(Early) Vigotone vs. Howdy!
The Vigotone label got its CD start in 1990 by releasing eight John Lennon titles. Because these initial Vigotones made such a splash, it was thought by "the powers that be" to start a new label in order to continue the Lennon series (in order to confuse the authorities) . Hence, the Howdy! label was born in 1991.
The initial three releases on Howdy! featured John Lennon, and the fourth was a Beatles' release (1968 Demos). The first two Lennon releases later turned up on the Vigotone label (more on this below), the third became part of the Absolute Elsewhere box, and the fourth was reissued on the Vigotone label in 1993.
The question now is: are the two "Vigotone" versions of Dreaming of the Past and My Love Will Turn You On authentic Vigotones, or are they knockoffs? Both of these releases "look" different than the rest of the "Early Vigotone" releases.
First, let's look at the original 1990 Vigotone releases:
- The 1990 Vigotone releases have boxes
around the catalog numbers on the back cover, and a rather bold font is used.
- Most of the "Early Vigotone" releases also feature a Vigotone copyright notice, and a "Made in EEC" notation. (Only VT-CD 01 through VT-CD 04, VT-CD 07 & VT-CD 08 lack this notation.)
- The 1995 releases use a thinner font than
the 1990 releases.
These are two extreme close-ups of text from the back covers of the Howdy! release (top) and the Vigotone release (bottom). If you look closely at the Vigotone version's text, you'll clearly see how it's a bit rougher that the original Howdy! version. This suggests that an actual Howdy! CD was used as the basis for the re-issue.
Another view of the spines, and catalog numbers from the back covers.
Now, let's look at the discs themselves:
So, it's clear that the Lennon versions of VT-CD 09 & VT-CD 10 are not from the original 1990 line of releases. They may well be official Vigotone reissues from 1995, but then again, they could just be very clever knockoffs. (But, I tend to think that they are legitimate reissues!)
The final question is: why were they numbered VT-CD 09 & VT-CD 10, when those numbers were already used and that the next numbers in line would be VT-CD 19 & VT-CD 20?
I think one reason my be linked to the
captions found on the back of the Howdy releases:
Another reason is more speculative:
So, there you have it. Another Vigotone mystery is solved! (maybe!)
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