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The Villager
source: Gaslight & Gleasons tapes
Side one: 

Man on the street 
He was a friend of mine 
Talkin' Bear Mountain picnic
Side two: 
Song to Woody 
Car car 
Pretty Polly 
California*
Side three: 
Jesus met the woman at the well 
Gypsy Davy 
Bull session I 
Pastures of plenty
Side four: 
Jesse James 
Bull session II 
Remember me 
Lay down your weary tune * 
Moonshine blues *
Historical note:
As far as quality goes, the Villager is one of the worst records ever made.  Paradoxically, as far as collectibility goes; it was a highly sought after piece for collectors of this type of material. 
The front cover photo is a 1965 Daniel Kramer shot. The material on the album is fairly common in the world of bootleg collecting.  It's mainly the Gaslight material and 'Gleasons' tape. 
The rarity of the album stems from a few facts.  First of all, there was a very small run produced.  The title itself evoked all kinds of speculation and rumors in the early 70's.  A lot of people talked of the existence of this record, but few had seen it. 
  This LP set a record in Europe in 1976 as the highest price ever paid for a bootleg album.  The album changed hands for an incredible $400! One of the reasons for this high price was not only the speculation of the early 70's, and the fact that it was an import in Europe ... but an incredible looking full printed cover.  As it turns out, the cover had been a one or two of a kind silk-screen ... not done by the manufacturer, but by a printer who wanted to create a wonderful looking cover for his album. Putting a value on this cover is a very subjective thing and better left to the discretion of the buyer/seller.
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Kathy label
Front Cover
Steve label
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This 1971  double LP was released on the Kathy and Steve Label by the folks who would later become Berkeley Records. The cover was blank white with an insert printed in pink. Full printed Kathy/ Steve labels. 
A later issue has blank labels in a black and white full printed early Berkeley  wrap-around folder type cover. 
The source tapes are: 
LP 1- Gaslight cafe 9-61 except * 'Times' outtake '63 
LP 2- Gleasons home tape except *'Times' outtake '63 
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