In May, I bought only six records. Below are four of the six.
Pink Floyd – Pink Floyd
This is a very rare Pink Floyd bootleg – recorded live at Musikhalle in Hamburg, Germany on February 25, 1971. The front cover is pretty offensive – so I’m showcasing the back cover. The specific copy I acquired is a second state pressing from the original, first-ever bootleg recording of the famed 1971 Musikhalle performance. The differences in pressings are equally subtle as they are superficial.
This bootleg was known for a few things: its rarity, its really obscene front cover, and its excellent recording quality featuring outstanding performances of songs like Careful with that Axe, Eugenie, Embryo, and Atom Heart Mother (performed with a backing brass and choir arrangement). It was also known for a really loud, chilling scream during Careful with that Axe, Eugene. The scream is queued up below (not advised for playback using headphones):
This legendary record has been copied many times by many of the big bootleggers of the 1970s. It’s been repressed before with titles such as:
and then there’s the extremely rare version of all the Muiskhalle bootlegs – Embrwo.
Embrwo, pictured above, is believed to be from the infamous Los Angeles based bootleg label Trade Mark of Quality (TMOQ) and was exported from the US to the UK to another bootlegger known as Freddy Stomper (aka, ‘The Marked Hand’). For Freddy, locating a record pressing plant in London to manufacture bootlegs was nearly impossible. So the story goes that Freddy got in touch with the guys at TMOQ to have one of his tapes (Musikhalle ’71) pressed on colored vinyl, shipped to the UK without sleeves (as not to alert customs), and then packaged and stamped in London. He repackaged the records in thin white cardboard sleeves and rubber stamped them as Embrwo. ‘The Marked Hand’ most likely intended for the title to be Embryo, the name of a song performed on the bootleg. Shortly after the sale debut of Embrwo in March of 1973, the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) raided many UK record stores suspected of selling bootlegs. In fact, one of the main stores raided for selling bootlegs in London was none other than Virgin Records – The exact same Virgin Records owned by billionaire tycoon Richard Branson. The last time a genuine copy of Embrwo appeared on ebay, the album sold for close to $2100. If you go on youtube and search for “Pink Floyd M502” you’ll come across the full recording of this legendary bootleg.
|A1||Green Is The Colour / Careful With That Axe, Eugene||14:00|
|B2||Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun||14:00|
|C1||Saucerful Of Secrets||20:00|
|D1||Atom Heart Mother (with brass and choir)||28:00|
Leo Kottke – 6- And 12-String Guitar
I found an original first pressing of this at Amoeba in San Francisco in NM condition. It’s absolutely fantastic. The 12 string guitar musicianship on this album is really enjoyable. The acoustic folk sound makes me want to revisit Yosemite. Below is my favorite track from the album.
|A1||The Driving Of The Year Nail|
|A2||The Last Of The Arkansas Greyhounds|
|A4||Crow River Waltz|
|A5||The Sailor’s Grave On The Prairie|
|A6||Vaseline Machine Gun|
|B2||Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring|
|B4||The Tennessee Toad|
|B6||The Brain Of The Purple Mountain|
Mike Gordon – Overstep
This is Mike Gordon’s (bassist for Phish) fourth solo studio album (excluding two other albums where he was joined by Leo Kottke). I really like the cover art on this album. The music itself is pretty okay. I’m not necessarily blown away. Not to say the music sucked, or that it wasn’t at all good, I just don’t see myself playing this one too often in the future. Side C was definitely the best side of this album. This was one example where the cover helped push a sale – for me, at least.
|A2||Tiny Little World|
|C2||Long Black Line|
Various Artists – Dumb and Dumber Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Shop Radio Cast, a record label based in Canada, re-released this quintessential 90’s soundtrack in May. There was a limited edition of 50 copies on red and white wax, which sold out quickly. My copy is on blue wax and is limited to 500 copies. The music on this soundtrack is hit-and-miss, but I dig the majority of the songs. Some of the tracks downright suck. The good songs definitely outweigh the bad songs in either case. I’ve had the CD of this soundtrack for a long time. I still listen to the songs by Crash Test Dummies, Green Jelly, Echobelly and The Primitives when I come across them in my iTunes library. Oh, and side D has an special etching.
I realize the etching in the photo above is hard to see, but hopefully the caption will help you figure out what you’re looking at.
|A1||– Crash Test Dummies||The Ballad Of Peter Pumpkinhead|
|A2||– Deadeye Dick||New Age Girl|
|A4||– Pete Droge||If You Don’t Love Me (I’ll Kill Myself)|
|B1||– Primitives, The||Crash (The ’95 Mix)|
|B2||– Willi One Blood||Whiney, Whiney (What Really Drives Me Crazy)|
|B3||– Gigolo Aunts||Where I Find My Heaven|
|B4||– Butthole Surfers||Hurdy Gurdy Man|
|C1||– Sons, The||Too Much Of A Good Thing|
|C2||– Green Jelly||The Bear Song|
|C3||– Lupins, The||Take|
|C4||– Deee-Lite||You Sexy Thing|
|C5||– Proclaimers, The||Get Ready|