Thursday, 28 November 2019

UP36264: Telephone Line Twist

#1,500: Every so often, record collectors of all genres come across vinyl oddities and the same is true when it comes to ELO and related artistes. Regular visitors to elobeatlesforever (elobf) down the years would have read various elobf articles on the subject of rare ELO singles and albums not forgetting the attempts by this writer to locate certain hard to find solid centre issues of "Showdown" (HAR5077), "Turn To Stone" (UP36313) and more latterly "Mr. Blue Sky" (UP36342).

Other than the withdrawn second ELO EP (ELO2), the phantom 1978 Jet/CBS reissue of "Turn To Stone" (SJET103) and even the ultra-rare original UK Jet/Polydor issue of "OlĂ© ELO" (JETLP19), the only remaining realistic record that I'm actively searching for these days is a solid centre copy of "Telephone Line" (UP36254). Hence you can imagine my surprise recently when Yours Truly KJS came across a quirky Irish solid centre copy of "Telephone Line" on the United Artists label (see above photos) - as was the case with "Livin' Thing" (UP36184/JET786), the lead single from "A New World Record" (UAG30017/JETLP20).
"Telephone Line" and its jumbled 'B' side has been the subject of not a few elobf articles down the years!
The funny thing about this particular 7" is that it has been allocated the catalogue number UP36264 (whether intentionally or not) whereas UP36254 is evident in the run-out groove. It's also noteworthy that the flip side features only "Poorboy (Greenwood)" - albeit without the "The" - but not "King Of The Universe", as was the case in the UK. Whilst I'm happy with this capture, the search for that elusive solid centre UP36254 will go on. Please let me know if you see one!

Related KJS/ELOBF articles
King of the Greenwood Revisited 
King of the Greenwood 

Turn To Stone: Solid Centre Success! 

HAR5077: Solid Centre Showdown 

*** Until next "Time" in the ELOBF Universe ... KJS ... 28-Nov-2019 ***

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