30 NOSTALGIA HITS
Company: Wizardo Records
matrix: BFC-5 / BFC-6 (Side 1 / Side 2 on label) // BFC-3 / BFC-4 (Side 3 / Side 4 on label)
Release Date: June 1975
1. announcer's intro TWIST AND SHOUT 1:18
2. YOU CAN'T DO THAT 2:26
3. Paul intro ALL MY LOVING 1:58
4. John intro SHE LOVES YOU 2:12
5. George intro THINGS WE SAID TODAY 2:10
6. ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN 2:12
7. Paul intro CAN'T BUY ME LOVE 2:02
8. John intro IF I FELL 2:06
9. I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND 2:15
10. Paul intro BOYS 1:58
11. John intro A HARD DAY'S NIGHT 2:15
12. Paul intro LONG TALL SALLY 1:55
1. ROCK AND ROLL MUSIC
2. SHE'S A WOMAN
3. Paul intro IF I NEEDED SOMEONE
4. John intro DAY TRIPPER
5. BABY'S IN BLACK
6. George intro I FEEL FINE
7. George intro YESTERDAY
8. Paul intro I WANNA BE YOUR MAN
9. AIN'T SHE SWEET
10. P.S. I LOVE YOU
11. THERE'S A PLACE
13. DIZZY MISS LIZZIE
14. THIS BOY
15. FROM ME TO YOU
16. John intro NOWHERE MAN
17. Paul intro PAPERBACK WRITER
18. Paul intro I'M DOWN
Side A and B: VG mono
Side C and D: same as original sources
Side A and B:
Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl – August 23, 1964 (from a copy of the acetate, not from previously released records)
Side C and D:
1 to 8,16 to 18: from ON STAGE IN JAPAN
9 to 12: officially released versions
13: from MARY JANE
14,15: from ABBEY ROAD REVISITED
This record was not released by the founder of the Wizardo company, and in fact the matrix number is not part of his 300 series, and the records do not have the usual Wizardo labels, at least for the first pressing. Wizardo, in the interview published in the Pink Floyd bootlegs web site, gives this explanation: "[This] Beatles boot is a real curiousity. J. was in the process of making it at Lewis on his own, when we first met. That's why the originals have the Fan Buys labels instead of Wizardo, on one or both discs. I don't remember where he sourced the content, but it had to be copied from other boots. I didn't like it, so it only got pressed once, to my knowledge." This is not actually true, but it is likely that all the repressings were done by his associate J., and so Wizardo did not know about them. Wizardo was also wrong about the content, since the first of the 2-LP set was not copied from previous records: at the time, this in fact was the only LP with the Hollywood Bowl show taken from a copy of the acetate, and therefore it does not have the skips and the other defects that both of the other two masters, taken from worn copies of the original EP (respectively used for LIVE AT SHEA and BACK IN 64 AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL, and derived records), had. The second record was indeed completely useless, but the first record was very important, even though nobody knew it and probably very few collectors even realized it!!! The records pressed at the Lewis plants often suffered of a noisy pressing, but in this case the overall sound quality is quite good.
Starting from the first edition of HOT WACKS, and repeated up to the last, this record appeared also with the title SP 602, from the sequential number of a Beatles postcard. Actually, this is the postard that was used for the ON STAGE IN JAPAN cover by TAKRL, the cover that was also used for the single LP version with the Tokyo show of this 2-LP set (see below). So this might explain the origin of the SP 602 title.
RELEASES - 2-LP SET
1. June 1975 (photo below the title). The first release, as typical of the Wizardo records distributed in June 1975, had an insert in large size, printed in brown color, with a frame around the Beatles figures and the track listing in the lower part. The records were pressed in black vinyl and they had red labels with "Fan-Buys Marketing" (from the company name of Mr. Wizardo's associate). The labels had the side sequence 1-2 and 3-4 for the two records opposite to the sequence of the matrix numbers. We follow the label sequence to define disc 1 and disc 2.
1975. A very rare "deluxe" release came in a white box titled THE BEATLES FOUR (not to be confused with the 2-LP set with the same title, on matrix WRMB-315-A/B/C/D). This included the original LPs, and in addition it had a poster with the Beatles photos (the same used for the cover of the WRMB-315 2-LP version, but lacking the text in the lower part), a sticker and several photos (see more comments at the bottom of this page).
