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Helter Skelter HS92712, released June 1992
Single #2. This one came out on everybody's favorite Italian label, Helter Skelter. It exists on both yellow and black vinyl.
This one has caused some confusion, but I think we have it figured out now...there are three different black vinyl versions, each with a different set of labels. I did some work trying to determine which came first. All of the black ones have stamps on them in Italian, which was required by the Italian government. There are different versions of the stamps. They are almost identical, except that one has a "1" in the middle and the other has a "2". I once thought that these referred to first and second pressings, but I no longer believe that to be the case. The copies with the "2" stamps have the same matrix codes as the copies with "1" stamps, but the 2's have an extra code etched in...this would indicate that this extra code was added when later stampers were made from the original masters. The different copies break down like this:
- One of the two original black pressings has text printed in a spiral around the center of the disc, designed for large-cut holes...but used with small holes. These are the labels that were eventually used for the yellow vinyl pressing. Matrix codes: SPIRI LATO A ROCKET / SPIRI LATO B ROC.
- The other early black copies have Helter Skelter labels on the A-sides and Yum Kippered labels with Italian stamps on them on the B-sides. The Italian stamp has a "2" in the middle. Matrix codes: SPIRI LATO A ROCKET / SPIRI LATO B ROC.
- Then, we have black copies with small center holes, Yum Kippered labels on the A sides, and spiral text labels on the B sides. This one also has an Italian stamp on the A side label with a "1" in the middle. There's a picture below, but it is really hard to see the "1" in it...it's there, though. The matrix codes read: SPIRI LATO A ROCKET HS 92712 A / SPIRI LATO B ROC HS92712 B. They are the exact same matrix codes as on the other pressings, but with the added HS92712 parts.
- The yellow copies look to have been a third pressing. They did not appear until much later. They have large-cut center holes, Yum Kippered labels minus the Italian stamps on the A sides, and squeezed spiral text labels on the B sides. The yellow one also comes with an unused 7" label, containing a picture of Speedo with GG Allin. What I can almost guarantee happened here is: when Helter Skelter went to press the yellow copies, the label was given the Speedo/GG label to use on one side of the record. However, the re-press had a large-cut hole, which would have entirely cut out the faces on the Speedo/GG labels, so they had to go another route...and that route ended up being using the labels from the original pressing but slightly modified. Matrix codes: SPIRI LATO A ROCKET / SPIRI LATO B ROC.
Of course, the yellow ones still sell for more than the any of the black ones because people like color vinyl. They do look like the later pressing, though.
|Version||Approximate value ($)||Price Trending|
|Black (Squeezed Spiral Label)||12-15||Stable|
|Black (Helter Skelter Label)||12-15||Stable|
|Black (Full Spiral Label)||12-15||Stable|
|Credits||Toby, Wegi, Enrico: Assistance in figuring out the different labels|
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