"This Charming Man" [1992 re-release]|
UK CD5 #1 [WEA YZ0001CD1 / 90307-2]
The front of the first of two UK cd-singles shows the same Jean Marais artwork than in 1983, but the band name in the top left corner appears in a reddish brown tint. It was limited and numbered so a beige box in the top right corner has the run number stamped into it. The back inlay is an adapted version of the original back artwork, with the text appearing in reddish-brown (view front and back on the left). The jewel case is a double one: one of the two spaces houses the cd while the other one is free because cd#2 was sold separately. Buyers of both cds who were not collectors could therefore move cd#2 into the case with cd#1 and get rid of its packaging. Meanwhile, in the free space is found a beige round card placeholder giving cd#2's content and stating that it was to be made available for one week only. The back of the insert repeats more or less the same information. It unfolds once for credits, then once again for a photo from late 1986 showing the band posing in front of a dessert shop. The reverse of the tray inlay shows a closeup of Marais's arm from the back artwork. The cd surface is silver with black text except for the band name at the top which is brown.
UK CD5 #2 [WEA YZ0001CD2 /90308-2]
The front of cd2 also features Jean Marais but there is no band name nor number box. The back is also an adaptation of the original 1983 back artwork, but the text is very dark brown (view front and back from left menu) which is different to the reddish brown used on the back of cd1. The jewel case is a standard one. The insert is just like that of cd#1: the back mentions the content of the other cd, credits are found inside, and it can be unfolded twice to become a mini-poster showing the same image of the band in front of a sweets shop. The cd surface is silver with black text except for the band name at the top which is brown.
UK 7" [WEA YZ0001 / 90306-7]
The artwork on the front of the 7" is perfectly identical to that of the original 1983 7" single and the back design is the same bar a few changes in credits (view front and back from left menu). The sleeve is rigid and glossy but some have been reported to be made of thin paper. The record has a solid centre. Its labels are beige with brown text and a barcode at the very top.
A more limited alternate 7" has made it into the hands of collectors. It comes in the same glossy sleeve, but the record itself has silver injection-moulded labels instead of paper ones. Some collectors believe this edition to be a cheaper, later repressing, while others think it may have been made in the UK for some other European market not covered by the European edition described below.
Copies mispressed with the band name in green on the front of the sleeve have been reported.
UK CSS [WEA YZ0001C / 90306-4]
There are three different versions of the UK cassette-single although it appears that only one was originally sold in the UK. The other two seem to have been sold in places like France or other smaller European markets. The insert is the same for all three editions, and none is marked as anything other than a UK edition. The usual Jean Marais artwork was adapted for the format (view front artwork from left menu). The spine and back are the same beige with brown text. The back features a barcode, the track listing and Warner Music UK credits. The insert has one extra panel inside on which is given the track listing and credits. The cassette in all cases is made of black plastic with text printed onto it in light grey. The three editions differ in the text layout on the cassette:
- true UK edition
The cassette sold in British record shops back in 1992 has a WEA logo in the top left corner, with "YZ0001C" printed in very small underneath it. The line "See inlay card for details" appears under the track listing in the middle at the top. Warner Music UK credits are found at the left. The side number on the right is in a bigger font than elsewhere.
- UK for Europe edition, version 1
There are no Warner Music UK credits on this edition (well not on the cassette). The catalogue number YZ0001C appears at the left of the holes instead of under the WEA logo. There is no "See inlay card for details" line under the track listing. The side number is also on the right, but it is in a smaller font than on the version above.
- UK for Europe edition, version 2
There are no Warner Music UK credits on this edition (well not on the cassette). The WEA logo appears at the right instead of the top left corner. The YZ0001C catalogue number appears on the left. The track listing is printed in a bigger font. There is no "See inlay card for details" line beneath it, and no side number.
UK 7" promo [WEA YZ0001DJ]
The existence of this item needs to be confirmed.
UK 7" promo [WEA YZ0001 / 90306-7]
Promotion was done via stock copies of the 7" format with plugger sticker on the front of the sleeve. The plugger sticker is white and has the names and telephone numbers of three WEA Records pluggers on it.
UK promo video
The video to "This Charming Man" was sent to relevent media on a one-track promo VHS video cassette. This video cassette has a white label sticker with blue WEA Records logo on its side with "The Smiths" and "This Charming Man" printed onto it. It is circulated in a plain white video slipcase.
UK various artists instore video
The "This Charming Man" promotional film was also sent to media on a various artists promo videocassette titled "WEA-East West Instore Video Compilation July 1992" which also features videos by David Bowie, Enya, Tori Amos, Mr Big, Skid Row, Carmel, etc. It is circulated in a plain white video slipcase with a white track listing sticker on one of its sides.
