birthday Party.”

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Ramones Roxy 034 2

Ramones Roxy 034 disc 2

The extremely rare later re-pressing by K&S, with the usual “most lost in shipment” fate.

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Disc one of the double album At Your Birthday Party on Vicki Vinyl’s Dragonfly Records included a re-issue of WRMB 516:

Ramones AYBDP

Ramones AYBDP 2

Later re-pressed with Ruthless Rhymes labels.

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And that was all of the Wizardo series (with the exception of Pete Townshend’s Classified – wrmb 368, which will be added later when we get to the TMoQ series).

Monkees Concert 1

Cover version 1

Monkees Concert 2

Cover version 2 and its ‘inspiration’ from 1977 below:

Davy Jones M Dolenz Show

Monkees in Concert

To the best of my knowledge, this is the only title in the 500 series that was also pressed on colored PVC.

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Dolenz Jones Boyce Hart Disneyland

You can listen to the recording (and more as the last tracks are not on this album) here: http://www.monkees.net/dolenz-jones-boyce-hart-and-tork-live-1976-disneyland/

http://www.monkeesconcerts.com/the-great-golden-hits-of-the-monkees-tour-dolenz-jones-boyce–hart.html

Flamin Groovies Live Roxy

Rated “Exs” in Hot Wacks, probably the easiest to find album in the 500 series. 

K&S records selected this release for a re-pressing from the original plates on blue wax, limited to 200 copies, ca. 1978. Due to their usual shipping problems (I assume they were shipped to the US), most of them never made it and this is a very rare title.

Flamin Groovies Roxy

Flamin Groovies Roxy disc

One copy sold in late 2007 for $329; the above one failed to find a buyer at $260 in July of 2013.

Firesign 1

All I have found regarding the source is: “Bootleg Of Partial 14 April [some sources say 17] 1974 Berkeley Concert”.

A rare example of a bootleg containing comedy.

“According to LIFE magazine, Firesign were “The favorite comics of the Rock Age.”
They are, in fact, creators of what Stereo Review’s critic Eric Salzman called “contemporary, relevant, multi-level non-linear theater — a kind of verbal electronic opera.” The quartet presents the work in the authentic voice of its author-improvisers of whom Rolling Stone said, “The very least they should get is an Academy Award.”

Runaways 510 2

Source: Just as the cover says

Side 1: Cherry Bomb/ Take It Or Leave It/ Secrets/ You Drive Me Wild/ Don’t Abuse Me
Side 2: Is It Day Or Night?/ C’mon Everybody/ Johnny Guitar/ Wild Thing

Quality: “Exs” Someone claimed that this was taken from a radio broadcast, I hear an audience recording, it’s just a better than an average one.

 

This and the death records 525 release No Olds Allowed which I had previously listed here, were later re-pressed and combined as a double album on Ruthless Rhymes Records ca. 1978:

Runaways The Originals blu

Runaways The Originals stamp

Runaways The Originals disc 1

Runaways The Originals disc 2

The multicolored pressings exist in many different shades, colors and unique patterns

Runaways Originals

pressed on simple yellow and green PVC:

Runaways Originals yel gree

and on plain black PVC:

Runaways Originals bl

 

 

 

 

The original plan was simple, create two new releases numbered 507 and 508 and put the same number on the slip sheets to match the matrix numbers. And then someone got mixed up…

Jefferson Starship 508 alt slip sheet

Jefferson Starship

Record Matrix: 508 A/B; mostly found with cat & dog labels. Also exists listed as death records

Side 1: Dance with the Dragon riff->Ride the Tiger, Fast Buck Freddie, That’s for Sure->solos       Side 2: Play on Love, Better Lying Down, Somebody to Love, Have You Seen the Saucers

Source: The Inglewood Forum, 30 September 1976 with Heart opening, which was also recorded and released as the rare LP Frostbacks Live, L.A. Forum on the Wizardo sister label death records 520. See it here. 

Update: Research by a very dedicated individual (see below) has led to a new date & venue: 1975-11-05  Los Angeles, California, Shrine Auditorium

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Rare insert version below with corrected release number. Found with the rare green Von Grossenshuss / Teufel Folk Songs label.

