DON'T PASS ME BY

2-LP set

 

Label: Contra Band Music 

Matrix Number: various 

Release date: Spring, 1972 

 

side A

1. NOTHING IS EASY (Jethro Tull) (only on records from the master CBM 2A)

2. DIG IT (incomplete) 4:51

3. THE BEATLES THIRD CHRISTMAS RECORD

4. PANTOMIME: EVERYWHERE IT'S CHRISTMAS

 

side B

side B of BEATLES COMPLETE CHRISTMAS COLLECTION

 

side C

1. THE SAINTS 3:09

2. GLAD ALL OVER 1:50

3. I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND 2:46

4. SLOW DOWN 2:33

5. DON'T EVER CHANGE 2:05

6. A SHOT OF RHYTHM AND BLUES 2:16

7. SURE TO FALL (IN LOVE WITH YOU) 2:20

 

side D

8. MY BONNIE 2:00

9. I GOT A WOMAN (incomplete) 2:32

10. NOTHING SHAKIN' (BUT THE LEAVES ON THE TREES) 2:51

11. LONESOME TEARS IN MY EYES 2:32

12. SO HOW COME (NO ONE LOVES ME) 1:50

13. I'M GONNA SIT RIGHT DOWN AND CRY (OVER YOU) 1:59

14. CRYING WAITING HOPING 2:08

15. TO KNOW HER IS TO LOVE HER (incomplete) 2:44

16. THE HONEYMOON SONG 1:38  

 

source:

side A:

1. Jethro Tull (this track is only present on the copies pressed from the master CBM2A)

2. from UNTITLED "SILVER ALBUM''  

3-4, side B: from BEATLES COMPLETE CHRISTMAS COLLECTION

side C-D 1,8: officially released versions

2 to 7, 9 to 16: from YELLOW MATTER CUSTARD  

sound quality: VG, mono 

 

RELEASES

This is one of the most reissued and repackaged records in the whole CBM discography. It first appeared as a 2-LP set, but after March, 1973 each of the 2 LPs was also distributed as a single album with its own sleeve. Two masters were cut for side A of record 1: CBM 2A (which mistakenly included the Jethro Tull track) and CBM 2A2 (this omitted "Nothing is Easy"). The second record was pressed from masters CBM 2C1/2D1; various stampers, sometimes with other numbers added, were derived from these original masters, in various combinations.

The CBM company first used a pressing plant whose product was pressed in relatively thin, flexible vinyl of good quality, and the pressing marks visible on the label area are 2 rings, one at 7 mm from the central hole, the second at 32 mm. In late 1973 CBM moved to different pressing plants that usually had poorer vinyl. These records have either two rings at 11 + 32 mm from the central hole in the label area, or a single ring at 31 mm.

 

To better understand these releases, and to help date other issues that we may not have seen, here's a list of the different combinations of the various stampers used:

 

stampers for record 1 side A

A. CBM2A (including the Jethro Tull track as track 1)           

B. CBM2A2             

C. CBM2A 3316 (written specular)           

D. 3316A2

 

stampers for record 1 side B

A. CBM2B                

B. CBM2B 3316 (written specular)                       

C. 3316B2               

                                              

The masters 3316 A2 / 3316 B2 include all the 7 Christmas records.

 

stampers for record 2 side C

A. CBM2C1             

B. CBM2C1 RI3316C        

C. CBM2C1 RI (scratched) 3316C

D. CBM2C1 RI3316C (from new master)

 

stampers for record 2 side D

A. CBM2D1             

B. CBM2D1 RI3316D        

C. CBM2D1 RI (scratched) 3316D

D. CBM2D1 RI3316D (from new master)

1. Spring to mid 1972 (photo below the title). The first issue of DON’T PASS ME BY had an insert cover on a blank sleeve which showed a mimeographed track listing. The stencils for the mimeograph had to be re-typed for each batch of pressings, thus leading to several differences in the type. The insert was printed on good paper, in light blue ink. Several different reissues were released, and it is impossible to determine the sequence. These are the ones we have seen:

Stampers disc 1 B/A, disc 2 A/A.

This may be the first release, since labels specifically designed for the CBM-2A/B/C/D sides were printed.

