"My Love Life"|
UK 7" [HMV POP1628]
This is the first Morrissey 7" not to come in a rigid glossy sleeve, as it is only available in a paper sleeve opening from the side, with a semi-circle cut-out portion on the back for better grip on the record (view front and back artwork from the menu on the left). The record has a solid centre, but there are two different versions of it:
- paper labels edition
This edition has vintage reddish-pink His Master's Voice paper labels with black text and logos. A His Masters Voice logo is found at the top, publishing info, the catalogue number and EMI copyright on the left, "45 R.P.M.", catalogue number and production credits on the right, and title at the bottom.
POP1628 A-1-1-1 / POP1628 B-1-1-1
- injection-moulded labels edition
This odd variation is more common than the one above, but it is still more sought after by collectors because it is one of only three Morrissey 7" singles to have been pressed this way (the other two being "Sing Your Life" and "Pregnant For The Last Time"). The labels are silver with black text, featuring a His Master's Voice logo at the top, the catalogue number and EMI copyright on the left, the catalogue number, publishing info and production credit on the right, release identification at the bottom.
POP1628 A-2U-1-Q1 / POP1628 B-1-1-Q3
UK 12" [HMV 12POP1628]
The front artwork of the 12" format is very slightly different to that of the 7", in the way the image is cropped and in the relative position of Morrissey's name at the top (see left). The back features the same general content, with corrected catalogue numbers and additional b-side in the track listing, but the layout was somewhat changed (view left). The record is slipped inside a white paper inner sleeve. It has pink vintage His Master's Voice labels with black text: His Masters Voice logo at the top left; catalogue number, EMI copyright and publishing information on the left; "45 R.P.M.", catalogue number and production credits on the right; titles and songwriting credits at the bottom.
12 POP 1628 - A - 1 - 1 / 12 POP 1628 B - 1 - 1
UK CD5 [HMV CDPOP1628]
The cd-single comes in a thin jewelcase. The usual image was slightly cropped for this format's J-card insert (view left). Also, unlike the other three UK formats, this one does not show a His Master's Voice logo on the front. The spine is yellow with dark grey text consisting of Morrissey's name and "My Love Life" at the centre and the catalogue number on the right. The back flap is also yellow, it features a small barcode in the centre, with dark grey text on each side: European catalogue number and three lines of EMI credits on the left and His Master's Voice and Compact Disc logos on the right. The insert's reverse was adapted from the 7" and 12" back artwork (view left), but it give this format's longer track listing and omits the barcode, catalogue numbers, EMI copyright and printing/manufacturing credits. The disc is black with silver text and made to look like the labels of the vinyl formats: a His Masters Voice logo and "CD" graphics in the style of the vinyl's "45 RPM" at the top; Euro catalogue number, publishing info, EMI copyright, UK catalogue number, "BIEM/MCPS" and label code on the left; compact disc logo and production credits on the right; titles and songwriting credits at the bottom; legal warning and manufacturing credit around the outer edge.
UK CSS [HMV TCPOP1628]
The cassette-single is a traditional one in plastic case with J-card insert. The front shows more of the usual front image than on any other format (view left). The spine is yellow with dark grey text: Morrissey's name in the same font as on the front and "My Love Life", plus the catalogue number at the bottom. The back flap is also yellow, it features a barcode in the centre, with dark grey text on each side: European catalogue number and three lines of EMI copyright on the left and track listing on the right. A cropped and perhaps paler version of the usual back artwork image is found on the insert's extra panel, with text printed over in dark grey: the track listing and personnel at the top and six lines of credits in a small font at the bottom (view left). The cassette itself is made of clear plastic with pale grey text printed directly onto it. It features, amongst other things, the catalogue number in the top left corner, the track listing top-centre and a His Master's Voice logo in the top right corner.
UK 7" jukebox [HMV POP1628]
This item is just like the silver variation of the stock 7" described above but at the centre is a large hole for jukebox play. The record has been seen inside a stock picture sleeve but this may not always be the case.
POP1628 A-2U-1-Q1 / POP1628 B-1-1-Q3
UK 7" promo [HMV POPDJ1628]
Just like the four singles before it, "My Love Life" was mainly promoted with the help of a promo 7" with retro "A" labels inside a His Master's Voice record bag from the 1960s. The die-cut bag and the a-side label for this particular single are displayed in the image gallery (view left). The b-side label is similar to the a-side one, it features old-fashioned notes such as "non-breakable", "demonstration record" and "recording first published 1991", but it does not have the tall red "A" across it.
POP1628 A-1- / POP1628 B-1-1-1
UK 7" promo [HMV POP1628]
The existence of stock copies mailed out for promotional purposes with a press release has been reported. Information needed.