 

Jefferson Starship 1976 Tour Dates (probably not complete but more complete than anywhere else on the net):

Super Jam with Jefferson Starship, Fleetwood Mac, Ted Nugent, Jeff Beck, Jan Hammer – Busch Memorial Stadium (St. Louis, MO) – June 29, 1976
Boston Gardens (Boston, MA) – July ?
Milwaukee Arena (Milwaukee, WI) – July 1
Washington Park (Homewood, IL) – July 4
Central Park (New York, NY) – July 7 (WNEW-FM simulcast)
Niagara Falls Convention Center (Niagara Falls, NY) – July 9
Providence Civic Center (Providence, RI) – July 13
Colt Park (Hartford, CT) – July 14
w. Country Joe & The Fish and Stoneground – Greek Theater (Berkeley, CA) – July 27
w. Jeff Beck – Capital Centre (Largo, MD) – August 21
Nassau Coliseum (Long Island, NY) – August 26
w. Jeff Beck – Richfield Coliseum (Cleveland, OH) – August 30
w. Jeff Beck – Richfield Coliseum (Cleveland, OH) – August 31
Riverfront Coliseum (Cincinnati, OH) – September 1
Pine Knob Music Center () – September ?
Winterland (San Francisco, CA) – September ?
w. America, Doobie Brothers & The Beach Boys – Veteran’s Memorial Stadium (Erie, PA) – September 2
The Summit (Houston, TX) – September 22
Tarrant County Convention Center Arena (Fort Worth, TX) – September 24
w. Heart – The Forum (Los Angeles, CA) – September 30
Kemper Arena (Kansas City, MO) Aladdin Theatre (Las Vegas, NV) – October 3

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“* MORE DATE & LOCATION INFO ::: For 4 decades this boot has circulated under an incorrect hall & dates. […] Now thanks to my listening to every little comment, the internet & the investigative wonders of DIMER gv0000, we can rest assured the mystery has been solved.

Online & elsewhere this has always been referred to as the Los Angeles (Inglewood) Forum, dated 1976-09-30, 1975-09-xx, 1976-08-24 & 1976-08-15 (& possibly others). However, there are a number of clues in the dialogue. Grace starts with, “Let’s go L.A.” & then makes a comment about Flo & Eddie’s merchandise & several remarks about Mark Volman (including while singing!), as well as talking about the lighting equipment & lighting technician, whom they are using courtesy of Flo & Eddie. There is also a comment by Marty far more fitting to the Shrine than the Forum about the hall size. Thanks to classy research by DIMER gv0000, we are now able to pinpoint the date & location. He found ads for a show not in the Starship lists – 1975-11-05 Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium with Flo & Eddie opening – & this most certainly is that. There was a Starship gig on 1976-09-30 at the Forum, but Heart was the opener.

 

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Kiss 508

Kiss 508 lbl

Kiss 508 blue 2

Called the rarest Kiss vinyl bootleg in existence as almost all found copies play the Jefferson Starship master – supposedly only 10 copies exist that actually play the Kiss recording.

The originally intended album was probably created by borrowing Vicky Vinyl’s tape released earlier on Destroys Anaheim/ Part Two  on her Idle Mind label and creating a new master that also included a track by opening act Starz (creating some kind of a record by only ever having one song bootlegged out of your whole career and on top of that have the actual record misprint and become incredibly rare).

Track list:

A 1. Detroit  Rock City
A 2. King of the Nighttime World
A 3. Let me go Rock´n Roll
A 4. Strutter
A 5. Deuce

B 1. Bass Solo
B 2. God Of Thunder
B 3. Drum Solo
B 4. God of Thunder reprise
B 5. Pull the Plug (Starz)

A copy playing the intended Kiss tracks just sold for over $700 in March of 2013 (the copy with the cat & dog records went unsold at $33 this June, while a blue Wizardo label copy – still a mismatch containing JS – achieved $280 in November of 2012, go figure). The owner could only quote the the haphazardly written track list off the insert: ‘Get Up, Get Down’ [this is obviously ‘Detroit Rock City’]/ She [not performed at this show, so that raises some doubts]/ Strutter / Deuce / Let Me Go Rock’n Roll/ ‘Rock’n Roll Thunder’ [obviously God Of Thunder] and a song by  Starz, who may also have been on the bill.

kiss76 Anaheim

Bowie England 1971 505

Confused Wizardo: While the cover states WRMB 505 A/B, the matrix is WRMB 504 A/B [and both are wrong/double assigned]. Wizardo would repeat similar confusion with the Jefferson Starship title LIVE .

Source:

Bowie Kingston_ad 72

Set list (bold songs are on the LP):

Hang on to Yourself/ Ziggy Stardust/ Supermen/ Queen Bitch/ Song For Bob Dylan/ Changes/ Starman/ Five Years/ Space Oddity/ Andy Warhol/ Amsterdam/ I Feel Free/Band intro-Moonage Daydream/ White Light, White Heat/ Got to Get a Job/ Suffragette City/ encore: Rock & Roll Suicide/ encore: Waiting For the Man

Sound quality: In the “headache” category

Another very rare Wizardo album. One internet entry claims 2000 pressed but I believe it might be considerably less than that. Released in late 1976.

