BRITISH BLUE JAM
Matrix Number: BBJ-1-A 3426-A / BBJ-1-B 2A 3426-B
Release Date: June, 1972
1. YER BLUES
2. WHOLE LOTTA YOKO
3. LOVE IN VAIN
4. MIDNIGHT RAMBLER
5. DEAD FLOWERS
6. HONKY TONKY WOMEN
Sound quality: EX-mono
1-2: audio soundtrack to the Lennon appearance in the then unreleased "Rock and Roll Circus" TV special, recorded December 11th, 1968.
3-7: Rolling Stones, London Roundhouse, Chalk Farm, March 14th, 1971
This is essentially a Rolling Stones album with the two Lennon tracks from the (then) unreleased "Rock and Roll Circus" TV special at the beginning of side A, sourced from the U.K. “Gulp” LP.
We have included it here because of its historical relevance within the CBM Beatle-related catalogue.
1. June, 1972 (photo below the title). The first pressing came with a light greyish insert with black text and a blue-printed drawing, and a rubber print in red ink "ALL ROYALTIES PAID" on the back of the jacket. The record was in blue vinyl with some black speckles, and the label was orange with the CBM disc logo, RI3426 catalogue number and track listing. The pressing quality is very good. This is one of the very few CBM records pressed in colored vinyl. Other known titles whose first pressing was in colored vinyl are CATNIPS (Cat Stevens), SEVENTY DOLLAR ROBBERY (Bob Dylan), YOUNG MAN'S FANCY (Neil Young), all in with blue vinyl with black speckles, and PLINTH (Rod Stewart), in red vinyl.
2. Late summer and fall, 1972, 1973. All the subsequent pressings were in black wax, at first the original labels were used, sometimes printed in dark orange rather than black, then any of the generic labels that were available to the company were used, including the green ones used for CBM-2, DON'T PASS ME BY (used in summer 1972), in various combinations. Some copies released in 1973 had blank colored labels, yellow was seen, or white with a 1" colored bar (red was seen, distributed in August 1973). The insert was printed monochromatic, black (late summer 1973) or dark blue (fall). The copies released in August 1973 had a folder-type jacket.
4. December, 1973. Same insert as #3, white label with "Comet Records." This and the later versions were pressed at the new pressing plant in Charlotte, NC after CBM moved from Norfolk, VA, in October 1973, and had poorer quality.
3. January, 1974. This release had greenish printed insert, and the label is white with red pirate. The record, as typical of the CBM releases of early 1974, was in a brownish inner sleeve. No further repressings are known, but some might exist. If so, they should have a blank white label or a colored label with the pirate drawing.
INTEREST. The first pressing in colored vinyl is rare and has a great collector's value (****); the further repressings are progressively less interesting, particularly those released in and after 1973 in poorer quality (***/**).
THE WCF COUNTERFEITS
The WCF company reproduced the CBM records in early 1973, directly copying the greenish insert, without deleting the CBM disc logo, but adding the track listing at the top. The record was pressed from matrix BBJ 1 A X / BBJ 1 B X and was released with a blue label with BBJ and track listing.
1974. The company released their cheap repressing on folded cover, blackish insert and blank label, as usual it was a label of another record glued on reverse.
INTEREST. The first pressing is scarce and moderately interesting for completists (**), the 1974 repressing has almost no value (*).