PARIS SPORTS PALAIS

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Company: Contra Band Music
Matrix Number: PA-77-A / PA-77-B
Release Date: January 1974

Country: USA

SIDE A

1. TWIST AND SHOUT 1:24
2. SHE’S A WOMAN 2:58
3. I’M A LOSER 2:33
4. CAN’T BUY ME LOVE 2:14
5. BABY’S IN BLACK 2:19

SIDE B

6. I WANNA BE YOUR MAN 2:12
7. A HARD DAY’S NIGHT 2:38
8. EVERYBODY’S TRYING TO BE MY BABY 2:27
9. ROCK AND ROLL MUSIC (incomplete) 0:44
10. I FEEL FINE 2:10
11. TICKET TO RIDE 3:12
12. LONG TALL SALLY 2:03

SOUND QUALITY: F-mono
 

SOURCE:
#1 to 12: Paris Sports Palais, June 20, 1965, afternoon show

COMMENTARY

This record was mastered from a poor sounding tape of The Beatles afternoon performance in Paris, and the master itself was made in quite low volume, with a noticeable high frequency hiss. At the time, this was the only source for this previously unreleased show. It reappeared in excellent quality in the eighties.

RELEASES

1. January 1974 (photo below the title). The first pressing had a black and white 12 1/8” by 12 1/8" insert. It came with white labels with red pirate, and the inner sleeve was in brown paper.

1974. The records released from spring 1974 had often the same insert pasted over the jacket with the"Fish" drawing on the back, and yellow labels with black pirate. 

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Late 1974 to 1975. Same insert, sometimes printed in brownish color, in some cases pasted over a folder-type jacket. Yellow label with small dino was seen, thick and heavy vinyl.

1976. The last reissue of the CBM record appeared in 1976, again with the b/w insert and red label with black pirate logo.

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INTEREST. As for the other CBM records, it is mainly interesting to look for the first pressing (***), whereas the other releases are mainly for completists (**/*). All these records were pressed on vinyl of low qualilty.

THE JAPANESE JL RECORDS COUNTERFEIT

In 1975 the japanese company JL Records released their counterfeit, with the original CBM cover printed on the jacket and the catalogue number 519 printed on bottom right. It had white blank labels and was from matrix JL 519 A / JL 519-B

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INTEREST. For the japanese market and for completists interested in the entire JL collection (**).

THE WIZARDO REKORDS RELEASE

 
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Early 1976. Wizardo Rekords reissued this concert under the title PARIS SPORTS PALAIS 1965, from matrix WRMB 335-A / WRMB 335-B. This had an insert cover printed in pink or white paper with a copy of the original CBM paper insert with 1965 added to the title and the catalogue number WRMB 335 added on bottom left.  The records were pressed at the Lewis plants, in black or colored (blue and red was seen) vinyl with black speckles . The mastering and pressing have a better quality, so the overall sound can be defined as G-mono. The company used the same WRMB 335 matrix number for an LP featuring both the afternoon and evening show, titled Paris '65  and pressed at the Rainbow plants.

Mid-late 1976. More releases of the Wizardo record were distributed throughout 1976, with blank light blue labels or with the "Cat'n'Dog / Dog'n'Cat" labels, this last version was distributed in September 1976.

 

Late 1976. In late 1976 the company repressed the masters for a release distributed with the insert prepared for the LP featuring both the Paris shows, titled BEATLEMANIA The insert reported that both the Paris shows were included, whereas obviously this record includes only the afternoon show, but the producer did not care at all... The disc had white blank labels and was pressed at the Lewis plants (2 mm wide ring at 31 mm from the spindle hole), whereas the original BEATLEMANIA release was pressed at the Rainbow plants (narrow ring at 33 mm from the hole).

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1978. Two years later the Wizardo masters resurfaced for a release on the yellow Ruthless Rhymes label, with a slipsheet prefectly reproducing the CBM cover, printed in yellow paper in reduced size. This is the best pressing of the original tape, on vinyl of good quality.

 
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INTEREST. None of these Wizardo Rekord releases has any particular interest, excepting for specific bootleg collectors; of course the releases in colored vinyl are more sought-after (**/*). The copy titled BEATLEMANIA is scarcer (**).