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Post subject: Led Zeppelin on purple/tan Atlantic questions  PostPosted: Nov 11, 2011 - 03:50 PM
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I have a copy of Led Zeppelin which I understand to be a very early issue. The label is the purple & tan color. Side One is mixed differently from later copies I've heard. Also, "Communication Breakdown" is banded differently from my other copy of this LP (red/green color label). It begins about three seconds after "Black Mountain Side" ends; on all the other issues I've heard, "Breakdown" begins almost as soon as "Mountain" ends.

Can anyone fill in some history for this album? Thanks for any help, SIAP.
 
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Post subject: RE: Led Zeppelin on purple/tan Atlantic questions  PostPosted: Nov 14, 2011 - 09:24 AM
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I have found copies on that label style of several albums from the period. Yes, they are quite rare and do have some different mixing.
I list it (and some of the info that I gathered) on my Led Zep page.
Please get there from my main "Beatles" page, since the location where I have it seems to detest hotlinking.
http://heroinc.fortunecity.com/btls/btls2.htm
Or try this more direct link
http://heroinc.0catch.com/ledzep/lz.htm

That transitional label may have been a contract pressing from RCA.
I have only found those labels on albums pressed between September, 1968, and February, 1969.

Frank
 
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Post subject: Re: RE: Led Zeppelin on purple/tan Atlantic questions  PostPosted: Nov 14, 2011 - 04:15 PM
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namralos wrote:
I have found copies on that label style of several albums from the period. Yes, they are quite rare and do have some different mixing.
I list it (and some of the info that I gathered) on my Led Zep page.
Please get there from my main "Beatles" page, since the location where I have it seems to detest hotlinking.
http://heroinc.fortunecity.com/btls/btls2.htm
Or try this more direct link
http://heroinc.0catch.com/ledzep/lz.htm

That transitional label may have been a contract pressing from RCA.
I have only found those labels on albums pressed between September, 1968, and February, 1969.

Frank


Great web page with astounding attention to detail. Many thanks!
 
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Post subject: RE: Re: RE: Led Zeppelin on purple/tan Atlantic questions  PostPosted: Aug 11, 2013 - 07:32 PM
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These pressings were made for the RCA Record Club. They used leftover label stock.
 
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Post subject: RE: Re: RE: Led Zeppelin on purple/tan Atlantic questions  PostPosted: Aug 11, 2013 - 08:43 PM
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They are NOT leftover labels. They are, in fact, entirely different labels printed for RCA Victor.

*The genuine Atco label from 1968 has "STEREO" in white as PART OF THE BACKDROP; the mono labels are entirely different colors.
*Also, the gold "ATCO" across the middle of the Atco label is part of the backdrop. On these issues, the space is blank, filled
in with Atlantic or Atco information overprinted in black.
*In addition, the words "ATCO RECORDS" in white appear as part of the backdrop at 3 o'clock on the Atco label.
*Finally, the bottom half of the Atco label is a brighter gold in color -- not a dull gold/brown as found on these issues.



This label is an RCA (Atco)....
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Arthur-Conley-More-Sweet-Soul-Stereo-Atco-Orig-1969-Shrink-Rare-NM-/261228643209?pt=Music_on_Vinyl&hash=item3cd270c389

This label is an RCA (Atlantic)...
http://i.ebayimg.com/t/BOOKER-T-THE-M-GS-the-best-of-LP-VG-SD-8202-1st-Purple-Gold-1968-Record-/00/s/MTYwMFgxNTky/z/1HwAAOxy0QtSBSbm/$(KGrHqZHJE0FHlvSt8RmBSBSbmTUmg~~60_57.JPG
Copy and paste the full link into your browser.

Notice the pressing rings and printing. Definitely RCA print on the labels, too, but the label backdrops are NOT standard Atco issues.
These are NEW labels used by RCA when they pressed for Atlantic/Atco in late 1968-early 1969. This label was ONLY used on RCA
pressings.

Whether or not they were released for the RCA Record Club is not known. They do not have matrix numbers that would indicate a special use.
Instead, all of them have standard (Atlantic) matrix info followed by -1S, -2S, -3S, or -4S -- RCA Stamper codes.
The covers are not marked for record club purposes either.

However, it is widely believed that RCA made these records for distribution through their club.



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Post subject: RE: Re: RE: Led Zeppelin on purple/tan Atlantic questions  PostPosted: Aug 12, 2013 - 11:14 AM






Is this the Led Zeppelin lp that your asking about?

http://www.collectorsfrenzy.com/details/261128812717/LED_ZEPPELIN_I_1_1st_LP_1969_UK_1st_Press_MINT_TURQUOISE_STEREO_ATLANTIC_588171

http://www.collectorsfrenzy.com/details/251168932006/Led_Zeppelin_ST_1969_1st_Press_A1_B1_Turquoise_STUNNING_NEAR_MINT_RARE_GRAIL
 
   
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Post subject: RE: Re: RE: Led Zeppelin on purple/tan Atlantic questions  PostPosted: Aug 12, 2013 - 04:15 PM
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I can vouch that the RCA Victor record club definitely used that "purple & tan/black stereo print" label - for my 12th Birthday in 1970, my folks let me pick out 2 stereo LPs from their RCA record club account (to go with the snazzy new GE Widlcat they got me), so I picked LZ1 and Cream Goodbye - and they were both on that label. My guess would be that it was RCA's all-purpose label for all Atlantic/Atco product.
 
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Zep 1 it ain't, but is a tri-colored (stereo, i believe) Cream 'Disraeli Gears' worth anything?
I would surmise a mono pressing would be more desirable, but was just curious (thanks)
 
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