BYE BYE BYE SUPERTRACKS 1
Company: Contra Band Music
Matrix Number: WEC 3922-A / WEC 3922-B (with letters scratched on side A between WEC and 3922)
Release Date: September 1973
1. John intro YOU REALLY GOT A HOLD ON ME
2. HAVE YOU HEARD THE WORD (incomplete)
3. YOU REALLY GOT A HOLD ON ME
4. WHAT'S THE NEW MARY JANE
5. TEDDY BOY
6. DIG IT
7. L.S. BUMBLE BEE
8. MAXWELL'S SILVER HAMMER (practice)
MAXWELL'S SILVER HAMMER (edited)
9. BESAME MUCHO
10. CRYING WAITING HOPING
11. RIP IT UP/SHAKE, RATTLE AND ROLL
Sound Quality: VG-mono
1: from ABBEY ROAD REVISITED - THOSE WERE THE DAYS
2: the Fut, 1970 (no Beatle involvement)
3: from HAVE YOU HEARD THE WORD
4: from MARY JANE
5: from GET BACK TO TORONTO (stereo)
6: from DON'T PASS ME BY
7: from L.S. BUMBLE BEE
8,9,11: from MORE GET BACK SESSIONS.
10: from YELLOW MATTER CUSTARD
This is mainly a compilation of tracks derived from previous bootlegs, with the exception of track 2, which is derived from a different source; track 5 is stereo (although in decreased sound quality than the original): it is worth to note that this is the only CBM stereo pressing of a Beatle item.
1. September 1973 (photo below the title). The first pressing had a folder-type jacket, with full-size b/w photo on the front and back, directly glued to the jacket. The record had orange labels with side indications printed in black.
Late 1973. Soon after the release of this record, the producer of the CBM records moved from Virginia to North Carolina, so a new pressing plant was used, the one with the ring at 12 mm from the spindle hole; labels in different colors were made, light blue in October, 1973, brilliant yellow in November, 1973. White blank labels were also used at this time. The jacket was always folder-type, and two versions exist, one printed in black and one printed on a sepia background.
December 1973 - January 1974. CBM developed its famous "pirate" logo, and a new insert was made, simply titled SUPER TRACKS 1, with the Beatles in bathing suits, the CBM "pirate" logo and the track listing. The new label with the pirate logo was also realized. The records came in various combinations of cover and labels; some had the original folder-type jacket, printed on sepia background, and the record had the white label with the red pirate; others, with the same label, were distributed with the new insert cover. Some left-over copies with the yellow labels were distributed with the new insert cover too. The copies pressed in January, 1974 had the inner sleeve on brown paper.
1974-1975. More repressings were distributed in 1974 and 1975. Most had the original folder-type jacket, usually the version with the sepia background, others had the yellow insert. Copies seen had the green label with black pirate, and were distributed in summer 1974, together with copies on white blank labels. Most of the copies released in 1975 had white blank labels and the yellow insert. One version had white blank labels with rubber-stamped 1/2 side indications. A further release distributed in 1975 was part of the "cheap" King Kong series, titled SUPERTRAX ONE, printed on an insert pasted over the jacket of a legit record, usually a Bobby King record.
September 1976. Another pressing was distributed with the red label with the big Godzilla drawing. This was pressed again at the plant whose pressing marking is the ring at 7 mm from the hole, and with light virgin vinyl. Some copies had the original jacket, the one with the sepia background, whereas others had the insert with the pirate logo, this time printed on light orange paper and with the number 3922 a/b added on the bottom.
INTEREST. The first pressing has a good value for collectors (***), the repressings are less interesting, with the partial exception of the latest one, with the Godzilla label, that is quite uncommon (**/*).
In early 1975 BYE BYE BYE SUPERTRACKS 1 was joined to SUPERTRACKS 2 for the 2-LP set BACKTRAX SESSIONS.
THE STRAWBERRY RECORDS RELEASE
In 1987 SUPERTRACKS 1 was copied by the European company Strawberry Records on pink vinyl for their deluxe series, on matrix 3922 RR A / 3922 RR B.
INTEREST. This high quality release can be valuable for collectors interested in the entire series. ***.