"Hatful Of Hollow"|
UK LP [Rough Trade ROUGH76]
Five different versions of this release are found in circulation (plus a few inbetweeners, see below). The first three feature the album's original artwork (with blue background; view left) in a gatefold sleeve with a photo of the Smiths backstage at the 1984 Glastonbury festival inside, while the fourth and fifth feature the redesigned artwork from 1987 (view left), in a single sleeve. The labels remained the same on all versions, they are blue with black text, with the band's name at the top in white letters. In all cases but the fifth the inner sleeve is thick and glossy, with lyrics on both sides. Here is a description of the versions:
- 1984 edition - misprint
There is no dot between "Accept Yourself" and "Girl Afraid" in the track listing at the back of the sleeve, Morrissey's name is misspelled with one 'S' and a credit for Garrod & Lofthouse printers appears at the very bottom. A blue circular sticker on the front of the sleeve advertises that the album includes 1983 and 1984 radio sessions and should not be retailed at more than £3.99. In most cases the lyrics on the inner sleeve are given in a different order to the album's running order. This alternative song sequence was actually at some point considered before some adjustments were done (see UK in-house cassette described below). It appears that the inner sleeve's original design was sent to the printers before the changes were done. It should still be mentioned that copies with the correct inner sleeve have been spotted.
ROUGH 76 A2 / ROUGH 76 B1
ROUGH 76 A1 / ROUGH 76 B2
ROUGH 76 A2 / ROUGH 76 B2
- 1984 edition - corrected
The track listing at the back of the sleeve now has a dot between "Accept Yourself" and "Girl Afraid", Morrissey's name was corrected (with two 'S') and the Garrod & Lofthouse printers still appears at the very bottom. The sticker still advertises the record at £3.99 and the date of the featured Peel sessions was corrected to say 1983 only. Some copies have been spotted with the incorrect track order on the inner sleeve, others with the corrected inner sleeve. Some copies have also been spotted with the uncorrected sticker on the front.
ROUGH 76 A1 / ROUGH 76 B2
ROUGH 76 A1 / ROUGH 76 B3
- 1985-1986 edition
As "Hatful Of Hollow" was not a new release anymore, the recommended retail price on the sticker was moved up from £3.99 to £4.49. Another noticeable change was the disappearance of the Garrod & Lofthouse printers information at the very bottom of the back of the sleeve. All reported copies have the corrected inner sleeve.
- 1987 revised edition - complete
In 1987 Morrissey redesigned the artwork for this album. He slightly cropped the front image and used it over the whole front space, therefore dropping the blue background. The back of the sleeve and the inner sleeve were redone in white with blue text. The photo of the band backstage at Glastonbury which was originally found inside the gatefold LP is now lost as this edition is slipped inside a single sleeve. The labels remained the same
ROUGH 76 A1 / ROUGH 76 B3
ROUGH 76 A2 / ROUGH 76 B2
- incomplete revised 1987 edition
A slightly alternate version of the above has been reported. Instead of the usual lyrics inner sleeve, it has a simple white one with, on one side only, a patent number in the bottom left corner and a date from 1987 in the bottom right corner. The credits on the back of the sleeve lack the reference to the Cocteau model and the line "made in England". The rest is the same.
Mixed versions: A few copies have been reported as being a mix of the two 1984 editions above. Some have the corrected back of sleeve (including dot) but the inner sleeve is still the misprinted one. In other cases the inner sleeve is correct but the dot is missing on the back and the sticker has the incorrect 1983+84 credit.
UK cassette [Rough Trade ROUGHC76]
ROUGH 76 A1 / ROUGH 76 B3
There are four different versions of this format in circulation.
UK CD [Rough Trade ROUGHCD76]
- original artwork
The first two variations feature the album's original artwork with blue background (view 'UK-orig' on the left). The spine and back of the insert are blue with a mix of black and white text and logos. The spine shows the name of the band and the album title in white, separated by a black dot, with black logos for Chrome and Dolby at the top and the Rough Trade logo and catalogue number, also in black, at the bottom. The track listing is printed in black on the back flap, with titles separated with white dots. The track listing is repeated in the same colour scheme on the insert's first fold-out panel, with a small black label code and a black distribution credit at the very bottom. The second panel only has a paragraph of credits in black at the bottom, in which the credits are separated with white squares. The reverse of the insert shows the photo of the band backstage at Glastonbury over a background of grey, mid-blue and dark-blue. Personnel credits are printed in a mix of black and white on the left and the album title on the right. Early copies have a white circular sticker on the front of the case stating 'Rough C 76 / £3.99 / Maximum Price'. The price was changed to £4.49 on later copies.
- white cassette - blue labels
The most common cassette for the first artwork variation is made of white plastic and bears blue labels with black text. The name of the band and album title are at the top, with a few credits beneath them, but no track listing. The Rough Trade logo in on the left and the catalogue number on the right. Logos for Dolby and Chrome Cassette are found in the bottom left corner.
- tan cassette - beige labels
This variation is a bit of an oddity. The font and layout of the text on the labels is the same as for the cassettes with the revised artwork (below). One would normally assume that this would be the result of a swap of cases, something that is not uncommon with this format, but this tan/beige combination was otherwise never reported for the revised artwork.
- revised artwork`
The other two variations feature the revised artwork from 1987 (view 'reissue' on the left). The white spine features the name of the band above the album title in a new blue font, with black Dolby and Chrome logos at the top and a Rough Trade logo and the catalogue number also in black, at the bottom. The back flap is white and shows nothing but a blue barcode. The insert has two extra fold-out panels, both white with black text except for the name of the band at the very top which is in a big blue font and takes the whole width of the two panels. The first panel features the personnel credits above the paragraph of recording credits separated by black squares. The track listing is printed on the second panel. The photo of the band at Glastonbury was dropped from this variation.
- very light grey cassette - white labels
The most common cassette with the revised artwork is made of grey, almost white plastic and bears white labels with mostly black text. The name of the band and the album title are in blue at the top, above the track listing in black. The Rough Trade logo and the catalogue number are printed in black on the left, above a Chrome logo. The Dolby logo is on the right beneath the side number.
- deep beige cassette - white labels
Everything here is the same as above except for the colour of the plastic from which the cassette is made.
Not to be outdone by the other formats, there are five different compact disc variations of "Hatful Of Hollow". The first, and arguably the rarest, features the original blue artwork, while the other four feature the revised artwork.
