Jilted John ‎– True Love Stories

Boss Tuneage ‎– BTRSV040
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Random Colour
Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single, Reissue, Random Colour

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A1 Baz's Party 4:30
A2 I Know I'll Never 1:31
A3 I Was A Pre-Pubescent 2:57
A4 Fancy Mice 5:09
A5 Jilted John 3:02
A6 The Birthday Kiss 3:52
B1 The Paperboy Song 4:17
B2 True Love 3:16
B3 In The Bus Shelter
Written-By – G. Fellows*, J. Scott*
B4 Karen's Letter
Written-By – G. Fellows*, S. Hopkins*
B5 Shirley 4:17
B6 Goodbye, Karen 2:36
C1 Jilted John
D1 Going Steady



Random Colour vinyl 40th anniversary repress of this 1978 release.
Includes a random colour vinyl pressing of the 'Jilted John' 7"
Also includes a 12x12" boardgame of "Mice and Ladders" and a 12x24" four page foldout booklet with new liner notes from Graham Fellows.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 689492184018
  • Barcode (Text): 6 89492 18401 8

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
INS 3024, 0C 062-61 865 Jilted John True Love Stories(LP, Album) EMI International, EMI International INS 3024, 0C 062-61 865 UK 1978 Sell This Version
BTRSV040/AB Jilted John True Love Stories(LP, Album, RE, TP + 7", RE, TP) Boss Tuneage BTRSV040/AB UK 2018 Sell This Version
TC-INS 3024, 0C 062-61 865 Jilted John True Love Stories(Cass, Album) EMI International, EMI International TC-INS 3024, 0C 062-61 865 UK 1978 Sell This Version
CMRCD 1262 Jilted John True Love Stories... Plus(CD, Album, RE) Castle Music CMRCD 1262 UK 2005 Sell This Version
ESM CD 771 Jilted John True Love Stories... Plus(CD) Castle Music ESM CD 771 UK 1999 Sell This Version


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August 31, 2018
edited 9 months ago
I can only imagine what it must have been like to have lived in England in the 1970's and heard "Jilted John" on the airwaves for the first time. If that had happened to me, it would surely have been an epiphany to rival John Peel's first exposure to "Teenage Kicks." Sadly, that didn't happen, and I would have to wait until 2017 to finally stumble onto this seminal track courtesy of Soulseek. Truthfully, I purchased this lavish LP package on the strength of that single alone, not realizing that the entire album would be a work of genius. Let's begin with the reissued 7" of "Going Steady" with b-side "Jilted John." The disc sounds great, and my copy is pressed on green swirl vinyl. It's more the green of mildew or clovers than slime, but you get the idea. The single is housed in a sturdy cardboard sleeve that reproduces the original artwork. The album jacket is also a meticulous reproduction. Inside you will find a Mice and Ladders board game that I have no idea how to play, a folding insert that explains the Jilted John phenomenon in glorious detail, and a colored vinyl disc housed in a nice die-cut plain white inner sleeve. My copy of the LP is pressed on the same color green swirl vinyl as the single. As to the music, I would say this is a concept album about relationships, told from the perspective of a precocious, pimply British teenager. The playing is lively and the humor is infectious. Stylistically, this music is in a similar vein to Captain Sensible, and would seem to be an antecedent to such bands as Television Personalities and even The Monochrome Set. Thematically, it points the way to Belle and Sebastian. Everyone knows the singalong chorus "Gordon is a moron," but check out this couplet: "I got up at half past six and ate two Weetabix" (from "The Paperboy Song"). I can't recommend this album, and this particular edition, enough - a fine tribute to a landmark achievement in the musical expression of teenage angst.