Crackers

(TAKRL - The Amazing Kornyphone Record Label)

S1: BREATHE*/ON THE RUN/TIME/BREATHE (REPRISE)/THE GREAT GIG IN THE SKY
S2: MONEY/US AND THEM/ANY COLOUR YOU LIKE/BRAIN DAMAGE/ ECLIPSE
S3: ONE OF THESE DAYS/CAREFUL WITH THAT AXE EUGENE
S4: ECHOES
S5: A SAUCERFUL OF SECRETS
S6: SET THE CONTROLS FOR THE HEART OF THE SUN

SQ: EXCELLENT STEREO

SOURCE: HOLLYWOOD BOWL, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA 22-09-1972 EXCEPT * RAINBOW THEATRE LONDON 20-02-1972.

COMMENTS: AMERICAN BOOTLEG IN PLAIN COVER (FOR THE EARLY PRESSINGS) WITH INSERT. RE-PRESSED MANY TIMES IN SEVERAL VARIATIONS AS SHOWN BELOW.

NOTES FROM TAKRL: 'OUR ONLY TRIPLE ALBUM, ORIGINAL EDITION CONTAINED POSTER OF DR. TERENCE H. 'TELLY' PHONE. ALL THREES'.

FIRST PRESSING: THE FIRST PRESSING CAME WITH ONE OR TWO PLAIN WHITE COVERS AND THE 'JAPANESE GIRL' INSERT. THE LABELS WERE A MIXTURE OF CREAM OR YELLOW AND WHITE. MOSTLY WITH 'SIDE ONE' AND 'SIDE TWO' PRINTED ON THE LABELS FOR THE FIRST TWO DISCS, AND 'SIDE THREE' AND 'SIDE FOUR' PRINTED ON THE THIRD DISC. HOWEVER, SOME COPIES HAVE 'SIDE ONE' AND 'SIDE TWO' LABELS ON ALL THREE DISCS. TAKRL'S MATRIX NUMBERS STARTED WITH THE NUMBER OF DISCS IN THE ALBUM, HENCE 3 FOR 'CRACKERS'.

NO FIRST PRESSINGS APPEAR TO EXIST WITHOUT THE CORRECTED MATRIX NUMBERS - INCLUDING AN OVERWRITTEN DIGIT '3' ON EVERY SIDE (SHOWN BELOW). THIS (PLUS THE SIDE NUMBERS ON THE LABELS) WOULD SUGGEST THAT TAKRL WERE AT ONE POINT PLANNING TO RELEASE THIS AS ONE SINGLE ALBUM (DISC ONE) AND ONE DOUBLE ALBUM (DISCS TWO AND THREE), BEFORE REVERTING TO THEIR ORIGINAL DECISION TO RELEASE THIS AS A TRIPLE ALBUM. RELEASED CIRCA 1975/6.

ACCORDING TO TAKRL THE FIRST PRESSING CONTAINED A POSTER OF 'DR. TELLY PHONE' HOWEVER, NONE HAVE EVER BEEN FOUND INSIDE A COPY OF CRACKERS, ALTHOUGH THERE ARE TAKRL 'TELLY PHONE' POSTERS WHICH CAME WITH THE 'TANKS FOR THE MAMMARIES' TAKRL COMPILATION ALBUM, WHICH WAS RELEASED IN 1978.

RARITY RATING:

FIRST PRESSING MATRIX NUMBERS...

