ON STAGE

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Company: Wizardo Records

Matrix Number: WRMB 328-A / WRMB 328-B

Release date: late 1975

Country: USA

 

SIDE A

1. George intro YESTERDAY

2. John intro NOWHERE MAN

3. ROCK AND ROLL MUSIC

4. SHE'S A WOMAN (intro only)

5. BABY'S IN BLACK

6. George intro I FEEL FINE

7. Paul intro I'M DOWN

8. DAY TRIPPER (incomplete)

9. WE CAN WORK IT OUT (incomplete)

SIDE B

10. I SAW HER STANDING THERE

11. Paul intro FROM ME TO YOU

12. Paul intro MONEY (THAT'S WHAT I WANT)

13. ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN

14. John intro YOU REALLY GOT A HOLD ON ME

15. Paul intro SHE LOVES YOU

16. Paul intro TWIST AND SHOUT

 

Sound Quality:

 

Source:

1 to 7: Munich, Circus-Krone-Bau, June 24, 1966 (VG)

8, 9: NBC TV "Hullaballoo'', January 3, 1966 (officially released version) (VG)

10 to 16: Stockholm Karlaplansstudio, October 24, 1963 (G)

COMMENTS

Nothing new here, since all the tracks had previously appeared on three CBM records. However, the sound quality in this Wizardo release is better, with a clearer sound and also a more correct speed. Therefore, the content was probably derived from tape sources.  Excepting Stockholm, the source of the tracks was probably unknown to Wizardo, as seen from the indication on the cover. The sequence of the songs on side A is different from that of the Munich concert (correct sequence: 3-6, 1-2, 7). All pressings were realized at the Lewis plant.

RELEASES

1. Late 1975 (photo below the title). Two versions exist, both with the same insert printed on sepia paper, white paper in some copies. One of them was pressed in orange vinyl with multicolor speckles, with green/yellow El' Wizardo labels. The second version came in red vinyl with multicolor speckles, and the disc labels were the red/blue Wizardo Collector's Special. We do not know which one came first, possibly the one with the El' Wizardo labels.

1976. In mid 1976 a version with the same insert and the Old Glory labels was released in black vinyl.

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SECRET

Late 1975 or early 1976. Another version was released in late 1975 or early 1976, with an insert printed on yellow-orange paper, titled SECRET. Its label is unknown, but a copy in black vinyl of AROUND THE BEATLES with an identical insert had the red/blue Wizardo Collector's special, so it's possible that the copy of ON STAGE, simultaneously released, had the same labels. Mr. Wizardo told us the story behind these insert titled "SECRET": "In 1975 I was living with a high-priced call girl who drove a gold Mercedes and lived in a gorgeous penthouse in Westwood. She had a short but impressive list of clients. One of them was a guy she called "Chocolate Candy". He worked for the government doing god knows what. One night she came back to the flat holding a stack of papers. " Look what I got from Chocolate Candy" she told me excitedly. It turned out to be a stack of blank legal size sheets that had emblazoned at the top either 'Confidential' or 'SECRET'. They were some sort of official sheets that were used for inter-office communications at whatever place this government agent worked. They really looked impressive to seventeen year old me as they were obviously something I shouldn't have my hands on. I was thrilled. At this time, J. and I had gotten a big order from Japan for a bunch of our Beatle titles. I was getting them pressed without problem, but I was out of several of the inserts needed to complete the project. I wasn't sure which ones I needed and figuring that out would require a drive down to Orange County. Having already established that I'm lazy, it will come as no surprise that I opted to just make all new inserts at the Westwood apartment. So I used the liberated "Secret" sheets as the basis for these hurriedly created inserts. Ha. Ha. I'd forgotten all about that. Quite a peculiar life I led!"

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INTEREST. Even if probably not known when released, this record was important since it featured all its tracks in the best quality for the time. Now the first releases are much sought-after for the extremely attractive multicolored vinyl (***); the copies on black vinyl have scarce interest, even though the one titled SECRET is rare (and surely worth being collected, due to its history!) (***/*).