SOLDIER OF LOVE
Company: Contra Band Music
Matrix Number: TB-1022-A / TB-1022-B
Release Date: June-July 1974
1. I'LL BE ON MY WAY 1:54
2. TILL THERE WAS YOU 2:03
3. DO THE OZ 2:49
4. Ed Sullivan intro SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY 3:09
5. I GOT A WOMAN (incomplete) 1:26
6. SOLDIER OF LOVE (LAY DOWN YOUR ARMS) (incomplete) 1:52
7. MURRAY THE K: AS IT HAPPENED 15:34
Sound Quality: G-mono
1: BBC radio “Side by side’’, June 24, 1963 (F)
2: CBS TV “Ed Sullivan Show’’, Feb. 9, 1964
3: Elastic Oz Band single, 1971
4: CBS TV “Ed Sullivan show’’, May 17, 1970
5: BBC radio “Saturday Club’’, Apr. 4, 1964
6: BBC radio “Pop go the Beatles’’, July 16, 1963 (P - slow)
7: Murray “the K’’ fan club record, 1964; interviews
This record features the first appearance of tracks 1, 5 and 6, unfortunately in quite poor quality, plus other less interesting material, in part taken from a fan club record. The As It Happened segment includes a few seconds of The Beatles on stage at Wembley on April 26th, 1964 performing She Loves You.
1. June-July 1974 (photo below the title). The first pressing came with a yellow paper insert with the CBM pirate logo and a back cover insert of a drawing by “D’Anunzio’’ (who also did the artwork for most of the Instant Analysis releases) glued over the generic “J. Fish” cartoon which was actually printed on the sleeve. The record itself had a yellow CBM pirate label.
2. Late 1974. Same front and back inserts as #1, but usually the jackets did not have the drawing by J. Fish printed on the back. The records had the green label with pirate.
3. Early 1975. Same insert as above, with the number 1022 added by side of the title. The labels were seldom used by CBM: a printed number 1 / 2 to indicate the sides.
Late 1975 and 1976. These records had the same insert or a new insert, printed on cream colored paper, with the pirate logo replaced by the King Kong logo. Regardless to the insert, the records had either the King Kong label (1975) or the red label with pirate (1976). Some copies were also released with the D'Anunzio insert. These 1975 and 1976 reissues used poor quality vinyl and had a lousy pressing.
INTEREST. As for all the Contra Band releases, the first pressing has a good value for collectors (***); the further repressings are less interesting (**/*)
NOTE. The record SOLDIER OF LOVE by Wizardo Rekords (WRMB 343) is a repressing of HAPPY BIRTHDAY, with no relation with the CBM release.