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THE GREAT ROCK 'N' ROLL SWINDLE DOUBLE ALBUM
JAPAN - UNIQUE COLUMBIA PRESSING

- By Phil Singleton, Simon Gallagher and Andy Biddle

Japanese Double LP Unique Pressing (Nippon Columbia YB-7004/5-AX)

The Japanese pressing of the The Great Rock ‘N’ Roll Swindle double album, included an orchestral track Love Is A Song, which is unique to the Japanese release.

It raises a number of questions.
What is it doing on the LP? The connection is Bambi. The song was composed by Larry Morey and Frank Churchill for Disney's film Bambi. Perhaps it was included in original Swindle documentation as a possible inclusion, in reference to the film's earlier incarnation as Who Killed Bambi? Who recorded the version on this LP? Was it originally done for the Swindle film or taken directly from Disney? The album offers no clues.

The Japanese pressing also includes a cut of Lonely Boy which features brief extra chat at the end, which is not on standard pressings of the LP from other countries. It is worth noting that this extra chat is also on the rare Australian / Australasia pressing, however on the Australian pressing it's in the fade out, and therefore not as clear as the Japanese mix.

The gatefold sleeve was based on the UK Version 2 sleeve, however the track listing in the four boxes has been altered to the correct running order - again this is unique to this pressing (pictured below). Love Is A Song is not listed. Note the inclusion of Anarchy in The U.K. on side one and the different lettering for EMI, which was perhaps altered for the same reason the record company logos are also removed from the gatefold sleeve.

In addition to the obi-strip, the catalogue number is printed on the top right of the front sleeve. Lettering on the spine is in white.

A fold-out poster was issued with the LP along with a black and white double-sided insert.

The labels (see below) contain a number of mis-spellings and errors e.g. Bamby. The track listing here retains these mistakes. The labels on both LPs state Side 1 and Side 2.

Side 1 YB-7004-AX
God Save The Queen (Symphony)
Johnny B. Goode
Road Runner
Black Arabs
What You Gonna Do About It
Anarchy In The U.K.

Side 2 YB-7004-AX
Substitute
No Lip
Stepping Stones
Anarchie Pour Le U.K.
Belson Was A Gas
Belson Was A Gassor

Side 1 (i.e. Side 3) YB-7005-AX
Lonely Boy
Something Else
Silly Thing
Love Is A Song
Rock Around The Clock
Cosh The Driver (No One Is Innocent)
My Way

Side 2 (i.e. Side 4) YB-7005-AX
C'mon Everybody
E.M.I. (Orchestra)
Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle
Friggin In The Riggin
You Need Hands
Who Killed Bamby

Japanese Double LP Unique Pressing (Nippon Columbia YB-7004/5-AX)

Japanese Double LP Unique Pressing (Nippon Columbia YB-7004/5-AX)

Japanese Double LP Unique Pressing (Nippon Columbia YB-7004/5-AX)
Catalogue number top right of sleeve front Japanese Double LP Unique Pressing (Nippon Columbia YB-7004/5-AX)
Columbia text bottom of sleeve rear

Japanese Double LP Unique Pressing (Nippon Columbia YB-7004/5-AX)
Japanese Double LP Unique Pressing (Nippon Columbia YB-7004/5-AX)
Unique track layout on sleeve - this is the correct order!
Japanese Double LP Unique Pressing (Nippon Columbia YB-7004/5-AX)
The Japanese censors got busy with the gatefold sleeve,
deleting the record company logos.......
..... removing the swastika from Sid's T-shirt in the cartoon sequence, blanking "Catwoman's" nether regions.....
Japanese Double LP Unique Pressing (Nippon Columbia YB-7004/5-AX)
......and Sid grabbing his balls. Japanese Double LP Unique Pressing (Nippon Columbia YB-7004/5-AX)
Japanese Pressing
Japanese Pressing
Japanese Pressing
Japanese Pressing

Fold Out Insert: Both sides pictured below

Japanese Pressing
Close-up of bottom right section below

Japanese Pressing
Close-up of track listing below

Japanese Double LP Unique Pressing (Nippon Columbia YB-7004/5-AX)

Japanese Double LP Unique Pressing (Nippon Columbia YB-7004/5-AX)


Below: Fold Out Poster
Japanese Double LP Unique Pressing

Special thanks to Simon Gallagher and Andy Biddle.

© Phil Singleton and Simon Gallagher / www.sex-pistols.net 2011
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