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Anyone familiar with the Trademark of Quality or TMOQ Records?

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Initial post: Oct 18, 2012, 2:36:44 PM PDT
Winslow says:
I would assume that these are bootleg recordings of The Beatles, Stones, Dylan, Elvis, Led Zeppelin, Frank Zappa and other artists in concert or in the studio laying down tracks. Does anyone own a copy and is the sound quality of these records good? Where did you purchase these TMOQ recordings at back in the day? Peaches? Tower Records?

Posted on Oct 18, 2012, 9:59:25 PM PDT
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Posted on Oct 29, 2012, 1:43:42 AM PDT
Silence says:
I had a TMoQ record. The cover was yellow and blank except for a blue ink stamp in the center that said Infinity Blues~Janis Joplin. The labels were white and blank except for the outline image of a pig. There was an 8 1/2x11 photocopy inside the shrinkwrap on the back that had a photo of Janis and the song titles. It was a very poor recording of a concert with Full Tilt Boogie (in Toronto if I remember correctly). I ordered it from an ad in either Hit Parader or Creem Magazine, don't remember which.

Posted on Nov 2, 2012, 9:05:50 AM PDT
Purchased a great many TMOQ's from head shops in SoCal, also available at Foothill Drive-in swap meet, early 70's. Early pressings didn't stand up to repeated play. Quality did improve. Good source of then unavailable material, especially GWW, nee Dylan.

Posted on Nov 19, 2012, 6:14:55 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 19, 2012, 6:17:07 PM PST
I used to purchase tons of them back in the early 90's from a record shop in San Antonio. The owner kept them in the back of the store in the "Employees Only" closet.... ;-). There were stacks of TMQ, Wizardo, Swingin' Pig and Scorpio boots on vinyl and CD. I always picked up the ones from Peter Gabriel, Genesis, Marillion, etc.

The quality of these boots varied. Some could be studio outtakes, some could be live cuts recorded from radio broadcasts, or tape recorders hidden under seats, etc. I always got a kick out of the "fake labels" put on them, sometimes indicating that a completely different artist / band was on the record, to get past customs and trick the RIAA and BPI into thinking it was a legit item.

Pick up the boot "Bootleg" by Clinton Heylin, it's an outstanding source of boot history.
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