Beach Boys Anaheim '76 II

Beach Boys Anaheim '76

Beach Boys Anaheim '76 detail

On 3 July 1976, the Beach Boys performed at Anaheim Stadium to help celebrate the bicentennial festivities of their home land and also welcomed Brian Wilson back on stage after an absence of several years.

Their performance was filmed for an NBC-TV special called The Beach Boys: It’s OK, a recording of the sound track ended up being pressed as Wizardo 504:

SIDE 1:  FUN, FUN, FUN/ INTERVIEW/ BE TRUE TO YOUR SCHOOL/ INTERVIEW INCL. “I’M BUGGED AT MY OLD MAN”/ I GET AROUND/ INTERVIEW/ YOU ARE SO BEAUTIFUL/ INTERVIEW/ WE’RE SINGING THAT SAME SONG (studio)

SIDE 2:  GOOD VIBRATIONS/ SLOOP JOHN B/ INTERVIEW/ SURFIN ‘USA/ CALIFORNIA GIRLS/ HELP ME RHONDA/ IT’S OK/ ROCK AND ROLL MUSIC/ FUN, FUN, FUN/ HELP ME RHONDA

Sound quality described as “good mono” at best and “rough”. The final two songs come from a different unidentified source.

One of the hardest to find releases in the Wizardo 500 series.

Beach Boys NBC 76

“The show’s sketch in which Saturday Night Live‘s John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd pose as California Highway Patrolmen and force an overweight Brian out of bed to go surfing after issuing him a citation for failing to surf, has gone on to be one of rock and roll’s greatest comedic moments.

  • Highlights in the special include Dennis Wilson acting as one of the judges of the Miss California beauty pageant, Dennis singing his signature “You Are So Beautiful” encore at the Anaheim show, and all three Wilson brothers harmonizing around the piano singing group chestnuts such as “I’m Bugged At My Old Man” and “Surfer Girl.”
  • It’s O.K. also featured footage shot at Brian Wilson’s 34th birthday party (June 20th, 1976) held at brother Carl’s Malibu home, with Paul and Linda McCartney and their kids [on a tour break between gigs in Tucson and the first night at L.A. Forum] all helping to present Wilson with his birthday cake. In 2005, the special was released on DVD as The Beach Boys: Good Vibrations Tour.”

01. Fun, Fun, Fun
02. Be True to Your School
03. I’m Bugged at My Ol ‘Man
04. God Only Knows
05. I Get Around
06. You Are So Beautiful
07. That Same Song
08. Good Vibrations
09. Sloop John B
10. Surfin ‘USA
11. California Girls
12. Help Me Rhonda
13. It’s OK
14. Rock ‘n ‘Roll Music
15. Wouldn ‘t It Be Nice
16. Final Credits

 

I did laugh several times when I watched this (pretty good sounding) live version of ‘Fun, Fun, Fun’ but perhaps not always for the intended reasons.

Beatles 502 Takeover 2

Beatles 502 Takeover detail

The following text is from the Japanese bootleg blog bunburytails, a much more accurate translation now provided by a reader [thanks again]:

The Beatles’ Tour The Great Take-Over (WRMB502)

“This blog article celebrates the 45-year anniversary of [the Fab Four’s] tour in Japan [Note: This short article was written in 2011]. It’s one of the Wizardo 500 series bootlegs featuring the concert held on the 1st of July. In the bootleg guide book [possibly referring to “Beatles’ Bootlegs” written by T. Matsumoto and published in 1985 by Kodansha Ltd., Tokyo], the comment on this bootleg is so simple that I will quote the text from No. 13 issue of “Nippon Koban Tsushin” [Japanese, possibly, a minor newsletter released in Japan on collectable old vinyls] by “Houban” [Japanese, possibly publisher’s name].

— This is a record copied from “WELCOME THE BEATLES” although the Wizardo 500 series supposedly exploited then unreleased recordings. Since “WELCOME THE BEATLES” was difficult to obtain in the US, this disc was probably well-received as a newly recording source. Color of the slick has been confirmed in blue, white, and orange. Because this title was a product during the terminal stage of this bootleg label, the number of pressed copies was small, and so was the number imported in Japan. Multi-color wax does not exist with a probability of more than 90%. —

It is mentioned on the slick that this recording is different from the one used for pressing the famous “Five Nights In A Judo Arena” that features the performance on the 30th of June. The picture used on the slick is a kind of easy choice and I miss George being not pictured.

