“The Book Of Taliesyn” 1969
Laminated gatefold sleeve, date code 6905 (May, 1969) and printer’s credit on rear sleeve:
“Printed and made by Ernest J. Day & Co. Ltd. London, W.1.”
Sleeves appear to be identical on 1st pressings and later reissues on Harvest.
Note that although the album was originally recorded in 1968 (and released on Tetragrammaton Records in December 1968 in USA) it was not released in UK until July 1969 and was the first release on the newly formed Harvest label by EMI. Interestingly, Glover and Gillan had just joined Deep Purple before the album was finally released in the UK. A hastily recorded ‘Hallelujah’ single with the new line up was released to coincide with the ‘new’ album (almost 8 months old in actuality).
Uk 1st and 2nd pressing information must include the following –
“SOLD IN U.K. SUBJECT TO RESALE PRICE CONDITIONS, SEE PRICE LISTS”
“THE GRAMOPHONE CO. LTD” around rim of label
No EMI box logo on label
“MADE IN GT. BRITAIN” at bottom of label
It is my belief that the version with the ‘SOLD IN UK’ wording in 5 lines (above right) is a transitional label design/pressing in between 1st press (with 4 lines) above left and the 3rd press (below). My argument is that the word ‘STEREO’ on the 4 line version (1st press) is on the left of the label, below the band name. This is consistent on the first 7 Harvest labels. On the 5 line version (2nd press), ‘STEREO’ has moved to the right of the label (above the catalogue number). This is consistent with the 3rd press positioning below.
UK 1st pressing (with label as above)
S H V L 7 5 1 A – 1G (M at 3 o’clock in deadwax, 1 at 9 o’clock)
S H V L 7 5 7 B – 1G (M at 3 o’clock in deadwax, 1 at 9 o’clock)
UK 3rd PRESSING BELOW:
S H V L 7 5 1 A – 1G (GG at 3 o’clock in deadwax, 2 at 9 o’clock)
S H V L 7 5 7 B – 1G (GP at 3 o’clock in deadwax, 1 at 9 o’clock)
Harvest advertising inner sleeve
UK 4th PRESSING BELOW:
Note the EMI box logo that has now appeared above ‘HARVEST’. This 4th UK pressing (still with The Gramophone Co. Ltd text) will be from mid-1971. Also note the spacing on the track listing text; 1st and 2nd press is spread across 8 lines, 3rd press is now on 7 lines.
UK 5th PRESSING BELOW:
(Apologies for the poor, low quality image, I’ll update it soon!)
Notes on the 5th pressing:
‘THE GRAMOPHONE CO. LTD’ has now been replaced by ‘EMI RECORDS LTD’ around the top edge of the label.
‘MADE IN GT. BRITAIN’ has moved from the bottom centre of the label and been added to the copyright wording around the bottom edge of the label.
This label design was introduced in 1974, so this pressing is from that point in time onwards.