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DAVE COUSINS: TWO WEEKS LAST SUMMER - VERSIONS

Two Weeks Last Summer front cover

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UK VINYL

UK release

AMLH 68118 (A&M, Oct 1972). Single sleeve, textured effect to simulate wallpaper, on which a calendar is hung (the calendar is not textured. No lyric sleeve or insert. Record released with brown A&M label and, as far as known, was never re-issued in UK with silver label. On the front cover, bottom left of the blue border of the calendar, the words "Printed In England appear" in very small print, which seems to have been repeated unwittingly on some other versions.

Front and back cover

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CANADA VINYL

Canada first brown label release

Vinyl album (Can): SP 9008 (A&M Can, 1972). Brown A&M label. Same "spiky" typography as first silver release nad the promo, obviously only the underlying label changed.

I've long thought it odd that all the Canadian copies I've seen of Two Weeks are on A&M's silver label, which was not introduced until early 1974, and this album was released in late 1972, around the time of "Lay Down" and before Bursting At The Seams, both of which were brown label issues in Canada. But now a brown label first release has emerged and is settling into the collection at Strawbsweb Central.

In many years of collecting I've never seen one till now. My guess is that the album was released in relatively small numbers in 1972, and bought by fans who even now aren't getting rid of it. As Strawbs built up their following in Canada, playing a celebrated show at Massey Hall, Toronto on 31 May 1974, and Hero And Heroine started climbing the charts, A&M were moved to re-release it, probably around the time they put Early Strawbs together, also in 1974.

Label

Two Weeks Last Summer Canada 1st side 1 label Two Weeks Last Summer Canada 1st side 2 label

Canada promo release

Vinyl album (Can): SP 9008 (A&M Can, no date - probably 1972). The sleeve is as per UK, but not as well put together (some white gaps on the back, and the Canadian address overprinted in black), Canadian number instead of UK number. Same "Printed in England" wording - it may have been then overprinted by A&M Canada. Or just a mistake. Copy I have comes with A&M "Listen To Your World" company inner sleeve.

Labels



Canada silver label reissues

First silver label reissue

Vinyl album (Can): SP 9008 (A&M Can, no date - likely 1974). See note above on brown label first issue. Silver A&M label. Typography matches promo above.

Label

Two Weeks Last Summer Canada 1st side 1 label Two Weeks Last Summer Canada 1st side 2 label

inner sleeve

Two Weeks Last Summer 1st Canada protective inner sleeve English Two Weeks Last Summer Canada 1st protective inner sleeve French

Further silver label reissues

Labels

Two Weeks Last Summer Canada side 1 label Two Weeks Last Summer Canada side 2 label

Vinyl album (Can): SP 9008 (A&M Can, no date). Silver A&M label, looks as though it came out in the late 1970s.

Labels

Two Weeks Last Summer Canada reissue side 1 label Two Weeks Last Summer Canada reissue side 2 label

Company inner sleeve

Two Weeks Last Summer Canada protective inner sleeve English Two Weeks Last Summer Canada protective inner sleeve French

EUROPE VINYL

Italian release

Vinyl album: SLAM 68118 (A&M Italy).

Labels

Two Weeks Last Summer Ital side 1 label Two Weeks Last Summer Ital side 2 label

ASIA PACIFIC VINYL

Australian release

Vinyl album: L 34964 (A&M/Festival Australia, 1973). Brown A&M/Festival labels, both label and back cover dated 1973.

Cover is textured over the whole surface. Front cover is full colour, back cover is only black and white. Festival catalogue number and licensing details on back cover. My copy came with a Festival catalogue flyer/order form.

Back cover and flyer

Two Weeks Last Summer back detail Two Weeks Last Summer Aus flyer Two Weeks Last Summer Aus flyer
Two Weeks Last Summer Aus side 1 label Two Weeks Last Summer Aus side 2 label

New Zealand release ?

Did this exist ?


Japanese release

Vinyl album: AML 164 (A&M/King Records, Japan).Solid card single sleeve, embossed slightly over its entire surface. Front as per UK release, with black A&M logo and King Records catalogue number at bottom right. Back same as UK except for King Records details bottom left and the King Records number replacing UK catalogue number in blue at bottom right.

No Obi on my copy, or booklet, so see notes on Japanese promo release below.

The label for side 2 could have done with some closer proofreading too: "When You Nere A Child" and "GoinO Home".

