Ah, yes...the 66 EP. This one is interesting. There were a few versions of this one, most of which were very different. First, we have the U.S. promo version, which contained a couple of radio edits, call-out hooks, and a live version of "66." Simple, easy to find. The Australian version is entirely forgettable...it contains the same b-sides that came on the earlier Somethin' Hot EP. There were also one-track and two-track European versions that are not the easiest things to come across, but there's little reason to track them down.
Now...the Austrian release is the big one here. It has almost the same catalogue number as the general European realease (666779 2 vs. 666779 1). However, this one had two live tracks ("Somethin' Hot" and "66") and one song, "The Singer," that was unavailable anywhere else for many years. I adore this track. Some fans have really never gotten into this song. I love it. It is the single most New Orleans-sounding track that they ever laid down. Good stuff. Complicating things, though, was the fact that this version of the EP was nearly impossible to find at the time. Without a generous group of Whigs fans distributing a set of rarities CDs within the community, many people would have had to go to great lengths to get this song. The Austrian version of the CD is still hard to find.
When the 1965 album was reissued on vinyl in 2010, they included the tracks from the Austrian 66 EP, placing "The Singer" on vinyl for the first time.
|Version||Value ($)||Scarcity||Price Trending|
|Columbia CSK 41817 (U.S.)||2-4||1||Stable|
|Columbia COL 666779 1 (Europe)||8-12||4||Stable|
|Columbia COL 666779 2 (Austria)||12-20||6||Stable|
|Columbia COL 666903 2 (Australia)||6-10||4||Stable|
|Columbia XPCD1117 CD (Europe)||4-6||5||Stable|
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