The Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle (Virgin VD 2510)
Released 26th February 1979
Side One. The God Save The Queen Symphony / Rock Around The Clock / Johnny B. Goode / Road Runner / Black Arabs / Watcha Gonna Do About It / Anarchy In The U.K.
Side Two. Silly Thing / Substitute / Don't Give Me No Lip Child / (I'm Not Your) Stepping Stone / Lonely Boy / Something Else
Side Three. L'Anarchie Pour Le U.K. / Einmal Belsen War Bortefflich / Einmal Belsen War Wirflich Bortefflich / No One Is Innocent / My Way
Side Four. C'mon Everybody / E.M.I. (Orch.) / The Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle / You Need Hands / Friggin' In The Riggin'
Introduction. Following the confusion over the track listing of Never Mind The Bollocks, the release of the double LP The Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle followed a similiar pattern, with the "powers that be" unable to decide on the final set until the manufacturing process was already underway. Version 1 was quickly replaced with Version 2, however copies of the first pressing were available in the shops for some time after release. The version that appeared in your local shop was down to chance.
Version One Notes. 23 tracks. Version 1 of the album starts off with the intrumental version of The God Save The Queen Symphony, which is minus the McLaren vocal. The LP also includes Whatcha Gonna Do About It. Lonely Boy has brief extra chat at the end of the track; the same as the Japanese pressing. This is not the cut on Version 2 or standard pressings of the LP from other countries.
The track listing on the inside of the gatefold sleeve lists the songs 1 - 22 (not 23! Rock Around The Clock is the song not listed) and bear little relation to the actual running order. It also seems whoever was given the job of listing the songs on the sleeve did not know all the titles: Friggin' In The Riggin' is known here as The Good Ship Venus, and C'Mon Everybody as Come On Everybody. No One Is Innocent goes under the alternative title of Cosh The Driver. Lettering on the spine is in red.
Copies of this sleeve were also used with the Version 2 records to compound the confusion, and in some cases the cover stickers from Version 2 appeared on the Version 1 sleeve. The insert (see Version 2) was usually included when the Version 2 records were housed in the Version 1 sleeve.