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THE GREAT ROCK 'N' ROLL SWINDLE
AUSTRALIA/AUSTRALASIA - UNIQUE PRESSINGS

- By James Burn and Simon Gallagher

Australian / Australasia Double LP 22 Track Unique Pressing (Virgin VD2510)

Pressings of The Great Rock ‘N’ Roll Swindle double album made for Australasia (i.e. pressed for both New Zealand and Australia) and Australia, not only have a totally unique running order, but contain mixes of Lonely Boy and Black Arabs which have never appeared anywhere else. These pressings have never been referred to before in any publication.

What are the possible origins? The first Australian Swindle LP pressing was on Wizard Records (coloured vinyl) and was apparently recalled due to poor quality.

The Virgin Record albums come with the UK paper insert which lists the "correct" running order, even though it's not correct for these pressings. The sleeve is the same as UK Version 2.

The labels (see below) have the same track listing as the common UK second pressing, minus Belsen Vos A Gasser (Einmal Belsen War Wirflich Bortefflich). However, astonishingly, the records play the following:

Side One (This side gathers together all the 1976 recordings and makes for great listening).
Johnny B. Goode
Road Runner. Notes: Track concludes with banter and noises missing from regular pressings. Although this material is on the Pirates of Destiny CD, here it is of a better quality.
Watcha Gonna Do About It
Anarchy In The U.K. Notes: “Bible quotation” Goodman produced version.
Substitute
No Lip
Stepping Stone

Side Two
Lonely Boy. Notes: A blatantly different mix. The track has noticeable reverb giving a rougher sound with pounding drums. The vocals are mixed slightly lower. It contains an extra couple of bars near the end which momentarily turn it into another song. It finishes with additional chat not on the regular pressing of the track (see also Japanese Unique Pressing).
Belsen Was A Gas
Something Else
Silly Thing
C'mon Everybody

Side Three (This side gathers together non guitar tracks, with the exception of My Way which itself has an orchestral beginning)
You Need Hands. Notes: Amazingly clear.
God Save The Queen (Symphony). Notes: The instrumental version without McLaren’s vocal. The mastering is superb giving a lovely warm sound, eclipsing the standard pressings.
Anarchie Pour L'U.K.
E.M.I. (Orch.)
My Way

Side Four
Friggin' In The Riggin'
Black Arabs. Notes: A completely different beginning to the usual version with a massively extended intro as well as a longer fade out at the end. The track also has extra horn and synthesizer overdubs. It has a different vocal take for the majority of the track and is also missing some vocals; the God Save The Queen segment is vastly different. Overall it sounds sparser and unfinished compared to the normal version, but superb nonetheless.
No One Is Innocent
Einmal Belsen War Wirflich Bortefflich
The Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle

Additional note: The album omits Who Killed Bambi, Rock Around The Clock and I Wanna Be Me.

Australia Pressing – Glossy Sleeve (right)

The labels on this version are green/red Virgin labels, dated 1979. It has also been issued with the same labels as Virgin promos from 1984 (turquoise / gray) so it could have been re-issued as late as then. The gatefold sleeve is identical to the UK version in design with the business card design for the track list and the red spine lettering, although the spine has been pressed off centre.

Side 1 Green label, Record 1 VD2510 MX4212 (Runout – MX194212 D2510 - 1)
Side 2 Red label, Record 1 VD2510 MX4213 (Runout – MX194213 V2510 - 2)
Side 3 Green label, Record 2 VD2510 MX4214 (Runout – MX194214 VD2510 - 3)
Side 4 Red label, Record 2 VD2510 MX4215 (Runout – MX194215 VD2510 - 1)

Australia Pressing – Glossy Sleeve
Australia Pressing
Australia Pressing
Note: Belsen Vos A Gasser (Einmal Belsen War Wirflich Bortefflich) omitted from label
Australia Pressing
Australia Pressing

Australasia Pressing – Matt Sleeve (right)

The labels on this version are green/red Virgin labels, dated 1979. The gatefold sleeve is identical to the UK version in design with the business card design for the track list.

The label details and the matrix numbers on the run outs are jumbled up:
Side 1 Green label VD2510 – 1A (Runout – MX194213 Rec 1 S1 VD2510-1A-Z)
Side 2 Red label VD2510 – 1B (Runout – MX194213 Rec 1 Side 2 VD2510-1A-Z)
Side 3 Green label (Actually states Side 1) VD2510 – 2A (Runout – MX194214)
Side 4 Red label (Actually states Side 2) VD2510 – 2B (Runout – MX194214)

Australasia Pressing – Matt Sleeve
Australasia Pressing
Australasia Pressing
Note: Belsen Vos A Gasser (Einmal Belsen War Wirflich Bortefflich) omitted from label
Australasia Pressing
Australasia Pressing

Swindle Australian LP
Gatefold sleeve - featuring "business card" track listing - same design as UK Version 2.

Special thanks to James Burn and Simon Gallagher.

© James Burn and Simon Gallagher / www.sex-pistols.net 2010
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