UK 7" [HMV POP1624]
The UK 7" comes in a rigid glossy 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 and vintage pink His Master's Voice labels with black text and logos. A His Masters Voice logo is found at the top, publishing and label credits on the left, "45 R.P.M." graphics, catalogue number and production credits on the right, and title at the bottom.
POP 1624 A-4-1-2 / POP 1624 B-3U-1-1
UK 12" [HMV 12POP1624]
The front artwork of the 12" format is very slightly different to that of the 7", mainly in the position of the text (see left). The back is almost the same, it differs only in the catalogue numbers and the relative size and position of the text and logos (see left). The record is slipped inside a white paper inner bag. It has pink vintage His Master's Voice labels with black text: His Masters Voice logo at the top; publishing info and catalogue number on the left; "45 R.P.M." graphics, catalogue number and label credits on the right; titles, songwriting and production credits at the bottom.
12 POP 1624 A-4-1- / 12 POP 1624 B-3U-1-1
12 POP 1624 A-4-1-1 / 12 POP 1624 B-3U-1-2
UK CD5 [HMV CDPOP1624]
The cd-single comes in a thin jewel case. The front artwork shows a different cropping of the usual Morrissey image than on the front of the vinyl formats (view left). Colour variations have been observed in this front artwork and it is not known whether these are printing variations or due to light-induced deterioration. Most copies are yellowish-beige with Morrissey's name in blue, but others are paler beige with Morrissey's name in black. The spine is black with Morrissey's name, "Piccadilly Palare" and the catalogue number in white. The back flap is also black with white text, it features the UK and Euro catalogue numbers, the barcode in a white box, Morrissey's name in the same font as on the front but less elongated, and a His Master's Voice logo. The insert's reverse shows a variation on the 7" and 12" back artwork, without the barcode and catalogue numbers, and with a few minor ajustments made to the layout (see left). The disc is black with pale grey text and made to look like the labels of the vinyl formats: a His Masters Voice logo at the top; publishing info, label credits and catalogue number on the left; "CD" graphics in the style of the vinyl's "45 RPM", production credits and label code on the right; titles and songwriting credits at the bottom, legal warning around the edge.
UK CSS [HMV TCPOP1624]
After releasing two cassingles in a card slipcase, Morrissey and EMI reverted to the traditional cassette-single in plastic case, although the musical content here still matches that of the 7" instead of the full 12" track listing. The front shows a vertically cropped version of the usual front artwork (view left). The spine and back are both black with white text. The spine shows Morrissey's name and "Piccadilly Palare" in a similar but less elongated font as on the front, with the catalogue number and Dolby logo at the top and a His Master's Voice logo at the bottom. The insert has one extra panel. It is black with white text, a variation of the 7" and 12" back artwork with added track listing including songwriting and publishing credits (view left). The cassette itself is made of clear plastic with pale grey text printed directly onto it. It features a His Master's Voice logo in the top right corner.
UK 7" jukebox [HMV POP1624]
This item is just like the stock 7" described above but at the centre is a large hole for jukebox play. The record does not usually come in a picture sleeve unless it was paired with one a posteriori. Some copies are circulated with the jukebox titles tag (description of tag needed).
POP 1624 A-4-1-1 / POP 1624 B-3U-1-3
UK 7" promo [HMV POPDJ1624]
The main promo tool for each of Morrissey's first six solo singles was a 12" in a glossy record bag, each title of a different colour. This changed with the release of "Piccadilly Palare". It and the following four singles would mainly be promoted with the help of promo 7"s with retro "A" labels inside mock 1960s His Master's Voice sleeves. The sleeve and a-side label for this 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", "recording first published 1990" as well as the release date beneath the hole, but it does not have the tall white "A" across it. Some copies come with a Capitol Parlophone sticker on the sleeve with contact information for plugger Helena Pennant Jones.
POP 1624 A-4-1- / POP 1624 B-3U-1-1
UK promo poster 60cm x 90cm [25" x 35"]
A poster showing a variation on this single's artwork inside a thin white border, with "Morrissey" in black at the top and "Piccadilly Palare" in beige over blue at the bottom, is commonly seen for sale where collectors buy their collectibles, but this is not assumed to be official at this point in time. A different variation showing the usual image of Morrissey in blue over very pale beige with, in very dark blue, "Morrissey" at the top and "New Single / Piccadilly Palare" at the bottom, is more likely to be official although this is also unconfirmed as there is no label identification on the poster.
UK 7" test pressing [HMV POP1624]
One test pressing for the UK 7" has made it into the collecting world, but it is expected that more variations may be found (read further). This one has very pale aqua labels. The a-side label has "POP 1624 A/B-1U" in blue pen. It is also date-stamped in black ink, but on the only spotted copy so far, this date is smudged and mostly unreadable (it may be "8 AUG 90"; to be confirmed). The record comes in a generic black paper record bag. What makes this item particularly appealing to collectors are the matrix numbers (see end of this paragraph). They indicate that this is a test for the very first pressing and that it differs from any instance of the standard release in circulation (see matrix numbers for stock 7" above). Furthermore, it can be assumed that a certain number of revisions or intermediate pressings were produced between this test and the definitive pressing. Another noteworthy observation: the standard 7" has the etching "GEORGE ELIOT KNEW" on side A, whereas this test pressing is etched instead with the words "FAME MONEY LAWSUITS". This was clearly the run-out message which was originally intended for this single before, for some reason, it was later changed.
POP 1624 A-1U-1-1 / POP 1624 B-1U-1-1
UK 12" test pressing [HMV 12POP1624]
The test pressing for the 12" format has 'white' (actually very light aqua) paper labels with nothing printed or stamped on them. It comes in a white paper poly-lined die-cut inner bag with rounded corners and the date "13 SEP 1990" stamped on it.
