(aka RENAISSANCE MINSTRELS VOL. II)
Company: Avocado Records
Matrix Number: RR-1001 A RE /RR-1001 B
Release date: mid 1970
1. THE WALK
2. TEDDY BOY
3. TWO OF US
4. I'VE GOT A FEELING
5. THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD
6. FOR YOU BLUE (edited)
7. DIG A PONY
8. ACROSS THE UNIVERSE
9. THE INNER LIGHT
10. LET IT BE
11. DON'T LET ME DOWN
12. GET BACK
13. I'M DOWN
14. INSTANT KARMA
Sound Quality: EX-stereo
source 1 to 4,6,7: from GET BACK TO TORONTO
5: from GET BACK
8 officially released version (WWF version)
9 to 14 officially released versions (from singles) (9 &13 mono)
This record features a part of the "Get Back'' tape plus some tracks from official singles. The sources for the "Get back'' tracks may not be the actual LPs, but the tapes which originated them. This record was realized by the producers that later were to operate as TMOQ.
THE ORIGINAL RELEASES
Midle, 1970. There are two original releases, produced from different masters. Both had a green sticker with title and track listing saying the company name "Avocado Records". Regarding this name, Mr. Pigman (one of the producers) told us: "my parents had an avocado tree in the back yard".
One release was realized by Mr. Smokin' pig. This has a green label with «Renaissance Records», «Homogenized stereo» and track listing. Regarding this version, this is what Mr. Smokin' pig told us:
"A friend of mine put the tapes together and I came up with the idea of the green sticker (Homogenized Beatles). We also used a similar sticker for the Donovan bootleg (only it was blue). Four or five months later we did Renaissance Minstrels I and Renaissance Minstrels ll. The same friend who made the tapes for me designed the covers using the poster I gave him.".
These are the original master tapes, now in the M.M. collection:
The other release was realized by Mr. Pigman. For this release these original reel tapes were copied to a new reel tape, with a slight loss of sound quality. As we said, the records have the same green stickers on the cover; they have white blank labels and the matrix number is Side 1-A / Side 2-B. The stampers used for this record were not used anymore.
2. Late, 1970. This is the version that used the cover prepared by Mr. Smokin' pig's friend. The records had the same green "Renaissance Records" label and were pressed from the same stampers of the first release. Some copies also had the original sticker on the cover.
INTEREST. The original releases are relatively uncommon, and have a good collectible and historical value. ****/***
THE TMOQ RELEASES
Starting from 1971, this record, together with its companion RENAISSANCE MINSTRELS volume I, were added to the TMOQ catalogue. In late 1972 also TMOQ-Smokin' pig cut a set of stampers, derived from the original masters with the number 1823 added. After 1973, however, the two companies exchanged the stampers, so that the TMOQ LPs were pressed from the 1823 stampers, while the TMOQ-Smokin' pig pressings derived from the original RR-1001 masters. The following records were seen:
1. November, 1971. Rubber-stamped cover with round "pig" sticker, white label with rings, colored vinyl, same insert as the previous release.
2. Late, 1972. White label with pig, insert derived from the original Renaissance Minstrels one, slightly reworked with the “pig” logo added and track listing moved from sides to lower part. New stampers with 1823 A / 1823 B added and RR-1001 erased (on side B only)
3. 1974. Same matrix and label as #3, insert renumbered 71026, black vinyl
TMOQ-SMOKIN' PIG RELEASES
1. Early, 1973. Same insert as the original release, smokin’ pig label, in various colors, colored (possibly also black) vinyl; same stampers as the TMOQ version #2. This LP had catalogue number 73002.
2. Middle, 1974. Same insert as the Renaissance Records release, black vinyl, colored (light blue was seen) smokin' pig label, records pressed from the original stampers RR-1001 A RE / RR-1001 B. Records with the pig logo replaced by the Smokin' Pig surely exist as well.
3. 1983. New insert, printed in various colors, colored smokin' pig label, original matrix, black vinyl.
INTEREST. The repressings of the original masters by TMOQ in colored vinyl have the usual collectors' value, the later releases have a scarce interest. ****/*
November 6, 1986. 600 copies from the original RR-1001 A RE / RR-1001 B masters were pressed for a release on Max Hammer label, new printed cover titled RENAISSANCE MINSTRALS II [sic!].
INTEREST. A useless repressing. *
THE WCF RELEASES
WCF pressed their copy in mono, in decreased sound quality, counterfeiting the original Renaissance Records release.The matrix number is 726 A RI (with B scratched) / 726 B. We saw the following pressings:
1. late 1971/early 1972. Insert copied from the original one, without the word "STEREO" on top, printed black/white; purple label with silver printed "Renaissance Records II" and track listing
2. late 1972 or early 1973. New insert perfectly matching the original one, printed in dark purple, with "# 726" added on top right; dark red label with black printed titles.
3. 1973. Same insert and label, or blank labels, new stampers with the letters GM added before the number 726, black as well as yellowish monochromatic insert.
4. 1974. Folder-type cover, printed black/white or monochromatic yellowish, blank label, same insert and matrix as #3.
INTEREST. A limited interest can be reserved for the first pressing. **/*
THE WIZARDO RECORDS RELEASES
Wizardo Records pressed a mono version of RENAISSANCE MINSTRELS VOLUME II, using several different stampers.
1. Summer 1976. Mono master numbered 358 A / 358 B, black vinyl, Old Glory label, green insert reproducing the TMOQ-smokin' pig one, including the logo, with catalogue number 358 added on bottom (missing from the copy here depicted)
2. Summer 1976. Same insert as # 1, multicolored vinyl, Wizardo Reissue Series label. This issue was probably produced by Mr. Wizardo's girl friend, who at the time had her own pressing company releasing records in colored and multicolored vinyl. This was from a new master, numbered MID 2022-1 delta 58559 / MID 2022-2 delta 58559 X. These masters were cut at the same plant where the masters of LET IT BE on Underground Sound label were cut.
3. late 1976 or early 1977. Same matrix as #1, insert with number 358 deleted and K.O. 402 added on top, together with the track listing, K.O. labels or white blank labels. The record was also released with a different insert, similar to that used for their copy of Renaissance Minstrels 1.
INTEREST. Generally scarcely intersting. **/* The version in multicolored vinyl is often overrated, but it is simply an uncommon special release, moderately intersting for collectors ***.
1986. The European company Straberry Records copied the version #2 of the Wizardo Records for their series. It had matrix number MID 2022 RR A / MID 2022 RR B and was pressed in red vinyl.
INTEREST. Moderately interesting only for the collectors looking for the entire Strawberry series. **
1975. The Japanese company JL records released their own copy with printed cover reproducing the original one.
INTEREST. Scarcely interesting. *