UK CD5 promo [HMV CDPOP1628]
Stock compact discs have been seen on the collectors market with a white and red "Manufacturers Property Not For Sale" sticker on the back of the case. It is not known whether or not these are officially sanctioned by the record label.
UK promo video [In Phase]
The release of "My Love Life" was also promoted with the help of this one-track promo video sent to the relevent media. The videocassette has generic white In Phase labels on top and spine, with green In Phase logo and Morrissey's name and "My Love Life" printed in black. The cassette comes in a generic card slipcase.
UK 2-track promo video [??]
The existence of a 2-track promo video featuring the promotional film for "Pregnant For The Last Time" as a bonus has been reported. Information needed.
UK promo poster 64cm x 46cm [25" x 18"]
View here. The box of text at the bottom includes upcoming tour dates for the 2nd British leg of the Kill Uncle tour.
UK promo advert 40cm x 30cm [16" x 12"]
View here. The box of text at the bottom includes upcoming tour dates for the 2nd British leg of the Kill Uncle tour.
Australia CSS [EMI Australia 2655-4]
The only format released in Australia is this cassette-single. The cassette was sold inside a card slipcase featuring on its front the same artwork as the UK cassingle (view left). The back shows the text usually found on the back of the UK 7", in dark grey-green over a paler shade of the same colour, without the image background. The track listing at the top includes songwriting and publishing credits. Below are found a barcode, production and other credits and a EMI copyright. The spines are in the same paler/darker shades of grey-green. Both state Morrissey's name and "My Love Life" in a similar font to the one used on the front. One spine has the catalogue number and a Dolby logo at the top and XDR and HMV logos at the bottom. The other spine has EMI and XDR logos at the top and a Dolby logo and the catalogue number at the bottom. The cassette is made of completely transparent plastic, its reels are blue and text is printed in blue directly onto it. The track listing is at the top on each side, a sideways EMI logo on the left, the catalogue number on the right and Dolby plus XDR logos at the bottom.
EEC 7" [EMI 006 20 4483 7]
After skipping the "Sing Your Life" and "Pregnant For The Last Time" singles, a 7" edition was made in the EEC for the German, Dutch and French markets, and also perhaps those of Scandinavia and other smaller countries of central Europe. The sleeve is made of paper and opens from the side. The front shows the same 7" variation of the artwork as in the UK (view left). The back looks like the back of the UK 7", but the catalogue numbers beneath the barcode were replaced with the EEC catalogue number, a label code and a French price code, and the credits at the bottom lack the UK printing and manufacturing credits. The record has a large hole at its centre. Instead of replicating the pink labels of the UK 7", EMI went for blue labels with black text. The content remained relatively the same. A His Master's Voice logo is found at the top, "45 RPM" and production credits on the right, and a BIEM/GEMA box on the left, below a label code and above the European catalogue number and copyright info. The titles and songwriting credits are in the bottom half. Legal credits in English and in German ending with "Made In EEC" are printed along the outer edge.
EEC 12" [EMI 060 20 4483 6]
This was the first 12" made in the EEC since the one for "November Spawned A Monster" the year before. The front shows the same 12" artwork as in the UK (view left), but the image was slightly cropped all around as the sleeve is a thin card one, slightly smaller in size than a typical 12" sleeve and without a spine. The differences between its back and that of its UK counterpart parallel those described for the EEC 7": the catalogue numbers around the barcode were replaced with the European catalogue number, a label code and a French price code, and the credits at the bottom lack the UK printing and manufacturing credits. Because of the type of sleeve in which this edition was sold, there is no inner sleeve. Although the UK labels are pink with black text, the labels here are blue with black text. A His Master's Voice logo is found at the top, "45 RPM" and production credits on the right, label code, BIEM/GEMA box, European catalogue number and EMI copyright on the left. The titles and writing credits are in the bottom half. Legal credits in English and German ending with "Made In EEC" are printed along the outer edge.
EEC 7" promo [EMI 006 20 4483 7]
This item is just like the stock EEC 7", but it has a 2-line promo warning printed beneath the production credit on the right side of the label. The warning states "For Promotional Use Not For Sale".
Germany press sheet
This single was promoted in Germany with EEC 7"s paired with a EMI Germany press release. This press release is the width of the 7" sleeve and a big higher, it was therefore slipped inside the sleeve for distribution, with the black and yellow EMI Germany "Single" header sticking out. Release information is printed at the top (including release date "4.10.91") and biographical information beneath.