UK/Europe CD [2012 reissue on Warner/Rhino 2564660487]
- original artwork
The original 1985 cd artwork was adapted from that of the LP (view front and back at the left of this page). The back of the booklet is identical to the LP back art, except for a small white rectangular box containing the letters AAD which appears just above the black line. The track listing is printed a little higher up and separated from the logo by a thick grey horizontal line. The booklet consists of blue pages with lyrics then credits printed in black (except for the inner backpage which is black with white text). All song titles appear in white capitals with lyrics in black. There are thick vertical gray lines to the left of the text. The centrefold picture shows the band backstage at Glastonbury. A close-up of Morrissey and Marr from this shot reappears two pages from the back with a close-up of the cover-star on the reverse. None of these photos are in colour. A line on the disc surface states that it was made in France by M.P.O. The existence of copies made in Japan is rumoured, but these are likely Australian (see original Australia cd description below)
- revised artwork - made in Japan
This edition rivals the previous one in rarity. It was made in Japan and is recognizable by the matrix number 'ROUG-76' around the cd's inner ring. The new booklet shows on the front a close-up of the Cocteau model, without blue background. The back of it shows a 'closer close-up' of the tattoo on the back of his shoulder. Inside are found lyrics for the first 10 songs (one song per page), a black and white photo of the Smiths in a park (Morrissey wearing a hat) over two centrefold pages in place of the earlier Glastonbury photo, the lyrics for the final 6 songs (again one per page), then one page of credits and two colour photos of Morrissey in a black and white jacket. The lyrics and credits are printed in black over white. The titles at the top of lyrics are white inside thick blue lines. The last page has the technical compact disc technology information in white over blue. It should be mentioned that in many cases the booklet of this edition has pages missing.
- revised artwork - made in France, no barcode on back
This edition's disc label is just like that of the original version above. The inner ring matrix number is "ROUGH CD 76 MPO 01". The artwork is the revised one, without a barcode on the back. It should be mentioned that in many cases the booklet of this edition has pages missing or in an incorrect order.
- revised artwork - made in France, barcode on back
This is as the previous version, but a barcode was added to the back and the inner ring matrix number is "ROUGH CD 76 MPO 02". It should be mentioned that in many cases the booklet of this edition has pages missing or in an incorrect order.
- revised artwork - made in England
The label on this version says 'Made in England' at 4 o'clock instead of 'Made in France by MPO'. The words 'Mastered by Nimbus' are found around the cd's centre. The back artwork retains the barcode.
UK/Europe LP [2012 reissue on Rhino Records 2564665882]
UK LP promo [Rough Trade ROUGH76]
"Hatful Of Hollow" was promoted in 1984 with white label copies of the LP. Complete promos come with an A4 press sheet from Scott Piering' promotion company "Appearing" featuring a bio and the album's track listing. These have been seen in different types of sleeve. Some are in a plain white sleeve with the press sheet glued to its front. Others are in a misprinted sleeve as detailed above (LP format version 1), usually with a hole punched out of it. Others are in a plain white sleeve with handwritten band name and title.
ROUGH 76 A1 / ROUGH 76 B1
UK 36cm x 53cm promo poster (14" x 21")
There are two variations on this poster out there. Both are basically the same, but one announces the album as "The New Release" (view) while the other one advertises it as "Latest Album" (view).
An official Rough Trade postcard showing the Smiths backstage at Glastonbury (a variation on the image seen inside the gatefold LP of "Hatful Of Hollow") presumably served some form of promotional purpose.
UK/Europe promo CD-r [Rhino Records]
CD-r to promote 'The Smiths - Complete - Remastered by Johnny Marr' reissues. Comes in a PVC sleeve with full color artwork and fold out insert. Additional information needed.
UK LP test pressing [Rough Trade ROUGH76]
Test pressings for the LP format have Mayking labels. The a-side label is stamped in blue with the letter A and on it are handwritten the catalogue number ("ROUGH 76") and the pressing date ("_9 NOV. 1984"). The b-side label is only stamped with the letter B, there is no handwriting on it. The record comes in a plain white paper inner sleeve with rounded corners.
UK in-house cassette of early running order
This is an in-house advance cassette in classic Copymasters inner sleeve, dated 24 August 1984. Of all the Copymasters cassettes for the Smiths, this is one of the most interesting for more than one reason. The track listing is the originally intended one, different to the album's definitive running order. It actually reflects the incorrect track listing found on the first LP edition's inner sleeve (see above). But more interesting is the inclusion of two alternative versions of songs. One is the alternative studio outtake of "How Soon Is Now?" which also appeared on the Italian "William It Was Really Nothing" 12" single. The other one is an alternative version of "Girl Afraid" which has yet to surface anywhere, whether officially or as an unofficial leak on the internet. This version features a different intro and is described in Simon Goddard's essential "The Songs That Saved Your Life". It therefore looks like "Hatful Of Hollow" was at some point going to feature more previously unreleased material than just the radio sessions, and that for some reason those plans were changed at the final minute.
UK in-house cassette of BBC sessions
This Copymasters cassette featuring the Smiths' first two BBC radio sessions from 1983 is mentioned in the collectors appendix for "Hatful Of Hollow" because it is speculated that, just like the next item in this list, it may have served at the very early stages of putting together the compilation (five of its eight songs ended up making the album). The two sessions are labeled on the front of the generic Copymasters insert respectively as "John Peel June '83" and "David Jensen July '83". The blue Copymasters logo and catalogue number as well as "The Smiths Sessions Compilation" are printed above that, and "A Rough Trade Promotional Cassette" beneath (although it very unlikely that this served as a promo). There is no text on the spine, and the back flap only has "A Copymasters Real Time Cassette" in the paler shade of blue of the logo. The cassette is made of black plastic and bears white paper labels with the blue Copymasters logo in the bottom left corner. The title "The Smiths Sessions Compilation" was typed in black at the top of them.
UK in-house cassette of BBC sessions
This Copymasters cassette featuring two BBC radio sessions from 1983 is mentioned in the collectors appendix for "Hatful Of Hollow" because it is speculated that, just like the cassette described above, it may have served at the very early stages of putting together the compilation (five of its eight songs ended up making the album). The version of "Reel Around The Fountain", one of the three songs on this cassette that did not make it on "Hatful Of Hollow", sounds unmixed when compared to the version that was broadcast (and with which we are familiar thanks to its availability on many bootlegs). The two sessions are labeled on the front of the generic Copymasters insert respectively as "David Jensen Session II" and "John Peel Session II". The blue Copymasters logo and catalogue number as well as "Rough Trade" and "The Smiths" are printed above that. The spine only states the name of the band in the same dark blue type as on the front, and the back flap only has "A Copymasters Real Time Cassette" in the paler shade of blue of the logo. The cassette is made of black plastic and bears white paper labels. Two different variations of these labels have been reported. In one case the Copymasters logo and catalogue number are in the top left corner with 'Side One, David Jensen Session II' or 'Side Two, John Peel Session II' typed next to it, and in the other case there is no Copymasters logo, only 'The Smiths / Side One' or 'The Smiths / Side Two' in blue type.
UK proof of original cd booklet
This proof shows six of the twelve panels which, put together, make the booklet found inside the original cd edition.
UK proof of original cassette insert
This proof shows both sides of the original cassette insert with first version of the artwork (blue background).
