Matrix: GD-2222 A  /  GD-2222 B

Known as Turn On Your Lovelight as that’s the first and only song on side one of the track list. WCF were not inclined to come up with album titles  around this time (1972?).

Source: I found this comment on audiokarma: “Grateful Dead,” #GD-2222. No notation of date or venue, but I seem to have written my own note next to the side one track listing for Love Light (the entire side) that it was recorded in Boston on 12-2-71. “

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Matrix: GD-2233 A  /  GD-2233 B

A1 “Recorded June; 1969 Central Park” (10:32) – 1969/06/22 performance in Central Park and song on set list confirmed, audience recording.
A2 “Recorded Nov; 1970 Action House L.I.” (08:08) – Two shows attributed to this venue on Nov. 9+10 ’70; “Saint Stephen” not on those set lists though.
B1 “Recorded May; 1970 Bill Graham’s Fillmore East” (02:50) – The Dead were regular visitors to the Fillmore East throughout 1970.
B2 “Recorded Nov; 1970 Action House L.I.” (15:02) – see comment above.

Action-House

 

Released around 1974 with a white label, here in a recycled folder cover originally printed for WCF’s copy of the Loggins And Messina release and in its correct cover:

 

 

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Matrix: GD-2244 A  /  GD-2244 B

I have found no further recording details regarding this release. If you know morw, please leave a comment.

 

 

 

Matrix : 1973 A  /  1973 B

The first WCF release of their copy of disc two of the TMOQ double. Note how a xerox of TMOQ’s stamped title was used for WCF cut & paste art work (I have included the complete stamp as it appears on a TMOQ reissue). The track list missed “That’s The Way” which should be the 2nd song on the A-side.

Released in 1973, after TMOQ had reissued the title with a stamped cover.

WCF reissued this title as part of their folder reissues ca. 1974-5. A copy seen on eBay has the black generic Berkeley labels with the 1975 copyright date, so these types of covers were still in use after their re-branding as a bootleg label with a proper name in that year, The reprint was not kind to Jimmy’s photo on the front, robbing it of whatever little contrast it had left the first time around. On the other hand, he now occupied “prime real estate” on the back panel.

 

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The TMOQ originals:

  1. Folder cover, perhaps released in this form as early as (late) 1971 due to the evidence from the Neil Young video mentioned below.

The TMOQ wiki places this release – later numbered 72004 – in February of 1973 but that appears to be wrong (a buyer in the UK received his copy on Friday, the 19th of January 1973). We need a collector who wrote down when exactly they bought this particular version.

 

A pendant to this Crosby & Nash release (#72005, I read it was taped at L.A.’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on 10 October 1971 and not in Berkeley, as stated in a 2017 Tight But Loose article – is this correct? ), which can be seen in the film clip in which Neil Young discovers bootlegs in an L.A. record store, likely filmed in November or December of 1971 (a Rolling Stone magazine with a cover date of 09 Dec. ’71 can be spotted), YT title “Neil Young finds bootleg records of his own work in an LA store – 1971 ”

The theory supporting the late 1971 release date for the Led Zeppelin title will make the convincing point that both titles were released at the same time in their similar packaging.

 

C&N VSE 2

Above: Neil confronting the store clerk with the album.

The evidence chain used in the 2017 Tight But Loose article dating the album to late 1972 runs like this:

  • The same taper – not Dub – recorded these two shows at the Berkeley Community Theater in September and October of ’71.
  • It then took a few months for the tapes to reach Dub/TMOQ.
  • An ad from a UK bootleg mail order company advertising both releases as new is also shown as evidence.

AA NEW LZ + C.N.

  • However, the album(s) received after ordering is not the folder version but the stamped & sticker-ed (later) version and since the folder version clearly came earlier, the theory formulated in TBL fails at this point.

TMOQ trying folder style covers years before WCF did. It appears these were the only two titles receiving this treatment.

 

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With an alternate insert. As pointed out in the comment section by YesDays, the images used here come from 1975.

