Vertigo in South Africa released quite
some of the British albums, often with covers imported from Britain.
Most of these are not different enough to warrant inclusion here. South
African releases are not always
easy to determine. Mostly the country of origin is not mentioned on
cover or label. They lay-out of the label is quite characteristic,
however (see scan below) while most releases have the ''VO'' prefix
from good old times transferred to the new catalogue number. Matrix
numbers are machine-stamped. There
were some singles too, but none of the ones we have seen was any
different to its British counterpart.
unknown cat. nr.
JUICY LUCY - ''same''
|Even the South-Africans deemed the original cover too risqué and used a design similar to the Dutch Fontana release.
VO 6360 001
FAIRFIELD PARLOUR - FROM HOME TO HOME (1970)
strange combination of both catalogue numbering systems was initially
used in South Africa, assigning VO 6360 001 to the Fairfield Parlour
The most striking different release is the following:
VO 6360 011
BLACK SABBATH - PARANOID (1970)
VO 6360 013
CLEAR BLUE SKY - PLAY IT LOUD
in Germany the original title still adorned the label of the South
African release of the Clear Blue Sky album. This was deleted in
There is also a release of Gravy Train A ballad of a peaceful man, 6360
051, on a blue and silver swirl label. South African people seem to
tend to the opinion that this is a reissue from the late seventies (if
this is so, then why that record?). It has a single cover, identical to
the outside of the British gatefold. This seems doubly strange as there
was a 1971 release of that record in South Africa already, as seen
below on the left:
|Of 6360 050, Black Sabbath's Master Of Reality
the label was not inverted as in the UK, but ''normal'' black lettering
on a white field. The copy I have seen was housed in an imported UK
We have also seen a copy of 6360 093, Magna Carta Lord of the ages
, on South African
swirl. This was not released like that in the UK. Please refer to the Italy
Well, why not, an 8-track cartridge from South Africa? Sure, here it is:
course there were singles from South Africa too. They had no picture
sleeve, as far as we are aware. The label looked like this:
label has the usual design, but the ''British'' catalogue number is
replaced by another and features only in brackets beneath it.
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