Bela Lugosi’s Dead UK 12″ (1979) (White)

Pressing information

Actual Track List:

A1: Bela Lugosi’s Dead
B1: Boys
B2: Dark Entries (Demo)

Record Label(s): Small Wonder Records
Catalog Number(s): TEENY 2

A Side matrix etchings: TEENY 2A EG LYN 8632
B Side matrix etchings: TEENY 2B C.P GERRY-O TOWNHOUSE

UPC barcode (no spaces): none

Vocals: Peter Murphy
Guitar: Daniel Ash
Bass Guitar: David J
Drums: Kevin Haskins

Phonographic Copyright: Small Wonder Records
Copyright: Small Wonder Records
Pressed By: Lyntone Recordings Ltd (LYN 8632)
Mastered At: The Town House
Recorded At: Beck Studios

Additional notes:

This is the first pressing of the single. It is limited to 5,000 copies. Unlike the majority of the other presses, the outer sleeve is made with thin paper and has no spine. There is no inner sleeve. As with the other presses, track B2 is not listed on the sleeve or B Side label.

In general, the later color versions of the single were pressed by Small Wonder to keep the single in print and available for purchase. As is the case with most reissues/represses, this isn’t something the band had much of a say in. Small Wonder also has very sparse records on the different reissues. More than likely, they were started around the mid-1980s in small batches and just repeated over time as they sold out. Blue, being the first of the color reissues, happens to most likely be the most common version. For simplicity, we’ve listed all the color versions with release years of 1988, but this is only a rough estimate as some accounts report seeing some of the colors appear as early as 1986 in stores.

Though the song names Bela Lugosi, the front cover image is based on a still from a film that did not star Lugosi, “The Sorrows of Satan.” Likewise, the back cover image is from another film that does not feature Lugosi, “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.”

Photo credit (of the actual release): Houdah Abualtin

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