Ken shut down his TMOQ in late 1973, and set up another label called TAKRL - The Amazing Kornyphone Record Label with another bootlegger, "Dr Telly Phone". Dub shut down his TMOQ in 1974, after some unnerving investigation from the FBI, and took a short break from bootlegging. Ken's TAKRL became a major operator, flanked by many new labels invented by Ken, such as TKRWM - The Kornyphone Records for the Working Man, SODD - Singer's Original Double Disks, ZAP - Ze Anonym Plattenspieler, and HHCER - Highway Hi-Fi Collector's Edition Records, Spindizzle/Flat, and others upon others. These were finally shut down in 1976/1977, at about the same time as Dub resurrected his old TMOQ for a few albums and then took it back down. Ken stayed in bootlegging with some new labels, IMP/IRW - Impossible Recordworks and Excitable Recordworks, using black & white printed covers, and Phoenix and Saturated Records, who repressed old TMQ and TAKRL boots in deluxe colour. At this time, Ken was living in Spain, but his labels were all based in California.
Many of Ken's earlier labels used paper insert covers and these came in either two colour or Tri-colour variations. It is assumed by many that the Tri-colour inserts are from the original first pressings, however there are no grounds to prove this and it's more likely that they used whatever was nearest to hand at any given time, and I believe the same applies to the TAKRL labels which are much more attractive than the more common plain 'side one' & 'side two' labels which Ken Often used. TAKRL also sometimes included generic back cover inserts for some of their albums, and so, for a collector, the rarest and best TAKRL editions have a Tri-colour insert, custom printed Takrl labels and a generic back insert.
Ken re-released Wizardo and Vicki Vinyl releases, formerly Idle Mind, Dragonfly ... on labels Ruthless Rhymes, World Records, TMQ label ... Therefore it is necessary to point out that the very first Kiss editions came from Wizardo and Vicki Vinyl, re-editions of the same titles by Ken, but with other labels. See "Wizardo and Vicki Vinyl".
John Wizardo was a very serious rock bootleg collector of the very first generation, who hunted down copies of every bootleg released anywhere in the world up to the early 1970s - when he decided to start making his own instead.
Although specialising in Beatles bootlegs Wizardo also released several Floyd titles. The man behind the label was John Wizardo who, having started out as an avid collector of bootlegs, started to produce his own. Apart from his main label, Wizardo also released albums on Fan-Buys Marketing, Old Glory Records & Dog & Cat Records. Later on he teamed up with a partner (Andrea Waters) known as Vicki Vinyl, who already had her own labels - IMP (Idle Mind Productions), Teddy Bear records & Slipped Disc Records - and they produced some titles together. This is why her logo's and/or labels occasionally appear on Wizardo releases.
There was also a strong connection between John Wizardo, Andrea Waters & Ken from TMOQ. Releases on IMP have appeared with Ruthless Rhymes Labels and Mushroom Records inserts whilst Wizardo albums have appeared with World Records labels.
Several of Ken's releases have appeared with Slipped Disc Labels. In addition to this, John Wizardo was credited on TAKRL's 'Raving And Drooling' for supplying the tape.
Similarly to TAKRL, Wizardo albums also had variations between pressings and Wizardo inserts came in the usual A4 size and also a larger one. Again, there is no evidence to suggest that the larger inserts were for first pressings. Wizardo also had custom printed labels and these are certainly more desirable to a collector than the blank white ones they also used.
Dieter Schubert [managing director, Swingin' Pig]:
The basic philosophy of Swingin' Pig is to make available historically important, previously unreleased recordings which would otherwise never see the light of day. Take, for example, Ultra Rare Trax by The Beatles ... The Beatles themselves say they don't want them out because they feel the outtakes are not up to normal standards. The public obviosuly has a totally different opinion ... The tapes are over thirty years old now, some nearly fourty. Twenty more years in the archives would possibly destroy the tapes, like many outtakes from the fifties, and they'll be lost forever. So even if the quality is sometimes not up to today's digital standard, this is not the point. 'Casual listeners' should, by all means, avoid buying Swingin' Pig releases; they will only be disappointed.
