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ISLAND PALM LABEL - PINK RIM
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The PINK RIM label was used starting from November-December 1970 until 1975 when was repaced by the SUNSET label, also called BLUE RIM.
However we need to distiguish between three graphic variations that help us to recognize original versions from reissues, I’ve called PINK RIM I, II or III. There are also some “hybrid” labels with small variations, found only in few releases: you will find the link to the release in the Discography down.
Chronology:
PINK RIM I: To the right of the central hole you can find the indication of the side, called Side 1 and Side 2, below, respectively, the catalog number, the copyright symbol with date, the STEREO inscription. This version appears starting from ILPS 9131 Alan Bown - Listen although a couple of titles with subsequent numbering were still released with the PINK label.
PINK RIM II: Starting from ILPS 9181 The Sutherland Bros. Band* - The Sutherland Brothers Band released in 1972 we find the inscription “Island Records Ltd.” added to the copyright symbol. Few titles were still released with the PINK RIM I, other few are “hybrid” labels (for example the Free At Last album).
PINK RIM III: Already in June 1972 ILPS 9197 Richard Thompson - Henry The Human Fly the last variation: the Side 1 / Side 2 indications disappear and we simply find A or B added to the right of the catalog number. Also the STEREO was removed.
So we can affirm with certainty that all the PINK RIM II were released in 1972.

Note:
As said above, the chronological numbering not always matches with the real chronology of release: an evident case is the Trilogy album by EL&P (ILPS 9186 released in July 1972 with the PINK RIM III label) while for example the Jim Capaldi debut ILPS 9187 was previously released in February with the PINK RIM II label.

Another detail to keep in mind is the address changing of the company, ocasionally printed on the cover: 8 Basing Street, London, W10 before 1973, after is 22 St Peters Square London, W6 9NW.
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La PINK RIM viene generalmente collocata nel periodo 1970-1975 ma è necessario distinguere tra tre principali variazioni grafiche per determinare l’esatta datazione delle emissioni e distinguere così tra prime emissioni e successive stampe. A queste si aggiungono alcune etichette “ibride” riscontrate solo su alcuni esemplari.

Cronologia:
PINK RIM I – A destra del foro centrale la facciata è indicata con Side 1 / Side 2, sotto il numero di catalogo, ℗ data, STEREO. Utilizzata a partire dal numero di catalogo ILPS 9131, un paio di albums con numerazione successive escono ancora con la WHITE i label.
PINK RIM II - Dal 1972 viene aggiunta al copyright la scritta “Island Records Ltd.”. Utilizzata da ILPS 9181, anche qui qualche titolo pubblicato con la prima versione, uno con caratteri personalizzati e l’album Free At Last dei FREE unico esemplare a non riportare la scritta STEREO.
PINK RIM III - L’indicazione della facciata cambia semplicemente in A e B posizionata in linea con il numero di catalogo, l’indicazioe STEREO non è più presente. Utilizzata a partire da ILPS 9197 del Giugno 1972. Anche in questo caso alcune variazioni.
Altra cosa da tenere presente è che non sempre la numerazione progressiva corrisponde alla cronologia di realizzazione: caso che balza all’occhio è Trilogy di EL&P (ILPS 9186 PINK RIM III) che come numerazione è precedente ad esempio al debutto di Jim Capaldi (ILPS 9187 PINK RIM II) del Febbraio ‘72 ma in realtà fu pubblicato nel Luglio ‘72.
Variazione importante l’indirizzo della compagnia riportato talvolta in copertina:
dapprima 8 Basing Street, London, W10, dal 1973 cambia in 22 St Peters Square London, W6 9NW.

