While contemplating this post I Googled “The Masked Marauders” and was amazed at the amount of material available. You’ve never heard of them, right? In October of 1969 a review of the forthcoming album appeared in Rolling Stone. The album's recordings were the combined efforts from a one-off session by John Lennon, Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney and Bob Dylan. The Masked Marauders was a hoax by Rolling Stone editor Greil Marcus. Under the pseudonym T.M. Christian (a reference to Terry Southern’s novel The Magic Christian), the review was intended to parody the “supergroup” trend then taking place (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Blind Faith and Led Zeppelin) and was also inspired by Great White Wonder, a double album of unreleased Dylan recordings often credited as the first bootleg. Turns out, not everyone got the humor. There was such a demand for the disc that a band was put together to record a version of the previously nonexistent record. Which I bought and liked. I never knew anyone else with a copy but I do recall constantly spotting the discs in cutout bins for years. Here’s a track list: · I Can't get No Nookie (The Masked Marauders) · Duke of Ealr (Williams, Edwards, Dixon) · Cow Pie (The Masked Marauders) · I Am the Japanese Sandman (Rang Tang Ding Dong) (A.Williams) · The Book Of LOve (W.Davis, C.Patrick, G.Malone) · Later (W.Davis, C.Patrick, G.Malone) · More or Less Hudson's Bay Again (The Masked Marauders) · Season of the Witch (Donovan Leich) · Saturday Night at the Cow Place (The Masked Marauders) Apparently upwards of 100,000 copies sold. Less obscure than I thought. In 2003, Rhino Records, under its Handmade label, remastered the album, releasing a numbered edition of 2,000 copies under the title The Masked Marauders - The Complete Deity Recordings. They’re sold out!