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Parrot PA 61005
Rare black label
Cover Ex, Disc VG
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EX clean labels
Original Canadian press 1968
EX Clean Labels
Original Cream Label
Capitol Starline 45-6066
Green Swirl. Initials on B-side
During the late 1950s in Canada, one of the largest record companies (Quality Records) found that they could split the 45 market between "current" chart product and "older" chart product, to make sales grow even further. A lucrative market was created by their clever record company sales people. The concept was quite simple - put two chart hits by the same artist on the same 45, and charge a full price for the double sided single long after both hits were off the charts. Some people referred to these records as "two-fers"... two hit records for the price of one.
Quality Records of Toronto was perhaps the earliest and the most astute at re-packaging popular 45s. Their oldies 45s series was launched as "GOLDEN TREASURES ON WAX" in 1958, just a couple of years or so after the label began to have charted hits on the 45 format. The initial Golden Treasure On Wax series used a numbering system starting with C-30000 which was a release by Jan August "Miserlou / Malaguena".
By the early 1960s, Quality was distributing many American labels in Canada, both large and small, and it could draw upon many "Top 10" hits from its back catalogue. The gold label reissues in the 1950s were shipped with Quality or related label sleeves (eg Mercury) with the Golden Treasury titles listed only on the back. By the early 1960s, the singles were shipped in special Golden Treasury stock sleeves that listed all of the "double sided hit" titles available on both the front and back of the sleeve. Releases comprised charted hits from the labels Barry, Cameo, Dimension, Dot, Parkway, Philips, Quality, and REO. Later on (1966-1967), after the series became a "cash cow", Quality issued the 45s in handsome yellow title sleeves with printed titles. The early (1963) and later (1966) sleeves for Del Shannon's Runaway appear below.
The series would prove to be so popular for Quality that they would carry the series into the 1970s and beyond. The yellow title sleeves appear to have been discontinued in the 1970-1971 time period. Some of the later issues (1968) using these special title sleeves included:
Quality MGM GC 176X - The Cowsills - The Rain, The Park & Other Things / River Blue
Quality ACGT.608X - The Bee Gees - Massachusetts / Sir Geoffrey Saved The World
We featured an article earlier called "Taming The Animals" and in that article we referenced a gold label issue of The House Of The Rising Sun (Quality QGT-069X). Oddly, the catalogue number of this reissue (069) was slightly later than the number for their later hit It's My Life (061).
The back of the title sleeve for San Franciscan Nights shown above, listed a couple of hit couplings for The Guess Who and also for their "mega-docious" seller of the 1960s ... Herb Alpert.
Capitol issued a series of "green swirl" 45s on their Star Line label. The first release 45-6001 was by Pee Wee Hunt (Twelfth Street Rag / Oh !). This was followed by double-sided hit packages from all the great Capitol artists ... Nat King Cole, The Kingston Trio, Kay Starr, Dean Martin, Nelson Riddle, Buck Owens, The Beach Boys, Edith Piaf, etc. and then in 1965, The Beatles.
Decca (Compo) issued a series of gold label 45s of their own in Canada, including double side hits by Bert Kaempfert, Brenda Lee and then later by The Who. The G prefix was used to denote the "Gold" series.
Decca G 21003 - Earl Grant - Ebb Tide / Swingin' Gently
Decca G 21006 - Burl Ives - A Little Bitty Tear / Funny Way Of Laughin'
Decca G 21008 - Guy Lombardo - Harbor Lights / Tennessee Waltz
Decca G 21010 - Carmen Cavallero - Arrivederci Roma / Moon River
Decca G 21013 - Grady Martin And The Slew Foot Five - Somebody Stole My Gal / City Lights
Decca G 21014 - Terry Gilkyson - On Top Of Old Smokey / Goodnight Irene (by Gordon Jenkins)
Decca G 21017 - Bill Haley And His Comets - Rock Around The Clock / Shake, Rattle And Roll
Decca G 21019 - Bill Anderson - 8 x 10 / Still
Decca G 21020 - Bert Kaempfert - Wonderland By Night / Afrikaan Beat (1966)
Decca G 21021 - Rick Nelson - For You / The Very Thought Of You
Decca G 21023 - Buddy Holly - Peggy Sue / Brown-Eyed Handsome Man
Decca G 21026 - Pet Fountain - Licorice Stick / Hello Dolly
Decca G 21027 - Bert Kaempfert - Blue Midnight / Red Roses For A Blue Lady
Decca G 21028 - Brenda Lee - Is It True (* with Jimmy Page) / Alone With You (1966)
Decca G 21034 - Bert Kaempfert - Moon Over Naples / Three O'Clock In The Morning
Decca G 21041 - The Who - My Generation / Happy Jack (special gold label, 1968)
Decca G 21044 - The Who - I Can See For Miles / I Can't Explain (special gold label, 1968)
While the "two-fer" singles were attractive for many, some record buyers in the 1960s (like myself) felt that these were "cash in" packages and preferred the original pressings of each hit. We sort of frowned on them in some ways when we saw them in the record shops. Artists, apart from the ones produced by Phil Spector for the Philles label, usually cared about their B sides. B-sides of the original hits were often pretty good. A good example is the cool B side of The Who's I Can See For Miles (Mary Ann With The Shaky Hands).
