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Available with blank orange and or white labels. I have not found any title labels for this release.

Source: Audience recording from Madison Square Garden on 23 January, 1973 (HW states it was on the 21st but Neil & The Stray Gators played Carnegie Hall on that date).

Mediocre quality, which means this release was quickly outsold by Contraband’s Coming Home & A Bit More

01. On The Way Home 3:55
02. Here We Are In The Years 4:04
03. LA 3:24
04. Soldier 2:48
05. Out On The Weekend 4:58
06. Harvest 2:52
07. Old Man 3:30
08. Heart Of Gold 3:26
09. The Loner 3:58
10. Time Fades Away 4:28
11. New Mama 3:08
12. Alabama 3:59
13. Don’t Be Denied 5:44
14. Cinnamon Girl 3:32
15. Lookout Joe 4:29
16. Southern Man 5:28
17. Last Dance 5:02
18. Are You Ready For The Country? 5:32

I believe, this is the recording discussed and presented here, which you can also download in MP3: http://bigozine2.com/roio/?p=1935

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1971 in bootlegs mirrored the rise of a new breed of singer songwriters entering the scene: Leon Russell, Elton John, Cat Stevens and Neil Young had one of the best selling underground releases that year.

In an earlier post, I had tried to explore Rubber Dubber’s original of Neil Young’s recording at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, which is one of the auditoriums collectively named as the Los Angeles Music Center (and that’s why that name was used for the TMOQ version). I would love to know when exactly the WCF versions came out and when CBM’s was released but that is unknown so far, except pinning it down somewhere in late 1971 – early 1972. Rubber Dubber’s original – seen below – was probably available fairly soon after the concert date.

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Side A: It’s So Hard To Wait (3:05) / Tell Me Why (2:10) / Look At My Life (3:05) / Journey Through The Past (3:10)
Side B: Cowgirl In The Sand (4:00) / A Heart Of Gold (3:00) / A Man Needs A Maid (5:00)
Side C: Sugar Mountain (10:25) / Don’t Let It Bring You Down (3:20) / Love In Mind (1:50)
Side D: The Damage Done (3:00) / Ohio (3:00) / See The Sky About To Rain (3:05) / I Am A Child (2:20) / See The Girl Dance (2:00)

This post will concentrate on the WCF versions, of which there are no less than three.

  1. The double album using Rubber Dubber’s original title

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It was around this time that WCF came up with label names that no longer referred directly to the artist on that specific album, first seen on Cat Stevens CATNIP LP on Bogart Records.

As we can see, the labels start with what is side C on the original, while the two volumes below reverted to the correct order (A & B on Volume 1 and C & D on Volume 2).

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2. The double album split into two volumes and with a new title

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Using Rubber Dubber’s original art work. (I have only found an image for Vol. 2 so far.)

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3. The ‘best-of’ compilation

Wrap-around insert and either Skylonda or white labels. This also exists with ‘Sugar Mountain’ labels.

Matrix / Runout: 733 Side I / 733 Side II

Side A: Heart Of Gold / A Man Needs A Maid / (Old Man) Take A Look At My Life / Journey Through The Past / The Damage Done
Side B: Love In Mind / See The Girl Dance / Ohio / Sugar Mountain / See The Sky About To Rain

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ‘best of’ version was later reissued in a folder-type cover and blank white labels, with the new back cover crafted together from the inner sleeve/lyric insert of Neil’s official Harvest album from .

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I have been told that another WCF version named Young Man’s Fancy with a ‘ymf’ matrix exists as well.

 

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US bootleg, released around 1971 with a deluxe fully printed cover, as part of the collector’s item series, which also included titles by The Who and Neil Young.

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Below:  A  copy (Japanese?) from the mid-70’s. Its labels differ from the clearer and stronger print of the originals. Easily spotted is the difference between laminated cover on the original and the wraparound large insert used on the copy.

 

 

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Yet another copy, this time definitely Japanese, JL 503. These were pressed in Taiwan and sold in Japan around 1975-77.

