Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The german Leave Home – two versions

Leave Home was the first Ramones album made in Germany. Later on the record was rereleased on Sire but the first press came out on Philips and has the "Original  New York Punk Rock" sticker on the sleeve. And it has Carbona Not Glue as the fifth song on side A.
But lately I found an alternative press of this record with different labels. The most common version is the one with a black circle in the middle of the label. The other version has an all blue label with different design.
Has this to do with two different pressings plants or is it a first and a second press? I don't know but the german Rocket To Russia that was released later in 1977 has the labels with a black circle. There are also small differences in the matrix number which could indicate that all blue label version is the first issue.
Maybe someone i Germany knows more about this?
The sleeves and the inlay with lyrics are identical for both versions.

Album: Leave Home
Number: Philips 6370 809
Year: 1977.
Country: Germany.
Matrix number, A-side: 10 AA6370809 1Y  320   B  1 
B-side: 10 AA6370809 2Y  320    A  1
Notes: German first press.


Album: Leave Home
Number: Philips 6370 809
Year: 1977.
Country: Germany.
Matrix number, A-side: 10 AA6370809 1Y  320   D  1 
B-side: 10 AA6370809 2Y  320    E  1
Notes: Alternative press with different labels.

More info about the first pressing of Leave Home here.
More about the two australian versions of Leave Home here.

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