Procol Harum The Elusive

Procol Harum The Elusive 718

Procol Harum The Elusive det


USA: 1971/2

Pressed in larger quantities than the preceding three titles in WCF’s 700 series.

Source:  WPLJ-FM radio broadcast from the A&R Studios in New York, 12 April 1971 during their North American tour. The date confirms my placing of the 700 series in the months between mid-1971 to early 1972.

Unfortunately, this pressing did not come out well, only earning a “Gm” rating in HOTWACKS “with the exception of ‘Fare Thee Well’, which is very poor.”.  HOTWACKS continues that this is also available on CBM 718 “from original plates”. I have never seen the CBM copy and without having compared the matrices, I would not make this claim and suggestion that there was a relationship between the two labels (other than CBM copying several of WCF’s titles, as we have seen so far).  Previously, we saw another case of identical matrix numbers for their respective copies of Led Zeppelin’s Blueberry Hill.

The correct track list is:

1 Memorial Drive
2 Still There’ll be more
3 Nothing that I didn’t know
4 Simple Sister
5 Luskus Delph
6 Shine On Brightly
7 Whaling Stories
8 Broken Barricades
9 Juicy John Pink
10 A Salty Dog
11 Whisky Train
12 Power Failure

Gary Brooker (voice & piano)
Chris Copping (Hammond organ, bass)
Robin Trower (guitar, bass)
BJ Wilson (drums)


TMOQ later released a significant quality upgrade of the first 10 tracks with the matrix # 1844 A/B. The four digit TMOQ titles are seen as Ken’s part of the output following his ouster from TMOQ by Dub and his father.

Procol Harum Shine On Live



Rolling Stones Stoned Again GT lbl 2

Usually found with a b&w or purple&w insert and with “Good Time”, orange title or blank white labels.

Rolling Stones Stoned Again 3


Update: I have since received a comment that calls into question that the orange label version is a real WCF release.


USA: 1971


Around April of 1970, someone created this pirate compilation, as dbboots reports with unusual accuracy, and we have two contenders for the original version:

  1. Stoned Again (by the Rockers)

Not to be mistaken by a Swedish 1970 RS bootleg named Stoned Again as well.

Single album in a white gatefold sleeve, also found with orange labels. Matrix: RS 121-A-1 / RS 122

Rolling Stones Stoned Again gf

Another reported matrix has RS-727 A-7 and RS-722


2. “STONED” with the matrix HL-A/B, produced in the Chicago area.

Rolling Stones STONED HL-A 2




Label design copied by WCF, as seen in the second image. The differences in pressing are also clearly visible in this side by side presentation.

The label designer was trying hard to fool those not hip to the Stones while still very much recognizable by their fans and bootleg buyers.

Someone compiled this album using: Their first 45 DECCA F 11675 “Come On / I Want To be Loved” (“Come On” was not listed on WCF’s insert); the B-side of “Paint It Black”, “Long Long While” from 1966; took the version of “Poison Ivy” that was unique to a Saturday Club V.A. UK release (LK 4583); copied another 45: Decca F 11764 / London 45-9641 “I Wanna Be Your Man / Stoned”; grabbed two tracks off of the British EP Decca DFE 8560, “Bye Bye Johnny” & “You Better Move On”. 

Side 2 starts off with their raw take of Barett Strong’s “Money” as recorded on 14 November 1963 at De Lane Lea studios in London from their The Rolling Stones EP (DFE 8560); “I Can’t Be Satisfied” (I could not confirm if this is the same take/from the same recording session as the Rolling Stones No. 2 album) and finally what appears to be four Got Live If You Want It EP tracks: “Everybody Needs Somebody To Love”, “Pain In My Heart”, “I’m Moving On” and “I’m Alright”.  Unlike claimed by HOTWACKS, there were no outtakes on this release.

Rolling Stones gLiywi EP


While researching the origins of this pirate release I came across this version and thought it might be a ‘lost’ pre-TMOQ release due to a. the sticker similarity with their February 1970 release Donovan – A Gift From the Underground To a Flower – Moonshine Superman sticker version and b. the very TMOQ-like matrix of RS 121/122.