The swingin' pig in the logo snapped his fingers and wore a fedora. The lable soon became infamous for using the NoNoise noise-reduction system, which caused most of their CDs to sound not so good in my people's ears [this was a typo; meant to read "many people" - but when I discovered it, "my people" looked so good that I kept it in]. They were also among the first to legally release unauthorised contemporary recordings, exploiting a loophole in the Rome convention that made it technically legal, in countries that had signed the Rome convention, to issue recordings, without permission, from countries that hadn't signed it, and the USA hadn't signed it. Their first such release was Atlantic City '89, a triple-CD box of the Rolling Stones, put out in 1990.
Located in Frankfurt, Germany, re-released earlier Kornyphone-records under the slightly varied name of The Amazing Kornyphone Rebirth Label. All records are re-releases of earlier bootlegs with a simple insert like the original insert. The back is rubber stamped with "Limited edition of 100 copies only", which definitely isn't true in most cases. Matrix number is always the number of the original record.
Number on insert is always "TAKRL xxxx" (2LP sets have "TAKRL xxxx/xxxx" and so on). Some records in coloured vinyl.
Not rare and not very expensive ("Rebirth" Label).
USA ca 1986/87:
Late US-items of TAKRL with generetic one-colour cover all limited to 500 copies. Matrix number is always "TAKRL 14xx" (single LPs) or "TAKRL 24xx" (2LP sets). Not very rare.
These versions are nearly always re-releases (partly from own publications in black/white covers.
Matrix numbers are always "TAKRL 9xx"). Not expensive.
TAKRL (The Amazing Kornyphone Record Label)
US-company with the most bootleg releases beneath "TMOQ". All records have inserts and are rare now.
Matrix number here is always "TAKRL 1xxx" (single LPs) or "TAKRL 2xxx" (2LP sets). Rather expensive.
Examples of 80´s German releases with Kiss:
2261/2262 - Unmasked
2021/2022 - French Kiss
LP Back-cover printing
Deluxe version. Released in 3-500 copies depending on release, 3-5 different vinyl colors, 100 copies of each, Invidually numbered.
Insert paper version. Released in 300-500 copies depending on release, 3-5 different vinyl colors, 100 copies of each, Invidually numbered.
Various labels released by Wizardo Records:
Various labels released by Vicki Vinyl (Andrea Waters):
Examples of TMOQ Labels (Run by Dub & Ken):
Examples of other labels (Run by Ken):
Examples of TAKRL Labels (Run by Ken & Dr. Telly Phone):
TMOQ & TAKRL (Trade Mark Of Quality & The Amazing Kornyphone Record Label)
TradeMark of Quality was one of the legendary bootleg labels in the very beginning of the 70s, established in 1970 or 1971 by two bootleggers known as Dub and Ken. They were quality-conscious perfectionists who pressed all their albums on coloured, virgin vinyl, and perhaps the first bootleggers to start doing real, printed picture covers, and later colour picture covers (printed - not inserts in the shrink-wrap!). Their original logo stamp was a realistic-looking pig with the words "TRADE MARK OF QUALITY" around it.
After a while, Dub's dad moved into the business and fired Ken from TMOQ. Ken set up a rival company, which he also called TMOQ, using a logo with a cartoon pig smoking a cigar, still surrounded by the words "TRADE MARK OF QUALITY", and to confuse things even further Ken sometimes still used Dub's farm pig logo on his own releases. Ken started making his own "stamper" plates from Dubs original "mother" plates, working in cahoots with "the lady who owned and ran the pressing plant", and every time there was a new release from Dubs original TMOQ label, Ken's TMOQ would have an exact copy out on black vinyl and with a cheaper cover. Dub then modified his logo to say "Accept No Substitutes". After a while Ken went on to release albums, in partnership with others, using a variety of labels.
With bootleg releases you´ill find that a lot of them are copies of other bootleg records. Sometimes they are re-issued under different label names but pressed from the same plates (stampers). For example Ken used his own label when he was re released earlier editions, he also used deliberately different labels over the years to mislead the FBI investigation. With bootleg vinyl it is often a good idea to note the matrix number etched on the vinyl in the run-out groove area of the record (just outside the label). This way you can determine if it is the same release on a different label or if it is a new copy of an already released bootleg vinyl.
CBM - Contraband Music
CBM records was a US label based on the east coast who began well enough producing albums from their own original tape sources (eg.'Tampa') but soon became content with merely copying releases by other bootleg labels. The quality of their product also took a slide and their albums in terms of presentation and their actual vinyl pressings were notoriously poor. Many of the pressings did improve however, when they started to use a pressing plant in Fort Wayne Indiana around 1978, the time they introduced the Instant Analysis, Godzilla and King Kong labels. They were also responsible for releases on the Shalom, Carnaby, I.P.F Records and Wisconsin Cheese labels.
