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THE GREAT ROCK 'N' ROLL SWINDLE DOUBLE LP
UNITED KINGDOM - VERSION 2
- By Phil Singleton

The Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle (Virgin VD 2510)
Released 26th February 1979

Side One. The God Save The Queen Symphony / Johnny B. Goode / Road Runner / Black Arabs / Anarchy In The U.K.
Side Two. Substitute / Don't Give Me No Lip Child / (I'm Not Your) Stepping Stone / L'Anarchie Pour Le U.K. / Einmal Belsen War Bortefflich / Einmal Belsen War Wirflich Bortefflich
Side Three. Silly Thing / My Way / I Wanna Be Me / Something Else / Rock Around The Clock / Lonely Boy / No One Is Innocent
Side Four. C'mon Everybody / E.M.I. (Orch.) / The Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle / Friggin' In The Riggin' / You Need Hands / Who Killed Bambi

Version Two Notes. Version 2 became the definitive running order for the LP.
24 tracks. The vocal mix of The God Save The Queen Symphony replaced the instrumental version on version 1, and Watcha Gonna Do About It was removed. Two tracks were added to version 2, I Wanna Be Me and Who Killed Bambi, pushing the number of tracks up from 23 to 24.
The two tracks now missing from the LP (God Save The Queen Symphony instrumental and Watcha Gonna Do About It) subsequently appeared on the B-side of the C'Mon Everybody single released 1st July 1979.

The sleeve had two cover stickers, one on the front and one on the back. The cover sticker proclaimed "Film soundtrack featuring 21 new tracks." The previously released tracks at the time were I Wanna Be Me, No One Is Innocent, and My Way. (Anarchy In The U.K. was a reworked Goodman produced demo - previously unavailable).
This sticker was changed twice during 1979. One stated "Film soundtrack featuring 20 new tracks" and the second was a plain red sticker to plug the later hit singles "Includes the smash hits C'mon Everybody, Silly Thing, Something Else ."
The sticker on the back stated "The Whole Story" and listed band members.

As well as the stickers, the sleeve differed from version 1 in two significant ways. The back cover came with McLaren's "Oliver Twist" manifesto, "The true and dirty tale...." previously aired on a flyer for the Pistols' Christmas Day 1977 Huddersfield gig and subsequent Seditionaries clothing. This time it mused "...and so in 1979 there still remains the Sex Pistols..." giving rise to hope that the band may still be active.
The second difference was the track listing on the inside gatefold, which was now illustrated using a business card design, one card per side of the LP. Lettering on the spine is in white (Version 1 is red).

To add to the confusion, the track listing on the sleeve reflects Version 1 of the LP (with one exception, Who Killed Bambi replacing Anarchy), not Version 2! It seems the sleeve was revised based on Version 1, but the track listing and order was then changed. To get out of this new mix-up, an insert with the correct listing was included with copies of the LP.
The labels on sides 2 and 4 state "Sorry about incorrect track listing on sleeve - it's another Swindle!"

The Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle (Virgin VD 2510)
Front and rear of gatefold sleeve

The Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle (Virgin VD 2510)
Inside of gatefold sleeve
The Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle (Virgin VD 2510)
Insert with correct track listing
The Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle (Virgin VD 2510)
Stickers used on LP
The Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle (Virgin VD 2510)
Rare sticker "Film soundtrack featuring 20 new tracks"
The Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle (Virgin VD 2510)
Later sticker; summer 79
The Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle (Virgin VD 2510)
The Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle (Virgin VD 2510)
Sides 1 & 3
The Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle (Virgin VD 2510)
Side 2
The Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle (Virgin VD 2510)
Side 4

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Special thanks to Peter Reich, Frank Crap, and Andy Biddle for scanning their collections for use in this feature.

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