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BURSTING AT THE SEAMS - VERSIONS

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Contents
Vinyl
  • UK
  • Autographed sleeve
  • UK silver label reissue
  • US promo - variant 1
  • US promo - variant 2
  • US promo - variant 3?
  • US release - variant 1
  • US release - variant 2
  • US release - variant 3
  • US first silver label reissue
  • US second silver label reissue
  • Canadian promo release
  • Canadian full release
  • Canadian reissues
  • Denmark
  • German release
  • German reissue
  • Italy
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • South Africa
  • Venezuelan
  • Israel
  • Japanese promo
  • Japanese full release
  • Cassette and 8-track
  • UK cassette
  • UK 8-track tape
  • Australian cassette
  • CD
  • German CD release
  • Universal CD release, 1998
  • Russian Alcinous bootleg CD release, 2001
  • Japanese "facsimile" card cover CD release, 2002
  • Vox Humana "facsimile" card cover CD release, 2006
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    VINYL

    UK release

    Vinyl album: AMLH 68144 (A&M, UK, 1973). Single black sleeve, with metallic silver inner sleeve with lyrics. Issued with brown A&M label, almost certainly re-issued at later date with silver label.

    Front and back of sleeve

    Inner sleeve

    Labels



    UK release signed by band

    Around the time that the Bursting At The Seams got back together, with added Brian Willoughby (1999 onwards) I asked the original BATS band members to autograph an album sleeve.

    Autographed sleeve



    UK silver label reissue

    Given that so many were pressed in 1973 on brown labels as the album took off, the UK silver label reissue is quite hard to find.

    Labels



    US promo release - variant 1

    Vinyl album: SP 4383 (A&M, US, 1973). Same as full release below, but with standard A&M white promo labels.

    Labels



    US promo release - variant 2 (*)

    Vinyl album: SP 4383 (A&M, US, 1973). Same as full release below, but with standard A&M white promo labels.

    Labels



    US promo release - variant 3

    Came with lyrics inner bag, identical to other US copies



    US release variant 1

    Vinyl album: SP 4383 (A&M, US, 1973). Single black sleeve. Inner (less metallic, so easier to read, otherwise same as UK) inner sleeve. 1-sided insert, slightly smaller than album size.

    Back of sleeve and insert

    Label - matching promo variant 1



    US release variant 2

    Labels - matching promo variant 2



    US release variant 3

    Labels



    US first silver label reissue

    Copy has come to light where the silver label printing is the same as variant 2 above of the brown label on side 1 (side 2 matches the later re-issue below, so not scanned). Silver labels were introduced in US in late '73/early '74, so this may have been an early reissue, the first for this album with silver labels. No Jim Bickhart insert or lyric sleeve in this copy, but they probably were included.

    Labels



    US second silver label reissue

    Reissued with standard silver A&M labels for the Hero/Ghosts/Nomadness period, still includes Jim Bickhart insert.

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    Canada promo release (*)

    Vinyl album: SP 4383 (A&M, Canada, 1973).

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    Canada full release

    Vinyl album: SP 4383 (A&M, Canada).. Single sleeve (very thick card). Came with two sided grey paper insert (shinier on the non-lyric side), modelled on US insert, with "Litho in Canada" overprinted. Labels are brown.

    Labels



    Canadian reissues

    Vinyl album: SP 4383 (A&M, Canada).. Reissed with silver labels. Same as original release otherwise. Came in nice light blue A&M inner - all albums featured (including Carole King' album Fantasy, Carpenters Singles/Now And Then) are 1973 or earlier, so I'd assume this quickly supplanted the brown label release at some point in 1973. No insert in my copy but I'd be pretty sure there was one.


    Also released subsequently with A&M black labels (and possibly white ones too).

    Labels



    Danish release

    Vinyl album: SLPS 1544 (Sonet/Dansk Grammofon) . Same sleeve as UK, except for back cover Sonet info and logo - see scan below. No lyrics inner bag for the LP with my copy, don't know whether there was one.

    Back of sleeve and logo

    Labels



    German release

    Vinyl album: A&M 86 658 (A&M Germany, 1973) Same as UK release, except with Im-Ariola Vertreib on the bcak cover at the bottom. There's also a sticker "Including Part Of The Union" been added to the front cover. Brown A&M labels.

    Labels from 86 658 release

    Sticker from 86 658 release



    German reissue

    Vinyl album: A&M 88 004 ET (A&M Germany) . Silver labels. The copy I have has a stickered catalogue number on the back cover - the spinr carries the brown release catalogue number (86 658 IT), so presumably that's what's underneath the sticker. UK address details on back of sleeve with "Im Ariola Vertreib" overprinted at the bottom.

    Back cover/sticker from 88 004 release


    Labels



    Italian release

    Vinyl album: A&M SLAM 68144 (A&M Italy) . Single sleeve, nothing much to differentiate it from other release, except A&M logo with Italian number on back cover. No lyric sleeve/insert in my copy, but there would probably have been one. Brown labels (with an import stamp).



    Australian release

    Vinyl album: AML 34846) . Same sleeve as UK, except: refernces at bottom back to Festival Records, Aus cat no at top left of back, and a little addition to the band logo - reference to "Part Of The Union" (so likely that the Australian release was a little later than UK release.

    Detail from front sleeve, labels



    New Zealand release

    Vinyl album: AML-34846). Single sleeve, as per everywhere else. No insert/lyric sleeve in my copy. Back cover has Festival Records NZ info.

    Labels



    South African release

    Vinyl album: AMLH 68144) . Laminated single sleeve. Lyrics inner sleeve, as per UK release. The back cover has South Africa details - note that an unusual version of the A&M logo is used on SA releases - one colour, no red box around the letters & trumpet. No lyric sheet in my copy, but have seen one on Ebay.