PINK RIM I

ILPS 9131 – ALAN BOWN – LISTEN – 1970 Alan Bown - Listen
ILPS 9132 – EMERSON LAKE & PALMER – same – 11/70 – WHITE i
ILPS 9133 – JOHN & BEVERLEY MARTYN – THE ROAD TO RUIN - 1970
ILPS 9134 – NICK DRAKE – BRYTER LAYTER – 3/71
ILPS 9135 – CAT STEVENS – TEA FOR TILLERMAN – 11/70 – WHITE i
ILPS 9136 – AMAZING BLONDEL – EVER SONG – 1970
ILPS 9137 – IF – 2 – 1970
ILPS 9138 – FREE – HIGHWAY – 1970
ILPS 9139 – RENAISSANCE – ILLUSION – 1976- Help label HELP 27
ILPS 9140 – THE INCREDIBLE STRING BAND – BE GLAD FOR THE SONG … - 1970
ILPS 9141 – KING CRIMSON – LIZARDS – 1970
ILPS 9142 – URIAH HEEP – VERY EAVY … – 1970 – Bronze i
ILPS 9143 – QUINTESSENCE – DIVE DOWN – 1971
ILPS 9144 – MOTT THE HOOPLE – WILDLIFE – 1971
ILPS 9145 – JETHRO TULL – AQUALUNG – 1971 – green Chrysalis i
ILPS 9146 – MIKE HERON – SMILING MEN WITH BAD REPUTATIONS - 1971
ILPS 9147 – MICK ABRAHMS – same – 1971 – green Chrysalis i
ILPS 9148 – MOUNTAIN – NANTUCKET SLEIGHRIDE - 1971
ILPS 9149 – HEADS HANDS AND FEET – same - 1971
ILPS 9150 – PALADIN _ same – 1971 - Bronze i
ILPS 9151 – CLOUDS – WATERCOLOUR DAYS – 1971 – green Chrysalis i
ILPS 9152 – URIAH HEEP – SALISBURY – 1971 – Bronze i (reissue of VERTIGO)
ILPS 9153 – TIR NA NOG – same – 1971 – green Chrysalis i
ILPS 9154 – CAT STEVENS – TEASER AND THE FIRECAT – 1971
ILPS 9155 – EMERSON LAKE & PALMER – TARKUS – 7/71
ILPS 9156 – AMAZING BLONDEL – FANTASIA LINDUM - 1971
ILPS 9157 – JUICY LUCY – GET A WHIFF A THIS – 1971 - Bronze i
ILPS 9158 – PROCOL HARUM – BROKEN BARRICADES – 1971 - green Chrysalis i
ILPS 9159 – JIMMY CLIFF – ANOTHER CYCLE – 1971 - ℗ 1971 omitted Jimmy Cliff - Another Cycle
ILPS 9160 – FREE - LIVE - 1971
ILPS 9161 – BRONCO – ACE OF SUNLIGHT - 1971
ILPS 9162 – FAIRPORT CONVENTION – ANGEL DELIGHT - 1971
ILPS 9163 – ALAN BOWN – STRETCHING OUT – 8/71
ILPS 9164 – WAR – same – mid 70’s reissue, previously released on Liberty
ILPS 9165 – SANDY DENNY – THE NORTH STAR GRASSMAN … - 1971
ILPS 9166 – TRAFFIC – WELCOME TO THE CANTEEN – 11/71
ILPS 9167 – JOHN MARTYN – BLESS THE WEATHER – 11/71
ILPS 9168 – LUTHER GROSVENOR – UNDER OPEN SKIES - 1971
ILPS 9169 – URIAH HEEP – LOOK AT YOURSELF – 1971 - Bronze i
ILPS 9170 – MIKE HARRISON – same - 1971
ILPS 9171 – WAR – THE WORD IS A GHETTO – 1971 – United Artists in UK
ILPS 9172 – THE INCREDIBLE STRING BAND – LIQUID ACROBAT … - 1971
ILPS 9173 – COLOSSEUM – THE COLLECTORS COLOSSEUM – 1971 - Bronze i
ILPS 9174 – TONY HAZZARD – LOUDWATER HOUSE – 1971 - Bronze i
ILPS 9175 – KING CRIMSON – ISLANDS – 11/71
ILPS 9176 – FAIRPORT CONVENTION – BABBACOMBE LEE - 1971
ILPS 9177 – EMERSON LAKE & PALMER – PICTURES AT AN EXIBITION – 1971 - Help label HELP1
ILPS 9178 – MOTT THE HOPLE – BRAIN CAPERS – 11/71
ILPS 9179 – MOUNTAIN – FLOWERS OF EVIL - 1971
ILPS 9180 – TRAFFIC – THE LOW SPARK OF HIGH HEELED BOYS – 1971

