EMBRWO

(TMOQ - PF RECORD-1/4)

S1: GREEN IS THE COLOUR/CAREFUL WITH THAT AXE EUGENE/CYMBALINE
S2: THE EMBRYO/SET THE CONTROLS FOR THE HEART OF THE SUN
S3: A SAUCERFUL OF SECRETS
S4: ATOM HEART MOTHER

SQ: VERY GOOD STEREO

RARITY RATING:

COMMENTS: UNTIL NOW THIS BOOTLEG HAS ALWAYS BEEN THOUGHT OF AS AN EXTREMELY RARE WIZARDO TEST PRESSING OF THE TWO SEPERATE ALBUMS 'MIRACLE MUFFLER' & 'TAKE LINDA SURFING'. HOWEVER SOME NEW INFORMATION HAS COME TO LIGHT THAT SHOWS THIS TO BE INCORRECT. THE TRUE HISTORY OF THIS ALBUM IS AS FOLLOWS......
IN THE EARLY SEVENTIES (LATE 1972) AN ENGLISH BOOTLEG DEALER/DISTRIBUTOR (KNOWN AS FREDDY STOMPER "THE MARKED HAND") DECIDED THAT AS WELL AS IMPORTING RECORDS FROM THE US & EUROPE, HE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO MAKE HIS OWN BOOTLEGS HERE IN THE UK, ONLY TO DISCOVER THAT IT WAS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO FIND A SUITABLY DISCREET PRESSING PLANT (THE UK HAS ALWAYS HAD VERY HEAVY COPYRIGHT LAWS). HE THEN HAD THE IDEA TO USE HIS CONTACTS IN THE US TO COMMISSION 'TRADE MARK OF QUALITY' TO PRESS HIS BOOTLEGS FOR HIM, WHICH HE WOULD THEN IMPORT WITHOUT COVERS AND PACKAGE AND SELL IN THE UK (& MAYBE EUROPE). HE ORDERED TITLES BY THE BEATLES, ROLLING STONES, CROSBY STILLS NASH & YOUNG AND 'EMBRWO' (WHICH HE PROBABLY SOURCED FROM AN ORIGINAL COPY OF M502). THE VINYL WAS PRESSED ON BOTH GREEN AND RED/PINK VINYL WITH THE LARGE 1-4 TMOQ LABELS THAT THEY WERE USING ON THEIR REGULAR PRODUCT AT THAT TIME. UPON ARRIVAL IN THE UK THEY WERE PUT IN PLAIN WHITE COVERS (THINNER THAN THE US ONES) AND RUBBER STAMPED ON THE FRONT WITH A SMALL PINK INSERT PASTED ON THE REAR. IT IS NOT KNOWN HOW MANY WERE PRESSED BUT IT WAS UNLIKELY TO BE VERY MANY AND IT IS THOUGHT THAT MOST COPIES WERE LOST WHEN THE BPI (BRITISH PHONOGRAPHIC INDUSTRY) BUSTED VIRGIN RECORDS IN 1973 - RICHARD BRANSON USED TO SELL A LOT OF BOOTLEGS IN THOSE DAYS! - A FACT WHICH CAME BACK TO HAUNT HIM A FEW YEARS LATER WHEN A NEWSPAPER CUTTING OF THE BUST WAS USED ON THE COVER OF A SEX PISTOLS BOOTLEG (WHO HAD JUST SIGNED TO VIRGIN RECORDS). THIS IS AN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT BOOTLEG TO FIND AND ALL KNOWN COPIES WERE ORIGINALLY BOUGHT IN THE UK.
AS A FOOTNOTE, THE TITLE 'EMBRWO' IS ALMOST CERTAINLY A MISTAKE AND SHOULD HAVE READ: EMBRYO (AS IT DOES ON THE REAR INSERT)- THE WORD EMBRWO MEANS NOTHING IN ENGLISH AND IS A MISTAKE BY EITHER THE BOOTLEGGER OR (MY GUESS) THE RUBBER STAMP MAKERS.

YEAR OF RELEASE: 1972

SOURCE: GROSSER SAAL MUSIKHALLE HAMBURG 25-02-1971.

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