A&M Records

A&M Records

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Label Code: LC 0485 / LC 00485.

A&M Records was started in 1962 by partners Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, hence the A&M (Alpert & Moss).
Their first release (following two singles released under the label name Carnival Records (4)) was "The Lonely Bull" by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass, which sold around 700,000 copies. Sixteen of the first 25 albums were certified gold by the RIAA and helped A&M become a major label and ultimately the world's largest independent record company.

One method of identifying pressings is by a single-letter code printed on the center labels:
A = Sonic Recording Products, Inc. (until ca. 1975) or Goldisc Recording Products, Inc. (1975-1980s)
B = Electrosound Group Midwest, Inc.
C = Monarch Record Mfg. Co. (through 1984) or Electrosound Los Angeles (1985–1986)
R = RCA Records Pressing Plant, Indianapolis
W = Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Carrollton, GA
X = Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Pitman
Y = Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Terre Haute
Z = Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Santa Maria

A&M label history https://www.onamrecords.com/labels/a-m-records/146447/history

European A&M releases started using the PolyGram xxxxxx-x catalogue numbers at the end of 1984. Any release with such a number is after that date.

In Japan, the A&M Records imprint is managed by Universal Sigma and is independent of Interscope.

Some notable events over the years, courtesy of On A&M Records.com:
1967: Started distributing CTI Records in a deal that ran until 1970.
1967: The A&M Studios were installed in Hollywood, California. The label first appeared in the UK, distributed by Pye.
1969: A&M Records Ltd. opened in Great Britain.
1970: A&M Records Of Canada Limited was established.
1977: A&M opened an office in Europe. It was called A&M Records Europe S.A. and based in Paris. Titles were manufactured and distributed by CBS in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, West Germany, Greece, The Netherlands, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
1979: Started distributing I.R.S. Records. This deal continued until 1985.
1982: Started distributing the folk/new age label Windham Hill Records. This deal continued until 1989.
1987: Started distributing Twin Tone Records (selected titles) and Nimbus Records.
1988: Launched sub-label Vendetta Records in NYC. It was shut down in 1990.
1989: A&M was sold to PolyGram, but operated under Alpert and Moss's leadership until 1993. The sale included A&M of Canada and Britain and was effective January 1, 1990.
1991: Agreement signed with Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis to launch Perspective Records. It was shut down in 1996.
1993: Unhappy with the increased integration of the label into the PolyGram corporate structure, Alpert & Moss left A&M and start a new label, Almo Sounds.
1995: Three year agreement signed with producer Ric Wake to form DV8 Records.
1999: PolyGram becomes part of the international Universal Music Group.
1999: A&M is made part of the Interscope Geffen A&M division of Universal.
2004: Universal Sigma begins using the A&M Records imprint for domestic Japanese releases (operating independently of Interscope/Geffen/A&M).
2006: A&M Records is made a frontline label in the UK.
2007: Universal merges A&M with Octone Records and places Octone's management in charge of combined label as A&M/Octone Records (except in Japan and the UK).
2013: A&M/Octone is absorbed by Interscope.
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2220 Colorado Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90404
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Releases

