TRACKLP77 LAMF 225pixRGBOn release in 1977, Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers' 'L.A.M.F.' had a mastering fault, widely condemned as a 'muddy mix'.  Track Records went bust and the master was lost - so subsequent releases were compiled from outtake or re-mixes.  Forty-four years later, the master has been found in an attic - and 'L.A.M.F.' can at last be heard as the band and producers intended!

FOUND IN AN ATTIC - a punk rock archaeological discovery: a copy master of the original 1977 Track Records tape, without 'mud'!  This classic punk album, recorded in London by the New York band featuring two New York Dolls, was always controversial - and not just for the acronym.  Upon release on Track Records in 1977, it was universally condemned in the music press for having a 'muddy mix' - later found to be a mastering fault. 

When Track went bust the following year, manager Leee Black Childers managed to burgle the Track Records' Carnaby Street 3rd floor office and liberated the tapes that belonged to him and the band.  He found everything - except for the master-tape.

Subsequent releases were remixed from the multi-tracks ('Revisted', 1984) or compiled from outtake mixes - the 'lost '77 mixes' (1994) being the version most known.  A lift from the vinyl for a 'definitive' box set didn't achieve full clarity.  Meanwhile, fans found the 1977 cassette version didn't have the infamous 'mud', nor did certain European vinyl matrixes.

Unexpectedly, in 2020 a chance meeting led Jungle to Daniel Secunda's archives.  Danny was an old-school music biz pioneer who became a Track Records director - and the Heartbreakers 'L.A.M.F.' co-producer.  In amongst his archives stored in his attic were numerous tape boxes, including two with no artist name, marked: 'Copy Master 12.7.77'.  They turned out to be a crystal-clear 'L.A.M.F.', just as the band and producers intended it. 

Sadly, in August 2020 the Heartbreakers co-lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Walter passed away.  He was the last of the Heartbreakers 'L.A.M.F.' line-up - Johnny Thunders died in 1991, Jerry Nolan in 1992, and Billy Rath in 2014.  Walter's punk memoir autobiography is to be published in paperback in June 2021, and his band The Waldos also get their album 'Rent Party' reissued for Record Store Day's RSD Drop2.

'L.A.M.F. - the found '77 masters' was released for Record Store Day 2021 RSD Drop2 on July 17 as a limited edition in transparent purple vinyl.  It has an inner bag with new notes by Simon Wright, plus a 12" poster of a Roberta Bayley cover outtake pic.

Tracks: Born To Lose, Baby Talk, All By Myself, I Wanna Be Loved, It's Not Enough, Chinese Rocks, Get Off The Phone, Pirate Love, One Track Mind, I Love You, Goin' Steady, Let Go, Can't Keep My Eyes On You, Do You Love Me.  Cat. no: TRACKLP77



The RSD vinyl is now sold out - exclusively at shops in the links below. 

A CD edition, with a bonus demos+ disc in a hard-back 32-page book package, is due in October and will later be available for pre-sale at our Jungle Direct webstore - details to be announced soon.

RSD participating shops can sell by mail-order after RSD; some shops sell on Discogs.com  There will be another vinyl pressing after one year. 

‘L.A.M.F. – the found ’77 masters’ LP was available to RSD stores listed below.


UK: https://recordstoreday.co.uk   USA: https://recordstoreday.com  

DE: http://www.recordstoredaygermany.de/   NL: https://recordstoreday.nl  

SE: http://www.recordstoreday.se   IE: https://recordstoreday.ie  

BE: https://www.recordstoreday.be/   CA: http://recordstoredaycanada.ca/

Or browse the full international sites here:

RSD International: https://recordstoreday.com/Stores?country=select


 Here's the audio of Born To Lose together with a video explainer:


TRACKLP77 'LAMF -the FOUND masters' cover

The inside poster pic, L.A.M.F. session outtake by Roberta Bayley

Heartbreakers Roberta Bayley LAMF outtake poster pic

The inner bag.

LAMF Found inner bag image

The found tapes from Daniel Secunda's attic archive.

Heartbreakers LAMF Copy Master Tape 1

Heartbreakers LAMF Copy Master Tape 2