Label

Two Weeks Last Summer Jap side 1 label Two Weeks Last Summer Jap side 2 label

Ad insert

Two Weeks Last Summer Jap ad insert p1 Two Weeks Last Summer Jap ad insert p2

Japanese promo

Vinyl album: AML 164 (A&M/King Records, Japan, 1973?). White labels. Solid card single sleeve, embossed slightly over its entire surface. Front as per UK release, with black A&M logo and King Records catalogue number at bottom right. Back same as UK except for King Records details bottom left and the King Records number replacing UK catalogue number in blue at bottom right.

Obi is like Bursting At The Seams with a flap on the back that folds back to see the top few items. The front is gold with red lettering (quite hard to read) and anniunces that the LP is in the A&M Singer Songwriter series". All text in Japanese, and no pics, so difficult to work out, but it appears the following are being advertised:

  • AML 96 - Carole King, Tapesrty, 1971
  • AML 105 - Cat Stevens, Teaser and the Firecat, 1971
  • AML 336 - Quincy Jones, Smackwater Jack, 1971
  • AMW 31/32 - Carpenters - Golden Double Deluxe, 1972
  • SR 3317 - Hubert Laws, The Rite Of Spring, 1972
  • CHR 1001 - Ten Years After - A Place In Time, 1971
  • THL 3 - Moody Blues, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, 1971
  • SLC 380 - Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter, 1971
  • The booklet is 6pp, ie a 2xLP size folded (pp 1,2, 5, 6) with pages 3&4 on a single LP sized insert. After track listing and credits, some sleeve notes and track by track comments in Japanese, entitled "Enjoy the Cousins world!!" Sleeve notes are credited to Tsuneo Mori/Aquarius, dated 1972.12. There's a (p) date on p5 of the booklet (P. 1973), so it's likely this came out some time in early 1973.

    The lyrics are set out in Japanese and English, though it's not a bad job as Japenese lyric transcripts go, there are a few mishearings (easy problem to have - there was no lyric sheet in English and the lyrics for this album were notoriously difficult to transcribe). My favourites:

  • In "Blue Angel", "The wisdom of the fool is such, that he alone is sane" becomes "Love is the vow the police search, And he alone is safe"
  • In "The Actor", "Confused by his symptoms, and trembling with fright" becomes "Won't you buy his cigar, trembling with fright"
  • In "Ways & Means", "I'm as the world forever spinning" becomes "I'm as the world forever swimming" and "The heart that gives an athlete strength to win" becomes "The heart that gives a rumbling strength to me".
  • Obi(s)

    On some copies there is a red second Obi, the back of which is blank.

    Two Weeks Last Summer Jap promo obi front Two Weeks Last Summer Jap promo obi back flap down Two Weeks Last Summer Jap promo obi back flap raised Two Weeks Last Summer Jap promo second obi

    Labels

    Two Weeks Last Summer Jap promo side 1 label Two Weeks Last Summer Jap promo side 2 label

    Booklet

    Two Weeks Last Summer Jap promo booklet p1 Two Weeks Last Summer Jap promo booklet p2 Two Weeks Last Summer Jap promo booklet p3

    Two Weeks Last Summer Jap promo booklet p4 Two Weeks Last Summer Jap promo booklet p5

    Page 6 is blank.


    OTHER VINYL

    South African release ?

    There is some evidence online that there was a South African release, more info if I can get it. Picture is too small to be sure, but it doesn't seem to match typography of any of the known brown label releases. Anyone have any more info?

    Two Weeks Last Summer SA pic

    CASSETTE AND 8-TRACK

    UK cassette

    ZCAM 68118(A&M). Track listing for cassette is different:
    Side 1 - October To May, Blue Angel, That's The Way It Ends, Going Home
    Side 2 - Two Weeks Last Summer, The Actor, When You Were A Child, Ways And Means, We'll Meet Again Sometime.

    Two Weeks Last Summer cassette cover
    Two Weeks Last Summer cassette side 1 Two Weeks Last Summer cassette side 2

    8-Track release

    Y8AM 68118 (A&M). This had previously not been thought to have been released on 8-track, but a copy has emerged.

    Front and back


    Outer and head

    Running order

    The 8-track has a very different running order:

    Program A
    Blue Angel

    Program B
    Two Weeks Last Summer
    That's The Way It Ends (including The World)
    Going Home

    Program C
    The Actor
    When You Were A Child
    Ways And Means (part 1)

    Program D
    Ways And Means (conclusion)
    We'll Meet Again Sometime
    October To May


    CD

    SDR UK CD release, 2003

    CD (SDR/Witchwood Media, SDRCD 10/WMCD 2010, UK, 2003/2004): The earliest copies in 2003 have a catalogue number SDRCD 10, and SDR Records details on the outer tray. The later copies from 2004 on have catalogue number WMCD 2010 and Witchwood Media details on the outer tray. The later copies also have the Strawbsweb and Witchwood Records online shop urls on the back cover of the booklet. Otherwise the packaging is the same.

