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Original Canadian press 1968
EX Clean Labels
Original Cream Label
Capitol Starline 45-6066
Green Swirl. Initials on B-side
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 The 45 was scheduled for release in England but was withdrawn.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 !
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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!)