that confusing 1st album….

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Hi Katy: Thanks for fielding questions from us nutters. I'm a bit confuzzled about the different debut albums'. I have in my possession three different versions:

*Version A does not include "To the Shore" and is on the Harvest label with blank insert sleeve
*Version B includes "To the Shore" and is on a Capitol label with lyrics insert sleeve
*Version C does not include "To the Shore" and is on a black label with blank insert sleeve

All three have the same photo on the cover. So which one came first? Or is it that one is a UK release and another is a US? Or is there a completely different explanation? Thanks for your time,
Wendi

HI WENDI. WELL, IT IS SOMEWHAT CONFUSING, SO HERE IT GOES:

THE TRUE ORIGINAL ALBUM THAT CAME OUT IN THE UK INCLUDED "TO THE SHORE" AS WELL AS THE SINGLE VERSION OF "PLANET EARTH." THIS WAS AN EMI/PARLOPHONE RELEASE. WHEN THE BAND GOT TO AMERICA, THEY BELIEVE THE FIRST VERSION RELEASED IN THE US INCLUDED "PLANET EARTH" AS A "NIGHT VERSION" (EXTENDED MIX). IN THE DAYS OF VINYL, YOU COULD ONLY PUT A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF TIME ON EACH SIDE BEFORE THE QUALITY DIMINISHED - THEREFORE, "TO THE SHORE" WAS LOST AT THE EXPENSE OF THE EXTRA MINUTES ON "PLANET EARTH." THIS WAS RELEASED ON THE HARVEST IMPRINT, WHICH IN LATER PRESSINGS REVERTED BACK TO CAPITOL. AT THIS POINT, CAPITOL MAY HAVE PUT "TO THE SHORE" BACK ON, BUT NONE OF THE BAND ARE ACTUALLY POSITIVE OF THE CHRONOLOGY. FINALLY, AS YOU KNOW, AFTER THE "RIO" ALBUM BECAME SUCCESSFUL, CAPITOL DECIDED TO RE-RELEASE THE FIRST ALBUM WITH A NEW PICTURE ON THE COVER, WITH THE ADDITION OF THE THEN CURRENT SINGLE, "IS THERE SOMETHING I SHOULD KNOW?"

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