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In 1967, Polydor released Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze" single on their new rock orientated label "Track Records".  By 1969,  the music scene had progressed into a more heavier and experimental jazz ~ rock feel, as well as a "hippy folk scene".  Keeping up with the times, the Phonogram record company decided to bring out a label dedicated to this genre. Thus, the Vertigo label was set up.

If you are new to this sphere (pun intended!), and decide that you want to amass the whole catalogue, it would be advisable to leave the lesser commercially known Affinity, Linda Hoyle (vocalist with the aforementioned), Catapilla, and Clear Blue Sky to last, so that you will not be too disappointed with some of the other artist's compositions, especially by comparison!

There are 86 (confirmed? by yours truly) UK albums to collect  that have the black and white "swirl" label, issued 1969 ~ 1973.   Wealth warning: a high collector's price usually refers to the scarcity, and not necessarily the musical content!  Near mint examples of DR Z, PATTO's "Hold Your Fire", & DR. STRANGELY STRANGE are particularly desireable. Each having an intricate sleeve design, these 3 are more susceptible to damage. Oh, and there are also 5 very collectible albums on the offshoot/ subsidiary "NEPENTHA" label, all issued in 1971.

                 

All the records listed on this page have been professionally cleaned.
The sleeves are non-gatefold, and of matte card, unless stated otherwise. Non-UK pressings are  indicated.
None of the records listed are the counterfeit pressings that have been in circulation since the mid '90''s.

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Original Swirl Label Issue Albums

Many came with a "swirl" design poly-lined inner sleeve --> see here !
 Any listed here that have Polydor's standard inner VertigoInner3.jpg (41994 bytes) are indicated as P
Uniform with this site, Grade = SLEEVE/ DISC

Artist Title  Year           Grade       Plays Price 
ATLANTIS
.
ATLANTIS * lam. sleeve Germany / Disc UK *  German outfit,
  post FRUMPY * P * more Atlantis on the German Rock page

1972

-

-

o/s
COLOSSEUM
.
DAUGHTER OF TIME * lead vocalist Chris Farlowe *
                                     small Vertigo logo labels * g/f

1972

 EX/VG+

NM

40
COLOSSEUM
.
DAUGHTER OF TIME * lead vocalist Chris Farlowe *
                                     small Vertigo logo labels * g/f

1972
EX /
s1 EX-  s2 VG+
s1 EX+
s2 VG+

24
MAGNA CARTA
.
IN CONCERT * g/f * Live in Amsterdam Nov 1971 * P MagnaCartaVertigoLP_Live.jpg (68577 bytes)
                              s2 trk2 clicks on 12 revs, o/w...

1972

VG+/EX-

VG+ to NM

18
MATTHEWS, IAN
 .
.
TIGERS WILL SURVIVE * tex. g/f * USA pressing * 
 slve has small drill hole top right * front signed by Ian
                  later Ian Matthews albums also in stock


1972

EX /
s1 EX  s2 NM

VG to mainly
EX mainly EX


**
STATUS QUO PILEDRIVER * g/f  * P 1972 EX-/EX s1 VG+  s2 EX 20
STATUS QUO StautusQuo_SignedPiledriver.jpg (42915 bytes)
.
PILEDRIVER *  front g/f autographed by Rick & Francis at
 Exmouth Radio 1 Roadshow early 90's: obtained by yours truly

1972

VG+/VG

VG+

45
STEWART, ROD STEWART UK LP AN OLD RAINCOAT WON'T EVER LET YOU DOWN * g/f * P 1969 EX+/NM EX+ to NM 60
STEWART, ROD GASOLINE ALLEY * matte g/f * P 1970 NM/VG+ EX+ to NM 48
VARIOUS: BLITZ, HEEP, LUCY, 
CRESSIDA, CARTA, GRACIOUS +
THE VERTIGO ANNUAL 1970 * dble * g/f * an excellent
   introduction into this label's concept * Polydor inners

