Deseri/Jelly Roll Gum Drop (1968)

Ruben And The Jets


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Verve Records USA (version 1)
Verve Records USA (version 2)
Verve Records USA (version 3)
Verve Records USA Promo

Verve Records Australia
Official re-release

Verve Records VK 10632 USA (version 1)

Matrix A: VK 10632 #105597 Matrix B: VK 10632 105599 BIZ 101-B TF (engraved)

Deseri Jelly Roll Gum Drop

Comments:

Sleeve: Factory sleeve for US MGM and Verve Records singles 1966-1968.
Label: The label has a misprint. Ruben is spelled Reuben.
General: This version has been wrongly referred to as the “first pressing”. I assume this is because of the versions where Ruben is spelled correctly. There are no first or second pressings of the Verve singles. They were released at the same time, but pressed at different pressing plants and that is why there are different versions.

 

Verve Records VK-10632 USA (version 2)

Matrix A: VK10632 #105597-1 Δ74412 Matrix B: VK10632 105599-1 Δ74602 (engraved)
Pressing Plant: Monarch Records Mfg. Co., Los Angeles, California.

Deseri Jelly Roll Gum Drop

Comments:

Sleeve: Factory sleeve for US MGM and Verve Records singles 1966-1968.

 

Verve Records VK 10632 USA (version 3)

Matrix A: VK 10632 #105597-2 Matrix B: VK 10632 105599-2 (engraved)
Pressing Plant: Midwest Record Pressings Inc., Chicago, Illinois.

Deseri Jelly Roll Gum Drop

Comments:

Sleeve: Factory sleeve for US MGM and Verve Records singles 1966-1968.

Label images from Hans-Peter Schmidt.

 

Verve Records VK - 10632 USA Promo

Matrix variation 1: Matrix A: VK10632 105597-4 Bestway Matrix B: VK10632 105599-4 (engraved)
Matrix variation 2: Matrix A: VK10632 105597-4 Bestway Matrix B: VK10632 105599-4 Bestway (engraved)
Pressing Plant: Bestway Products, Mountainside, New Jersey. (both matrix variations)

Deseri Jelly Roll Gum Drop

Comments:

Sleeve: Factory sleeve for US MGM and Verve Records singles 1966-1968.
Label: The image to the right is matrix variation 2 and was sent to me by Alan Mansfield. here is what he wrote:

"Greg Russo in his book ‘Cosmik Debris’ gives the release date for ‘Deseri’ as 12/30/68. If this is correct then the date stamp of ‘Jan 4 1969’ is just five days later, which suggests that it could have been stamped on the day it was received as a promo at the radio station or wherever it was sent. An alternative scenario could be that the date is stamped by a ‘plugger’ as an indication for the DJ as to when the single was available e.g. the record is played and the DJ say something like ‘...and if you like that, it’s available from January 4th...’ Pure speculation of course."

More from Alan Mansfield:

"Further to the R&TJ Deseri promo with the Jan 4 - 1969 date stamp – I have learned that the USA magazine Billboard dated January 4th 1969 carried a full-page advertisement for this single, which ties-in with the date stamp."

 

Jelly Roll Gum Drop

Verve Records VS-11 Australia

Matrix A: MX157020 VS11-1 Matrix B: MX157021 VS11-2 (engraved)
Pressing Plant: The Australian Record Company Limited, Artarmon, New South Wales.

Deseri Jelly Roll Gum Drop
Phonogram Recordings Sleeve - Front - Australia Phonogram Recordings Sleeve - Back - Australia

Comments:

Label: The label has a misprint. "Jelly Roll Gum Drop" is spelled "Jelly Roll Gum Drops".

 

 

Official re-release:

The single version of "Jelly Roll Gum Drop" was re-released on Greasy Love Songs.
Go to Zappa.com (US) or G & S Music (UK) to get it.


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