 

 

 

The artwork states: “This two-record set was professionally recorded at one of the finest concert halls in the nation. Eight microphones were utilized by the sound crew on stage to achieve the flawless quality of sound that is evident throughout the entire album. It captures the peaks of excitement and emotion that accompany a live Santana concert.”

Source: Soundboard recording recorded live at Ludlow Garage, Cincinnati, OH on October 21,1969

Side 1: Conquistadore Rides Again (5:40) / You Just Don’t Care (5:26) / Fried Neckbones And Some Home Fries (7:10)
Side 2: Waiting (6:14) / Treat (9:16) / Gumbo (4:25)
Side 3: Evil Ways (4:31) / Shades Of Time>Savor Jingo (14:50)
Side 4: Persuasion (3:00) / Soul Sacrifice PT 1 / Michael Shrieve drum solo / Soul Sacrifice PT 2 (15:24)

The information found online claims there were two shows that day and indicates that the material is not presented in order on the bootleg:

Early Show
01 Waiting
02 Evil Ways
03 Treat/Shades Of Time
04 Savor/Jingo
05 Persuasion
Late Show
01 Conquistador Rides Again
02 You Just Don’t Care
03 Fried Neckbones
04 Persuasion
05 Soul Sacrifice
06 Gumbo

 

The back of the album mentions the song “Singing Winds, Crying Beasts”, which is not present here and would not come out until September of 1970 (on their second album Abraxas), which helps us date this bootleg to ca. 1971.

 

Owner review:

“The Side One and Two record in this two-LP had dozens of small pimples on the surfaces, and if you saw what the record looks like, you’d be amazed that it plays this well, though there are occasional low-pitched thumps due to the pressing imperfections.

“Fortunately, Side Three and Four are free from this problem, and you get a scorching soundboard by the Santana lineup heard on their debut album. The group plays the entirety of their first album, plus three unreleased selections (Instrumental Introduction, Gumbo and Fried Neckbones).”

 

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Sides 4 and 3 were copied by CBM as # 3553 around the second half of 1972:

Santana Collectors Item 7

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A European bootleg on blue PVC under the title Singing Winds, Crying Beasts (KURLY 5006/7) is also supposed to exist. Does anyone have an image of it? I have found no trace of it – neither have I of another CBM copy supposedly named Volume 2.

 

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Probably the first release of the Music Hall Cincinnati, OH, 25 February 1970 soundboard tape that I have already mentioned twice on this blog.

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Again, selections were copied by CBM as a single album in 1973 (as # 3940):

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and from there onto GLC’s ‘YOUNG & OLD’ ca late 1974/early 1975: 

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A very good audience recording of the middle of the set list at their show in Dayton, Ohio – 13 August 1971. As previously featured here.

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Copied in early 1973 by CBM as # 3669 – and the most obvious copy of them all, right down to the original art work.

The recording was copied again by WCF/pre-Berkeley and released no less than three times:

  • Insert pasted to a white cardboard cover & printed “WHO Records” labels, as seen in the red copy below, this is the seller description: “Light Blue Labels – White sleeve with red insert. The insert is attached to the cardboard cover and the album is removed from the top. There is NO RUNOFF GROOVE on Side 1! In fact, the end of ‘Won’t Get Fooled’ plays onto the label, LOL. May be trouble with an automatic turntable! Vert tiny runoff on Side 2.”  Release date: Likely 1972
  • Around 1974 – in a fold-out cover design in green and b&w with blank white labels:
  • With a b&w deluxe cover, ca. 1975/6:

Matrix: 2299 A/B

 

K&S also released it again in 1979.

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The original version was in a blue laminated jacket with blue labels with printed track listings [as shown above].  There are allegedly 500 pressed by someone in the Cincinnati area shortly after the concert.  I saw both this and Neil Young & Crazy Horse Collector’s Item in a record store in Muncie, Indiana in late October of 1971.  The originals were of better quality than the numerous later copies. ”

The sources of all three albums coming from Ohio would confirm that this label was indeed based in the Cincinnati area.

 

Were there any other releases by this “label”? I have never seen any. It would be nice to find out who was behind this ambitious project with an eye on quality releases in matching cover art.

