In the words of Jerry Lee as said in the final part (and the final words to be said) of the excellent 3-part BBC series "Rock 'N' Roll America" - "The glory days are over but the man is still here, and will continue to charge on, whole lotta shakin' goin' on!"
for you label minutae-first pressing types, the earliest tri press is with "VOCAL" in capitals on both sides. Later ones had the more usual "Vocal" & as shown here there are mule copies, some just the first batch.
Yes Tony P, I have 8886 on 78 by Ritchie Valens, 'Bluebirds over the Mountains', the label on this one is the same colours as the 45s ie definite silver and jet black. whereas the normal silver top 78 label is a sort of very very dark brown with a different shade of silver, almost shades of sepia, if you get my drift. The other difference is the old label is shiny, Ritchie's is matt like the 45s
I will check the number of the latest black and gold London 78 that I have.
I used to have a couple of the very last of the London 78's including Keeley Smith (8984). I remember that the label for these was very slightly different. Does anyone else remember this difference?
Early HL 8000 series 78's continued with the same black labels as the L500's and eventually changed to silver tops.
The silver tops then started as "London-American" rather than just London.
The design of the 45 label followed a similar pattern but the changes happened much later
I may get banished for mentioning this but I've just bought the 78 of this single (fabulous sound quality) and my question is, with a black and silver label quite like (but not the same as) the round centre 45 label pictured above, would my 78 be a later issue, and would there have been an earlier 78 release with a black label (like the tri centre version)? Perhaps one of our London label experts (Mr McKee?) might be able to assist?