Friday, 12 June 2015

SHOWDOWN: ON/OFF/ON THE THIRD DAY

"Showdown" initially made its UK debut in "On The Third Day" during 2006 ...
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! One of the quirks of early ELO releases [and also that of Wizzard] in the UK that came about as a result of their proposed change of record label from Harvest to Warner Bros. in late 1973 as a result of the machinations of a certain Don Arden.
The original UK issue of OTTD in 1973 had no "Showdown" ...
Their third single "Showdown" [#HAR5077] - a third ELO hit that peaked at #12 in the Official UK Chart with a ten [10] week chart run - did not feature in the November 1973 Warner Bros. UK issue of "On The Third Day" [#K56021] or any subsequent Jet Records re-issues [#UAG30091; #JETLP202] in their home country - that is until it was included in the Epic/Legacy remaster in 2006. For contractual reasons, "Showdown" was left bereft as a stand alone UK single [although it in featured in numerous Harvest compilations thereafter and twice saw re-release, coupled with "Roll Over Beethoven"] until it finally found a home in "ELO's Greatest Hits" [#JETLX525] late 1979. Note also that the publishing rights for "On The Third Day" were shared with Roy Wood Music [see above] for the original issue of OTTD on Warner Bros. to furthet complicate things!
"Showdown" has always been an OTTD track in the States ...
Over in the United States, "Showdown" did appear on "On The Third Day" [#UA-LA188-F] after "New World Rising" on Side 1 of the LP and before "Daybreaker" on later CD releases. It has always been an integral part of ELO's much loved third studio album in the US since then. This meant that many ELO fans and collectors - including Yours Truly KJS - had to double up with both versions of "On The Third Day"!
OTTD's UK re-issue sleeve: No sign of any "Showdown" ...
OTTD's US sleeve lists "Showdown" at the end of Side 1 ...
Perhaps more famously, the transfer of Don Arden artistes Jeff Lynne [ELO] and Roy Wood [Wizzard] from Harvest to Warner Bros. caused more difficulties at the time with the seasonal classic "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" initially being released on Warner Bros. [#K16336] before being quickly withdrawn so that it could be 'officially' issued on Harvest [#HAR5079] due to a legal loophole. This undoubtedly had a negative impact with its peak chart position of#4 somewhat lagging behind that of Slade's  Christmas #1 single "Merry Xmas Everybody".

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 12-June-2015

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