    Attractive CD booklet following style of album cover. Includes 8 page insert, outer cover reproducing the album cover on the front and a track listing on the back. Inside, for the first time (the vinyl LP did not have a lyric sheet), lyrics for the songs in black and white against a background taken from the wallpaper detail. Back of the tray has the track listing along with the DC plus (Lambert's) dog photo. CD in blue and white, again incorporating the wallpaper design.

    Booklet

    SDR CD
    SDR booklet
    SDR booklet
    SDR booklet

    CD and tray back

    SDR CD sample page of SDR booklet

    Muskrat Japanese CD release, 2004

    Card sleeve Facsimile CD (Japan, Muskrat RATCD 4217, 2004): Mini LP sleeve CD, textured like wallpaper on both wallpaper and calendar (calendar should be untextured). They've used a slightly darker scan of the LP. OBI includes ad for Old School Songs which came out at the same time. Two sided insert featuring very garbled version of the lyrics which Muskrat have created themselves by listening to the album (I know it's difficult to work out the words in some cases, but there are some amazing interpretations). Also included a one-sided 2x2 CD sized b/w insert with track listing and Japanese text. CD comes in soft fabric bag.

    Lyrics insert

    Muskrat insert Muskrat lyrics

    CD, Obi and insert

    Muskrat CD Muskrat obi Muskrat insert

    Media Arte Japanese CD release, 2005

    Facsimile CD, 400 copy limited edition (Japan, Media Arte MA-0031, 2005): Facsimile mini LP sleeve CD, with wallpaper textured as with original album. CD comes in a mini dustsleeve, with lyrics on both sides - however this is the garbled version of the lyrics, lifted from the Muskrat release. Obi has a brief excerpt in English from Strawbsweb on the front, ads for other releases on the back, including Old School Songs which came out at the same time. Also included is a 2x2 CD sized b/w insert: one side includes more from the Strawbsweb page on 2 Weeks, and some Japanese text; the other side reproduces the lyric sheet from the UK CD release, thankfully the correct lyrics this time. Though outer packaging doesn't say so, the info sheet includes bonus tracks which do not appear on the SDR release: "The Actor (alternative mix)" and "See How They Run".

    English lyrics sheet and sleeve notes

    Inner lyrics bag

    Obi and CD



    Airmail Japanese CD release, 2013

    Facsimile CD (Airmail Recordings, AIRAC 1703, 2013): Outer cover is a reproduction of the original vinyl album, complete with texturing on the wallpaper, but not the calendar. The Obi has ads for Deep Cuts, Burning For You and Deadlines. Also included is a 2 sided A4 black and white sheet. On one side there is a general Japanese text piece about Strawbs and then information about this particular release. Also noted that this is a 24-bit remaster. On the other side, the song lyrics appear, the same poorly transcribed version as on the Muskrat CD. CD, which is got up to look like an A&M mustard label release, comes in a soft fabric bag. Though outer packaging doesn't say so, the info sheet includes bonus tracks which do not appear on SDR release: "The Actor (alternative mix)" and "See How They Run".

    Insert and lyrics

    Airmail insert Airmail lyrics

    CD and Obi

    Airmail CD Airmail obi

    Vivid Japanese CD release, 2013

    Facsimile CD (Japan, Vivid VSCD 6042, 2013): Facsimile mini LP sleeve CD, with wallpaper textured as with original album (with calendar not textured).

    Nice Obi, with, curiously, the advert for the Muskrat CD Old School Songs which appears on the Muskrat release above. The CD itself is identical to the Media Arte release above as is the mini dustsleeve (garbled lyrics, both Media Arts and Muskrat) and the 2x2 CD sized b/w insert with Strawbsweb content and correct lyrics which come with the Muskrat release only.

    On top of that there is a new single sided 2x2CD sized b/w insert of their own with track details and further sleeve notes credited to Masaru Konish and dated 25 Apr 2013. Includes bonus tracks: "The Actor (alternative mix)" and "See How They Run".

    Vivid insert and Obi



    CD

    Esoteric Extended CD release

    ECLEC 2701 (Esoteric, Nov 2019). Booklet style outer cover with CD tray glued to inner back flap. 16pp booklet, with new essay by Dave Cousins.

    Cover and CD


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