Dose anyone know about this copy of After Math which somebody is selling on ebay. He claims it is a Belgian pressing and has the UK label ans says it has Made in the UK on the label. The Matrix numbers look different too. Is this a bootleg or is it genuine. Here is the link.
DECCA Belgium had strong links with the DECCA offices in other Countries, due to their small domestic market. DECCA Belgium and DECCA France co-operated in many an occasion and it's already documentated that they co-operated with British DECCA, in 1965. On top of that, you can have Belgian records in Dutch and French covers: EP's, singles and album they all got the same treatment. In all these cases, the Belgian records are finished products with own Belgian labels. When collaborating with British DECCA, things are very different: Belgian matrix for records with British labels, British covers and - above all - British catalogue numbers (which are different to the Belgian ones). In my opinion, DECCA Belgium passed its own matrixes to British DECCA and they pressed records for home market (like in case of this 'After-math' or for export purposes (like in case of some 'Out of Our Heads').
At the moment, I'm very deep in 'made in England' matrixes prepared to be sent abroad for local pressings. You can find as many as you please and they often read data that differ from those of the ones made to be used at home.
During the 60s many matrixes crossed tho boarders, in Europe and that's the reason why one should check every record - the most unvalued, too. For instance, I've a coupled of Dutch albums the labels of which read 'Made in France', but this in another story...
More about the British albumis pressed using Belgian matrixes. Today, I've bought a copy of 'No2' pressed with Belgian matrixes, in Florence (€190,00 by the way) Having a closer look at It (I don't like studing records on the web, I need to 'smell' them), we can add one more piece to our puzzle. All the three known records pressed using Belgian matrixes present KT tax code and miss the Recording First Published text, in favor of P+year. This sets the use of these matrixes between 1 January 1965 and circa April 1968, as confirmed by the open labels they all sport. In my opinion, the three titlles were issued all at once in late 1966/ early 1967. 1967 has ben a strange year for DECCA Records, talking about their pressing activity.. I am wrinting an illustrated boom on the UK singles discography and buying a huge quantity of them. The more I study these records, the more I convince myself that something went wrong at DECCA pressing and printing facilities, in 1967.
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