UK proof of cd booklet and back
This proof shows the back of the tray inlay and one side of each page of the booklet of the 'made in France' edition of the cd (the version without a barcode on the back, as described above). With registration proofing bars and colour charts.
UK proofs of cd booklet
This is a set of two printer's proofs for the cd booklet, with proofing bars. One proof shows one side of every 2-leaflet page, while the other shows the respective reverse sides.
UK proof of LP gatefold image
Shows the image of the band backstage at Glastonbury 1984 as it appears, between blue borders, inside the gatefold sleeve of the original LP.
UK proof of LP reissue - early version
This one shows the LP reissue artwork (see LP above for description), front and back side by side, with registration and proofing bars. However, the back doesn't have a barcode and the 'circle' Rough Trade logo is found a few inches from the top instead of between the track listing and credits.
UK proof of promo poster
Proof of the "New Release" 14" by 21" promo poster described above. This is actually in two layers. One features all the blue segments of the poster, the other the black ones. In both cases, whether aimed at being blue or black, the colours are purple-blue.
UK silver disc award
The silver disc shows the record in the middle , the Union Jack in the top left corner, the cassette artwork in the bottom left corner and the BPI award information at the bottom right.
UK gold disc award
Official BPI gold sales award disc issued to commemorate sales in excess of 100 000 copies of the album. It features a gold LP mounted on a red background above a gold engraved dedication plaque (presented to Morrissey, presented to Andy Rourke, etc) and cassette artwork card, with mini Union Jack flag in the top left corner. Approximately 20" x 16" framed and glazed.
UK platinum disc award
The platinum award shows the record in the middle, the Union Jack in the top left corner, the information plaque in the middle under the record, and the album artwork in the bottom right corner.
Argentina CD [WEA/Warner Music Argentina 2564-66048-7]
Over the years, three different labels were successively granted the licensing rights to release Smiths material in Australia. The original 1984 to 1988 releases were licensed to CBS. In 1988 Festival Records re-released the complete Smiths' album catalogue, as well as some or their singles. Finally in 1993 Warner Australia followed WEA's international reissue programme and all the albums ended up being re-released in Australia on cd again.
Australia LP [CBS RTANZ009]
The original Australian LP sleeve is gatefold and its back is slightly different in layout to the back of the original British sleeve. Some copies have a big shiny silver sticker on the front listing some of the album's content. The inner sleeve looks identical to the British one and is almost as thick. The tracks are listed on it in the proper order. The record features the green and red 'man-silhouette' labels and is slipped inside an anti-static film inner sleeve with round bottom typical of Australian and Japanese vinyl, which in turn is slipped inside the lyrics inner sleeve.
Unlike other LPs released by CBS in Australia, this one can be differentiated from its New Zealand counterpart by a few things. The sleeve of the New Zealand LP has 'manufactured in New Zealand' printed on the back (Australian and New Zealand copies of other titles usually share the same sleeve). In addition, the New Zealand sleeve, like the misprinted UK one described above, lacks a black dot in the track listing on the back. This is not the case for its Australian equivalent. The Australian labels have 'Made in Australia' printed at the bottom while New Zealand labels have nothing there. As if that wasn't enough, the album title is misprinted on the New Zealand labels as "Hatful To Hollow". More variations are given in the New Zealand section below.
Australia LP [1988 reissue on Festival L30104]
The Festival Records LP reissue was done better than would be expected considering that the quality of their packaging rarely exceeds that of a bootleg. Even though it was produced in 1988, it still uses the first version of the LP artwork, a gatefold sleeve with the blue background. The inner sleeve shows the lyrics in the proper order, it is thick and glossy and also includes another waxy film inner sleeve, thicker than the usual flimsy ones that get easily wrinkled. The only major difference (besides the added/corrected credits and catalogue numbers) would be the labels of black text over red. The package also includes a paper insert advertising Festival's reissue programme as "The Smiths' Collection".
Australia cassette [CBS RTCANZ009]
The original Australian cassette shows on its front more or less the same artwork as on the front of the UK cassette, but the shade of blue is paler and the black bars were removed to make space for the black, white and yellow CBS Super Sound Cassette logo at the bottom (view left). The spine is the same blue, but the text on it is black. It shows the band's name in thick letters, with the album title over it, the catalogue number on the left (above a Dolby logo) and a 'shattered' Rough Trade logo on the right. The back flap reproduces the track listing from the back of the usual LP artwork with the titles separated by white dots. The insert has one extra fold-out panel. It features mainly the track listing in white over a blue background, with black dots between titles, above a block of credits reproduced from the insert of the original UK cassette (in which the UK-specific information such as the catalogue number and Warner credit was erased). The reverse side of the insert shows the same image and graphics as the reverse of the UK insert, but shrunk and in black and white. A block of copyright warnings is printed in black over white on the reverse of the back flap. The cassette is pinkish grey with blue text printed directly onto it. It features the track listing at the top, and a 'shattered' Rough Trade logo on the left above the catalogue number. It should be mentioned here that two different cassettes have been reported. One features the CBS Super Sound Cassette logo beneath the side number on the right, while the other doesn't.
Australia cassette [1988 reissue on Festival C30104]
The Festival cassette artwork doesn't look as good as the original edition. It shows the LP artwork over a black background featuring the band name, title, Rough Trade circle logo and Dolby logo (view left). More information about the insert and cassette is needed.
Australia CD [CBS RTANZ451070-2 / DIDP11072]
The original Australian cd features the original blue LP artwork on its front, with two slight variations. The white stripe on which the album title is given is all white instead of being semi-transparent and a compact disc logo was added in the bottom right corner. The cd was made in Japan. It is actually never stated anywhere that this is an Australian pressing so it is often mistaken for a Japanese pressing or the first UK cd version. It is recognizable by the RTANZ catalog number and the broken Rough Trade logo usually found on Australian releases. The booklet content is in black text over white and includes the photo of the Smiths at Glastonbury from inside the LP's gatefold sleeve. The back insert and back of booklet artwork were adapted from the back of the LP artwork.
Australia CD [1988 reissue on Festival D30104]
Compact discs were not Festival Records' forte, so their reissue of the cd format does not meet the packaging standards of the LP. It can even be said that this looks like a bootleg. The front still shows the first version of the artwork, but the insert includes only the Glastonbury photo of the band, and no lyrics. The back is a tint of light blue that has nothing to do with the blue of the rest of the artwork. The track listing and credits there are plainly given in a black font. The font from the "Strangeways Here We Come" album was used on the cd label.
Australia CD [1993 reissue on Warner Australia 450991893-2]
The packaging and content of the 1993 cd reissue on WEA parallels its European counterpart described below. The only differences are found in the licensing credits on the back and on the disc (confirmation needed). The name of the band on the cd is white instead of silver, the "Made in Germany" line on the right was replaced with a different one (probably something about Warner Australia) and the white legal warning around the bottom edge of the disc was replaced with one in black mentioning Warner Music Australia. A later variation with black disc surface may exist (confirmation needed).
