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Reel Around the Fountain. You've Got Everything Now. Miserable Lie. Pretty Girls Make Graves. The Hand That Rocks the Cradle. Still Ill. Hand in Glove. What Difference Does It Make? I Don't Owe You Anything. Suffer Little Children. The Dutch got round this by pressing one-sided white label copies of the single and including them in initial LP pressings. She complained, and it was quickly withdrawn.
More German coloured vinyl, this time in an attractive green. Heavily imported into the UK at the time, but still highly desirable all these years later. Unsure if you have a first pressing? Look for a solid centre, Capitol logos, no anti-slip serrations around the label edge, and a Manchester address on the rear of the sleeve. If you can tick all four, bingo! Of all the many different issues of this single around the world, the most coveted is the orangesleeved edition released in Australia.
Japanese vinyl pressings are in demand from collectors of all bands, due to the high quality of their manufacture, and the pressing of This Charming Man released a year after the UK is no exception. When the single was reissued in the 80s, The Smiths was on the front.
Sales were minimal, making this tough to find. This was unknown to the previous Top listing but is an absolute joy to own. Some copies were misprinted with the wrong colour schemes, resulting in bizarre colour tints for many of the covers featured on the inner.
The backing colour was magenta instead of yellow and the photo of Pat Phoenix was a pale green instead of lilac. Accidentally or on purpose, a few hundred copies were pressed with the previous choice on the A-side.
Look out for a printed plastic carrier bag that came free with initial mispressed and standard versions. It was one of only four approved The Smiths sleeves with Morrissey on the front. Also on CD, but the vinyl edition is the rare one. When this single was released in the Netherlands in it was available in two slightly different versions. Both use the original William It Was Really Nothing artwork but changed from green to a pretty lilac colour.
Due to the thin paper that these sleeves are printed on, both versions are very hard to find in Mint condition. A firm favourite among The Smiths collectors on account of the unique blue sleeve, combined with black vinyl in place of the LP common coloured wax see entry No This title was never released as a single in the UD. Manufactured to promote Meat Is Murder, one variant of this single contains both the LP version and an edit of the song. The other contains just the album version.
Both are housed within the same iconic sleeve, and apparently limited to copies each. Initial pressings of this Japanese album included a red flexi-disc featuring an interview with the band, together with the obligatory obi. Note, you can tell a first pressing by the small white roundel on the obi, which states the presence of the flexi disc.
As soon as the flexi was dropped, the obi changed. Only available by mailorder from French magazine Les Inrockuptibles and limited to 2, copies, this CD EP contains seven rare and unusual tracks, and comes in a suitably-styled sleeve.
It contains both the A-side and B-side. The tape also featured tracks from two other bands that Rough Trade were promoting at the time, Zerra 1 and Influence. This promo cassette first appeared in our Digging For Gold section several years ago, and features an early, different track-listing to the final album, as well as two unreleased out-takes. The alternative How Soon Is Now? For Bigmouth Strikes Again, the rare version has the text on the front in blue rather than the standard grey as expected.
In addition, the labels are silver. This Dutch test pressing is a good example. Of all the many strange and wonderful The Smiths records released around the world, this one takes the biscuit. Some test pressings of this album come with a misprinted sleeve with no image on the front cover. Only three copies have ever appeared on the market. This green label test press is significantly more. The image was first used for the promotional posters for the The Queen Is Dead tour in a green tint, recycled in blue for this release.
The rear of the sleeve is available The Smiths - The Smiths (Vinyl two slightly different designs. It does, but in minuscule numbers. Another case of two sleeves for one single from Dutch Megadisc. This record and sleeve combo has been re-pressed officially three times in recent years, Album) collectors hanker for the original. There are a few exceptions, including this one with Mayking labels.
A handful would have been made. Another test pressing of The Queen Is Dead has plain white labels but is wrapped in a folded proof sleeve. So a new pressing plate was required for the B-side, resulting in this very rare one-sided blue label test pressing.
This version has a test tone on the B-side. One of the all-time classic The Smiths rarities. The wrong tapes, which included an out-take of How Soon Is Now? When it comes to non-UK test pressings, most are exactly that — a handful run off in the factory to check the quality of the press, and frequently discarded afterwards.
As a result, they are very scarce. In particular, The Smiths - The Smiths (Vinyl out for test pressings from Sweden and France, as well as Germany, where this beauty is from. Pressed on black vinyl when it was only commercially available in three coloured versions. Two versions of this specimen exist, one with Mayking labels and the other with blank pink labels. This rare set of ttest pressings features the long version of the song on one disc and the edit on the other.
This was caused by ink failure similar to the green text on the front of Strangeways Here We Come and have only a novelty value. An essential item for any serious The Smiths collection. This release is frequently paired with press material. Manufactured by K-Disc Mastering on Sunset Boulevard, this set of two onesided acetates has custom labels and a custom white sleeve.
Only a couple would ever have been manufactured, for use at the offices of Sire. He rejected it, suggesting the band re-record the song, which they did in a studio near Manchester. This version was their first hit. The original rejected pressings are incredibly rare. Only two have turned up. Manufactured in Decemberthis CBS Mastering Studios acetate would have been for internal use only, with this copy coming from the estate of the late Scott Piering, legendary plugger.
There are two pressings: one has a type-stamped matrix number, the other a hand-etched matrix. The pressing plates for the latter went on to be used for the infamous mispressing see entry No The stock copy of this was featured earlier entry No 83 and copies turn up from time to time.
This test press version is far more scarce. Following the critical success of debut 45 Hand In Glove, thoughts turned to a followup, and the strongest song that the band had at the time was Reel Around The Fountain. The very first pressing of the first The Smiths record. Straight after it was recorded, Album), an estimated 10 test pressings were handed out to band members and key label staff. One belonging to Richard Boon from Rough Trade Distribution was sold in on eBay, and another was sold privately in Original pressings differ from re-pressings by virtue of the rings around the centre hole, and come in plain white sleeves.
Still at No 1, and deservedly so, is the legendary negative sleeve for the re-pressing of Hand In Glove.
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