18th Jun 2011
| ||When I bought this single in 1973, it was a Dutch issue. The label was the same shade of orange as the one shown here with the solid centre, but the centre of mine was the four-pronged type. When I bought the next MTH single (Roll Away The Stone) it was a UK pressing, and it had a solid centre but the label was the duller shade like the 4-pronged issue of All The Way From Memphis shown here.|
Another difference I remember about the Dutch import was that it did not have that raised edge around the label. The catalogue number was identical to the UK issue. In fact, I'd had it for quite a few months before I even noticed "made in Holland" on it. I'm sorry I won't be able to scan it, because I no longer have the single in my collection. I bought the Mott album in 1974, and both sides of this single are on it (All The Way From Memphis being longer than the single version), and after that I no longer needed the single, so I traded it in for something else. That's what I often used to do; buy the singles first, on different occasions, and when I could afford the LP, I'd keep only the singles containing non-LP tracks. When both sides were on the LP, I'd sell the singles and get something else that I hadn't bought when it was first released. There was so much good stuff around at that time that I couldn't afford to buy everything, but Mott The Hoople were one of my top bands during my school days, so I always made sure I got their records ASAP.
Another thing about this record that really baffles me: why do some people refer to it as All The Way To Memphis? For one thing, it's news to me that "f.r.o.m." spells "to". For another thing, it conveys the absolute opposite meaning to the song title itself (think of two trains, one coming all the way from Memphis and the other going all the way to Memphis). I even saw a copy in a second-hand record shop with this obviously incorrect title scrawled on the cover in black felt-pen ink. And someone once asked me "who sang All The Way To Memphis, was it Mott The Hoople?". I replied, "no, Mott The Hoople never did a song with that title. In fact, I don't know of such a song".