S1: TAKRL 1969 A (THE DIGIT 1 IS A CORRECTION, WRITTEN OVER A DIGIT 3)
S2: TAKRL 1969 B (THE DIGIT 1 IS A CORRECTION, WRITTEN OVER A DIGIT 3)
S3: TAKRL 2969 A (THE DIGIT 2 IS A CORRECTION, WRITTEN OVER A DIGIT 3 PLUS A LETTER 'C' IS CROSSED OUT AND LETTER 'A' ADDED.)
S4: TAKRL 2069 B (THE DIGIT 2 IS A CORRECTION, WRITTEN OVER A DIGIT 3 PLUS A LETTER 'D' IS CROSSED OUT AND LETTER 'B' ADDED.)
S5: TAKRL 2969 C (THE DIGIT 2 IS A CORRECTION, WRITTEN OVER A DIGIT 3 PLUS A LETTER 'A' IS CROSSED OUT AND LETTER 'C' ADDED.)
S6: TAKRL 2969 D (THE DIGIT 2 IS A CORRECTION, WRITTEN OVER A DIGIT 3 PLUS A LETTER 'B' IS CROSSED OUT AND LETTER 'D' ADDED.)

SECOND PRESSING: THE SECOND PRESSING CAME WITH SILVER ON BLACK 'WORLD RECORDS' LABELS. PRESSED FROM THE SAME PLATES AS THE FIRST PRESSING. PRODUCED CIRCA 1976.

RARITY RATING:

SECOND PRESSING MATRIX NUMBERS...

S1: TAKRL 1969 A (THE DIGIT 1 IS A CORRECTION, WRITTEN OVER A DIGIT 3)
S2: TAKRL 1969 B (THE DIGIT 1 IS A CORRECTION, WRITTEN OVER A DIGIT 3)
S3: TAKRL 2969 A (THE DIGIT 2 IS A CORRECTION, WRITTEN OVER A DIGIT 3 PLUS A LETTER 'C' IS CROSSED OUT AND LETTER 'A' ADDED.)
S4: TAKRL 2069 B (THE DIGIT 2 IS A CORRECTION, WRITTEN OVER A DIGIT 3 PLUS A LETTER 'D' IS CROSSED OUT AND LETTER 'B' ADDED.)
S5: TAKRL 2969 C (THE DIGIT 2 IS A CORRECTION, WRITTEN OVER A DIGIT 3 PLUS A LETTER 'A' IS CROSSED OUT AND LETTER 'C' ADDED.)
S6: TAKRL 2969 D (THE DIGIT 2 IS A CORRECTION, WRITTEN OVER A DIGIT 3 PLUS A LETTER 'B' IS CROSSED OUT AND LETTER 'D' ADDED.)

THIRD PRESSING: SAME AS THE SECOND PRESSING EXCEPT FOR THE USE OF 'SPINDIZZIE' LABELS. PRODUCED CIRCA 1978.

RARITY RATING:

THIRD PRESSING MATRIX NUMBERS...

S1: TAKRL 1969 A (THE DIGIT 1 IS A CORRECTION, WRITTEN OVER A DIGIT 3)
S2: TAKRL 1969 B (THE DIGIT 1 IS A CORRECTION, WRITTEN OVER A DIGIT 3)
S3: TAKRL 2969 A (THE DIGIT 2 IS A CORRECTION, WRITTEN OVER A DIGIT 3 PLUS A LETTER 'C' IS CROSSED OUT AND LETTER 'A' ADDED.)
S4: TAKRL 2069 B (THE DIGIT 2 IS A CORRECTION, WRITTEN OVER A DIGIT 3 PLUS A LETTER 'D' IS CROSSED OUT AND LETTER 'B' ADDED.)
S5: TAKRL 2969 C (THE DIGIT 2 IS A CORRECTION, WRITTEN OVER A DIGIT 3 PLUS A LETTER 'A' IS CROSSED OUT AND LETTER 'C' ADDED.)
S6: TAKRL 2969 D (THE DIGIT 2 IS A CORRECTION, WRITTEN OVER A DIGIT 3 PLUS A LETTER 'B' IS CROSSED OUT AND LETTER 'D' ADDED.)