PINK RIM II

ILPS 9181 – THE SUTHERLAND BROS BAND - same – 1972 The Sutherland Bros. Band* - The Sutherland Brothers Band
ILPS 9182 – CLAIRE HAMILL – ONE HOUSE LEFT STANDING – 1972 – PINK RIM I
ILPS 9183 – VINEGAR JOE – SAME – 1972
ILPS 9184 – NICK DRAKE - PINK MOON – 1972 – PINK RIM I
ILPS 9185 – HEADS, HANDS AND FEET – TRACKS – 1972
ILPS 9186 – EMERSON LAKE & PALMER – TRILOGY – 7/72 – PINK RIM III, released in July
ILPS 9187 – JIM CAPALDI – OH HOW WE DANCED – 2/72
ILPS 9188 - KOSSOFF, KIRK, TETU, RABBIT KOSSOFF, KIRK, TETU, RABBIT – 1972 – PINK RIM I
ILPS 9189 – THE BUNCH – ROCK ON – 1972
ILPS 9190 – PALADIN – CHARGE! – 1972 – Bronze i
ILPS 9191 – MIKE McGEAR – WOMAN – 1972 – custom fonts Michael McGear* - Woman
ILPS 9192 - FREE - FREE AT LAST – 1972 – STEREO omitted, 2 editions w/ different fonts Free - Free At Last and Free - Free At Last
ILPS 9193 – URIAH HEEP - DEMONS AND WIZARDS – 1972 - Bronze i
ILPS 9194 – WAR – DELIVER THE WORD – SUNSET reissue of United Artists
ILPS 9195 – COLOSSEUM – VALENTINE SUITE - reissue of Vertigo
ILPS 9196 – DICK HECKSTALL SMITH – A STORY ENDED – Bronze i

PINK RIM III

ILPS 9197 - RICHARD THOMPSON - HENRY THE HUMAN FLY – 6/72 Richard Thompson - Henry The Human Fly
ILPS 9198 - SMITH PERKINS SMITH – same – 1972 – PINK RIM II
ILPS 9199 - MOUNTAIN - THE ROAD GOES EVER ON - 1972
ILPS 9200 - ROXY MUSIC – same – 1972 – a combination of PINK RIM II and III Roxy Music - Roxy Music
ILPS 9201 – KING CRIMSON – EARTHBOUND – 1972 – Help label HELP 6
ILPS 9202 – THE HARDER THEY COME OST – 1972
ILPS 9203 – DAVE MASON – HEADKEEPER – 1972 - blue thumb records
ILPS 9204 – DAN HICKS AND HIS HOT LICKS – STRICKING HIT RICH! – 1972 - blue thumb records
ILPS 9205 – AMAZING BLONDEL - ENGLAND – 1972 – STEREO added Amazing Blondel - England
ILPS 9206 – CAT STEVENS – CATCH BULL AT FOUR – 1972 – custom
ILPS 9207 – SANDY DANNY – SANDY – 1972 - STEREO added Sandy Denny - Sandy
ILPS 9208 – FAIRPORT CONVENTION – ROSE – 1973
ILPS 9209 – MIKE HARRISON – SMOKESTACK LIGHTNING – 1972
ILPS 9210 – PATTO – ROLL ‘EM SMOKE … - 1972
ILPS 9211 – THE INCREDIBLE STRING BAND – EARTHSPAN – 1972
ILPS 9212 – SUTHERLAND BROTHERS – LIFEBOAT – 1973
ILPS 9213 – URIAH HEEP – THE MAGICIAN’S BIRTHDAY – 11/72 – Bronze i
ILPS 9214 – VINEGAR JOE – ROCK’N’ROLL GYPSIES – 1972
ILPS 9215 – MOTT THE HOOPLE – ROCK AND ROLL QUEEN – 1972
ILPS 9216 – not issued
ILPS 9217 – FREE – HEARTBREAKER - 1972

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