BATTLE

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Company: Trade Mark of Quality (fake)

Matrix Number  RP 24 A  / RP 24 B

Release Date: August-September 1971

Country: Holland

SIDE A

1. LOOKING TIRED
2. TELL ME BABY
3. DOWN IN THE BOTTOM
4. STEWED AND KEEFED
5. HI HEEL SNEAKERS

SIDE B

6. I FEEL FINE
7. I'M DOWN
8. ACT NATURALLY
9. TICKET TO RIDE
10. YESTERDAY

11. HELP!

Sound Quality:

Side A: VG, Mono

Side B: G, Mono

Source:

#1: The Rolling Stones, RCA Studios, December, 1965
#2 to 5: The Rolling Stones, Chess Studios, June, 1964
#6 to 11: The Beatles, CBS TV "Ed Sullivan Show," September 12, 1965 (from
DAWN OF OUR INNOCENCE)

COMMENTS

This is one of the first european Bootlegs, featuring some songs by The Rolling Stones on Side A, and on Side B a copy of side A of DAWN OF OUR INNOCENCE, in lower sound quality. This LP had only a single pressing, that came with title and track listing directly printed on the cover, simulating a rubber-stamp (photo below the title).

This record was advertised in the "Bengel Bulletin", a sale catalogue of a record shop in Rotterdam, dated  October 1, 1971.

 

Catalogue illustration from Charles Beterams.

 

Charles Beterams, 2020. LITTLE WHITE WONDER,

www.permafrostpublishers.com

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INTEREST. Even though musically useless, this is a rare bootleg, and, as all the original early Dutch records, it has a  very high collectible interest. ****

THE WCF RELEASES

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Company: WCF

Matrix Number <-- RP 24 A --> / RP 24 B (first pressing, replaced with  24 X X for subsequent pressings)

Release Date: Late 1971

Country: USA

SIDE A

1. LOOKING TIRED
2. TELL ME BABY
3. DOWN IN THE BOTTOM
4. STEWED AND KEEFED
5. HI HEEL SNEAKERS

SIDE B (FIRST PRESSING)

6. TWIST AND SHOUT
7. I FEEL FINE
8. DIZZY MISS LIZZY
9. TICKET TO RIDE
10. HELP!

SIDE B (SECOND PRESSING)

6. I FEEL FINE
7. I'M DOWN
8. ACT NATURALLY
9. TICKET TO RIDE
10. YESTERDAY

11. HELP!

Sound Quality:

Side A: VG, Mono

Side B: VG, Mono (first pressing) G, Mono (second pressing)

Source:

Side A:

#1: The Rolling Stones, RCA Studios, Dec., 1965
#2 to 5: The Rolling Stones, Chess Studios, June, 1964

​Side B (first pressing)

#6 to 10: from LAST LIVE SHOW

Side B (second pressing)

The Beatles, CBS TV "Ed Sullivan Show", Sept. 12, 1965 (from the Dutch Release)
 

COMMENTARY

WCF quickly copied the European record on matrix <-- RP 24 A --> / RP 24 B, with an insert featuring The Rolling Stones in the upper half of the cover and The Beatles with Ed Sullivan in the lower part. As typical of the company, they made a mistake. Side B of the first pressing, in fact, includes the first part of the Shea Stadium concert. So the company prepared a new master, numbered 24 X X, this time including the "Ed Sullivan Show", in even lower quality. From the original RP 24 B master a new stamper was cut, renumbered 101 A with RP 24 B erased, and it was used it for side A of their second version of LAST LIVE SHOW. 

RELEASES

1. Late 1971 (photo below the WCF title). B/W or monochromatic dark purplish printed insert featuring The Rolling Stones in the upper half and The Beatles with Ed Sullivan in the lower part; a yellow label with black printed BATTLE and track listings. This is the only version with side B pressed from the RP 24 B master.

2. Late 1971 - early 1972. This has the same insert and yellow label as #1, but side B has been pressed from the new master 24 X X.

3. 1972-1973. This pressing has a blue or blue-green label with the same indications, same insert and stampers as #2.

4. 1974. A release was distributed in 1974 by CBM. This has the original insert, printed in a monochrome olive color. The records were pressed from the same stampers as #2 and had the same blue-green labels of #3, but the sleeve was that used by CBM, with the J. Fish drawing on the back. After this release, some sources erroneously reported BATTLE as being produced by CBM, whereas they simply distributed some copies of the WCF record within their own sleeve.

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5. 1974. Blank label, same insert as #4 plus a second insert on back; this too features the picture of The Rolling Stones above and The Beatles below, and is subtitled THE BEATLES VS. THE ROLLING STONES.

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6. 1974. Blank label, same insert as #4, folder type cover. This is from the record company referred to Amazon Etcetra.

INTEREST. This record has only a limited historical interest, particularly for its first pressing. **/*

THE JAPANESE JL COUNTERFEIT

1975. The japanese company JL Records pressed their usual counterfeit on matrix 512 A / 512 B. This had the same image as the WCF release directly printed on the cover. The label copied the WCF yellow label, adding the number JL 522.

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INTEREST. A counterfeit of a useless record. Only for completists and the japanese market. **/*