DR. ROBERT...?

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Company: Wizardo rec.

Matrix Number: WRMB 378-A / WRMB 378-B

Release Date: early 1976

Country: USA

 

SIDE A

1. I'M ONLY SLEEPING 2:56

2. WHAT'S THE NEW MARY JANE 3:08

3. THE INNER LIGHT 2:33

4. AND YOUR BIRD CAN SING 1:56

5. PEACE OF MIND (incomplete) 3:10

6. YOU KNOW MY NAME (LOOK UP THE NUMBER) 4:08

SIDE B

7. DR. ROBERT 2:10

8. BLUE JAY WAY 3:46

9. L.S. BUMBLE BEE 2:33

10. PENNY LANE 2:54

11. I'M DOWN 2:30

12. HAVE YOU HEARD THE WORD 4:25

 

Sound Quality: EX-mono/stereo

 

Source:

1, 4 , 7: officially released versions (UK mixes)

2: unreleased Plastic Ono Band single, May 12, 1969

3, 6, 11: officially released versions (from  singles)

5: no Beatles involvement (see comments after the analysis of PEACE OF MIND for remarks on the origin of this song)

8: mono mix, no backward tapes

9: Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, 1967

10: US promo version, 1967 (with trumpet finale)

12: the Futt, 1970

COMMENTS

A compilation of some uncommon mixes for the US market. Records like this are, and have always been, useless for a high-level collector, but in the seventies they were quite interesting for a non-specialized listener, since most of the mixes were not easily available. The record includes also an improved version of Peace of Mind - sounding clearer than on the original tape after an equalization. The company even cared to have a good quality stereo pressing, a very unusual feature for the Wizardo records. The discs were produced at the Lewis plant.

RELEASES

1. Early 1976 (photo below the title). The first pressing came with an insert printed on light blue paper, the disc was in red-based multicolor wax, with black speckles, and the labels were the red and blue Wizardo Rekords Collector's Special Recordings. Soon after the first edition, a version with the same insert but in black vinyl had the green and yellow  El' Wizardo Discos labels and was supposedly made in Mexico, obviously trying to pass the record for an import.

Late 1976. A further pressing came in late 1976, always with the same insert; it had the Old Glory labels, black vinyl.

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INTEREST. There is always a good market for the bootlegs pressed in multicolor vinyl, and this makes no exception (***). The copies in black wax are mainly interesting for completists and for collectors specialized in the Wizardo releases (**/*).