Grab yourself a super rare version of Cressida’s 1st LP on Vertigo, their self-titled debut was reissued on the iconic swirl label but is even rarer than the initial pressing…you won’t get many chances to see this one. The 1st pressing features the ‘A PHILIPS RECORD PRODUCT’ on the label, but this second issue does not have this wording, but does still have the same 1Y1/2Y1 stamped matrix as the first pressing. I’ve not seen another one like this…
Complete with original gatefold sleeve and swirl inner, this super rare 2nd pressing is identical to the more common 1st pressing but does not have ‘A PHILIPS RECORD PRODUCT’ on the label and is stupidly hard to find! Check it out on eBay here and grab yourself one of the rarest Vertigo Swirls out there…(oh and it plays great too!)
Here’s another classic concept by ace sleeve designer Marcus Keef. A super rare LP to find on Vertigo these days. Click here to see all the details on the sleeve, label and matrix.
The first 7 releases on Vertigo carried the catalogue number prefix of ‘VO’ but this was dropped after Cressida’s self-titled album VO7. The numbering system then followed a more formulaic style based on existing Philips Records catalogue numbering with a 7 digit numerical code: 6360 (to denote Vertigo from other labels following a similar system) and then a 3 digit code specific to each release (although this featured some omissions, and other anomalies).
The VO5 number was never officially released although ‘Women And Children First’ by Ancient Grease was supposed to use this number but ended up being released on Mercury instead – 6338 033. The sleeve had a VO Price Code box on the rear giving a clue to its intended Vertigo release.
Click the sleeves below to go to each album’s page where you can see the gatefold sleeves in all their glory and also the various reissues on Vertigo Swirl and Spaceship labels where applicable.
These 1st releases were also the only ones to carry a reference to the Philips Records parent company. “A PHILIPS RECORD PRODUCT” appeared on the base of the labels below the word ‘VERTIGO’. This wording disappeared with the new catalogue numbering system of ‘6360 xxx’. There are reissues of many of the above without this PHILIPS RECORD credit.
Also worth noting; both Colosseum and Manfred Mann had the same “A PHILIPS RECORD PRODUCT” wording on first editions of the sleeves. This disappeared on reissues.