…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:
featuring Ian Matthews singles and Bob Downes. Click the labels below to see each page:
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.
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:
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.
a few updates to the Vertigo Swirl singles section with some rare demos added:
click the labels to go to that record’s page.