1970

VG+/NM/NM
d 1 EX to NM
disc 2 VG+

32

 

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Spaceship Label Albums Originally Issued With Swirl Labels

Year stated is copyright publishing date

Artist Title  Year      Grade    Plays  Price 
CROCE, JIM JIM CROCE albums are  listed on the Folk 1 page   . . . .
SENSATIONAL ALEX HARVEY BAND    FRAMED * g/f, with die-cut window 1972 VG+/EX- NM 14
SENSATIONAL ALEX HARVEY BAND FRAMED * g/f, with die-cut window 1972 VG+/NM NM 20
SENSATIONAL ALEX HARVEY BAND FRAMED * g/f, with die-cut window 1972 VG+/M-* m- 25

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Original Issue Spaceship Label Albums

Artist Title  Year  Grade Plays  Price 

BLACK SABBATH

TECHNICAL ECSTASY * lyric inner VG (corner crease)

1976 EX/M- M- 15
GENTLE GIANT
.
IN A GLASS HOUSE * tex slve * die-cut window with
  printed acetate + white photo insert + lyric inner

1973

EX-/NM

NM

25
GENTLE GIANT

.
IN A GLASS HOUSE * tex slve * die-cut window with
 printed acetate + white photo insert * ex-Phonogram  
 Holland file * no lyric inner issued *  German press


1973


M-/M-


M-


48
SENSATIONAL ALEX HARVEY BAND    NEXT * silver on sleeve scuffed 1973 VG-/NM NM 10
SENSATIONAL ALEX HARVEY BAND LIVE 1975 EX/EX+ EX to NM 8
SENSATIONAL ALEX HARVEY BAND LIVE 1975 EX+/NM NM 15
SENSATIONAL ALEX HARVEY BAND THE PENTHOUSE TAPES * photo inner + credits inner 1973 VG+/VG+ EX+ 12
SENSATIONAL ALEX HARVEY BAND BIG HITS AND CLOSE SHAVES 1977 VG+/EX- EX- 10
VARIOUS: SABBATH, GIANT,
 CARTA, A. HARVEY, A. CHILD,
 QUO, JADE W, KRAFTWERK +


SUCK IT AND SEE * dble * lam. g/f


1973


VG+/NM/NM

disc 1: VG to EX
2: VG+  to EX+


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Original Issue Nepentha Label Albums

o/s

                 

Miscellaneous

These are original issues  *  cc = corner cut  or  dr = drilled... = no respect!

Artist Title   Year   Grade Plays  Price 

BLACK SABBATH

SABOTAGE * textured slve * NEMS 9119 001 (3rd issue)

73/80 VG+/EX+ EX+ 12

BLACK SABBATH

SABOTAGE * textured slve * NEMS 9119 001 (3rd issue)

73/80 EX+/NM NM 20

BOND, GRAHAM BOND LP


'

THERE'S A BOND BETWEEN US * as THE GRAHAM BOND
 ORGANIZATION Graham Dick, Ginger, Jack.. "the cream
 of British R & B" (ouch!) * vinyl has light all-over marks,
 but plays EX+ to mostly NM throughout ; labels +hole NM 




1965


EX/
 
s1 VG+  s2 VG 



as



280

BOND, GRAHAM

WE PUT OUR MAGICK ON YOU * g/f * USA Mercury * dr

1971 VG/VG+ EX

COLOSSEUM

COLLECTOR'S COLOSSEUM * tex slve * Bronze ILPS

1971

VG+/EX-

EX+

sold

DULCIMER
.
AND I TURNED AS I TURNED... * g/f  * USA  Mercury *
 UK press on Nepentha label *  still sealed * 2 x dr o/w..

1971

NM/M-

??

