John Peel started his own record label in 1969, primarily to get the music he liked recorded and released onto vinyl, and called it Dandelion Records. Here’s one of his favourite bands, Principal Edwards Magic Theatre. Peel even co-produced their first LP, “Soundtrack”, with Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason producing their second LP:
…here’s 3 new additions to Probe on the pink label featuring a pre-Eagles Joe Walsh in the “James Gang Rides Again” (a candidate for one of the most boring covers going!), Crowfoot’s “Behind The Sun” and Artie Kornfeld’s LP. Kornfeld was the music promoter for the Woodstock festival and this LP was his first.
If you’re interested in band logos and how they were designed then there’s a cool site dedicated to logos and brands. It features a fair bit on AC/DC and Led Zeppelin, but has just posted a feature on Black Sabbath’s first 8 albums, including the four Vertigo Swirls as well as Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Sabotage, Technical Ecstasy and Never Say Die. Click here to go to WhatsThatFont…
CMU vs. Maldoon
Just spotted that CMU’s “Open Spaces” looked a little familiar…you know that nagging feeling you’ve seen it before somewhere…? It bears a striking similarity to Maldoon’s second album on Purple Records, TPS3502.
Only thing is…CMU’s album was released on the Transatlantic label back in 1971…some 2 years before Maldoon’s 1973 album. Maldoon’s cover was a painting by Eric Slack. Not sure who did CMU’s cover…
And in case you’re wondering whatever happened to Curtiss/Maldoon, Madonna ‘reworked’ their “Sepheryn” track for her “Ray Of Light” song back in 1998. So much so, that Dave Curtiss and Clive Maldoon were actually given (quite rightly) a songwriting credit for the track. Maldoon died in 1978 from overdosing on prescription medicines.
Spontaneous Combustion vs. World Party
Now they are both in the style of Roy Lichtenstein, but Spontaneous Combustion’s album was released in 1972, with World Party’s “Bang” album coming out in 1993.
Home vs. Deep Purple
There’s a similar theme with these two sleeve designs, too. Both albums feature the band members’ faces within the liquid or reflection of either a glass beaker full of chemicals or a wine goblet. Home’s “The Alchemist” from 1973 predates Deep Purple’s “Come Taste The Band” by 3 years. It’s also a much better design with better photography and a less-clumsy execution of the band members mugshots in my opinion.
Let me know if you find any more similarities on the site…!
Van der Graaf Generator’s “Theme One” from 1972 was released as CB175. However, it does have BCP 6 crossed out in the deadwax on both sides. So, it was obviously intended to be BCP.6 but for some reason was released as CB 175 instead. Early issues feature the rare picture sleeve, below. Now, just have to find what happened to BCP4 and 5! I would imagine something similar happened…
At the end of 2013, the site officially hit 250,000 views (since starting the website in February 2012, but really from around mid 2012 when the bulk of the content and structure really started taking place)…so a huge THANK YOU to everyone who’s found the RareRecordCollector.net website and hopefully found it useful!
Here’s some stats for the geeks (like me) who are fascinated with where the queries come from and what people are interested in:
1. Most views by country:
UK comes 1st with over 53,500 views, followed by Russia, USA, Germany, Ukraine, Italy, France, Sweden, Japan and Portugal is 10th with 7,500 views. Propping up the table with just 1 view each (mustn’t have that much in the way of record collections!) are the Cayman Islands, Aland Islands, Aruba, Nigeria, Panama, Tanzania, Qatar, Nepal, El Salvador and Guadeloupe.
2. Most popular pages:
The most popular record label viewed is Vertigo, followed by Harvest, Charisma, CBS, Purple and Island:
3. Most popular albums:
Led Zeppelin’s albums are what you seem to want to know the most about with Led Zeppelin’s 2nd album (and all it’s variations no doubt!) leading the way – viewed over 3,100 times!
Here are the top 6 most frequently visited albums in order with only Black Sabbath’s 1970 debut breaking Led Zeppelin’s dominance:
4. Most popular posts:
Led Zeppelin dominates once again! With a massive 5,277 views, the post on the multiple label variants for Led Zeppelin’s untitled 4th album easily tops the chart! The next nearest competitor is Led Zeppelin (again) and all the 6 sleeve variants for “In Through The Out Door”.
So it seems that rare record collectors just can’t get enough of their Led Zeppelin! Thanks again to all who’ve used the site and left positive feedback, provided corrections and suggestions and even donated the odd photo of their obscure record rarities! Don’t forget the site is constantly evolving and being updated, so please keep coming back and help spread the word!
A nice collection of Fleetwood Mac singles from the original Peter Green line up through the Bob Welch era and into the Lyndsay Buckingham/Stevie Nicks line up:
The CBS issue of “Black Magic Woman” is of course a 1973 reissue of the original single that appeared on the Blue Horizon label, albeit with a different B side.