FOURTH PRESSING: THE FOURTH PRESSING MARKED THE FIRST APPEARANCE OF A DELUXE PRINTED COVER WITH THE JAPANESE GIRL ON THE FRONT AND A GROUP SHOT ON THE BACK. THREE DIFFERENT LABEL SETS WERE USED FOR THIS PRESSING. ONE CAME WITH PLAIN WHITE LABELS WITH 'SIDE ONE' TO 'SIDE SIX' PRINTED IN SMALL LETTERS NEAR THE CENTRE HOLE, ANOTHER VERSION HAD THE YELLOW/WHITE LABEL MIXTURE AND THE LAST ONE USED 'MONIQUE D'OZO' AND 'BLANK' RECORD LABELS.THE SAME PRESSING PLATES WERE USED FOR THIS AS PREVIOUS PRESSINGS BUT THE MATRIX NUMBERS WERE CROSSED OUT AND NEW ONES ADDED. PRODUCED CIRCA. 1978.

RARITY RATING: (WHITE 'SIDE ONE' TO 'SIDE SIX' LABELS) (YELLOW/WHITE & MONIQUE D'OZO/BLANK LABELS)

FOURTH PRESSING MATRIX NUMBERS...

S1: TAKRL 1969 A (CROSSED OUT) NEW MATRIX: 3969A
S2: TAKRL 1969 B (CROSSED OUT) NEW MATRIX: 3969B
S3: TAKRL 2969 A (CROSSED OUT) NEW MATRIX: 3969C
S4: TAKRL 2069 B (CROSSED OUT) NEW MATRIX: 3969D
S5: TAKRL 2969 C (CROSSED OUT) NEW MATRIX: 3969E
S6: TAKRL 2969 D (CROSSED OUT) NEW MATRIX: 3969F

FIFTH PRESSING: FIRST APPEARANCE OF THE CRACKERS BOX SET. THE PICTURE ON THE INSERT WAS CHANGED AND A BLACK BOX WAS USED INSTEAD OF A WHITE COVER. A NEW SET OF PRESSING PLATES WERE MADE FOR THIS PRESSING WITH NO CORRECTED OR CROSSED OUT MATRIX NUMBERS TO BEGIN WITH. THREE DIFFERENT SETS OF LABELS WERE USED: THREE PLAIN WHITE LABELS - PLAIN BROWN, GREEN AND WHITE LABELS - AND LASTLY, BLUE 'OSCAR RECORDS' LABELS. RELEASED CIRCA 1979.

RARITY RATING:

FIFTH PRESSING MATRIX NUMBERS...

S1: C3969 E
S2: C3969 F
S3: C3969 A
S4: C3969 B
S5: C3969 C
S6: C3969 D

SIXTH PRESSING: THE SIXTH PRESSING WAS FROM THE SAME PLATES AS THE FIFTH PRESSING BUT THREE OF THE MATRIX NUMBERS WERE NOW CROSSED OUT. AND AGAIN, LIKE THE FIFTH PRESSING, THREE DIFFERENT SETS OF LABELS WERE USED: ONE SET HAD 'HAIRY MAN' (WHITE), 'JOKERS FACE' (RED)) & 'EMPIRE' (RED) LABELS, ANOTHER HAD 'AMERICAN INDIAN' (WHITE & RED) LABELS, AND THE THIRD SET HAD (WHITE) 'DWARF WITH HAMMER' & 'DUCK DETECTIVE' LABELS, & (YELLOW) 'INCREDIBLE HULK' LABELS. RELEASED CIRCA 1981.

RARITY RATING:

SIXTH PRESSING MATRIX NUMBERS...

S1: C3969 (CROSSED OUT) E
S2: C3969 (CROSSED OUT) F
S3: C3969 A
S4: C3969 B
S5: C3969 (CROSSED OUT) C
S6: C3969 D

SEVENTH: SAME AS THE SIXTH PRESSING BUT WITH ANOTHER MATRIX NUMBER CROSSED OUT. FOR THIS PRESSING THE INSERT WAS BROWN ON WHITE PRINT AND THE LABELS WERE PLAIN WHITE. CIRCA. 1983.

RARITY RATING:

SEVENTH PRESSING MATRIX NUMBERS...

