Sharp-eyed Gary Taylor has spotted another label variation for Uriah Heep’s debut on Vertigo Swirl – 1970’s “Very ‘Eavy Very ‘Umble”. Here’s Gary’s picture:
This label appears to be nearly identical to the ‘2nd’ pressing but has abbreviated the producer’s credit just above the ‘VERTIGO’ wording. The earlier versions spell out the credit in full, thus: “Produced by Gerry Bron for Hit Record Productions Limited”.
Here are the other 3 labels for comparison:
I would put Gary’s version as 3rd pressing, and the smaller swirl and VERTIGO above the spindle as a 4th pressing.
Please note that this was one of a few Vertigo releases to be subsequently reissued on the Bronze label, rather than the Vertigo spaceship label. So that would make the Bronze reissue a 5th pressing.
Hard to find on the original pink Island label, this 1970 one-off Fotheringay album (they disbanded in January 1971) in particular features some sublime guitar from Jerry Donahue (definite future influence for Mark Knopfler) as well as top class vocals from Sandy Denny (no wonder she was the only other vocalist to appear on a Led Zeppelin LP). The more folky/renaissance style tracks work better for me than the country influenced ones but it’s still an essential addition to your record collection:
I recently found two examples of original UK music press ads promoting 2 singles from Affinity and Jade Warrior. With a bit of photoshop cleaning up and retouching, here they are reproduced in their cleaned up state:
Three new additions to the pink Island and orange CBS labels as well as the very first LP issued on the newly redesigned Charisma label which utilised an existing drawing by Sir John Tenniel of the Mad Hatter and other images from “Alice In Wonderland” and this design has become known as the ’pink Mad Hatter’ variant.
There are new sections for singles on pink Island, CBS orange, B&C Records, Charisma pink scroll and Mooncrest as well as a rare addition on Vertigo. Click the labels to go to each singles section featuring Traffic, Titanic, Atomic Rooster, Nazareth, Rare Bird and Manfred Mann.
More singles to be added to each section as they are acquired. Keep coming back for updates.
Thanks to Jonáš Zdenēk from Prague who’s spotted another Led Zeppelin label variation, this time on the Swan Song “The Song Remains The Same” UK release.
The labels are nearly identical, the publishing credits and band name and album title are positioned differently. Both of these pre-date the later label style which is shown below:
just come back from a weekend away and happened to call in at Mapledurham water mill…
but it looks so much more atmospheric if you give it Marcus Keef’s ‘false colour photography’ treatment, like this:
Unfortunately the estate was closed at the time and I couldn’t get to the exact same location as Keef to shoot his album cover shot for Black Sabbath’s debut album. But it’s only about 40 feet away (the other side of the tree hanging down on the left) from where Keef was in early 1970…