Status Catalog Number  Image Artist Title ( Format) Label Catalog Number  Country Year Actions
0000000 Sérgio Mendes & Brasil '66 - Greatest Hits Sérgio Mendes & Brasil '66 Greatest Hits(8-Trk, Comp) A&M Records 0000000 Italy 1971 Sell This Version
1CD 9143 Various - Total Hits Vol. 2 Various Total Hits Vol. 2 (Comp) 1CD 9143 Canada 1999 Sell This Version
1PAM 2300H Styx - The Best Of Times Styx The Best Of Times(7", Single) A&M Records 1PAM 2300H Portugal 1980 Sell This Version
1PAM-2309H Quincy Jones - Ai No Corrida Quincy Jones Ai No Corrida(7") A&M Records 1PAM-2309H Portugal 1981 Sell This Version
1PAM-2323 H Styx - Too Much Time On My Hands Styx Too Much Time On My Hands(7", Single) A&M Records 1PAM-2323 H Portugal 1980 Sell This Version
1 PAM - 2343 H The Brothers Johnson* - The Real Thing The Brothers Johnson* The Real Thing(7") A&M Records 1 PAM - 2343 H Portugal Unknown Sell This Version
1 PAM-2371 The Police - Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic The Police Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic (Single) 1 PAM-2371 Portugal 1981 Sell This Version
1PAM- 25 000 H The Police - De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da The Police De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da(7", Single) A&M Records 1PAM- 25 000 H Portugal 1980 Sell This Version
1PAMS-7562 Chris de Burgh - The Traveller Chris de Burgh The Traveller(7", Single) A&M Records 1PAMS-7562 Portugal 1980 Sell This Version
1PAMS-7562H Chris de Burgh - The Traveller Chris de Burgh The Traveller(7") A&M Records, A&M Records, A&M Records 1PAMS-7562H Portugal 1980 Sell This Version
1 PAMS 8128-H Split Enz - History Never Repeats Split Enz History Never Repeats(7", Single, Etch, Ltd) A&M Records 1 PAMS 8128-H Portugal 1981 Sell This Version
1PAMS 8129 H Squeeze (2) - Is That Love Squeeze (2) Is That Love(7", Single) A&M Records, A&M Records 1PAMS 8129 H Portugal 1981 Sell This Version
1 PAMS-8131-H Hazel O'Connor - Will You? Hazel O'Connor Will You?(7", Single) A&M Records 1 PAMS-8131-H Portugal 1981 Sell This Version
1PAMS-8144 H Bill Wyman - (Si Si) Je Suis Un Rock Star Bill Wyman (Si Si) Je Suis Un Rock Star (Single) 1PAMS-8144 H Portugal 1981 Sell This Version
1PAMS 8158 H Joe Jackson's Jumpin' Jive - Jumpin' Jive Joe Jackson's Jumpin' Jive Jumpin' Jive(7", Single) A&M Records 1PAMS 8158 H Portugal 1981 Sell This Version
1PAMS 9140-H Carpenters - Those Good Old Dreams Carpenters Those Good Old Dreams(7", Single) A&M Records 1PAMS 9140-H Portugal 1981 Sell This Version
1 PCS-3722 Frampton* - Breaking All The Rules Frampton* Breaking All The Rules(Cass, Album) A&M Records 1 PCS-3722 Portugal 1981 Sell This Version
1PCS-3730 The Police - Ghost In The Machine The Police Ghost In The Machine(Cass, Album) A&M Records 1PCS-3730 Portugal 1981 Sell This Version
1 P CS 4568 Chris de Burgh - Spanish Train And Other Stories Chris de Burgh Spanish Train And Other Stories(Cass, Album) A&M Records 1 P CS 4568 Portugal 1975 Sell This Version
1PCS 4746 Chris de Burgh - Crusader Chris de Burgh Crusader(Cass, Album) A&M Records 1PCS 4746 Portugal 1979 Sell This Version
1PCS 4815 Chris de Burgh - Eastern Wind Chris de Burgh Eastern Wind(Cass, Album) A&M Records 1PCS 4815 Portugal Unknown Sell This Version
1PCS 4822 Split Enz - True Colours Split Enz True Colours(Cass, Album) A&M Records 1PCS 4822 Portugal 1980 Sell This Version
1PCS-4831 The Police - Zenyatta Mondatta The Police Zenyatta Mondatta(Cass, Album) A&M Records 1PCS-4831 Portugal 1980 Sell This Version
1PCS 4876 Joan Armatrading - Walk Under Ladders Joan Armatrading Walk Under Ladders(Cass, Album) A&M Records, A&M Records 1PCS 4876 Portugal 1981 Sell This Version