On the slick, Ringo looks just alike Pete Townshend. That’s what I thought all along.”

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Beatles Tokyo outdoor ad

Welcome B playing cards

“Welcome Beatles” playing cards that could be won as part of a “Yeah Yeah Sale” promotion that shifted 80,000 units in 40 days.

While the performance-wise frankly terrible recording of their first concert on 30 June had been available first as a vinyl bootleg on Five Nights in a Judo Arena and the first TAKRL release # 1900, it was the second show that was shown on TV on Japan’s TV channel NTV Channel 4 a mere seven hours after the start of the performance, at 9 p.m. that same night.

The Beatles second and much improved and all around organized Budokan performance (2 p.m. on 1 July -). The following is the running order of the hour long program, which was then edited down by removing almost all of the opening act’s numbers.

01. Announcement (1:26)
02. Introduction Of The Opening Act  by E.H. Eric (1:11)
03. Opening Act 1 – Welcome The Beatles (Hiroya Uchida & Bito Isao with Burukometsutsu) (2:30)
04. Opening Act 2 ­ Sari (the Rorihutazu) (1:11)
05. Opening Act 3 – Dynamite (Bito Isao with Burukometsutsu) (2:20)
06. Opening Act 4 – Does Not Have Asahi The Town (Uchida Hiroya with The Blue Jeans) (2:44)
07. Opening Act 5 – In You Becoming Numb (Hiroshi Mochizuki) (1:38)
08. Opening Act 6 – Caravan (Burukometsutsu) (1:39)
09. Introduction Of The Beatles by E.H. Eric (1:14)
10. Rock’n Roll Music (1:33)
11. She’s A Woman (3:13)
12. If I Needed Someone (2:51)
13. Day Tripper (3:08)
14. Baby’s In Black (2:37)
15. I Feel Fine (2:30)
16. Yesterday (2:29)
17. I Wanna Be Your Man (2:33)
18. Nowhere Man (2:38)
19. Paperback Writer (2:39)
20. I’m Down / Outro-duction by E.H. Eric (2:36)

Beatles Tokyo July 1

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This is most likely a copy of the Japanese Marc Records bootleg Welcome The Beatles TB-76057, released around late spring or middle of 1976, probably to coincide with the ten year anniversary of the event:

Beatles Welcome TB

However, while Five Nights In A Judo Arena and the TAKRL copy has excellent sound, Welcome The Beatles suffered due to the compromised quality of the source tape used and is only fair for the most part. The investment in the cover design and presentation was outstanding however and miles ahead of the product turned out by the US labels.

Label variations for TB-76057:

Beatles Welcome TB 1st lbl

Beatles Welcome TB 2nd lbl

Beatles Welcome TB b 2

 

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wizardo does deserve praise for getting most of their sources right the first time. Envision some of these titles put out by Contraband!

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WRMB 503: ‘WINGS OVER FRISCO’ and WRMB 505 (II – I was a David Bowie title) has previously been featured. Visit by clicking here.

Beatles 501 Copenhagen 2

Beatles 501 Copenhagen

Beatles 501 Copenhagen pink

Month & year of release: Around September 1976

Source:

Beatles Copenhagen 64 poster

I wonder if the signatures faintly visible on the left above are real…

Beatles Copenhagen 64 ticket

Beatles Copenhagen J 64

The Beatles Monthly book got it wrong, this is definitely the Copenhagen concert at K.B. Hallen [the K.B. stands for Kjøbenhavns Boldklub, Copenhagen’s first ball-playing club, which was established in 1876].

First date of their tour of Denmark, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand with replacement drummer Jimmy Nicol.

“The Beatles performed two shows as the KB Hallen venue, at 6pm and 9.30pm, with 4,400 fans seeing each. The setlist for the first concert was: I Want To Hold Your Hand, I Saw Her Standing There, You Can’t Do That, All My Loving, She Loves You, Till There Was You, Roll Over Beethoven, Can’t Buy Me Love, This Boy and Long Tall Sally. The order of the first two songs was switched for the second show of the night, and for all subsequent dates in the tour.”

All the above songs in bold fill side 1 of this LP. The fair sounding audience recording is attributed to danish fan Arno Guzek. The missing opening song ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ would not appear until 1989 on a  bootleg CD.

Side 2 contains pure filler BBC recordings:  She Loves You/ All My Loving/ Twist and Shout/ Roll Over Beethoven/ Long Tall Sally/ Can’t Buy Me Love

Quality rating for side 2: ‘Vgm’

Jimmy George Adelaide

Jimmy and George at one of the four Adelaide shows.