And for The Beatles, the coupling of Kansas City with Boys was a good "two-fer" record for young Beatles fans to buy instead of the much more expensive LP option of "Beatles VI" just for those two tracks. These two Beatles tracks had never been issued on the 45 format before this. They had not been hits in Canada... but hey, these were oddball Beatles tracks and this would prove to be the biggest selling "green swirl" 45 by The Beatles in Canada ! Lastly, just imagine what a picture sleeve for Kansas City / Boys would have looked like !
February 14th is Valentine's Day. This year we are also making it Vee Jay Day... and here is a short tribute to the Vee Jay records that were pressed here in Canada during the 1960s. Included for you here are a few updates to our Vee Jay discography. Please check out that page for a potted history of the label in Canada.
First up here is an early Eddie Harris release which was the popular sax instrumental of the famous film theme. This disc put the name of Eddie Harris on the map amongst jazz enthusiasts in Canada. It is a haunting cover and you can HEAR how he developed the sound of his electronic sax through the next few years.
(Phonodisc) Delta D-3140 - Eddie Harris - Exodus / Alicia (1961, issued in the USA as Vee Jay 378)
Eddie Harris followed Exodus with a couple of jazz covers of songs from the film Breakfast At Tiffany's.
(Compo) Vee Jay VJ 420 - Eddie Harris - Moon River / Mr. Yunioshi (1961)
Another interesting release appeared in 1963 as follows.
(Compo) Vee Jay VJ 496 - Eddie Harris - Lolita Marie / Mima (1963)
For my money, the Compo version of the Vee Jay label, with its simple black and silver design, is one of the really great Canadian labels from the 1960s.
Four all of you label-ologists out there, here are some other Canadian Vee Jay label updates that we have spotted recently:
Vee Jay VJ 390 X - Jerry Reed - I'm A Telling You / I See A Fool (Quality)
Vee Jay VJ 398 X - Jimmy Reed - Bright Lights, Big City / I'm Mr. Luck (Quality)
Vee Jay VJ 405 - Jerry Butler - Moon River / Aware Of Love (Compo)
Vee Jay VJ 420 - see the first Eddie Harris entry above
Vee Jay VJ 433 - Ray Whitley - Yessiree Yessiree / A Love We Can Have And Hold (1962, Compo)
Vee Jay VJ 440 - Gene Chandler (Duke Of Earl) - Walk On With The Duke / London Town (1962, Compo)
Vee Jay VJ 493 - John Lee Hooker - Frisco Blues / Take A Look At Yourself (Compo)
Vee Jay VJ 496 - see the second Eddie Harris entry above
Vee Jay VJ 572 - The New Wine Singers - Journey Medley / I'm Going Home (Picture sleeve, Compo)
Vee Jay VJ 589 - Orville Couch - Dance Her By Me / Strike A Match (Compo)
Vee Jay VJ 606 - Jon Savage - I Got A Crush / New Fangled Jingle Jangle Swimming Suit From Paris (Compo)
Vee Jay VJ 609 X - Joe Simon - My Adorable One / Say (That My Love Is True) (Quality)
Vee Jay VJ 613 X - Betty Everett and Jerry Butler - Ain't That Loving You Baby / Let It Be Me (Quality)
Vee Jay VJ 633 X - Betty Everett and Jerry Butler - Smile / Love Is Strange (Quality)
Vee Jay VJ 639 X - The Four Seasons - Connie O / Never On Sunday (Quality)
Vee Jay VJ 648 X - Gary Le Mel - On Broadway / Theme From "Mondo Pazzo" (Quality)
Vee Jay VJ 707 X - Jerry Butler - Just For You / Believe In Me (1965, Quality)
Vee Jay VJ 713 X - The Four Seasons - Little Boy / Silver Wings (1965, Quality)
The oddest thing for Canada pressings of Vee Jay is that the label really got started with Quality, switched to Compo, and then returned to Quality.
Please let us know if you have any Vee Jay updates for our growing list! Vee Jay records pressed in Canada are not easy to come across as they were mostly produced in small pressing runs.