Australia LP promo [CBS RTANZ009]
The original release of the album was promoted with a version of the LP featuring the typical Australian black and white silhouette labels with promo warning. The rest of the packaging is identical to the stock release, as nothing marks this as a promo besides the labels.
Brazil LP [WEA 610.7056]
The Brazilian LP sleeve is gatefold and very similar to the British one. However the inner sleeve is a transparent anti-static one, so there are no lyrics inside. The blue of the labels is deeper and the text layout on them is as in the UK. Publishing rights numbers have been added after each title there as is customary in Brazil.
Brazil cassette [WEA MC 00918934 (perhaps incorrect)]
Information needed. The catalogue number given here is that of the Peruvian cassette and is likely incorrect.
Brazil CD [1993 reissue on WEA 91893-2]
Brazil is one of the countries that followed WEA Europe on its reissue programme of 1993 and this album was made available there on compact disc that year for the first time otherwise than on import. The packaging and content are based on the European edition described below. The only difference is found in the licensing credits.
Brazil LP promo [WEA 610.7056]
Promo copies of the LP are stock ones stamped "Especial para promoçao invendavel amostra gratis tributada" in gold letters on the back of the sleeve as well as in ink across the label.
Brazil various artists EP promo [WEA 1.015]
A 4-track various artists promo EP featuring "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" was distributed to media in 1986 for promotion of this album. The record came slipped in a yellow sleeve with brown text. The song is actually credited on the sleeve as being taken from "Hatful Of Hollow". The other artists featured on the promo are Van Halen, Little Richard and ZZ Top.
Brazil various artists EP promo [WEA 803.315]
A 4-track various artists promo EP from 1986 titled "Um Presente Da Bandeirantes FM-96", also features "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now".
Because the Smiths had made more headway into the Canadian market than in the American one by the end of 1984, Sire Canada decided to release "Hatful Of Hollow" on LP and cassette despite the fact that Sire in the USA had opted to pass on it. However, until Sire USA finally decided the Smiths were big enough to warrant its domestic printing on compact disc in 1993, the album was only available on cd in Canada as a British import. Even though Sire USA also released the album on cassette in 1993, Sire Canada didn't need to bother with that format, as the 1984 cassettes were still in print.
Canada LP [Sire 25 16421]
The Canadian LP sleeve is gatefold and except for the label/copyright info at the back, the only difference with its UK counterpart is the title on the front which is over a solid white stripe instead of the UK's semi-transparent stripe. For the pleasure of completists, small changes were made to the artwork over successive repressings. At least four versions of the Canadian LP can be found:
Canada cassette [Sire 25 16424]
- version 1
The inner sleeve is identical to the original mispressed UK inner sleeve (with titles in the wrong order), but it is made of paper instead of glossy card. The text layout uses the whole space on the labels. The credits around them are in red and printed along the edge. The Sire logo is followed by a ® symbol.
- version 2
Same inner sleeve, but the text on the labels is more compact, leaving almost 1 cm (3/8 of an inch) between the credits around the rim and the edge.
- version 3
Same inner sleeve, but its colour is of a significantly brighter blue, and the catalog number was added at the bottom under the credits. The text layout on the labels is compacted just like version 2, but the credits around the rim are in black instead of red, and back at their usual place at the edge of the label. Another minor difference is in the Sire logo which, unlike the previous two version, is not followed by a ® symbol.
- version 4
The fourth version is just like the third one, but the label is of the later Sire type, yellow at the top and gradually fading to orange at the bottom.
Canada is the only place where the front of the cassette artwork was the same as in the UK. For some reason most countries redesigned the artwork for this more disposable format. The back of the insert is complete, with holes for the plastic prongs, and the titles are listed there in white over blue. The insert is quite elaborate for a Canadian cassette, it unfolds once to show the usual photo of the band backstage at Glastonbury as well as the credits. The cassette itself is black with silver text.
Canada CD [1993 reissue on Sire/Reprise CDW-45205 ]
The cd artwork, as in the USA, follows the pattern of the final Rough Trade UK cd edition described above. The front artwork is the revised variation and the back insert has the same text layout including bar code, with additional Sire/Reprise credits. The cd itself is blue with black text like the European cd edition which came out the same year. The booklet is also very similar to its UK counterpart but everything inside is in grayscale. The title lines are grey instead of blue and the two Morrissey photos at the end are in black and white. The final inside page is blank because by 1993, it must have been very dated to include technical compact disc information.
Canada LP promo [Sire 25 16421]
Promotion of this album was done via stock copies of the LP stamped in gold ink on the back of the sleeve. The Canadian promo stamp has the particularity of being bilingual, the promo warning appears in both English and French, the country's two official languages. The promo record's labels are like those of the first stock version described above.
Canada various artists promo 7" [WEA EP#2]
The album was promoted in Canada with the help of 4-track various artists promo 7" featuring "William It Was Really Nothing". The record, which plays at 33rpm, has yellow labels with black text (including "from the Sire LP Hatful Of Hollow" under the Smiths title) and was distributed inside a white custom WEA sleeve.
Canada various artists promo cassette [SLLC36]
A various artists radio promo cassette titled "Stop Look Listen" also featured "William, It Was Really Nothing" from this album along with tracks from other artists' most recent releases.
EEC LP [RT/EMI Holland ROUGH76]
A EEC pressing of "Hatful Of Hollow" was sold for some time in France and Holland even though proper French and Dutch editions were also pressed (see below for description of each). This edition is very similar to the British one. The back of the gatefold sleeve features the additional credit 'MADE IN EEC/ROUGH 76 / Printed in Holland by EMI Services Benelux B.V., Uden'. The inner sleeve is like the original misprinted British one, listing the tracks in an incorrect order. The labels are modelled on the British ones.
After purchasing the rights to the Smiths catalogue, Warner released two best ofs then in 1993 proceeded with the reissue of all the albums over the territories they controlled. Their 'international' edition was "made by WEA in Germany manufacturing Europe" as the credits state and was sold mostly in Europe, and in some Latin American countries. The design of the various formats was based partly on the original British and American designs. The WEA cds and cassettes were reissued again in 1995 when the "Singles" compilation came out, but these repressings are identical to the 1993 editions, except for a yellow exclamation mark sticker on the front of the case marking them as half-price reissues.
Europe CD [WEA 450991893-2]
The cd artwork for this reissue follows the pattern of the final Rough Trade UK cd edition described above. The front shows the revised artwork and the back insert has more or less the same text layout including bar code, with additional WEA logo and credits. The content of the booklet is identical to that of the the later UK booklet, including the close-up of the shoulder tattoo on its back, the photo of the band (with Morrissey with hat) in the middle and the two additional photos of Morrissey near the end. The back inside page is all blue as the technical compact disc technology information which was originally printed there was dated by 1993, so it was removed. The cd is light blue with white text, except for the band name at the top which is shiny silver (no colour used to cover the cd).
