There are, altogether, four different issues of this. They are:
1 - (3-100). Red and white swirl label with torch logo. Credited to 'The Show Stoppers'. Bruce Charles production credit. Issued 1968.
2 - (3-100). Yellow label. Small torch logo in circle. Credited to 'The Show Stoppers'. Bruce Charles production credit. Issued 1968
3 - (BEA 100). Green label - completely different design. Credited to 'The Show Stoppers'. Bruce Charles & Milton Samuel production credit. Issued 1971.
4 - (BEA 100). Orange label - again, a different design to any of the above. Credited to 'Showstoppers'. Bruce Charles production credit and Irving Weinroth executive producer credit. Issued 1972.
@Reginald Fodstain Is your copy one of the Red and White "swirly" copies? If so it probably actually has "MASTERING BY FRANKFORD/WAYNE PHILA" stamped in the dead wax (mine certainly does), though the "PHILA" bit is only really prominent on the "B" side. Also my copy has STR-101A (For "Houseparty") and STR-101B (For "What Can A Man Do") stamped into the dead wax, these being the catalogue number of the U.S. release on ShowTime Records 101. This suggests to me that the U.K. pressings used the same original master as the U.S. one.
Excellent record. My Mum had the yellow one - never seen the red and white version before. I do remember this one spinning on the turntable and being transfixed by that circled flame... had an oddly hypnotic effect!
A must have floor filler everything poured into those 3 mins. I too have both label copies and I too did not know which was first until I came on here and it appears to be the yellow one based on the earlier release being a yellow Beacon too and the add of Harlesden as the local on the red labels.
(The company's address In Harlesden became part of Trojan family (before Saga the Holiday Company for over 50's took over, yes Saga), then Cactus/Creoletook up residence then it becaume the home to Champion and then followed by Cheeky.)
Great shame the track is so mono.(no budget and such a small US label) Defo one for the boys to put right
Following the success of Houseparty UK MGM picked up the follow up
regarding catalogging, im doing it the easy way by listing my singles here via 'collection' and then downloading them to an excel/ database set so far so good, with the added bonus that I can transfer my wants list info to my blackberry, which is very handy for going round the bootsales.
I'm making an effort to get all the UK hit singles listed in the Guinness book and some of them unfortunately hit less than 40th so apologies for that. There's about 2900 listed from 1960 to 1969 of which I've got about 2100 so still loads to go.. but good fun anyway. 'm planning on doing that before I hit 65-- 8 more years to go so 100 each year hopefully.
Yeah, I was thinking maybe "The Last Time" by The Who (seen that go for £100 recently) or even "Beggin'" which got to No38 but is heading up to be a £100 single in mint Nick. Really MINT "Love Me Do"'s would be a few hundred of course.
I think on book value My Bonnie by the Beatles is close, However there are several whose value might exceed that if auctioned:- Shaye Cogan, The England Sisters, The Creation are getting close, The Who, The in-Crowd, Eddie Cochran, Hal Paige and the Wailers, Jimmy Radcliffe are just some of the candidates.
You're not wrong, fabgear66, Brian Matthew hosts a great show (nearly) every Saturday 0805-1000hrs, and it can be heard for seven days after broadcast on BBC I-Player, from anywhere in the UK.
Brian Matthew has been around forever, and I remember him when I was a young teenager, listening to Easy Beat and Saturday Club on the radio, BBC Light Programme, in the 1960's where The Beatles were often 'live' performers.
Often during the current 'SOTS' 1960's programme, he refers to Philip or Phil Swern, where information is required about rare records or performers.
Phil Swern was the owner of one of the World's largest private record collections, and has now sold it, see details of acquisition by Broadchart.
Now, if we could only persuade Mr. Swern to join 45cat.com............??