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Vinyl album: AMLH 68274 (A&M, UK, 1974). Stylish (and expensive!) single sleeve, Designed by John Kosh. with rounded corners (apart from the top right) to simulate a petrol can ("gas can" for US readers!) - this would have been quite expensive as the covers, once folded, would need to be cut to get everything in line. Most other releases didn't bother with this refinement - only one I'm aware of is the German release below.
On the UK release only, the Hudson Ford logo and the album title are embossed text (ie the text stands out from the sleeve). The handle of the petrol can has been impressed so that it looks sunk into the card, increasing the impression of a handle. Back cover has band pic, also sunk, with Hud and John at the front. Mickey, Ken and Chris behind, standing round a suitably impressive Ford car,. No embossing/impressing on other releases so far as I am aware.
Silver labels and, sadly, no lyrics inner sleeve or insert.
Front and back of sleeve
US promo releases (3 variants)
Vinyl album: SP 3652 (A&M, US, 1974). White label promo release. Cover does not have rounded corners though the design is the same. US address back cover bottom right. Front cover has a promo sticker, bottom right (on the variant 3 copy this has been put on the back at top right), and there's an A&M logo in the middle of the petrol can under the album title with the US catalogue number below it. Variant 2 has a different promo sticker on the covers - no idea which was earlier.
There are three known variant promo releases, two with promo wording - different typography - around the rim of the label and one with promo wording above the title at the top of the label as with both the Nickelodeon US promo and Worlds Collide US promo releases.
Labels - variant 1
Labels - variant 2
Labels - variant 3
Vinyl album: SP 3652 (A&M, US, 1974). Sleeve identical to promo (without promo sticker). No rounding on the sleeve. Silver labels.
Canada promo (*)
Vinyl album: SP 3652 (A&M, Canada, 1973). Was there such a thing?
Vinyl album: SP 3652 (A&M, Canada). Same unrounded sleeve as US except Canada manufacturing at bottom of back cover and the words "Super Jac" at bottom left (no idea ....). Came with light blue A&M Canada inner sleeve, with Milner Avenue address. The sleeve itself though was made in England.
Vinyl album: A&M 88 332 IT (A&M Germany, 1974).. Back cover same as UK - including three rounded corners) except for German catalogue number, bottom right and "Printed in Western Germany etc." at the bottom. No embossing/impressing (see UK release above). Silver labels.
Venezuelan release (Espiritu Libre
Vinyl album: LPS 88409 (cover), LPS-88.409 (labels) (El Palacio De La Música S.A. Venezuela, 1975). Sleeve modelled on US sleeve (no rounded corners, embossing etc.) On the front above the A&M logo is the catalogue number, overprinted off-centre. On the back, a little El Palacio de la Musica logo on the left, and the catalogue number to the right under the US address. Came with a transparent plastic "half moon" protective sleeve.
The song titles have not been translated for the cover, but they have for the silver labels:
CASSETTE & 8-TRACK
UK release ? (*)
Cassette: ZCAM 68274 (A&M, UK, 1973). Likely there was one - anyone have it?
UK 8-track release ? (*)
8-track: Y8AM 68208 (A&M, UK, 1974). May have been one - anyone have it?