CASUALTIES

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Company: Capitol records (fake)

matrix: SEAX-1-11950 1 / SEAX-2-11950

release date: August 1980

 

SIDE A

1. PLEASE PLEASE ME 1:56

2. I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND 2:19

3. MONEY (THAT'S WHAT I WANT) 2:45

4. A HARD DAY'S NIGHT 2:28

5. I'LL CRY INSTEAD 2:02

6. TICKET TO RIDE 3:03

7. YES IT IS 2:38

8. DAY TRIPPER 2:44

9. I'M ONLY SLEEPING 2:56

 

SIDE B

10. STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER 4:02

11. I AM THE WALRUS 4:35

12. ONLY A NORTHERN SONG 3:23

13. REVOLUTION 3:23

14. HER MAJESTY 0:23

15. LET IT BE 3:48

16. HELLO GOODBYE (incomplete) 0:39

 

Sound quality: EX-stereo

 

Source:

1: mono mix (different vocals)

2, 4, 6, 16: UK mixes

3: mono mix (different piano intro)

5: US longer version (with extra verse)

7, 12, 13, 15: UK mono mixes

8: different intro mix

9: mono mix (with backward guitars)

10: European mix

11: EMI Studios, November 6, 1967, take 17 (backing track)

14: EMI Studios, July 2, 1969, take 3 (with uncut finale)

COMMENTS

This pirate LP is a sequel to COLLECTOR'S ITEMS, produced by the same bootleggers, with some relatively uncommon mixes for the US market and two unfinished tracks. The most interesting item is the backing track to I am the walrus, for the first time complete.

RELEASES

1. August 1980. The first pressing is on a full color picture disc, featuring the "Butcher cover'' and, on the back, fully detailed notes (in the same style as on the US RARITIES  LP).

Late 1980. A copy in black wax was immediately produced from the original stampers, and distributed with a full color deluxe jacket reproducing the picture disc. The liner notes in the back cover were slightly different. It has plain brownish labels with rubber-stamped BEATLES on one side.

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Early 1981. The LP was remastered by the same producers, on matrix SPRO 1-9469 / SPRO-2-9469 and distributed with the same jacket and custom black labels with title and track listing.

BEWARE to counterfeits in much decreased sound quality! (see below).

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INTEREST. Another classical release, even though not particularly interesting for its musical content. The picture disc is still relatively common and is a nice collector item (***). The repressing in black vinyl from the original stampers is quite difficult to find (***), whereas the version from the new masters is not rare - even though from time to time it is proposed at absurdly high prices (**).

COUNTERFEITS

The same bootleggers who counterfeited COLLECTOR'S ITEMS released, in 1982, a counterfeit of CASUALTIES, on matrix 9469-A / 9469-B. This is a terrible version, produced starting from a worne copy of the original record, with strong loss of quality, moreover some intros and codas have been cut out, the entire coda of track 10 is missing and track 16 has been omitted. It has plain light brownish labels (some copies have a stamped title on side A simulating a Capitol Promo LP) and also the photo on the jacket has a lower quality. This counterfeit is more common than the original release.

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Similarly to COLLECTOR'S ITEMS, also this record had a limited pressing of 50 copies in blue wax, with the copy number indicated on the back cover and the label.

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INTEREST. Avoid throwing out your money for the awful counterfeit, unless you are a completist (*). Obviously, the limited pressing version in blue wax has its interest for collectors (***).

Also the picture disc was counterfeited. However, the producers apparently weren't able to find a copy of the original picture disc, and therefore they used the printed jacket of the black vinyl version for realizing the picture disc. The ridiculous result was a record with the title chopped off the front and part of the notes off the back...

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INTEREST. A true nonsense. *.

THE JAPANESE 2-LP SET

A copy of the first version of COLLECTOR'S ITEMS and a copy of the original version of CASUALTIES were used for a 2-LP set produced in Japan, with a monochromatic printed jacket with the "Butcher cover". The discs had plain white labels and were pressed, respectively, from the matrixes SPRO-9462 A 1E / SPRO-9462 A 1E and SEAX 11950 A 1E / SEAX 11950 B 1E, as usual in the Japanese records machine-printed. The sound quality is comparable to the sources.

 
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INTEREST. Usable only for completist collectors and for the Japanese market. **.