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!)
Great piece by Christopher Budd in the latest ‘Shindig!’ magazine (Issue 68) about the Juicy Lucy/Zelda Plum photoshoot and resulting ‘controversial’ sleeve artwork. The whole magazine is an excellent read for rare record collectors and is highly recommended.
All books are now available on Amazon, slightly cheaper than Lulu! (Amazon’s printing costs are slightly lower so I can pass on this saving to purchasers).Books are available in hard copy, full colour throughout, very nicely printed! Also available in PDF format (same design and all the pictures as the hard copy versions) – you just download to your PC!
Here’s a large double page spread poster that advertised 6 dates in November 1971, to tour the “Master Of Reality” album in the UK. Unfortunately, Bill Ward was suffering from “physical and mental exhaustion following the band’s recent US tour”, and Tony Iommi was “confined to bed with ‘flu, under doctors’ orders”.
All the dates (including an earlier one on Tuesday 16th November at Southampton Guildhall) were cancelled and rearranged (with additional ones) for January and February 1972.
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…
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!
…just when you thought there couldn’t be any more label variations, or perhaps you thought your Vertigo swirl collection was complete…a new label variant has been spotted. This time it’s (ex-Deep Purple) Nick Simper’s band, Warhorse, and their second album on Vertigo, “Red Sea”.
If you look closely you can see that the track listing details differ in their layout, one version has more lines of type (with some track timings running onto a new line) whilst the second version has tidied this up and managed to get things onto the same line as the song title.
It is my assumption that the version on the left (with more line breaks on the track listing) would be the 1st issue and the tidied up version (on the right) would be a second issue. I can’t see that the ‘clumsier’ typesetting of the left hand version would have been a reissue or 2nd pressing…
featuring Beggar’s Opera, Tudor Lodge and Jackson Heights. All with the outline red ‘A’ on the A side. Notice how the Tudor Lodge single has a date stamp, whilst the other demos have no information about intended release dates (unlike Harvest demos for example, which usually announce the release date on the labels). Click the images to go to each single’s specific page: