Surely, looking at the fonts, the US-pressed cat. nos. were LPB followed by 5 digits - the first of which was a zero - whereas all the others (including the French one), were LPBO followed by 4 digits...Comment by Felonious:
as originally posted by Groovemaster DJ in August 2011 Dodgey wickets here as this was the original and the only available pressing of RR in the UK at the time of release it's the pressing that made the sales that moved this up the charts.
I don't think you can call this strictly an export or even an import as they were made by RCA for RCA . I doubt if there was legally any import or export duty to be paid on their own company product, the 45's that I sold never had any MELOCICO import stamps to be fixed and were ordered as normal direct from RCA sales West Bromwich and at the usual cost price, RCA sales did most certainlt not treat this or any other AP or LP BO's as anything else but bulk standard normal UK sales.
Based on the given facts I don't think it's an import or a USA export, however, it was indeed made in the USA and none were made in the UK at that same time and they were shipped and supplied to their UK division so technically they were an export.
Just one of a very very very few USA only at the time of UK release pressings.
Titles that had additional and or later runs pressed in the USA to meet UK demands are a different kettle of fish.and there were quite a few that spring to mind.
I guess you pay's your money and you makes your choice. Sadly I don't think Sony-BMG will have this kind of info or answer in their RCA UK archive
Not sure about the USA Sony-BMG RCA-NBC-GEC positions
We've done this to death b4!
This is the bulk standard RCA-Victor USA pressing that was shipped and supplied to RCA in the UK for sole release here as a 45 and is the pressing that charted and notched up the sales.
RR was not available in a UK pressing form until quite sometime* after the US stocks had all been shipped and gone. This 45 came in a very striking and gay fluffy clouds die-cut sleeve.
Just as to why there were no UK commercial pressings of RR done in Jan 1974 onwards is obviously because CBS, EMI and Orlake were all totally booked with their own and other client's pressings, A check on Christmas and Jan's charts would give some indication as to what was selling and out
(Pye did not press for RCA so Barry White's The First The Last was not a cause).
I finally obtained my UK pressing of RR (Custom EMI) in 1979 from HMV Oxford St
RCA's matrix letters and numbers were a mixture we had APBO's John Denver Main Ingredient Bowie (Diamond Dogs) Wilson Pickett etc
LPBO 5021 Bowie's Rock & Roll Suicide (CBS pressing)
PB's that came after the from the day one 4 digit RCA's an XB
Followed by the 3 digit RCA's
Followed by the BMG euro numbers.
I have no idea what APBO and or LPBO stood for but I do not think it stood for or designated export or other territory pressings as Bowi'es RR is the only title that did not have original at release UK pressings all the other LPBOs and APBO's PB's RCA's all have been from release UK pressings be them CBS EMI Orlake or RCA-in house.
*years in my case. . the original comments can be found hereLPB05009
Hi VJ, just came back to this and moved this a while ago to the "David" Bowie NZ section. Not sure why i added it here originally? Early days in cataloguing I suppose 8-P
cheersComment by RecordDragon:
Do the regular UK/Europe pirssings shown here of "Rebel Rebel' contain the same remixed/single only version of the song like what was released in America?
A few of the comments on here mention the strange big hole centre of singles on RCA, I agree that these looked horrible. But it may have been to do with the vinyl shortage (Which had already been mentioned) I Thought they were terrible looking. (Even worst than the platicrap records)
but RCA always gets the bad comments, Because Polydor did the same thing . I was glad this didn't last coz i reallt rhought that was the way records were going after 1974. just like after the first time I saw a plasticrap record. I hated these with a passion
jimmyx - I've moved your cover image to LPBO 5009 - it is the French sleeve... I know we have French-for-UK press labels here but were they sold in the UK in just clear plastic sleeves as discussed (and scanned).