Riolling Stones Stoned Again RS 121

I’ve since been informed that this version likely from the UK as the same type of sticker can be found on UK versions of LiveR Than You’LL Ever Be , Dylan’s Great White Wonder & Isle Of Wight

Dylan GWW UK sticker

Dylan IoW UK sticker

and The Beatles – Kum Back (better quality images needed, please leave a comment if you can provide them):

Beatles Kum Back UK sti


Later versions of STONED AGAIN include:

STONED AGIN! BY THE ROCKERS  – with a Robert Crumb cartoon cover and two different matrix markings: VAT-1110-A/B (blue insert- white labels) or RS-121/2 (green color insert):

Rolling Stones Stoned Agin!


and a version released in Japan that copied the WCF insert:

Rolling Stones Stoned Again Japan RV 5004

Rolling Stones Stoned Again Japan RV 5004 lbl

“Blimp Records”and “EV 5004” being nods towards TMOQ’s Led Zeppelin – Live On Blueberry Hill release.

Led Zep BH lbl detail

Also available with what looks like a deluxe cover copied from THE ROLLING STONES UK EP, DFE 8560 or may just be a home made owner job:

Rolling Stones SA Japan del cvr



Donova Live at Reedy River Junct

I have only found it with these ‘avocado-colored’ labels; another very limited WCF pressing.

USA: ca. 1971

Source: US TV broadcasts (Smothers Brothers 1968 and ’69) and as claimed by HOTWACKS, supposedly cuts from a Canadian concert. This is not backed by any information found on either WCF’s or TMOQ’s insert (created for their reissue), shown here, in fact it is contradicted:

Donovan Reedy River ins det


Originally only the fifth release by Ken & Dub, pre-TMOQ when they made up a new label name for each release (here: Seagull Records).

Likely the first ever bootleg on colored vinyl (colors: Green, red & gold), released ca. February 1970:

Donovan RR green

Donovan Reedy River 2nd sticker

Donovan Reedy River 1st sticker

Donovan Reedy River 2nd sticker 2

The early days of bootlegging and its copyright disclaimers. Contraband would a couple of years later try a different route and use stickers stating: “Notice of intent to use and all applicable royalties have been paid by CBM Music Norfolk, Va.” (found on British Blue Jam) or a variation found on  their copy of the Beatles – Get Back To Toronto

CBM copyright

plus their stamp used on the Beatles – Don’t Pass Me By:

Beatles DPMB stamp


Another version came with a different title and sticker:



This was later reissued as a branded TMOQ product # 71004 with an insert, stamped title and stickers.



Based on the extra info I received yesterday – many thanks for that – here’s part two to round out the list.

While Catnip on blue PVC is not that hard to find and the other blue ones appear occasionally, the red ones seem to be much rarer and I have never seen a purple CBM record nor was I able to find one on discogs or popsike. All have in common that the pressings are on the thin side.

First up:


Hendrix Clapton Baker red lbl

“Microgroove”, a term CBM liked to put on their labels around this time, as these 1972/3 releases show:

Shown above are # 3316 (Beatles – Don’t Pass Me By), # 3426 (John Lennon/Rolling Stones – British Blue Jam), # 3552 (Beatles – Live Concert Atlanta) and from 1973 # BD 1011 (Bob Dylan – Seventy Dollar Robbery)


Hendrix Clapton Baker red d

Hendrix Clapton Baker red 2

Hendrix Munia yel

This is a pirate album containing the following tracks:

A1 –The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Stars That Play With Laughing Sam’s Dice
A2 –The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Highway Chile
A3 –The Graham Bond Organization – Hear Me Calling Your Name
A4 –The Graham Bond Organization – Camels And Elephants
B1 –John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers – No Reply
B2 –John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers – I’m A Stranger
B3 –John Mayall – Sonny Boy Blow
B4 –John Mayall – Don’t Kick Me
B5 –John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers – Stand Back Baby

Easily identifiable by the stamp:

Hendrix Clapton Baker May

but usually only identified as a CBM title in its reissued forms years later, known as CBM 4 with matrix  markings XCQ-4A / B:

Hendrix Clapton Mayall Bruce 2

The red cardboard version is WCF’s first issue of this title with its distinct WCF-style labels (for a change also using the term “Microgroove”, which makes me think the red PVC copy shown first was also the original issue):

