Monday, 12 December 2011

Thin Lizzy: shades of a green label

Can anyone state definitively which of these is the first UK pressing? The matrix numbers are identical, and the only difference between the sleeves is that the one that came with the bright green label has a wider spine. Thanks.

4 comments:

  1. What you have here, if the matrices numeral before the last letter is 1, are two copies of the first pressing, one (green) labelled for export.

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  2. Export to where? And what if the matrices' numeral before the last letter is not 1? Thanks.

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  3. Export from the UK to the markets that did not have their own Decca pressing plants. USA, Canada and Japan where covered by London Records. Decca Ireland had its own pressing plant but would, I believe, have pressed discs with the blue and silver Decca label.
    The numeral before the last letter is the running number of the master cut on a lathe machine from the master tape. 1 being a first pressing, higher numbers being sequentially later pressings.

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  4. Green label is the first press
    http://www.thinlizzyguide.com/discography_info/releases/Albums/shades_of_the_blue_orphanage.htm

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