There are two minor variations of this item. The difference between them is found on the back between the catalogue number and the barcode. In one case only the number 'WE835' appears while in the other it's 'France WE833'.
Europe cassette [WEA 450991893-4]
The reissued cassette artwork is faithful to the revised Rough Trade UK cassette art, with minor alterations for label logo and credits. The only major difference is the cassette itself which is made of clear see-through plastic with grey text printed directly onto it.
Europe 2x10" [WEA 450991893-1]
WEA had something for collectors in their 1993 reissue programme as every album was also released on numbered limited edition 10" sized LPs. The sleeve artwork for this title was based on the revised artwork described above, front and back. Besides the usual credit alterations and additions, the back also features an additional barcode. The front has a box at the bottom with each copy's individual number stamped into it. The records in this series were produced in very thick vinyl, and in this particular case there are two of them inside because all the material could not fit on just one. The labels repeated the colour combination of the original Rough Trade LP labels, so they are blue with black text, with the band name in white at the top. The inner sleeves are plain white ones, which means that the lyrics featured on the original inner sleeve are unfortunately not included.
Europe proof of 2x10" artwork
This is a printer's proof of the artwork for the 2x10" LP. It shows the front and back, side by side, with proofing bars. There doesn't seem to be any difference with the final artwork except for the fact that the number box is blank.
France LP [Virgin 70290]
There are two different editions of the French LP.
France cassette [Virgin 50290]
- version 1
The most common version of the LP has a gatefold sleeve that includes the Montreuil Offset printers logo in the lower right corner on the back. The inner sleeve is identical to the misprinted UK one (with titles in incorrect order) but it is made of thick non-glossy paper. The labels are based on the original UK labels for typeset and colours but feature additional Virgin logo and credits and the mandatory SACEM logo.
- version 2
The second version is much rarer. It differs from the first by the fact that it was printed in Germany by Topac GŁtersioh, the labels are green, the cover is darker, and a barcode was added to the back.
Two different French cassette variations have been reported. Both feature on their front the cassette artwork as seen in the image gallery at the top left of this page.
- earlier variation
The spine is blue with the name of the band and the album title in white separated with a black dot. There are black Virgin and Dolby logos at the top and the catalogue number, price code (PM) and Rough Trade logo at the bottom, again in black. Unlike the later variation, the Virgin logo here is not set inside a circle. The back flap is also blue and features only the track listing in which titles are printed in black and separated with a white dot. The insert's extra fold-out panel features the track listing in white with titles separated with black dots, above a paragraph of credits printed in a smaller font. The reverse of this insert supposedly features the black and white photo of the band at Glastonbury (confirmation needed). The cassette itself is completely different to the later cassette described below. It is made of white plastic with blue text printed directly onto it. The track listing appears at the top on each side, with the catalogue number and logos for Dolby and Virgin on the left and a SACEM logo on the right.
- later variation
The spine is blue with the name of the band and the album title in white separated with a black dot. There are black Virgin and Dolby logos at the top and the catalogue number, price code (PM) and Rough Trade logo at the bottom, again in black. Unlike the earlier variation, the Virgin logo here is set inside a circle. The back flap is also blue and features the track listing in black like the earlier variation, but also an additional barcode and Virgin France credit absent from the earlier variation. The insert's extra fold-out panel is expected to feature the track listing in white with titles separated with black dots, above a paragraph of credits printed in a smaller font, like the earlier cassette described above (confirmation needed). The reverse of this insert supposedly features the black and white photo of the band at Glastonbury (confirmation needed). The cassette itself was completely redone. It is made of clear plastic with text printed in white directly onto it. It features the track listing at the top on each side, with a Rough logo top left, the catalogue number on the left, a Dolby logo bottom left and the SACEM logo on the right.
France CD [Virgin 30257]
The French cd is very similar to the later UK compact discs, which were actually made in France. It features the revised artwork on the front. The back artwork was modelled on the back of the revised UK cd: the track listing is printed in white in a blue section at the bottom, and in the white section above it are found logos for Rough Trade and Virgin, the catalogue number and French price code, "AAD", the barcode, a line of text and a Compact Disc logo. The booklet is exactly the same as the one found with the revised UK cds, but it is made of thinner paper, which makes it fit more easily inside the case's front panel. The disc was also modelled on its British counterpart. "The Smiths" and the album title are found sideways inside a stripe on the left and the track listing is split over the top and bottom halves with "Made In France By PDO" at the very bottom. On the right are found, one above the other, a Compact Disc logo, "Rough Trade", the French catalogue number, Rough Trade copyrights, production credits and a SACEM logo. A French legal warning is printed around the right edge.
France LP promo [Virgin 70290]
Stock copies of the original LP (version 1 above) were stamped with a promo warning so they could be used for promotion. The stamp states "Disque gratuit interdit a la vente", the words forming an embossed circle in the upper corner of the sleeve.
France LP test pressing [Virgin 70290]
A test pressing of the LP has made it into the hands of a collector. It is slipped in a French inner bag with typed track listing.
Germany LP [RT Deutschland RTD26]
Germany is the only place outside the UK where the LP was reprinted with the revised artwork.
- original artwork
The first edition comes in the gatefold blue sleeve and the same glossy mispressed inner sleeve as the first UK edition. The only significant difference with the UK LP, except for the minor credit corrections, are the labels which are black with white text organized along the classic UK label layout.
- revised artwork
The second edition has the revised artwork from 1987 on the front, and the packaging looks very much like the final UK LP described above. The back adds a big "RTD 26" in the top right corner, but lacks a barcode. There are a few additional minor differences with the revised UK LP back. The labels are the same black and white ones from the first German edition. The most significant difference is the absence of any inner sleeve. Many copies come with a big round "Special Price" sticker over the front.
Germany LP promo [RT Deutschland RTD26]
For promotion of "Hatful Of Hollow" in Germany, white-labels of the LP have been paired with a 2-sided folded press release in specially designed folder and the "Latest album" UK promo poster described above. The white label records were usually slipped inside a German stock sleeve (version 1 above, including mispressed inner sleeve) but some copies have been seen only in a white inner sleeve. The front of the promo folder shows a variation of the album artwork with, over the cover model, a white box containing release information. The press release is the same one that was also sent with promo copies of the band's debut album earlier in the year. It shows on one side a big bouquet of flowers, a photo of the band (Morrissey with hands in the air in front of him) and a discography of the band's first three singles and the debut album, and on the other side a faded repeat of the same bouquet, with what looks like a bio printed over it.
