LIVE IN WASHINGTON D.C.

Company: Contra Band Music
Matrix Number: 3795 C/1 / 3571 B
Release Date: April 1974

Country: USA

SIDE A

1. announcer's intro ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN 2:12

2. FROM ME TO YOU 1:47

3. Paul intro I SAW HER STANDING THERE 2:37

4. George intro THIS BOY 2:16

5. Paul intro ALL MY LOVING 2:10

6. Paul  intro I WANNA BE YOUR MAN 2:05

7. Paul intro PLEASE PLEASE ME 1:50

8. Paul intro TILL THERE WAS YOU 2:05

9. SHE LOVES YOU 2:14

10. Paul intro I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND 2:19

 

SIDE B

side B of LIVE IN EUROPE AND U.S. TV CASTS 

 

Source:

1 to 10: Washington Coliseum, February 11, 1964

 

Sound Quality: F-mono

COMMENTARY

This historic concert was The Beatles’ first live gig in the U.S.A., so this record was extremely interesting when it first came out, even though the sound quality was quite scarce. It had probably been scheduled for release a year earlier as a 2 LP set, coupled with SWEDEN 1963, as indicated by the matrix number of Side A (3795 C/1, while SWEDEN 1963 is 3795 A/B). However, for unknown reasons Mr. CBM preferred to keep this master in storage for a while, until he eventually released it coupled with a repressing of Side B of LIVE IN EUROPE AND U.S. TV CASTS.

RELEASES

1. April 1974 (photograph below the title). The first pressing had a light blue insert cover, the jacket had the J. Fish drawing printed on the back. The disc itself had blank white labels, and the inner sleeve was in brown paper, as typical of the CBM of early 1974.

2. Summer to late 1974. These reissues had the same insert and jacket with the J. Fish drawing, and the discs had the yellow label with pirate. No copies were seen with the other label used after summer 1974, the green label with pirate. 

3. 1975. The insert was printed in "rainbow" color, from red to blue; quite often it was glued on the cover of a legit record, such as a record by Raffie Quinones. The labels were yellow with small Godzilla or red King Kong.

INTEREST.  The first pressing has a high historical interest and was a must when it appeared and it retains a good collectible value (***). As always, CBM made a large number of repressings, in lower quality (**/*).

THE KING KONG "FIRST UNITED STATES PERFORMANCE" RELEASE

 

Company: Contra Band Music as KING KONG RECORDS
Matrix Number: A-1070-A / 1070-B
Release Date: Early 1975

Country: USA

SIDE A

1. announcer's intro ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN 2:12

2. FROM ME TO YOU 1:47

3. Paul intro I SAW HER STANDING THERE 2:37

4. George intro THIS BOY 2:16

5. Paul intro ALL MY LOVING 2:10

 

SIDE B

6. Paul  intro I WANNA BE YOUR MAN 2:05

7. Paul intro PLEASE PLEASE ME 1:50

8. Paul intro TILL THERE WAS YOU 2:05

9. SHE LOVES YOU 2:14

10. Paul intro I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND 2:19

11. John intro SHOUT! 2:02

 

Source:

1 to 10: Washington Coliseum, February 11, 1964

11. from AROUND THE BEATLES TV show, May 6, 1964

Sound Quality: 1-10: VG-mono; 11: G-mono

COMMENTARY

In early 1975 CBM got a tape in improved quality of this show, derived from the soundtrack of the program "THE BEATLES plus The Beach Boys and Lesley Gore" broadcast in a closed circuit, and used it for an improved version of the concert under their King Kong label. In this case the concert was split on the two sides of the record, with the inclusion of Shout! from the "Around the Beatles'' TV show as last track, possibly to match John's intro announcing a song previously released by the Isley Brothers after I want to hold your hand. Actually, John referred to Twist and shout. Mr CBM, even though he had the better quality recording of the Washington show, throughout 1975 kept on repressing and distributing both versions (two titles, twice as much sales...).

RELEASES

1. Early 1975 (photograph here above). The first release of the King Kong version of the concert came on thick vinyl with blank white labels and a 12” x 11" yellow paper insert featuring the “King Kong’’ logo.

2. 1975. A curious, and rare, pressing used a rubber print for the title on a red-printed insert. This version had the red King Kong labels. We cannot exclude that indeed this version represents the first appearance of this record.

3. 1975. A cheap repressing used the insert pasted over the jacket of a legit record, Bobby King was seen, with a white paper covering the back cover. This release had yellow labels with small red Godzilla and was probably produced simultaneously with the similar release with the insert pasted over the cover of a legit record and the yellow label with small Godzilla of LIVE IN WASHINGTON D.C. (see above). Records on blank white labels may exist as well.

1975 - 1976. A further release had the number 1070 added on the left of the King Kong logo, on an insert printed on purple paper in smaller size; the disc had the red King Kong label. In 1976 a final repressing had the red labels with pirate, and the insert was again as the first one, yellow and lacking the number 1070 by side of the King Kong logo.

INTEREST. This is one of the very few records under the King Kong label that were indispensable to get when they appeared. The first pressing is relatively common (***), the rubber stamped one is quite rare (***/****), the other repressings are less valuable (**/*).

THE JAPANESE JL COUNTERFEIT OF LIVE IN WASHINGTON D.C.

 

1975. The japanese company JL Records counterfeited the LIVE IN WASHINGTON D.C. version with a printed copy of the "rainbow" insert with number JL 508 added on bottom left and blank labels.  Matrix number JL 508 A / JL 508 B (printed).

INTEREST. Interesting for the japanese market and for completists (**).

THE WHITE KNIGHT COPY OF THE KING KONG RELEASE

 

In 1980 the King Kong record was copied by White Knight Records as 1ST U.S. CONCERT!, matrix number WK 20 A / WK 20 B, orange custom label with company name and title, b/w glossy printed cover with red inserts and text.

INTEREST. Useless copy. *

NOTE. This concert reappeared on a record by Wizardo Rekords, that will have its own entry, as well as other releases from other companies produced in the eighties.

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