Lastly, we wish a Happy Valentines Day to all of our Capitol6000 visitors!
By the end of 1968, all PYE product in Canada was being distributed by Phonodisc. Beside the Kinks, one of the best British bands on PYE in the late 1960s was The Status Quo. Their early records feature plenty of phasing and are terrific examples of British Pop Psych. They had a major hit in Canada with Pictures Of Matchstick Men which charted on CHUM in Toronto in August 1968. It was also a big hit in Ottawa and I heard it many times on the radio there during the spring and summer of 1968. By their fourth 45, they were just known as "Status Quo".
This month we feature a very rare PYE 45 RPM record that was brought to our attention by collector and expert record dealer Jamie Anstey in Vancouver. Jamie tells us that he acquired this record in a stash of un-played late 1960s promo releases from Phonodisc. The 45 was scheduled for release in England but was withdrawn. Oddly, the record received a Canadian release at the end of 1968. Around the time of the Beatles' "White Album" double LP.
PYE 835 The Status Quo - Pictures Of Matchstick Men / Gentleman Joe's Sidewalk Cafe (red label, early 1968)
PYE 840 The Status Quo - Ice In The Sun / When My Mind Is Not Live (red label, August 1968)
PYE 7N.17581 The Status Quo - Ice In The Sun / When My Mind Is Not Live (blue label)
PYE 7N 17650 The Status Quo - Technicolor Dreams / Paradise Flat (blue label, November 1968)
PYE 7N 17665 Status Quo - Make Me Stay A Bit Longer / Auntie Nellie (blue label)
PYE 7N 17728 Status Quo - Are You Growing Tired Of My Love / So Ends Another Life (blue label)
PYE 7N 17825 Status Quo- The Price Of Love / Little Miss Nothing (blue label, February 1970)
PYE 7N-17907 Status Quo - Down The Dustpipe / Face Without A Soul (blue label)
The following two British PYE singles are not confirmed on a Canadian release:
PYE (TBD) Status Quo - In My Chair / Gerdundula (TBD)
PYE (TBD) Status Quo - Tune To The Music / Good Thinking (TBD)
PYE PC 4012 Status Quo - Mean Girl / Everything (blue label)
PYE NSPL-18220 The Status Quo - Picturesque Matchstickable Messages From The Status Quo (blue label, non-gatefold sleeve) (PYE loved long album names around this time ... The Kinks Village Green and Arthur are more good examples of this desire for long album titles !)
PYE NSPL-18301 The Status Quo - Spare Parts (blue label, non-gatefold sleeve)
It is hard nowadays to find these Status Quo Canadian discs ! The easiest 45 RPM records to find are copies of Matchstick Men on the red Pye label. The later blue Pye 45 RPM releases are scarce and near mint copies are highly desired. Many thanks again to Jamie Anstey for this month's Pye find.
In 1972, the following David Bowie single was also issued by Phonodisc in Canada. He was charting with his new RCA discs in England and Pye rushed out some of his old singles from the 1960s.
Pye 7N 8002 David Bowie And The Lower Third - Can't Help Thinking About Me / Do Anything You Say
This great David Bowie single may have also been issued in Canada in early 1966 on the red Pye (Allied) label. Possible Canadian release numbers are Pye 793 and Pye 795. Right around the time of The Kinks' A Well Respected Man (Pye 792). More information please!
We try and fill in all of the holes for these great Canadian labels, but we always need your help to do that so please send us your finds!
One great new update is for a "TBD" in our Immediate Canadian 45 Discography.
From a record seller in Dollard-Des-Ormeaux comes this great update for the missing entry in our Canadian Immediate discography. The record was pressed by Compo (Cornwall, Ontario) and was most probably issued in July 1967. Because of this Small Faces confirmation, it is also now probable that the predecessor release by PP Arnold (Immediate E-1901, The First Cut Is The Deepest / Speak To Me) was also pressed in Canada by Compo (also likely July 1967). These records would have been issued with a plain brown sleeve common to the Compo pressings of the smaller (niche) labels at the time.
Immediate E-1902 - Small Faces - Here Comes The Nice / Talk To You
As a follow up to last month's Stone article, Thomas Stone provides the proof that his older brother Bob placed The Santells "So Fine" disc with Sparton Records of London, Ontario in November of 1965. This was just a few months before his own Stone label was fully up and running.
Thomas also sent along a few more great label images.
Stone SX 706 - Jimmy Cliff - Give And Take / Aim And Ambition (February-March 1967)
"Now" was another of Bob Stone's labels and the Stone logo appears on the right hand side of each Now label. David Whatmough has listed these seven 45 rpm titles for the Now label:
RS 600 British North America Act World Would Understand / Joe Cool
(a wonderful garage psych release from 1968 - both sides - by this great group from Montreal)
RS 601 Luvin Kind Without Her / Missy D.M.
