I have just checked my copy and noticed that my labels do not have any red text on either side - just black and white. The sleeve is top opening and the run out etchings are just "LIB A" and "LIB B". Is it bad news?
VJ: thanks for the tip-off; the collectabilty of this (and a number of other CDs) does cross my mind from time to time. You see, virtually all of my CDs (about 200, mainly singles) 'disappeared' after a break-in some years ago...thankfully the vinyl went untouched (not as portable for a quick getaway!). I never really embraced CD anyway, but still a bit of a blow. My USB vinyl turntable (a 40th birthday present from my wonderful siblings) has been a godsend!
Ha ha ha! Thanks Billy; I could feel myself growing older even as I read your post (I was a Pistols, Jam and Stranglers fan in '77 - but I still only turned 10 that year!). I dunno - it's not the old "hearditallbefore" argument you allude to (I loved The Hives, and my own fave 21st century debut is The Strokes' "The Modern Age": neither of those bands were exactly dripping with originality); I think it's just that my expectations were raised too high by NME hyperbole (though having said that the only previous time I'd invested in an unheard band purely on their recommendation - Kenickie - they were spot on).
Ah, PJ - what's not to like about this ? Three short minutes of knocked out punk buskability, humourously messed up lyrics about an unhumourously messed up life, a big speed fuelled sing along chorus that's liberally laced with gratuitous swearing thus guaranteeing a ban from daytime radio play - I'm sure there are apologies due (as there always have to be) from anyone who was too-young-to-remember-it-first-time-round, but it can get pretty boring listening to yr Grandad wittering on for the umpteenth time about theclaaashandtheseeexpistolsmanandbuzzcocksandit-all-sounds-the-same-only-not-as-good-no-one-does-it "like that" anymore, and every now and again you just want to jump up, shove a sock in his mouth, and shout "SHUT IT ! ENOUGH ! I WANNA GO !"
The Libertines did do it "like that", and a new generation quite rightly loved it. I must stop drinking coffee in the mornings.