Early 1976. A pressing in blue vinyl with black and white speckles was released, with the original Fan Buys Marketing labels for disc 2, and the Wizardo Rekords Collector's Special for disc 1. This version of the 2-LP set is rather scarce.
RELEASES - SINGLE LP
Each of the 2 discs of the 2-LP set was also distributed as a single record, in black vinyl as well as in colored vinyl, and with the same labels of the discs distributed as the 2-LP set. Probably, the first pressing came only as a 2-LP set, as Wizardo recalls, then when the records were repressed they were distributed both as a 2-LP set and as 2 single LPs. The copies of the single LP in color vinyl are more common that those in black vinyl.
Disc 1. This had an insert in small size, with the catalogue number WRMB 316 on bottom, and titled GET YER YEAH-YEAH'S OUT; the labels were the Fan-Buys Marketing (black vinyl) or Wizardo Rekords Collector's Special Recordings for the colored vinyl version (insert and record are different from the previously released GET YER YEAH-YEAH'S OUT LP with the same title, that was the first Wizardo record, and included a copy of the Dittolino "Shea the Good Old Days" LP). Copies released in1977 were in black vinyl and white blank label.
Late 1976. A new insert printed in yellow paper with with title and track listing, titled RECORDED JULY 23, 1964 AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL, was used for a version whose disc had a white blank label.
Disc 2. The second record, that includes tracks from the Tokyo 1966 concert, was distributed with an insert directly copied from the TAKRL version of the Tokyo concert, titled ON STAGE IN JAPAN - THE 1966 TOUR, with the catalogue number WRMB-318 added on top left. Some copies in multicolored vinyl were pressed as well. The track listing printed on the insert was not changed, therefore it does not correspond to the content of the record. A repressing with only the SP 602 photograph, no track listing and no WRMB 318 number was also cited. This might be a release from Wizardo's associate, with the deletion of all references to Wizardo, but we have not seen such a record.
INTEREST. Even if not noticed at the time, this record was indeed very interesting since it was the only LP with the Hollywood Bowl concert without skips and glitches; as all the first pressings, this is a record that should be in all important collections (***); the version distributed in the white box is extremely rare (****); the 1976 repressing in multicolored vinyl is quite uncommon, and as most of these multicolor LPs it is quite sought after (***). The single record versions are much less valuable, and, as quite usual, the company took scarce care in their realization, as demonstrated by the use of an insert with a track listing different from the actual content of the record for the second LP (**/*).
THE TAKRL COPY: SECOND TO NONE
1976. In 1976 the Wizardo's 2 LP set was copied by the TAKRL company in their SODD series of double LPs, under the title SECOND TO NONE. The first pressing had an insert with the SODD catalogue and the track listing, usually printed with the "rainbow" effect (with scarce contrast) on orange-pinkish paper. The disc labels were yellow and white generic with SIDE ONE / SIDE TWO indications. The records were pressed from matrix SODD 2 009-A / SODD 2 009-B / SODD 2 009 C / SODD 2 009-D
Late 1976. Most of the copies used the black Worlds or black World labels with titles of various non-Beatles songs; the insert was either as in the first pressing, or printed monochromatic on light blue or yellow paper.
INTEREST. Only for completists. *
EIGHT ARMS TO HOLD YOU
1978. The original plates of SECOND TO NONE were used for a repressing under the label KIMBER RECORDS. This version had a deluxe cover and black labels with titles of Led Zeppelin songs.
INTEREST. Another record only usable by completists. *
NOTE. In 1986 another 2 LP set, with the same front cover, but with a different photo in the back cover, was released by Rocksolid Record: it is a completely different record that contains BBC material.
THE TAKRL/TKRWM SINGLE LPs
Late 1976. The associate company TKRWM (The Kornyfone Records for the Working Man) remastered the records for single LP releases, that were distributed in late 1976. Sides A and B were remastered for THE VERY BEST OF THE BEATLES' RAREST NUMBER TWO, on matrix TAKRL 1986-A / TAKRL 1986-B and sides C & D were remastered for THE VERY BEST OF THE BEATLES' RAREST NUMBER THREE, on matrix TAKRL 1987-A / TAKRL 1987-B). These records were usually distributed on the white generic ZAP labels, but copies on the black Worlds labels were seen as well.
INTEREST. Useless release. *