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.
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:
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.