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Posted: 01 Jan 09, 11:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hi all,   with the closure of woolworths here in the UK it got me thinking about past memories, of how when I was a kid I used to go & buy all my 7" singles from woolworths. including all my queen 7".  I even managed to get both Picture covers of "Hammer To Fall"  Good old woollies :)
    Now on the day of release of Under Pressure, off I went to woolies & bought the single in picture cover. a couple of weeks later I was in woolies again & noticed that they had the single again (a later batch I presume) with a slightly different picture cover. So I bought it again.
    Now this is where my memory starts to fade, (I put it down to age, as now that I am in my forties) Can anyone be able to tell me which cover was the first release?


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Posted: 01 Jan 09, 11:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hi there, you're not mixing it up with It's A Hard Life with Rogers face altered in the second issue?

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Posted: 01 Jan 09, 12:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote




Hi Darren, no it is Under Pressure, the difference is only slight, it's just a matter of the white lettering on black background saying  "Under Pressure" directly under "Queen & David Bowie" & the other version not being.


Here's a quick photo I have just taken on my phone of both versions:-
http://rapidshare.com/files/178770402/Under_Pressure.jpg.html



Everything else with the singles are identicle,  including the back cover with Lyrics & Cat # EMI 5250 & the records inside are a perfect match. As I have said, it's just the front Covers.

Can anyone remember, which version was the first?







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Posted: 01 Jan 09, 13:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

My apologies i didn't know there were two versions.Try John Stuart he might have an idea.

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Posted: 01 Jan 09, 13:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I am not sure, but the matrix numbers might give a clue?

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Posted: 01 Jan 09, 13:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hi Walter,  Unfortunatly back in the old days, there wasn't any "Bar Codes" printed on the sleeves.

I have just PM John S Stuart to see if he knows.

What I should have done waaaaay back in 1981 was take note. Doh!!!!  I have just plain forgotten.  (I have a feeling that the first version was the one with under pressure, directly under Q&DB, But I am honestly not sure?)


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Posted: 01 Jan 09, 14:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hi A Word in your Ear,

No, no, a matrix number is not the same as a barcode!

A matrix number is an alphanumeric code stamped or hand written (or a combination of the two) into the run-off groove of the record. In other words: a series of numbers near the lable of the single.

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Posted: 01 Jan 09, 14:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



 



 



 



Walter B. wrote:



 



Hi A Word in your Ear,

No, no, a matrix number is not the same as a barcode!

A matrix number is an alphanumeric code stamped or hand written (or a combination of the two) into the run-off groove of the record. In other words: a series of numbers near the lable of the single.



 




Thanks Walter, I'll go have a look :)


single with "Under Pressure" in the middle of sleeve 
Side A Says :- EMI 5250 A - 2
Side B Says :- EMI 5250 B - 1

Single with "Under Pressure" directly under Q&DB
Side A Says :- EMI 5250 A - 1
Side B Says :- EMI 5250 B - 3


Please note that as I have had these singles since 1981 & I was in my early teens, so it is quite possible that the records have got swapped over in their sleeves, so if anyone knows on the sleeves alone, please do tell :)


Thanks.



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Posted: 01 Jan 09, 15:22 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Thanks A Word in your Ear. I am afraid the matrix numbers do not answer your question. Sorry...

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Posted: 01 Jan 09, 20:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

No worries Walter, thanks anyway, maybe someone else knows?


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Posted: 02 Jan 09, 02:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Good old Woolies.
I brought Cosmos Rocks from there in Sept....
In years gone by, from what I can remember I have had Live Killers double vinyl from there, Greatest Flix 1 on VHS, AKOM on CD, The Miracle t-shirt, At the Beeb Vinyl and a few CD singles. I just feel sorry for the people that have worked there. Our local Woolies is totally empty. I even had all my Star Wars men from there in the early 80s.


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Posted: 02 Jan 09, 05:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I assume both your singles are Electra pressings?
Do they have the same label?




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Posted: 02 Jan 09, 05:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

This is new for me as well! The second version looks like the US version, but then again also not. As the US version is having the title even a bit lower than this UK one.



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Posted: 02 Jan 09, 07:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

These two Under Pressure singles were released in the UK by EMI and are not a US version. The first title sleeve to be released was the one with the title directly under the Q + DB name. The second version had the title further down the sleeve.

A similar thing happened with the next single Body Language here in the UK.

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Posted: 02 Jan 09, 07:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



GT wrote:

These two Under Pressure singles were released in the UK by EMI and are not a US version. The first title sleeve to be released was the one with the title directly under the Q + DB name. The second version had the title further down the sleeve.



Thanks GT, Thats what I thought about the first & Second versions to be released.  But as I have said, many years have past since then & I was not sure. Thanks again.







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Posted: 02 Jan 09, 08:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

So, no Elektra?


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Posted: 02 Jan 09, 11:08 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



Jjeroen wrote:

So, no Elektra?


Both versions are EMI & are UK releases.







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Posted: 02 Jan 09, 11:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



Jjeroen wrote:

I assume both your singles are Electra pressings?
Do they have the same label?





Why would Woolies sell the Elektra presings?





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Posted: 02 Jan 09, 11:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



GT wrote:

These two Under Pressure singles were released in the UK by EMI and are not a US version. The first title sleeve to be released was the one with the title directly under the Q + DB name. The second version had the title further down the sleeve.

A similar thing happened with the next single Body Language here in the UK.
Thanks Gary. Do you know when the 'second version' was released? Was it days or weeks after the 'first' release?

Could you please elaborate on the Body Language sleeve? Thanks.








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Posted: 02 Jan 09, 12:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Never seen that variation before on Under Pressure.  Didn't know there was a UK Body Language one either.  If anyone who has them is bored, maybe you could scan them for Queenpedia? ;-)