UK various artists instore cd [WEA #32]
The single was promoted with the inclusion of "This Charming Man" on this WEA-East West instore cd. The cd comes in a slimline jewel case and its insert features on the front the generic blue and white artwork with track listing. Other artists featured on this instore cd are Enya, Carmel, My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, Aztec Camera, etc.
UK various artists instore cd [WEA #33]
The single was promoted with the inclusion of "This Charming Man" on this WEA-East West instore cd. The cd comes in a slimline jewel case and its insert features on the front the generic blue and white artwork with track listing. Other artists featured on this instore cd are Betty Boo, Tori Amos, Enya, Mr Big, Ministry, 808 State, etc.
UK various artists instore cd [WEA #34]
The single was promoted with the inclusion of "This Charming Man" on this WEA-East West instore cd. The cd comes in a slimline jewel case and its insert features on the front the generic blue and white artwork with track listing.
UK promo poster 42cm x 60cm (16.5" x 23.5")
UK promo flat 30cm x 30cm (12" x 12")
Promo flats were usually sent to retail for instore promotion at the time of release of an album. They are made of thick card and are the size of a LP. The UK "This Charming Man" 2-sided flat is beige with brown text. One side says "The Smiths" at the top, above a detail of the Jean Marais artwork. Underneath that appears "This Charming Man" above release information for all formats except for cd#2, ending with the line "Jeane & Wonderful Woman on CD for the first time". The other side has "The Smiths" at the top, above "The complete THIS CHARMING MAN on two cds" and pictures of the artwork with and without the band name on the front. The track listings for cd#1 and cd#2 are given under their respective front artwork, followed by the release dates.
UK ad 25cm x 33cm (10" x 13")
UK ad 30cm x 40cm (12" x 16")
Black and white ad. View here.
UK in-house cassette [Chop'em Out]
UK 10" acetate for 7"
This in-house reference cassette features all the material appearing on every format, so this means seven different versions of "This Charming Man" plus the three b-sides. The insert is a generic white Chop'em Out one. It has the track listing printed on the front and the band name and title printed on the spine. A shiny silver WEA logo is found on the front and on the spine. The cassette is a black BASF one that looks like the type sold blank for home usage. It has a "The Smiths" label stuck to side 1.
This has a white Master Room label with song length, title and band name handwritten on it. It features "Jeane" on the b-side. One some copies the b-side was mastered with the wrong mix and as a consequence it was altered intentionally to prevent play and any possible production.
Australia CD5 [WEA 90317-2]
The Australian cd-single is just like its European counterpart (the one-cd edition in slimline jewel case, not the 2-cd edition). Information on how this Australian edition differs to the European one is needed.
Australia CSS [WEA 90306-4]
The Australian cassingle comes in a card slipcase instead of a regular plastic case with insert. The front shows a very pale version of the usual cassette artwork with "The Smiths" at the top in reddish-brown. The back looks just like the inside panel of the UK cassette insert, with track listing and personnel printed in reddish-brown, and publishing credits at the bottom in a small black font. A barcode was added at the top. The cassette is made of transparent plastic and has blue reels. The programme repeats on both sides.
Some countries in continental Europe were offered only one version of the cd (the one with b-sides) while in other countries the two cds came in one packaging.
Germany/Europe CD5 [WEA 90317-2]
This European edition is packaged in a slimline jewel case. The front shows a slight close-up of the usual Jean Marais artwork, with the band name in brown. The reverse of the J-card insert shows a variation on the usual back artwork, showing Marais's arm, the track listing and credits. The back shows credits, a barcode and a WEA logo. The cd surface is silver with black text except for the band name at the top which is brown. It differs very slightly to other UK and Europe cds in its catalogue number and other minor details.
Germany/Europe 2-CD5 [WEA 90307-2]
This 2-cd set is often mistaken for a UK edition because it looks at first glance like the packaging of UK cd#1 in which someone has included cd#2. The front shows the UK cd#1 artwork, including band name, but there is no number stamped in the box in the top right corner. The back looks just like that of UK cd#1 but a label code appears below the WEA logo and a "Made in Germany by Warner Music Manufacturing Europe" credit was added between the track listing and the bottom credits. The double jewel case is clear (with "2 CD" in the top left corner) instead of the standard grey type used in the UK. The insert looks just like that of cd#1 although it is not clear whether or not it unfolds into a mini-poster (please write with the answer if you own this). Both cds look very much like their UK counterparts, but they are both numbered 4509-90307-2. The YZ catalogue number appears below the 4509 one instead of the other way around. Another difference with the UK compact discs is the presence of credits around the edges.