ROD STEWART WITH SMALL FACES – ‘NET WT. VERY HEAVY’  previously included in this post

JAMES TAYLOR – ‘FIRE + RAIN’ (TAILOR MADE)  now updated & included in this post

NEIL YOUNG – ‘NIEL’ LIVE  included in this post with a better image

 

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And there you have all Dittolino Disc releases. We still don’t know who was behind this label but this series of posts were a lot more interesting than I had first expected.

Following their appearance at Woodstock, a week long residency at the Greek Theater in L.A. and before four nights at the Fillmore East in New York, the band played another festival, the annual Big Sur, CA music festival staged by the Esalen institute the weekend of September 13 & 14, 1969. This year, the proceedings were filmed for a documentary, which had its premiere on April 9th 1971 in New York.

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CSNY performed on both days:

September 13:  Suite: Judy Blue Eyes / Blackbird / Helplessly Hoping / Guinnevere / Lady Of The Island / Birds / 4 + 20 / You Don’t Have To Cry / Pre-Road Downs / Long Time Gone / Bluebird Revisited / Sea Of Madness / Wooden Ships / Down By The River

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September 14:  Suite: Judy Blue Eyes / Pre-Road Downs / Long Time Gone / Bluebird Revisited / Sea Of Madness / Wooden Ships / Down By The River

The movie soundtrack contained the following CSNY selections:

“Sea of Madness”
“4 + 20” – Stills solo performance
“Down By the River” [incomplete]

 

As the bootlegs have significantly more, and in the case of “Down By The River”, complete performances and the audio quality is pretty good, the source was likely a pre-production soundboard tape for the documentary; although ghostsontheroad.co.uk also mentions a tape “possibly from a radio broadcast”.

Looking at the vinyl bootlegs that appeared ca. 1971, we can find two distinct versions – those that include the officially released version of “Ohio” – TMOQ’s 71013 Ohio Wooden Nickel [which also adds a live version of “Find The Cost Of Freedom” from an unknown source] and Ohio on Snoopy Records [which also added the studio version of “Teach Your Children”]  – and those that do not: Bluebird Live on Dittolino, Wooden Nickel on Canyon Records and the CBM copy. ghostsontheroad.co.uk states that out of these, TMOQ’s Ohio Wooden Nickel was the first release.

 

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CSNY Ohio Wooden Nickel insert

This is the best image I could find of the insert, which, unless I’m mistaken, came only  with later re-issues. Anyone have a better and complete one?

TMOQ track list: Side 1:  Ohio (Studio) / Guinevere (September 13) / Birds (Sept. 13) / 4 & 20 (Sept 13) / You Don’t Have To Cry (Sept. 13) / Suite To Judy Blue Eyes (Sept. 14)     
Side 2:   Find The Cost Of Freedom (?) / Listen Once Again To My Bluebird [Bluebird Revisited] (Sept. 14) /  Sea Of Madness (Sept. 14) / Down By The River… (not studio, Sept .13)

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CSNY Bluebird

The album was listed as “0003” in Hot Wacks. While not shown on this insert more numbers following the same format exist (I do have a close up of ‘0004’ for the next release) and I have decided to use it. I just wish I knew the other numbers as well.

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Dittolini Discs track list:  Side 1: Guinevere (September 13; 4:33) / Birds (Sept. 13; 2:54) / 4 & 20 (Sept 13; 1:58) / You Don’t Have To Cry (Sept. 13; 3:13) / Suite To Judy Blue Eyes (Sept. 14; 7:44)                                                                                                                         Side 2:   Listen Once Again To My Bluebird [Bluebird Revisited] (Sept. 14; 3:11) /  Sea Of Madness (Sept. 14; 3:28) / Down By The River… (not studio, Sept .13; 13:50)

Rare praise for the Dittolino version comes from this collector comment:

“A PA soundboard tape from the gig became an early classic bootleg under the clever moniker “Wooden Nickel” pressed up by Canyon Records (and a later better re-master by So Cal’s Dittolino Discs). Side 1 was a very nice acoustic set featuring Guinnevere and and Birds. Side 2 featured Sea Of Madness and Down By The River. The problem was, being a PA mix, the mix featured only vocals (and screechy harmonies), drums, bass, and organ; the only guitar sound (amped separately), only bled into the mix via the vocal mics. The album gave them some “street cred”, but was also quite flawed (the opening track Side 2 lurched to a start well into the first verse). For a while the only CSNY live tracks available were either this album, or the few paltry tracks available on albums Woodstock and Woodstock 2 (and Sea Of Madness is allegedly NOT from the Woodstock gig!).