Some copies (perhaps the earliest issues) came with a day-glo sticker saying "THE LAST GREAT BOOTLEG NEVER BEFORE RELEASED." It's possible that the sticker was originally placed on the LPs shrink wrap and has consequently been lost, while in instances it was placed onto the cover itself.

1a. Day-glo sticker and mimeograph               

1b. Same sticker as 1a. This is a new mimeograph with the songs' authors added at the bottom.

1c. Another new mimeograph, once again printed in blue ink.

1d. This one has no mimeographed track listings on cover (though the cover of the record we examined might be not original), but has the same insert and stampers as #1. Apparently CBM ran out of the labels for sides A and B and use blank green labels instead.

1e.  When CBM ran out of all of their printed labels, blank labels were used, red for disc one (sides A/B) and green for disc two (sides C/D). The mimeographed track listings were modified to indicate the contents of the red or green labels. Some of the records had also a rubber stamp on them saying "ALL ROYALTIES PAID".

Disc 1

Disc 2

1f. This has the same blank red and green labels as 1e, another new mimeograph and no "royalties paid" rubber stamp.

2. Summer 1972. CBM produced new labels - this time in green with side indications, track listing and the catalogue number RI3316A/B/C/D added. Two types of labels were printed, one with a small font for "CBM" and one with the company's name in a larger font. This has the same insert and stampers as #1. Some reissues of the copies with the small font have blank red and light pink labels for disc two.

                             Side A                                  Side B                                   Side C                                    Side D

3. Second half of 1972. When copies of the original light blue insert ran out, CBM made copies in poorer quality using dark blue ink. A group of releases were pressed at this point using the CBM2A stamper (the stamper including the Jethro Tull track) so the stampers set was A/A, A/A. These had the same labels as #2, or the first record with blank red (side A) and light grey (side B) labels. The second record was also as #2, with all labels blank and in various colors.

 

       side A                      side B                       side C                    side D

4. Late 1972. New stampers were now cut for the second record, with the writing RI 3316C/D, barely visible, added to the original CBM2C1/2D1 master. This has the same insert as #3, the same labels as #2 and stampers set A/A, B/B.

5. Late 1972 or early 1973. This insert is grey. The first record comes from the CBM2A/2B masters, but from new stampers with the numbers 3316A/B added, barely readable and written specular (these numbers were evidently normally carved on the stampers and thus became written specular on the records). The second record comes from the stampers of reissue #4, but with the letters RI scratched (stampers set: C/B, C/C). It came in various blank labels.

      side A                       side B                       side C                   side D

6. Early 1973. CBM finally realized that all their reissues had the Jethro Tull track, and so the stamper for side A of the first record was again taken from the master CBM2A2 (stampers set: B/B, C/C). Some variations have been seen.

 

6a. Pink or grey insert, generic labels with CBM disc logo, or second record with blank white (C) / blank red (D) labels.

6b. Blue insert, generic labels

         side A                       side B                       side C                      side D

7. Spring 1973. New generic labels were printed by CBM and were used for a reissue from the old original stampers A/A, A/A. Grey insert.

8. Summer 1973. Blue insert, stampers set: B/B, C/A. Generic labels.

           side A                        side B                        side C                       side D

9. December 1973. New pressing plants. Insert grey, stampers set B/B, B/B, generic white label with red "Comet" indication.

 

10. Early 1974. A new dark blue insert full size with 3316 abcd / two discs added, white blank label, record in brownish inner sleeve, stampers B/A, BB.

11. Spring 1974. CBM cut new masters for the first record, numbered 3316A2/B2, that include all the Christmas messages. This one has the same insert as #10, with stampers D/C, B/B, green labels with black pirate.

12. Early 1975. This one has a new light blue insert, of smaller size, derived from an older copy lacking the 3316 abcd indication, stampers D/C, B/B, and a yellow label with the small red Godzilla drawing.

13. 1976. This has the same insert and stampers as 12, red labels with black pirate.

Each of the two records in "Don't Pass Me By" was also released as a single LP. See COMPLETE CHRISTMAS COLLECTION 1963-69 (first record) and YELLOW MATTER CUSTARD (second record).

INTEREST: Issue 1 (original insert, with mimeograph): ****; other issues: ***/**

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