Germany/Europe 7" [WEA YZ0001 / 90306-7]
The European 7" looks very much like its UK counterpart and casual collectors may even mistake it for a UK edition. The artwork on the front is exactly the same but the sleeve was cut right above the text, which means that there is less space between the top edge and the band name. It must also be meantioned that it is made of paper instead of card and that there is no cut-out portion at the top to facilitate access to the record. The back differs from the back of the UK 7" sleeve by a few details. The two catalogue numbers under the barcode appear one above the other, with the additional number "France WE 171". A label code appears next to the WEA logo near the bottom and the line "Made in Germany by Warner Music Manufacturing Europe" appears below the credits. The labels are made of beige paper with brown text, just like in the UK, but a GEMA/BIEM box was added to the right, the YZ and 4509 catalogue numbers to the left were reversed and an upside down triangle with the number 45 inside is found at the very bottom, beneath the label code.
Germany/Europe 7" jukebox [WEA YZ0001 / 90306-7]
The jukebox 7" is just like the stock European 7" described above but a large hole was punched out of its center. Because the labels were not designed with this in mind, this means that some of the band name, most of the title on side A, all of the title on side B, and some of the credits under the titles were taken out. These jukebox 7"s are circulated in a black die-cut paper record bag instead of the usual picture sleeve.
Germany/Europe 7" promo [WEA YZ0001 / 90306-7]
The promo 7"s are just like the stock ones, but the words "for promotion only not for resale" are printed on the label, underneath 'The' in the band name. These promos come in the usual picture sleeve.
(Europe?) master reel
A master reel to reel studio tape featuring the 7" material ("This Charming Man" and "Jeane") has made it into the hands of a collector. It is housed in a white 7" x 7" production company box complete with front sticker detailing production information (whether the track is Stereo, Noise Reduction etc.) and release information ('WEA', 'YZ0001', '02/JUL/92', 'The Smiths', 'This Charming Man'). The Iberofon pressing plant is located in Spain. It is not known whether this item served in the pressing of the European and/or the UK 7".
Japan CD5 [WEA WMC5-532]
The Japanese cd-single features all the musical content of both UK cd-singles. The front is the same as that of UK cd#1 but there is no number box and the colour of the band name is closer to chestnut brown. The back looks just like in the UK and Europe, but with the expected variations in credits and catalogue number. The obi is dark mauve with white and beige text. The upcoming release of the "Best…I" compilation is announced on its back. The insert is identical to the UK one. It unfolds to become a mini-poster of the band and has a few credits on the reverse side. A second insert is found inside, this one white with black text. It features lyrics in English and Japanese, a biography and a track listing. The disc looks just like its UK counterpart but a few expected changes were made in the credits and catalogue number, and "The Smiths" at the top appears in black just like the rest of the text, instead of brown. The cd tray is made of white plastic.
Japan CD5 promo [WEA WMC5-532]
The Japanese promo cd is a stock copy with a promo sticker on the back of the case and promo text printed on the cd's inner ring.
Switzerland various artists promo video [(Warner Music Switzerland SA)]
The video for "This Charming Man" was distributed in Switzerland on a various artists promo videocassette dated '20/08/92'. A white sticker with track listing and promo warning appears on the videocassette as well as on the plain white card slipcase in which it was distributed. The compilation also features videos by Betty Boo, the Forester Sisters, Billy Joe Royal, Michael Feinstein and a WEA conference.
USA CD5 #1 [Sire 9 40583-2]
The American cd-singles were released in digipack format. The first of the two features black text on the front of the usual Jean Marais artwork (view left). The track listing and all the credits appear on the back, also in black (view left). When opened, the reverse of the front shows between black borders a photo of the band in front of a dessert shop. The cd is silver with black text.
USA CD5 #2 [Sire 9 40591-2]
The American cd-single #2 was released on digipack format just like #1. It also has the Jean Marais artwork on the front (view left), the track listing and credits on the back (view left), and a photo of the band on the reverse of the front panel. However the text on the front and back appears in red instead of black. The cd itself is silver with black text.
USA 12" [Sire 9 40583-0]
This is the vinyl counterpart to the remixes cd-single (cd-single #1). It shows the Jean Marais artwork on the front, with brown text (view left). The back was adapted from the original 1983 back artwork (view left). The original seal has a round black sticker advertising in white that the single is also available on compact disc. Information on the inner sleeve is needed. The record has the classic Sire labels, with a Sire logo at the top (the version with 'Sire' appearing underneath the yin & yang symbol) and an additional Reprise logo on the left.
USA 12" acetate
A set of two acetate 12"s has made it into the hands of some collectors. Eight versions of the title track are featured over the 2 acetates. Additional information is needed.