Holland CD5 [EMI 20 4483 2 / CDP 560]
The Holland cd-single differs from its UK counterpart by only a few details. The front and reverse of the insert are identical. The "20 4483 2" catalogue number was added on the left side of the spine and a French price code and "CDP 560" were added to the right of the compact disc logo on the back flap. The disc differs from the UK disc by the presence of "Made in Holland" beneath the production credits on the right, the removal of "BIEM/MCPS" on the left, the addition of "BIEM/STEMRA" beneath the label code on the left and the deletion of the UK manufacturing credits around the edge.
Japan CD5 [Toshiba EMI TOCP-6909]
The Japanese compact disc comes in a regular jewel case with white tray. Not only does it have a unique track listing, but it also features unique artwork on the front and back (view in the image gallery on the left). The spines are also red with white text. They both state the catalogue number, Morrissey's name and the title track, but the left spine does it in Japanese and the right one in English. The obi is the same shade of red as the front and back, with a mix of black, blue and yellow text. Its back shows a blue Japanese track listing at the top and a barcode in the middle, amongst other things. The 4-page booklet opens on a page featuring a bilingual track listing including songwriting and publishing information as well as copyright info and production credits at the bottom. This is followed by what appears to be a bio in Japanese spread over three pages. The inner side of the back page shows a black and white illustrated Japanese discography including four 'albums' (the "Interesting Drug" EP is listed with the albums) and four singles (missing "Sing Your Life"). The back of the insert is red with mostly blue text: track listing, personnel, full recording and packaging credits. There are white EMI Japan credits and logo at the very bottom. The disc is matte black with pale beige text: EMI logo, Morrissey's name and title at the top, catalogue number and EMI copyright on the left, compact disc logo, production credit, "Stereo" and Jasrac logo on the right, track listing at the bottom, legal warning around the outer edge.
Japan jigsaw puzzle
Early copies of the above cd-single came with a bonus 35-piece jigsaw puzzle showing the "Pregnant For The Last Time" single artwork, with black and white EMI Toshiba logo in the top right corner (view left). This puzzle comes in a rigid clear plastic packaging shaped to fit the contours of the cd-single jewelcase.
Japan CD5 promo [Toshiba EMI TOCP-6909]
Promo copies are stock ones with a white and red promo sticker on the back tray insert and the words "Sample Not For Sale" stamped in red around the disc's inner ring.
USA CD5 [Sire/Reprise 9 40163-2]
The American compact disc was manufactured in Digipak with white plastic tray. The front artwork was adapted for this release (view left). The same image is repeated without text on the reverse of the packaging's front panel, over an ocean blue background. Unlike any other edition of "My Love Life", the back artwork in the USA is just yellow with very dark green text, without any image in the background (view left). The spine is yellow with dark green text as well. It shows Morrissey's name and "My Love Life" between the catalogue number and "Sire/Reprise". The disc is silver (uncoloured) with black text: Morrissey's name at the top, a block of Sire/Warner Bros credits on the left, track listing including publishing info on the right, production credits, Sire/Reprise logos, compact disc logo, catalogue number and "Made in USA" at the bottom, black ring around the edge. Copies that are still sealed have a dark green rectangular sticker with yellow text on the front stating "Specially Priced Compact-Disc Maxi-Single" and advertising the musical contents and the additional availability of the single on cassette maxi-single.
USA 12" [Sire/Reprise 9 40163-0]
The position of Morrissey's name on the front of the American 12" is slightly different than on the front of the UK 12" and there is no His Master's Voice logo in the bottom right corner (view left). There is no image on the back of the sleeve, it is just yellow with ocean blue text: track listing and various credits in the middle, Sire and Reprise logos as well as Sire/Warner Bros credits at the bottom, upside down barcode in the top right corner. Copies that are still sealed have a dark green rectangular sticker with yellow text on the front stating "Specially-Priced Maxi-Single", advertising the musical content and the additional availability of the single on two other formats. The record is slipped inside a clear anti-static inner sleeve. The labels are the usual yellow Sire ones, with blue Sire logo at the top, black Reprise logo and catalogue number on the left, contents and credits at the bottom, and RPM on the right.
