HAVE YOU HEARD THE WORD
Company: Contra Band Music
Matrix Number: WEC 3624-A / WEC 3624-B
Release date: February, 1973
1. HAVE YOU HEARD THE WORD (incomplete) 3.22
2. riffs YOU REALLY GOT A HOLD ON ME 2:25
3. THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD 0:37
4. MAXWELL'S SILVER HAMMER (practice) - MAXWELL'S SILVER HAMMER (edited) 2:24
5. dialogue JAZZ PIANO SONG 0:54
6. BESAME MUCHO 1:53
7. OCTOPUS'S GARDEN 1:29
8. dialogue I ME MINE (practice) 0:40 - I ME MINE (edited) 1:41
9. dialogue DON'T LET ME DOWN 3:11
10. I FORGOT TO REMEMBER TO FORGET (incomplete) 1:03
11. Paul intro TWIST AND SHOUT 2:28
12. ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN 1:58
13. LONG TALL SALLY 1:50
14. DIZZY MISS LIZZIE 2:34
15. LUCILLE 0:58
Sound quality: VG-mono
1: the Fut, 1970 (no Beatles involvement)
2 to 9: from "Let it be'' soundtrack
10: BBC radio "From us to you'', May 18, 1964
11,12: Stockholm Karlaplansstudio, October 24, 1963
13: officially released version w/dubbed screaming audience
14. BBC radio "The Beatles (invite you to take a Ticket to ride)'', June 7, 1965
15: BBC radio "Saturday Club'', October 5, 1963
The title-track is a track by the Fut, believed to be either the Beatles, or John Lennon and the Bee Gees, or the Bee Gees and the Beatles. The Fut consisted of Maurice Gibb (here's the Bee Gees connection) and Steve Kipner (of a group called Tin Tin). Where's the Beatle connection? It's the lead singer voice which sounds like John's. More interesting are the tracks on side B, previously unavailable, taken from Brian Matthew's "The Beatles' Story'', aired by BBC radio in 1972.
This record was released together with its companion L.S. BUMBLE BEE, CBM 3626, as the first of two volumes.
This title had a very large number of repressings by CBM and related companies. All came with a full-size insert printed in various shades of red.
1. February, 1973 (photo below the title). The first pressing came with light blue or light yellow labels with the title written all over in several rows.
1973 to 1976. From February to September 1973 the records were pressed at the same plant, characterized by a deep inner ring at 7 mm from the hole, and the vinyl was of good quality (first row in the illustration below). The generic labels were those used in the different months; the first label on left was used also in combination with one of the custom labels of the first pressing, or even the labels of the first pressing of L.S. Bumble Bee were used. The labels reproduced here were used, from left to right, in March-April, summer and September. From October 1973 the company used new pressing plants, characterized by the inner ring at 12 mm from the centre, or by a single outer ring at 31 mm from the centre; this last pressing plant had poorer vinyl quality. Some of the labels used are shown in the second row. From left to right, light blue label, used from October 1973 to December 1973 or January 1974 (these last records had a brown inner sleeve), white label with pirate and brown inner sleeve, used in January-February 1974. In March 1974 the records had a white label with minute green dots, brown inner sleeve. Later repressings released in April 1974 had green label with black pirate. More repressings were produced in 1975, with white blank label or with red label with King Kong, and in 1976, with red label with pirate.
INTEREST. The first pressing is not particularly rare but it retains a good value for collectors (***); the further releases pressed at the same plant, that is, those produced until September 1973, are still relatively interesting (**), the later releases in poorer vinyl quality have little value (*).
Side A of this record was used for the CBM compilation BUMBLE WORD - SUPER STUDIO SERIES 3, released in September 1976. On Side B this record featured a repressing of Side A of its companion L.S. BUMBLE BEE, CBM 3626.
THE FAKE KING KONG COUNTERFEIT
1975-1976. The CBM “King Kong” issue was counterfeited by an anonymous bootlegger, who even reproduced the WEC 3624-A / WEC 3624-B matrix number written on the dead-off wax. This record can be distinguished for the dark orange printed cover, the true King Kong had the normal reddish insert, and the King Kong label which is orange instead of red plus, of course, for the different handwriting of the matrix number. The grooves on side B are very compressed, so that dead-off wax fills almost half of the space.
INTEREST. A rare record, but only for true completists looking for all the existing releases. *
THE WCF COUNTERFEIT
The WCF company released their own version starting from 1974.
1. 1974. Folder type sleeve counterfeiting the CBM insert, printed on front in red or green and lacking the “disc” logo; the back cover reproduces the original drawing of the pirate 4 LP-box ALPHA-OMEGA; blank label, as usual it was a label for other records glued on reverse, the label for "The Meters" was seen; matrix number 3624-A / 3624-B.
2. 1975. New b/w insert, label for another record glued on reverse.
INTEREST. For completists. *
THE LATE SEVENTIES COPIES
A new master was produced in 1977 numbered 92-A / 92-B. It generated the following releases:
1. 1977. B/w printed cover, Slipped Disc label with number SX-TT979. Other copies with the same insert had a generic yellow label with the indication "Record 1".
2. 1978. New cover, Great Live Concerts label. This version was cut from new stampers with the letters GLC written before the number 92.
INTEREST. Only for completists. *
In 1986 another pirated copy was released in Japan by Clover Records, colored deluxe cover, light blue label., catalogue number CLP-364, matrix 3624 A 1/2 Y1 830 04 / 3624 B 1/2 Y1 830 04.
INTEREST. Useless. *