Judge : Vivo En WNYU : Bootleg
Champion Records 1992

Side A:
I’ve Lost (Intro / He Perdido)
Just Like You (Asi Como Tu)
Hold Me Back (De Tenga Me)

Side B:
Bringin’ It Down (Bajando Le)
Fed Up (Ya No Aguanto)

I know absolutely nothing about this release. Supposedly done in Mexico in 1992 but I would strongly dispute that due to the fact that I have the test pressing of this, which looks like it had been done at United, so unless I’m rubbish at geography and Nashville really is in Mexico, this was Made in the USA. Possibly by some Mexicanos. Allegedly. Or some core dudes who know how to take the piss. The last version of this has that incoherent rant on the back of the sleeve which hints that whoever made it also run a “true label” parallel to the “not true label” on which they released the bootleg. On one hand the writing sounds like something a non-native English speaker would have written, which would support the “Mexicans made it” theory, but then again, some of the American presidents couldn’t string two coherent sentences together so it might after all have been someone from the US. Who knows. If you know, do tell.

Test Press
Matrix:
A: u – 28255 – m – A
B: u – 28255 – m – B

Don’t know how many of these exist but seeing that this is a United test and I think they offer 8(???) as a standard, unless you request extra, I would guess that to be the number.

1st Press
Matrix:
A: The “u – 28255 – m -” bit is scratched and only A is visible
B: The “u – 28255 – m -” bit is scratched and only B is visible

Unlike anything that came after, this version has offset printed covers and labels with something on them.

Now, pressing that radio appearance onto vinyl is already disputable. I do get that it was 1992, years before mp3s, but in my opinion making some tapes would have been sufficient to preserve this recording. Someone had a different idea. Someone thought that booting the boot was the way to go so we’re now also left with this:

Judge : Vivo En WNYU : A Bootleg of a Bootleg

Discogs says it’s a “repress” but due to a different matrix I’d say it’s an entirely different thing. A bootleg of a bootleg if you will.

Test Press
Matrix:
A: RIP OFF – 01 A
B: RIP OFF – 01 B

Unknown [ SCAN / INFO NEEDED ]

There are several versions of this release. I have no data to support any attempt to chronologically list this so I will list it as I see fit. There are probably some more versions knocking about but I found 3 distinct ones:

Red Vinyl Version
Matrix:
A: RIP OFF – 01 A
B: RIP OFF – 01 B

Some of the red vinyl copies were bright red, like the one I have:

And some of the red copies looked like they were mixed with black (Chris, thanks for the scan)

This here red vinyl was supposedly be limited to 50. I would probably agree with this statement seeing how hard it is to find one. I have only ever seen 4 of these resurfacing (not that I was looking a lot). I owned 2 copies of the bright red version and then there are two maroon/black swirls that I know of, one of which is in Switzerland (scan above) and one I think I saw on Kyle’s blog some years back. Just looked on popsike and it seems this version pops up once every 5 years or so. 50 copies definitely seems plausible.
From now on the labels are blank and the back of the cover was poorly scaled down to fit onto the photocopy paper.

Black Vinyl Version #1

Matrix:
A: RIP OFF – 01 A
B: RIP OFF – 01 B

Black Vinyl Version #2
Matrix:
A: RIP OFF – 01 A
B: RIP OFF – 01 B

This one has some scribbling on the back by an incoherent teenage revolutionary. John, if you’re reading this, remember, you’re a false positive (youth).

One would think this should be the end of it all but…. no.
In the A.D. MMXVII, somewhere deep in the Netherlands, someone, presumably heavily influenced by the 2nd hand ganja smoke, thought it would be a brilliant idea to forge in the fires of Mount Doomb the

Judge : Vivo En WNYU : Bootleg of a Bootleg of a Bootleg

There are 2 versions on Discogs:
1. 30 Years of Judge. Hand numbered / 20 copies with Star Wars related design.
2. 30 Years of Judge. Hand numbered / 50 copies.

I don’t own these so I couldn’t scan the covers. You can look them up on Discogs. Everything looks like it was done on an inkjet printer at home, including labels. I can’t say much more than that. It’s very… colourful. The one bit that fascinates me about this release is that it is listed as lathe cut. I have never owned one of those. I hear the sound is shite due to the shallow groove but it would have been cool to own a lathe cut. Maybe just not this one.