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With Stout designed insert, ca. mid-1973:

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Later versions:

 

There are many more pressings but I’ll just concentrate on the earlier ones.

 

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http://jimmypagemusic.blogspot.com/2015/09/on-this-day-13-september.html

http://www.rambleonzep.com/dates/1971-09-14.htm

The famous recording from Berkeley’s Community Theater, 2nd night, 14 September 1971. The master tape has never surfaced to the best of my knowledge and even the pressing plates may have ended up in the Pacific ocean around 1980 in an attack of paranoia by Ken’s associate Michael.

 

Master tape details: Immigrant Song >> Heartbreaker (<< Bouree..), [ cut ], Since I’ve Been Loving You [ cut ], [ cut ], Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< Back In The USA..) [ cut ], [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven, [ cut ], That’s The Way [ cut ], Going To California, [ cut ], Whole Lotta Love (<< Just A Little Bit, Boogie Chillun, Hello Mary Lou, My Baby Left Me, Mess O’ Blues, You Shook Me, The Lemon Song..)


Quality rating: Excellent, slightly top-heavy.   Length: 96 minutes, missing is the encore.
argenteumastrum states: Surprisingly clear recording taped much close to the stage without any distortion! All the instruments are perfectly balanced and almost no hiss here.

LZ BCT ad '71 II

 

 

 

Matrix : 1806 A  /  1806 B

 

 

Matrix: 1807 – A   /  1807 – B

WCF did some of the worst ever “song title mangling” bootleggers sometimes committed as they were not familiar with an artist’s repertoire, on the blue volume: “Moonoge Dyelseom”, “Gene Genie” and “Luffragete City”.

I do believe WCF made this first available in the form of single albums (just like TMOQ did) only to be distinguished by their color but a double version also appears to have been made:

 

 

Year of release: 1973, perhaps late spring or middle of the year

Reissued ca. 1974/5 with a redesigned cover:

 

 

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Source: KMET-FM’s broadcast of Bowie’s first of two shows at the Santa Monica Civic Center on 20 October, 1972. RCA also recorded the performance on multi-track tapes (and then left them in the vault for 22 years while the bootlegs from this show gained a reputation for their un-bootleg-like excellent sound quality and Bowie’s A-game performance that would even eclipse the official David Live a couple of years later.

Bowie SM 72 pic

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Now, coming back to the red & blue first releases, these are referred to as the very first Bowie bootlegs. While I agree with him on the release date being 1973, he is off on dating the TMOQ titles IN PERSON & IN AMERICA as only having been released in 1974. Using the TMOQ RecordWiki (that used to be posted under the recordcollectorsguild.org) as I have done throughout the blog, as the dates have so far been the most detailed and only one error could so far been found by a major bootleg collector, IN PERSON would date around January of 1973 (#71054, matrix: DB – 528) and IN AMERICA (#71062, matrix DB – 531) from around April of ’73.

 

Regarding the order of the TMOQ releases, Bassman is also incorrect when describing the first version, “The first and original discs came in a so called TMQ Production cover, and they all have labels with the songs listed on one side and the TMQ pig on the other.” I have shown these versions below. The cartoon cover edition was not the first but came after the generic farm pig label editions on colored vinyl and in stamped and sticker-ed covers.

So, Ziggy in concert. was not the first David Bowie bootleg but IN PERSON was.

There are also differences in content & quality between both labels:

  • TMOQ edited the the DJ talk out, WCF left it in.
  • TMOQ had the edge when it came to the sound quality.

 

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I came across this CBM copy presenting the second half of the show, likely taken from IN AMERICA, and winning the award for Most Minimalist Cover Art. It appears that this is the only Bowie title they ever put out. I did not find any evidence that they had copied IN PERSON as well.

Released around 1974.