    Back cover

    Labels



    Venezuelan release "Reventando Por Last Costuras"

    Vinyl album: LPS 88105, A&M Venezuela, 197?) . Based on US sleeve (has US address on rear). Frontr bottom left has Venezuelan cat no above the A^M logo, and bottom right "STEREO COMPATIBLE" inside a rectangular box. Back sleeve has "Fabricado y distribudo por la Palacio de la Musica SA Apartado 1637 Caracas.

    Label is silver, so probably not released in 1973 when this album was released in UK/US, but 1974 or later. Label text including song titles is in Spanish. I think:

  • Volando (Flying)
  • Lady Fuschia
  • Stormy Down
  • Abajo Junto Del Mar (Down By The Sea)
  • El Rio (The River)

  • Parte De La Union (Part Of The Union)
  • Tears And Pavan
  • El Invierno Y El Verano (The Winter And The Summer)
  • Acuestate (Lay Down)
  • Gracias (Thank You)
  • Labels



    Israeli release

    Vinyl album: AMLH 68144, A&M Israel (dist by CBS), 1973) . Same front cover, but cream back cover with lyrics from UK inner. Typical Israeli labels, no white in A&M logo.

    Back cover

    Labels



    Japanese promo release

    Vinyl album: AML180, A&M/King Records, 1973) . Same as below but with white label.

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    Japanese release

    Vinyl album: AML180, A&M/King Records, 1973) . Same sleeve as UK (with changes to cat nos and distribution credit at bottom of back of sleeve). Green & white obi, which folds over itself at the back. Inner sleeve same as UK Inner sleeve same as UK (except that Japanese catalogue number substituted). Labels brown A&M (2 variants known). But best of all - bespoke insert with Japanese notes and lyrics.

    Obi front, back and back with foldover pulled away

    Insert

    Labels



    CASSETTE & 8-TRACK

    UK release

    Cassette: ZCAM 68144(A&M, UK, 1973). Produced for A&M by Precision Tapes (their details on the inside of the cassette cover), the cassette cover includes the Strawbs logo but not the band picture.

    Cassette cover

    Cassette


    The running order on the cassette release differs from the album on vinyl. On cassette it goes:
    Side 1

  • Part Of The Union
  • Stormy Down
  • Tears And Pavan
  • Flying
  • Lay Down
  • Side 2

  • Here It Comes (bonus track not on vinyl, but later appeared on 'Strawbs By Choice')
  • The Winter And The Summer
  • Lady Fuschia
  • The River
  • Down By The Sea
  • Thank You

  • UK 8-track release

    8-track: Y8AM 68144 (A&M, UK, 1973). Also produced for A&M by Precision Tapes (their details on the inside of the cassette sleeve), the labels and outer cover broadly match the minimalist packaging for the cassette release, including the Strawbs logo but not the band picture.

    8-track outer cover

    Front, back and head


    Running order

    The running order on the 8-track release differs from the album on vinyl (8-tracks when played had gaps when the track changed) and also includes the non-album track "Here It Comes":

    Program A

  • Lay Down
  • Down By The Sea
  • Program B

  • Flying
  • Lady Fuschia
  • The River
  • Program C

  • Tears And Pavan
  • The Winter And The Summer
  • Program D

  • Part Of The Union
  • Stormy Down
  • Here It Comes (bonus track not on vinyl, but later appeared on 'Strawbs By Choice')
  • Thank You

  • Australia cassette release

    Cassette: CAM 24846 (A&M/Festival, Australia, 1973). Referenced on Australian vinyl LP sleeve.


    CD

    German CD release

    CD: 394383-2 (A&M US ? stated to be made in West Germany) ??. Minimal reproduction of original - front and back cover, no lyrics.

    Booklet pp1 (front) & 4 (back)

    Booklet pp2 & 3


    CD and tray back



    Universal CD release, 1998

    CD: 540 936-2 (A&M, 1998, REMASTERED WITH 3 BONUS TRACKS) Front and back covers reproduced. No lyrics, but six pages of new sleeve notes by Dave Cousins and John Tobler.

    Booklet pp1 (front) & 8 (back)

    Booklet pp2 * 3

    Booklet pp4 & 5

    Booklet pp6 & 7

    CD

    Tray



    Russian Alcinous bootleg CD release, 2001

    CD: AL 0100 (Alcinous, 2001) with 3 bonus tracks) Reported as an "unofficial" release, based on the Universal remaster. 4pp booklet.

    Booklet pp1 (front) & 4 (back)

    Booklet pp2 & 3

    Tray back and CD



    Japanese card sleeve CD release, 2002

    CD: UICY-9215 (Japan only, A&M, 2002, REMASTERED WITH 3 BONUS TRACKS). Card sleeve is mini replica of the original album release, nicely printed. There's an inner sleeve in grey which exactly matches the UK LP release. The CD is got up to look like an A&M release with the 1969 logo, and light orange background. There's a 3CD x 2CD sized black and white insert with Sleeve notes in English (by John Tobler from UK 1998 release) and Japanese (translated).

    This is a release program "British Rock Legend Series" which includes: Moody Blues: Days Of Future Passed (UICY 9210), In Search Of The Lost Chord (UICY 9211), On The Threshold Of A Dream (UICY 9212), To Our Children's Children's Children (UICY 9213), A Question Of Balance (UICY 9214) and Strawbs: Hero And Heroine (UICY 9216)

    Obi and CD

    Insert Japanese and English




    Vox Humana "facsimile" card cover CD release, 2006

    Back of card sleeve and CD

    Inner sleeve



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