Greece LP [Virgin VG50093]
Greece is one of only two countries where the "Hatful Of Hollow" LP was released in a non-gatefold sleeve (the other being the Philippines). The front and back are still the same as in the UK, with extra credits in Greek at the back. The inner sleeve is surprisingly thicker than the British one, it is actually just as thick as the outer sleeve. The lyrics on it are printed in the correct order, so the album must have been released a certain time after the initial UK pressing. The labels are the same colours as the UK labels and the text is displayed on them following the same layout, with a few extra credits in Greek.
Greece cassette [Virgin VG50093]
The front of the cassette insert shows the usual LP artwork over a plain white background on which the names of the album and band is printed in black. More information needed.
Holland LP [Megadisc ROUGH76]
The Dutch LP was released by Megadisc, possibly after the EEC LP described above. This is the last Dutch release to bear the British catalogue number. From 1985 on, Megadisc releases would differ more from their British counterparts. The packaging here is similar to the UK to the point where one has to pull the record out of its sleeve to find any difference. The outer sleeve is completely identical (though generally in a washed up blue tint, paler to the original UK version and closer to green). The inner sleeve is like the corrected UK one, so the tracks are listed in the proper order, but it is not as thick. The labels are the classic Megadisc circular saw ones, but three different versions have been spotted:
- One version has "Hatful Of Hollow", followed by that side's track listing, then "The Smiths". The sides are labeled ROUGH76A and ROUGH76B.
- Another version has "Hatful Of Hollow", followed by "The Smiths", that side's track listing. The sides are both labeled ROUGH76.
- The third version is identical to the previous one in layout, but the Megadisc circular saw label is white instead of grey and the outer and inner sleeves are brighter blue.
Note: Although the line "Megadisc records and tapes" appears on the labels, there is no such thing as a Dutch Smiths cassette because that format was never popular in the Netherlands.
Italy LP [Rough Trade/Virgin ROUGH76]
The Italian LP doesn't differ much from its UK counterpart in design and quality of packaging. The outer and inner sleeves as well as the labels are identical, with a few additional Italian credits added to the back of the sleeve and on the labels. The inner sleeve is made of thick paper and lists the tracks in the correct order.
Italy cassette [Rough Trade/Virgin ROUGHK776]
Virgin used their own cassette artwork design for the Italian edition of this album and it hasn't aged well, except in the eyes of those who are into tacky 1980s esthetics lifted from 1984 editions of Smash Hits. As for most other Virgin Italia cassette releases in and around 1984 (including the Smiths' debut album), the LP artwork is found in the middle, surrounded with angular shapes and green and red scribbles. A track listing is found on the back, and again on the reverse of the insert alongside credits. The cassette is white with black text printed onto it.
Japan LP [Tokuma Japan 25RTL-21]
The original Japanese LP is, as usual, very well done. The sleeve is gatefold and differs from the British model by the addition of a catalogue number in the top right corner on the front and Tokuma credits at the bottom at the back. It is wrapped in an aqua obi with album information on the front and releases by other Rough Trade bands advertised on the back. The inner sleeve is a plain anti-static one with round bottom, but a paper insert is also included. It features lyrics in English and Japanese, a biography, and a photo of the band showing Morrissey up front with one hand inside his shirt. The labels follow the UK design (plus additional credits), and are perhaps slightly deeper blue.
Japan LP [1987 reissue on Victor VIP-4218]
Following the release of "Strangeways, Here We Come" in 1987, Victor Musical Industries, who had meanwhile acquired the rights to release Rough Trade material in Japan, re-released the whole Smiths catalogue on LP and compact disc. The outer sleeve of the "Hatful Of Hollow" LP reissue remained the same except for the minor changes for label and catalogue number in the top right corner on the front and at the bottom on the back. The obi announces Victor's reissue programme as "The Smiths Final Collection" and advertises all the Smiths album catalogue on its back. The record has a rather plain beige label with the Rough Trade logo appearing in a circle at the top. It is slipped in a plastic film sleeve with round bottom. Two inserts featuring lyrics and bio are also found inside.
Japan CD [Tokuma Japan (32)35JC-129]
The first of six Japanese cd pressings of "Hatful Of Hollow" (not counting the 2-cd set with "The Queen Is Dead" discussed in the section detailing multi-title sets) is obviously the rarest. The front artwork is a close variation on the LP's, but it has an additional compact disc logo added to the bottom left corner. The LP's back artwork is found at the back of the Japanese booklet instead of at the back of the cd where it would be expected. Instead, the back of the cd inlay features the track listing in English and Japanese. The booklet includes photos of the band (including the one found on the LP insert), lyrics and a bio. Like other early Japanese cds, the obi is not of the card type, but a sticker glued around the cd case's spine. And like early cds the label is just black text printed straight onto the cd (no colour artwork).
Japan CD [1987 reissue on Victor VDP-5080]
Following the release of "Strangeways, Here We Come" in 1987, Victor Musical Industries, who had meanwhile acquired the rights to release Rough Trade material in Japan, re-released the complete Smiths album catalogue on LP (see above) and compact disc. This new cd edition was not as beautiful as the first one. While in England the artwork for this album was being redesigned, Victor in Japan re-used the original one on blue background. The catalogue number was added to the bottom left corner on the front and the compact disc logo was dropped. The back was redesigned, it shows the titles and credits in white, a barcode, and the black obi-like stripe at the right giving release information. The disc surface was also redesigned in the same style as other albums in this reissue series, with a Rough Trade logo in a circle at the top and all titles at the bottom. The cd tray is made of white plastic. Information about the contents of the booket is needed.
The 1987 obi is the plainest of them all. It is the colour of undyed recycled paper and features only the band name and title on the front (in Japanese) under the series' logo, and a track listing on the back. There are actually two versions of it. The first one says 'VDP-5080 Y3,000' at the bottom on the front, while the lighter-coloured one on later issues has Japanese characters and a different price in that same position.
20 copies of a TDK edition were given away as prizes at the time. More information is needed about these.
Japan CD [1990 reissue on Victor VICP-2002]
In 1990 Victor went through another reissue programme (the "Meet The Rock" budget series at 2000 yens), but this time the Smiths album back catalogue was re-released on compact disc only. The packaging of this edition is very similar to that of the 1987 edition. The booklet content is the same. The front and back as well as the label are identical except for the corrected catalogue number (it is dropped from the front). The cd tray is still made of white plastic. Only the obi was changed to the blue and yellow theme of this "Meet The Rock" series.
Japan CD [1993 reissue on WEA WMC5-543]
This new Japanese edition was released by WEA who had just purchased the rights to the complete Smiths catalogue the year before. It was modelled on its European counterpart, so it features the revised front artwork, and the packaging is superior to that of the earlier Victor reissues. Unlike its European counterpart, the Japanese cd has the barcode on the obi instead of the cd back insert. The disc is a beautiful light blue like the European cd, with the same text layout but with extra credits and the band name appears in white. The obi is light blue-green and beige with a blue "Smiths Original Catalogue" crest common to all re-releases in the series. Its back covers the complete backspace and displays over a beige background "The Smiths Original Catalogue", an illustrated list of the eight albums being reissued by WEA. The cd tray is made of white plastic. Information about the booklet is needed.