 

Matrix: 2810-C  /   2810-D

Curiously, it shares its matrix number with Ken”s issue of the In Person / In America material, which he released as a double album:

Bowie Santa Monica double

Matrix: 1847/2810

 

Matrix: ( side A none ) / 999 – B

Also exists with a blank yellow label, as seen on WCF’s copy of Rod Stewart with the Faces live at the L.A. Forum.

Released ca. 1972 – it should be noted that WCF did not release their albums in a strict chronological order, so this album numbered 999 was not released after 901 & 902 (JETHRO TULL – US TOUR APRIL 1972; ROLLING STONES – THE STONES AMERICAN TOUR IN L.A. 1972) but likely earlier.

The title may have been a joke perhaps. Nassau Coliseum held its first rock concert – Three Dog Night – (a couple of months after its opening) on 29 April 1972 and none of the tracks on this album sounded like they had been recorded live at an arena.

It was no surprise then that when the album was reissued by WCF in 1973/4, it received a new title (still misleading though).

Matrix : 999 A  /  999 B

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WCF had copied this album from this rare and half-decent Beatles bootleg released in 1971, THE BEATLES LAST ALBUM

Matrix: 0171 – 01 1971

Three partial Christmas flexi disc recordings (1966, ’67 & ’69), pirates of the German version of “She Loves You” and the John & Paul 45 plus the highlights and first ever release of their David Frost performance in 1968 (years before the Deccagone 45), three songs from their BBC Top Gear appearance as described below and also “Shout” from their ’64 Around The Beatles TV special. Really not too bad for 1971.

“More material appeared in the early Seventies. This did not usually fill a complete LP; one or a few tracks, at times a single programme, were added to other material. The first programme to appear was Top Of The Pops, the U.S. rebroadcast of Top Gear July 16, 1964. This was independently released by an anonymous label on the album titled THE BEATLES LAST ALBUM, and by CBM on THE NEVER RELEASED MARY JANE. The first one was released in (possibly) late 1971 or early 1972, matrix 01 971. It was copied in 1972 by White Cover Folks as LIVE AT NASSAU, matrix 999, originally distributed with a yellow label. This album was repressed in 1973 and 1974 as TOP OF THE POPS/LIVE IN GERMANY. The CBM record (THE NEVER RELEASED MARY JANE), with matrix 3585, was originally distributed in November 1972 with a purple slipsheet and label with printed title. The subsequent issues had generic labels and usually a blue printed insert. This session was also included on a record by Highway HiFi, a subsidiary of TMOQ-Smokin’ Pig, titled TOP OF THE POPS, matrix HHCER 111. This LP was first issued in mid-1974 with a slipsheet printed with “rainbow” effect, and repressed a number of times until 1983.” [ excerpt from A COMPREHENSIVE BEATLES HISTORY of THE BEATLES’ BBC Bootleg Releases. (ref: Great Dane’s Complete BBC Sessions liner notes) ]

THE BEATLES LAST ALBUM had previously been reviewed in this post from 2013.

Matrix : 902 A 902 – B or 902-A X / 902-B X

Released ca. 1st or 2nd quarter of 1973

A reissue in a folder-style label with a dark blue insert and on white label exists as well:

 

Source: Not only did WCF usually not reveal any track source info – in this case not even a track list – but the title was an outright lie, as the recording was not from Los Angeles but from The Scope in Norfolk, VA, Contraband’s home turf. This is a copy of CBM’s fake Rubber Dubber album, documenting their July 5th, 1972 performance:

1. Sweet Virginia [04:15]
2. Brown Sugar [03:22]
3. Rocks Off [03:52]
4. Gimme Shelter [04:53]
5. Happy [03:09]
6. Tumbling Dice [04:28]
21. You Can’t Always Get What You Want [07:32]
22. Band intro [00:44]
23. Bye Bye Johnny [03:21]
24. Rip This Joint [03:27]
25. Jumping Jack Flash [03:37]
26. Street Fighting Man [04:38]

You can see the first post I created on the CBM title by clicking on this link.

Young N IN CONCERT 1

Young N IN CONCERT 2

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