S1: C3969 (CROSSED OUT) E
S2: C3969 (CROSSED OUT) F
S3: C3969 (CROSSED OUT) A
S4: C3969 B
S5: C3969 (CROSSED OUT) C
S6: C3969 D

EIGHTH PRESSING: SAME AS THE SEVENTH PRESSING BUT WITH ANOTHER MATRIX NUMBER CROSSED OUT AND A RED OR BLUE 'TEST PRESSING' LABEL ON DISC THREE. CIRCA. 1983.

RARITY RATING:

EIGHTH PRESSING MATRIX NUMBERS...

S1: C3969 (CROSSED OUT) E
S2: C3969 (CROSSED OUT) F
S3: C3969 (CROSSED OUT) A
S4: C3969 B
S5: C3969 (CROSSED OUT) C
S6: C3969 (CROSSED OUT) D

NINTH PRESSING: A NEW SET OF PRESSING PLATES WERE MADE FOR THIS RELEASE, WHICH HAD RED OR PALE GREEN OSCAR LABELS AND NEW MATRIX NUMBERS. SOME COPIES HAVE APPEARED WITH WHITE COVERS AND AN EXTRA REAR INSERT WHICH ARE POSSIBLY RE-PACKAGES FROM THE NOUGHTIES. PRESSED CIRCA. 1987.

RARITY RATING:

NINTH PRESSING MATRIX NUMBERS...

S1: VD007# 3969 E
S2: VD008# 3969 F
S3: VD003# 3969 A
S4: VD004# 3969 B
S5: VD005# 3969 C
S6: VD006# 3969 D

TENTH PRESSING: THIS PRESSING USED THE BLACK BOX AGAIN WITH BLUE OR GREEN OSCAR LABELS AND HAD 'L29467' ADDED TO THE MATRIX NUMBERS ON EACH SIDE. PRESSED CIRCA. 1988.

RARITY RATING:

TENTH PRESSING MATRIX NUMBERS...

S1: VD007# 3969 E L29467
S2: VD008# 3969 F L29467
S3: VD003# 3969 A L29467
S4: VD004# 3969 B L29467
S5: VD005# 3969 C L29467
S6: VD006# 3969 D L29467

ELEVENTH PRESSING: THIS PRESSING REVERTED TO A WHITE COVER AGAIN, AND HAD MORE MATRIX NUMBER ALTERATIONS. GREEN OSCAR LABELS (LOOKS GREY IN THE PIC). PRESSED CIRCA. 1988.

RARITY RATING:

ELEVENTH PRESSING MATRIX NUMBERS...

S1: VD007# 3969 E (CROSSED OUT) D104-5 L29467
S2: VD008# 3969 F (CROSSED OUT) D104-6 L29467
S3: VD003# 3969 A (CROSSED OUT) D104-1 L29467
S4: VD004# 3969 B (CROSSED OUT) D104-2 L29467
S5: VD005# 3969 C L29467
S6: VD006# 3969 D L29467

NON-TAKRL PRESSING: THIS APPEARS TO BE A NON-TAKRL PRESSING. IT'S A 'NEEDLE DROP' COPY OF THE TAKRL PRESSING, WITH THE POPS AND SKIPS FROM THE PRESSING IT WAS COPIED FROM. RELEASED WITH BOTH INSERT AND DELUXE COVERS. THE LABELS ARE SIMILAR TO THE 'SIDE ONE' TAKRL LABELS ALTHOUGH THE PRINT IS A LITTLE FINER. ON THIS PRESSING THE LEFT CHANNEL DROPS OUT DURING 'TIME' AND 'ECLIPSE' STOPS EARLY, AND THE SOUND HAS SPEED ISSUES ALSO. THE DATE OF THIS PRESSING IS UNKNOWN BUT IT'S POST 1978.

RARITY RATING:

MATRIX NUMBERS...

S1: 1969 B
S2: 1969 B
S3: 2969 A
S4: 2069 B
S5: 2969 C
S6: 8969 D

CREDIT AND THANKS: TO RAYMOND STEEG FOR HIS HELP AND EXPERTISE.

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