I believe Dallas Taylor and Greg Reeves were let go at the end of touring in 1969 as they “were asking equal billing” or pay(?), and a 1970 CSNY tour was launched with replacements Johnny Barbata and Calvin Samuels. Dates were taped on multi-track specifically for a live album. “Wooden Nickel” was clearly weighing on their minds. On one of the multi-track tapes for “4 Way Street” (Chicago?), Crosby is either prompted or simply starts a rap to the audience about “Wooden Nickel” on “Bogus Records”,…”steal your money”. He clearly tries to downplay the audience cheers for the bootleg, and seems particularly embarrassed by the electric side. Neil also lets the audience know that Bill Halverson is downstairs recording the gig for a live album, and bumps mics and chairs for comic effect.
The impact of the official “4 Way Street” was almost lost by the release by heavy-hitter Rubber-Dubber Records’ “Live At The L.A. Forum” with red, white and blue American flag cover, as several of the tracks were to be included on “4 Way Street”. Rubber Dubber’s tape was a very inferior audience tape, however, so THAT bootleg quickly died on the vine. In later years, some of Bill Halverson’s tapes started circulating, but Atlantic was cluey enough to include some of these “outtakes”, particularly a Neil Young acoustic medley, as bonus tracks on their extended cd re-release of “4 Way Street”. ”  [from http://forums.stevehoffman.tv/threads/bootlegs-that-have-inspired-forced-official-releases.166441/ ]

 

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SNOOPY RECORDS S231718

CSNY Ohio

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As noted, “Teach Your Children”, closing side 1 here, was pirated from the official LP.

Side 2:  Guinevere (September 13) / Birds (Sept. 13) / 4 & 20 (Sept 13) / You Don’t Have To Cry (Sept. 13) / Suite To Judy Blue Eyes (Sept. 14)

 

Below, the Canyon Records version.

CSNY Wooden Nickel Can or lbl

Track list is identical to Dittolini Discs release. I have previously included this release with a green label.

CSNY Wooden Nickel Canyon

The version shown above made the papers, as Atlantic Records and the group were not amused:

 

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Source: Billboard, July 4 1970 edition

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Contraband copy: I was not able to find an image for this.

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Jamming in their drive way with Greg Reeves, ca. 1969.

Great interview here: http://www.4waysite.com/exclusive-4waysite-2/exclusive-4waysite-4waysite-catches-up-with-greg-reeves-in-2012/

 

I see images like these and I want to get a time machine and transport myself there.

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Audience recording from the Philadelphia Spectrum on 29 June 1976, according to the book Neil Young: Zero to Sixty: a critical Biography

Actual photos from the concert can be found here: https://photosfromphilly.wordpress.com/2011/06/03/stephen-stills-firebird-neil-young-les-paul-guitar-dual-at-the-spectrum-6291976/

I read on more than one website that Neil Young walked out on Stephen Stills on this tour, with one source I read claimed after only eight gigs but this can’t be true when looking at this Neil Young site: http://www.sugarmtn.org/getshows.php?tour_key=113

“Recording is audience sourced, with pretty mediocre sound (C+ to B range, aesthetically speaking.) There are fades between some tracks, and this performance is most likely recorded from a single night’s concert.

Some copies were pressed on black, other copies were pressed on multicolored vinyl (this one). Includes both a front paper slip and a rear paper slip.” First issues were m.c. blue ones seen here. I did not find any other colors.

Matrix markings: HAR 167-A “To Ruth” and HAR 167-B “From An Old Friend”

 

This title also exists on clear mcv but with only the front insert, perhaps pointing to this variation being a later pressing.

 

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The back insert is the main attraction in this case. The text on the left and the SODD satire has been seen before but the cartoon was new to me:

 

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