Japan CD [1995 reissue on WEA WPCR-302]
In parallel to the release of the "Singles" compilation, another reissue programme of the Smiths back catalogue was put together by WEA in Japan. This 1995 budget reissue is very similar to the one from just 2 years prior. The most noticeable changes were the white and yellow obi with red ignited 'Hot price!' bomb common to all the releases in the series, the colours of the label which were changed to blue over white (instead of the reverse) and an additional "Smiths Original Catalogue" insert inside. The cd tray is made of white plastic. The booklet is identical to one inside the final UK cd pressing (see description above), with the possible exception of the additional "licensed by GEMA" credit on the page before the first colour photograph of Morrissey.
Japan CD [2006 reissue on WEA WPCR-12439]
The most recent reissue programme of Smiths material in Japan dates back to 2006 when all the albums were re-released in mini-replicas of the original LP sleeves. These are slightly bigger than the typical size of a compact disc. In the case of "Hatful Of Hollow", the original UK LP pressing served as a model for everything with the exception of the obi which was based on the original Tokuma LP obi. The sleeve is gatefold like the original LP, and the photo of the Smiths backstage at Glastonbury is found inside. The back of it is like the original UK back with minor changes in the credits. The cd label follows the same colour pattern and text layout as both the UK and Japan LP editions as the original Japanese label was already modelled on the British one. The inner sleeve of the cd is a quasi-perfect replica of the original UK LP one because the original Japanese LP was slipped inside a plastic film inner sleeve. This 2006 cd is actually also slipped inside a plastic film inner sleeve (the round bottom variety), which is in turn slipped inside the picture inner sleeve. An additional white paper booklet featuring the lyrics in English and Japanese and what looks like a bio is also found inside.
Japan LP promo [Tokuma Japan 25RTL-21]
The promotional version of the original Tokuma LP is identical to the stock one, with two exceptions: it has two boxes with 3-character promo text added to the right side on the label, and a white 'SAMPLE NOT FOR SALE' sticker in the top right corner of the front of the sleeve.
Japan CD promo [1987 reissue on Victor VDP-5080]
The promo version of the 1987 Victor cd has a red 3-character promo sticker over the barcode on the back and promo text printed in red around the cd's centre.
Japan CD promo [1990 reissue on Victor VICP-2002]
Victor's 1990 reissue programme was promoted with copies of the albums (including this one) with "sample" stamped around the center of the cd and a promo sticker on the obi.
Japan CD promo [1993 reissue on WEA WMC5-543]
The Japanese promo cd is a stock copy with a white and red promo sticker on the back of the obi and promo text printed on the cd's inner ring.
Japan CD promo [1995 reissue on WEA WPCR-302]
The promo copies of the 1995 edition have a white and red promo sticker on the back of the case and perhaps some promo mark around the cd's centre.
Japan CD promo [2006 reissue on WEA WPCR-12439]
Promo versions of this edition of "Hatful Of Hollow" are stock copies with an additional white sticker with red text affixed to the back of the obi and 'sample loaned' etched on the cd's inner ring.
New Zealand LP [CBS RTRANZ009]
Australia and New Zealand releases of other titles on vinyl usually share the same sleeve, but this is not the case for "Hatful Of Hollow". Not only does the sleeve in New Zealand say "Manufactured in New Zealand" on the back, but the label even took a few liberties with the front artwork. Firstly, the stripe on which the title appears is completely white instead of being semi-transparent. This was also done on the Canadian LP and on some early compact disc editions. But only in New Zealand does the black line underlining the name of the band stretch to the whole width of the LP. In addition, returning to the back, the black dot between "Accept Yourself" and "Girl Afraid" is missing, as on early misprinted copies of the UK LP. The sleeve is gatefold. The record is simply slipped inside a round-bottom anti-static sleeve instead of the usual lyrics one. The labels are the green and red man-silhouette ones as in Australia, but the 'Made in Australia' line is not printed at the bottom of them, the text layout is completely different and the album title is misprinted on them as "Hatful To Hollow".
New Zealand cassette [CBS RTCANZ009]
For once the New Zealand cassette is quite different from its Aussie counterpart. The front artwork is a variation on the original LP artwork (view left). The spine and back are white with plain black text. The spine has the band name above the album title in the middle, with the catalogue number on the left above a Dolby logo and a CBS logo on the right. The back flap features a track listing and nothing else. The track listing is repeated, again in black over white, over the insert's extra fold-out panel. The only other text found on this extra panel is a New Zealand manufacturing and distribution credit, the only one ever spotted on a New Zealand cassette for the Smiths. The cassette is white and bears white paper labels with black text. The track listing appears at the top on each side, with the catalogue number in the top left corner and a 'shattered' Rough Trade logo on the left.
New Zealand LP promo [CBS RTRANZ009]
The New Zealand promo LP is a stock copy with a 'demonstration' sticker on its label.
Peru cassette [WEA/El Virrey 00918934]
The Peruvian cassette shows the second variation of the compact disc artwork on the front, over a black background with white text (view left). The use of this variation of the artwork and the fact that it is part of an anthology series (as stated on the front) hints at a release date that is later than 1984. The spine is white with the album title and band name in orange at the centre, a black WEA logo at the top and the catalogue number in black at the bottom. The album's track listing is printed in black on the pale blue back flap, above a distribution credit and a warning. It also appears in black and white on the insert's extra panels. Whereas it is found only in Spanish on the back, it is bilingual inside and comes with the album credits. The cassette is made of clear plastic with very pale grey text printed directly onto it. The album title and the name of the band are found top-centre, a WEA logo in the top right corner, the catalogue number in the bottom left corner, and a legal warning in Spanish bottom centre and right.
Philippines LP [DVNA Products ROUGH-76]
The Philippines "Hatful Of Hollow" LP sleeve is evidence that Smiths releases in that country are unlicensed. The sleeve was reproduced from the British one, including the blue round sticker advertising the content and giving the suggested retail price of £3.99 which was screened into it (view left). The makers didn't make it gatefold, so it's the only country besides Greece where this album is found in a single sleeve. The back was reproduced from the British one, with additional local logos and credits, but for some reason the black dots between the titles are aligned to the right instead of being centered. The labels are cyan with black text. The catalogue numbers for both the LP and cassette formats appear on them.
Philippines cassette [DVNA Products MC-ROUGH-76]
The cassette comes with a yellow insert showing a photo of the LP artwork on the front, with the text from the UK LP sticker (about the inclusing of 1983 BBC sessions) added beneath it. The back of it lists the tracks in blue. The insert unfolds to show an advertisement for the "Meat Is Murder" album, displaying the album artwork and track listing. A stapled lyrics booklet is included inside. The cassette is made of clear plastic and has mauve labels.
