Contains all UK albums and 7″ vinyl by Deep Purple from 1968 until 1982 on the Parlophone, Harvest and Purple Records labels. Essential reading for Deep Purple collectors!
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…!
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 new section has now been added to Track Record for various singles featuring Jimi Hendrix Experience and The Who initially, with lots more to follow. There have also been updates and additions to Purple Records (Silverhead), Harvest (The Pretty Things), Charisma pink scroll (Audience) and several additions to CBS orange featuring Chicago, Paul Revere and The Raiders (great 60’s psych!), Simon & Garfunkel’s best tune (The Boxer) and a fabulous tune from The Gun: ‘Race With The Devil’ which was nicely covered by Girlschool in 1980.
I’ve added a whole new section on Harvest singles, featuring the text “THE GRAMOPHONE CO. LTD” around the label rim, to tie in with the albums section. There’s a whole lot of weird and wonderful along with the standard examples you’d expect such as Deep Purple, Edgar Broughton Band, Wizzard, ELO and Roy Wood.
There are just over 70 singles released up to and including Wizzard’s “Angel Fingers” (HAR 5076) in July 1973 before the wording changed on the labels to “EMI RECORDS LTD”. There’s a few more to add yet to the list, but here’s a broad selection to browse through for now!