RS 602 Kelly Jay Got To Get Myself Together / Curlers And Cream
RS 603 Backstreet Garbage Can I'm Clueless / By My Side
RS 604 Corporate Image Road To Katmandu / Feedbag Rag
RS 605 Steve Harris On Tour / Silent Rain
RS 606 Dee Depaul Remember Me / Come Dance With Me
Labels for the first two "Now" releases are show below.
Only one album was ever released on the Now label and that was from 1969 as follows:
Now RSS 6700 - The British North America Act - In The Beginning (stereo)
This is definitely one of the best garage psych Lps ever issued in Canada during the 1960s.
We are always amazed at what gets discovered in terms of Canadian pressings. Keep those updates coming !
We are ALWAYS interested in hearing from YOU !
We received some nice emails recently from Thomas Stone (brother of Stone label founder Bob Stone). Thomas has sent in some nice images of a very rare German pressed Stone label 45 from 1966. This disc was issued in Germany on a pink Stone label with a cool pink picture sleeve (shown here).
Stone 19 088 AT
"So Fine / These Are Love"
We did some checking and found out that The Santells were a girl group from Ohio, and their disc was issued originally there on the local Courier label (Courier 115). They sound like early Ikettes (think Peaches 'n' Cream from 1965). The 45 was also issued in England on the Sue label (WI-4020, August 1966) which was a subsidiary of Chris Blackwell's Island label. Bob Stone was dealing directly with Chris Blackwell in those days.
As it was issued in Germany on the Stone label, there is a high probability that it was possibly issued in Canada on the Stone label. Any further information about a Canadian Stone release would be appreciated. To date, this is the only example of a Stone 45 released outside of Canada. Strange!
"Christmas Is My Love" is the title of a late 1968 album release (Stone SXS 3738) that featured The St. Rose Of Lima School Choir under the direction of Mr. Bob Slingerland. It was also a fundraiser for The Canadian Save The Children Fund. I must admit that I have listened to both sides of this album this week and it certainly transported me right into the Christmas Spirit! The project was undertaken in Toronto by a group called "The Academy Of Pop Evolution" and many great session people play on the record. Peter Appleyard, Guido Basso, Terry Bush, Brad Campbell, Ted Ottley, John DeNottbeck, and Russ Fearon. The album features the great sounding vocals of a children's choir backed up by tuneful pop that reminds me very much of The Free Design. Candy World on Side 1 could have been a great single.
Apart from the great music on the disc, what is most interesting about this album is the cover which was designed by Toronto artists Harold Town. The front cover has a cutaway square and a Harold Town print slides in and out. The special jacket was manufactured by Modern Album. If you see this album in the bins, pick it up just for the artwork alone. The album inside will also impress you.
This album predates (and ranks up there with) the The Langley Schools Music Project album from British Columbia by 7 or 8 years. And I will be playing this album again over the holidays...
The Stone label was perhaps one of the smartest and hippest of label designs to have originated from Canada during the 1960s. Here is another great example which was listed for sale last month.
The record was originally issued on the Drew label in Detroit (D-1003) in 1967 and is a very nice soul record that has the great Motown sound and beat. The Precisions are in the same class as the Temptations and the Four Tops. Another terrific example of the kind of release that was picked up by Stone here in Canada. The Precisions had another release on Stone later on (Stone SX 729 - A Place / Never Let Her Go).
So put another log on the fire, put your feet up and stack up those old Stone discs on your turntable for the holidays. Here are two classic Christmas 45s on Stone to enjoy, both from Christmas 1967:
Stone SX 722
White Christmas / My Love And I
This version of the Irving Berlin song is much faster than the Elvis version and has a bit of Ska thrown in for good Yule-time measure. Both sides of this disc were produced by Chris Blackwell in either England or Jamaica, and the disc had been issued in England two years earlier, in December 1965.
Stone SX 723
Cowboy Santa / Little Drummer Boy
The A side is more typical of a children's Christmas record with lots of horse "clip-clopping". The B side is a nice slow version of this Christmas classic. The song was featured in the 1968 film Girl in Gold Boots (a film I have never heard of let alone seen!). Larry Cartell was a C&W singer from Philadelphia as far as we can determine and he appeared on the front cover of Billboard at the time this disc was issued (December 16, 1967). The record was originally issued in Philadelphia by Glenolden Records (GR-150).
(please refer to the Stone discography page.)
Special thanks to Thomas Stone for keeping us "Stoned" (er, well you know what we mean, otherwise you wouldn't be reading this!)