Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The austrian Baby I Love You

The germans did a lot of cool and unique picture sleeves in 70's and 80's. The single Baby I Love You is one of them. 
This record is quite easy to find today but it's a bit harder to track down the version that was pressed for the austrian market.
Both versions have the same sleeve and as far as I can see they are all pressed in Germany at Ariola-Eurodisc in Munich. The difference is on the label of the record. The gernan version is marked with Gema and the austrian has Austro Mechana as the rights society.

Here are some other facts about the austrian pressing:
1. The matrix number for both pressings are 101399 A2/80S and 101399 B2/80S, machine stamped. But the austrian pressing also has the number 012 in handwritten style carved into the dead wax. 
2. The title on the B-side, High Risk Insurance, is misspelled: High Pisk Insurance
3. Both versions have Made in Germany printed on the dead wax – but the austrian version has X X X marked over the lettering. Maybe this is made i Austria and not in Germany after all!
4. As far as I know this is the only Ramones 45 especially made for the austrian market.

Title: Baby I Love You/High Risk Insurance
Number: Sire 101 399
Year: 1980
Country: Germany & Austria

Austrian A-side.

 German A-side.

 Austrian B-side.

 German B-side.

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