Friday, 16 January 2015

A Second Secret Messages 7" Surprise!

"Secret Messages": 7" picture sleeves for the UK and Dutch markets
#832: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The advent of ELO's seminal LP "Secret Messages" (JETLX527) in the summer of 1983 (here in the UK) was marked by lead single "Rock 'n' Roll Is King" (A3500) and another less noticed happening as it saw the familiar 'JET' prefix dropped from the catalogue number in lieu of the then standard CBS Records (UK) 'A' prefix. But that was not the case, at least initially, in Europe with "Rock 'n' Roll Is King" assigned JET7034 and title track "Secret Messages" (UK: A3720) also assigned JET7038. Later singles "Four Little Diamonds" (UK: A3869) and "Stranger" (NL: A4070) were evidently not assigned the 'JET' prefix.
"Rock 'n' Roll Is King": A3500 and JET7034
However, quite by accident, I recently discovered a most unusual 'second' 7" issue of the UK edition of "Secret Messages". It was an almost a duplicate of the original A3720 single but was numbered A7038 (but without a 'JET' prefix) with a large hole centre. This 'jukebox' issue came in a picture sleeve citing JET7038 and was seemingly intended for the European market via Holland but the record itself was entirely "made in England". The run-out area (as with the earlier "Four Light Years" boxed set featured here) has '3720' scratched out with '7038' etched alongside (see below), confirming its UK source.
A7038 was once A3720
"Secret Messages": A3720 and A7038
Hence, you can (hopefully) see that the thrill is still there for KJS/ELOBF here in Yours Truly 2015 when collecting and searching out ELO and Jet Records vinyl. I really am an ELOnorak aren't I?

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 16-Jan-2015

1 comment:

  1. Also,the label went back to the 1977 "Jet" label,before it was corrected,for the "Out Of the Blue" Lp!