The co-producer Ed Welch seems to have had a long history at United Artists, and although I never met him at Mortimer House, he must have been either one of or the only in house UA producer in UK.
Pierre Tubbs also springs to mind, but he also did artwork, promotion et cetera.
Ed Welch compositions seem to be mostly handled by United Artists Music for publishing rights, and a long trail of those can be found by following the link above......Comment by Charlie Chalk:
New discovery today.
This issue on the “MANUFACTURED IN THE UK BY EMI RECORDS LIMITED” labels which date from 1980 at the earliest.
Now need to know if this A-3U issue was released on the short-lived “MANUFACTURED IN ENGLAND. A PRODUCT OF LIBERTY-UNITED ARTISTS (UK) LTD.” label stock.
Side A here was reissued in UK on UA as a value for money three track single in Feb 1979 on UP 36495, along with "It's Too Late" side A from UP 1128, and "She Chased Me" side B from UP 2223. Comment by Mikey Dread:
very hard to find on issue. This was a Northern dancer in the early 1980s but I saw this as one of the last unsold ones out of a big box in 1981 in a relative's junk shop! The Blue Beats & Green Onions went, but this was unwanted!
The only other plastic UA I can recall seeing is Paul Anka's 'You're Having My Baby'. There seem to be a fair number of those about, and there are pictures of one on this site - they look worse than these because they're in a shade of throwing-up-after-a-curry orange.Comment by telegramsam:
Thanks for adding those! I'd never seen a Plasticrap UA pressing before. It's every bit as awful as I expected it to be :-(
There can't have been very many of these ever pressed though. Thankfully. Comment by The Toad:
Scans of the injection moulded labels added. I thought I hadn't seen many of them around, which was why I picked this one up, battered though it is. It's a Phonodisc pressing. No picture sleeve, sadly.Comment by Mikey Dread:
Too late... He's dead, Jim! :-)Comment by YankeeDisc:
...sorry Mikey, of all members, I hate to out draw your good self.....Comment by Mikey Dread:
I'm like you Henry, I've never seen the PS for this release (demo or stock), but I would be very surprised if there wasn't one that has perhaps been squirreled away into someone's collection. Possibly as rare as this plasticrap issue at musicstack.com.
Bah, YankeeDisc, you're too quick on the draw. :-)Comment by YankeeDisc:
I would estimate around 500 sleeves printed for the single, and they would have been mailed out to the usual suspects, as part of the promo release.
The record made number two on the charts, so probably sold 500,000 copies, and a good deal were probably pressed, and then did not sell, so wound up in unsold boxes of 25 as you state.
To quote an example of another record that involved Alan Warner UP 35601 by Marilyn Monroe, that was available in a picture bag printed by Delga, and that never went near the charts.
I actually worked for United Artists at the time that was current, and it was a strong seller, I was always putting in quantities at HMV Oxford Street, but I never saw a picture bag for that release, and only found out about it when I joined this site four years ago, and brought it to attention.
I would wait and see, and a copy will turn up, just like the M. Monroe sleeve, kindly posted by sladesounds.Comment by Henry29:
I've seen loads of these over the years in charity and DJ boxes. Even demos one I have as well as a stock. I even once saw a box of 25 unopened and not one has ever had a picture sleeve. If someone has a UK picture sleeve it is going to be the rarest one I have ever seen.H.Comment by YankeeDisc:
...as stated elsewhere, this record came about because of Alan Warner at United Artists records, who specialised in digging out old tracks from UAs' extensive repertoire of back catalogue items.
He was responsible for compiling albums as well as singles, and was practically obsessive about his interest - no bad thing as it turned out.....
I am sure that a picture bag was issued for this UK release initially, it would certainly fit his profile, and the bag might have replicated the Yugoslavian issue of the 45.Someone out there has a copy, not me, I had moved from UA when this release charted.
Alan Warner has his own website, so if you're a "friend of Dorothy" or just dig music from 50+ years ago, take a whizz at the pages......
PS - there are pages and pages of goodies, including a picture of "short ass" Dick James, along with Brian "nice Jewish boy" Epstein and "Tall Paul", Sir George Martin, under the heading "Beatle managers...."
In my experience, from the data on this site, promo releases nearly always seem to be dated a week before the actual release; probably to give the airwaves time to drum up interest.Comment by RecordDragon:
What's the correct date for this single? Entry shows 12 Jul 1974, notes state 9 Aug, 1974 and the press sheet shows 2 August 1974.