K&S was a label started by Kurt Glemser operating out of Canada they released a mixture of their own original titles and re-issues of other labels bootlegs, normally re-pressing them from the original plates in small runs on coloured vinyl. Kurt published two little known bootleg discographies - "Bootlegs" (March, 1973) and "Underground Sounds" (October, 1974). Both had a limited printing of only 300 copies. The later publication had over 70 pages of bootleg listings.
Bootleg label from Luxemburg, all releases on this label should be considered unofficial. Active in the late 80´s, early 90´s.
Italian bootleg label, active in the early 1990's.
METAL MESS RECORDS
Bootleg label from Germany, best known for re-releasing existing bootlegs with poor cover artwork and lots of misspellings. Active in the early 90's.
FAN CLUB RECORDS
Bootleg label from Sweden active in the mid 1980's, early 90´s.
Some of the releases giving a bogus address from the UK.
POLYSTAR RECORDS and others...
This is NOT a real label. Use this for all unofficial releases (bootlegs, counterfeits, pirate compilations) that pretend to be a release of Polystar. Often provides "Made in Japan" written on the back-cover.
It is common practice to use existing label names as Casablanca, Polygram, Chrysalis, Polydor and other official companies for unofficial purposes.
Bud Records Inc. is often used for unoffical releases. The record has "generic" labels showing the cat# RAL 0238 on Metallica and Guns´n roses bootlegs, (the color may differ).
I have only included the most essential information that has been available. There are many label companies I´ve chosed not to list as they are of less interest. In the case of companies from the 80's I have found it difficult to actually find comprehensive information. I have written a small proportion of other smaller manufacturers at the bottom of this page. Most of the labels are related to Kiss in some way or another.
Sources: Pink Floyd bootleg archive, Discogs, Records collector guild, The swingin'pig.net, The zappa patio, Rate your music and Wikpedia.
TSP (The Swingin' Pig)
In Europe, the Germans and Italians had really hit overdrive between 1984 and 1987, churning out hundreds of bootleg titles.
The German labels, particularly those run by one Dieter Schubert, had developed a reputation for deluxe, coloured-vinyl releases from quality source tapes. Best of the bunch were the Royal Sound double-albums and a handful of titles on a label that revived the logo,
if not the name, of TMQ - The Swingin' Pig. As a vinyl label, The Swingin' Pig issued a mere fifteen titles. But Mr Schubert was just gearing up for the next bootleg revolution. The last original TSP release stopped at No.144 on vinyl, Cd´s with No.223.
There were even some testpressings made. The label was white with the Cat.nr printed in blue coloring.
The vinyl was placed in a original TSP innersleve. The very first pressing!
CONTINUING SAGA RECORDS
Bootleg label from the US active in the late 1980's. Parent label: Rock Solid
Other selected bootleg labels
These issues are not released by the Swingin Pig Records, they are recent fakes using the well known name of TSP.
All releases after 1996 are a different label run by different people who use name and artwork of the original label.
Other artists were issued as well like Ac/Dc, Pink floyd, Rolling Stones, Iron maiden, Jimi Hendrix, Beatles, Genesis...
Vinyl editions were started at No.300 while CD editions begins with No.250.
Since it´s not really Swinging Pig. I rather call these TMQ / Smoking pig.
Fake TSP releases
Examples of releases with Kiss in 1984 by K&S
Well know Kiss edition: Unnecessery Evil - WRMB 507/508 1-LP
Well know Kiss releases: Fried alive (Colored vinyl) IMP-1113 1-LP / Blitz London - K 1322 1-LP / Destroys Anaheim (Part 1) IMP-1120 1-LP / Destroys Anaheim (Part 2) IMP-1122 1-LP / Takes Tokyo K-1323 2-LP....
Fake Idle Mind releaseses occure ex. (Kiss Blitz London - Japanes pressing)
Well known re-issues with Kiss (LXXXIV Series only): Destroys Anaheim (part 1) IMP-1120 (Colored vinyl) / Destroys Anaheim (part 2) IMP-1122 (Colored vinyl) / Sneak Attack KIS 1/2 2-LP (Colored vinyl)...