The 6th June 2007 issue of New Musical Express (the NME) came with a unique and collectible freebie – part 1 of a gatefold 7 inch single release of ‘Rag and Bone’ from The White Stripes’ forthcoming album “Icky Thump” due for release on 18 June 2007.
Part 1 was pressed in red vinyl with ‘Rag and Bone’ on the A-side and an exclusive etching designed by Jack White on the B-side.
Only 120,000 copies were pressed of the red vinyl ‘Rag and Bone’ single
The gatefold sleeve included space for Part 2 which you had to purchase. ‘Icky Thump’, the title track from the new album, was released on white vinyl a week later on 11 June.
The etched B-side of the red vinyl
Although the ‘extended play’ concept had been around for years – it originated on a 78 in 1919 – the 1960’s were its heyday. EPs were usually compilations of singles or album samplers and were typically played at 45 rpm on seven-inch discs with two songs on each side.
The Beatles ‘No 1’ is a good example…
Unfortunately vinyl and cover have become separated over the years – probably ended up on a bedroom wall sometime around Christmas 1963! However, I still have the vinyl.
No.1 was the Beatles’ third British EP released in November 1963. A side – “I saw her standing there” and ‘Misery” B side – “Anna (go to him)” and ‘Chains”.
Other than those published by RCA, EPs were relatively uncommon in the United States and Canada, but they were widely sold in the United Kingdom, and in some other European countries. Record Retailer printed the first EP chart in 1960. The New Musical Express (NME), Melody Maker, Disc and Music Echo and the Record Mirror continued to list EPs on their respective singles charts. The Beatles’ Twist and Shout outsold most singles for some weeks in 1963. When the BBC and Record Retailer commissioned the British Market Research Bureau (BMRB) to compile a chart it was restricted to singles and EPs disappeared from the listings.