12 POP 1624 A 3U-1-1 / 12 POP 1624 B 3U-1-1
UK 7" proof sheet
A proof sheet of an early variation of the 7" artwork has been seen for sale. It shows the sleeve's front and back artwork side-by-side (unfolded) with cutting/folding marks. The artwork differs from the final, definitive one. The front is in black and white with Morrissey's name in white (so not very visible over the background). The back is identical to the final version except for the missing box on the left of the barcode.
Australia 7" [EMI Australia 2489-7]
This item has never been seen inside a picture sleeve. It is usually found in a generic red EMI paper die-cut record bag showing at the top logos of various EMI subsidiaries such as Parlophone, Capitol or His Master's Voice. It has also been spotted in various other generic sleeves, but this is assumed to be the result of a mix-up. The labels are beige with black text, with a red EMI logo at the bottom and red legal credits around the top edge.
Australia CSS [EMI Australia TC2489-4]
The Australian cassette-single has its own unique variation on the usual artwork, in tones of blue and cropped differently than the UK cassette artwork (view left). The spine is white with Morrissey's name in black and "Piccadilly Palare" in grey, both in unrelated fonts. The catalogue number appears at the top and logos for EMI, XDR and Dolby at the bottom, all in black over white. The back is also white with black text, it features the track listing plus two lines of technical info. The insert has one extra panel and it is also in black and white. Its main content is the track listing, with songwriting, publishing and production credits. A EMI Music Group Australasia is found at the bottom of it. The cassette is made of yellow plastic with red text printed onto it: track listing at the top, sideways EMI logo on the left, catalogue number on the right and various techonology-related logos at the bottom.
EEC 7" [EMI 006 20 4054-7]
A 7" edition was made in the EEC mainly for the German and Dutch markets, and also perhaps those of Scandinavia and other smaller countries of central Europe (but, exceptionally, not France; see French 7" below). The sleeve is made of thin paper and opens from the top. The front shows the expected 7" variation of the artwork (view left). The back of the sleeve looks very much like its UK counterpart, but it also features the full track listing with songwriting and recording credits. all in an unrelated font, in place of the simple "Piccadilly Palare". The catalogue numbers around the barcode were replaced with the Euro one beneath, as well as the catalogue numbers for the Euro 12" and the cd-single. The sleeve manufacturing credit at the bottom was deleted and a EMI logo was added in the bottom right corner. The record has a large hole at its centre. Instead of replicating the pink labels of the UK 7" or the blue labels or all earlier European Morrissey 7"s, EMI used pale grey 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 4054 6]
The front of the EEC 12" shows the usual 12" artwork, but "MAXI SINGLE" was added in the top right corner above Morrissey's name (view left). The back of the sleeve looks very much like its UK counterpart, but it also features the full track listing with songwriting and recording credits in place of the simple "Piccadilly Palare". The catalogue numbers around the barcode were replaced with the Euro one beneath, as well as the catalogue numbers for the Euro 7" and the cd-single. The sleeve manufacturing credit at the bottom was deleted and a EMI logo was added in the bottom right corner. The record is slipped inside a white paper inner sleeve. Instead of replicating the pink labels of the UK 12" or the blue labels or all earlier European Morrissey 12"s, EMI used pale grey labels with black text. The content remained relatively the same. A His Master's Voice logo is found at the top, "45 RPM", and a BIEM/GEMA box on the left, below a label code and above the European catalogue number and copyright info. The titles as well as songwriting and production 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 7" test pressing [EMI 204054 7]
The discovery of this test pressing for the EEC 7" tells us that it was pressed in Germany. The record has generic white labels with black printed text: "Unverkauflich Musterplatte" on the left, the side identification on the right and legal credits around the bottom edge. The catalogue number was stamped in blue ink in the bottom half and the date "5 SEP. 1990" in red ink in the top half. The record has so far been seen in a stock sleeve, but the existence of copies inside a paper sleeve that is mostly white with only the line "Muster zu Ihrer Information" repeated at the top in black is possible.
EEC 12" test pressing [EMI 204054 6]
The discovery of this test pressing for the EEC 12" also tells us that it was pressed in Germany. The record features the b-sides on both sides, but it is not known if this was a mistake or intended. It has generic white labels with black printed text: "Unverkauflich Musterplatte" on the left, the side identification on the right and legal credits in German around the bottom edge. Copies spotted so far have nothing written or stamped on the labels. The record comes inside a white poly-lined die-cut paper record bag with the words "Muster zu Ihrer Information" stamped in blue in one corner and a white rectangular EMI Electrola sticker stamped with the catalogue number in blue and the date "27 SEP. 1990" in red. This has so far been seen inside a stock EEC 12" picture sleeve.
France 7" [EMI France 20 4054 7]
For some reason EMI France decided to press their own 7" of "Piccadilly Palare" instead of distributing the EEC 7" throughout France like they had done for all Morrissey singles released after "Suedehead". The record comes in a card sleeve that opens at the side and features the usual 7" artwork on the front. The back of the sleeve follows closely its UK counterpart: the UK catalogue number above the barcode was replaced with the French one and a French price code, and a credit for EMI France was added at the very bottom. The labels were modelled on neither the UK or EEC ones. They are white with black text: Morrissey's name at the top, a EMI France logo and copyright as well as the catalogue number on the left, the SACEM logo, the catalogue number and a mention of EMI France on the right, title with full release information at the bottom and a legal notice around the top edge.
France 7" promo [EMI France 20 4054 7]
This single was promoted with the help of stock copies stamped in the corner of the sleeve with a promo warning. The stamp is embossed and hexagon-shaped and the promo warning is "Vente Interdite Echantillon Gratuit".