Portugal LP [Transmedia TM/RT 76]
The Portuguese LP is very similar to its British counterpart. The white title stripe at the front is not semi-transparent and the back features additional Transmedia credits. The record is slipped in a very wrinkly anti-static inner sleeve, which means the lyrics are not included with the album. The labels are very light blue, sometimes so light they are very pale cyan. The text layout on them is as in the UK, but they feature the additional Transmedia catalogue number and credits in Portuguese around the edges.
South Africa cassette [CS 5999]
This unlicensed cassette shows the LP artwork on the front, with the name of the band in red and the album title in black above it. Above that is the blue/white/red CS New Wave logo with catalogue number and Dolby logo. The spine is white with band name in red above album title in black, with CS logo and catalogue number in black at the top and "STEREO" and Dolby logo in black at the bottom. The insert's back flap shows the track listing and nothing else. The track listing in black over white on the insert's extra panel, with logos, catalogue number, band name and title at the top. The cassette is made of black plastic. Its labels are mostly white with black text, with red and blue stripes at the bottom. The track listing is found at the top on each side, with logo and number on the left and side letter and "STEREO" on the right.
Spain LP [Nuevos Medios 43 102L]
The Spanish LP is also very similar to the original UK LP. The sleeve is gatefold and its back looks the same bar a few changes in the credits for Nuevos Medios. The inner sleeve is very thin and feels like wrapping paper. It has a white border at the top and at the bottom on each side, and the lyrics are listed on it in the same incorrect order as on the earlier UK LPs. The labels are in the same colours as the British labels, with the same text layout plus additional Nuevos Medios logo and credits, but the blue is perhaps a bit paler.
Spain cassette [Nuevos Medios 44 104]
Information is needed.
Spain 7" promo [Nuevos Medios 40121S]
The release of this album was promoted in Spain with the help of a 7" single of "How Soon Is Now?" backed with another album track, "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want". The record has a large hole at its centre. The labels are white with black text including the promo warning "Disco promocional prohibida su venta" on the right and a Nuevos Medios logo at the top above the name of the band. The sleeve has a skin-like texture to it. It features the artwork originally used for the "William It Was Really Nothing" 12" single (which is slightly different to that of the 7" format). The back was adapted from the back of the UK 7" single by the correction of the a-side title and the addition of Nuevos Medios credits and logo at the bottom. Nothing on this sleeve marks this item as a promo.
Sweden LP [MNW ROUGH76]
The Swedish LP must have been printed in the UK because the matrix stamps and etchings are the same. The labels are identical to the British ones plus the additional MNW and n”b logos. The outer sleeve is also almost the same, but the inner sleeve is made of paper instead of thick glossy card. Lyrics on it are listed in the same incorrect order as on the original British inner sleeve.
Taiwan cassette [Rough Trade/Crystal ROUGHC76]
The Taiwanese cassette is almost certainly an unlicensed edition, but it was still produced with much more care and attention than your average unlicensed cassette. The front of the insert show the usual artwork, but over a red background instead of a blue one. The spine is white and shows the band name in black above the album title in red, with "Rough Trade" at the top in black and a black Dolby logo at the bottom above the catalogue number. The back flap is white and features the track listing in black, a Rough Trade copyright in red, and various Crystal credits in Taiwanese, in a mix of black and red. The cassette itself is made of black plastic and bears yellow labels. The album's track listing is printed at the top on each side, with a Rough Trade logo and catalogue number on the left, side identification on the right and release identification at the bottom. The packaging includes a large black and white lyrics insert folded many times to fit the case.
Thailand cassette [Octopus OTP10073]
This unlicensed edition features on its front a variation of the original UK cd artwork cropped and tweaked to fit the cassette format. The spine is white and features at its centre the name of the band and the album title in unrelated purple fonts, with a black Octopus logo at the top and the catalogue number in black at the bottom. The insert's back flap shows the album's track listing and nothing else, in black over white. The track listing also appears on the insert's inner panel, below album identification and above a few credits, all in black over white. The album's lyrics are printed on the insert's reverse in black and white. The cassette is made of black plastic and bears off-white paper labels with black text. The side's track listing is printed at the top of them on each side, with the catalogue number bottom left, minimal credits bottom centre and label logo bottom right.
The USA were the only major music market in the Western hemisphere to pass on releasing "Hatful Of Hollow" in 1984. They caught up with the rest of the world in 1993 and released the album on compact disc and cassette. There are therefore no American "Hatful Of Hollow" LP.
USA CD [Sire/Reprise 45205-2]
The cd artwork follows the pattern of the final Rough Trade UK cd edition described above. The front artwork is the revised variation and the back insert has the same text layout including bar code, with additional Sire/Reprise credits. The cd itself is blue with black text, instead of having plain black text over the silver cd. The booklet is also very similar to its UK counterpart but everything inside is in grayscale. The title lines are grey instead of blue and the two Morrissey photos at the end are in black and white. The final inside page is blank because by 1993, it had become very dated to include technical compact disc info.
USA cassette [Sire/Reprise 45205-4]
The American cassette edition was modelled after the final Rough Trade UK cassette featuring the revised artwork. The insert is almost the same as the British one, the only major change being the addition of the track listing on the back. The other less obvious alterations are the colour of the barcode and the label logos which obviously had to be changed. Information about the cassette itself is needed.
USA CD [2012 reissue on Sire/Rhino R2 45205]
USA LP [2012 reissue on Sire/Rhino R1 45205]
USA cassette advance [Sire/Reprise 4-45205-A]
The release of "Hatful Of Hollow" in the USA was promoted with the help of a Sire/Reprise advance cassette. The insert is a plain green Reprise Records one with titles and credits in plain black font. The cassette itself is made of clear plastic with white text printed onto it.
USA press release
This 1993 letter-format press release on yellow paper announces the upcoming release of "Hatful Of Hollow" in the USA. The press release praises the album, mentions the songs featured on it and ends by mentioning the recent releases of "Best...I" and "Best...II". It is one page only, 2-sided text, and headed with a dark blue and brown Sire logo between a Sire address in New York and a Warner address in California.
USA proof of cd artwork
A printer's proof of portions of the cd packaging has made it into the hands of at least one collector. The proof shows the back tray inlay and the outer page of the booklet (so its front and back).
(unknown) cassette [AS 5179]
This cassette of unknown origin has a blue insert showing the album artwork at the bottom and at the top the As logo and a pink triangle with the words "Super British Chartbuster". Its origin may be Poland but this is very wild speculation. More info needed.
(unknown) cassette [?? 1142]
The origin of this item is a mystery. The insert seems to be nicely done. It looks at first modelled after the UK cassette with revised artwork (for fonts and colours), but the photo is a close-up of the model's face, instead of the 'original' reissue's close-up which also included the model's shoulder. The track listing appears on the back in the same light blue as the rest of the text. The spine shows the Motown 'M' logo. Information about the cassette itself (and its origin!) is needed.