As someone who was in retail and wholesale of tapes during the 1970s, I remember the awful coloured plastic used by Precision Tapes Ltd., an army green............
Examples of an 8-track cartridge HERE and also HERE on the Spark Label, issued 1971, Catalogue number: Y8S 105.
A link to a 1973 cassette by Precision from a Pye International release ZCPT 1002 HERE.
All of Elton John's cassettes/8-tracks on DJM Records were available, manufactured by Precision, and they also duplicated tapes for WEA as well as other record companies.
To my knowledge most Precision Tapes catalogue numbers started with a Z or Y prefix, but don't get me started, I really don't care.
wbidl: thanks - some of those details i didn't know. yes, atv/pye records didn't distribute their own cassette versions of their lps, leaving that to precision even when they did distribute their own (& group) lps, eps & singles.
The 'PRT' name, I.I.N.M., was also descended from Precision Tapes, founded in 1969 as part of the short-lived partnership between Pye and U.S.-based GRT (General Recorded Tape) Corporation from which the U.S. Janus label had also been started. Precision was set up originally as a tape-duplication facility (such as 8-tracks and cassettes - probably also reel-to-reel, though I can't say for sure) in Britain (and apparently had evolved into the distribution arm whose name became that of the label post-1980). When the GRT / Pye partnership ended in early 1971, GRT gained 100% control of Janus - and Pye ended up keeping Precision.
david m. mckee: which was already the name of the erstwhile atv-owned pye records' distribution arm, and had been for quite some time (iirc). strangely, the already-closed-by-then, rather unsuccessful subsidiary label, piccadilly, got revived by a later owner - albeit only briefly. (weird and wonderful are the ways of major music conglomerates, and it is unwise to attempt to discern sense or logic in them...)
The Original version of this had a Picture Sleeve with a lady sitting with a Accordian on her knee Anyone got this one. Must have been spanish Original version bought over there at the time. A good 2 months before this came around.
Scans of French-pressed injection moulded single added. I'm not gone on either of these tracks - it sounds as though the 'A' and 'B' sides were done by completely different bands, by the way - but I bought the album in a charity shop and actually enjoyed bits of it.