USA CMS [Sire/Reprise 9 40163-4]
The American cassette single is particularly appealing to collectors of artwork variations as it is the only item to feature a version of the usual artwork saturated in yellow (view left). The image cropping and the position of Morrissey's name at the top are almost the same as on the front of the UK cassette. The spine and back of the insert are yellow with dark green text. The spine shows Morrissey's name and "My Love Life" with, on the left, the catalogue number and a CMS logo and, on the right, Sire and Reprise logos. The back flap has a barcode in the centre, with the track listing for a-side and b-side on respective sides of it and production credits and Sire address at the bottom. The insert has one extra panel. It is yellow with dark green text: track listing at the top, above full recording and packaging credits. Sire, Reprise and Dolby logos are found at the bottom, along with Sire/Warner Bros and Dolby credits. The cassette is made of white plastic with black text printed directly onto it: Morrissey's name and the track listing (including song lengths) at the top, Sire and Reprise logos and catalogue number on the left, side number plus CMS and Dolby logos on the right, a production credit at the bottom of side 1 and Sire/Warner Bros credits at the bottom of side 2. Copies that are still sealed have a dark green rectangular sticker with yellow text on the front stating "Specially Priced Cassette Maxi-Single", advertising the musical content and the additional availability of the single on compact disc format.
USA 12" promo [Sire/Reprise 9 40163-0]
This single was mainly promoted via stock copies of the 12" stamped with a promo warning in gold ink on the front of the sleeve. The dark green rectangular sticker advertising the single's contents which is usually found on the seal of the stock 12" was affixed directly onto the sleeve of the promo because promos were never sealed.
USA various artists cd promo [Reprise PRO-CD-5067]
"My Love Life" was included on the seventh volume of the "Follow Our Trax" series of various artists promo compilations from Reprise, this one subtitled "All Roads Lead To Chaos". The front of the compilation shows a vintage image of kids in a potato sack race with a black stripe at the bottom stating the compilation title. The insert includes a brief black and white paragraph for every artist featured on the album. Morrissey's paragraph states that the version of "My Love Life" is the "Compact Disc Maxi-Single version" and to look out "…for a brief tour this fall." The back of the booklet shows another vintage image, this one of young adults from the 1950s gathered around a record player, with a big blue Reprise logo over it. The same image is found on the back tray insert, but it is sideways with a white track listing printed over it. A version of the front image washed in blue is found on the disc surface, with only a bit of text (title, credits, promo warning) printed around the edge in a small black font.
USA various artists cassette promo [Reprise PRO-C-5067(?)]
This is the cassette counterpart to the cd described above and it is presumed to feature the same track listing (confirmation needed). The catalogue number given here also needs to be confirmed. The front artwork is a cropped version of the one found on the front of the cd. Information on the rest of the packaging is needed.
USA video promo [Warner Bros/Reprise D11107]
The release of this single was also promoted via this one-track promo video. The videocassette comes in a brown leatherette clamshell case with blue card insert in the display pocket. This information card has a printed Reprise address/credit at the very bottom, a Reprise logo on the spine and is filled with release-specific computer-printed information such as Morrissey's name, "My Love Life", the video length, the date "09-26-91" as well as a bit of technical data. The same address, Reprise logo and release information are found on the videocassette's blue sticker top label.
USA video promo [Warner Bros/Reprise D09917]
Warner/Reprise also included the video for "My Love Life" on one of their various artists promo video compilations, alongside other videos by artists such as Dire Straits, Mr Bungle, etc. Information on the packaging is needed.
USA video promo [Warner Bros/Reprise D18868]
The video for "My Love Life" was also featured on a later various artists promo video compilation from Warner/Reprise, this one dated November 1991. Other artists featured on this compilation include Ministry, Sister Double Happiness, Marc Almond, the Katydids, Primal Scream, Electronic, Mr Bungle, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, etc. Information on the packaging is needed.
USA video promo [ETV]
The promotional film for "My Love Life" was featured on volume #??? of the ETV video compilation series. Other artists featured on the compilation include REM, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Smithereens, Nirvana, Billy Bragg, the Cult, etc. Information on the packaging is needed.
USA video promo [Rockamerica]
The "My Love Life" video was also included on the May 1992 issue of the Rockamerica video compilation series, alongside material by 14 other artists such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blur, Primal Scream, Talk Talk, etc. Information on the packaging is needed.
USA cassette artwork draft/proof
A draft/proof of the American cassette insert has made it into the world of Morrissey collecting. The black and white proof shows the unfolded cassette insert, including its extra panel. There are many differences between this early artwork and the final one. The front image cropping and text layout is closer to that of the UK cassette than the final American cassette. The spine shows only Morrissey's name and the title, without any logo or catalogue number. Morrissey's name is actually in a bigger font than the title, which is the opposite of the way things are on the spine of the final product. The back flap shows only an empty box where the barcode would later be found, without the track listing on its sides, and with three lines of credits beneath it instead of two. The extra panel features the track listing and the usual block of recording and packaging credits, but not the label and Dolby credits at the bottom. The words "Produced by XXXX" are found beneath the two b-side titles in the track listing and the credits lack the date and place when/where the cover picture was taken.