Hendrix Clapton Baker May red

Matrix list: XCQ-4 – MB-1 – MB-2 / 707, 707 A /B and XCQ-4-B 707

Reissued ca. 1973 in WCF’s typical folder-style cover with blank white labels and a 707 A/B matrix:

Hendrix C M B B RE

Hendrix C M B B RE. inner

Hendrix C M B B RE. b


Second: radiocord / elton john

John E radiocord disc

John E radiocord blu ss

John E radiocord b

The blank back above. Also exists on black PVC:

This did not really look like a CBM release to me when I first came across it but their version with the pirate logo on the insert has the same matrix number (35-4000 A/B).

John E radiocord


allman brothers / duane allman – statesboro blues (# 3910, released 1973)

Allman D statesboro blues red

Also exists in purple.


Finally, the missing colors for these two titles:

  • Cat Stevens – Catnip  (# 3275, rel. 1972) – > on red vinyl
  • Jethro Tull – ticketron (# 3436, rel. 1972) – > on red and purple vinyl


If you have images of any of these, please leave a comment, thanks.



That’s what I love about researching this topic: There are still so many details that we don’t know.

In this case, we knew the that Contraband had released four titles on colored PVC and they were all blue:

Stevens Cat Catnip 2 cv

British Blue Jam

Dylan B Seventy DR blu

Young N YMFancy blue


So, today, I come across this eBay auction (still active for another 5 days at the time I’m writing this):

Stewart R Plynth red 2

I thought maybe it’s a trick of the light (to quote The Who)…

Stewart R Plynth red d

… but no, there’s no doubt, that record is RED!

What else may be out there?





USA: 1971/2 – another rarer WCF title together with JJ-713 and DD-715.

Source: Fillmore East, NY, NY – based on the set list from one of the concerts in March 1969; they played there March 21 + 22 (someone on YouTube claims on the 24th as well and that the concert was reviewed in the paper). The recording does not get high marks in the quality department but then again HOTWACKS had only heard the copy (see below).

MARCH 21 OR 22,1969

3 – 99-1/2
8 – LODI

The HOTWACKS listing is not for the WCF original but the Japanese copy on the OG label (KRV-568). Apparently, this must have been the first Western bootleg to get copied in Japan as the copy dates from around 1973.

CCR Fillmore East OG


An eBay seller claims that the WCF original was the first ever CCR underground release. That could be the case but final certainty could only be achieved by knowing in which month it and close contender Revived on Dittolini Discs were released. That album contains a recording from the last night at the Fillmore West – July 4th, 1971 – and was released anytime after August of that year.

CCR Revived


HOTWACKS tells us that the Dittolini title was also available as LIVE IN CONCERT on 5D Records. This is another rare title and the only image that exists on the internet is this one (if you have a better one, please leave a comment):

CCR LiConcert 5D

5D logo

Now, I always assumed that due to two TMOQ titles bearing the 5D logo – 71035 Buffalo Springfields – Bluebird Roots and 71036 Cat Stevens – Concert  from around January 1972, that 5D was a TMOQ sub label, just like Mammary Productions, for example (coincidentally, two  of the three TMOQ/Mammary titles immediately followed the 5D ones: 71037 Grateful Dead –   Live In Concert and 71038 Jefferson Airplane – Winterland 1970 / Tapes From the Mothership).

No 5D original seems to exist for the Cat Stevens title though, leading to the assumption that Dub just continued using that logo for one more of his own releases, at least for the first pressing. Shown below is a guaranteed TMOQ pressing.

Stevens Cat 5D gree det

However, 5D seems to have been a different label that released the Buffalo Springfield title first and TMOQ then copied it, right down to the logo (shown first is the label of the 5D original, then a TMOQ copy on red vinyl).

Buffalo Springfield Bluebird Roots 5D lbl

Buffalo Springfield Roots red.jpg

Now back to the CCR title LIVE IN CONCERT with the 5D logo:

Is this another original 5D release? Was it released around 1972 as well or later (the insert style seems to indicate it was later)?

I now believe it is not a “lost TMOQ title”, as my original thinking (“all 5D titles are TMOQ titles”) would have led me to assume.


If you now more and/or have other titles with a 5D logo, please leave a comment.