1 PSP 736 Yellow Magic Orchestra - Yellow Magic Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic(LP, Album) A&M Records 1 PSP 736 Portugal 1979 Sell This Version
1PSP 3708 Supertramp - Breakfast In America Supertramp Breakfast In America(LP, Album) A&M Records 1PSP 3708 Portugal 1979 Sell This Version
1PSP 3711 Styx - Cornerstone Styx Cornerstone(LP, Album) A&M Records 1PSP 3711 Portugal 1979 Sell This Version
1PSP 3715 Chuck Mangione - Fun And Games Chuck Mangione Fun And Games(LP, Album) A&M Records 1PSP 3715 Portugal 1980 Sell This Version
1PSP-3716 The Brothers Johnson* - Light Up The Night The Brothers Johnson* Light Up The Night(LP, Album, Gat) A&M Records 1PSP-3716 Portugal 1980 Sell This Version
1PSP 3717 Herb Alpert - Beyond Herb Alpert Beyond(LP, Album) A&M Records 1PSP 3717 Portugal 1980 Sell This Version
1PSP4311 Supertramp - Indelibly Stamped Supertramp Indelibly Stamped(LP, Album, gat) A&M Records 1PSP4311 Portugal Unknown Sell This Version
1PSP 4339 Joan Baez - Come From The Shadows Joan Baez Come From The Shadows(LP, Album, RE) A&M Records 1PSP 4339 Portugal Unknown Sell This Version
1PSP-4379 Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee - Sonny & Brownie Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee Sonny & Brownie(LP, Album, Gat) A&M Records 1PSP-4379 Portugal 1973 Sell This Version
1PSP-4568 Chris de Burgh - Spanish Train And Other Stories Chris de Burgh Spanish Train And Other Stories (Album) 1PSP-4568 Portugal Unknown Sell This Version
1PSP 4575 Squeeze (2) - Cool For Cats Squeeze (2) Cool For Cats(LP, Album) A&M Records 1PSP 4575 Portugal 1979 Sell This Version
1PSP 4665 Supertramp - Supertramp Supertramp Supertramp(LP, Album, RE, RM) A&M Records 1PSP 4665 Portugal 1977 Sell This Version
1PSP 4751 The Tubes - Remote Control The Tubes Remote Control(LP, Album) A&M Records 1PSP 4751 Portugal 1979 Sell This Version
1PSP 4759 Squeeze (2) - Cool For Cats Squeeze (2) Cool For Cats(LP, Album) A&M Records 1PSP 4759 Portugal 1979 Sell This Version
1PSP - 4761 Various - The Warriors (Banda Sonora Original Do Filme) Os Selvagens Da Noite Various The Warriors (Banda Sonora Original Do Filme) Os Selvagens Da Noite(LP) A&M Records 1PSP - 4761 Portugal 1979 Sell This Version
1PSP4767 Marc Benno - Lost In Austin Marc Benno Lost In Austin(LP, Album) A&M Records 1PSP4767 Portugal 1979 Sell This Version
1PSP 4781 Rita Coolidge - Satisfied Rita Coolidge Satisfied(LP, Album) A&M Records 1PSP 4781 Portugal 1979 Sell This Version
1PSP 4789 Joan Armatrading - Steppin' Out Joan Armatrading Steppin' Out(LP, Album, Gat) A&M Records 1PSP 4789 Portugal 1979 Sell This Version
1PSP 4790 Herb Alpert - Rise Herb Alpert Rise(LP, Album) A&M Records 1PSP 4790 Portugal 1979 Sell This Version
1 PSP 4792 The Police - Reggatta De Blanc The Police Reggatta De Blanc(LP, Album) A&M Records 1 PSP 4792 Portugal 1979 Sell This Version
1PSP4793 Live Wire (3) - Pick It Up Live Wire (3) Pick It Up(LP, Album) A&M Records 1PSP4793 Portugal 1979 Sell This Version
1PSP4794 Joe Jackson - I'm The Man Joe Jackson I'm The Man(LP, Album) A&M Records, A&M Records 1PSP4794 Portugal 1979 Sell This Version
1PSP-4797 Elkie Brooks - Live And Learn Elkie Brooks Live And Learn(LP) A&M Records 1PSP-4797 Portugal 1979 Sell This Version
1PSP-4808 Lazy Racer - Formula II Lazy Racer Formula II(LP, Album) A&M Records 1PSP-4808 Portugal 1980 Sell This Version
1PSP 4809 Joan Armatrading - Me Myself I Joan Armatrading Me Myself I(LP, Album) A&M Records 1PSP 4809 Portugal 1980 Sell This Version
1PSP6002/2 Joe Cocker - Mad Dogs & Englishmen Joe Cocker Mad Dogs & Englishmen(2xLP, Album, RE, Gat) A&M Records 1PSP6002/2 Portugal 1978 Sell This Version
