I guess i am a record collector but actually i tend to see myself somehow outside the norm: I am not searching for eg. completing a collection, i do not go to record fairs and i do not sell records (and rarely swap). But i do love to buy records (and that in my head is still vinyl) and most of my records i buy from bands after shows nowadays in contrast to records shops like Michelle, Konneckschen resp. Unterm Durchschnitt and Drugstore in the past.
I do know that i have some records considered rare, most by virtue of early enough birth, as i started buying records when i was 12 (my first ones where the blue and red Beatles Double-LPs) and never stopped. Only when i got myself into punk fucking rock in 1979 i swapped out all of the rock records (some i regret by now).
Nevertheless, every once in a while i get surprised. This time round a discussion on the Internet (damn internet, never forgets) zoomed in on „40 years of Never Mind The Bollocks“ and on how rare the first 1.000 pressed in the UK are (11 songs only, no song listing on the back cover etc). So out of curiosity i went to my lovely record rack and checked my version.
And got surprised. Big time. I have one of the first 1.000 and i have one in a rare A1/B3 pressing (that is marking on the run-out matrix). Wow – how the hell got that over to Hamburg? I bought it in 1979 in a local chain store called Membran and back then just did not bother (though some friends later noted that it misses one song and the back cover did not have any track listing).
The Internet (damn internet, never forgets) tells me:
What to know about the Blank Back Version? Even a simple event like the official release date is not simple with Never Mind The Bollocks: Officially scheduled as the 4th November '77, Virgin Records needed to advance the release by one week, to 28th October '77, because an unexpected French Barclay pressing softly flooded the UK market without warning in the middle of October. Between the end of August '77 & September '77, members of the Sex Pistols could not decide if the record was going to be released with or without 'Submission'. To speed up the band Richard Branson decided to press an 11 track version without 'Submission', and non-featuring - on purpose - a back cover without any titles. 1000 copies were pressed but the band changed their mind and finally decided to include the song on the record. Rather than send the whole batch to the bin, Branson decided to recycle the copies exclusively on the promotional circuit, but the Barclay release caused him to change his masterplan again and Virgin Records sent most of the copies to France in order to counter attack Barclay on its own playground, although some copies were also sold in the UK, Sweden and USA, and possibly others countries as a single album without any single or poster bonus. ©2000 - 2012 Phil Singleton / www.sex-pistols.net
And here is my beauty thus, for €1.978 it could be yours if you are daft enough to send that amount of cash over.
And it does look like this on the inside:
And the little secret is hidden here:
And some useless collectors data points:
See – it’s a special beauty but it ain’t one of me loveliest records!