Release date from booklet 'The New Singles' No. 585.
Don't Throw It All Away is a version by the song's composer of one of the contenders to represent the UK at the 1975 Eurovision Song Contest, originally performed by The Shadows but was eventually placed 4th from 6 entries with 3059 postcard votes at the 'A Song For Europe' national selection show held on February 15th at the BBC TV Studios in London, hosted by Lulu and broadcast live on BBC1. The winning song, Let Me Be The One also by The Shadows ended with 17477 postcard votes, with the result being announced on February 22nd.
harbottle, small world and all that ... that's my ebay auction page you're quoting. The design here was taken from the original Dutch release picture sleeve of Gary Benson 'Don't throw it all away' but I added picture of Gary from another release and added the correct UK catalogue number to make an original UK sleeve. Got no idea who thought the "hands" pic was relevant but that was on the original Dutch sleeve as I said. The new sleeve I designed and produced looks very professional and unless taking a really close inspection to the manufacture inside the sleeve they could easily be mistaken for a long lost original sleeve but I advertise them just as they are, reprints issued for collectors who may prefer to have a picture sleeve (of something that didn't previously exist before) on their original single !
Beautiful song with a great catchy chorus.
I met Garry when I was DJing on a Radio Station and he came in to promote this. (Really nice all round guy)
Great shame the image is a phonogram IEP painted in vomit yellow, there were paper labels (as is mine) pressed and naturally leave this IEP in the bin. The single came in a standard generic State die cut sleeve (which was quite unusual for Polydor's licensed labels of that time that all came in cheap plain white die-cut sleeves and much bigger labels than State were: Buddah, Chelsea, MGM, Spring, Stax, to name but four yet these companies had generic sleeves stateside.
The sleeve attituded here in the UK was deemed not to be a status or promotion/selling point at all and thus didn't matter when it came to costings, which is why Picture Sleeves were so far and few between.
What it meant in real terms for the UK buying public we were over and over and over again short changed for our money be comparrision to USA sleeves and the Pan-Euro picture sleeves.
This is a great tear-jerker to have in your collection and worthy too!