1PSP 6003/2 The Tubes - What Do You Want From Live The Tubes What Do You Want From Live(2xLP, Album, Gat) A&M Records 1PSP 6003/2 Portugal 1978 Sell This Version
1PSP-6019/2 Various - URGH! A Music War Various URGH! A Music War(2xLP, Album, Comp) A&M Records 1PSP-6019/2 Portugal 1981 Sell This Version
1R1 6126 Cat Stevens - Foreigner Cat Stevens Foreigner(Reel, 4tr Stereo, 7" Reel, Album) A&M Records 1R1 6126 US 1973 Sell This Version
1R1 6140 Carpenters - The Singles 1969-1973 Carpenters The Singles 1969-1973 (Comp) 1R1 6140 US 1973 Sell This Version
1R1 6176 Herb Alpert And The T.J.B.* - You Smile - The Song Begins Herb Alpert And The T.J.B.* You Smile - The Song Begins(Reel, 4tr Stereo, 7" Reel, Album) A&M Records 1R1 6176 US 1974 Sell This Version
1R1 6292 Burt Bacharach - Burt Bacharach's Greatest Hits Burt Bacharach Burt Bacharach's Greatest Hits(Reel, Album, Comp) A&M Records 1R1 6292 US 1973 Sell This Version
1R1 6360 Rick Wakeman - The Myths And Legends Of King Arthur And The Knights Of The Round Table Rick Wakeman The Myths And Legends Of King Arthur And The Knights Of The Round Table(Reel, 4tr Stereo, Album) A&M Records 1R1 6360 UK 1975 Sell This Version
1R1 6361 Carpenters - Horizon Carpenters Horizon(Reel, 4tr Stereo, Album) A&M Records 1R1 6361 US 1975 Sell This Version
1R1 6381 Captain & Tennille* - Love Will Keep Us Together Captain & Tennille* Love Will Keep Us Together(Reel, 4tr Stereo, 7" Reel, Album) A&M Records 1R1 6381 US 1975 Sell This Version
1R1 6494 Captain & Tennille* - Song Of Joy Captain & Tennille* Song Of Joy(Reel, 4tr Stereo) A&M Records 1R1 6494 US 1976 Sell This Version
1R1 6600 Burt Bacharach - Futures Burt Bacharach Futures(Reel, 4tr Stereo, 7" Reel, Album) A&M Records 1R1 6600 US 1977 Sell This Version
1R1 6613 Quincy Jones - Roots (The Saga Of An American Family) Quincy Jones Roots (The Saga Of An American Family)(Reel, 4tr Stereo, 7" Reel, Album) A&M Records 1R1 6613 US 1977 Sell This Version
1R1 6649 Peter Frampton - I'm In You Peter Frampton I'm In You(Reel, 4tr Stereo, 7" Reel, Album, Club) A&M Records 1R1 6649 US 1977 Sell This Version
1R1 6650 Carpenters - Passage Carpenters Passage(Reel, 4tr Stereo, Club, CRC) A&M Records 1R1 6650 US 1977 Sell This Version
1R1 6655 Cat Stevens - Izitso Cat Stevens Izitso(Reel, Album) A&M Records 1R1 6655 US 1977 Sell This Version
1R1 6816 Rita Coolidge - Love Me Again Rita Coolidge Love Me Again(Reel, 4tr Stereo, 7" Reel, Album) A&M Records 1R1 6816 US 1978 Sell This Version
1R1 6840 Captain & Tennille* - Dream Captain & Tennille* Dream(Reel, 4tr Stereo, 7" Reel, Album, Club) A&M Records 1R1 6840 US 1978 Sell This Version
1R1 6867 Styx - Pieces Of Eight Styx Pieces Of Eight(Reel, 4tr Stereo, 7" Reel, Album) A&M Records 1R1 6867 US 1978 Sell This Version
1R1 6970 Supertramp - Breakfast In America Supertramp Breakfast In America(Reel, 4tr Stereo, Album, Club) A&M Records 1R1 6970 US 1979 Sell This Version
1R1 7074 Styx - Cornerstone Styx Cornerstone(Reel, 4tr Stereo, 7" Reel, Album) A&M Records 1R1 7074 US 1979 Sell This Version
1R1 7080 Herb Alpert - Rise Herb Alpert Rise(Reel, 4tr Stereo, 7" Reel) A&M Records 1R1 7080 US 1979 Sell This Version
1R1 7109 Chuck Mangione - Fun And Games Chuck Mangione Fun And Games(Reel, 4tr Stereo, 7" Reel, Album) A&M Records 1R1 7109 US 1980 Sell This Version
1R1 7164 Herb Alpert - Beyond Herb Alpert Beyond(Reel, 4tr Stereo, 7" Reel, Album) A&M Records 1R1 7164 US 1980 Sell This Version
1R17266 Styx - Paradise Theatre Styx Paradise Theatre(Reel, 4tr Stereo, 7" Reel, Album, Club) A&M Records 1R17266 US 1981 Sell This Version
