"I Only Want My Love" was the first single under the Strawbs new record deal with Oyster Records, and the new radio-friendly Cousins/Cronk writing team had produced what seemed to be a real winner. The single got great airplay, was a Radio 1 record of the week, but failed to achieve the chart placing it deserved, owing to some undisclosed skullduggery and/or cock-up along the way. To make up for that, the single seems to have been released in more countries than any other 45 since "Part Of The Union". It even got a CD release when Airac in Japan were licensed by Witchwood Media to release 8 Strawbs/Dave Cousins CDs in facsimile card sleeves, and they added it as a 1-track bonus CD in the boxed set.
UK promo release
Whereas A&M always had paper labels, Polydor's standard in the UK was the moulded "self-labelling" single. The promo version of the single had a little Oyster sticker over the middle black section. Also seen a copy with a nice white Oyster sleeve.
US promo release
The US promo release had stereo and mono versions of the A-side.
This was fully released in the US, with the same B-side as elsewhere. There seem to have been three variants of the release
Variant 3 (*)
Canadian promo release
This was a promo release in Canada - anyone got one?
This was fully released in Canada. The label states that it was manufactured and distributed by Polydor in Canada - but it also says "made in USA".
Irish release (*)
Listed on Discogs.
This familiar promo photo appears on both sides of this sleeve
A sixties style "psychedelic" lettering style features on this French release.
The German picture sleeve features this design on both sides.
Promotional copies seem to be stamped.
First known Strawbs release in Belgium (as far as I can tell, not even "Lay Down" or "Part Of The Union" were released there. The same design as for the German sleeve on the front, ads for various albums on the back.
New Zealand release
Polydor also picked this release up for New Zealand.
The Japanese excelled themselves on the packaging for this one, picking up on the striking image used on the Deep Cuts album, which would have been released in 1976.
Japanese promo release
It has also appeared as a promo release with a white version of the label.
South African release
A release on Oyster's parent Polydor label for the single in South Africa.
Japanese CD single release
This one-track CD was released at the same time as 8 albums licensed from Witchwood Media in 2013 and included in the boxed set which was got up to look like the All Our Own Work album. The front of the insert looks like the Japanese 45, the back lists the 8 albums in Japanese and sets out the song lyrics. There's a nice little protective inner slevee and the CD itself has been got up to look like a UK Polydor "molded label" 45 release. Nice package!
Insert front and back
CD and inner