Last updated 13 October 2017 - Updated items in red
The previous two Righteous Brothers Verve singles, "(You're My) Soul And Inspiration" and "He", had both been issued with picture sleeves but only a very few of the "Go Ahead And Cry" seem to exist.
"Little Latin Lupe Lu"/"I'm So Lonely"
The initial local release of "Little Latin Lupe Lu" by the Righteous Brothers on Moonglow Records in November 1962 had an alternate mix to the well known hit version, which had a full national release in May 1963.
There are two very easy methods to identify the original mix, the first is by the design of the record label itself which comprised of the company logo in a semi-circle with stars and moon surrounding it. Moonglow had used this design since the company was formed in Belgium in the mid 1950's. This design was changed by the time the revised mix of "Little Latin Lupe Lu" was issued locally and then nationally.
The second method is by the matrix number in the deadwax, the matrix number of the original mix "Little Latin Lupe Lu" is "45M-215-1" but on all other pressings, the matrix number in the deadwax is "45M-215-1RE2". However, it must be the number etched in the deadwax as one pressing does have the original number printed on the label.
The local pressings of both mixes, credit the songwriting publisher on both sides of the single to Ray Maxwell Music whereas the national pressings following the deal with VeeJay Records also incorporates Conrad Music to the publisher credit.
On the left are variations of the "Little Latin Lupe Lu" release on the Moonglow label, at the top is the initial release with the original mix, followed by a further local release with a revised mix.
Next, the telegram from VeeJay Records with details of their distribution agreement with Moonglow, followed by the national promotional copy and regular national release.
The three singles listed above have a completely different version to the
standard "(You're My) Soul And Inspiration".
The Verve "Sounds Of Fame" 142 single, issued in both stereo and mono formats, doesn't indicate on the record label if the track is mono (with the alternate version) or stereo (with the standard version).
There is a definite way of establishing whether it is the alternate version without having to play the record. Etched in the deadwax (the run out before the label) is the master number, if this is "65 VK 634-M" it is the alternate version - IT MUST INCLUDE THE "M" the standard version doesn't include the "M"
The West German reissue does fortunately indicate that the track
is in mono, it is unsure if a stereo standard version was issued.
The Japanese issue was a mono only release.