1R1 7322 The Police - Ghost In The Machine The Police Ghost In The Machine(Reel, Album, Club) A&M Records 1R1 7322 US 1981 Sell This Version
1R1 7480 Supertramp - Supertramp "...famous last words..."(Reel, 4tr Stereo, 7" Reel, Album) A&M Records 1R1 7480 US 1982 Sell This Version
1R1 7537 Styx - Kilroy Was Here Styx Kilroy Was Here(Reel, Album, Club, 4 T) A&M Records 1R1 7537 US 1983 Sell This Version
1R1 7588 The Police - Synchronicity The Police Synchronicity(Reel, Album, Club) A&M Records 1R1 7588 US 1983 Sell This Version
1R1 7664 Styx - Caught In The Act Live Styx Caught In The Act Live(2xReel, 4tr Stereo, 7" Reel, Album) A&M Records 1R1 7664 US 1984 Sell This Version
1R2 7183 Supertramp - Paris Supertramp Paris(Reel, 4tr Stereo, 7" Reel, Club, Dou) A&M Records 1R2 7183 Europe 1980 Sell This Version
1R2 7664 Styx - Caught In The Act (Live) Styx Caught In The Act (Live)(Reel, 4tr Stereo, 7" Reel, Album, Club) A&M Records 1R2 7664 US 1984 Sell This Version
1 STING Sting - Live At Universal Amphitheatre October 29, 1999 Sting Live At Universal Amphitheatre October 29, 1999(CD, Album, Ltd, Promo) A&M Records 1 STING US 2000 Sell This Version
1T1 6363 Chuck Mangione - Chase The Clouds Away Chuck Mangione Chase The Clouds Away(Cass, Album, Club) A&M Records 1T1 6363 US 1975 Sell This Version
2J 062-97367 Billy Preston - It's My Pleasure Billy Preston It's My Pleasure(LP, Album) A&M Records, A&M Records 2J 062-97367 Greece 1976 Sell This Version
2JXS-7026 Al Stewart - The Early Years Al Stewart The Early Years (Comp) 2JXS-7026 US 1977 Sell This Version
2 LP 5931/5932 Various - Grease (The Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture) Various Grease (The Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture) (Album) 2 LP 5931/5932 Yugoslavia 1978 Sell This Version
2PSP 3717 Herb Alpert - Beyond Herb Alpert Beyond(LP, Album) A&M Records 2PSP 3717 Portugal 1980 Sell This Version
2PSP-3718 Various - The Legend Of Jesse James Various The Legend Of Jesse James(LP, Album, Gat) A&M Records 2PSP-3718 Portugal 1980 Sell This Version
2 PSP 3719 Styx - Paradise Theatre Styx Paradise Theatre(LP, Album, Gat) A&M Records 2 PSP 3719 Portugal 1981 Sell This Version
2PSP-3721 Quincy Jones - The Dude Quincy Jones The Dude(LP, Album) A&M Records 2PSP-3721 Portugal 1981 Sell This Version
2PSP-3722 Frampton* - Breaking All The Rules Frampton* Breaking All The Rules(LP, Album) A&M Records 2PSP-3722 Portugal 1981 Sell This Version
2PSP - 3723 Carpenters - Made In America Carpenters Made In America(LP, Album) A&M Records 2PSP - 3723 Portugal 1981 Sell This Version
2PSP - 3724 The Brothers Johnson* - Winners The Brothers Johnson* Winners(LP, Album, Gat) A&M Records 2PSP - 3724 Portugal 1981 Sell This Version
2PSP-3727 Rita Coolidge - Heartbreak Radio Rita Coolidge Heartbreak Radio(LP, Album) A&M Records 2PSP-3727 Portugal 1981 Sell This Version
2 PSP-3728 Herb Alpert - Magic Man Herb Alpert Magic Man(LP, Album) A&M Records 2 PSP-3728 Portugal 1981 Sell This Version
2PSP-3730 The Police - Ghost In The Machine The Police Ghost In The Machine(LP, Album) A&M Records, A&M Records 2PSP-3730 Portugal 1981 Sell This Version
2PSP-4634 Supertramp - Even In The Quietest Moments... Supertramp Even In The Quietest Moments...(LP, Album, RE) A&M Records, A&M Records 2PSP-4634 Portugal Unknown Sell This Version
2 PSP 4743 Joe Jackson - Look Sharp! Joe Jackson Look Sharp!(LP, Album) A&M Records 2 PSP 4743 Portugal 1979 Sell This Version
2PSP4792 The Police - Reggatta De Blanc The Police Reggatta De Blanc(LP, Album) A&M Records 2PSP4792 Portugal 1979 Sell This Version
2 PSP 4812 Mark Andrews And The Gents - Big Boy Mark Andrews And The Gents Big Boy(LP, Album) A&M Records 2 PSP 4812 Portugal 1980 Sell This Version

