Friday, September 23, 2016

More Soviet treasure

Following our recent post about a blue vinyl Top of the Pops-related album from the USSR, our Russian collector friend, Shumov Konstantin, has sent us the following EP. It's a spin-off from the LP, and contains one of the Top of the Poppers' tracks - "Living in Harmony", which closes side 2 of the EP. (It was originally found on the UK Top of the Pops volume 26.)

This super EP has two French-language tracks on side 1, while "Living in Harmony" shares side 2 with Johnny Cash and "A Thing Called Love".

In the USSR, records would be manufactured in a range of pressing plants situated in the different states. Each plant would design its own sleeves, and so this EP can be found in a variety of editions. The one above was made in Leningrad in the 1970s.

All of the other editions known to us are pictured below. They originate variously in Russia (Moscow), Georgia, Latvia and Uzbekistan.

Two of them, by the way, are flexi-disc editions. See here for more info.

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