L.S. BUMBLE BEE
Company: Contra Band Music
Matrix Number: WEC 3626-A / WEC 3626-B
Release Date: February 1973
1. THE L.S. BUMBLE BEE 2:25
2. DON'T LET ME DOWN 0:47
3. dialogue MAXWELL'S SILVER HAMMER (practice) 0:37 - MAXWELL'S SILVER HAMMER (edited) 1:33
4. TWO OF US 1:35
5. I'VE GOT A FEELING 0:56
6. dialogue & chord practice I'VE GOT A FEELING 1:15
7. OH! DARLING 0:12
8. dialogue ONE AFTER 909 0:58
9. dialogue ACROSS THE UNIVERSE 1:18
10. DIG A PONY 0:56 dialogue
11. SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME
12. DON'T LET ME DOWN 0:45
13. SUZY'S PARLOUR (incomplete) 0:44
14. George intro YESTERDAY 1:57
15. LOVE OF THE LOVED (edited) 3:00
16. HEY JUDE 0:10 dialogue & riffs
17. count-in ST. LOUIS BLUES 0:11
18. HEY JUDE (rehearsals) 4:40 dialogue
19. dialogue & count-in ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE (incomplete) 3:32
Sound quality: VG-mono
1: Peter Cook & Dudley Moore, 1967
2 to 10,13: from "Let it be'' soundtrack
11,12: Apple Studios, January22, 1969
14: CBS TV "Ed Sullivan show'', September12, 1965 (G)
15: Decca Studios, Jan 1, 1962 (edited) (F)
16 to 18: EMI Studios, July 30,1968 (G)
19: EMI Studios, June 25, 1967, from BBC TV "Our world'' satellite telecast
This LP is the companion to HAVE YOU HEARD THE WORD, CBM 3624, and in fact it is labelled as Volume two. The title-track was believed to be a Beatles outtake; actually, it was composed and recorded by British comedians Peter Cook & Dudley Moore in 1967. Side A features some more tracks from the "Let It Be'' soundtrack (soon to appear in complete form on another CBM release). The most interesting items are those on side B: tracks 11 and 12, an excerpt from the "Get Back'' promo LP, and tracks 14 and 15, the first chance to hear a 1965 Ed Sullivan show track and a Decca audition track, respectively, although this last one is extra-long with verses repeated (3:00 instead of 1:42). Tracks 16 and 17 are also noteworthy; both reappeared later, in better sound quality, although Hey Jude is most complete on this record.
1. February, 1973 (photo below the title). The first pressing followed the same style of HAVE YOU HEARD THE WORD, a full-size insert printed in blue, with the title written obliquely. The label, in light blue or yellowish paper, had the record title written in several lines all over the surface. It's one of the few custom labels used by CBM.
1973. Throughout the entire year the repressings had the same full-size insert printed in blue. The generic labels here illustrated were used in the following months: upper row, from left to right, March-April and early summer; lower row, September (orange) and October. In October 1973 the producer moved from Norfolk, Virginia, to Charlotte, North Carolina, and therefore used a different pressing plant, characterized by the inner ring at 12 mm from the spindle hole (see the blue label), rather than at 7 mm as in the first pressing plant.
1974-1976. From early 1974 to 1976 the company used a red-printed insert, always full-size. In January and February 1974 the label was white with the pirate logo in red. The subsequent pressing had a green label with the pirate logo. This version, distributed in spring 1974, used the jacket with the J. Fish drawing printed on the back. Later on came the yellow label with the pirate logo (from summer 1974). In 1975 the labels were plain white or red with the King Kong logo, and in 1976 the red label with the pirate logo was used.
INTEREST. The first pressing is historically interesting and has a good collectible value (***), the other early pressings, up to October 1973, are interesting (**), the later pressings have a scarce value (*).
Side A of this record was repressed in September 1976 on Side B of the compilation BUMBLE WORDS - SUPER STUDIO SERIES 3. This LP featured on Side A a repressing of Side A of HAVE YOU HEARD THE WORD, CBM 3624.
THE WCF COUNTERFEIT
The WCF company released this record in 1974.
1. 1974. Folder-type jacket, front cover printed in blue, with the CBM disc logo badly erased; back cover with a printed drawing of the Beatles. As typical of the company, labels for another record, glued on reverse, were used. Matrix numbers 3426 A / 3426-B.
1975. A rare repressing had a new black-and-white insert; the disc had the usual blank labels.
INTEREST. For completists *.
A 7" RELEASE
The title track was paired with What's the New Mary Jane (from the CBM THE NEVER RELEASED MARY JANE) on a 7" very rare single, pressed in 300 copies on red vinyl with black specks. This single was released in November 1976 by Lou Cohan, the producer of Hoffman Avenue Records, with a black-and-white printed sleeve; the disc had a printed label and the matrix numbers were FF-101 A / FF 101 B.