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santab315

santab315

August 24, 2021
Does anyone know why some of the A&M cover arts follow a specific design? Particularly for some of the jazz albums (ie. Jobim's Wave, Paul Desmonds' Summertime, and Tamba 4's cover arts)?
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JerseyJoker

JerseyJoker

June 30, 2020
Anyone notice that a lot of A&M records pressed in the U.S. in the early - mid 80’s actually are opaque, and have a purple or brown hue to them? I just learned about this. The ones I have are Police - Synchronicity and associated singles (purple), singles from Ghost In The Machine & Zenyatta Mondatta (but not the albums; a very deep red-purple), Supertramp - Brother Where You Bound (purple), Roger Hodgeson - In The Eye Of The Storm and associated singles (Deep Purple), and Hai Hai (actually a deep brownish color).

These are US pressings that I have that have these qualities. I’ve heard that some Canadian pressings have these same qualities, and heard it’s because the pressings are on audiophile vinyl.

I’m fascinated by the dumbest stuff.
tjackson7800

tjackson7800

July 12, 2018
Hi I have a CD called Solo - New Classis Soul Exe. Producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis that I have had for several years that I just love but I have played it so many time it skips in places. Please tell me how I can get another copy.
John_Dunbar

John_Dunbar

March 22, 2015
SP 17 399 = 12" PROMO The Swimming Pool Q´s - More than one heaven ( 2 x ), A & M, USA, 1986
John_Dunbar

John_Dunbar

October 30, 2014
A & M 12 505 = Machinations - Esteem, 4 track 12", USA, 1983,
John_Dunbar

John_Dunbar

October 23, 2014
SP 9111 = Lamarche - Searching for the sunrise, 11 tr. LP, 1985, Canada,
John_Dunbar

John_Dunbar

September 25, 2014
A & M SP 17 301 = Roger Hodgson - 12" PROMO - In Jeopardy 5.59 min / 4.20 min, USA, 1984, plain cover
John_Dunbar

John_Dunbar

August 13, 2014
A & M 883 550 - 1 ( normally a Polydor number ) = Chris de Burgh - 4 tr. 12" Vinyl " The story so far" - only avaiable as a BONUS in a 8 LP Box from 1985, Germany, - tracks : Waiting for the hurricane, Broken wings, Every drop of rain, A spaceman came travelling.