30

EARTH & FIRE

now listed on the Dutch Rock / Pop page

-

-

-

-

GENTLE GIANT

FREE HAND * lyric card  insert M * green Chrysalis 

1975

EX/EX

M-

18

GENTLE GIANT

FREE HAND * lyric card  insert * green Chrysalis

1975

EX/VG+

VG+

12

GENTLE GIANT

INTERVIEW * green Chrysalis

1976

VG+/VG

EX+

6

GENTLE GIANT

INTERVIEW * green Chrysalis

1976

EX-/VG+

VG+

6

GENTLE GIANT

LIVE PLAYING THE FOOL * dble g/f * small Book * green

1977

VG+/EX+/NM

M-

22

GENTLE GIANT

LIVE PLAYING THE FOOL * dble g/f * small Book * green

1977

VG+/EX-/EX-

EX

15

GENTLE GIANT

GIANT FOR A DAY! * USA Capitol * del. hole

1978

VG+/NM

NM

6

GENTLE GIANT

GENTLE GIANT * g/f with 10 pge affixed booklet * Italy

1980

NM/EX

NM

16

GRAVY TRAIN STAIRCASE TO THE DAY * g/f * a Roger Dean sleeve gravytrainlp_staircase.jpg (27449 bytes) 1974 VG+/ EX EX to NM 65
JACKSON HEIGHTS see Rock LP's listing ' ' ' '
MAGNA CARTA SEASONS * 'Music for the Millions' series * Dutch comp. 1983 EX+/M-  new 8
MAY BLITZ
.
MAY BLITZ * g/f * USA issue on the Paramount label

1970
VG / 
s1 EX  s2 VG+
mainly
EX
to NM

URIAH HEEP

FALLEN ANGEL * g/f * Bronze label

1976

VG+/EX

NM

10

URIAH HEEP

FALLEN ANGEL * g/f * Bronze label

1976

VG+/EX+

NM

12

                 

Related Reissue Albums

Artist Title, etc  Year   Grade   Plays   Price 
BOND, GRAHAM   WE PUT MAGICK ON YOU * g/f * uninspiring BGO label   1988 NM/M- NM 12

                 

and finally...
Original Swirl Label Issue Singles

Artist

Title

 Date    Grade    Price 
APHRODITE'S CHILD BREAK/ BABYLON * looks NM  1972 VG+ 5
BLACK SABBATH PARANOID / RAT SALAD * 6059 014 * Belgium 1970 EX-/VG 14
BOND, GRAHAM + MAGICK TWELVE GATES... -/ WATER  p * "A" Promo * small logo 1971 NM 20
LIGHTHOUSE TAKE IT SLOW/ SWEET LULLABY  1972 VG+ 7
MAGNA CARTA AIRPORT SONG/ ELIZABETHAN  1970 NM 8
MANFRED MANN CH. III HAPPY BEING ME * release date in pen  1970 NM 8
STATUS QUO PAPER PLANE - plastic middle 1972 VG 4

 

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Non ~ UK pressings of the "swirl" label"++ (as with most UK records!) do not fall into the same price league, unless there was not a UK pressed/ issue. These would originate within Europe, usually Germany.  Much later issues from Malaysia, etc, of the pop genre are not in any way comparable. 

The "spaceship" design label is also of interest to some extent, due to bands like Nucleus and Gentle Giant's continued output.

Note that although the label is also colloquial referred to as "spiral", the actual design is not of such. 
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Apparently,  is referred to as "swirlywhirly" in more recent times. Can anyone confirm this?


Beware of counterfeits. These 'usually'  have label printing qualities similar to that found on side 2 of original USA issues. Recordings can be from a VG+ record. Non gatefold/ semi-shiny sleeves are of the norm. Most are obvious, some ingenious... Dr Strangely Strange being one example.. eh, M.K.

++ = unless of a different sleeve design, or a varied assortment of tracks, this applies to nearly all UK equivalents.
       Some UK gatefold's  were issued as single sleeves in Germany, New Zealand, etc.
                                                                         Again, these are (usually worth less.

Original UK releases with the aforementioned labels always required !

  
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