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HUDSON FORD - FREE SPIRIT

tracks versions

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Tracks cover shot

  1. Take A Little Word (Hudson/Ford)
  2. Free Spirit (Hudson/Ford)
  3. Mothermild (Hudson/Ford)
  4. I Don't Want To Be A Star (Hudson/Ford)

  5. Silent Star (Hudson/Ford)
  6. Such A Day (Hudson/Ford)
  7. How Many Times (Hudson/Ford)
  8. Floating In The Wind (Hudson/Ford)

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Versions

Vinyl
  • UK
  • US promo (3 variants)
  • US release
  • Canadian promo
  • Canadian release
  • German release
  • Venezuelan release
  • Cassette and 8-track
  • UK cassette ?
  • UK 8-track tape
  • CD
  • UK CD release (as part of The A&M Years 3CD boxed set, 2017 - with additional bonus tracks)
  • Spanish bootleg CD release, 2009
  • Big Pink (query bootleg) Korea CD release 2015
  • Vivid/Big Pink (query bootleg) Japanese CD release 2016?
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    VINYL

    UK release

    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

    Labels



    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



    US release

    Vinyl album: SP 3652 (A&M, US, 1974). Sleeve identical to promo (without promo sticker). No rounding on the sleeve. Silver labels.

    Label



    Canada promo (*)

    Vinyl album: SP 3652 (A&M, Canada, 1973). There was a Canadian promo - anyone have one?



    Canada release

    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.

    Labels



    German release

    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.

    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:

    1. Toma Una Pequera Palabra (Take A Little Word)
    2. Espiritu Libre (Free Spirit)
    3. Dulce Madres (Mothermild)
    4. No Quiero Ser Una Estrella (I Don't Want To Be A Star)

    5. Estrella Silenciosa (Silent Star)
    6. Ique Diai (Such A Day)
    7. Cuantas Veces (How Many Times)
    8. Flotando En El Viente (Floating In The Wind)

    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 68274 (A&M, UK, 1974). Label pasted round both cartridge itself and outer box. Running order as for LP side 1 on Programmes A & B, then some adjustment of side 2 running order.

    Cartridge labels and heads of cartridge and box


    Box

    Running order

    Program A
    Take A Little Word
    Free Spirit

    Programme B
    Mothermild
    I Don't Want To Be A Star
    Programme C
    Such A Day
    Silent Star (part 1)

    Programme D
    Silent Star (part 2)
    How Many Time
    Floating In The Wind


    CD

    UK release

    Free Spirit is now available on CD as a legitimate release as part of Hudson Ford - The A&M Years boxed set, released May 2017, wth bonus tracks and excellent packaging..

    Box

    cover shot back cover

    Back of card sleeve and CD



    Spanish bootleg CD release

    CD bootleg: RDI 33053 (RDI, Spain, 2009).. Bootleg release, no bonus tracks. All four Hudson Ford releases came out as unauthorised bootleg CDs, produced in Spain by Retrodisk International. Packaging designed to match closely the original releases, insert is minimal, the outer modelled on front and back covers of original UK LP releases, with a standard biography in the centre. The CDs themselves are ugly and metallic.

    Please do not buy these bootleg releases - the A&M albums are now available as a legitimate release as part of Hudson Ford - The A&M Years boxed set, released May 2017, wth bonus tracks and superior packaging.

    Insert, inner and outer


    Tray outer and inner

    CD



    Big Pink (query bootleg) CD release

    CD: Big Link 411 (Big Pink, Korea, 2015)..

    Facsimile release from Korea. Outer sleeve matches UK release, comes with an Obi, which is got up to look transparent over the gas can sleeve (the "H" of "Hudson Ford" is picked out at the edge of the Obi). Inside, the very plainly designed CD has a paper inner sleeve like an old fashioned 33 rpm LP (nice touch: it quotes playing speed as 200-500 rpm). Also included is a 2-sided lyric sheet and a 1-sided set of Korean sleeve notes.

    It is not clear whether this release is authorised.

    Obi, CD and inner sleeve

    Insert



    Big Pink (query bootleg) Japanese CD release (*)

    CD: VSCD ### Big Pink 411 (Vivid/Big Pink, Japan, 2016?) (*).. All three A&M albums were released on CD by Big Pink in Japan with very similar packaging but different obis.



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