HAPPY BIRTHDAY (WRMB 345)
Company: Wizardo Records
Matrix Number: WRMB 345A / WRMB 345-B
Release date: early 1976
1. JOHNNY B. GOODE (incomplete)
3. POP GO THE BEATLES (incomplete)
4. YOU REALLY GOT A HOLD ON ME
5. MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE (with Brian Matthew intro)
6. HAPPY BIRTHDAY SATURDAY CLUB
7. SOME OTHER GUY
10. ACT NATURALLY
11. SHOUT! (incomplete)
12. MURRAY THE K: AS IT HAPPENED
13. I'LL BE ON MY WAY (incomplete)
14. SOLDIER OF LOVE (LAY DOWN YOUR ARMS) (incomplete)
sound quality: variable
1: BBC radio "Saturday Club", February 15, 1964
2, 11: Associated Rediffusion TV "Around the Beatles", May 6, 1964 (different sources, 2 poor, 11 good)
3: BBC radio 1963, opening theme
4: BBC radio "Pop Go the Beatles", September 17, 1963
5, 6: BBC radio "Saturday Club", October 5, 1963
7: Liverpool Cavern Club, August 22, 1962
8, 9: BBC radio "Pop Go the Beatles", September 17, 1963
10: BBC TV "Cilla", April 25, 1971 (Ringo & Cilla Black duet)
12: Murray "the K" fan club record, 1964; interviews
13: BBC radio "Side by side", June 24, 1963
14: BBC radio "Pop go the Beatles", July 16, 1963
This is a compilation taken from previously released records, mainly by CBM, mostly including radio broadcasts. In early 1976 Wizardo started to rush-release many titles, and, in this case, the original insert did not even report a title, only the catalogue number, 345.
1. Early 1976 (photo below the title). This pressing had an untitled yellowish insert, with the catalogue number and track listing. The disc had light blue labels with silver letters; the side indications are written inside the pressing ring.
2. Mid 1976. A cheap and quickly produced reissue was released with a small square insert with a poorly cut round photo, with a small rubber stamped title and the 345 catalogue number impressed on the top right. The disc had the light blue labels with the side indications more lateral, partly written on the pressing ring. Both pressings were made at the Rainbow plant.
1976. A rare release from the original stampers had a different insert, with John in armor, titled SOLDIER IN LOVE (no relation to the LP with the same title by CBM). The disc had the Wizardo light blue labels, in this case with the writing included inside the pressing rings. We asked Mr. Wizardo, and he said that neither he nor his business partner have ever made this insert, which he had never seen. Therefore, this was very likely made by someone who had access to the stampers at the pressing plant, or it's some dealer's repackaging to sell more records.
INTEREST. Not particularly interesting from the musical content, it's just for specialized collectors (**/*). The rare version titled SOLDIER IN LOVE is a quite interesting collectible item.***