SSK 89400 – Led Zeppelin

“Physical Graffiti” – 1975


Sleeve notes:

Intricate die cut outer sleeve with Swan Song office address in London on the rear. Note the spine below which should have red text for a first issue sleeve.

Inner sleeves have catalogue number followed by A and B on one side of each sleeve respectively. Printed and made by Gothic Print Finishers Ltd (credit on track listing insert)

10 comments on “SSK 89400 – Led Zeppelin

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  2. Would really like more information on this album, there are a lot of conflicting details as to label design with and without the WEA logo, have seen one with a mixture of two labels with and two without the logo. What exactly is the first issue?

    • Excellent question! Ok, here goes…
      Warner Bros. Records was created in 1958.
      Warner Bros. purchased Reprise Records in 1963.
      Warner Bros. was sold to Seven Arts Productions in 1967 and Seven Arts also purchased Atlantic and Atco Records (subsidiary of Atlantic).
      Warner Bros.-Seven Arts company was sold to Kinney National Company in 1969…so Kinney now owned Warner Bros, Atlantic, Atco, Reprise.
      Elektra label was acquired in 1970.
      In 1972 the company was renamed WEA Corp. after the three major labels, Warner Bros. Elektra and Atlantic.
      Swan Song was created in 1974 and Atlantic (WEA Corp as the legal entity) was given the production and distribution rights by messrs Grant, Page et al.

      Now, that’s the facts over and done with! Here’s the conjecture…the ‘W’ logo doesn’t begin to appear on Atlantic labels until ‘around’ 1975. The very first LP issue on Swan Song was The Pretty Things ‘Silk Torpedo’ LP in 1974 – no ‘W’ logo as you’d reasonably expect. Then came “Physical Graffiti’ in February 1975…no ‘W’ logo on the first pressings (in my opinion). Then came The Pretty Things again with ‘Savage Eye’ in 1975 (don’t know of the month) but again no ‘W’ logo. Next up is Led Zeppelin with ‘Presence’ in March 1976 and this DOES have a ‘W’ logo, as do all subsequent Swan Song labels after this. So I would propose that a ‘Physical Graffiti’ label with a W logo is a reissue from 1976 onwards. Controversially, if you have a copy with both non ‘W’ labels and ‘W’ labels, I would suggest that the printer was using up old stock of pre-printed ‘blank’ Swan Song labels that were from 1975 (so non-‘W’ version) along with 1976 ‘W’ labels. The artist and track listing information would then be a single-colour black overprint onto these labels.

      Without seeing your labels to compare them, the only other thing I would point out is that the label typography changed in 1979 – look at early releases and compare the “Made in UK” on early releases with “Manufactured in the UK” on 1979 issues as another clue, along with the lettering style.

      That’s my opinion anyway! Hope it helps.

      • thank you for your fast reply. To me the label design if almost the same except the text around the bottom which ends with the w logo is slightly different as you would expect. So I think you hit the nail on the head. It also has the same matrix details of an early pressing and with the sleeve and inners of an early press [red text on spine and thick inners].

  3. I received Physical Grafitti as a gift 10th March 1975. Not sure when it was purchased, but as it came out 24th Feb it must have been soon after release. The labels do not show W logo, it is A1/B5/C1/D5. The spine is now only half red lettering, some of it is now orange (faded red). Hope this helps

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