I am new to rare vinyl record collecting. I am starting by collecting a few LP's by artists that I like. I want "Strange Days" by The Doors (original 1967). My question is what is the difference between the Elektra brown label and the "butterfly" label?
It all depends on what you want to collect... it's your journey.
But, you need to do a little research yourself, learn the different versions of anything you are buying, and the approximate value...
In this instance, I would be putting the "Butterfly" label as being a re-issue... a UK label would be an orange label... and rough to the touch. The sleeve would be laminated.
*I'm saying this from rough memory, I am sure I will be corrected
If you are collecting because you want a classic album collection, re-issues maybe fine for you... it would be cheaper... but, there is a good chance, once the collecting bug truly hits, you will be wanting to upgarde for mint copies of original first pressings... it happens eventually!
What he said. I thought I would just buy reissues when I started....not the same. I did see on Acoustic Sounds that The Doors stuff was being reissued on 45 rpm 12 inch (single albums had to be split onto 2) and they fetch a hefty price ($50), but I would love to hear one.
All of the Doors first U.S. pressings,up until the album, Soft Parade(1969), were on the gold Elektra label. Then, the labels briefly switched to red with a large white colored E on top for Elektra on the record label. For the album, Morrison Hotel(1970), the label is still red with a white lower case E on top of the label. For the final album with Jim Morrison, L.A. Woman(1971), the record label has the Elektra Butterfly.
Roughly, starting in 1971, up until about the late 70's at some point, the Elektra record label exhibited the butterfly label.
Any Doors albums that you see post 1971 that are on the butterfly record label, are the second pressing. The third pressings came out in the late 70's with again the red labels for about a couple of years, then got reissued in the 80's for a fourth run.
Clear enough? Any further questions, let me know. I will try my best to answer to the best of my ability......
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