Strange Kind Of Woman / I’m Alone
Greece : Harvest HARG 1504 : 1971
A very rare release, even Dirk’s definitive collectors guide only gives it as ‘rumoured to exist’, this is one of a number of Deep Purple singles issued in Greece between 1968 and 1974. The obvious interest for collectors is the multi-coloured ‘flecked’ vinyl. Thanks to George Constantini we can show this here. Incredibly for such a rare item, George turned a couple (!) of copies up recently from an ex-pat Greek dealer in America. He was told that Greece pressed both for the domestic market as well as for export to Cyprus and some other neighbouring countries.
Is it a fake? Clearly not; a close look at the surface shows the tell tale spiral marks left by the arm of a juke-box (which is where this copy spent its playing life) while the label surface and print are all very much of the era. It does not appear to be a promo, but whether the pressing was reserved for special use or sold in stores I do not know. Obviously on vinyl of this type every copy is different due to the way the colour is introduced. Any more information would be welcome.
As some collectors will know, Hush was also issued in Greece on a similar multi-colour pressing (Parlophone GMSP 132) in 1968. This poor scan is off a discography on the web. Someone did kindly do a colour xerox of the single but not sure where I filed it! Both singles were also issued on regular black vinyl.